February Employee Spotlight: Eric Veverka

Meet Eric Veverka!

Meet Eric Veverka, Service Advisor and February spotlight employee at Friendly Ford

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

I was a technician at a different Ford dealership for a few years before becoming an advisor. I heard about Friendly Ford & the Yockey family through a family friend and decided to apply!

 

2. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

I actually don’t live in Roselle. I grew up in Buffalo Grove & currently live in Montgomery.

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

My day to day responsibilities include greeting customers, writing vehicles up for service & updating them throughout the day. Also getting vehicles ready to be re-delivered.

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

My main goal is to excel in my position 7 one day to become a Service Director.

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

I enjoy the relationships I get to build with my customers. I have been around the auto industry all my life, through family & holds my passion

Eric Veverka, Service Advisor at Friendly Ford in Roselle, IL

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

I have many dream cars, but I would have to say out of all, I’d like to own a 2002 Nissan GTR R34 V-Spec II NCIR in Millenium Jade

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

I coach kids club wrestling outside of work

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

I have never been out of the country. I was born left handed, but naturally switched to right handed.

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

Will Ferrell! We can be mature and serious when the time calls, but both have a goofy personality.

Stay Safe All Year with these Winter Driving Tips

Stay safe this season with these helpful winter driving tips

Winter is in full swing, and that means increasingly unpredictable driving conditions. For some, this can be a stressful time to be behind the wheel. With a little bit of planning and maintenance, though, you don’t need to put your life on hold because of the cold. Follow these winter driving tips from Friendly Ford and stay safely on your way all year long.

Keep your tank full

It’s important to fill up regularly during the winter for a few reasons. Not only does doing so reduce the likelihood of a breakdown in ugly weather, but it also keeps your gas pump from freezing. Try to keep your tank at least half full at all times when the temperature drops below freezing.

Monitor your tires

Cold air causes the air in your tires to contract, so it’s important to make sure your tires are properly inflated during the coldest months of the year. To ensure optimal performance, consider getting a dedicated set of special winter tires.

Avoid cruise control

In dry, warm weather, features such as cruise control are convenient and safe, but when the roads get slippery, it’s best to drive the old fashioned way to make sure you’re always in control should you need to abruptly stop or accelerate to avoid a collision.

Finally, remember that sometimes the safest thing to do is wait for winter weather to clear up before hitting the road. If you can’t see because of snowfall or if the roads are extremely slick with ice, it’s better to wait than risk it. Visit us at Friendly Ford to learn more about staying safe throughout the winter a test drive a new Ford today!

How to Clean Your Vehicle Without Washing It

Tips on how to clean your vehicle without washing it.

When it’s cold outside, or you just don’t have the time to run through a car wash, your car can quickly develop the need for a makeover. If you’re looking for a quick way to keep your car clean before your next appointment or obligation, ditch the time-consuming or inconvenient car wash for these quick tips.

Use a Spray Detailer

If your vehicle’s horizontal surfaces – like the hood of the car, for example – have marks on it from bird droppings or dried precipitation, you can easily use a spray detailer and a microfiber towel to clean these spots in sections.

Throw Away Your Trash

It’s easy to get lazy and leave papers, junk mail, food trash, and even clothes in your car. Take a bit of time one day to collect all the garbage and throw it out. If there’s anything you want to keep, bring it inside so it doesn’t get tossed with the trash.

Keep the Glass Clean

You’d be surprised what a different a clear, clean windshield makes. Thankfully, this is fairly easy, as long as you have access to a squegee. Once you clean your windows once, it’s a good idea to keep glass cleaner and a roll of paper towels in your vehicle for touch-ups.

You may not have time to clean your vehicle fully, but if you just need to touch up your ride before you go, then these tips can help you make your car look good until your next wash. For more auto maintenance tips, talk to us at Friendly Ford.

January Employee Spotlight – Greg Schellerer

Meet Greg Schellerer!

Greg Schellerer has our Employee Spotlight for January

1. 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 in Car Sales in 1987 at a Pontiac Dealer. Also worked at the current dealer before it was Friendly Ford! It was Roselle Ford in 1988.

2. Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

I have lived in Carol Stream since 1989 and own a duplex

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

I talk to prospects about buying a new vehicle, and I stay up to date on new & used inventory and also current incentives.

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

I hope to increase my customer base and one day retire!

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

I enjoy working with customers on what we can add to the vehicle to make it their own!

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

A fully loaded Lincoln Continental

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

Playing Chess and tennis

Greg Schellerer and his wife

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

I play pinochle with friends 2x a week and I love to travel with my wife!

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

Bruce Willis, he’s an action hero!

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.

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!

New Ford Resource and Engagement Center is $5 Million Investment in Detroit

The Ford Motor Company Fund recently announced that it would be creating a Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Detroit, MI, the second of its kind. This center will provide essential needs and services to east-side residents in Detroit, concentrating on education, job training, and business development. Overall, the new community center is a $5 million investment.

According to Ford, the new community center will be located at a middle school named Fisher Magnet Upper Academy, part of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation. There are up to 18 nonprofit community groups that will be helping with services, including things like food distribution, legal assistance, workforce development, and more.

“The decision made by Ford Fund to create the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in a traditional public school reflects the reality that there are few, if any, stronger investments to ensure impact, scale and sustainability within a neighborhood or community,” said Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools.

The new community center represents Ford’s long-term investment in the future of Detroit, a city that’s suffered financially in recent years. At Friendly Ford, we’re proud to be associated with an automaker that isn’t just interested in pure profit, but that strives to become an integral part of the communities with which it’s involved. This new community center is just one of many exciting new projects on the horizon.

Meet Laura Gersch – October Employee Spotlight

Friendly Ford is happy to recognize our very own, Laura Gersch, for October’s employee spotlight! Laura is the Comptroller/Office Manager at our dealership and has been in the car industry for many years. Her hard work does not go unnoticed as she is an integral part of our Friendly Ford staff. We sat down with Laura to learn a little bit more about her background, interests, and goals for the dealership.

Please tell me a little bit of background information – some of your previous jobs, how you got into your current position at Friendly Ford (Comptroller/Office Manager).

I started working in the automobile business during high school.  My dad was the service manager at a Lincoln Mercury dealership and he got me my first job.  I worked there through H.S. and college.  After graduation they offered me a full time job and I was there for 28 years.  After they were sold I worked at a couple other dealerships until a former coworker told me about the position here at Friendly Ford.  The rest is history!

Have you always lived in the Roselle area?

No, I have always lived in La Grange Park.

What are your current job responsibilities as Comptroller/Office Manager. What is a typical day like for you?

My main duty is to manage the finances on a daily basis and to ensure the accuracy of the accounting throughout all departments.

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

I want to work with my coworkers to ensure Friendly Ford is a successful and viable business for many years to come.

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

I enjoy the people I work with.  They make it fun to come to work.   It truly is like a family.

What would you consider to be your dream car?

I don’t think I have one.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?

Gardening and quilting

What are some fun or interesting facts about yourself?

I played the clarinet through grade school, high school and college.

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

Carol Burnette because people tell me we look similar.  ( I guess you have to be of a certain age to know who she is)

Now that you’ve gotten to know a little more about Laura, stop by Friendly Ford today to say hello! She makes sure our dealership is running properly but always makes time for others around.