Carl Barnett, Sr.

From his humble beginnings as a cotton sharecropper in Arkansas, to his very decorated career as now, President of the Barnett Auto Group, Carl is no stranger to hard work and accomplishment. From crane operator to a g eneral supervisor at Buick, to enrolling in the General Motors Dealer Academy, Carl has over 18 years of factory experience, coupled with his success below.


  • 1989: Partnered with GM for Barnett Oldsmobile
  • 1991: Purchased GMC Pontiac of Houston, added Baytown Hyundai
  • 1993-1997: Board of Directors for General Motors Minority Dealer Associations
  • 1996: Black Enterprise Dealer of Year
  • 1998: GM Minority Managing Partner of 3 GMC/Pontiac Franchises
  • 2000: Ranked 18th out of the Top 100 Minority Dealers of the United States
  • 2000: Purchased Paris Ford Lincoln
  • 2003: Purchased Gorman McCracken VW Mazda (Longview)
  • 2004: First African American to Chair the National Automobile Dealer Association Convention (NADA)
  • 2005: Received the Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award
  • 2013: Purchased Onion Creek VW (Austin)
  • First minority to be on the Board of Directors for the NADA
  • Head of the Diversity, Government, Information Technology, and Industry Relations Committees for NADA
  • Governing Board Member for National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers (NAMAD)


CJ Barnett

A natural born leader, following in his father's footsteps, CJ is now a business executive and Vice President of the Barnett Auto Group. That title was earned, not given, as he sat in nearly every chair in the dealership, from porter to general manager, and everything in between.


  • Graduated from the NADA Academy in McLean, VA
  • Majored in Automobile Marketing at Northwood University in Midland, VA
  • Recognized as General Motors Youngest Dealer Manager
  • First Generation Minority Owner for GM in Fredericksburg, VA
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Automobile Dealer Association (TADA)
  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA)


Aaron Overton, Sr.

From a 4-year All American at Drake University to signing with the Tennessee Titans in the NFL, Aaron is no stranger to winning. He is the epitome of hard work and opportunity and has carried those characteristics over successfully to the automotive industry, managing retail operations across the country. This is evident in his young, yet accomplished 17-year career where he now is the Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the Barnett Auto Group.


  • 5 yrs factory experience with Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA)

    National Sales Trainer
  • Film Talent of MMNA Product videos
  • Area Sales Manager for Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas
  • Western Zone Retail Performance Manager (314 dealers)
  • Franchise Development/Dealer Procurement Manager
  • 12 years of Automotive Retail Experience
  • GM/Managing Partner of Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Nissan, Chevy, Ford, Mazda and Volkswagen
  • Improved national rank of 5 dealership groups from outside of the Top 100 to Top 25 in the nation
  • Spokesperson for COX Automotive Dealer Relations Committee
  • Member of the National Advertising Board for MMNA
  • Liaison & Speaker for the National Dealers Meeting in Las Vegas


Barnett Auto Group

  • Gorman McCracken Mazda & VW: (903) 686-9319
  • Onion Creek VW: (833) 561-7717
  • Paris Ford Lincoln: (888) 412-7824