Rick Cavender – 7/12/08
President of Saturn of San Antonio
Vice President of the Cavender Auto Family
Rick Cavender is President of Saturn of San Antonio and Vice President of the Cavender Auto Family which consists of Saturn of San Antonio and Saturn of San Antonio Northeast, Cavender Toyota and Cavender Audi. Rick is a third generation family member in a San Antonio family auto business that began with Cavender Oldsmobile Company back in 1939.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980 Rick began his career at Cavender Oldsmobile working alongside his father and grand father serving in a variety of positions. In 1992 his family was selected to become a Retailer for Saturn and Rick took over operations of Saturn of San Antonio and later in 1994 he added Saturn of San Antonio Northeast.
Rick has had a very active community involvement. He has served the Boards of Mission Road Developmental Center, the San Antonio Sports Foundation, San Antonio Youth Literacy, and the San Antonio Golf Association. He has current board positions with the Lone Star Chapter for Cystic Fibrosis, the San Antonio 100 Club assisting families of fallen San Antonio Police and Fire officers killed in the line of duty, the Bexar County Arts Fund, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center and Christian Senior Services. He is past president of the San Antonio Auto Dealer Association. In 1996-1997 he was chosen to be President of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. With over 725 members it is currently the largest Rotary Club in the World. Under his leadership this club has since partnered with City Year San Antonio to complete six “Kingdom for Kids” playgrounds in San Antonio inner city schools and at the Semmes Public Library. For these efforts Rick and his fellow Rotarians were presented with two distinguished “Friends of Education” awards by the San Antonio Independent School District. Rick currently serves as Past Board Chair for City Year San Antonio. City Year honored him with the distinguished “Ripples Award” in 2001 for his support and involvement.
Rick also organized a support driver team to transport patients to and from the UT Health Science Center. He called on his Saturn Owners to help. Over twenty volunteer drivers serve on the Saturn Transportation Assistance Team. They provide transportation and friendship to the patients undergoing medical and therapy procedures at the center.
He was named Outstanding Young San Antonian by the Jaycees in 1995. He was presented with the SA Award by the San Antonio Police Officers Association. He is a past San Antonio Business Journal “40 Under 40” award recipient and in 2001 he was recognized as a “Hometown Hero” by Time Warner Cable for his community involvement.
In 2007, the United Way of San Antonio recognized Rick with the “Volunteer of the Year” Award in the Individual Service category. Rick serves on the United Way Board of Trustees and he frequently speaks at corporate United Way Campaign kickoff events.
Rick also finds time to lead the Rick Cavender Band. This 6 piece variety band typically performs over 40 nights a year for local and state galas, conventions and weddings. Rick and his band have opened and performed with artists such as Alabama, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Larry Gatlin, Glen Campbell, Asleep at the Wheel and Tanya Tucker. He has a current CD of 13 original songs entitled “Coastal Troubadour” along with two other CD releases “Run to the Roadhouse” ,1999 and “Gypsy Vagabond”, 2002 available on his web site athttp://www.rickcavenderband.com. Rick and his band were selected as “Entertainer of the Year” by the San Antonio Hotel and Motel Association in 2002. Rick also wrote and recorded his original tribute song “Doing What Matters Most” which was used as the official campaign song for the United Way of San Antonio in 2005. Among other charitable events that he supports and performs for Rick and his band donate their time and talent each year to the San Antonio 100 Club gala which raises funds for families of fallen police and fire fighters.
Rick’s family consists of his beautiful wife of 25 years Suzanne and his wonderful daughters Courtney age 19 and Claire age 16.