Robin Smith-Salzman

Robin began a highly successful career as an account manager at CBS Radio in Orlando where she later became a VP/Market Manager and was named U.S. Radio & Records “Market Manager of the Year” in 2003. Robin and her husband Jack moved to Cornelius, NC in mid-2003 to become the owners of Lake Norman Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, where she took over as Marketing Director for the dealership. In 2013, Robin and Jack purchased a second dealership in Gastonia, NC, naming it Gastonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. After seeing how the aftermarket accessory business was taking off for both consumer and commercial vehicles, they decided to expand their businesses to include both Carolina Custom and Lake Norman Commercial Center.

Named one of the 2005 “Women to Watch” – Business Leaders Helping to Shape the Golden Crescent by Business Today Magazine, Robin has been honored numerous times in the local business community for her success in business, as well as her commitment to helping those in need locally. She was named “2013 Woman of the Year” by the Make-a-Wish Foundation and W.I.S.H. Society Central and Western NC. In 2018, not only did Make-a-Wish rename their Power of a Wish Award to honor Robin for her dedication to the organization, she and Jack received the TIME Dealer of the Year Award, which is the biggest honor available in the automotive industry, recognizing not only their success in business but their commitment to community. Least of These Carolinas recognized Robin in 2019 with The Diedra T. Lackey Legacy Award for her support and advocacy; The Charlotte Business Journal honored Jack and Robin with the 2021 Most Admired CEO Award for a family-owned business; and the Salzmans received the 2021 Outstanding Philanthropic Organization Award for National Philanthropy Day.

Robin believes strongly in utilizing her success to give back to the community and, over the last two decades, has significantly given back both with her time and financially to local organizations including Least of These Carolinas, the Humane Society of Charlotte, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Dove House, Hope House, Holy Angels, and of course, Make-a-Wish. 

As the next step in her philanthropic mission, in 2022 Robin, with husband Jack, created a family foundation called Giving With Grace. A foundation dedicated to giving back to the community with a primary focus on animals in need, or women and children in crisis. Robin’s hope is that one or more of her grandchildren will be running the foundation and Giving With Grace will be making an even greater impact in the community she and Jack live in and love. 

In addition to running the foundation, Robin and Jack are enjoying semi-retirement, traveling more than ever and spending every possible moment with the family and friends they love!!