Our community involvement is centered on taking care of the basic needs of people who would be hard-pressed to help themselves or in other words ‘helping those without a voice’. We carry out our involvement by partnering with non-profits that we feel are making a difference. Last year we had the privilege of partnering with over 2 dozen non-profits.
James Campbell started his automobile career at Howard Ford in Seattle’s University district while he was still in high school. During the 1930s he worked his way up from his first job as a wash boy to General Manager until the start of World War II. Following the war he went back to work for the Blume family at University Chevrolet eventually partnering with Bill Blume to buy Hopper Chevrolet in downtown Edmonds.
Arne Nelson and Bob Campbell, James’s son, met while they were both employed at Hopper Chevrolet in the 1950s. They relocated in 1963 to the corner of NE 205th and Aurora in Edmonds. The store changed to Bill Blume Volkswagen where Arne and Bob continued working: eventually buying the dealership in 1974 and changing the name to Campbell Nelson Volkswagen in 1984.
The third generation of Campbell boys. Kurt and Craig, began working full-time at the dealership in 1991. Enjoying the business. Kurt and Craig began buying stock in Campbell Nelson Volkswagen until they become majority shareholders. Kurt and Craig currently operate the dealerships while Bob and Arne enjoy retirement. In 2003 Campbell Nelson acquired Northwest Nissan in Lynnwood and by 2005 the dealership was relocated to its new building next to the Volkswagen store. In 2016 Everett Nissan was purchased to become the newest member of the Campbell Auto Group.