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The Dan Banister Family took centerstage on December 22 when community and civic leaders, friends and family assembled for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Banister Nissan Norfolk on Military Highway. Serving as Mistress of Ceremonies for the history-making celebration was New Journal and Guide Publisher Brenda H. Andrews.
The Nissan dealership is one of two in Hampton Roads now owned by Dan Banister, as of December 1, 2017. The second one is Banister Nissan Chesapeake. A ribbon cutting is planned for the Chesapeake location in January.
Out of 1080 Nissan dealerships worldwide there are only 22 African American owned stores. Banister is the owner of two of them. Dan Banister has been in the car business for more than 20 years. He advanced from being a General Manger at Victory Nissan to an employee at Hall Nissan then back as a partner at Nissan Chesapeake before taking the big step and becoming the owner of two local Nissan dealerships.
The ceremony included an address by Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander and performances by Earl Bynum and the Mount Unity Choir. Other remarks were delivered by Micheal Komives, General Manager/Executive Manager, James Boyd, President, Portsmouth NAACP and Erin Carter representing U.S. Senator Mark Warner’s office.
Bishop Kim Brown of the Mount Global, where the Banister Family worships, offered special prayer over Dan and his wife Beverly Banister and their children, Jordan and Danny. A reception followed the ribbon cutting.