Employee Spotlight: Rich Borodkin

This month we sat down with VanDevere Chevy Equity Manager, Rich Borodkin. Rich has been with the company for 13 years! We took some time to get to know him a little better, with our normal line of questioning.

VanDevere: Hi Rich, congrats on the 13 years here and thank you for sitting down with us. We will start easy… What is the best thing about your job?

Rich: The best thing is when the customer takes deliver for the first time, they are so excited. They are smiling and glowing.

VDV: That has to be a great feeling to help them get in their new car. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

RB: I think the best thing about VanDevere is the family atmosphere.

VDV: We hear that a lot in these interviews. What are 3 words you would use to describe VanDevere?

RB: Hmm, the three words would be family, friendly and fun!

VDV: Ah yes, gotta have the fun in there. Let’s move to something not work related. What do you like to do when you are not at work?

RB: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy playing the drums at my church.

VDV: That is pretty cool! What (who) inspires you?

RB: That is easy, my family inspires me to move forward for them. Emily, Jared and Julia are my 3 children and my wife, Michelle.

VDV: That is awesome. Nice to see that you are so close with your family. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

RB: I would want to be Spiderman, so I could climb and jump tall buildings and such.

VDV: Ha, nice. That would be fun!

Jeans Day: The Idea House (With Help From Grunt Grub Food Truck)

Every month VanDevere holds a Jeans Day to collect donations for different local charities. April’s charity was The Idea House. The employees were also treated to lunch from a sort of local food trailer, Grunt Grub. The rain we had didn’t put a damper on the fun though, as the smell of the yummy burgers cheered everyone up!

The Idea House is a Christian faith-based year-round school for students with different abilities located in Canal Fulton, OH. The owner, Angi Shumate, says that she created the IDEA House Educational Services for several reasons. As a teacher for students with various disabilities she wanted a place that was safe and comfortable for all the children that were getting looked over in the normal school system. Angi also wanted a place that could focus on the special needs of children with Autism Spectrum. She also wanted a place that was for the families. Disabilities of one family member impact the entire family and the IDEA House helps with all the members of the family!

The lunch was provided by Grunt Grub. The meat comes straight from the farm to the truck. Matt and Jennifer Baker are the owners of this great food truck. Not only is the farm where they get their meat owned by a veteran, Matt is also a veteran. While Matt cooked the burgers their 2 oldest boys helped Jenn with the fries and assembling of the burgers. Don’t take our word for how good the burgers were, and that onion bacon jam, check them out and stop and get some grub!