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Employee Spotlight: Ben Matthews

Here we are again, sitting down with one of our team members to learn more about them. We love learning about our team! This month we are talking to Ben Matthews, a Sales Representative at our Kia location. Ben has been with the company for a year and two months now. We sat down and gave Ben our usual “spotlight” questions and here is what we learned!

VanDevere: Hi Ben, thank you for taking the time to sit with us. We will start off easy… What is the best thing about your job?

Ben: The reward of helping a customer find the right vehicle!

VDV: That’s great! It is a great feeling to help someone or have the customer feel at home here. What are 3 words you would use to describe VanDevere?

Ben: Fun, welcoming, customer-focused

VDV: I do love the drive to support each other and how dedicated everyone is to help the customers. We also have so much fun as a staff with holiday events, activities, and more! The holidays are going to be full of fun! What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Ben: My boys Wyatt and Sawyer, 8 and 6, have most of my attention when I’m off work. We watch movies and play Legos now that it’s getting colder outside

VDV: There is nothing better than family! All fun things to do for sure. Speaking of taking up your time, what inspires you the most?

Ben: My family. My wife Crystal is very talented at things I am terrible at and we would be lost without her. My boys surprise me everyday with how quickly they are learning and growing and the wonderful, strange, funny things that come out of their mouths. They’re the reason I get up every morning

VDV: Well put! Family is so important and we love our little family here at VanDevere too. Fill in blank: I once met_______

Ben: On a plane I sat next to Kevin Pike, the guy who helped make the DeLorean in Back to the Future and Bruce the Shark from Jaws. We had an interesting conversation.

VDV: That is Crazy! What a great experience to meet some iconic figures. Speaking of iconic figures, if you could pick an iconic superpower, what would it be?

Ben: The same super power Batman and Ironman have… being super rich

VDV: Love their stories of using their brain to make something of themselves! I would not be made with that either. With this superpower, where would your first travel spot be?

Ben: Probably Disney World or Hawaii

VDV: Great answer! Cannot go wrong with either of those places. Now, locally, do you have a favorite place to eat or visit in your city?

Ben: My wife and I like to try different restaurants but our current favorite is Thyme Squared in Medina

VDV: I have never been but I will have to try it! I love to try new places too. Last question, since we are in the car business, what is your dream car?

Ben: I would love a Audi S8

VDV: Beautiful vehicle! What a great Dream Car choice. A big thank you to you, Ben, for taking the time to talk with us today. We appreciate your hard work for over a year of employment with The

First Look: Refreshed 2024 Kia Seltos

From: https://www.kianewscenter.com/news/all/refreshed-2024-kia-seltos-bounds-into-l.a.-with-distinctive-new-design–desirable-tech–and-enhanced/s/0279811c-3532-4fc9-a782-d603664ec591

Gleaming in vibrant Pluton Blue, the refreshed 2024 Kia Seltos made its debut today at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show, where the compact SUV boasted big changes. Designed to appeal to consumers who enjoy life on the move, Seltos sports a more commanding presence thanks to refined design on the outside, while inside, a segment-first available panoramic display is the centerpiece of the futuristic and modern cabin. With a lively powertrain underneath the hood and the new X-Line trim added to the lineup, the Seltos adds zest to all types of adventuring, from commuting to urban landscapes and navigating busy city streets, to driving along the coast on a surfing expedition or scouting for the next best camping spot.

“Our stable of capable SUVs is stronger than ever, and despite being the smallest of the bunch, the Seltos has been a mighty performer since its introduction,” said Steven Center, COO and EVP, Kia America. “Loaded with standout style, some of the latest technology, advanced driver assistance systems, and enthusiastic performance, the 2024 Seltos serves as the perfect gateway into our bigger and more capable SUVs when the consumer is ready to step up.”

Available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations, the 2024 Seltos is expected to hit showrooms in the first half of 2023.

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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!