John Medved

Medved Autoplex

Inducted in

2021

Raised in Detroit, John Medved grew up close to his family, church and poverty. He worked delivering newspapers, as an iron worker on a Chrysler assembly line, and selling new cars to fund his college education. After graduating from college, he joined the Navy and entered flight school. After
his military service, he returned to the automotive business.

John purchased Craig Chevrolet in 1988 and that year, formed Medved Chevrolet, Inc. From 1988-2020, he served as CEO/President of Medved Autoplex, and developed it into one of the largest multifranchise automotive retail outlets in Colorado. During the early 1990s, Medved was the country’s largest Geo dealership and was still ranked as one of the top-performing dealers in metro Denver when he sold his interests in 2020.

In 1995, the company purchased Castle Rock Ford Lincoln Mercury, now known as the Medved Autoplex Castle Rock, and along with Ford, sold Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC. The Medved dealerships were the largest employer in Castle Rock and the second largest employer in Wheat Ridge.

John is dedicated to his core values: Family, community and work. His community involvement includes major sponsorship of several schools, such as the University of Colorado and the University of Northern Colorado.

He actively participates in chambers of commerce in the communities where he does business, and his generosity is well known in the medical community. John is past president of the Metro Denver Automobile Dealers Association and has served as the board director of the Jefferson County Economic Development Commission, Castle Rock Economic Development Company and the Southeast Business Partners Association.

He has been the past president of the Local Marketing Group for Chevrolet and Cadillac, and was appointed by two governors to sit for two terms on the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, where two years were served as president.

John has received many honors and awards, including Pillars of the Community Award in 2000, Businessman of the Year by Wheat Ridge and Castle Rock, and was Colorado’s nominee for the 2009 Colorado TIME Dealer of the Year award.

John has been married for 43 years, is the father of six children and grandfather of 13 grandchildren.

John Medved