Automotive News: 40 Under 40

Automotive News: 40 Under 40

Benny Robles, Jr. Honored

Automotive News’ inaugural 40 Under 40 list consists of high achievers that are the absolute top in their age bracket in the automotive industry. Automotive News editors reviewed the information from several hundred candidates that were nominated from across the nation. Polk County’s very own Benny Robles, Jr. of Bartow Ford has been selected to receive the honor for 2013.


Benny Jr. started out at the age of 12 cleaning the shelves and sweeping the floors of the Parts Department. Under the guidance of his father, Benny Robles, Sr. (President/General Manager of Bartow Ford), he worked his way up by learning every aspect of the business. Today, at the young age of 34, he is now part-owner, treasurer and pre-owned director. Benny Jr. resides in Lakeland with his lovely wife, Jenny, and their five children. If you were to ask Benny Jr. to what he would attribute much of his success; he would, without hesitation, credit his employees.

“We are a family here at Bartow Ford,” states Benny Jr. “Nowadays, it’s hard to find companies that can say the majority of their employees have been with them 10, 20 even 30+ years. I think that says a lot about the employees and the company. My partners, Carlos Sandoval, Rob Kendrick and Mike Bedenbaugh Jr., the entire staff and I are excited about what the future holds,” says Benny Jr.

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