Tag: Employee Spotlight

Employee Spotlight: Ben Lawson – Kia Technician

We recently sat down with Kia Technician, Ben Lawson, to congratulate him on 9 years with the company and learn a little about him.  Here is a small peek into Ben.

VanDevere:  Hi Ben, thanks for sitting down with us. Congrats on 9 years with VanDevere. What is the best thing about your job?

Ben: I love fixing things and I enjoy the comradery with my coworkers.

VanDevere:  It definitely has a family vibe around here. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Ben: The people, I have built some great friendships here.

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

Ben: Commitment, Culture and Connect!

VanDevere: We see you follow the 7 C’s here! What do you like to do when no at work?

Ben: I enjoying playing with my kids and having family nights out.

VanDevere:  Good times.  What inspires you?

Ben: Definitely my family!

VanDevere: J Fill in the blank: I once met____________!

Ben: I once met Jerry VanDevere.  He is on TV, so he is famous!

VanDevere:  Ha! Yes he is.  If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Ben: Teleportation! Then I could skip all the traffic.

VanDevere: Yes, no traffic would be great!  What is your favorite travel spot?

Ben: That would be the family farm in Pennsylvania.

VanDevere: I bet you have lots of good memories of that place.   What is your favorite place to eat?

Ben: Quaker Steak and Lube.

VanDevere: Wings for the win!  OK last question. What is your dream Car?

Ben:  I already have one, the 1965 Corvair but I would love to have a 1965 GTO.

VanDevere:  Good choice.   Thank you again for taking the time to let us get to know you.   Congratulations on 9 years!

Employee Spotlight: Steve Stewart

This month we sit down with Steve Stewart. He has been with VanDevere for 5 years. If you service at our Downtown Akron location, you may have talked to him about your service appointment. Steve is one of our BDC Service reps who calls to remind customers when they need oils changes and other maintenance on their vehicles. Or he takes your call about needing service. We want to thank Steve for his 5 years!

VanDevere: What is the best think about your job?

Steve: I enjoy working with people.

VanDevere: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Steve: The quality of my co-workers. Also, Mike and Jerry V. are the best.

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

Steve: Stability, integrity and honesty

VanDevere: What do you like to do when not at work?

Steve: I love life theater. My favorite place is the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster.

VanDevere: That sounds like a good time. What inspires you?

Steve: Motivational people in my life.

VanDevere: Fill in the blank: I once met ____________!

Steve: Tom Hanks

VanDevere: how cool! How did you meet him?

Steve: It was actually at the Ohio Light Opera. Back before he was the guy we know today, he did Shakespeare for 3 years.

VanDevere: That is so cool. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Steve: Invisibility

VanDevere: Favorite travel spot.

Steve: Virginia Beach.

VanDevere: We have heard good things about that place. What is your favorite place to eat?

Steve: Don Quixote in Canal Fulton

VanDevere: Ok, last question. What is your dream car?

Steve: The Jetson Mobile, so I wouldn’t have to buy tires!

VanDevere: HAHAH Good deal. Thank you again for your time.

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!