Darwish, formerly a minority partner in a New Jersey Audi dealership and a platform manager for Napleton Automotive Group, said that after entering into an agreement with Fuccillo in August 2020, he ran into several delays. His lawyer’s office shut down because of COVID-19, and Darwish contracted the disease.
“I almost died,” he told Automotive News. “I was in the hospital for 19 days.”
Darwish said he was on oxygen for two months but recovered. Then in June 2021, Fuccillo Automotive CEO Billy Fuccillo Sr. died.
Darwish said he had little sleep over those 20 months as he worked to meet with multiple manufacturers and banks to wrap up the deal.
He now has a staff of more than 400 people, whom Darwish described as “very good workers.”
“The staff that came along with this deal is spectacular,” he said. “The team is a tremendous team.”
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