Cyndi Koppelman is a legendary figure in Aston Martin circles. Senior Executive at the family firm Miller Motorcars, based in Greenwich, Connecticut, she has been integral to the marque’s American success, thanks to a long-standing relationship with Aston Martin.
Cyndi as the sales manager of Miller Motorcars’ Aston Martin operations. (She received the 2003 Aston Martin International Sales Person of the Year Award and the 2007 International Viscount Downe Memorial Award by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and is on the Aston Martin Dealer Advisory Panel for the U.S.)
Koppelman, who studied retail merchandising and design, hadn’t initially planned to work in the auto industry. After college, she ran an interior design company until her father died in 1974. On returning home to Connecticut, she was asked by a friend of her father’s if she’d like to work for him, selling imported cars at Newman Volvo, Fiat and Triumph in the historic Hartford County town of Berlin. “To my surprise, the new career was a perfect fit,” she recalls and within just one year, she found herself as one of Volvo’s top American Sales Specialists.
By the late 1970s, Cyndi, her then-fiancé Richard Koppelman and her brother Mark Miller had started their own dealership, Miller Motorcars, in West Hartford before moving to Greenwich. In 1980, however, Cyndi had a meeting with Peter Livanos, then the owner of Aston Martin, who was working closely with then-chairman Victor Gauntlett to raise the company’s profile. This company and the challenge ahead intrigued Koppelman and in January 1981 she left Miller to work for Aston Martin Lagonda of North America selling Aston Martins.
In 2003, Koppelman was awarded Aston Martin International Sales Person of the Year and four years later she was the proud recipient of the Viscount Downe Memorial Aston Martin Heritage Award, honouring her long-standing commitment to the brand and its customers. Koppelman’s devotion to Aston Martin is matched only with her service to charities and the local community in and around Greenwich.