Brent Brown

Brent Brown

Brent Brown was born in Newport Beach, California and moved to Mapleton, Utah when he was six years old. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1977. Though he didn't attend college, Brent has been passionate about supporting education with significant contributions to UVU, Provo School District and several other educational causes including his service on the Utah State Board of Regents.  

Having spent his youth as a lead guitarist in a professional rock band, Brent opened for several large acts including ZZ Top, and doing a record. He then chose to serve a two year mission in England for his church. Brent began his career in the auto dealership industry in 1984. By 1987, he was managing a group of auto dealerships and in 1992, became part owner of the Toyota dealership in Orem, Utah and ultimately became the sole owner of what is now known as Brent Brown Toyota in 1999.  

The dealership was Utah's largest volume new car dealership in 2016, outselling every dealership of every brand. The dealership was also recognized in early 2017 for being the #1 Metro Toyota dealership in the United States in customer retention, Toyota's measure for loyal customers who purchase again and again from the same dealer. The dealership was also an eight-time winner of Toyota's prestigious President's Award, Toyota's highest recognition for a well-run, customer focused dealership and was voted "Utah County's Favorite New Car Dealer" in 2017 for the fourth year in a row by readers of Utah Valley Magazine.  

Brent was selected to be the President of the Utah Auto Dealers Association and was chosen by Toyota to be one of 13 dealers in the United States to serve on Toyota's National Dealer Council. The council represents 1250 Toyota dealers nationally in dealing with the manufacturer in the USA and Japan. Brent was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2003. In 2018, he was selected as the Time Magazine Quality Dealer of the Year for Utah and was runner up for National Quality Dealer of the Year that same year. In 2021, he was inducted into the New Car Dealers of Utah Hall of Fame. 

Brent served in two Utah Governor appointed positions, serving on the Utah State Board of Regents, which oversees higher education in Utah, and on the Governor's Office of Economic Development Board (GOED). 

Brent and his wife, Melissa, have four children and 11 grandchildren. They reside in Springville, Utah, Maui, Hawaii and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They are very active in raising money for children's education and host the Easter Basket Auction each year to raise money for the Provo School District. The Browns enjoy traveling, boating, riding motorcycles, and trips in their motorcoach.