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Elvira Arman Reed

Elvira Arman Reed, Italian automobile agency executive. Recipient Import Auto Dealer Distinction award, Sports Illustrated, 1979, Artificial Intelligence American Dental Association, 1980, Quality Dealer award, Time Magazine, 1981.


  • Reed, Elvira Arman was born on January 11, 1921 in Italy. Arrived in United States, 1927, naturalized, 1927. Daughter of Louis Victor and Palmira (Machiovecchio) Cacio.

  • Career

    • With Arman Pontiac Inc., Compton, California, 1949—1982, general manager, 1950—1967, owner, 1967—1982, Compton Toyota, 1970—1982. General manager W. I. Simonson Inc., Mercedes Benz, since 1982. Director Community Savings & Loan, Long Beach.


    President Young Men’s Christian Association, 1970—1972. Chairwoman Los Angeles International Automobile Show, 1972. Member Pontiac National Dealer Council, 1972—1973, 1976—1977, California New Motor Vehicle Board, since 1976, president, 1978.

    Member University of California at Los Angeles Chancellor's Associates, since 1975. Member of Compton Motor Car Dealers Association, Motor Car Dealers Association Southern California (treasurer, director since 1973), Southern California Pontiac Dealers Association (president 1970, treasurer 1975-1980), Compton Chamber of Commerce (president since 1978), Friday Morning Club (Los Angeles) (treasurer 1984-1985), Long Beach Motor Car Dealers Association.


    • Married Dallas R. Arman, September 17, 1940 (deceased). Children: Donna, Barbara. Married Clarence C. Reed, December 21, 1973.
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    Born January 11, 1921
    • 1949 - 1982
      With Arman Pontiac Incorporated
      Compton, California, United States
    • 1967 - 1982
      With Arman Pontiac Incorporated
    • 1970 - 1982
      With Arman Pontiac Incorporated
    • 1982
      general manager, W. I. Simonson Incorporated