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Jenell Ross

Jenell R. Ross earned her bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed the General Motors Dealer Management Development Program, and also graduated from the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Academy. Jenell is the only second generation African-American Woman Automobile Dealer in the country. She accepted the leadership role of the dealerships in July 1997 after the untimely death of her father Robert P. Ross Sr., who in 1974 started the family-owned business in Richmond, Indiana. Ms. Ross became president after the passing of her mother, Mrs. Norma J. Ross in 2010.

Today the Bob Ross Auto Group located in Centerville, Ohio, includes three franchises: Buick, GMC and Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz of Centerville was the first African-American owned Mercedes-Benz Dealership in the world. Currently, the Bob Ross Auto Group also has the distinction of being the only Buick, GMC and Mercedes-Benz Dealerships owned by an African American ‘Woman.’ This year the Bob Ross Auto Group celebrated 45 years as a Buick Dealer, 40 years as a Mercedes-Benz Dealer and 37 years as a GMC Dealer.