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Employee Spotlight: Rob Kaplansky – Buick Kia Sales Team

Our latest Employee Spotlight features Buick/Kia Salesperson, Rob Kaplansky.  Rob has been with the VanDevere bunch for about 3 years.  We sat down with Rob to learn more about him and thank him for 3 years!

VanDevere: Hi Rob, thanks for taking the time with us today.  Congrats on 3 years!

Rob:  Thank you and it’s been a good adventure.

VanDevere: What is the best thing about your job?

Rob: Being able to help people and get them into better situations.

VanDevere:  That does sound rewarding.   What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Rob: It is truly a family atmosphere. We help each other out.

VanDevere: We hear that a lot from employees.   What are 3 words to describe VanDevere?

Rob: Family, exciting and inspiring.

VanDevere:  Good combo, what do you like to do when not at work?

Rob: I like spending time with my baby girl.

VanDevere:  I bet you both have a lot of fun adventures.   What inspires you?

Rob:  My daughter and making sure she has a better life than I did.

VanDevere: Awesome Now on to some fun questions.  If you could pick any superpower, what would it be.

Rob: Hmmm Teleportation.  Oh, the places I could go.

VanDevere:  That would help with my next question, what is your favorite travel spot?

Rob: No favorite but I want to go to visit Disney!

VanDevere: I bet you and your daughter would have a blast. What is your favorite place to visit eat?

Rob: Easy, Fat Heads Brewery in Canton

VanDevere: Good choice.   OK last one.  What is your dream car?

Rob: Either a C8 Vette or a Cadillac ATS V Series

VanDevere:  Very nice choices!  Thank you for your time and congrats on 3 years.

VanDevere Celebrating 75 Years & Multiple Generations

In 1946, Rudy VanDevere, started up a Packard dealership in Akron.  A few years later, he took over a Plymouth/Dodge dealership.  This was the start of the VanDevere Bunch!   In the early 1950s Rudy’s son, Joe, became the 2nd generation of VanDeveres in the family business.  Shortly after Joe joined the business the VanDevere’s added an Oldsmobile franchise to their group.

Joe VanDevere and his wife had 7 children, including Mike and Jerry who will join the family business. They are the 3rd generation to be part of the VanDevere Bunch! Joe takes over the family dealership in 1964 when Rudy retires from the dealership group he started.

In 1970, the VanDevere Bunch moves from East Exchange to 300 West Market St.  Yes, that is where the Buick store is located at today.  Even though Mike and Jerry have been working in the dealership in some capacity, it isn’t until after they graduate college that they take on management positions in the company.  It should be noted, that they learned every job in the company and started out on the lot washing and moving cars.

1980 was a special year as Joe VanDevere was awarded the cover of Time Magazine.  He was honored as Time Magazine Quality Dealer Award, 1 of only 70 in the US to receive such and award!  The Bunch continues to grow.  They buy out Cavalier Oldsmobile in the mid 90s and Sheldon McDougal Gold Key used car operation in the mid 90s.  The Golden Key lot is turned into the VanDevere Auto Outlet at 3155 S. Arlington St. This is also around the time that Joe VanDevere retires from the business leaving his sons, Mike and Jerry to run the dealerships.

The early 2000s was a busy time for the expansion of the VanDevere Bunch.  They bought out Taylor Pontiac-Buick and move the franchise to West Market Street.  They buy the Westside Lincoln Mercury building at 328 W. Market St. This is also the time that GM completes the phase-out of the Oldsmobile franchise. 2007-2009 the VanDevere Bunch purchases a Kia franchise. They purchase Burt Greenwald Chevrolet and VanDevere Chevrolet is born! This is also when GM discontinues the Pontiac franchise.

The fourth generation of VanDeveres are working in the dealership group, as Mike VanDevere’s five sons join the team in the 2010s.  2013-2015 brings a facelift to the Buick and Chevrolet buildings.   The newly remodeled Kia building has a grand reopening in August 2015.  2017-2020 brings in some of Jerry’s children to the business and Mike’s son-in-law Paul, showing that it is truly a family business.

Oil Changes For A Cause: Akron Canton Regional Food Bank

During the time of April 16th – 30th, The VanDevere Bunch donated $25 to the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank for every oil change performed at one of our 3 service locations.

We are proud to present this check for $18,025 to this great organization that continues to support the members of our community by providing meals to those who are in need.

Thank you to all our customers that helped us in supporting the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. In this difficult time, we are in this together.