About Anderson Holdings
Who We Are
Founded by John Anderson, Anderson Holdings is a private, family-owned, diversified holding company headquartered in Los Angeles with operations across Southern California, Hawaii and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The Anderson Holdings portfolio employs 1,400 employees, spans 25 business entities and is focused around four core lines of business: automotive retail, real estate, beverage distribution, and insurance & financing.
John Anderson's Background
John Anderson was the son of a barber who grew up in Minneapolis and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA on a hockey scholarship. After graduating from UCLA in 1940, Mr. Anderson earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1942. He passed his CPA exam while serving on the staff of a Navy admiral during World War II. After the war, Mr. Anderson returned to Los Angeles where he worked at the Arthur Andersen & Co. accounting firm during the day and attended Loyola University School of Law at night. In 1953, three years after earning his law degree, he co-founded the Los Angeles law firm of Kindel & Anderson.
John Anderson's Vision
Mr. Anderson launched his business holdings in 1956 with the purchase of a Hamm’s beer distributorship in downtown L.A. He then grew his portfolio from a single distributorship to a diversified holding company of beverage distributorships, real estate assets, automobile dealerships, insurance carriers and manufacturing companies. Mr. Anderson was known not only for his business savvy but also for his unwavering ethics; no matter the cost, he always strove to do the right thing.
Our Founder's Connection to the Community
Firm believers that strong business fuels community and strong communities fuel business, Mr. Anderson and his wife, Marion, were active philanthropists in the Southern California community and were significant benefactors to the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Anderson Holdings Today
Building upon Mr. Anderson’s legacy, Anderson Holdings has remained consistent in its commitment to doing the right thing for its customers, employees, communities, policyholders, supplier partners and stakeholders. The company is overseen by a Board of Directors which includes family members and outside independent advisors. This leadership team is committed to growing the Anderson Holdings portfolio of diverse, profitable businesses well into the future.