Brent Brown Toyota Annual Scholarship
Brent Brown Toyota established the Brent Brown Toyota Annual Scholarship in 2016 to benefit Utah Valley University students whose access to higher education has been limited by income or other situations.
When Brent Brown was named general manager of a Toyota store in Orem in 1992, it was one of the 20 worst Toyota dealerships in the United States according to the Customer Satisfaction Index.
“More than half of the residents of my county were buying Toyotas outside of the area. But 18 months after I took over as general manager, the dealership received the Toyota President’s Award, and now that dealership is Utah’s single largest-volume new-car dealership,” Brown said.
More than a decade ago, Brown was named the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in retail for the Utah region. “It’s a distinction that only two other auto dealers in my state had ever received, so it meant a lot to me,” he said. “I had risked everything and given it my best and my all, and it was very rewarding to be recognized for doing so in such a large way.”
In 2017, Time magazine nominated Brown, now president of Brent Brown Toyota in Orem, for the 2018 Time Dealer of the Year award. Brown is one of a select group of 47 dealer nominees from across the country who were honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association’s 2018 Show in Las Vegas.
Brown is also committed to raising money for the Provo City School District, and raised more than $2 million with his business partnerships. He currently chairs the board of the Provo School District Foundation and serves on the national advisory board for Utah Valley University’s Woodbury School of Business. He also serves on the board of the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.