Automobile sales entrepreneur Ed Fitzpatrick was born on April 7, 1942 in Elyria, Ohio to Benjamin Edward, Sr. and Mary Frances Fitzpatrick. He received his B.A degree in history from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 1964.
Fitzpatrick began his career as a teacher in Cleveland, Detroit and New Jersey. He then transitioned to the automotive industry, serving as a dealer placement administrator for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A and the national dealer development manager for Mitsubishi Motors Sales of North America, Incorporated. Later, Fitzpatrick joined the Dodge Division of Chrysler Corporation as a management trainee. In 1989, he established the Fitzpatrick Dealer Group. In addition to owning the Puget Sound Chrysler-Plymouth and the Puget Sound Dodge in Renton, Washington, Fitzpatrick purchased the Valley Lexus dealership and a Toyota dealership in California in 1997. In 1998, he was appointed to the Toyota and Lexus Division National Dealership Council. Fitzpatrick established the Valley BMW dealership in Modesto, California in 2000, and sold his Puget Sound Chrysler-Plymouth and Puget Sound Dodge dealerships. In 2002, Fitzpatrick developed the Coliseum Lexus of Oakland as his flagship store and continued to serve as president of the Valley BMW dealership.
Fitzpatrick has received awards and accolades for his accomplishments in the automobile industry, including the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from the Minorities in Business magazine and Quality Dealer of the Year Award from Time magazine. The Fitzpatrick Dealership Group was also named Auto Dealer of the Year by Black Enterprise in 2006. In 2009, the Fitzpatrick Dealership Group became the largest African American-owned dealership group in California. In 2015, Fitzpatrick honored with the David F. Mungenast Senior Lifetime Achievement Award from the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA). Fitzpatrick was elected chairman of the California Motor Car Dealers Association in 2005. He has also served as chairman of the National Association of Minority Auto Dealers (NAMAD) and the California New Car Dealers Association, in addition to serving as the founder and president of the Toyota/Lexus Minority Dealers Association.
Fitzpatrick and his wife, Bertha, have two adult children, Sean and Ryan.
Ed Fitzpatrick was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 6, 2018.