Employee Spotlight: Tommy Townsend

This month we are sitting down with employee Tom Townsend. Tommy has been working in our parts department for 19 years. He started off at our Buick location and moved to our Kia location a few years ago. We have our usual questions for Tommy.

VanDevere: Hi Tommy, thank you for chatting with us today. Congrats on 19 years! What is the best part of your job?

Tommy: The appreciation I receive for a job well done and helping the customers and the techs.

VanDevere: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Tommy: The new challenges I face every day and the family/home away from home atmosphere.

VanDevere: We hear family a lot when we ask that question. Must be why it is #1 on our core values. What 3 words would you use to describe VanDevere?

Tommy: Family, camaraderie, and acceptance

VanDevere: We feel that! Enough about work, what do you like to do for fun?

Tommy: I enjoy watching sports, spending time with my family and going to the beach.

VanDevere: Sounds relaxing! What inspires you?

Tommy: Helping people!

VanDevere: Awesome, Tommy. Ok Fill in the blank: I once met__________!

Tommy: Hmmm, our hometown hero Lebron James!

VanDevere: That is pretty sweet! If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Tommy: X-ray vision, so I could see new things!

VanDevere: Do you have a favorite travel spot?

Tommy: I enjoy white sand beaches and I would love to see all the ones in America. There are some pretty nice ones in our country.

VanDevere: I am sure they are beautiful. Favorite place to eat in Akron.

Tommy: Swenson’s!

VanDevere: You made it to the last question, what is your dream car?

Tommy: Well it used to be the Corvette, now it is a Bentley.

VanDevere: Very nice! Thank you for taking the time and for the 19 years of service you have given VanDevere!

Kia Telluride Receives Top Rated Award

From: https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/15796/kia-telluride-wins-2020-edmunds-top-rated-award

The Kia Telluride has earned a 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Award, taking the win in its category to earn the title of Top Rated SUV.

“We ‘gave it everything’ during each phase of the Telluride’s development, making sure that quality and attention to detail were second to none,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America (KMA). “For the esteemed Edmunds experts to recognize the Telluride as one of the best vehicles on the road today is a grand achievement and yet another validation of Kia’s commitment to building world-class vehicles.”

The 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Awards honor the overall best vehicles of the year based on their extensive vehicle testing and rating process. An Edmunds Top Rated Award represents the “gold standard of automotive excellence” and signifies that a vehicle is one of the best-of-the-best on the road today. Rather than honoring the newest vehicles – which may not be available yet – Edmunds Top Rated provides a list of the seven best vehicles that shoppers can actually buy now.

“Stylish, roomy and practical, Kia hit it out of the park with the 2020 Telluride. Not only does it drive well, but it looks and feels like a luxury SUV without the high price tag,” said Alistair Weaver, Edmunds editor-in-chief.  “No other SUV in its class is as comprehensively accomplished as the Telluride, which is why it is our Top Rated SUV of the year.”

Kia’s popular three-row SUV has earned lots of praise for its rugged looking exterior, modern cabin, and available features offered on higher priced luxury vehicles. Designed with families in mind, the Telluride is also available with family friendly systems such as Rear Occupant Alert with Ultrasonic Sensors, Driver Talk, Quiet Mode and more.

Employee Spotlight: Andrea Byer – Reconditioning Dept.

This month’s employee spotlight is Andrea Byer. She is a in our Buick/Kia Reconditioning department. Andrea has been with VanDevere for 11 years. In celebration of her anniversary and all she does for the company, we sat down with her for our Employ Spotlight.

VanDevere: Andrea, congrats on 11 years! And thank you for your dedication. What is the best thing about your job?

Andrea: The ability to have a flexible part time schedule so I can spend more time with my family.

VanDevere: That is awesome. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Andrea: It is a family-oriented company.

VanDevere: We have heard that before. What 3 words describe VanDevere?

Andrea: Enthusiastic, committed and integrity.

VanDevere: Enough about work, what do you like to do when not working?

Andrea: I enjoy spending time with my family, learning new things, creating art work, knitting, hiking, taking care of our chickens, and beekeeping.

VanDevere: Wow sounds like you have a lot to keep you busy when not at work. What inspires you?

Andrea: My kids

VanDevere: It is amazing to watch them grow. Fill in the blank: I once met __________!

Andrea: Bottom line Bender! 

VanDevere: YES!! Great answer. What is your favorite travel spot?

Andrea: I like exploring new places and national parks. Humboldt Redwood and Yellowstone National Park are my favorite so far.

VanDevere: They both seem like they would be beautiful. What is your favorite place in Akron to visit?

Andrea: I like taking the kids to the Akron Zoo.

VanDevere: It is a great local place! OK last one, what is your dream car?

Andrea: A new one.

VanDevere: Awe, well I am sure we can find someone to help you when you are ready for a new one. Thank you for taking time with us today. Congrats!