Franklin McLarty is a founding executive of RLJ McLarty Landers Automotive Holdings, where he serves as president and CEO. Since joining RML’s predecessor firm, McLarty-Landers LLC in 2005, Mr. McLarty has been directly involved in all aspects of the company’s growth into one of the nation’s largest automotive retailers while also overseeing his family’s heritage dealerships in Hope, Arkansas. Mr. McLarty is senior vice president and a board member of the McLarty Companies. Mr. McLarty also serves as a senior advisor to the Markham Group, a political affairs and campaign management firm. He serves as a board member to the Miami-based Tire Group International. In 2007, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Mr. McLarty to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.