Tag: Kia Service

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: Mike Santimarino – Kia Service Advisor

Mike is a Service Advisor at our Kia location and he has been part of the team for 6 years! In honor of Mike’s 6th year with VanDevere, we sat down and got to know a little more about him.

VanDevere: Hi Mike, thank you for taking the time to sit down with us.  Congrats on the 6 years at VanDevere! Being a service advisor, what is the best thing about your job?

Mike: The people I work with and the diversity of people that come through the service drive.

VDV: What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Mike: The people and the culture we work in

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

Mike: Family, Fun and Energetic

VDV: Enough about work, let’s get to the fun stuff.  What do you like to do when not at work?

Mike: I have 4 kids and 6 grand kids and I like to spend time with them.  My wife and I do a lot of camping and traveling.  Just like enjoying the outdoors.

VDV:  That’s awesome.   What inspires you?

Mike: My wife.  She is a strong-willed person.  She has an autoimmune disease and deals with a lot of pain but still keeps on going.   I also get inspiration from both my fathers. I was adopted but they both had strong work ethics that they instilled in me.

VDV: Wow your wife does sound like a strong woman.  We send our blessings.   You mentioned your love of travel, what is your favorite place to go with your wife?

Mike: We love Aruba and the Smokey Mountains.

VDV: Both sound like lovely places.   If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Mike: Teleportation Even for small things like to go to lunch at the beach.

VDV: We like the way you think.  Speaking of lunch or any meal for that matter, what are your favorite local places to eat?

Mike: Brimfield Family Steakhouse, Dos Coronas and La Terraza.

VDV: So you like Mexican food? LOL Ok last question, what is your dream car?

Mike: 1965 Chevy Camaro

VDV: Awesome!  Thank you for taking the time to tell us some about you.  Congrats again on 6 years and happy traveling!

Employee Spotlight: Josh Taylor

We sat down with VanDevere Kia Tech, Josh Taylor. Josh has been with VanDevere for 10 years. We spent some time getting to know Josh on his 10th anniversary!

VDV: Hi Josh, congrats on hitting the 10 year mark at VanDevere Kia. Thank you for sitting
down with us.

Josh: Thank you!

VDV: We will start easy. What is the best thing about your job?

Josh: The friends that I have here.

VDV: I bet you have made some good ones over the years. Besides the friends, what is the
best thing about VanDevere?

Josh: The culture, we’re all family.

VDV: We hear that a lot. What 3 words do you feel describes VanDevere the best?

Josh: Inviting, Fun and Consistent.

VDV: Good choice of we agree those fit pretty good. Ok now own to the personal stuff. Don’t
worry it isn’t too scary. What do you like to do when not at work?

Josh: Play guitar, do crossfit, mountain bike, hang out with my kids and family and go to church.

VDV: Those things must keep you pretty busy. What inspires you?

Josh: I’m inspired by watching others succeed.

VDV. That is definitely something we can get behind. When you are traveling what is your
favorite place to go?

Josh: Brevard, North Carolina.

VDV: When at home, what is your favorite place to eat?

Josh: The Valley Café in Wadsworth

VDV: Yum! Last question, what is your dream car?

Josh: Audi RS4 Avant

VDV: Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to let us get to know more about you and thank
you for your 10 years here at the VanDevere Bunch!