Women At The Wheel

By Mckenzie Delisle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Women are DRIVING the decisions at one New York state car dealership where FOUR women are leading the way.


Riley Ford Inc. has made “herstory” as New York state’s first certified Women-Owned car dealership.

The Chazy business has four female owners, including Dealer Principal and President Joy Vanleuvan, Vice President Janet Roberts, Treasurer Jenna Seguin and Secretary Jane Dubrey.

Vanleuvan, whose father, Ronald Roberts, once owned Riley Ford Inc., said the local company has been selling Ford vehicles since the 1920s, or earlier.

“A big thing that my dad always preached was: ‘You need to change with the times and continue to grow,'” she said.

Vanleuvan, who started in sales at Riley Ford after earning a degree in business administration degree from Clinton Community College in 1986, said the place was far from being woman-owned back then.

“(My dad) originally stuck me in the middle of the showroom with a desk and no phone,” she said. “I think he thought it would be a passing fancy for me, but I really liked it.

“He saw that I was good at it, so he finally gave me an office.”

Typically, Vanleuvan said, family-owned dealerships have brothers or husbands involved.

“It’s very, very rare that it’s all women,” she said.

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