Rob started working at the dealerships in 1977 after earning his degree from the University of Virginia. Rob learned the car business from the ground up and now as President is responsible for the day-to-day operations and overseeing all the dealerships.
Rob and his wife, Bonnie, have two children, David and Lewis, who are both with the Modern organization, and they are proud to have five grandchildren, Lily, Emmy, Abby, Kate, and Luke.
Rob is an avid golfer and he and Bonnie also breed, train and show Keeshonds. There have been lots of champions in their home but mostly they are beloved pets.
As if having an automotive business isn’t enough, Rob spends some of his free time at home racing slot cars with family and friends. A true car enthusiast.
I was a typical kid growing up in Winston-Salem, the middle brother between Fred and Rob. I was very interested in automobiles and my first car was a rare 1929 Chevrolet roadster desperately in need of restoration. With the help of my dad, Jim Cook the longtime Modern Chevrolet shop foreman, and three parts cars, I finally completed the job. It was a beauty!
Construction was also a family business and I learned the basics working summers for my grandfather’s company during high school and college. I have been involved in building ever since. I even did construction work serving in the military in Vietnam. As a custom homebuilder my most enjoyable project was building the house that Rob and Bonnie (Fowler) still call home.
My wife Daisy taught for many years in the Forsyth County School System and at Forsyth Country Day School. We live in a Lewisville home overlooking the Yadkin River, where we have enjoyed the company of a long line of rescued dachshunds. We enjoy watching our grandchildren play sports, and they play everything!
I became project manager for Modern Automotive primarily to oversee construction of the new facility for Toyota and Subaru in Boone, but it seems that Modern is in the construction business somewhere all the time. I feel very fortunate to be finishing my career working with my two brothers, five nephews and the wonderful Modern Automotive family.
Omnia followed his dad, Fred Fowler, into the car business and started working part-time in the Modern dealerships in 1985. He went full-time in 1991 after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Go Vols! Omnia is Senior Vice President of Retail Operations.
Omnia is a proud father of five children; Ashton, Garrett, Eliza Wyatt, and Anastasia, and husband to wife, Jennifer. When Omnia isn’t overseeing operations at Modern Automotive, he and Jennifer spend much of their spare time watching the kids participate in all their various activities. He also likes to play golf, deep sea fishing and collecting old baseball memorabilia and has a sizable collection of baseball cards.
As one of the fourth generation of Fowlers at Modern, Fred’s son, West, loves the outdoors second only to his love for the family business, which he joined in 1993. That was a big year for West as he was also married that same year. He and his wife have 3 children. West was born and raised right here in Winston-Salem and attended Mount Tabor High School then went on to graduate from Appalachian State.
Jamie has been in the car business since 2000. He started out managing IT, moved to online eCommerce sales, and then moved into digital marketing/sales a few years later. He really enjoys working in the stores and being part of the day-to-day operations, so he can understand the needs of each store.
Jamie has been married to Nicky since 2000. They have 3 children; Abby, Landon, and Eli, plus 2 dogs; Daisy, and Lily. When he is not working, he is probably watching his children play volleyball, soccer, or basketball. There is also a good chance he is playing with legos or hot wheels with his younger son, Eli.
He also enjoys watching soccer, basketball, and football.
Vice President of Variable Operations and Marketing
Vice President of Variable Operations and Marketing
Lewis is one of several fourth-generation Fowlers who have gone into the family business. Born and raised right here in Winston-Salem, he came on as a full-time employee in 2007 after working various part-time jobs in the dealerships since he was 14. Lewis has three girls, Lily, Emily & Kate and they love to attend Wake Forest football games.
As one of the 4th generation of Fowlers at Modern, David chose to follow his dad, Rob, into the family business in 2009. David was born and raised right here in Winston-Salem, where he still lives with his wife and two children. David attended Davidson College where he was on the golf team and earned his BA in Economics with a concentration in Applied Mathematics. He still enjoys playing a round of golf as well as taking in a Wake Forest game whenever he can. David has worked in the Sales Department, Internet Sales Department, Finance Department, and Service Department.
Jerry joined the Modern team in 2011 as the Chief Financial Officer. He completed his undergraduate work at UNC Charlotte and earned his MBA right down the street at Wake Forest University. Jerry was previously with the Hendrick organization for 14 years. Jerry and his wife Alana have kids ranging in age from 4 to 24.
Angie is currently the Corporate Controller at Modern where she’s been ensuring the numbers are lined up and accounted for since 1995. Angie lives in Advance with her husband and their black Labrador retriever, Owens. She graduated from Forsyth Tech Community College with a degree in Accounting. Angie likes shopping, gardening and travel.
As Director of Human Resources and Payroll, Michele strategically leads the human resources and payroll departments for Modern, providing expert guidance through her 20 years of progressive experience.
Michele has a BS in Human Resources Management from Madison University in Biloxi, MS and holds professional credentials in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. Michele and her husband Dennis reside in Winston Salem and have three children, Morgan, Mason, and Madison.
Mike joined Modern Automotive in 2010 as General Counsel and Director of Compliance.
As basketball fans go, Mike may be our biggest! He was raised in Chapel Hill and is still a huge Tarheels fan. He also played college basketball at Avila University in Kansas City where he earned is Political Science degree, and now coaches his two daughters, Haley and Natalie, in their YMCA Youth Leagues!
After college, Mike worked for consumer advocate Ralph Nader as his personal assistant for 2 years before attending the University of Baltimore School of Law where he earned his law degree in 2001.
Mike operated his own law firm for 5 years and married Kirsten in 2000. They moved to Winston-Salem in 2001 where Kirsten is Section Chief for General Internal Medicine at WFUBC.
Mike burns calories working out at the gym and cheering on his favorite Tarheels. He and Kirsten enjoy traveling with their girls and have added two rescue mutts, Marley and Maddie, to the family. Mike and Kirsten were happy to return to the Tarheel state and love raising their children in Winston-Salem.
Kim came to Modern in 2012 with a BA in Economics from Salem College. She is Modern’s Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis, so yes, she’s good with numbers. Kim comes from a family-owned business and very quickly fit in with the Modern family here.
Kim and her husband, Steve, have one child, Timmy. Timmy is the catcher at High Point Christian Academy and it’s a good thing he is because one of Kim’s favorite hobbies is watching baseball! Kim also enjoys all types of cooking and baking and counts gardening as one of her favorite things.
Paul is our Director of Information Technology. He and his team keep Modern’s network infrastructure, telephony systems, security systems, computers and software running smoothly. Paul has been in the automotive business for 26 years working as a salesperson, F&I Manager, New and Used Car Manager as well as a General Sales Manager. He picked up the computer bug in 2004 and began his life as an IT professional. Hmm….maybe computer bug isn’t a good way to say that.
Paul is from New Orleans where he had the good fortune to have his elementary school, high school, college and favorite bar all on the same street!
He now lives in High Point with his wife of 25 years, Julie, and their eight-year old cattle dog/pit bull mix, Millie, a rescue pup. Paul and Julie are avid cyclists and love everything from Cyclocross racing to mountain biking and road riding. They both also give significant amounts of their time to the Bobby Labonte foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the needs of local families and children throughout the Triad of North Carolina. Paul also enjoys traveling, music and wine, and recently took up woodworking. Just to prove he’s a true Renaissance man, Paul also loves to cook.