April 29, 2014
Frank Ancona, owner of Frank Ancona Honda for more than 50 years, has been confused with a man who shares the same name in Park Hills, Mo. and who, according to reputable news sources, is an alleged KKK leader. The misinformation is the result of online searches from Google, Yahoo and Bing co-mingling news articles and photos about the Olathe Honda dealership with the alleged KKK leader.
Frank Ancona, owner of Frank Ancona Honda, on KCTV5.
Fortunately, the local media helped clear up the confusion. KCTV5, KMBC and Fox 4 Kansas City broadcasted stories about the mix-up, and reporter James Dornbrook covered the story in the Kansas City Business Journal. In addition, the media outlets have taken to Twitter to help spread the word.
Earlier this month, another man connected to the KKK allegedly shot and killed three people outside of two Jewish facilities located in Johnson County, spurring customers to inquire whether or not Frank Ancona Honda’s owner is associated with the alleged KKK leader. Frank Ancona Honda and its family has no connection or relationship to the man in Park Hills, nor does the dealership and family share his reported opinions, beliefs or any type of violent or hateful behavior.
According to Michael Ancona, president of Frank Ancona Honda, “We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn about the online mix-up and express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims affected by the tragedy at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom. We barely knew of his existence until the shocking events. Over the past week, we have received phone calls and inquiries asking whether or not there is any association between my father or the dealership and this individual. None of us are associated, affiliated or related to this man. We weren’t even that familiar with him until the shocking events occurred in Johnson County which triggered more search results. The entire issue is horrible and extremely upsetting to our family.”
Frank Ancona Honda volunteers and participates in fundraising initiatives for many local charities including Phoenix Family, TLC, Coats For Kids and Catholic Charities. The dealership, its leadership and family have never supported or would ever support any type of extremist or hate group.