Who Is GST?
GST and Toyota, 45 years of progress.
Gulf States Toyota, Inc. (GST) is one of America’s most successful private companies and one of the world’s largest private distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts. Learn more about our history here.
Distributor of new Toyota vehicles and parts
Founded in 1969 in Houston, Texas, GST is one of the world’s largest independent distributors of Toyota vehicles and parts. GST serves all of the Toyota dealerships in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
We team up with Toyota Motor Sales USA and over 155 Toyota dealerships in our five-state region to meet the rising demand for Toyota vehicles and parts.
State-of-the-Art Operations – Consumer demand for Toyota vehicles and parts has led GST to expand with more technologically sophisticated facilities.
Corporate (West Houston)
Corporate associates provide support and direction to our dealers and field associates, with the goal of delivering a superior partnership to help drive the business and uphold the Toyota brand. The corporate office houses GST associates from a variety of disciplines, including field and fixed operations support, finance and accounting, IT, human resources, marketing and advertising, vehicle distribution and model line teams. We pride ourselves in the relationships that we build with our dealers, as well as our other team members.
Vehicle Processing Center (North Houston)
The GST Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) is a world class Distribution Center that distributes more than 260,000 vehicles a year to our five-state region. Our 175-acre facility is comprised of more than 400,000 sq. ft. of assembly facilities where we install value-added, dealer-requested automotive accessories and perform final make ready services. We utilize lean operating principles both in the design and execution of our processes and our focus is on delivering Toyota quality with industry leading efficiency. We employ results-driven professionals with experience in supply chain, operations, logistics and engineering.
Parts Distribution Center (Sealy)
Our Parts Distribution Center (PDC) associates and associated teams and partners distribute automotive repair parts to over 155 Toyota dealerships across our five-state region. Our PDC teams and partners directly support dealerships in our region to ensure that Toyota parts are delivered safely, damage-free and without delay to get Toyota drivers back on the road as quickly as possible. We employ results-driven professionals with experience in supply chain, distribution, operations and quality.
Field Operations (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana)
The GST field organization is comprised of highly experienced associates in sales, parts, service and retail training. Field team associates are positioned across our five-state territory, and are the face of the organization with our dealers. With an unmatched level of experience in automotive retailing, the field team provides a critical partnership in helping our dealers drive success in their businesses. We are always looking for experienced automotive professionals to join our team.
Technical Training Centers (West Houston and Dallas)
GST provides continuous technical training to Toyota dealership automotive technicians at two state-of-the-art facilities. This ensures technicians stay current in automotive technology and provide the best maintenance and repair service in the industry.
A Friedkin Affiliated Company
Established by Dan Friedkin, The Friedkin Group is a privately-held consortium of businesses and investments primarily in the automotive and adventure travel industries. The diverse portfolio of companies is anchored by Gulf States Toyota - founded in 1969 and one of the world’s largest independent Toyota distributors - and includes GSFSGroup, US AutoLogistics, GS Marketing, Westside Lexus and Northside Lexus and Legendary Adventures, among others. Based in Houston, Texas, The Friedkin Group employs over 2,700 associates across a multitude of disciplines. The Friedkin Group is consistently ranked by Houston Business Journal as one of the “Largest Houston-Area Private Companies” and was named as one of Houston’s “Healthiest Employers” in 2014.
Toyota Center - Since opening in October 2003, Toyota Center has set a new standard for sports and entertainment, becoming one of the premier live entertainment venues in the nation. Laid over the span of six city blocks, Toyota Center is home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Toyota Center also plays host to the nation’s top concerts and touring shows.
Toyota Field - Morgan’s Wonderland is the World’s first ultra-accessible family theme park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone. In 2013, GST announced their partnership with the adjacent soccer complex, Toyota Field, to generate funds for Morgan’s Wonderland through the San Antonio Scorpions NASL soccer team.
Toyota Stadium - GST began a partnership with Toyota Stadium and Soccer Center in 2013. The complex boasts a 145-acre multipurpose sports and entertainment facility located in Frisco, TX, and is the home for FC Dallas MLS team. Included in the facility is the 20,500 seat state-of-the-art pro soccer stadium and 17 tournament-sized fields which draws more than 1 million visitors each year.
