My first enterprise at the age of 6 was my father showing me how
to plant radishes in our family garden. When they matured, I
bundled and delivered the bundles via my bicycle for ten cents
each to Mr. Stark at his grocery store on Main street in Heber
Springs. I've had many jobs related to my family's country living
over the years and have learned the value of hard work and
earning my own money. My father, O.L. Payton, being deeply
rooted in the automobile business told me many times, "The car
business paid for our farming hobbies." I grew up in the car
business also. I detailed the cars and trucks my father bought and
sold. I became a driver, as a very young man, for several auto
auctions, then a ringmaster and eventually a licensed auctioneer.
I began selling automobiles at my father's dealership.
I met Rhonda and later married this wonderful and patient woman
in 1987. We have three exceptional children: Ambre, Justin and
In 1987, my father purchased Central Arkansas Auto Auction
(CAAA) in Beebe, Arkansas. After growing the auction for 11
years, we sold the business in 1999.
Rhonda and I took over the operation of O.L. Payton Automotive
in Heber Springs, changing the name to Payton Select Automotive
which we still operate today.
In 2003, we purchased the local (Heber Springs) GM franchise
and thus, Payton Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Inc. was born. In
2006, we built a new state of the art facility to house this
dealership on highway 25B north where we are today.
In 2004, we reopened our auction CAAA in its original location.
We continue to operate this auction.
In 2007, we purchased the Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep dealership in
Clinton, Arkansas that we now operate as Payton Dodge Chrysler
I am affiliated with many organizations which I will list below.
Thank you for your interest, and if you ever have any questions,
please feel free to contact me.
- I am a Christian and member of Grace Baptist Church in
Heber Springs and Sunday school teacher.
- Lifetime member of the NRA
- Lifetime member of the North American Hunters Club
- National Automobile Dealers Association
- Arkansas Automobile Dealers Association
- Arkansas Independent Automobile Dealers Association
- Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce
- Clinton Chamber of Commerce
- Fairfield Bay Chamber of Commerce
- Tea Party participant
- Cattlemens Association
- Farm Bureau
- Greers Ferry Lake Razorback Club
- Licensed Auctioneer
- Licensed new and used automobile dealer
- Licensed CDL driver
- Licensed private pilot
- Conceal carry license