EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
- Attorney at Law
- Dealership Mergers & Acquisitions
- Dealership, Corporate, and Real Estate Law
PROFESSIONAL & CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS:
- Member – National Association of Dealer Counsel
- J.D. – University of Wisconsin – Madison
- M.B.A. – University of Wisconsin – Madison
- B.S. – Accounting and Finance – Marquette University
CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSES
- State Bar of Texas
- State Bar of Wisconsin
Over a Quarter Century of Experience
With over 25 years of experience in the retail automotive industry, Tony Karabon has served as General Counsel for multiple auto groups, including RFJ Auto Partners, a Top 25 Dealer Group, and The Boucher Group, a top 75 Dealer Group. As a member of the executive management team for these dealer groups, he was responsible for real estate, human resources, insurance, lending, and regulatory matters.
Prior to entering the retail automotive business, Tony practiced corporate, real estate, and transactional law at Jackson Walker LLP in Dallas, Texas; Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Powell Goldstein LLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP) in Atlanta Georgia.
In his General Counsel roles, Tony negotiated, documented, and executed numerous buy/sell transactions. He has extensive due diligence and dealership integration experience. Tony also has addressed virtually every manufacturer-dealer issue, as well as every legal issue that dealers may face in a buy/sell transaction.
To a Higher Degree
Tony holds an accounting degree from Marquette University and law and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Tony has two adult children and lives with his wife, Patricia, in McKinney Texas. In his free time, he enjoys golf, biking, and cooking.
I have known Tony for many years. His professionalism and the way he does business are second to none; straight forward, clear and simple. Tony puts you, the client first. He works with you, guiding you thru all the steps of the transaction, from the search to the closing. I want to thank him and his company, Dave Cantin group for the help with my latest acquisition in Abilene Texas. I highly recommend Tony and the Dave Cantin group. If you are In your search for a new car franchise dealership. Tony is your man! Thank you Tony for your hard work and dedication and for making our acquisition so easy.
DCG Acquisitions has been an outstanding partner on major transactions. The firm’s connections to key players in the industry are what make deals happen. In addition, Tony Karabon’s experience as General Counsel for multiple dealer groups means Tony knows the issues that matter most in negotiations. And Brian Brown’s knowledge of the OEM buy-sell approval process helps get deals to the finish line faster.
First, I would like to thank you for all your help on the purchase of Lone Star Dodge and Longhorn Ford. One thing I can say about Tony Karabon is that he is persistent to get the seller and buyer to come together on an agreement. The dealership had a lot of different challenges for any buyer to take on. Tony was able to find a happy agreement for both parties. I believe that today the seller and buyer are both pleased with their deal. Thank you for your effort during this buy/sell.
Tony’s breadth and diversity of experience in the automotive industry is extraordinary; and that experience combined with Tony’s knowledge, experience and rational approach makes Tony a valuable resource for dealers, whether buying or selling.
I have had the pleasure of working with Tony for over 25 years. His attention to detail and ability to break down even the most complex transactions into manageable projects has resulted in stunning successes. He has a unique ability to understand the needs of sellers and buyers and leverages that skill to create the positive forces necessary to bring even the most difficult deals to closure.
Over the years we have worked with Tony on a number of buy/sell transactions. His 25 years of experience as general counsel for two large actively-growing multi-franchise dealer groups gives him unique insight into a wide variety of deal scenarios. His dual perspective on the business exigencies and legal hurdles associated with buy/sell transactions, and day-to-day dealership operations, are invaluable in navigating a deal from negotiation through closing.
Backed by the industry expertise of DCG Acquisitions, Tony Karabon continues to consistently provide value to my group of dealerships. He’s proven to be both reliable and thorough, and because of his legal background, he’s especially skilled at identifying and resolving sensitive issues so that transactions get done.