Tag: Employee Spotlight

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: Rich Borodkin

This month we sat down with VanDevere Chevy Equity Manager, Rich Borodkin. Rich has been with the company for 13 years! We took some time to get to know him a little better, with our normal line of questioning.

VanDevere: Hi Rich, congrats on the 13 years here and thank you for sitting down with us. We will start easy… What is the best thing about your job?

Rich: The best thing is when the customer takes deliver for the first time, they are so excited. They are smiling and glowing.

VDV: That has to be a great feeling to help them get in their new car. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

RB: I think the best thing about VanDevere is the family atmosphere.

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

RB: Hmm, the three words would be family, friendly and fun!

VDV: Ah yes, gotta have the fun in there. Let’s move to something not work related. What do you like to do when you are not at work?

RB: I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy playing the drums at my church.

VDV: That is pretty cool! What (who) inspires you?

RB: That is easy, my family inspires me to move forward for them. Emily, Jared and Julia are my 3 children and my wife, Michelle.

VDV: That is awesome. Nice to see that you are so close with your family. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

RB: I would want to be Spiderman, so I could climb and jump tall buildings and such.

VDV: Ha, nice. That would be fun!

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!