Darryl Holter is CEO of the Shammas Group, a group of family-owned businesses, including Felix Chevrolet, the Petroleum Securities Building, and other properties. Holter completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Wisconsin and in 1991 joined UCLA and taught in the Anderson Graduate School of Management and Department of History.

In 1995, in the wake of a recession and civil disturbances, Holter left UCLA to assist his father-in-law, Nick Shammas, with his auto dealerships. Faced with boarded-up buildings and a collapse in property values, Holter organized property owners and founded the Figueroa Corridor Business Improvement District in 1998.

Holter is an Adjunct Professor in History at USC and has authored several books and scholarly articles. His most recent book is Woody Guthrie in LA, 1939-1941. He reviews books for Los Angeles Review of Books and is the co-owner of Chevalier’s Books, the oldest independent bookstore in Los Angeles. Apart from his business activities, Holter is a musician, song-writer, and occasional fly fisherman.