Tag: Buick

Employee Spotlight: Mike Barber – Finance Manager

This month we sit down with one of our Buick/Kia finance managers, Mike Barber.  Mike has been with the company for over 2 years now but he has been an honorary member of the VanDevere family for as long as he can remember.   We sat down with Mike and asked him our normal questions, let’s get to know Mike.

VanDevere: Thank you for taking the time to chat with us today! Let’s jump right in.  What is the best thing about your job?

Mike B.: The best thing is getting to help people protect their investment and understand a process that can be scary and confusing for a lot of people.

VanDevere: Helping people is something we hear a often when doing these spotlights.  That is a great feeling.  What is the best thing about VanDevere?

MB: The culture and the atmosphere for sure! VanDevere values doing the right thing above everything else, whether it’s with their customers or employees.   We are rooted in faith and integrity and aren’t afraid to have fun in everything we do!

VanDevere: No wonder the company has been around for 76 years! What 3 words would you use to describe VanDevere?

MB: Honorable, exciting, family-oriented

VanDevere:  Those are great words, we hear the family one a lot from our employees.   Now on to some fun stuff.  What do you like to do when not at work?

MB: I enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys, be adventurous and play games.

VanDevere: That sounds like a fun time, I am sure that they keep you busy. What inspires you?

MB: My dad!  He is one of the hardest workers I know.  He has been through a lot in his life.  His perseverance and dedication to God and Family is something I will always admire.

VanDevere: That is wonderful. Not only is he a great role model for you but for your boys as well.   Fill in the blank: I once met ___________!

MB: I once met one of the Property Brothers.   Well I didn’t really meet him but I saw him in LAX airport.   And I’m not sure which one it was because they are twins, but it was still cool!

VanDevere:  Ha, that is fun.   We wouldn’t know which one it was either.  If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

MB: I’d have to say super-speed because I could go anywhere in the world for a day and nobody could beat me in a race!

VanDevere: Yes, we would like, too.   We would love to travel.   Speaking of travel, what is your favorite travel spot?

MB: The beach!! Any beach. Can’t beat drinks, sand and sunshine!

VanDevere: We can’t agree more!  What is your favorite place to eat?

MB: The Cheesecake Factory.  It makes me feel fancier than I am and focus is more on the dessert than the entrée.

VanDevere:  Dessert is always a good thing!  Last question, since we deal in cars…. What is your dream car?

MB:  For my daily driver, an Audi A8. For show/fun, the Batmobile from The Dark Knight.

VanDevere:  Batmobile for sure! Thank you for taking the time and letting us get to know you!

Employee Spotlight: Rocky Dorsey

Our latest Employee Spotlight features Buick New Car Manager, Rocky Dorsey.  Rocky has been with the VanDevere bunch for about 15 years.  We sat down with Rocky to learn more about him and thank him for 15 great years!

VanDevere: Hi Rocky, thanks for taking the time with us today.  Congrats on 15 years.

Rocky:  Thank you and glad to do it!

VanDevere: What is the best thing about your job?

Rocky: The ability to help people and help the sales team grow and achieve their goals!

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

Rocky: The family atmosphere! They are a big company that truly cares about employees and treats then like family.

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

Rocky: Family, fun and fantastic!!

VanDevere: That was a little freaky!  What do you like to do when not at work?

Rocky: I love spending time with my family, my wife Heather, and our kids, Keyshawn 20 and Skylar 7.  I also enjoy photography and watching “MY” Massillon Tigers play football.

VanDevere: We heard a that you may like the Massillon Tigers.  What inspires you?

Rocky:  Easy, my family.

VanDevere: Very good. Now on to some fun questions.  Fill in the blank: I once met______!

Rocky:   My wife, Heather, 10th grade science class.

VanDevere: Awwwww how sweet!  That is a great person to meet.   If you could pick any superpower, what would it be.

Rocky:  That is a tough one, I guess I’ll go with the ability to fly!

VanDevere: That could definitely come in useful with my next question, what is your favorite travel spot?

Rocky:  LAS VEGAS!!!!!

VanDevere: Yes, that is a fun place.   Since you are in Massillon, what is your favorite place to visit there?

Rocky:  Easy Paul Brown Tigers Stadium!

VanDevere: We should have known.   OK last one.  What is your dream car?

Rocky:  A new Chevy Corvette Z06, white with red interior.

VanDevere: Good choice, we won’t tell the Kia/Buick gang. Thank you for the time. Congrats again!

Have You Seen The All New 2021 Buick Envision?

From: https://media.buick.com/media/us/en/buick/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2020/may/0529-envision.html

Customers seeking Buick’s styling and refinement within the industry’s most popular segments will have another fresh choice when the 2021 Envision arrives early next year.

“The all-new 2021 Envision is part of Buick’s strategy to grow its family of premium SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC. “It joins the new 2020 Encore GX, which offers safety, functionality and styling tailored around the size and space preferences of today’s small and compact SUV buyers.”

The new Envision will also be purposefully contented with standard active safety technologies, such as:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Following Distance Indicator
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • HD Rear Vision Camera

Additionally, the new Envision will offer available safety and driver assistance technologies that are important to today’s SUV buyers, including:

  • Enhanced Automatic Parking Assist
  • HD Surround Vision
  • Front Park Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Head-up Display
  • Rear Camera Mirror

“The design of and technology in the all-new Buick Envision are sure to be a hit in today’s growing premium SUV market,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global Buick and GMC Design. “The 2021 Envision will be lower and wider, with premium proportions and striking styling designed to combine the expressiveness of a car with the practicality of an SUV.”

Buick’s popular premium Avenir trim will be available on the 2021 Envision for the first time.

The 2021 Envision will also offer Buick’s first available 10-inch diagonal touchscreen infotainment system, and it will include in-vehicle apps, such as Amazon Alexa built-in, Spotify, Pandora and Fox Sports. Projection features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be included.

The Envision will be powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine and a nine-speed transmission.