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Robert Wiley

Expert Sales Manager - Auburn Automobile Company

 
 
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1. Robert Wiley Marker
Inscription.  
Robert Wiley started his career at the Auburn Automobile Company in 1920 as a salesman. Prior to that, he served in the Philippines as a lieutenant in the army. Upon his discharge, he obtained a job in the Auburn sales department. When the company was contacted by foreign automobile distributors to furnish them with new Auburns to sell, the export job was handed to Wiley since he had experience traveling abroad. Having a firm belief in the potential of export sales, he pitched in with all of his might. Due to his efforts, export sales grew exponentially, approaching 20 percent of the company's total output.

Robert Wiley travelled extensively throughout his career as he worked hard to establish Auburn as one of America's leading exporters of automobiles. Ultimately by the mid-1930s, the company had 101 dealers and distributors in 93 different countries and three U.S. possessions Wiley's export department, born as a one-man experiment, eventually was staffed by 11 people. At one point, Auburn was the fourth-largest exporter of automobiles in the United States. After the demise of the Auburn Automobile Company,
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Wiley organized the Wiley Export Company with headquarters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was born in 1889 in Noble County, died in 1969 and was interred in Auburn.
 
Erected by The Fink Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
 
Location. 41° 21.397′ N, 85° 3.477′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Indiana, in DeKalb County. Marker is on Wayne Street north of Gordon M Buehring Place, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1521 S Van Buren St, Auburn IN 46706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gordon Buehrig (here, next to this marker); Duesenberg (a few steps from this marker); Auburn / Cord (a few steps from this marker); Men Employees (within shouting distance of this marker); Frank Eckhart (within shouting distance of this marker); Women Employees (within shouting distance of this marker); Augie Duesenberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Fred Duesenberg (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Robert Wiley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
2. Robert Wiley Marker
Robert Wiley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
3. Robert Wiley Marker
Robert Wiley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
4. Robert Wiley Marker
Robert Wiley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, November 13, 2021
5. Robert Wiley Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 14, 2021, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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