Team

Team Members

JOE OZOG

Principal

As a Detroit native, the car industry is in Joe's blood.  A CPA by trade, Joe left public accounting and followed his family's legacy as a 3rd generation Ford Motor Company employee.  In 1997 he joined the corporate development team of Group 1 Automotive, Inc. where he learned the "ins and outs" of buying and selling car dealerships from masters of the trade.

In 2002 Joe founded the firm and had been transacting deals since.  His unique combination of public accounting, manufacturing and M&A experience gives him an in-depth understanding of the numbers.   With over 20 years helping dealers buy and sell dealerships, there is little he hasn't witnessed.  You will find no better ally on either the buy side or the sell side (never both).

Joe and his wife of over 25 years live in the Phoenix area with their four young children.  Joe is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast.  

BRIAN EVANS

Principal

Prior to joining Ozog Auto nine years ago, Brian enjoyed eighteen years with Ford Motor Company in regional and national leadership roles throughout the country.   He then assumed the position of Vice-President for Lithia Motors' Mergers, Acquisitions and Manufacturer Relations for over eight years.  These assignments fostered unique long-term retailer relationships, market knowledge, and network experience which has been invaluable. 

He has been married for over thirty years and enjoys his children and grandchildren who also reside in the Pacific Northwest.

CASEY SALZ

Partner

Casey Salz has been in retail auto business for 40 years.  He started selling cars out of high school and ultimately owned a Ford Dealership in the Puget Sound.  He selected Ozog Automotive Group when the time came to sell his store.  He brings the dealer perspective to the buy/sell process and obviously has firsthand experience when it comes to the internal challenges associated with selling a store.  He and his wife Sandy have 5 children and their first granddaughter.They enjoy many activities and share their free time between the Puget Sound area and Palm Springs.

JOHN WRIGHT

Partner

After completing a 40+ year career with GMAC and Ally Financial, John joined Ozog Consulting Group in March of 2014. While at GMAC and Ally, he worked in management and executive capacities interfacing with dealerships throughout the country. He was a founding member of the leadership team that established the consumer and commercial automotive lending functions at Ally Bank. John and his wife are the parents of three adult daughters and have five grandchildren. John enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and downhill skiing. He and his wife reside in North Dakota.