AIKEN -- The president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. made a stop in South Carolina to make good on a promise to a friend.
Satcher Ford Lincoln Mercury owner Rick Heath said Ford chief Alan Mulally (muh-LAHL'-lee) visited his dealership Friday.
Heath said Mulally had told his friend and Aiken businessman Rob Johnston that, if Johnston ever bought a new Ford F150 pickup truck, Mulally would deliver it personally.
Johnston said he had previously owned an F150 and regretted selling it.
"Ten minutes after selling it I knew I had made a tragic mistake," Johnston said.
He ordered the truck of his dreams and Mulally delivered it with a big red bow.
"I love it," Johnston said. "It's just like I had been missing my best friend," he said.
Heath has worked at Satcher Ford for more than 40 years and bought the dealership in the 1980s. He said he coordinated the visit with Mulally's office and enjoyed spending time with the CEO.
Johnston said Mulally was recognized by many Aiken residents at a golf course and local restaurant.
"It was quite an experience for me to see a corporate CEO have such a touch for the average American," Johnston said.