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Employee Spotlight: Danielle Lambright

Danielle LambrightThis month, we’d like to highlight Danielle Lambright! She is a Service Advisor here at College Chevrolet Buick. Currently, Danielle lives in Albion, but she’s a Jonesville native. Danielle started her career in the automotive industry with us two years ago and we’re so happy to have her on board!

Danielle has a very specific dream car. She would love to have a slightly lifted 2002 Chevy Silverado HD painted flat black with tinted windows, blacked out headlights & taillights, and also sporting a dark grey interior. Danielle’s favorite car she’s ever owned is her current 2010 Chevy Malibu, but her favorite vehicle in the lineup is the Silverado. Her least-favorite car she’s ever driven was her two-toned Chevy Impala.

When not at work, you’ll find Danielle hanging out with friends and family around a bonfire, online shopping, and crafting with pallets. Her favorite TV show is Law & Order SVU and really loves cheering on her favorite team, the Michigan State Spartans!

Her favorite part about working here at the dealership is interacting with customers, learning new things each day, and mostly all of the great people she works with! We invite you to stop by and see Danielle for all of your service and vehicle maintenance needs!

Employee Spotlight: Lance Waito

Lance Waito

Visit Lance Waito at College Chevy!

This month, we’d like to highlight Lance Waito who does Sales and Inventory Control at our dealership. Lance is an Albion native so he is very familiar with our area. Lance has been a valuable member of our team since 2008. Before his time with us, he spent 13 years in the automotive fastener industry.

When not at the dealership, you can find Lance playing hockey, camping, working as a volunteer firefighter and spending time with his family which is his favorite hobby of all. Lance enjoys cheering on his favorite sports team, the Detroit Red Wings and his favorite TV show is Deadliest Catch.

Currently, Lance drives a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado. He even says that his Silverado is his favorite car that he’s ever owned. If he had to choose a favorite Chevy vehicle, he says that he would pick the Suburban. As far as least-favorite cars, he says the worst come from Ford.

Lance says his favorite thing about working here at College Chevrolet Buick is his daily interaction with customers. We invite you to stop by and say “Hello” to Lance! We know for a fact that he’d be happy to help you choose your next vehicle. As an 8-year veteran of our dealership, he can definitely answer any questions you may have about the vehicles on our lot. Stop by and see Lance today!

Employee Spotlight: Dale Bannister

DaleDale Bannister has been a member of the College Chevrolet Buick team for the past year. Currently, Dale is the Internet Sales Manager. Before his time with us, Dale was a High School Principal.

Dale’s hometown is Flint, Michigan, but he currently lives in Concord. When not at work, you’ll find him working on his golf game, spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, or fishing. His favorite sports teams include the MSU Spartans (GO SPARTY!) and the Houston Texans.

Dale currently drives a Chevrolet Silverado (good choice!), but his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Chevrolet Suburban. He loves the Suburban because of it’s style, comfort, technology, and BLING! Dale’s favorite car that he’s ever owned is a Chevy Camaro and claims that the Spark matches his personality best because of the energy he brings to each customer here at College Chevy. His favorite thing about being a part of the College Team is making customer’s dreams come true.

We invite you to come visit Dale at College Chevrolet Buick! He would love to assist you in finding the perfect new ride! Browse our great selection of new and used vehicles online today!

Employee Spotlight: Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder

Ben Snyder is the Internet Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He’s been with us for almost a year and has been working in the auto industry for 5 years. Ben was born in Aurora, Colorado but was raised right here in Albion.

Ben’s all-time dream car is the Batmobile, because well, who wouldn’t want to drive the Batmobile? He currently drives a Buick LaCrosse and a Chevy Equinox. His favorite car (which also happens to be the worst car he’s ever driven) was his ’91 Chevy Cavalier. The trunk leaked, the roof was caved in, the windshield was cracked, the brakes were soft, and it smelled terrible, but it was Ben’s introduction to freedom! Ben’s favorite Chevy vehicle is the upcoming 50th Anniversary 2017 Chevy Camaro. He says that if he were a car, he would be a 2016 Chevy Silverado High Country. Ben says he’s large and in charge on the outside, but comfortable and thoughtful on the inside – much like the truck!

When not hard at work as our Internet Manager, Ben enjoys spending time with his kids. He has a 2-year-old and a 9-year old that love to play with Play-Doh and Legos. He also enjoys watching Michigan sports (GO BLUE!) and also enjoys Game of Thrones.

His favorite part about working here at College Chevrolet Buick is the people. He thinks we have the best staff around (which we do!) and the customers make it fun to come into work every day! Stop by our dealership and say “Hello” to our teammate Ben the next time you’re out and about!

Meet the Team – Jason Upthegrove

Jason Upthegrove

Jason Upthegrove – Business Manager at College Chevrolet Buick

Jason Upthegrove is the Business Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a very important part of our team! He has been with us for almost a year, but has been working in the auto industry for 22 years! He’s currently a resident of Albion, but traces his roots to Lima, Ohio. He was a Business Administration major at Mt. Vernon University which is located in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Currently, Jason drives a 1992 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight, but his dream car is a 1964 Cadillac Convertible because he was a big Ricardo Tubbs fan from the hit 80’s TV show, Miami Vice. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is a 1977 Caprice Classic and his favorite Chevy vehicle is an Astro Van. He says that a Corvette best-matches his personality because he’s sleek, powerful, desired by many, but unattainable for most (sounds like a modest guy, huh!?). Jason’s least favorite car brand is Chrysler.

When not at work, you can find Jason spending time with his children, grandchildren, reading books, or participating in Community Theater. His favorite sports team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his favorite TV shows include “Game of Thrones” and “The Wire”.

