THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO HAVE DREAMS, IDEAS AND GOALS COME TO FRUITION, IS THE CORE OF WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF THE FREEDOMS THAT ARE OURS IN AMERICA.

- Denise Burnett Stewart

SMALL BUSINESS DRIVES THE AMERICAN ECONOMY. IT THRIVES AND SURVIVES NO MATTER WHAT MAY BE GOING ON IN THE MAIN ECONOMY.

- Dick Gadomski

UNLESS WE PROMOTE ENTREPRENEURSHIP, WE WILL NOT HAVE AN EXCITING BUSINESS ATMOSPHERE IN OUR COUNTRY.

- Allen B. Morgan, Jr.

Bruce Kent Ritchey

Landers Auto Group
President

Kent Ritchey, a franchised automobile dealer for 48 years, is the Founder and President of Ritchey Management, LLC. and Landers Auto Group.  New car franchises include Audi, Buick, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Nissan, Ram and Volkswagen brands. He operates dealerships in Collierville, Memphis, Southaven and Jackson, MS.

Kent grew up in an automobile environment and learned the business from his father Bruce Ritchey, a long time automobile dealer in Eastern Arkansas.  He spent several years as an executive with Homer Skelton, a pioneer Memphis mega dealer and Roger Penske, head of Penske Auto Group and one of the largest automobile dealers in the world.

Kent and Janice, his wife of 47 years, began buying dealerships during the 2007 financial depression and in ten years built Landers Auto Group into the largest, by revenue, privately held dealership group in the Mid-South.  They sell 10,500 new and used automobiles annually.  Their business model includes Partner/GM’s with equity positions in the dealerships; thus building financial equity and succession management.

The dealerships operating principals are: People, Product, Promotion, Profit.

Kent, Janice and the Landers Team are generous on many fronts.  They raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through partnerships with the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic and the St. Jude Memphis Marathon.  They donate time and money to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital through the WREGTV Go Jim Go campaign. Landers is a longtime partner with Susan G. Komen Mid-South, raising money for breast cancer awareness and prevention.  Education is a favorite and Landers is a large supporter of the Collierville Education Foundation, the Germantown Education Foundation and Desoto County Education Association.

Kent is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Memphis.  He is a long time Board and Executive Board Member of the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South and is currently Chairman of the BBB.  Additionally, Kent serves on the Board of the Greater Memphis Automobile Dealer Association and is President of this 101 year association.

Description of Business

New and Used vehicle sales, Service and Parts sales, Auto Financing, in Collierville, Memphis, Southaven and Jackson, MS

Thoughts on Entrepreneurship

“Entrepreneurship is the bedrock of the American spirit. It is the willingness to risk all to build lasting value.”