Grant was hired to lead Chevrolet sales past Ford. In the first four years of his tenure, Grant’s sales team saw sales nearly double to $4 billion for Chevrolet, all while he was still living in the area, taking the train to Detroit on Sundays and returning here on Fridays.
Grant was then placed in charge of sales for all of General Motors and spent the next 16 years leading the automaker to greatness.
Fortune magazine referred to Grant as “The Little Giant” and called him “one of the greatest salesmen this nation has produced.”
During the depression, it was Grant who developed the BOP Sales Co., which allowed Buick, Oldsmobile and Pontiacs to be sold by the same dealers in a uniform manner. The elimination of duplication solidified the sales and increased profitability for GM. These successes brought Grant to a seat on the board of directors of GM, a seat he held until 1953.
During all of his travels for GM, Grant always lived in Dayton, and operated his Jersey Dairy at Normandy Farms that delivered fresh milk daily to more than 500 customers.
The exhibit can be seen Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Asahel Wright House at 25 N. Main St. in Centerville.
“We haven’t determined how long the exhibit will be up, but it will definitely run all of the spring, and the book can purchased here also,” Goldman said. “We can also make arrangements for special viewings for groups by contacting the historical society.”
To learn more about the historical society, go online to www.mvcc.net/centerville/histsoc, or call (937) 291-2223.