Proud of where we work
We live our Values every day
At GST, we don’t just talk about our values, we live them. Our values-driven culture sets us apart from other companies. Our work environment is known for integrity, accountability, teamwork and professional development.
We value our Associates.
Our #1 asset is our associates. We are people that partner and collaborate for the common good of our company. GST is committed to the development of our associates. We provide our associates extensive training resources to help them reach their maximum potential and conduct monthly rallies to keep them informed.
To attract and retain top talent, we offer competitive salaries and have a Pay-for-Performance compensation strategy that drives a culture of excellence. Additionally, all eligible associates receive an annual discretionary bonus that rewards their individual and team performance for attaining their personal and the company's shared goals and objectives.
We strive to deliver Customer Satisfaction.
Our highly skilled associates help us provide value to the dealerships in our region and deliver the superior quality that Toyota drivers rely on.
We regard our Suppliers as essential team members.
Our associates maintain strong relationships with Toyota Motor Sales USA and our suppliers by collaborating with them on a daily basis to ensure that our customers, Toyota dealerships and Toyota drivers, receive exceptional customer service.
We are accountable for the Quality of our work.
Every year all GST associates are encouraged to submit nominations for the Robert P. Surginer Award for Quality. Named after one of our former associates, this award is presented to the individual or team whose behavior exceeds the expectations of our values and leverages this behavior resulting in significant improvement in quality, service, productivity or profitability.
We demonstrate Integrity in all we do.
Our associates are personally accountable for doing the right thing, which means not only measuring our actions by what is legal, but also by the highest standard of ethics.
We provide Leadership as a company and as individuals.
We are dedicated to achieving excellence through the loyal efforts of talented and enthusiastic associates. We lead through competence, innovation, teamwork and an eagerness to excel. Every year all GST associates are encouraged to submit nominations for the GST Innovation Award which is presented to the individual or team who initiates projects that help GST grow or become more competitive.
We create an environment of Fun and Pride.
Work Hard. Play Harder. We provide a work environment that challenges each of us to excel in all we do. We play hard and embrace the necessity for having fun. Associates frequently participate in activities to drive fun and pride in the workplace, such as ice cream socials, holiday celebrations, blood donation drives, community service events and fundraisers, all-associate day celebrations and Ride N' Drive events. Ride N' Drive events are an opportunity for our associates to experience new Toyota vehicles first-hand. It's no secret—we are extremely proud to be a part of this organization.
Benefits to work/life happiness
Our associates are what keep our company running. Their health, happiness and well-being are important to us. All associates are encouraged to find a balance between their work and personal lives. Therefore, we offer comprehensive benefits that include:
- Medical, dental prescription and vision plans
- Company-paid short term disability, long term disability and life insurance
- 401(k) investment plan with employer match
- Time-off benefits – vacation, personal, sick, holidays
- Education Assistance – Tuition Reimbursement
- Employee Assistance Program
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Adoption assistance
- Voluntary benefits
- Wellness programs and fitness centers
- Wellness and Tobacco-free discounts
- The Friedkin Group was named the 4th Healthiest Employer in Houston, in 2014, by Houston Business Journal.
- The Friedkin Group received a Platinum Achievement for being a Fit-Friendly Workplace, in 2014, by the American Heart Association.
The Little Things
When it comes to taking care of our associates, our goal is to exceed expectations. So we go a step further to throw in the little things because it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.
- Service Awards to celebrate associates' milestones
- Discounted pricing on Toyota vehicles and parts for associates and their immediate family
- Advance ticket opportunities at Houston’s Toyota Center
- Tickets to sporting and concert events
- Corporate associates have access to amenities such as an on site café and fitness center, covered parking, postal services, access to Terry Hershey Park, a stocked fishing pond and a walking trail.
- PDC associates have access to a fitness center, workout facilities (basketball, volleyball) and a fishing pond.
- VPC associates have access to a fitness center.
GST has been a supporter of local neighborhoods since our inception. Our community involvement includes:
- Blood drives
- American Diabetes Association walk and fundraiser
- Volunteering with Junior Achievement
- Breast Cancer fundraiser
- United Way donations
- Community volunteer opportunities like improving local baseball fields
A Commitment to the Environment – GST’s commitment is reflected in our commitment to constructing new properties according to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED-(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications. These "green buildings" are designed to conserve water and energy and are constructed of substantially more recycled building materials than traditional buildings. Our LEED-engineered corporate campus, situated on a 16-acre tract in West Houston, includes jogging trails, parkland and beautiful views of Buffalo Bayou.
