Thanks to my father, Ray, the name “Korte” is still remembered throughout the city–especially in Southern Scottsdale. He started Ray Korte Chevrolet at the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads in 1970.
My family owned and operated the Chevy dealership for 28 years.
Though I now live in Central Scottsdale, I have fond memories of that area of the city, because that’s where I worked with my father, who mentored me in the family business. He taught me many of the principals of business and how to treat people, both the ones who work for you and the ones you serve.
Most of all I learned about the importance of being responsible to the community and working to make it the best place possible.
My family still owns that original property at Scottsdale and McDowell roads, so you might say that I have a stake in seeing the McDowell Road Corridor succeed. But I’m also deeply disappointed by what’s happened to this once-thriving part of our city.
That’s why I feel so passionately about not only helping to revitalize the area, but to also do everything I can to revive the McDowell Road Corridor so it can launch the city into a new era of economic development.
I chaired the Los Arcos Revitalization Steering committee from 1995-1999, and more recently was a member of the McDowell Road Corridor Task Force. But I believe I can have more impact on returning the corridor to economic prominence by serving on the City Council.