Meet Don Ripoli – December Employee Spotlight

Friendly Ford is happy to have Don Ripoli in Sales at Friendly Ford for our December Employee Spotlight! We sat down with Don to hear more about his family, his current responsibilities at the dealership, and some of his favorite things to do outside of work!

Don Ripoli

Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current sales position at Friendly Ford?

I started here in 2015 when I found out I was going to be a dad. Was here 1 year & 6 months left, and worked for a couple different places then after getting married in June I came back.

Don and his family

Don and his family

Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

No, I actually live in Rockford Illinois.

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

Prospect and talk to everyone I can. A typical day is on the phone and then talking with customers and going out in the community to spread my name along with Friendly Ford’s name.

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

I hope to become the best salesman I can be and eventually move into management.

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

I love being able to help people and talk to new people every day. I am passionate because I like what I do and love talking to new people and learning their story.

What would you consider to be your dream car?

Oh without a doubt F-350 King Ranch

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

I like to hunt and go fishing. Also, love spending time with my son and wife.

Don and his son

Don and his son

What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I am a very outdoors type of guy and never saw myself as a car salesman until I became one and realized that I am good at it!

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

Blake Shelton. Because I am a guy who has worked hard for all I have and he seems to be the same way.

Different Hot Chocolate Recipes To Try This Winter

If you want a fun and tasty way to stay warm in the winter, add some fresh flavors to your trusty mug with any of these great hot chocolate recipes. All of us at Friendly Ford love sharing our favorites!

Hot Chocolate Recipes

Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
This one’s at the top because it’s an oldie but a goodie. While not necessarily original, cinnamon in your hot chocolate is a traditionally awesome way of spicing up your drink.


French Vanilla Hot Chocolate
This one’s pretty simple; make your usual cup of hot chocolate, complete with marshmallows, whipped cream, or whatever else you enjoy, then add a container of French Vanilla creamer to the mix.


“Black Bottom” Hot Chocolate
When we say black bottom, we mean that the bottom of your mug is going to be coated with a thick layer of fudge that you can then eat like a decadent dessert. Top it with whipped cream for even more indulgence.


Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Do you know what that mysteriously delectable “pumpkin spice” is? It’s cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice (sometimes with ginger and clove in the mix). Throw it into this yummy white chocolate recipe for a new taste sensation.


Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Cream Cheese
If that name didn’t make your mouth water, we don’t know what to tell you. Top off this deliciously unique concoction with a dollop of cream cheese instead of marshmallows.


Try one of these hot chocolate recipes for a tasty holiday season.