Football Star Turned Business Professional

Alex Perdikis is just a few months shy of 40, but he’s already accomplished much in his four decades. From extensive charity work to shrewd business dealings, he strives to excel at everything he does. Often working far into the night making the business a better place not only for customers to shop but also for colleagues to work, he has dedicated himself to its constant improvement. Alex Perdikis of Koons of Silver Spring is a man of the area and was born and raised in Bethesda, Maryland.

He has been a sportsman and athlete his entire life and was a high school football star. Perdikis also played football while attending the University of Richmond, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and management. He graduated in 1997 and has spent the past 16 years at Jim Koons Automotive Company. Even before he graduated, he was helping the business.

Almost immediately upon joining the business, Perdikis began establishing himself as a leading salesperson and innovative thinker. It only took three months for him to outshine all of his Koons colleagues, which included top salespeople from all 16 of the business’s dealerships. Shortly thereafter, he became the sales manager. In four short years, he was promoted to general manager and, leading by example, succeeding both behind the desk and on the sales floor. Well liked by teammates and rivals alike, Alex Perdikis from Koons was even elected class president when he attended the National Automotive Dealers Association’s Dealer Candidate Academy in 2000. He was general manager of both Koons of Tysons Corner and eventually Koons Tysons Toyota.

By 2007, Perdikis had become Executive Vice President of Jim Koons Automotive Company. Under his tenure, the company acquired dealerships of many automotive brands, including Nissan, Kia, Toyota, Lexus, Mazda, Ford, GMC, Buick, Jeep and Dodge. In 2011, he took over full-time management operations at Koons of Silver Spring, while becoming a partner in the business. This dealership focuses on selling Ford, Lincoln and Mazda models, and Perdikis is well on his way to boosting its success as he did Koons of Tysons Corner, which sold more than $150 million worth of vehicles annually. Combined with its superiority in customer service and the satisfaction of its returning customers, the dealership’s industry-leading achievements in sales and management style resulted in many awards, including the General Motors Mark of Excellence Award and the Jack Smith Leadership Award. Fewer than one percent of all General Motors franchises receive such recognition. By honing in on customer satisfaction, along with market share and profitability, Perdikis created a self-sustaining model for any other dealership to emulate.

In addition to his extensive job requirements, Perdikis donates time and money to more than a dozen charities. He also manages his daughter’s soccer team, runs 10-kilometer races, participates in triathlons and plays golf in his spare time. He admits he doesn’t get to play as much as he’d like. Perdikis, the son of a Greek diplomat, married his high-school crush the year after both of them graduated college. They have three daughters and live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.