Summer Safety Tips

Use these helpful summer safety tips to stay safe while you have fun this season

There’s always so much fun to be had in the summer, with outdoor activities, sports, and vacations calling to people of all ages. These summer safety tips will help you stay healthy and safe while you enjoy the season.

Share the Road

Whether you’re driving or riding your bike on the street, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings. As a bicyclist, be sure to wear a helmet, and to know what vehicles are nearby. As a driver, be conscious not just of cyclists but of any pedestrians out enjoying the weather.

Practice Safety in the Sun

Hydration is especially important when you’re planning to spend time out in the hot sun. Be sure to drink water ahead of an outing and bring plenty of water with you when you go on hikes or other outdoor activities. Protect yourself from the sun’s ultraviolet rays by applying sunscreen evenly, reapplying as often as is directed on the bottle.

Practice Water Safety

Make sure that you are always adhering to proper safety protocol when out for a day at the pool. Children should always be under adult supervision, and younger children or those who cannot swim well enough on their own should always use flotation devices. When swimming in nature, like in the ocean or lakes, use strict judgement to determine what’s safe and always err on the side of caution.

When it comes to summer fun, safe is better than sorry. Always use your best judgement and head home happy and healthy after a day of fun and sun. If you need a capable vehicle to get you there, be sure to stop by Friendly Ford.

July Employee Spotlight – Mike Yockey

Friendly Ford Service Manager Mike Yockey

  1. Please tell us a little bit of background information about yourself – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your Service Manager position at Friendly Ford.

Being part of the family business, I started sweeping floors and washing cars at Friendly Ford at a young age. After high school I attended UTI and became a Diesel Technician. After 9 years I was promoted to Service Manager.

  1. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

I have never actually lived in Roselle. I grew up in St. Charles and am currently living in Maple Park.

  1. What are your current job responsibilities as Service Manager? What is a typical day like for you?

Part of what I love about my job is that there is no such thing as a typical day- everyday day is something different. My main responsibilities are to make sure that the Service Department runs smoothly.

Friendly Ford Service Manager Mike Yockey

  1. What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

Eventually I would like to move up to General Manager!

 

 

  1. What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

Because I grew up in the automotive business, I am very passionate about my job. I enjoy getting to talk to and help people on a daily basis.

  1. What would you consider to be your dream car?

I am a big fan of antique muscle cars and trucks. I don’t think I have a dream car, because I like them all!!

  1. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

In summer time I enjoy going boating and fishing. In winter time I enjoy going to northern Wisconsin to go snowmobiling.

  1. Friendly Ford Service Manager Mike YockeyWhat are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

My wife, daughter and I are currently building a farm where we will raise cattle. And my wife will have a mini petting zoo!

  1. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Probably “The Rock” because some people say we look alike!

June Employee Spotlight – Billy Dewbray

Billy Dewbray, Product Specialist at Friendly Ford in Roselle, IL

  1. Please tell us a little bit of background information: some of your previous jobs, and how you got into your Product Specialist position at Friendly Ford?

I bartended for a few years and met a guy named Jim Orlando, who happened to be a vendor for Friendly Ford. He got me an interview with Jeff Conn, the GM at Friendly. Needless to say Jeff and I hit it off and I have been here for the past 8 years.

  1. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

No, I have never lived in Roselle, but it is a great little town and I love being a part of the community here!

  1. What are your current job responsibilities as a Product Specialist? What is a typical day like for you?

A typical day in my shoes is to call people that are interested in purchasing a vehicle, touch base with past customers to make sure that they are happy and see if they need anything else from me. I like to constantly check our inventory and see what new vehicles came in and try to find them a new home! I also Talk to customers that are here and see if I can help them at all. It all sounds pretty easy I am sure, but trust me it is quite the opposite!

  1. What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

My immediate goals are to make as many deals I can. I would like to eventually get out of the actual selling position and climb the ladder.

  1. What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

The thing I like most about my job is that I work with some great people. We truly are a family here and that is not something that is easy to find! I understand that buying a car is a huge investment and I like to really get to know my customers and find them the perfect fit! When I can get someone into a car that they love, that makes my whole day!

