San Diego Business Journal

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Phil Mossy

CEO, Mossy Automotive Group

With a history dating to 1921, Mossy Automotive Group has grown to be overseen by multiple generations of the Mossy family, with dealerships throughout San Diego County selling numerous domestic and international car brands. Starting in the mid-1980s, then-president Phil Mossy expanded the San Diego business by acquiring a Nissan dealership in National City, subsequently turning that business into the nation’s top volume seller of Nissan vehicles. Phil’s brother Peter later joined the leadership of the automotive group, which now operates 14 dealerships countywide, employing about 2,000.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Phil Mossy’s sons, Jason and Owen, have followed him into the business, serving in executive roles.

BUSINESS ORIGINS: Phil’s father, Wiley Mossy, started the dealership business in New Orleans in the 1920s, later expanding into Houston.