Dobbs Family Automotive

Our Team

Partnering with Us

Investing for Life

Unlike a traditional private equity firm, we invest our own family assets and do not raise capital from outside parties. Because of the personal stake in our investments, we prefer long-term investment opportunities that build value over time.

When seeking new investment opportunities, we look for partnerships with experienced business operators and executives, along with promising start-ups exhibiting solid growth potential. When we seek out these partnerships—and because our primary objective is to simply assist outstanding management teams in achieving growth—we want to make sure our partners’ goals are met through prudent investment, without the necessity of our stepping in to manage daily operations. However, we do offer a number of back office functions in order to help ensure that growth, including accounting and finance, tax preparation, human resources, insurance and risk mitigation, and legal services.

vintage photo of Hull Dobbs standing next to a classic Ford Sedan

John Hull Dobbs, Jr.


Mr. Dobbs has been involved in business since he was 12 years old, working in his family’s automobile dealerships. At 17, he was selling cars on the lot. He has worked in all the Dobbs businesses at one time or another in various capacities, which gives him varied experience across a range of industries. Mr. Dobbs was president of the Dobbs family’s private equity firm for 12 years. During that time, he oversaw all the family businesses and was instrumental in starting or acquiring businesses ranging from health maintenance organizations (HMOs), money management firms, hospitals, dental clinics, auto parts distributors, and more.

Mr. Dobbs holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.

vintage photo of Hull Dobbs standing next to a classic Ford Sedan

Rick Greene

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Dobbs, Greene was an executive with Delta and Pine Land Company (D&PL), an NYSE-traded company operating in the agricultural biotechnology industry. D&PL was sold to Monsanto Company in 2007. Mr. Greene served in a variety of roles with D&PL, including Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of International Business, and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development. As head of corporate development, Mr. Greene oversaw all business development and strategic planning activities of the company, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing, and business expansion. He has been involved in dozens of business combinations, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, and similar transactions.

Mr. Greene is a summa cum laude graduate of Christian Brothers University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

vintage photo of Hull Dobbs standing next to a classic Ford Sedan

Matt Garibaldi

Prior to joining Dobbs, Mr. Garibaldi was an advisor to ultra-high net worth and family office clients while at Commerce Advisors. Previous experience also includes roles at D. Canale & Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and his family’s restaurant business. Mr. Garibaldi holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree from Auburn University. Mr. Garibaldi is a Certified Public Accountant and a CFA charterholder.
vintage photo of Hull Dobbs standing next to a classic Ford Sedan

Phillip DeBardeleben

Group Controller

Prior to joining Dobbs, Mr. DeBardeleben spent 10 years at DHG, LLP, where he was a senior manager. While at DHG, Mr. DeBardeleben’s areas of focus were taxation, consulting and mergers & acquisitions for the Dealership Service Group as well as business aircraft taxation. Mr. DeBardeleben holds both a Bachelor and Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Mr. DeBardeleben is a Certified Public Accountant.

vintage photo of Hull Dobbs standing next to a classic Ford Sedan

Kenny Myers

Director of Automotive Operations

Kenny started working as a salesman at Dobbs Ford in Memphis, TN in 1984. By 1988, he was promoted to various management positions including New and Used Car Manager, and General Sales Manager. In 1998, the Dobbs Dealerships were acquired by Republic Industries which later became AutoNation. In 2002, Kenny was promoted to General Manager of Ford and Honda Dealerships in Memphis until December 2020.
Dobbs Family Automotive

Dobbs Family Automotive is owned by Dobbs Equity Partners.
Now in its third generation of savvy investors, Dobbs Equity Partners has learned from its past to benefit your company’s future.