AUTO Staff

Tim McAllister

Born and raised in the Seattle area, former AUTO Membership Director Tim McAllister graduated from the University of Washington in 1967 with a B.A. degree in journalism. He attended the UW on a baseball scholarship, a sport he still enjoys, but from the bleachers or in his chair watching TV.

Tim McAllister

After editing community newspapers in Oregon, California and Olympia, he joined AUTO in 1985 where he helped create the AUTO Bulletin, which is widely known as a leading national trade magazine covering motor fuel distribution in Washington State. Now "semi-retired", Tim handles advertising in the Bulletin through his firm TBM & Associates. He also sells life and health insurance; particularly to dealers he’s met through the years with AUTO.

McAllister, 66, lives in Mukilteo with his wife Sharon. They both enjoy golf, hiking, and "growing up" with their two grandchildren. Their daughter, Jodi and son-in-law Michael Milner live in nearby Kenmore.

Tim Hamilton

Born in Aberdeen Washington in 1950, AUTO Executive Director Tim Hamilton has lived in Grays Harbor County all his life. Graduating from Elma High School, Tim married Cherryl Bowdish and moved to McCleary where they raised three children Tim, Chris and Sarah.

Tim Hamilton

Tim and Cherryl entered the industry by taking over an Exxon station in McCleary in 1974. They subsequently operated a Shell station in Central Park from 1976 until 1982 when they moved the business location to South Sound Union 76 in Olympia.

In 1984, Tim formed AUTO with dealers from around the state. He ceased operating stations in 1986 and has since served as AUTO’s Executive Director and lobbyist. In the quarter century of service, he has become internationally known for his expertise in the petroleum distribution and franchise system. (Download his resume here)

After Cherryl's death in 2001, Tim met and fell in love with Mary Stalcup who had also lost her husband Neil to cancer related to Agent Orange exposure in Viet Nam. They decided to start all over again and sold their homes to build a new one outside McCleary which features Mary’s love of flowers and landscaping designs. Tim tries to get away frequently with his family and friends on “Papa’s Boat” to fish local rivers and coastal shorelines along the Olympic Peninsula.