Jenell Ross Thrives as President of Family-Owned Auto Dealerships
Jenell Ross was weaned on automotive dealerships. Even as a school-aged child, every single possible research and book report she completed was centered around the car and the automotive business. The car business was her first love and the second-generation automotive dealership owner could not see herself in any other capacity. She still can’t.
It’s this kind of next-level love and passion for the business that provided sufficient fortification for Ross to not only survive but thrive as president of the Bobb Ross Automotive Group. Being insulated with family members and close associates enables Ross to oversee the growth of three separate dealership lots — Buick/GMC and Mercede Benz — and shepherd each through the tumultuous storms of tragedy and the Great Recession, ready to bring on a fourth brand, Fiat, into their portfolio.
Her father, Bob Ross, founded the Bob Ross Automotive Group, 37 years in Indiana and then moved it to Centerville, Ohio, near Dayton. then we moved to our present location, which consists of Buick, GMC, Mercedes Benz and Fiat. At the height of the Bob Ross influence, he passed away from heart disease at age 52. Furthermore, while her dealerships were threatened from the greatest marketplace crash since the Great Depression, her mother succumbed to a medical malady. Now that she has righted the ship Ross looks forward to continued growth with each brand. She spoke with rolling out about continuing a nationally recognized automotive dynasty.