Bob McKamey, longtime Toyota dealer and philanthropist, dies

Bob McKamey speaks to a crowded reception room at the Chattanoogan in 2007.

Longtime Chattanooga businessman and philanthropist Bob McKamey, who was the first Toyota dealer in Tennessee and in the Southeast, died Tuesday.

More than 50 years ago, McKamey was approached by a salesman for the then-little known Japanese company who wanted him to sell some vehicles.

photo Bob McKamey speaks to a crowded reception room at the Chattanoogan in 2007.

McKamey recalled in a 2016 event marking his long association with the automaker that a Toyota car was parked nearby and he asked to take a look. He checked it out, closed the car door and was impressed by what he termed "a click" that to him indicated quality.

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