Dale Benton started his career as a car salesman, worked his way up to manager and in 2010 bought his first dealership, the Nissan store in Oxford.
He added a Nissan store in Hoover in 2014 and 2 more in Columbia, Tennessee, and Bessemer in 2016. This week, he bought his 5th dealership, Bob Hembree Chevrolet, which will now take the name “Dale Benton Chevrolet.”
He said he’s very pleased to be part of the Guntersville community and is looking forward to having a presence here.
His wife of 25 years, Victoria, is not just his partner in life, but also his business partner. They have a 10-year-old son, Daniel. The family lives in Anniston.
“I wasn’t born in the car business,” Benton said. “I worked hard, saved my money and was very blessed to get to purchase my first dealership with no outside partners.”
His past dealerships have all been Nissan stores.
“We’re diversifying with this store,” Benton said. “I’m excited to be a Chevy dealer and to be part of the Guntersville and Marshall County community.”
He said he loves giving back to the community and looks forward to doing that here. The Bentons are very active in church and have supported a variety of community organizations over the years in the other communities they serve.
Phillip Walker, who previously worked for Howard Bentley GMC, will be the general manager of Benton Chevrolet.
“He spent 15 years with Howard Bentley,” Benton said, adding that they like to find strong leaders for each of their dealerships.
The sale closed Wednesday and Benton banners went up at the dealership shortly thereafter.
“We’re excited about taking on the Hembree name,” Benton said. “The Hembrees served this community for 60 years. We look forward to continuing great service for the previous Hembree customers.”
Benton grew up in Atlanta and played baseball at Jeff Davis Community College, where he met his wife, who is from Flomaton. He was a pitcher.
“I went straight from college to selling cars,” Benton said.