President & CEO
OC Auto Team
John Patterson is the owner of the OC Auto Team, which includes Tustin Mazda, Tustin Hyundai and Huntington Beach Mazda. Patterson purchased Tustin Mazda in 2004, and his team took the dealership’s monthly sales from 15 cars to more than 150. Additionally, Tustin Hyundai has become among the top-volume Hyundai sales dealerships in the Western United States. Patterson is equally proud of the OC Auto Team’s customer satisfaction scores; all three dealerships are among the top sales-and-service customer-handling facilities in the U.S.
Marital status: Married
Children: one son, Connor, 12
Would you rather be an athlete or an astronaut? It’s a no-brainer – an athlete
Craziest thing you’d like to do: Wing-suit skydiving looks like it would be a blast, but my wife would probably freak out if I gave it a try.
If money were no object, what would you splurge on? I would pay for college for each of my nieces and nephews.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Heath Bar Crunch
Best job growing up: waiter at a restaurant
Dream car at 16: 1985 JEEP CJ7 Laredo
Best vacation ever: I’m not very original; send me to Hawaii any time of year. We love all the islands and can’t go there often enough.
Favorite quote: “The party is where you are.”
O.C. location with fondest memories: We love the Beachcomber Restaurant in Crystal Cove.
Last book that made you cry: I am a suspense/murder mystery reader. Harlan Coben is one of my favorites, and there’s not a lot of crying in those. I’m looking forward to the new Clint Eastwood movie, “Trouble with the Curve.” I may shed a few tears there.