If you came back in your next life as an animal, what would you be?: Golden Retriever. Dexter has the life! If you could go back in time, where would you go?: 1960, to see the world I was born into If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: To be able to talk to animals “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard” What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?: Relaxing at home
Before getting into the car business Tom spent 30+ years growing potatoes on his family farm. Bishop Potato Farms produced chip potatoes for the likes of Frito-Lay, Shearers Snacks and Anheuser-Busch. During that time Tom was appointed by Governor John M. Engler to serve on the Michigan Potato Industry Commission and the National Potato Council. Tom left farming behind in 2001 to embark on a career selling cars for the same dealer he purchased his first car from, Roger McIntosh, at his Chevrolet dealership in Linwood, MI. Over six years and 900+ satisfied customers later, Tom decided to buy into a Chevrolet and Buick dealership located in Reese, MI. As Co-Owner and General Manager, Tom spent seven years growing every aspect of the dealership, improving processes and accountability and hiring in and coaching key personnel. In April of 2015, Tom purchased Jim Wernig Cadillac-GMC of Cheboygan, MI from Jim Wernig and Gene Skiba and thus Bishop GMC Cadillac, Inc. was founded. Immediate success and immense community support in Cheboygan quickly opened the doors for expansion. In December of 2015, Rogers City Chevrolet Buick of Rogers City, MI was purchased from Thomas Vanderhyde and Bishop Chevrolet Buick, Inc. was opened for business.
Tom and his wife Jan have three children, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four grand-puppies. And if you ever need any Spreadsheet help, see Tom, as he holds a Black Belt in Microsoft Excel.
GET TO KNOW JAN… If you could go back in time, where would you go?: I would go back to where I could spend more time with family members who have passed Favorite musician: Bruno Mars If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: To heal everyone’s health problems What’s your favorite quote?: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, The Golden Rule What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?: Going shopping!
Jan was born and raised in Pinconning, MI. She and Tom made the move to Northern Michigan and opened Bishop GMC Cadillac in April of 2015 and Bishop Chevrolet Buick in December of 2015. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for their family potato farm for years and last with Better Made Snack Foods in Bay City.
She and Tom together have three children, four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four grand-puppies. Jan loves everything nautical, whether it be boats, anchors or lighthouses. She feels most at home on a beach working on her tan and picking sand dollars and seashells.
GET TO KNOW DAVID… If you won a million dollars, what would you do with the money?: Open a Taco Bell in Cheboygan. Dream job when you were younger: Equal parts Rock-star & First baseman for the Tigers. Celebrity crush: The songbird of my generation, Taylor Swift. Favorite vacation: England & Italy. Favorite athletes: Tom Brady, Phil Mickelson, and the 2003-2008 Detroit Pistons.
David got into the car business in high school while detailing cars at Roger McIntosh Chevrolet. After encouragement from Roger and family friend Mark Serra, he decided to attend Northwood University for its Automotive program and to play football. Upon graduation, he worked in various positions in a car dealership before finding his calling years later managing the Used Car department. Before making the move to Cheboygan, David worked as a Dealer Relations Manager for GM Financial. There he dealt with dealer’s inventory floorplan lending and consumer lending in a time when GM Financial was transitioning into GM’s captive lender. In 2020 David was named to the Automotive News National Top 40 Under 40 list, and his work was also featured in the book “Gross Deception” by used car pioneer Dale Pollak.
Outside of work, David is an avid musician, and his former band recorded a full-length album in Nashville and played several large shows with nationally-known recording artists.
He enjoys concerts, traveling, craft beer, vintage John Deere snowmobiles and spending time with his family, friends, his wife Alyvia, daughter Laurel and their spoiled dogs Dexter and Tansley. David is also a huge sports fan. He roots for all Detroit pro teams, Manchester City FC, and U of M.
GET TO KNOW DEXTER… Favorite athlete: Golden Tate Favorite actress: Goldie Hawn Favorite movie: Goldmember Favorite TV show: Dexter, of course Dream job when you were younger: Bush’s Baked Beans spokesdog. What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?: Laying around and wrestling with my sister Tansley
Dexter is our “Dealin’ Dog”. He is a fun-loving, Golden Retriever that accompanies his owner David here to the dealership every day. If he’s not napping in his Grandpa’s office, he can be found roaming the showroom greeting our guests and looking for a hand to pet him. Dexter, along with the rest of the Bishop team invites you to come in and get your Golden Deal!
GET TO KNOW TYLER… If you could go back to anytime in history, where would you go?: The 1950’s If you won a million dollars what would you do with the money?: Invest it Favorite quote: “Don’t look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up” Favorite musician: Corey Smith If you could have one superpower, what would it be: To fly
GET TO KNOW MATTHEW… If you came back in your next life as an animal, what would you be?: A bald eagle Favorite athlete: George Foreman If you could have one superpower, what would it be?: Invisibility What’s your favorite quote?: “Today is the day!” What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?: Driving with no particular destination
Matt may be new to the car business but is no stranger to hard work. He learned that at an early age from his father who is a legendary wrestling coach at Onaway High School. He has three children and one grandchild.
GET TO KNOW DAVE… Dream job when you were younger: Gym teacher Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend: Being with family Who’s your favorite musician?: Michael Jackson Favorite vacation spot: Northern Michigan is tough to beat, but Florida is a close second
David grew up in Northern Michigan and has lived in Indian River for over 30 years. He brings to us over 35 years of automotive experience. David is quite the basketball player, and almost signed to play Guard for the Pistons for this upcoming season. Luckily he decided to stick with us selling cars. He enjoys spending what free time he has with his children and grand children.
GET TO KNOW BRENDAN… Dream job when you were younger: Logger or lumberjack Favorite vacation spot: Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI What’s your favorite thing about your current job?: The ability to interact with people on a daily basis and seeing the excitement they have about getting a new vehicle What’s your favorite quote?: “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” If you won a million dollars, what would you do with the money?: Plan a whitetail hunting trip to Saskatchewan with family
GET TO KNOW BILL… If you came back in your next life as an animal, what would you be?: Dog Favorite musician: Garth Brooks Favorite athlete: Alan Trammell What’s your favorite quote?: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game”- Babe Ruth What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend?: Camping and watching my kids play sports
Dave was born and raised in Cheboygan and has been working here for over 15 years in the Detail and Reconditioning Department. In Dave’s spare time he enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife Tracey who he has been happily married to for over 20 years. He also enjoys spending time with his two kids Jim and Susan.