As published in The Herald Gazette, 8/20/13 9A
When M. Carlton Maynard was a young boy, his dream was to run his own business one day. With the help of his wife, Genia, his brother Michael and his father Robert “Pop” Maynard, that dream became a reality.
“In 1992, with a mere investment of $800 and four pieces of equipment in my backyard, I started my own business,” he said. G&M Enterprise of Barnesville is now a certified Mahindra Tractor Dealer that specializes in sales and service of tractors and farm equipment. Trade ins are welcome.
It is located at 109 Westgate Plaza in Barnesville and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. G&M is also open by appointment after hours and on weekends. “Our primary goal is to provide our customers with the best sales and service in our industry,”said Carlton, who was named the 2011 Business Person of the Year by the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce. “I cherish honesty, integrity and -most of all - kindness to my fellow man.”
G&M has been a Red Carpet dealership for the past two years, which means the Mahindra Tractor Dealer has an outstanding service and sales record. “The Red Carpet status means a lot to us and we strive to maintain that status every year,” said Carlton.” In addition to family members, G&M has three dedicated employees – Foy Gilbert who has worked for the business seven years, Logan Brown who has been with the business five years and Lee Potts who has worked at G&M for over a year.
“Being self-employed is challenging, but I surround myself with good people and I can depend on them for quality work,” said Carlton. “We do what’s best for the customer and that sometimes means working by appointments on nights and weekends.” There is also work done behind the scenes - by Genia, the G in G&M. “My wife handles the paperwork, manages payroll and does lots of work behind the scenes,” Carlton said. “My brother Michael is also instrumental in running this business.” Carlton has been owner and operator of G&M for 21 years and learned from the beginning that success is all about hard work. In the beginning years, he did tractor work and bushhogging on the side to keep his company - and dream- alive.
Now he plans to expand his office and may offer more types of equipment. He plans to use local contractors and buy materials from local businesses to build at 1,600 square foot addition to the back of his existing shop. “Providing our customers the best possible service and allowing our company to give back to the community are our top goals,” Carlton said. G&M Enterprises always purchases items and services locally whenever possible. After becoming a Red Carpet dealership, funds were spent locally to improve the office. The economic downturn was hard on many tractor dealerships, but G&M worked hard to get inventory even when suppliers closed their doors. “One of our greatest challenges has been getting the right inventory for our customers,” Carlton said. “We also sell a lot of equipment by special order.”
Photos by Rachel McDaniel