Tag: Buick

Employee Spotlight: Tommy Townsend

This month we are sitting down with employee Tom Townsend. Tommy has been working in our parts department for 19 years. He started off at our Buick location and moved to our Kia location a few years ago. We have our usual questions for Tommy.

VanDevere: Hi Tommy, thank you for chatting with us today. Congrats on 19 years! What is the best part of your job?

Tommy: The appreciation I receive for a job well done and helping the customers and the techs.

VanDevere: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Tommy: The new challenges I face every day and the family/home away from home atmosphere.

VanDevere: We hear family a lot when we ask that question. Must be why it is #1 on our core values. What 3 words would you use to describe VanDevere?

Tommy: Family, camaraderie, and acceptance

VanDevere: We feel that! Enough about work, what do you like to do for fun?

Tommy: I enjoy watching sports, spending time with my family and going to the beach.

VanDevere: Sounds relaxing! What inspires you?

Tommy: Helping people!

VanDevere: Awesome, Tommy. Ok Fill in the blank: I once met__________!

Tommy: Hmmm, our hometown hero Lebron James!

VanDevere: That is pretty sweet! If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Tommy: X-ray vision, so I could see new things!

VanDevere: Do you have a favorite travel spot?

Tommy: I enjoy white sand beaches and I would love to see all the ones in America. There are some pretty nice ones in our country.

VanDevere: I am sure they are beautiful. Favorite place to eat in Akron.

Tommy: Swenson’s!

VanDevere: You made it to the last question, what is your dream car?

Tommy: Well it used to be the Corvette, now it is a Bentley.

VanDevere: Very nice! Thank you for taking the time and for the 19 years of service you have given VanDevere!

More Information: 2020 Buick Encore GX

From: https://media.buick.com/media/us/en/buick/home.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2019/may/0529-encore.html

When the Encore GX arrives in early 2020, Buick will offer four premium SUVs across the three segments customers are shopping in most: small, compact and midsize. The Encore GX will be positioned between the smaller Encore and the larger Envision and Enclave models. It will offer new standard safety technologies* and its style and functionality will be just right for many of today’s buyers.

“As we look to the future of Buick, the Encore GX positions us strongly as a consideration for those who want to purchase small or compact SUVs,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick and GMC.

Today, almost 90 percent of U.S. Buick sales come from SUVs.

The Encore GX’s new standard safety and driver assistance features will include Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. It will also offer the Enclave’s innovative Rear Camera Mirror, which provides a wide, less obstructed rear view while parking and driving, and High Definition Surround Vision camera system.

Its spirited and efficient performance will be paired with a purposefully designed cargo space that’s almost 5 cubic feet larger than the Encore and about 3 cubic feet smaller than the Envision.

Product specifications and pricing will be announced when the Encore GX begins arriving at U.S. dealers.

*Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. The driver should remain attentive to traffic, surroundings and road conditions at all times.  Visibility, weather and road conditions may affect feature performance. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for more important feature limitations and information.

Buick vehicles offer sculptural designs, refined performance, modern interiors and thoughtful personal technologies. Buick’s award-winning customer service and sales experience, along with the Avenir trim, the highest expression of Buick luxury, are attracting new buyers to experience Buick’s unique approach to attainable luxury. More information about Buick vehicles is available at buick.com.

Employee Spotlight: Bill Smith – Buick Service

This employee spotlight is a big one! We are here to honor, congratulate and thank VanDevere Buick service technician, Bill Smith! We are sure you are wondering why this spotlight is so big. Well, we are glad you asked! We are celebrating 40 years of Bill working for VanDevere! Yes, we said 40 years! In celebration of his time here, we sat down and grilled, er, chatted with Bill!

VDV: Hi Bill, congrats on the 40 years. Thanks for taking some time to chat with us today. 40 years is a long time. In honor of this milestone, we have some questions but don’t worry they aren’t too painful! What is the best thing about your job?

Bill: I’m living the dream!

VDV: You must be if you have been here for 40 years! What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Bill: The Fairness, honesty and trust.

VDV: We are sure those 3 things have helped keep you around this long! So enough about
work! What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Bill: I like to go camping and spend time with my family.

VDV: Awesome! Where do you like to go camping?

Bill: Our favorite place is Pike’s Peak.

VDV: Nice, we have heard good things about that place. What inspires you?

Bill: God and my family!

VDV: Fill in the blank, I once met ________!

Bill: Mike VanDevere, back in grade school. I have known him and his family for a very long
time.

VDV: Guess we know how you got your foot in the door here! If you could pick one
superpower, what would it be!

Bill: Family!

VDV: Family? Well that is a new one.

Bill: I grew up with a huge family, 10 brothers and sisters. It was a great force to have on my
side.

VDV: We love it! We can imagine it is a wonderful thing to have. What is your favorite travel
spot?

Bill: We love to go anywhere that has a beach!

VDV: Same! What is your favorite place to eat in the area?

Bill: Texas Roadhouse or Friday. Friday’s sundae brownie is my favorite!

VDV: Yummy! Ok last question, what is your dream vehicle?

Bill: Harley!

VDV: Awesome! Thank you for chatting with us and congrats and thank you for 40 years!