Conventional wisdom says that being general counsel at a smaller business means you have to be a jack-of-all-trades. But that hardly begins to describe the experience of Patrick Hutchinson, the general counsel and CFO of McDonald Automotive Group.
Hutchinson’s C.V. reads like he’s three different executives. Aside from having previously been an auto dealership group’s corporate counsel and accounting director, he’s had a solo legal practice and been an entrepreneur in data analytics, real estate and peer-to-peer networks industries. But it’s no paradox that he’s also a specialist in law as it affects the automotive industry.
McDonald runs six car dealerships in the Denver area. In his roles, Hutchinson has a hand in all aspects of the business, from customer concerns, vendor issues, contracts and human resources to running the accounting department and IT team.
McDonald owns Audi Denver along with Hyundai, Mazda, Volkswagen and Volvo dealerships that line South Broadway in Littleton, and a Mazda dealership in Lakewood. It employs more than 500 people and has been in business for more than 50 years.