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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!

Kia Telluride Receives Top Rated Award

From: https://www.kiamedia.com/us/en/media/pressreleases/15796/kia-telluride-wins-2020-edmunds-top-rated-award

The Kia Telluride has earned a 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Award, taking the win in its category to earn the title of Top Rated SUV.

“We ‘gave it everything’ during each phase of the Telluride’s development, making sure that quality and attention to detail were second to none,” said Michael Cole, president, Kia Motors America (KMA). “For the esteemed Edmunds experts to recognize the Telluride as one of the best vehicles on the road today is a grand achievement and yet another validation of Kia’s commitment to building world-class vehicles.”

The 2020 Edmunds Top Rated Awards honor the overall best vehicles of the year based on their extensive vehicle testing and rating process. An Edmunds Top Rated Award represents the “gold standard of automotive excellence” and signifies that a vehicle is one of the best-of-the-best on the road today. Rather than honoring the newest vehicles – which may not be available yet – Edmunds Top Rated provides a list of the seven best vehicles that shoppers can actually buy now.

“Stylish, roomy and practical, Kia hit it out of the park with the 2020 Telluride. Not only does it drive well, but it looks and feels like a luxury SUV without the high price tag,” said Alistair Weaver, Edmunds editor-in-chief.  “No other SUV in its class is as comprehensively accomplished as the Telluride, which is why it is our Top Rated SUV of the year.”

Kia’s popular three-row SUV has earned lots of praise for its rugged looking exterior, modern cabin, and available features offered on higher priced luxury vehicles. Designed with families in mind, the Telluride is also available with family friendly systems such as Rear Occupant Alert with Ultrasonic Sensors, Driver Talk, Quiet Mode and more.

Employee Spotlight: Amy Fisher – Finance Manager

This month we are featuring the newly promoted Amy Fisher. If you have visited our Kia showroom in the past 2 years you have probably seen Amy. She started out as a sales person for our Kia store. She has a big smile and is always positive! Recently, Amy was promoted to finance manager at our VanDevere Buick store. Let’s give Amy a big round of applause.

VanDevere: Hi Amy, congrats on the new position! That is very exciting and you got it only after 2 years of being with VanDevere. Way to go! Speaking of positions here, what is the best thing about your job?

Amy: I love making the customers car dreams come true!

VanDevere: Love it. It does feel good to help others. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Amy: VanDevere treats their employees like family.

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

Amy: Faith, Family and Integrity.

VanDevere: All part of the VanDevere Mission statement. What do you like to do when not at work?

Amy: well…. Sleep! Hahahah.

VanDevere: LOL we get that. We can all use some more sleep. What inspires you?

Amy: My children are my biggest inspiration. I have 3!

VanDevere: Awesome! Fill in the blank: I once met…

Amy: WWE Wrestler Jake the Snake Roberts!

VanDevere: Oh wow! That is awesome. If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Amy: To cure illness

VanDevere: Wow that is great, Amy. Such a generous and selfless person. What is your favorite travel spot?

Amy: I don’t have one, yet! I haven’t traveled much but I did love visiting Niagara Falls!

VanDevere: It is a beautiful location. What is your favorite local place to eat?

Amy: Well anyone that knows me knows I love ALL food.

VanDevere: YES! We agree. Ok last question, what is your dream car!

Amy: It is a 1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. I will have on someday.

VanDevere: Oh yes, a gorgeous car! We know you will. Thank you for your time, Amy and congrats!