  1. What would you consider to be your dream car?

My dream car is an Aston Martin DB11!! Ever since I saw James Bond I have been obsessed with Aston Martins!! If you have one bring it by and let me take a look!!

Billy Dewbray, Product Specialist at Friendly Ford in Roselle, IL

  1. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I enjoy golfing, going to as many sporting events as I can, spending time with my family and friends. I really enjoy just hanging out, trying new restaurants, relaxing and having a few drinks with my wife!

  1. What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I am a HUGE Chicago sports fan.. Well except for that team over on the North Side!!

  1. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Jeremy Renner! If you haven’t seen any of his movies you need to. Obviously I don’t personally know him, but what I know of him he seems like a great well rounded man. One of my favorite quotes by him is, “I live my life through fear. If I’m afraid of it I’ll do it just so I’m not afraid of it anymore.” That always has stuck with me that you can’t live life full of fear. If something scares you all the more reason to do it!

Don’t Leave Your Pets in a Hot Car This Summer

Don't leave your pets in a hot car this summer, it's more dangerous than you think

There’s nothing more American than a great road trip, and the only way to make this great pastime even better is bringing along your furry friend if possible. However much fun it may be to bring your pet with you for a long road trip, it’s just as important that you not leave them alone in a hot car for any period of time. Even if you think you’ll only be a couple minutes, or if it seems just warm enough outside that it shouldn’t be too bad, the results could be disastrous.

Quick Rises

If it’s just 70 degrees outside, it takes only about 10 minutes for a car’s internal temperature to rise to 89 degrees. After 20 minutes, the temperature hits 99 degrees, and it only gets hotter from there. After just 15 minutes in a hot car on a warm day, a dog can suffer brain damage or heat stroke. The hotter the day, the less time it takes for the result of leaving a dog in a hot car to turn fatal.

No Shortcuts

Cracking your window a smidge or parking in the shade won’t help as much as you think it would. Simply put, if you bring your pet with you on a road trip, do not leave them alone in the car for any period of time. Make sure that they always have plenty of water and that your vehicle is adequately air conditioned, and be aware of the signs of heatstroke, which include lethargy, heavy panting, excessive thirst, and vomiting.

Be a responsible pet-owner and friend when heading out on the road this summer. To see the latest pet-friendly vehicles from Ford, stop into Friendly Ford for a test drive.

May Employee Spotlight – Eddie Perez

Meet Eddie Perez, our wonderful Sales Manager at Friendly Ford in Roselle, IL

  1. Please tell us a little bit of background information – for example, some of your previous jobs, how you got into your Sales Manager position at Friendly Ford?

Growing up as a kid, I always had a love for cars, starting with a collection of matchbox cars and remote controlled cars. Then as a teenager I owned a few sports cars. After graduating High School I wanted to become a Police Officer. During College one of my classmates, and now good friend, was working at a car dealership in Roselle called Friendly Ford. He suggested I work as a Salesman, so I applied! 20 years later I am still here and love it!

  1. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

Not in Roselle, but I have always lived very close by.

  1. What are your current job responsibilities as Sales Manager? What is a typical day like for you?

My responsibilities as Sales Manager is to monitor my Sales Team Members’ daily activities. I supervise and motivate them to build relationships with their customers. I also manage our Inventory to ensure we have the best vehicles available for our customers. And I work closely with customers to guarantee they get the right vehicle for the best price.

Friendly Ford Sales Manager Eddie Perez and his family

  1. What are your goals, and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

I hope to increase our Used Car Inventory and selection. I also want to increase our Used Car and New Car sales year-over-year as a team.

  1. What do you like most about your job, and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

I really enjoy interacting with our customers everyday. I still have great relationships with customers from when I first started! It is crazy to have known so many people for so long that still come and ask for me! It is also pretty cool to get to know new customers and have that relationship start to form.

  1. What would you consider to be your dream car?

No question here! It would be Porsche GT3 RS. Someday that will be in my garage!!

Friendly Ford Sales Manager Eddie Perez loves the Chicago Bears

  1. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

The main thing that I love doing and always look forward to is spending as much time with my daughter as possible!

