Jim Bender

President & Chief Operating Officer at AutoNation

Jim Bender has served as our Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since July 2019. Mr. Bender is responsible for new and used vehicle sales, as well as Customer Financial Services, Customer Care, and manufacturer relations. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bender served as our Executive Vice President of Sales. Prior to becoming Executive Vice President, Mr. Bender served as Region President of our Eastern Region, with responsibility for the states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, and Maryland from February 2015 until December 2018, and as President of our Florida region from April 2004 until January 2015. Mr. Bender joined AutoNation in April 2000. Before joining AutoNation, Mr. Bender he spent 23 years with Holman Enterprises, global leader of automotive services based in New Jersey with a strong retail presence in South Florida. Mr. Bender has extensive experience in automotive retail. Mr. Bender has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Canisius College.


  • President & Chief Operating Officer

    Current role

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