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Employee Spotlight: Rob Brown

This month, we’d like to highlight one of our newest team members. Meet Rob Brown, our new sales consultant. He’s Battle Creek native and has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years. He graduated from Harper Creek High School and also attended Kellogg Community College. Rob is a proud Combat U.S. Army Veteran who took part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Rob isn’t big on television, but he does enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with his daughter, Kylie. He is also a huge Detroit Tigers fan!

If Rob were a car, he says that a truck would match his personality best. Currently, he drives a 1999 Olds 88, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. His favorite vehicle that we carry on our lot is a Chevy Camaro. Rob says that the worst car he’s ever driven is a Ford Festiva.

Rob’s favorite thing on the job is meeting with new people and helping them with their vehicle needs. Stop by and say “Hey!” to our newest team member, Rob Brown today!

All-New Chevrolet Traverse Revealed in Detroit

all-new Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is already turning heads.

As 2017 models start to launch in the automobile market, automakers are turning their attention to the upcoming 2018 model year. One such brand is Chevrolet, which kicked up anticipation in Detroit at the recent North American International Auto Show. Following the reveal of the next-generation 2017 Acadia last year, Chevy had the all-new Chevrolet Traverse lined up to turn heads once again in anticipation of the nameplate entering a new generation for 2018.

The Traverse was first introduced to the full-size SUV segment in 2009, but hasn’t gotten a major upgrade since then. While its appearance follows the new design philosophy of the aforementioned Acadia, the Chevrolet Traverse aims to be more truck-like for its new generation – more spacious, versatile, reliable, and upscale. While there’s no official EPA rating as of yet, Chevy estimates the Traverse’s new 3.6-liter V6 will have a 10% boost in fuel economy over the outgoing model.

The all-new Chevrolet Traverse has been redesigned for a slightly more affluent demographic, and Chevy is capitalizing on this by increasing the tech features found inside the new 2018 version. Despite this, the company is confident this new angle on the Traverse will boost sales among US families looking for a more roomy and premium option.

If you have questions, would like more information, or are ready to take a new Traverse for a test drive, visit us today at College Chevrolet Buick!

Meet the Team: Rene Gedeon

Rene Gedeon

Rene Gedeon

Rene Gedeon is a Sales Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been with us since 2007. Rene is a Lansing native and currently resides in Dimondale. He has been working in the automotive business for about 12 years.

If Rene could have any car, he would pick a Corvette. He has owned one in the past and completely fell in love with the performance. Currently, he drives a Chevy Equinox, but he thinks that the Tahoe matches his personality best. He says that the worst car that he’s ever driven was a Chevy Corsica.

When not at work, you’ll find Rene at the bowling alley, hanging out with family, and playing the guitar. He is a big fan of “Impractical Jokers” and “Two and a Half Men”. He also enjoys cheering on the Detroit Lions.

Rene says that his favorite part about working here at College Chevy is meeting people and helping customers solve problems. He also enjoys helping people get what they want. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see Rene! He would be happy to help you find the perfect new ride!

Employee Spotlight: Mike McCann

Mike McCann

Meet Mike McCann!

Meet one of our newest sales consultants, Mike McCann! Although Mike may be new to the dealership, he’s been in the automotive aftermarket for over 30 years. Mike is a resident of Adrian, but he grew up in Tecumseh. He went to Sienna Heights and also attended Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio.

Mike considers himself a “true car guy” who loves to tinker and restore old classic cars which makes sense because his dream car is any 70’s muscle car he can get his hands on. When not at work, you’ll find Mike playing Bass in one of two classic rock bands. He also enjoys riding ATVs with his son. You’ll also find Mike cheering on UM football and watching NASCAR on Sundays. His favorite TV show is “Shade Tree Mechanic” and he even got to help produce a few of the episodes!

Currently, Mike drives a GMC Yukon XL Denali, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird TransAm. His favorite Chevy vehicle is the Silverado Duramax Diesel Crew Cab truck!

Mike is a family man who has 4 grown children, one of which is a Freshman at Albion College! We invite you to stop by and say “Hi” to one of our newest team members, Mike! He’d love to show you around our lot here in Albion.

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!

Happy Mother’s Day from College Chevrolet!

Happy Mother's Day from College Chevrolet

Enter our contest via Facebook!

How would you like to take your mom out for a nice dinner… on us? This year, College Chevrolet Buick would like to send you and your mom out to Cascarelli’s, a local favorite Italian restaurant.

All you have to do is “Like” us on Facebook and submit a photo, using our on-page app. After your photo has been submitted, get your friends to like our page and vote for your photo! The photo with the most votes (minimum of 30) by May 16th at 12PM ET will be our lucky winner! The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Cascarelli’s!

Hurry and submit your photo, we already have lot of entries in our contest! The earlier you submit, the more time you have to recruit your Facebook fans to vote for your photo.

When the contest ends, the winner will be contacted by email. We will create an album featuring all of our contestants. Visit our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/CollegeChevroletBuick; then click the app or go to http://collegechevy.pgtb.me/fzVrw3 to enter the contest and vote for your favorite entry!

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 11th. Be sure to thank your mom for all of her hard work. Happy Mother’s Day from College Chevrolet!

A Bitter Winter Causes Drivers to use their RemoteLink App

RemoteLink App

OnStar Available on the 2014 Chevy Cruze

Is it just us or has this winter been especially frigid? In a town like Albion, Michigan, we are accustomed to long bitter winters, but this one may be one of the worst! Thankfully many GM vehicle owners have the option of starting and heating up their cars from inside their warm toasty house.

Many Chevrolet drivers are using the RemoteLink App through OnStar® to make sure their car is warmed up and ready to go when they are. On its record-setting day, January 7th, the RemoteLink App was used more than 200,000 times across all General Motors brands. During the entire month of January, the RemoteLink App was used almost 3 million times, 55% of those requests were for remote start.

The RemoteLink App is not just used for remote start. This innovative app can give you on-demand vehicle diagnostic information and directions. If you are using OnStar® in your GM vehicle, be sure to look into downloading this app for your smartphone.

To learn more about vehicles available with OnStar® and RemoteLink capabilities, stop by our dealership near Jackson, Michigan. We look forward to seeing you (and Spring) soon at College Chevrolet Buick!