Roger Beasley Mazda opened for business on March 1st, 1972 at 6918 Burnet Road and was one of the first Mazda dealerships in the nation. The success of the Mazda brand in Austin over the years spurred Roger Beasley Mazda to grow, expanding eight times as it purchased adjacent property in the heart of the city. Also known as Mazda Central, the store’s sales and customer satisfaction has earned it Mazda’s elite President Club’s status for 15 years in a row, one of just 6 stores to do so nationwide. The success of Roger Beasley Mazda has made Austin the #1 Mazda per-capita city in the U.S.
Roger Beasley was a car guy from the start, repairing and racing cars in high school. Roger graduated from the University of Texas in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration. Before opening Roger Beasley Mazda in 1972, he and his business partner Paul Holcomb, bought and sold used cars at 5505 North Lamar. Over the next few years, Roger bought and sold American Motors, Renault, Peugeot, Lotus, Daihatsu, Suzuki, Kia, Honda, and Ford franchises.
Roger Beasley Mazda is proud to support the Austin Humane Society, the Town Lake Trail Foundation, and the Ronald McDonald House.
Roger has served as Vice President of the Texas Auto Dealers Association, as a Board of Director of J.P. Morgan Chase, and on dealer councils for American Motors, Saab and Mazda. In 2001, Roger was recognized as one of the top 100 dealers nationwide by Ford Motor Corp. Roger also served as President of the Austin Ski Club.
Roger has one daughter and two grandchildren and his hobbies are running, skiing, horse racing, rafting, and fishing.