LGC chair cited among most in­flu­en­tial in auto in­dus­try

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY ERIKA MARIEL GINES Sun.Star Staff Writer

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO— Top Ka­pam­pan­gan busi­ness­man and vi­sion­ary Levy P. Laus on Wed­nes­day was cited as one of the 33 Most In­flu­en­tial Peo­ple in the Auto In­dus­try by the Philip­pine Daily In­quirer (PDI), thus earn­ing Pam­panga an­other sig­nif­i­cant ac­co­lade.

PDI’s mo­tor­ing sec­tion fea­tured Laus among the ranks of the Philip­pines’highly ac­claimed au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try lead­ers and top ex­ec­u­tives in­clud­ing Toy­ota Mo­tor Philip­pines’Al­fred Ty, Hyundai Asia Re­sources, Inc.’s Fe Perez Agudo, Ay­ala Cor­po­ra­tion’s Fer­nando Zo­bel de Ay­ala, San Miguel Corp.’s Ra­mon Ang, and many other equally renowned ty­coons who con­tinue to re­de­fine the coun­try’s au­to­mo­tive scene.

Laus, which the pub­li­ca­tion re­marked as “among the most prom­i­nent names to come from the prov­ince of Pam­panga,” is the chair­man and founder of the Laus Group of Com­pa­nies (LGC), touted as the coun­try’s largest auto con­glom­er­ate.

From hum­ble be­gin­nings, Laus, a for­mer banker, es­tab­lished LGC in 1978, ini­tially as a small al­lied dealer of au­to­mo­biles un­der the name Car­world.

The com­pany was ini­tially head­quar­tered in a mod­est of­fice in the City of San Fer­nando, and was run and man­aged by a small group of five peo­ple which in­cluded Laus. Through his hard work, fore­sight and hands-on lead­er­ship, he steered the com­pany through tough times and ac­quired sev­eral deal­er­ships to sup­port the busi­ness’ rapid ex­pan­sion.

To date, LGC is now one of the na­tion’s most re­garded and fastest-grow­ing multi-brand deal­er­ship net­work, with over 50 deal­er­ships across Metro Manila, Cen­tral and North­ern Lu­zon.

LGC au­to­mo­tive brands in­clude Mit­subishi, Ford, Kia, Chevro­let, BMW, Hyundai, Mazda, Suzuki, Haima, Nis­san, Volk­swa­gen, Mini Cooper, Peu­geot, Changhe, FUSO Trucks, Hyundai Trucks and Buses, and Carmix— the mar­ket’s trusted source of qual­ity and af­ford­able pre­owned cars.

Aside from dis­tribut­ing some of the world’s best au­to­mo­tive brands, part of the con­glom­er­ate’s op­er­a­tions is Cor­po­rate Guar­an­tee (CG), a non-life in­sur­ance com­pany ini­ti­ated by Laus in 1997 which of­fers mo­tor, fire, per­sonal ac­ci­dent, ca­su­alty, marine and bonds in­sur­ance prod­ucts.

CG be­longs to the top non-life in­sur­ance com­pa­nies in the Philip­pines and is one of only six non-life in­sur­ance com­pa­nies in the coun­try that are ISO-cer­ti­fied. Mean­while, its ad­her­ence to best prac­tices was rec­og­nized by In­vest­ment in Peo­ple (Iip) with a Peo­ple Man­age­ment Ex­cel­lence Stan­dard Recog­ni­tion and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. CG is the only non-life in­sur­ance com­pany in South East Asia to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious dis­tinc­tion.

More­over, other au­to­mo­tive re­lated busi­nesses LGC op­er­ates in­clude CFIC (Laus Auto Fi­nance); Hu­per Op­tik Philip­pines which of­fers ad­vanced nano-ce­ramic, mul­ti­layer win­dow films; Laus Mar­ket­ing Cor­po­ra­tion (LMC) which car­ries Voltronic mo­tor oil and lu­bri­cants; Car­world Cal­tex; Tire City Goodyear and Tire City Yoko­hama Pam­panga.

Just re­cently Laus took an­other mo­men­tous move in ad­vanc­ing LGC’s ser­vices to its cus­tomers when it opened the Laus Auto Ser­vices (LAS), its first ever multi-brand ser­vice cen­ter lo­cated in Clark Freeport Zone. Dubbed as the first of its kind in the re­gion, the world-class fa­cil­ity of­fers pro­fes­sional auto ser­vices like gen­eral jobs, body paint, and col­li­sion re­pair, to name some.

For years to come, LGC vows to re­main com­mit­ted to its core val­ues of cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion, hon­esty, in­tegrity, hard­work, pro­duc­tiv­ity, ef­fi­ciency, and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, as its ever dy­namic founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive steers not only Pam­panga but the whole coun­try into a more vi­brant and sus­tain­able com­mu­nity.

LEVY P. LAUS

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