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Employee Spotlight: Paul Salibi

Here we are again, sitting down with one of our team members to learn more about them. We actually love learning about our team! This month we are talking to Paul Salibi, the company’s controller. The controller deals with our finances and keeps us all in check. Paul has been with the company for 3 years now. Paul has learned several aspects of the business from service to sales. We sat down and gave Paul our normal “spotlight” questions and here is what we learned!

VanDevere: Hi Paul, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us. We will start off easy… what is the best thing about your job?

Paul: I get to work with awesome people that work hard but have fun while making things happen!

VDV: Love it. That is a great combo to have from a group of coworkers. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

PS: I would have to say it is our culture.

VDV: It is a good well-rounded family like atmosphere. What are 3 words you would use todescribe VanDevere?

PS: Care (about people), integrity and fun.

VDV: YES! We see the VanDevere Care shirts around the dealerships this summer! Ok enough about work… What do you like to do when you are not at work?

PS: I love spending time with family. Making memories with my wife and kids is at the top of that list.

VDV: Sounds great and I bet they keep you busy. We hear you have 2 young kiddos! What inspires you?

PS: Growth. Learning new things. Improving myself to be a better person in my professional life and in my personal life.

VDV: That is a great way to go about it. Growth as a person is a big deal. Fill in the blank: I once met ____________!

PS: I once met a Saudi Prince, well actually I went to school with him.

VDV: Where did you go to school that they had princes? If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

PS: Flight! I love to travel so it would be awesome to fly on my own time and for free
whenever I wanted (without the lines and TSA).

VDV: Yes! That would be a great super power. Can you imagine how quickly you could see the entire world? Speaking of travel, what is your favorite travel spot?

PS: We switch it up. Beach and mountains are where it’s at!

VDV: You need a beach by the mountains! Favorite place to eat or visit in your city?

PS: Right now, I am on a Beyond Juicery + Eatery kick. They have tasty food and I feel good after I eat it.

VDV: Nice sounds fresh and yummy. OK last questions, since we are in the car business, what is your dream car?

PS: I think this is where I am supposed to say Ferrari or something. But with a growing family, I’ll take a Suburban.

VDV: Well we do sell Chevys so maybe a Corvette? LOL but we can definitely get you into a nice new Suburban! Thank Paul for taking the time to talk with us today. And thank you for 3 years of great employment! Cheers

Employee Spotlight: Lance Woodring – Collision Center

This employee spotlight takes us to our Collision Center to chat with Lance Woodring. Lance has been with us for 3 years now and is one of our Body Shop Estimators. If you follow along
with our Halloween pictures Lance is also known as Mr. Mayhem. See the attached picture. Congrats on the 3 years here at VanDevere. We appreciate you.

VanDevere: Thank you for sitting down with us Lance. What is the best thing about your job?

Lance: I enjoy working with the hysterical Jim Holland.

VanDevere: it is a bonus to have great coworkers. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Lance: I would have to be the feel of family here.

VanDevere: We hear that a lot. What 3 words would you use to describe VanDevere?

Lance: I think it is supportive, caring, and giving.

VanDevere: Good words! Let’s get off the topic of work. What do you like to do when not at work?

Lance: I enjoy doing home renovations, gardening and motocross.

VanDevere: Awesome. What inspires you?

Lance: Chris Braurer.

VanDevere: You would tell us if he made you say that wouldn’t you? It is good to have a boss the
inspires. Fill in the blank: I once met _______________.

Lance: I once met Tom Cousineau.

VanDevere: We had to google that but that is pretty cool. (He was an NFL player.) If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Lance: I would want to be the Invisible Man.

VanDevere: Nice. What is your favorite travel spot?

Lance: I like to be at home with a campfire and a beer hanging out with my new wife.

VanDevere: Sounds nice, and congrats. What is your favorite local place to eat?

Lance: Akron Family Restaurant

VanDevere: Ok last one is and easy and fun one What is your dream car?

Lance: I want a 1967 Hurst Olds 442!

VanDevere: Great choice, that is a righteous car. Thank you again on you 3 years on the team and for letting us peek into your life.

Oil Changes For A Cause: Akron Canton Regional Food Bank

During the time of April 16th – 30th, The VanDevere Bunch donated $25 to the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank for every oil change performed at one of our 3 service locations.

We are proud to present this check for $18,025 to this great organization that continues to support the members of our community by providing meals to those who are in need.

Thank you to all our customers that helped us in supporting the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. In this difficult time, we are in this together.