Wyatt Johnson Automotive Group announced the retirement of general manager and chief operating officer Mike Polston after 34 years of service with the company. 

During his 34 years, Polston climbed the ladder of success at Wyatt Johnson. Starting in 1986 as a sales consultant and moving up the ranks to sales manager and then on to group general manager and chief operating officer. 

Polston stood out among his peers for his dedication and passion for promoting sales initiatives and overseeing other sales consultants’ promotions to management. 

According to his coworkers, there was never a dull moment when Polston was around. Someone only had to watch him in the Wyatt Johnson television commercials dressed as everything from Count Dracula to an elf and his personal favorite, Uncle Sam. He has a special story about his wife’s reaction to the Uncle Sam incident.

He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 32 years and have three children and six grandchildren. Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Polston attended the University of Kentucky before he joined the U.S. Army in 1981. He served in the infantry, spending one year in Korea and then became a rappelling instructor at Fort Campbell. After his honorable discharge, Polston started his career at Wyatt Johnson. 

“Mike has done such an amazing job of leading this company,” said Katherine Cannata, dealer principal. “His discipline, passion for excellence and high standards are second to none, and we are going to miss him terribly. Under Mike’s leadership, our company has grown significantly. We’re incredibly grateful for his many contributions.”

Wyatt Johnson invited the community to stop by to wish Polston well and celebrate his retirement May 29 from 3-5 p.m. at Wyatt Johnson Toyota at 2595 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. in Clarksville. 

Wyatt Johnson is a family owned company and has been in business for more than 70 years. It’s an award-winning dealership that was recognized as one of the top 25 fastest-growing companies by the Nashville Business Journal and won the Better Business Bureau Torch Award. To learn more about the Wyatt Johnson Automotive Group, visit wyattjohnson.com.

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