Past Chairman (Retired)
Robert M. Kent Automotive
The name Kent has been synonymous with quality car dealerships in the Evansville area for over 67 years. Robert Kent, known as Robbie, entered the automotive industry with his father, Kenneth Kent, in 1971 at the Chevrolet store and became a full partner in 1974. Through hard work and a commitment to customer service, Mr. Kent acquired the Toyota dealer appointment in May 1988, and Lexus in 1990. Although it has since changed ownership, it not only retains the family name and Robbie’s customer-centric philosophies, it also continues as the largest volume Toyota store in the state. Robbie also played an important role on the team that sought and successfully brought Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana, to the area in 1996. During his career, Robbie owned and operated 11 automotive franchises and served on local, state, and regional dealer boards and councils.
Though Robbie is often recognized for his business accomplishments, he is best known for his generosity and preference to be a silent and humble contributor. Driven by a passion to serve, and a desire to help young people reach their potential, --without fanfare or accolades—Robbie has quietly served the Evansville community through his work with many non-profit and service organizations.
He has served on multiple boards, including Evansville Chamber of Commerce, Evansville Boys and Girls Club, Evansville Museum, Evansville Redevelopment Commission, Junior Achievement, American Red Cross, St. Mary’s Medical Center, Fifth Third Bank, USI School of Business, University of Evansville, and many more.