• Employee Spotlight – Derek Mason

    What's Your StoryThis month the spotlight is on our very own Service Adviser, Derek Mason. Derek is a new face to the company, having only worked at College Chevy for about three weeks. He’s been in the automotive industry for a couple years and previously worked as a Tire Technician at a discount tire shop. Derek is originally from South Lyon, MI but now resides in Grass Lake where he enjoys going on nature walks or outdoor adventures with his dog Buddy.

    Derek also enjoys watching That 70’s Show, but when football season is here, he spends his time cheering on the Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines. As for the automotive side of things, Derek currently drives a 2015 Chevy Sonic and it’s his favorite car he’s ever owned. If he could chose a car that would match his personality, Derek would say the Colorado fits him perfectly. Even though Derek has a lot of Chevy favorites, his dream car is a 2014 Chevy Camaro ZL1 that he fell in love with the first time he took it for a ride.

    Derek Mason - Employee Spotlight

    We are very excited to have Derek as part of our staff and we hope you get the opportunity to work with him in our service drive. His favorite part about his job is being able to help out the customers, so don’t hesitate to come to Derek with any questions or concerns that you have.

  • Employee Spotlight: David Benham

    David BenhamMeet one of our newest team members, David Benham! David is a new Sales Consultant and has been with us for about 2 months. Before working at College Chevrolet Buick, David spent 37 years in Education and taught at Bellevue Schools for 29 years. David is from Homer, but currently resides in Marshall.

    He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. (GO SPARTANS!) Speaking of which, David has been a MSU season ticket holder for over 30 years. When not at work you’ll catch David watching college sports or watching his daughters play volleyball. He also enjoys officiating high school basketball, baseball, and softball games. His favorite television show is currently “Moonshiners”. His all-time favorites include “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Andy Griffith Show”.

    David’s dream car is the Chevrolet Tahoe because of its versatility and the ability to go off-road. He currently drives a Honda CR-V, but his favorite vehicle of all-time was his S-10 Blazer. He thinks that the Chevy Impala matches his personality best and the worst car he’s ever driven was a Ford Galaxy 500 because it was rusted and falling apart.

    So far, David has enjoyed meeting people and helping them find the perfect new vehicle. We would love for you to stop by and say “Hello!” to one of our newest team members, David! He would love to help you find the perfect new vehicle!

  • Meet Our Team: Parker Votava

    Parker Votava
    Parker Votava – Service Writer

    We’d like to introduce you to Parker Votava one of the newest members of our team. Parker is a Service writer and has been working here at College Chevy for 2 months. Although he is new to the dealership, he is not new to the industry. He has been working in the car industry for 4 years. Parker is from Marshall, Michigan and went to Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.

    Parker’s dream car is a 2016 Chevy SS. He loves the fact that the SS has the same features as a normal sedan, but has the power of a Camaro. Currently, he drives a 2013 Ford F-350 Platinum Edition, but his favorite car was his 2000 Chevy Silverado. He feels that the Chevy Silverado 3500HD Duramax best-matches his personality because he feels prepared for anything when he’s in a truck. He also says that he is a hard worker, just like the 3500HD. The worst car Parker has ever driven was a Mini Cooper.

    When not hard at work, you’ll find Parker working on small projects around the house and tinkering with his vehicles. He also enjoys playing golf and skateboarding. His favorite show right now is “Animal Kingdom” and his favorite show of all time is the British Car Review show called “Top Gear”. He is looking forward to football season so that he can cheer on his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers!

    So far, Parker is enjoying his time here as a part of the College Chevy team. His favorite part of the job is working with all of our great small town customers. He also really enjoys spending time with his co-workers. The next time you’re in for service, please say “Hey!” to one of our new team members, Parker Votava!

  • What’s Your Story, Alan DeVaughn

    Alan DeVaughn
    Alan DeVaughn

    This month, we would like for you to meet Alan DeVaughn! Alan has only been with us for a month, but we’re excited that he’s here! Alan is from Jackson, and still calls it home to this day. He went to College at Spring Arbor University and graduated with a major in Art.

