2022 Notable military veterans

This year’s Automotive News list of notable veterans comprises 15 people who served in the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force who are making a positive impact in the auto industry. They were chosen by a panel of Automotive News editors and reporters from nominations submitted by our readers. Many are committed to helping other veterans transition to civilian life, and in some cases into an automotive career. One common thread among our honorees — all draw upon the discipline and perseverance they learned in the military to help solve today’s auto industry challenges.

Sam De La Garza

Sam De La Garza, 48

Senior manager, truck product planning and strategy

Toyota Motor North America

Don Hall

Don Hall, 66

President and CEO

Virginia Automobile Dealers Association

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Joe Heckendorn

Joe Heckendorn, 51

Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary

Dana Inc.

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Marty Hull, 56

Executive vice president of field operations

Costco Auto Program

Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, 57

Assistant manager of IT for manufacturing operations

Volkswagen Group of America

David Sliger

David Sliger, 60

Vice president of manufacturing

Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, Canton, Miss.