November Employee Spotlight – Randy Yockey

Friendly Ford is excited to tell you more about our co-owner, Randy Yockey, for November’s employee spotlight! If you’ve met Randy, you know what this dealership means to him and how deeply he cares for his family, employees, and customers. He has truly personified what it means to be a great leader throughout his time here at Friendly Ford. We sat down with him to learn more about his background, current responsibilities, and some of his favorite things to do outside of work!

Friendly Ford Co-Owner – Randy Yockey

Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current position at Friendly Ford (Co-Owner).

I started as a porter when I was 14 years old, then worked my way through all departments and was fortunate enough to become an owner of a high profile Ford franchise dealer.

Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

I moved to the Wheaton area when I was 9 years old from Iowa. Now I’ve been living in St. Charles since around 1984.

What are your current job responsibilities as Co-Owner. What is a typical day like for you?

As an owner my typical day is basically managing our overall organization and helping our employees with challenging decisions,direction, and guidance.

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

I think I’ve accomplished most of my goals. What I would like to end with is a financially sound, stable business that my children would have the opportunity to move to the next generation.

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

I think what I like most about my job are the relationships between the employees and our customers. It’s humbling when I see that our current employees and customers’ children now either work for us or have been loyal to our dealership – while bringing us their parts, service, and vehicle purchases.

What would you consider to be your dream car?

Obviously I like all vehicles however I am partial to the classic car industry. My favorite car at this point would be our 1940 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible!

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Some of my favorite hobbies would include classic car restoration, fishing, outdoor landscaping design, and spending time with my wife, children and grandchildren.

The Yockey Family

What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

Nothing overly interesting about me other than that my entire career has been devoted to the automotive industry while holding only one job in my entire life.
This goes hand-in-hand with my wife Debbie of 38+ years whom I am so grateful for.

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

If someone were to make a movie about me I think it would be interesting to see how an automotive dealership operates from the inside out. Most people have no clue what this industry is like, and having lived in it my whole life, I think people would be interested in knowing the automotive evolution over the last 40 years.


Ford’s Seat Comfort Tested by ‘Robutt’

Ford's Seat Comfort

There are a lot of things that go into creating the perfect car, from engine performance to interior materials. What many people never think about, however, is seat comfort. Creating a comfortable seat isn’t as easy as it sounds, but one manufacturer is looking to change that. As it turns out, Ford’s seat comfort is no laughing matter and to prove it, the American automaker recently added a new robot to its arsenal.

Well, maybe there is a little laughter, as the seat-testing robot has been dubbed ‘Robutt.’ Robutt plays a crucial role in developing a seat that’s both comfortable and durable.

German automation firm Kuka created the robot to determine how comfortable a seat would be years down the road, as while the average driver will sit down in the driver’s seat around 25,000 times in a decade, Robutt can match that in just three weeks.

In doing so, Robutt effectively tests the seat’s structure and material after the equivalent of 10 years of use. It isn’t the only robot helping out—another piece of hardware measures the seat’s softness and deflection, two factors that help engineers improve the design, although it doesn’t come with an entertaining name.

We here at Friendly Ford are happy to see Ford continuing to improve the quality of its vehicles by any means necessary, including bionic butts!