Employee Spotlight: Mike Santimarino – Kia Service Advisor

Mike is a Service Advisor at our Kia location and he has been part of the team for 6 years! In honor of Mike’s 6th year with VanDevere, we sat down and got to know a little more about him.

VanDevere: Hi Mike, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us.  Congrats on the 6 years at VanDevere! Being a service advisor, what is the best thing about your job?

Mike: The people I work with and the diversity of people that come through the service drive.

VDV: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Mike: The people and the culture we work in

VDV: What 3 words would you use to describe VanDevere?

Mike: Family, Fun and Energetic

VDV: Enough about work, let’s get to the fun stuff.  What do you like to do when not at work?

Mike: I have 4 kids and 6 grand kids and I like to spend time with them.  My wife and I do a lot of camping and traveling.  Just like enjoying the outdoors.

VDV:  That’s awesome.   What inspires you?

Mike: My wife.  She is a strong-willed person.  She has an autoimmune disease and deals with a lot of pain but still keeps on going.   I also get inspiration from both my fathers. I was adopted but they both had strong work ethics that they instilled in me.

VDV: Wow your wife does sound like a strong woman.  We send our blessings.   You mentioned your love of travel, what is your favorite place to go with your wife?

Mike: We love Aruba and the Smokey Mountains.

VDV: Both sound like lovely places.   If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Mike: Teleportation Even for small things like to go to lunch at the beach.

VDV: We like the way you think.  Speaking of lunch or any meal for that matter, what are your favorite local places to eat?

Mike: Brimfield Family Steakhouse, Dos Coronas and La Terraza.

VDV: So you like Mexican food? LOL Ok last question, what is your dream car?

Mike: 1965 Chevy Camaro

VDV: Awesome!  Thank you for taking the time to tell us some about you.  Congrats again on 6 years and happy traveling!