  1. What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I always have been and always will be a die-hard Bears Fan!

  1. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Definitely Steven Seagal! Above the Law was filmed in Chicago and he was a bad ass cop! If you haven’t seen it, you need to!!

2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke® Gets Best-in-Class Diesel Fuel Economy

The 2018 Ford F-150 Power Stroke has best-in-class diesel fuel economy

The Ford F-150 has built a legion of loyal truck owners, offering pickup drivers a powerfully capable companion that they can rely on to complete any job. The 2018 F-150 boasts numerous best-in-class titles, including best-in-class payload and towing, and was recently named 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year®.

Fuel Economy

A new best-in-class title has just been given to the 2018 F-150: best-in-class diesel fuel economy. The F-150 is offered with a diesel option for the first time ever this year—a mighty 3.0-liter Power Stroke® based on the same diesel option available for F-Series Super Duty—enabling it to achieve a best-in-class 30 diesel mpg on the highway and 22 diesel mpg in the city.

“Even a few years ago, customers wouldn’t have imagined an EPA-estimated rating of 30 mpg highway would be possible in a full-size pickup, but our team of crazy-smart engineers rose to the challenge,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, product development and purchasing.

Power & Performance

The new Ford F-150 Power Stroke® diesel is not just efficient, but it’s exceptionally capable. It delivers best-in-class diesel 250 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque, making this truck the best possible companion on the worksite. With this burly engine, you’ll also possess best-in-class diesel towing and payload. It can tow up to a whopping 11,400 pounds and offers a payload capacity of 2,020 pounds.

Once again, Ford has proven itself as the maker of the world’s best pickup truck. Its engineers are wholly committed to pushing the F-150’s equipment and capabilities to never-before-seen heights. The new 2018 F-150 Power Stroke® diesel should be available at Friendly Ford this May, so be sure to stop in and ask when you can expect to test-driver your very own diesel-powered F-150.

Eric Schmit – Friendly Ford Employee Spotlight

Body Shop Director Eric Schmit is our employee spotlight for April at Friendly Ford

  1. Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your Body Shop Director position at Friendly Ford?

I have been with Friendly Ford for my entire working career. I started almost immediately out of college and graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. I was looking for a teaching job and could not find one in the middle of a school year. I had worked part-time as a service porter at another dealership. I was lucky enough to have been turned onto this opportunity at Friendly Ford, and received a job as a Service Advisor. To be honest, it was my intention to continue to look for teaching jobs and go into the field I had gone to school for. At first, I was a little intimidated at the fast-paced automobile service industry. But as the weeks, months, and years went by I felt a special connection to my working family: owners, employees and customers. The job really wasn’t a job anymore. I developed such strong relationships with customers that they would put the keys in my hand and state, “Just do whatever the vehicle needs, I trust you.” It was these relationships that made my job so enjoyable. I continued on like this for about eight years until one day my boss, Randy Yockey, called me into his office and told me he wanted to make me a Body Shop Manager. To be honest I was a little apprehensive. I knew nothing about that side of the business but, “sure boss I will give it my best try.” Now nine years later we have grown the business into something really special and have partnered with a nationally recognized body shop franchise with CARSTAR. I could not have done all of this without the daily support of everyone I work with. I also could not have succeeded without the support of my loving wife Kelly and two kids Jacob and Chloe.

  1. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

I have always lived in the western suburbs and I currently live in Glen Ellyn

  1. What are your current job responsibilities as Body Shop Director? What is a typical day like for you?

I oversee all aspects of our body shop franchise. A typical day is managing the flow of the body shop and stay in constant communications with customers, employees, insurance partners, and vendors.

  1. What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

My goal is continue to grow the business and continue the outstanding relationships with everyone I have met through the years. Not a lot of people truly love their jobs, but this isn’t just a job, it’s being a part of the “Friendly Family”. Moving forward I want to strengthen the body shop we already have and possibly expand our footprint to other areas.

  1. What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

The one thing I love the most about my job is simply working with people, taking an unfortunate situation and making it into a positive experience.

Friendly Ford Body Shop Director Eric Schmit

  1. What would you consider to be your dream car?

My dream car is a Ford GT.

