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  • Benny Robles Jr.

    Benny Robles Jr.

    President / General Manager
    Since 1991

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    Benny Robles Jr.

    Benny Robles Jr.

    President / General Manager
    Since 1991

    Benny Robles Jr. is the President and General Manager at Bartow Ford. As the President and General Manager, Benny oversees all areas of the dealership, including the sales and service departments. Although Benny officially began working at Bartow Ford twenty two years ago, as a child he enjoyed watching his father and other associates interact in the daily functions at the dealership. He previously held numerous positions including mowing the lawns, detailing vehicles, managing finance, working in internet sales, and as the Pre-Owned Director.

    Benny attended both St. Leo University and Florida Southern College. In 2011, he graduated from the NADA Academy and served as President of his class. Shortly after, he was listed on Automotive New’s 40 Under 40 as a top achiever in the auto industry. Benny currently serves on Ford’s Training Advisory Board and is a Board of Director for the Bartow Chamber.

    When Benny is not at work, you can find him with his wife, Jenny, and their five children, JT, Haley, Emily, Ella and Benni. He also volunteers at their schools and coaches basketball.

    Email: bennyjr@bartowford.com

  • Benjamin Robles Sr.

    Benjamin Robles Sr.

    Vice President
    Since 1977

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    Benjamin Robles Sr.

    Benjamin Robles Sr.

    Vice President
    Since 1977

    Benjamin J. Robles, Sr. was born in Leon, Spain in 1948. Migrating first to Cuba, and then to Miami at the age of 14, his beginnings have given him the optimism and vision to grow Bartow Ford from a small town dealership to an award winning, nationally recognized success.

    FUN FACT: Coincidentally, during Benny’s high school years he lived in Detroit, Michigan with a foster family by the last name of Ford.

    Earning a Business Management Degree from the University of South Florida, Benny first entered the automotive industry working for Ford Motor Credit performing audits at Ford dealers in the Tampa Bay area. After becoming close friends with Ernest Smith, the young Mr. Robles was convinced to work at Bartow Ford as a Finance Manager in October 1977.

    Now over 3 decades later, Benjamin Robles Sr. has continued to grow the business started by Mr. Smith, developing a supportive community reputation, accelerating programs supporting the youth, and helping transform the small town dealership into one of the largest Ford dealers on the east coast.

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    Email: bennyr@bartowford.com

  • Mike Bedenbaugh Jr.

    Mike Bedenbaugh Jr.

    New Vehicle Sales Manager
    Since 1999

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    Mike Bedenbaugh Jr.

    Mike Bedenbaugh Jr.

    New Vehicle Sales Manager
    Since 1999

    Mike started in the auto industry as a sales representative in 1991. He worked in the Tampa market for almost 8 years before coming to Bartow ford. Mike has worked in almost every position in the sales department new cars, used cars, and finance. In his personal time he enjoys fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

    Email: mikeb@bartowford.com

  • Rob Kendrick

    Rob Kendrick

    Commercial Sales Manager
    Since 2000

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    Rob Kendrick

    Rob Kendrick

    Commercial Sales Manager
    Since 2000

    The Fleet/Government Sales Director for 15 years, Rob Kendrick started working at Bartow Ford when he was in high school. Beginning in entry-level positions, Rob has worked his way to Fleet/Government Sales Director, spearheading changes and leading the department to become one of the largest commercial departments in the nation.

    Rob attributes the success of the department to the entire team of commercial sales representatives. He enjoys working with staff and customers to fulfill the needs of their businesses.

    On his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time outdoors with his two sons, Jacob and Bryce.

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    Email: robertk@bartowford.com

  • Carlos Sandoval

    Carlos Sandoval

    Fixed Operations Director
    Since 2005

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    Carlos Sandoval

    Carlos Sandoval

    Fixed Operations Director
    Since 2005

    Upon graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Management, in addition to certification in Automotive Entrepreneurs and Leaders, Carlos persisted to continue his education. Post-graduation he was selected for a new program, in conjunction with Arizona State University, for Ford’s initiative in Automotive Dealership Education Program for Minorities (ADEPM). Ford’s program was designed to transition graduates into owning their own dealership. This program was a five year commitment and allowed Carlos to work in every department with in Bartow Ford. Carlos was able to understand how to run a dealership from the ground up.  He was also rotated thru various Management Positions during his training period.

    Ford extended additional education for one year into the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Dealer Management Academy. NADA has its own training program for future dealers and managers to ensure a smooth-running, profitable dealership through leadership transitions. While attending the Academy, Carlos learned how to comprehend dealership financial statements and his education encompassed comprehensive overviews of a Ford store including in-depth working knowledge of each department within the store. His final project involved evaluating a dealer’s processes and making recommendations for improvement. Upon completion graduates were encouraged to seek management positions. After completing the NADA Dealer Academy he was promoted to Fixed Operations Director. In his new role he and his management team oversees Parts, Service, Body Shop, and Quick Lane.

