WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — After working as the dealer operator at Diane Sauer Chevrolet for 29 years, a mother is passing the responsibility on to her son.

Diane Sauer passed on the mantle of dealer operator to her son, Matthew Sauer. He signed a new dealer agreement with General Motors on Monday.

“I want to thank the community and my customers for supporting me during my career, and I’m looking forward to the future as my son takes charge,” Diane Sauer said.

She will remain on staff in an advisory role.

Matthew Sauer said he is excited about opportunities for growth coinciding with current business growth efforts in downtown Warren.

“It’s great to be able to keep the business in the family, especially in a time where we are seeing many dealerships sell to larger groups,” he said. 

Matthew Sauer has worked in various roles in the dealership for eight years.

“Really just kind of working all the different roles and positions in the business helps me understand has to do, the challenges that they’re presented with,” he said. “So going in to have a better understanding of, you know, what they’re facing and how I can help.”

Dave Sess contributed to this report.