Matt Shone is General Sales Manager of Toyota Marin, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (888) 594-4173 or by email.

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Matt Shone: Behind the Wheel

  • Matt Shone, general manager of Infiniti Marin

  • Matt Shone, general manager of Infiniti Marin

Matt Shone: Behind the Wheel
“Our mission statement is, ‘Providing excellence to the community with value, integrity and trust,’ and that’s something I definitely live by.”

SAN RAFAEL – Matt Shone has always liked cars, but when he was a young man, he never expected his interest to lead to a full-time career. However, when his plans to transfer from community college to university were unexpectedly put on hold, what seemed like a bump in the road turned out to be a major catalyst for change. “I was all set to go to UC Santa Barbara when I found out I was one class short in Spanish,” he explains. “I needed a job while I finished up at community college, so I answered an ad in the newspaper and was hired at a local dealership. As it turned out, I really loved what I was doing and it ended up becoming my career.” Today, Matt continues to excel as general manager of Toyota Marin.

While cars provide his livelihood, much of Matt’s time outside of work is devoted to another passion. “My fiancée, Ritsa, and I have a great love for animals,” he says. “We have a couple of dogs and cats, and we also do some hobby farming on our property with about 40 heritage chickens and 20 ducks.” Matt’s involvement with animals began at a young age—he grew up on a horse ranch, and he later became an active member of 4H and a trainer of service dogs. While he enjoys observing the activity of his chickens and ducks (“It’s neat to watch them interact and see the pecking order,” he laughs), his true affection is reserved for his dogs. “They’re my best friends. Dogs are great to come home to because they’re always happy to see you and appreciate any kind of attention you give them.”

In both his life and career, Matt adheres to the guiding philosophy of Infiniti Marin. “Our mission statement is, ‘Providing excellence to the community with value, integrity and trust,’ and that’s something I definitely live by,” he says. “Our dealership is very much a part of the community, and we touch a lot of people’s lives, so it’s important to us to make as much of a positive impact as we can.”

Ask me anything!
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?

A: The San Francisco Giants.

Q: Coffee or tea?

A: Coffee.

Q: What was your first car?

A: A 1980 BMW 320i that I bought for $800.

Q: If you could drive any car, what would it be?

A: A McLaren F1.

Q: If you were a professional athlete, what number would you wear on your jersey?

A: 22­, the number of Will Clark, my favorite baseball player.

Q: If you were ruler of your own country, what would you name it?

A: McCovey—that was my dog’s name.

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