Employee Spotlight: Rob Kaplansky – Buick Kia Sales Team

Our latest Employee Spotlight features Buick/Kia Salesperson, Rob Kaplansky.  Rob has been with the VanDevere bunch for about 3 years.  We sat down with Rob to learn more about him and thank him for 3 years!

VanDevere: Hi Rob, thanks for taking the time with us today.  Congrats on 3 years!

Rob:  Thank you and it’s been a good adventure.

VanDevere: What is the best thing about your job?

Rob: Being able to help people and get them into better situations.

VanDevere:  That does sound rewarding.   What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Rob: It is truly a family atmosphere. We help each other out.

VanDevere: We hear that a lot from employees.   What are 3 words to describe VanDevere?

Rob: Family, exciting and inspiring.

VanDevere:  Good combo, what do you like to do when not at work?

Rob: I like spending time with my baby girl.

VanDevere:  I bet you both have a lot of fun adventures.   What inspires you?

Rob:  My daughter and making sure she has a better life than I did.

VanDevere: Awesome Now on to some fun questions.  If you could pick any superpower, what would it be.

Rob: Hmmm Teleportation.  Oh, the places I could go.

VanDevere:  That would help with my next question, what is your favorite travel spot?

Rob: No favorite but I want to go to visit Disney!

VanDevere: I bet you and your daughter would have a blast. What is your favorite place to visit eat?

Rob: Easy, Fat Heads Brewery in Canton

VanDevere: Good choice.   OK last one.  What is your dream car?

Rob: Either a C8 Vette or a Cadillac ATS V Series

VanDevere:  Very nice choices!  Thank you for your time and congrats on 3 years.

All New Kia Sportage

From: https://www.kianewscenter.com/news/all/kia-presents-all-new-sportage–the-ultimate-urban-suv/s/f15fcd09-e75a-4454-a1da-1c54b5e37189

The fifth-generation Kia Sportage has been carefully crafted from the ground-up to be the ultimate urban SUV.

The all-new Sportage symbolizes the pioneering DNA of the Kia brand. The past success of the Sportage is deeply rooted in a mindset of constant reinvention. Under the new Kia brand, a fifth generation Sportage once again brings an innovation that elevates the brand to the next level.

Developed on a new architecture, the all-new Sportage combines a driver-centric design with a state-of-the-art premium interior featuring a swooping integrated curved display that houses the very latest advancements in connectivity tech.

Designers also focused on creating a pleasant space in which to spend time for all occupants. An intelligent package and clever use of space means that everyone inside Sportage can benefit from class-leading headroom and legroom. The SUV also sets the benchmark in luggage capacity, underscoring its everyday family-friendly practicality and useability.

The all-new Sportage also leads the way in safety featuring both passive and active high-tech systems – including Kia’s world-renowned comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

To create a dynamic, engaging and optimal driving experience, the all-new Sportage debuts numerous highly innovative technology breakthroughs, including Kia’s E-Handling system that enhances the dynamic performance of the vehicle and improves agility and stability. A new-generation Electric Control Suspension (ESC) provides optimum comfort and superior safety levels at all times thanks to its continuous damping control in real-time.

A Terrain Mode gives all-new Sportage outstanding ride capabilities in more challenging conditions such as snow, mud and sand, allowing owners to pursue more adventurous leisure activities.

Advanced powertrains make the all-new Sportage a highly economical, low-emissions real-world operator but such frugality is paired with smooth and highly responsive power delivery, resulting in an SUV that is energetic, sporty and fun-to-drive.

The all-new Sportage is the first Kia vehicle to be available in long-wheelbase and short-wheelbase model variants depending on the region, ensuring that the fifth-generation family fully meets the diverse and specific needs of all markets.

“Our new Sportage is a true inspiration for the SUV category in every sense,” said Artur Martins, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Brand and Customer Experience Division at Kia Corporation. “Be it the forward-thinking design, stellar interior, next-generation tech, efficient and responsive powertrains, the highest levels in safety systems or the very latest engineering breakthroughs that guarantee a responsive and optimal drive – the all-new Sportage is the ultimate urban SUV.”

Keep Reading: https://www.kianewscenter.com/news/all/kia-presents-all-new-sportage–the-ultimate-urban-suv/s/f15fcd09-e75a-4454-a1da-1c54b5e37189

Employee Spotlight: Mike “BK” Anthony

On this episode of VanDevere Employee spotlight, we are sitting down with Special Finance Manager, Mike Anthony. But he is known around here at BK. BK has been with us for 21 years! Congratulations and thank you for all you do! BK works with banks to help people with special finance needs get approved for a new vehicle. Let’s learn more about Mike!

VanDevere: Hi BK, congrats on 21 years with VanDevere. What is the best thing about your job?

BK: Thank you. It would be teaching the new sales associates.

VanDevere: That is a very important job in the sales department. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

BK: That would be the values and how upper managers treat the employees.

VanDevere: We do hear a lot about the values that the company has. What 3 words describe
VanDevere?

BK: Easy… Friendly, Fair and Family.

VanDevere: Family seems to be the most consistent answer to that question. Enough about work,
what do you like to do when not at work?

BK: I enjoy music, playing and recording it.

VanDevere: We heard you were a bit of a music man. What inspires you?

BK: Music inspires me.

VanDevere: Awesome. Fill in the blank: I once met _______________.

BK: I met radio personality, John Lanagan, at the HOF Parade. My mom was a big fan so I
recorded him saying “Hi” to my mom.

VanDevere: That is super sweet. We bet she loved that. If you could have one superpower; what
would it be?

BK: I would want super brain power.

VanDevere: Nice! What is your favorite travel spot:

BK: The Outer Banks.

VanDevere: We hear that is a beautiful place. What is your favorite place to eat?

BK: You have to try Mrs. Yoder’s kitchen in Mt. Hope.

VanDevere: It sounds like it would be great food. Normally we ask about your dream car, but since
you are so into music, how about your dream guitar?

BK: My dream guitar is the 1957 Gibson Les Paul.

VanDevere: Sweet. Thank you for your time and on 21 years here.