Jack K. Meyers, owner of Jack's Wholesale Division (JWD) in Beverly Hills, Calif., passed away at 58.
Meyers was one of the most active limousine dealers in the country, with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Originally an automobile wholesaler, Meyers entered the limousine industry after being attracted to it by his brother Jay, who is president of American Custom Coachworks.
Jack and his son Warren helped transform JWD from a California-based vehicle wholesaler to an international player in the limousine industry. Over the years the company reported new and used limousine sales in more than 1,000 U.S cities and more than 55 countries. Meyers was a tough negotiator, but had a reputation for fairness. He represented some of the industry's most well-known builders including American Custom Coachworks, Chicago Armor and Limousine and Classic Limousine.
"My brother's death has devastated me and my family," Jay Meyers said. "He was a good and decent human being who loved his family and his business in that order. We were both taught from a young age that when you make a deal, you keep your word, and a handshake is the same as your signature. It may sound old fashioned, but those values that were instilled in us have never gone out of style. I was proud of him. As a kid, he liked to emulate me and that trait continued for life. It was a form of flattery that we both took pride in. Our word was always our bond to each other, and to all others, and as I now help guide my nephew (Warren), I'm keeping my word to Jack once again."
Ted Carlson, vice president of sales at Classic Limousine, knew Jack Meyers for more than 20 years. "He was a fantastic human being," Carlson said. "If every per son in the limousine business had Jack Meyers personal integrity, we would be a much better industry. He was an honorable man and a close friend. I will miss him terribly."
JWD will continue under the leadership of Warren Meyers. "My dad and I had a relationship that was more than a boss/employee or even a father and son. We were best friends. I will be carrying the torch and running Jack's wholesale division. I will continue to serve our customers the right way, the way my dad taught me."
In addition to Warren, Jack Meyers is survived by his wife of 34 years, Janis, his daughter Jodie, brother Jay, sister-in-law Carole, nieces Lisa and Lori and mother-in- law Shirley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association.