Ghent Motor Company
Bob Ghent grew up ski racing with his brothers and father every weekend. He participated in the sport at the University of Colorado, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Economics. However, he never intended to use it, since he was set on being a ski bum.
Bob is a third-generation automobile dealer in Northern Colorado. In 1942, his grandfather opened a Ford store in Fort Collins. His father followed in his footsteps and owned the dealership for 45 years.
Once Bob realized he wanted to pursue a career in the automobile industry, his father sent him to the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy in Mclean, VA. He bought into his father’s business, then went on to purchase a Chevrolet dealership in Greeley in 1988. In 1990, he built a new facility in West Greeley, then added Cadillac to the franchise in 1999. He credits his dealerships’ success to his customers and the hard work of his 65 employees.
In 2013, he received the Bravo Entrepreneurship Award, which celebrates excellence in Northern Colorado. His dealership has ranked among Northern Colorado Business Report’s Mercury 100 fastest-growing companies. He was Colorado’s nominee for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year Award.
Bob has been involved in a number of professional and community organizations such as serving as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association. He served as a member of the National Automobile Dealers Association Presidents Club, president of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, member of the Greeley Rotary Club, board member of the Millbank Society for Boys and Girls Club, chair of the Automotive Division of the United Way of Weld County and business community division captain for the Northern Colorado Medical Center Foundation’s Monfort Children’s Clinic, which provides medical care to low-income families.
Yet among all those accolades and good deeds, he is most proud of his 31-year marriage to Ann and their two children.