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.

Lego Ford GT Presented at Le Mans

A recent project presented at the famed Le Mans endurance race has brought together Lego enthusiasts and Ford enthusiasts like never before. That’s right. It’s a replica of the brand-new Ford GT made entirely of Lego bricks!

If the idea of eyeballing such a build seems impossible to you, you are right. A computer model was used. However, the genius behind this build, an official Lego builder named Pascal, did build the wheels without computer assistance.

The Lego Ford GT is made up of between 30,000 and 40,000 pieces. Pascal placed every single Lego by hand. The model weighs somewhere between 75 and 100 pounds. It was quickly decided that a full-size model was out of the question so everyone decided that a 1:3 replica was best.

While Pascal admits that the real Ford GT is exciting, he’s also quite proud of his creation. The hardest part of the build for Lego-building genius? The logos on the car.

Ford GT

Ford GT

How to Keep Your Car Cool in Summer

cars on lotKeeping your car comfortable in the summer usually means keeping it cool during the day. Obvious methods to keep your car cool in summer include parking in a garage, in the shade, or leaving the windows down.

But, doing this at work can be difficult if there’s no parking garage or available shade. Leaving the windows down for hours on end is a safety issue. So what do you do? We here at Friendly Ford are here to help you keep your car cool in summer!

Purchasing a sunshade is one of the best ways to both keep your car cool and protect your interior. You can also go the extra mile and have a custom sunshade made to fit your windshield’s specifications.

Blocking out the sun protects your interior from UV rays and keeps your car up to 10 degrees cooler. Throw a towel over the steering wheel to protect your hands from heat as well.

If you’re a driver who likes to blast themselves with air conditioning as soon as they jump into the car, reconsider that. Instead, switch the setting to “fresh air” and open the bottom vents. Open your windows as well–hot air rises so the cool air from the bottom vents will push the hot air up and out. When you’re comfortable, close the windows, switch to “re-circulation,” and head home!

Summer Travel Tips for a Memorable Vacation

vacationThe time has officially come; summertime is here! For those of you about to head out on the vacation of a lifetime, or for those just making a road trip upstate, we’ve compiled a small list of some summer travel tips that will hopefully make your journey a little easier.

  1. Saving Money – If you’re traveling by car, save money by taking a cooler with drinks and food along with you. You’ll need to stop less and purchased food costs won’t add up. If you’re planning to fly, you can save money by bundling the hotel, car, and airfare.
  1. Think in Body Sections – Unless you’re a professional packer, remembering everything can be difficult. If you think in portions of your body it will help. Write your main body parts down and next to them write what you’ll need to take with you.
  1. Pack Old Clothing – If you’re like most people, souvenirs are a must when traveling. However, if you have a bag that’s already full, making room for new things will prove difficult. If you choose to wear old clothing on the trip that can be tossed at the end, you’ll have much more room for new stuff you buy along the way.
  1. Keeping Kids Occupied – Plan ahead and pack coloring books, paper, crossword puzzles, and other games to keep your kids occupied while on a long journey. Take a Ziploc bag full of crayons and you’re all set.
  1. Pack Change of Clothes – In a separate bag, pack one change of clothes for everyone on the trip just in case they’re needed.

We hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer vacation! For more summer travel tips, click here.

Having a Great Game Day: Super Bowl Party Tips

Super Bowl PartyAnother Super Bowl has gone by, and we at Friendly Ford hope you took the opportunity to celebrate friends, football, and finger foods. The incentive to throw a proper Super Bowl party is significant—as you probably saw last weekend, it can make things interesting even when the game is not. So here are a few Super Bowl party tips for next year from the Huffington Post.

BE DIFFERENT.  Yes, everyone loves pizza. You can’t beat it in a pinch. But, if you have the time, try to present unique food choices. Make your own dip or use a slow-cooker to make your own chili.

BE PREPARED. Don’t wait until the last minute to arrange your living room or whichever room you plan to watch the big game in. You may need to grab chairs or furniture from other rooms. Arrange them in such a way to give everyone a good view. Plus, if guests arrive and see that they have seating, they will feel all the more welcome.

CAN’T PLEASE ALL OF THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME.  Just get a keg or a mini-keg. Everyone has their own taste in beer and they’re proud of it. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Save some money and get a mini-keg.  Encourage people to bring their own drinks if they’re picky.

SEND INVITATIONS EARLY. Give people plenty of advice warning. Send out invites via text or social media a couple of weeks beforehand.