    Alan’s dream car if a 1964 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. He says that he fell in love with the car during Spring Break of his Senior year of High School. Currently, Alan drives a Chevy Suburban, but his all-time favorite car he’s ever owned was a 1987 Pontiac Grand Am. His favorite current Chevy vehicle is the Suburban, but he thinks that the Impala matches his personality best. Alan says that the worst car he’s ever driven was a Chrysler PT Cruiser.

    When not at work, you’ll catch Alan playing games with his kids, going to the movies, and taking his wife on dates. He enjoys cheering on the Detroit Tigers and his favorite TV show is Royal Pains.

    Alan’s favorite part of his job is meeting and interacting with new people and the excitement of helping others purchase a new car. Like we said, we are very excited to have Alan as a part of the College team! Stop by and give him a warm welcome!

  • Mindi Tompkins. What’s Your Story?

    What's Your Story

    This month we want to recognize one of our newest employees, Mindi Tompkins! Mindi is our new Office Assistant and has been a part of our team for just a few weeks. She is originally from Jackson, MI and attended Jackson College for school. She stays involved in the town by helping out with the Lumen Christi Cheer Team, as well as cheering on the Detroit Red Wings! When Mindi’s not helping cheer on a team, she enjoys watching Shameless or her favorite show of all time, The Bachelor.

     

    When it comes to cars, the best vehicle Mindi has ever owned is her Kia Optima that she currently drives now. Her dream car would be a yellow Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible so she can cruise down California State Route 1 with the top down. If Mindi could pick her favorite car on our lot, she would choose between either the Chevy Impala or the 2500 Silverado Duramax in all black. Mindi has been around a variety of vehicles, which makes her a great asset to our team.

    Mindi Tompkins

     

    If you find yourself in our dealership, come stop by and say hi to one of our newest employees. Mindi loves working with a team that is committed to helping each other and their customers. Let our team help you find a brand new car that is perfect for your needs! Visit College Chevrolet Buick today.

  • Arron Short

    What’s Your Story, Arron Short?

    Arron Short
    Arron Short – Sales Consultant

    This month, we’d like for you to meet Arron Short one of our Sales Consultants! Arron is from East Lansing, but currently resides in Battle Creek. Arron has been working in the automotive industry for over 12 years and has a degree in Industrial Engineering from Michigan State (GO SPARTANS!). Being an engineer, he tends to notice the quality and technology and pays attention to how things are put together. He says that attention to detail is his key to success!

    When it comes to vehicles, his dream car would be a Lotus Exige. He has always loved Lotus cars because they are a super car that is hand-made in Ann Arbor. He currently drives an Infiniti G35x, but his favorite car of all-time was his modified ’94 Honda Accord. Of the new vehicles we have on our lot, his favorites include the Buick Regal and the Chevrolet Malibu 2.0T Premier. He says that the car that best-matches his personality is a Land Rover Evoque. The worst car he’s ever driven is a KIA.

    When not at work, you’ll find Arron spending time with his 7-year-old daugther, cooking, traveling, watching sports, and doing art projects. His favorite sports teams include the Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings, and of course the MSU Spartans. His favorite TV show is “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” but he enjoys all classic shows that make him laugh.

    Arron’s favorite part of the job is being able to accompany and assist guests that are in need. He enjoys offering advice and loves to watch people leave happy with a smile. If you are in the market for a new car, Arron would be more than happy to assist you! He will help you choose the perfect new car!

  • What’s Your Story? Meet Leo Smith

    Leo SmithLeo Smith is an automotive technician here at College Chevrolet Buick. He is from (and currently lives in) Marshall, Michigan and spent some time studying at Lincoln Tech (DADC) in Denver, Colorado. Leo is newer to our team, he started in September just last year. Although he is newer to us, he has been in the automotive industry for 13 years.