 

 

  1. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I love to watch my kids play sports, such as baseball and cheerleading.

  1. What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I am a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan who cried like a baby when the Cubs finally won the World Series.

  1. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

The actor I would love to portray me is Joe Pesci, because he is short like me but makes up for his shortcomings with a fiery personality.

New On-the-Go H2O System Developed by Two Intelligent Kids

Ford's new On-the-Go H20 System is useful and environmentally friendly

Ford recently worked with two smart kids to develop one of their ideas in order to make it a reality. Siblings Daniel and Lara Krohn discovered on a road trip that water that is typically wiped from the windshield can actually be used to clean the windshield in lieu of washer fluid. This could just save billions of liters of water over the course of years.

From the Science Fair to the Factory

According to Ford, the Krohn’s idea was developed into a full-size test car after the siblings presented at a local science competition. Daniel, who is 11, and Lara, who is 9, came up with the idea to recycle rain water on a road trip with their father, Gerd. The two used a pump from a toy fire engine and an aquarium filter system to test the idea, which was later developed by Ford engineers.

“Daniel and Lara’s idea has been staring drivers in the face for decades – and it has taken one moment of ingenuity to bring it to life. In less than five minutes of rainfall the washer reservoir is completely full,” said Theo Geuecke, supervisor, Body Exterior Hardware, Ford of Europe.

On-the-Go H2O

The On-the-Go H2O system, as dubbed by Ford, was reworked into a full-sized version on a Ford S-MAX test car. It captures water via rain and condensation, filtering it for washer fluid. However, engineers were also able to collect and purify the water to such as degree that it was drinkable. Basically, you can now get a fresh drink of water from the moisture in the air.

Be on the lookout for new technology like this at Friendly Ford!

Unveiling Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

It was a great year for Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Another Detroit Auto Show (also known as the North American International Auto Show) has come and gone. It was a big year for Ford, whose luxury arm Lincoln received the North American Truck of the Year Award for its Navigator SUV. But more importantly for Ford fans, Ford unveiled a number of new high-performance models.

Ford at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show

  • 2019 Ford Ranger: Ford unveiled the new 2019 Ford Ranger at the auto show in January. The new Ranger mid-size truck is built with high-strength steel, is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine, and boasts a class-exclusive 10-speed automatic gearbox. The Ranger will compete directly with the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon.
  • 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby® GT500®: In 2019, Ford will unleash its most powerful street-legal production car ever. The new Mustang Shelby GT500 will be more than twice as powerful as the original 1967 Mustang.
  • 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: The Shelby GT500 wasn’t the only Mustang on display in Detroit. It shared the stage with the 2019 Mustang Bullitt, which is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that will achieve at least 475 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 163 miles per hour.

These are just three of the hottest new Fords on the horizon. To see what’s current—including the all-new 2018 Expedition and redesigned F-150 and Mustang—stop into Friendly Ford.

March Employee Spotlight – Kiara Marsico

Kiara Marsico, the Friendly Ford Employee Spotlight for March 20181. Please tell us a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current Cashier position at Friendly Ford?

I played soccer with a previous employee who referred me here.

2. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

Yes! I grew up in Bloomingdale, which is the next town over!

3. What are your current job responsibilities as Cashier? What is a typical day like for you?

I assist customers with any questions they have. I also collect money from all different departments. If you call in at night you will probably talk to me!

4. What are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish at Friendly Ford as you move forward?

I hope to earn a bachelors degree in Human Resources with a minor in marketing and apply that to my career at Friendly Ford.

5. What do you like most about your job and what makes you passionate about your line of work?

I like helping people with any problems that they have.Kiara Marsico, the Friendly Ford Employee Spotlight for March 2018

6. What would you consider to be your dream car?

Jeep Wrangler!

7. What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Baking, photography and doing puzzles

8. What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I have never traveled outside of the U.S. I am 100% Italian with green eyes and blonde hair which is rare! I played soccer for 10 years. All of my grandparents are from the same region of Italy.

9. If someone made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Jennifer Aniston! Because she is family oriented and has a good sense of humor!