Shannon is Vice President and General Manager of Nordstrom’s Automotive, where he is responsible for purchasing, inventory control, training and leading 73 employees. Shannon joined the family business full time in 1988 after a short stint in technical school for telecommunications. At the time he returned to the business full-time, the company employed fewer than 10 employees and was transitioning from repairable vehicle sales as the core business to the recycled auto parts business. Nordstrom’s has since grown into numerous divisions, including Auto Recycling with Green Recycled Used, OEM surplus, Remanufactured and new alternative parts, Ewe Pullet Self Service, Nordstrom’s Repairables and an installation and diagnostic service center. The Nordstrom family has relied on faith, employee involvement and technology to grow their rural South Dakota business to levels they could have never imagined.
For the past 27 years Shannon has hosted the syndicated radio show, “Under the Hood,” which is broadcast on more than 100 stations and has podcast downloads around 100,000 per week and growing. He is currently chair of the Certified Auto Recyclers Committee and a member of the Gold Seal and e-Commerce committees. Shannon is a founding member of the VRG and VRG Automotive LLC. He was named Man of the Year in 2007 and 2011 by Locator magazine and a member of its 25 Most Influential Auto Recyclers list. Shannon is involved with lobbying efforts for the trade association on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. each year and has regular visits with Senators and Representative on a National and State level. Shannon is the president of the South Dakota Motor Vehicle Recyclers Association. Shannon is also a member of the advisory board for the Automotive Technology program at the Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, S.D. Shannon is also the board president for the Garretson School District. Shannon also finds time to coach youth soccer, softball and baseball for his kid’s teams. Shannon is happily married to his wife, Tamie, and has three children. Shannon works hard to balance it all and give back to the association and mentors that have helped him grow personally and as a business since his first convention in Denver in 1995.