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!

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!!

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.