Jason Upthegrove’s favorite part about working here at College Chevy is the customer interaction. In his words, each day presents an opportunity for positive connections. We invite you to stop by the dealership and meet our Business Manager, Jason! We’re sure you’ll share a few laughs with this outgoing team member of ours!

Employee Spotlight: Kris Raatz – Body Shop Manager

Kris RaatzWe’d like to take the time to introduce you to Kris Raatz our new Body Shop Manager! Kris is from and currently lives in Lansing, Michigan. He attended college at Lansing Community College. Although he is new to College Chevy, Kris has worked in the automotive industry for 22 years.

Currently, Kris drives a Chevy Cruze, but his favorite Chevy vehicle is a 1969 Chevy Camaro. One day, he would love to own a 1957 Chevy (and says that everyone else should have that dream too!). His favorite car that he’s ever owned was a 1957 Cadillac DeVille. His least-favorite car he’s ever driven was a Toyota. He says that a Chevy truck would match his personality best because he considers himself to be hard-working and dependable.

When he isn’t hard at work in our Body Shop, Kris enjoys playing golf, working around the house, going to the beach, and sitting around a bonfire with some good friends. He also enjoys cheering on his favorite sports team, the Detroit Tigers.

Kris’ favorite part about working here at College, is being able to make cars look as good as new! He loves seeing customers smile once they see that their vehicles looks like it did before there was an accident. If you have been in an accident, please consider bringing your vehicle in to Kris and the rest of the College Chevy team! We’d be happy to help you get back on the road!

Employee Spotlight: Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin Markovich

Kevin is an Albion, Michigan native and has lived here his entire life. He went to Olivet College and works here at College Chevrolet Buick as a Service Advisor. Kevin likes his job at College Chevy because he gets to work with customers. He enjoys helping people resolve their issues and always puts the customer first.

When not at work, you will find Kevin golfing, camping, and spending time with his family. He currently drives a 2015 Chevy Silverado which is perfect because the Silverado lineup is his favorite. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is a 1964 Buick Electra that his father built and restored.

Kevin’s favorite TV show of all-time is “M.A.S.H,” but his favorite current show is “Property Brothers”. Kevin enjoys cheering on all of Michigan’s sports teams. His dream car is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird because it’s the same age as he is. He says that he’s never had a least-favorite car because they’ve all had a special purpose in his life.

Kevin invites you to bring your car by College Chevrolet Buick’s service department! He would be happy to help you diagnose any issue and get it fixed quickly! Visit Kevin and the rest of the service team at College Chevy in Albion!

2017 Buick Encore Updates Revealed at NYIAS

2016 Buick Encore

Current Buick Encore Available at College Chevrolet Buick

Since its debut in 2013, the small crossover Encore—Buick’s most popular vehicle—hasn’t seen any major changes…until now. The many 2017 Buick Encore updates were revealed last month at the New York International Auto Show, showing off a new design and some exciting tech.

The front end has been totally redesigned to be more sculpted and refined than the previous Encore, with LED head- and taillights available. Inside, the 2017 Encore has some style updates, like the centralized dash and some cosmetic accents.

The new IntelliLink system will also be available in the new Encore, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two new apps that allow drivers to integrate their smartphones with the IntelliLink system. The Encore comes standard with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities and has convenient features like keyless entry and start.

The Encore has standard front-wheel drive with the option of upgrading to all-wheel drive, and the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine has an output of 148 horsepower at the base level. This is certainly an Encore we’re looking forward to!

Top 5 Things to Do in Albion, MI

Many of us who live in Albion, Michigan typically spend our weekends in the larger nearby cities like Battle Creek, Lansing, or Ann Arbor. But, Albion is a great little community with plenty of its own attractions. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Albion, MI.

Bohm Theatre: This historic downtown gem was built back in 1929 and now houses a variety of movies and live performances. Prices are very affordable and it looks absolutely stunning on the inside.

Gardner House Museum: A great way to learn the history of the area, this old house was built around 1875 and has been preserved by the Albion Historical Society as a museum showcasing items and lifestyles from the past century.

Brueckner Museum & Gladsome Cottage: Part of the beautiful 350-acre grounds of Starr Commonwealth, these picturesque grounds house a number of historic landmarks that are available for tours.

Kids ‘N’ Stuff: This fascinating children’s museum provides young ones with hands-on opportunities to learn about science, the arts, and society. It’s easy to spend a whole day here.

Bobbitt Visual Arts Center: Part of the art department of Albion College, this facility houses art galleries and events throughout the year, with regional work showcased on a rotating basis.

We at College Chevrolet Buick hope that this encourages you to start exploring all the things that Albion has to offer!

Employee Spotlight – Wes Howell – Sales Team Member

Wes Howell

Stop by College Chevy and ask for Wes!

Wes is a recent hire of College Chevrolet Buick, well kind of! He was with us from 2006-2009 and has just recently re-joined our team. Wes has over 21 years of automotive industry experience and we’re happy to have him back on board! Wes is a graduate of Concord High School and Jackson College. He is also a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Wes is a lifetime resident of Concord, Michigan. He has a wife, Shannell and two daughters, Taylor and Maddi. He loves to spend time at home with his family when he isn’t at work. Along with being a family man, Wes also follows the Lions and Tigers and enjoys hitting the green every once in a while.

Wes’ family vehicle is a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ and he absolutely loves it so far! In fact, he would be happy to help you find your very own Chevy Equinox! If you are in the market for a new or used car, we urge you to stop by College Chevrolet Buick and talk to Wes!