At Two Rivers Ford, we’re proud to announce that our very own John Barker has been nominated for the title of TIME Dealer of the Year.
Barker has nurtured a lifelong passion for cars, encouraged by his father, the previous owner of Two Rivers Ford. That supportive family environment and love for automobiles drove him onwards and upwards to success. After earning a degree at the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1990, he began officially working at Two Rivers Ford in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
“Throughout my high school years, I was washing cars and working many other jobs around the dealership,” Barker said of his early career. “After Ole Miss, my father wanted me to learn every position of the dealership, from selling cars to working in the service department.”
This vast and varied knowledge of the dealership helped him rise through the ranks. He eventually became a sales manager and finance manager before earning his spot as a general manager by the time he was 30 years old. However, as his father aged, he and his father formed a plan to pass along the family business.
In true family business fashion, Barker’s son Matthew is now an active part of the dealership, serving as a sales manager and giving back to the local community with the “Drive the Music” fundraiser.
Two Rivers Ford also is proud to be a supporter of Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee and the local “Fill A Ford Toy Drive,” in association with the Nashville Metro Police Christmas Charities. And, the dealership is a partner of St. Jude Children’s research hospital.
Barker has also honed his leadership skills by serving on many boards, including the Tennessee Automotive Association, the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission, and Nashville Franchised Auto Dealers Association.
“I feel that all community involvement is important and impactful. We don’t do it for the recognition, we do it because it is close to the hearts of our employees and customers,” said Barker.
At Two Rivers Ford, we look forward to serving the Mount Juliet community for many years to come. If there’s any way we can assist you, be sure to give us a call.