Tag: Interview

Employee Spotlight: Justin Griffith

This month we sat down with Sales Manager at our Kia and Buick, Justin Griffith. Justin has been with us for 2 years now. In honor of his anniversary, we sat down with Justin and our questions.

VanDevere: Hi Justin, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Congrats on 2 years here. We will
start easy. What is the best thing about your job?

Justin: I get to do what I love to do. I have a passion for this business and every day is a new
challenge.

VanDevere: That is great. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Justin: There are many great things about this company but I feel our core values are what makes this company so special.

VanDevere: They are a great list of values. What 3 words describe VanDevere?

Justin: Family, Fun, Integrity

VanDevere: Speaking of the core values…. Ok enough about work. What do you like to do when not at work?

Justin: When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my wife and four daughters.

VanDevere: I bet they keep you busy. What inspires you?

Justin: Oh, they do. Every day is a new day. I truly feel there is a new opportunity and a new challenge every single day and that inspires me to always strive to better myself or the people around me.

VanDevere: Well said. Fill in the blank: I once met ________.

Justin: I once met JR Smith, Former SG of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sold him a Shelby F-150 and the opportunity to deliver it to his house.

VanDevere: That is awesome. If you could pick one super power, what would it be.

Justin: I guess super human strength

VanDevere: Good one. What is your favorite travel spot?

Justin: Dominican Republic

VanDevere: Favorite place to eat in Akron

Justin: That is a tough one… there’s a lot of good spots in Akron. If I had to choose one I would say Ken Stewart’s.

VanDevere: We have heard good things about Ken’s Ok last question. What is your dream car?

Justin: Bugatti Veyron, go big or go home!

VanDevere: Nice! Thank you again for spending some time with us. Cheers to many more years here for you.

Employee Spotlight: Ellery Moore

This Employee Spotlight we sit down with Kia salesman Ellery Moore! He has been with the VanDevere Bunch for 3 years! Thank you for your time and dedication, Ellery!

VanDevere: So Ellery, what is the best thing about your job?

Ellery: I enjoy the relationships I get to build with my co-workers and my customers.

VanDevere: We hear that a lot when we do these spotlights. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Ellery: The family atmosphere!

VanDevere: It really is like its own family. What 3 words would you use to describe VanDevere?

Ellery: Integrity, family and peaceful

VanDevere: That is great! Ok so when you aren’t at work, what do you like to do?

Ellery: I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends!

VanDevere: What inspires you the most?

Ellery: The people that come into my life!

VanDevere: If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Ellery: I would want to be about to read minds!

VanDevere: That would help a lot in relationships! What is your favorite travel spot?

Ellery: That would have to be the beach!

VanDevere: We agree, the beach is a great place! What is your favorite place to eat or visit in Akron?

Ellery: The Akron Family Restaurant right up the street.

VanDevere: We heard it is pretty good! Ok last one, it’s an easy one. What is your dream car?

Ellery: I would love to have a Bugatti!

VanDevere: Wow, good choice. Thank you for taking the time to chat! Congrats on 3 years.

Employee Spotlight: Walt Grimes

It’s not very often that an employee stays with a company for 49 years, so when they do, we want to make it very special.

Sales associate Walt Grimes has been with the VanDevere Bunch since 1970! VanDevere sales was his first real job. Walt was friends with general manager’s son which got his foot in the door. During his tenure at VanDevere, Walt has seen the group sell several new makes, including, Buicks, Subarus, Jeeps, Pontiacs, Kias and his favorite, Oldsmobiles. He told us that he was Very sad when Olds went away. (He stated very sad with a capital V).

When we sat down with Walt it was before a great celebration that was held at our Buick store. You can watch the video of the event on Facebook.

Now on to the questions!

VDV: What is the best thing about your job?

Walt: The people that I have met here over the years.

VDV: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Walt: I like that it is a family-owned company and you can go talk to the owners about anything.

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

Walt: Longevity, family-owned and community minded

VDV: What do you do when not at work?

Walt: I like to go out on my boat and go fishing!

VDV: We assume as soon as you retire you will be doing a lot more fishing! What is your
favorite fishing spot?

Walt: I like to go to Portage Lakes.

VDV: Do you live near there?

Walt: Yes, my wife Denise and I live in New Franklin with our 1 ½ year old Golden Retriever,
Kenzie.

VDV: Awe, your dog must keep you busy! How long have you been married?

Walt: It will be 45 years this August. I met her at a bar. The funny part is that I went out to a bar
in Portage Lakes with a good friend of mine. That night we both met our wives that we have
been with since then!

VDV: Wow, that is amazing! Congrats! Do you and Denise have any favorite restaurants in the
area?

Walt: Yes, we enjoy The Ramp, Angie’s in Barberton and the Ido Café.

VDV: Sounds like you have all the meals covered. Since you sell cars, what is your favorite car?

Walt: My favorite car is the Oldsmobile Intrigue that came out in the late 90s.

VDV: What makes it your favorite?

Walt: It was just a great sporty 4-door car!

VDV: And last question, what advice do you have for new sales associates?

Walt: I saw this quote one time and cut it out and keep it with me. “Your beliefs don’t make you a
better person, your behavior does!”

VDV: That is a great quote, I think we can all take something from that. Walt, thank you for
your time today and sharing your story. We hope you enjoy retirement! Thank you for your
time here at VanDevere! We appreciate you!