    In his spare time, Carlos thoroughly enjoys spending time with his wondeerful wife Laurie and three beautiful children.

    Community involvement
    Bartow Chamber Of Commerce
    Bartow Leadership Women’s Care Center- Vice President
    Mr. Bartow

    Email: carloss@bartowford.com

  • Hazel Kendrick

    Hazel Kendrick

    F&I Exe Officer
    Since 1977

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    Hazel Kendrick

    Hazel Kendrick

    F&I Exe Officer
    Since 1977

  • Ken Heidel

    Ken Heidel

    Information Technology / Safety Manager
    Since 1980

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    Ken Heidel

    Ken Heidel

    Information Technology / Safety Manager
    Since 1980

  • Chad Barron

    Chad Barron

    Assistant Controller
    Since 2001

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    Chad Barron

    Chad Barron

    Assistant Controller
    Since 2001

  • Greg Corbin

    Greg Corbin

    New Vehicle Sales Manager
    Since 1989

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    Greg Corbin

    Greg Corbin

    New Vehicle Sales Manager
    Since 1989

  • CJ Russell

    CJ Russell

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager / Director
    Since 2012

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    CJ Russell

    CJ Russell

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager / Director
    Since 2012

  • Ross Porter

    Ross Porter

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    Since 2011

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    Ross Porter

    Ross Porter

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    Since 2011

  • JR Mendoza

    JR Mendoza

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    Since 2003

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    JR Mendoza

    JR Mendoza

    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    Since 2003

  • Jonathan Smith

    Jonathan Smith

    UCD Service Manager
    Since 1980

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    Jonathan Smith

    Jonathan Smith

    UCD Service Manager
    Since 1980

  • April Dion

    April Dion

    Finance Director
    Since 1998

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    April Dion

    April Dion

    Finance Director
    Since 1998

  • Barbara Dettinger

    Barbara Dettinger

    Human Resource Manager
    Since 2003

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    Barbara Dettinger

    Barbara Dettinger

    Human Resource Manager
    Since 2003

  • Tina Ford

    Tina Ford

    Inventory Manager
    Since 1993

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    Tina Ford

    Tina Ford

    Inventory Manager
    Since 1993

  • Rhonda Alejandro

    Rhonda Alejandro

    Director-BDC, Quality Control & Internet Sales
    Since 2009

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    Rhonda Alejandro

    Rhonda Alejandro

    Director-BDC, Quality Control & Internet Sales
    Since 2009

  • Amy Sumerlin

    Amy Sumerlin

    Marketing Director

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    Amy Sumerlin

    Amy Sumerlin

    Marketing Director

  • Apryl Harrison

    Apryl Harrison

    Accounting Manager
    Since 2009

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    Apryl Harrison

    Apryl Harrison

    Accounting Manager
    Since 2009

  • Jackie Thagard

    Jackie Thagard

    Titles Manager
    Since 1983

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    Jackie Thagard

    Jackie Thagard

    Titles Manager
    Since 1983

  • Rick Butner

    Rick Butner

    Service Manager
    Since 1999

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    Rick Butner

    Rick Butner

    Service Manager
    Since 1999

  • Bryan Boyett

    Bryan Boyett

    Service Manager
    Since 2011

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    Bryan Boyett

    Bryan Boyett

    Service Manager
    Since 2011

  • Mike "Skippie" Giddens

    Mike "Skippie" Giddens

    Quick Lane Manager
    Since 2002

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    Mike

    Mike "Skippie" Giddens

    Quick Lane Manager
    Since 2002

  • Mike Maskolunas

    Mike Maskolunas

    Body Shop Manager
    Since 1983

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    Mike Maskolunas

    Mike Maskolunas

    Body Shop Manager
    Since 1983

  • Nancy Stone

    Nancy Stone

    Parts Manager
    Since 1978

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    Nancy Stone

    Nancy Stone

    Parts Manager
    Since 1978

  • Vonda Kolowajtis

    Vonda Kolowajtis

    Detailing Manager
    Since 2008

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    Vonda Kolowajtis

    Vonda Kolowajtis

    Detailing Manager
    Since 2008

  • Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks

    Accessory Installation Manager

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    Michael Brooks

    Michael Brooks

    Accessory Installation Manager

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Accounting

Human Resources

Marketing Department

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Bartow Ford
Bartow Ford
2800 US HWY 98 N
Bartow, FL, 33830 United States
800-303-4016
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