    Leo’s dream car is a Factory Five GTM because you build it yourself so you can make it exactly how you want. He also likes the fact that it’s powered by the Chevy LS1. When not at work, you’ll find Leo camping, cycling, single board computing, python programming, and watching comedy shows. His favorite recent television show is Mr. Robot, but his all-time favorite is The Eric Andre Show.

    Currently, Leo drives a Mercury Milan. He would like to mention that the Milan was featured in Jalopnik’s “Meh Car Monday“. His favorite car he’s ever owned was a Mazda Rx7 Turbo 2, he also says that this car was his most unreliable. His favorite Chevy model is the Camaro ZL1, but says that his personality most resembles a Subaru Forester because he is reliable.

    Leo enjoys working in our service department because he likes to diagnose tricky problems. He feels rewarded when he completes a diagnosis. The next time your vehicle needs serviced, rest assured that Leo will be ready to help!

  • Meet Our Team – What’s Rebekah Woodring’s Story?

    What's Your StoryRebekah is a Service Writer here at College Chevrolet Buick! She’s been in the auto industry for 1 year and 3 months, but is a newer member of our team. Rebekah is from Adrian, Michigan, but currently lives in Jackson.

    You may be wondering what a Service Writer does. The duties of a Service Writer include developing cost estimates, logging parts needed, and figures out how much time is required for a specific repair. She also verifies warranty information and contract coverage for the vehicles. Her job is to make your service visit as seamless as possible.

    When not at work, you’ll find Rebekah reading or painting. Her favorite television show is Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. She was really happy with the outcome of this years’ College Football Championship game because she is an Alabama fan.

    She enjoys working at College Chevrolet Buick because she truly enjoys helping people. The next time your vehicle needs service, we invite you to say “Hello!” to Rebekah!

  • What’s Brian Butts’ Story?

    What's Your StoryThis December, we would like to introduce a newer member of our team, Brian Butts! Brian works as a sales consultant at College Chevy and currently resides in Jonesville, MI. He is very knowledgeable in the sales word, having 20 years of experience before coming to our dealership.

    When Brian has the free time, he enjoys to spend his time outdoors either off-roading or camping. He also enjoys watching his favorite TV show, Gold Rush, and spending time with his children. Brian is originally from Fishers, IN but him and his family now call Jonesville his home.Brian Butts - College Chevrolet Buick

    While working in the automotive industry, Brian has formed his own opinions about the cars he’s experienced in his life. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is his Jeep XJ. This car has sentimental value to him because it is the vehicle that he met his wife in. Although Brian currently drives a Suburban, he says that his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Corvette. The worst car he’s ever driven was his daughter’s F-150 because it’s always breaking down on him!

    We invite you to come say “Hi!” and welcome one of our new team members at College Chevrolet Buick. He’s the perfect sales rep to help you find your brand new car!

  • Jimmy Faust, What’s Your Story?

    What's Your StoryThis month, we’d like to introduce Jimmy Faust! Jimmy is a sales consultant here at the dealership and currently resides in Jackson. Although he has only been with us for a short time, he has worked with auto auctions as a buyer in the past.

    When not at work, you’ll find Jimmy hunting, fishing, and snowboarding. His favorite TV shows include Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. He’s originally from New Orleans, so you’ll catch him cheering for the Saints during football season.

    Next, let’s talk cars! His current ride is a 2001 GMC Sierra, but his favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1987 Buick Regal. It was his very first car and never let him down. His dream car is a 1967 Mustang GT 500 (Eleanor). His favorite Chevrolet vehicle is a 2017 Chevy Corvette Z06 (we can’t disagree on that!) If he had to choose a car that best fit his personality, he would choose a 2018 Chevy 2500 Duramax. The worst car he has ever driven was a 1994 Ford F-150 because the bed fell off as he was test driving it)

    We would love for you to stop by and meet one of our newest team members, Jimmy Faust! He would love to have the opportunity to help you find the perfect new car!