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Employee Spotlight: Matthew Sullivan

Matt Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

This month, we’d like to highlight Matthew Sullivan! He is a Parts Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been a part of our team since 2006. He has been working specifically in our parts department since 2013, so he really knows his stuff! Matthew is from Homer, but currently calls Albion his home.

Matthew currently drives a 2002, but his favorite car of all time was his 1977 K5 Blazer. If he had to pick his favorite vehicle that we sell on our lot, it would be a 2017 Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel truck. He also believes that the Silverado matches his personality best. If Matthew could have any car in the world, he would choose a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

When not at work, you’ll find Matthew off-roading, watching Sprint Cup races, being a volunteer firefighter, or spending time with his family. He enjoys watching “Fast and Loud” and cheering on the Detroit Tigers.

We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Matthew! He would be happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding parts for your car, truck, or SUV!

Eat Outside at These Michigan Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

When the summer rolls around, there is nothing quite like enjoying a cold beverage and a fresh meal on the patio of a great restaurant. Fortunately for residents of Albion, there are a number of excellent dining establishments within driving range that offer outdoor seating to further enhance your eating experience.

Michigan Restaurants with Outdoor Patios

Hungry Howie’s (Albion)

While there are several great places to eat right here in Albion, a lot of the finer dining establishments have, let’s say, a more industrial aesthetic. Hungry Howie’s is one of the very few places to eat in Albion with a patio, which is reason enough to visit in the summer, but Howie’s pizza should be all the incentive you need to drop in. We recommend the Howie Special on thin crust in particular!

The Curragh (Holland)

Looking out over the water at Milwaukee is The Curragh in Holland, MI, an Irish pub famous for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration and unique menus. Stop by this season to dine from the Tulip Time 2017 menu, which includes exceptional Guinness® Cheese Soup, the Ambassador Sandwich and unforgettable Guinness® Fish & Chips. Enjoy all of this with—you guessed it—a cold Guinness® from The Curragh’s patio and soak up the sun. To learn more about what’s going on at The Curragh, visit CurraghHolland.com.

Bill’s Beer Garden (Ann Arbor)

If part of your summer plans entail a trip to Blue Country, then swing by Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor. Just a block away from Main St., Bill’s has the perfect patio for dining, conversing, and cheering on the home team. While Bill’s Beer Garden specializes in adult beverages, its partnership with Mark’s Carts means you can grab everything from paella and tapas to Indian food and pizza from nearby food carts and fuel up.

If you want to dine outside, these restaurants are hard to beat. If you want to get there in style, College Chevrolet Buick has plenty of the latest cars, trucks, and SUVs to choose from—including plenty of models that come with sunroofs!

Employee Spotlight: John William

John WilliamThis month we’d like for you to meet John William! John is a part of our sales team and has been working with us for an impressive 49 years! He is an Albion native and still resides right here in his hometown.

When it comes to cars, his dream car is a Bugati Veyron because they look cool and intimidating. Who wouldn’t want that? John says that if he were a car, he would probably be a Chevrolet Corvette. Currently, you’ll catch John driving down the road in his GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, or Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. His favorite new vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Camaro or the Buick Regal. The worst car John says that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing seemed to work on it.

When not on the job, you’ll find John fishing, checking out antique cars, bowling, spending time with his grandkids or BBQ’ing. His favorite sports team is the Detroit Tigers and he really enjoys watching Law and Order and 60 Minutes.

We invite you to come say “Hello!” to John because his favorite part of working here at College Chevrolet Buick is meeting and interacting with different people. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see John today!

Employee Spotlight: Mark Wasick

Mark WasickThis month we’d like to introduce you to Mark Wasick, a sales consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick! Mark has been working at our dealership for five years and is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Currently, Mark drives a Cadillac STS4 and his most favorite vehicle that he’s ever owned was a 1977 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The worst car that Mark has ever driven was a Ford Escort and his current favorite is any Silverado HD. If Mark were a car, he says that he would be an International Terrastar 4×4 pickup truck!

When not at work, you can find Mark cheering on the Detroit Red Wings or catching up on his favorite TV show, “Deadliest Catch”. He also enjoys re-watching his favorite TV show of all-time, The Sopranos.

Mark says that the best thing of working here at College Chevrolet Buick is finding out people’s needs and giving out solutions that exceed expectations. If you are in the market for a new car, truck, or SUV, let Mark exceed your expectations! Stop by and ask him to show you around our dealership.

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!

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!

Employee Spotlight – Thomas Swope

Thomas Swope

Thomas Swope – Pre-Owned Car Sales Manager

At College Chevrolet Buick, we’re proud of our team! We’d like to take a few minutes to put Thomas Swope an 8-year dealership veteran in the spotlight.

Thomas started with us right after he graduated from Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!). He served as our Internet Sales Manager for 7 years prior to becoming our Pre-Owned Sales Manager.

When not at work, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family and especially enjoys bonding with his 6-month old son! He also enjoys Snowmobiling, which makes the long Michigan winters much more enjoyable.

Thomas grew up in the Albion area. He graduated from Albion High School and is proud to be a part of the College Chevrolet Buick family. Currently, Thomas drives a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

If you’re in the market for a used car, we urge you to stop by College Chevrolet Buick to meet Thomas Swope and the rest of the pre-owned team. Thomas would be happy to help you find the perfect car for the perfect price!