Bartow Ford recently hosted their twenty-eighth annual sales appreciation banquet at The Columbia Restaurant, located in Ybor City, Tampa. Representing over one hundred attendees were managers, sales representatives, additional department employees, their spouses and guests.
The night began with encouraging words from Benny Robles Sr., President and General Manager. The banquet provided a socializing opportunity for new employees to mingle with co-workers, veterans to reminisce and guests to experience the family-friendly environment often cited at Bartow Ford. Monte Barham, a new car sales representative, offered the blessing.
The Columbia provided a pre-selected menu serving Paella Valenciana, Cuban Pork, Moros y Cristianos, Broccoli with Roasted Garlic, 1905 Salad, Cuban bread and imported Sangria. The meal was topped off with generous portions of Flan and Godiva chocolate cake while Benny Sr. recognized every employee present.
Notable guest Tim Feuling, Regional Manager for Ford Credit Orlando region, made an announcement, “We want to recognize Bartow Ford for being one of the top 100 volume dealers for Ford Credit in the nation and thank you for all of your efforts that add value to what we do at Ford Credit.” Bartow Ford has accomplished the top 100 dealers spot for 23 years.
Before the awards ceremony, Benny Sr. delivered an inspirational speech about the company’s family character and spoke on the success as a team. “Greatness can be fleeting so it should be considered more of a process, than a destination.” He said, “It’s human nature to let up when we become great, to protect your status – to play not to lose. We must continue to change, grow and evolve and take necessary risks to remain a great Bartow Ford.” Benny continued with describing the unique partnership that customers can sense and how the company’s future can evolve and change into something greater.
The awards ceremony recognized the top sales performers for 2010. In acceptance was Kristie Carter for Fleet sales, David Willoughby for Used Car sales and Marty Wilson for New Car sales. Each recipient received an engraved, hand-blown glass trophy and a standing ovation. Achieving this accomplishment 14 years consecutively, Marty shared these thoughts; “Being salesperson of the year requires a lot of hard work, time and dedication. To be the best you have to love your job, love and believe in the company you work for, love your coworkers and your supervisors.” Kristie echoed these sentiments asserting, “This was the 8th year in a row that I have been Commercial Salesperson of the year. It’s a great honor to be called the best, especially when you work with the best,” Kristie said, “I work with great and talented people that have been a reflection on me – I contribute my success to them.”
Bartow Ford is proud of their team work and the importance each person contributes to the success of the team. 2010 was the first year David Willoughby received an award for top sales person. “I am sure that some measure of my success is attributed to hard work and my desire to succeed but a large part of my success is directly related to the help I am given,” David said.
“There are many people in different departments that contribute to my success – without them, I could not do what I do.”
Ending the night on a high note, everyone seemed recharged and motivated to take on the next year. Benny Sr. ended the ceremony adding, “I am proud of my team, all of my team. I am proud for their dedication and commitment to their profession. No one does it better.”