Join us and let's go places
We recognize that top talent is often the difference between good and great business performance. For us to continue to do great work in our growing company, we’re searching for the most talented individuals to join GST.
Take the Next Step – Explore the possibilities! Please visit our Career Center for our latest job openings.
In 1969, GST signed a distributor agreement with Toyota Motor Sales USA.
By 1972, the company had 35 associates and had sold 5,000 cars and trucks through 14 dealerships. GST also completed construction on its 33-acre processing site at the Port of Houston.
GST won the Triple Crown in 1979 by holding the #1 spot in import car, truck and combined import sales in the United States. By the year’s end, 65,826 total vehicles had been sold.
In 1986, GST completed and opened its Parts Distribution Center (PDC) near Sealy, Texas.
By 1994, GST broke the 100,000 mark in total vehicle sales. Having outgrown its processing center at the Port of Houston, GST opened its 80-acre Vehicle Processing Center in North Houston, which is served by both rail and transport trucks.
With vehicle sales steadily increasing, GST outsold Toyota Motor Sales USA. Inc. in import car market share in 1998.
With record sales in 2000, GST sold 11% of all Toyotas sold in the United States.
In 2003, GST recorded more than 149,000 total vehicles sold and helped name Houston’s best sports and entertainment venue – the Toyota Center. Since opening the Toyota Center has set a new standard for sports and entertainment, becoming one of the premier live entertainment venues in the nation. Laid over the span of six city blocks, Toyota Center is home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Toyota Center also plays host to the nation’s top concerts and touring shows.
In 2005, GST was named the #1 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 list. GST was also listed at #40 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. By the end of the year, more than 185,000 vehicles were sold through 145 dealerships.
In 2006, GST’s Vehicle Processing Center (VPC) expanded to 150 acres and GST sold 226,960 vehicles by the year’s end. GST opened a new Dallas-area training facility that provides technical and sales training for our associates and those from the dealerships we support. In 2006, GST was listed at #45 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
In 2007, GST was listed at #65 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
In 2008, GST was named the #3 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List. In 2008, GST was listed at #53 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
In 2009, GST was named the #4 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List. In 2009, GST was listed at #68 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
In 2010, GST was named the #5 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List. GST was listed at #76 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
In 2011, GST was named the #2 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List. GST was listed at #60 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
In 2012, GST named Marty Collins President and General Manager. In 2012, GST was named the #1 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List.
In 2013, GST was named the #1 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List. GST was also listed in 2013 at #51 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first ultra-accessible family theme park designed with special-needs individuals of all ages in mind and built to be enjoyed by everyone. In 2013, GST announced a partnership with Toyota Field, a soccer complex adjacent to Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, to generate funds for Morgan’s Wonderland through the San Antonio Scorpions NASL soccer team. GST also began a partnership in 2013 with Toyota Stadium and Soccer Center, which is a complex that boasts a 145-acre multipurpose sports and entertainment facility located in Frisco, TX, and is the home for the FC Dallas MLS team. Included in the facility is the 20,500 seat state-of-the-art pro soccer stadium and 17 tournament-sized fields, which draws more than 1 million visitors each year.
In 2014, GST was named the #1 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List. GST was listed at #48 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.
In 2015, GST was named the #1 privately held company in Houston by the Houston Chronicle’s Chronicle 100 List.
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Table of Contents:
- COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
- DISCLOSURES FOR LEGAL PURPOSES
- SECURITY OF YOUR INFORMATION
- THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS
- LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES
1. COLLECTION OF INFORMATION
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3. DISCLOSURES FOR LEGAL PURPOSES
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7. THIRD-PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS
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10. CONTACT US
For Privacy Concerns:
Gulf States Toyota, Inc.
P.O. Box 442168
Houston, TX 77244-2168
Attn: Privacy, Legal Affairs
For Copyright Concerns:
Gulf States Toyota, Inc.
P.O. Box 442168
Houston, TX 77244-2168
Attn: Copyright, Legal Affairs