Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on January 12, 1968 · Page 41
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 41

Tucson, Arizona
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Friday, January 12, 1968
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Arizona Business Leader Heads Expanding Company Track Plans Salute Business and finance are his forte . . . and they've combined into success through the years for John L. Quebe- deaux, president of the company which officially opens its new quarters today. Quebedeaux began his career in Prescott with the Bank of Arizona. He spent many years in the automotive business with his uncle in Phoenix and returned to the field of finance at a high state level in 1960. It was in March of that year when he agreed to fill by appointment the vacancy of State Treasurer, a position he held until January, 1961. He did not seek election because his business interests had increased in Tucson. John Quebedeaux was born in Winslovv where he spent the first six years of his life. His family moved to Albuquerque, but he returned just prior to World War II to work in Prescott. In 1941 he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served throughout World War II in the South Pacific. In 145 he joined his uncle at Quebedeaux Chevrolet in Phoenix and remained there until the agency was sold in 1957. Then he entered the investment business, until assuming the State Treasurer post. In the meantime, Harry Jennings and the late Bill Hoffman, who had also been sales managers with Quebe- deaux Chevrolet for many years, purchased the Tucson P o n t i a c dealership from Hackett Motors on May 1, 1958. A quick -- and tragic -turn of events in the fall of 1960 brought John Qube- deaux back into the automotive business. In September he joined Jennings and Hoffman in Tucson while Hoffman made arrangements to purchase the Pontiac dealership in Los Angeles jointly with Quebedeaux. Within a few weeks after arrangements were completed, Hoffman died suddenly. In 196i Quebedeaux purchased the Safeway site on East Speedway with the in- JOHN- L C?UEBEDEAUX HARRY JENNINGS A longtime automobile man is Harry Jennings, vice president and general manager of Quebedeaux. Jennings was born in Bisbee and was graduated from the University of Arizona in 1930 with a degree in business administration. He returned to Bisbee for a few years as a journalist, working for the "Bisbee Daily Review." But when'the Depression reached the west, he moved to Phoenix, looking for "regular" employment. In 1934 he started with GMAC, credit organization for General Motors, and remained with them until 1945 when he was state manager. He was with the Quebe- deaux organization in Phoenix for several years and came to Tucson in May, 1958. Jennings and his wife, Olga (who manages a bookstore in El Con Shopping Center) live at 6626 North Pontatoc Road. Their son, Mike, is a UA graduate living in Phoenix. tention of moving from Miracle Mile within five years. The facility was less than 10 years old at that time -- it had been opened by Hackett Motors in 1955. "But the tremendous increase in sales of Pontiacs from 1959 has been fantastic in the automotive field," said Quebedeaux. "For the past six years Pontiac has maintained the number three spot in its price field . . . and there is every indication it will remain there." Active professionally and in civic groups, Quebedeaux is currently Arizona director to the National Automobile Dealers Association. He has served as president of the Phoenix, Tucson and state associations previously. He is also vice president of the Arizona Boys Ranch and was 1967 chairman of the Heart Drive. He and his wife, Lucile, live at 6001 E. San Mateo. They have three children -- Lorraine (Mrs. Frank Griffin), a teacher at Tucson High School; Thomas, a student at Arizona Western, Yuma; Carol Ann, a junior at Palo Verde High School. Tucson Greyhound Park is planning a special salute to Quebedeaux Pontiac on Sunday, Jan. 21. The opening of the winter season at the dog track coincides with today's Grand Opening at Quebedeaux. Congratulations to Quebedeaux - Pontiac It is with real pleasure that we extend our best wishes to Quebedeaux-Pontiac on their move to new enlarged and modern quarters. We are equally pleased that they have chosen us to supply them with some of their automotive requirements. CoMplete Auto Supply Co 5 3 0 N . Stone Ave 624-6681 Congratulations Quebedeaux Pontiac We at Southern Arizona Bank are proud to have participated in the financing of your beautiful new facility. It is certain to be a source of great pride for you as well as a significant addition to Tucson's commercial geography. The Modern Rank ofth e West FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 1968 TUCSON, ARIZONA PAGE THREE

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