Dave Cantin is a sought-after automotive industry expert, speaker, entrepreneur, and philanthropist.
Dave grew up working class in Freehold Township, NJ and began working full time in the automotive business at the age of 18. By 21, he was a general manager. By 27, he was a dealership partner. Over time, his passion and dedication to exploring innovative sales opportunities led him in turning this small local car dealership into the largest single point Hyundai dealership in the world.
In 2011, Dave was diagnosed with Leukemia, and he began a five-year bout with cancer. But his career did not stop, and in addition to his personal battle against the disease, he began fundraising and acting as a board member for various pediatric cancer charities.
In 2014, NJBIZ featured him in their list of “40 under 40″ for his commitment to business growth, professional excellence, and dedication to his community. That same year, KISS member and Rock ‘n Roll hall-of-famer Peter Criss presented Dave with the Beauty Foundation’s Man of Courage Award for Philanthropy, for his ability to stand tall in the face of adversity.
Since selling his dealership stake in 2015, Dave has regularly consulted on dealership acquisitions for large public and private automobile groups. He has extensive knowledge in evaluating the market value of dealerships and negotiating complete buy/sell transactions as leader of Dave Cantin Group, a dual-agent M&A firm.
In 2016, Dave beat the odds against Leukemia when, after five years of chemotherapy, he was deemed cancer free.
In 2017, Dave closed the second largest auto buy/sell in U.S. history: Prime Motor Group, consisting of over 30 dealerships. The largest deal of its kind ever done by a broker, it is the second-largest automotive acquisition behind Warren Buffett’s 2015 acquisition of Van Tuyl Group, which became Berkshire Hathaway Automotive.
Having proved himself as a champion of self-motivation, Dave is now motivated by acts of giving back and inspiring others. In recent years, he has continued to pledge time and money to childhood cancer treatment and research—through programs at his current company and his former dealership, as well as other external fundraising events. Dave has been a board member for Hope & Heroes, Columbia University Medical Center, Project Ladybug, and Hyundai Hope on Wheels, where he served as Vice Chairman.
Dave donates one-hundred percent of the proceeds from his speaking engagements, along with a portion of funds from all acquisitions brokered by his automotive M&A firm. To date, he has helped raise over $100 million in the fight to cure pediatric cancer.
Today, Dave lives between California and New York. He continues to build his legacy as a coast-to-coast business leader, philanthropist, and motivator.