Marc Grenier - Internet Sales Specialist
Handy Chevrolet - March 2011 Employee Spotlight of the Month
The automotive world is full of uncertainties; rising and falling gas prices, high and low used car markets, and just about every other factor is either a problem or a blessing in this industry and it's something we've all come to accept as best we can. Amongst a world of uncertainty and questionable forecasts, one thing has become abundantly clear: customers, dealers, and the industry on a whole is moving more and more towards an online and more importantly transparent means of showing and hopefully selling cars to our potential customers.
To start 2011 off right, Handy Chevrolet sent out for a new Internet Sales Specialist in Marc Grenier, a long time car aficionado and sales consultant for a few dealerships across the mid and northern Vermont areas. You see Handy's, as mentioned and just like any other dealership worth its weight in salt across the United States, is getting more and more new car sales requests via our internet department. Yours truly only works on tech issues, and previous employee spotlight was not able to keep up with the ebb and flow of traditional traffic and internet traffic respectively, meaning we needed someone to stay in touch with customers via email, especially one who will rapidly fire the fifteen plus required to get someone to the point where they're comfortable with someone.
This isn't to insinuate that Marc is clearly a "car-guy" through and through, however. Born in Burlington, Vermont in 1971, this 40 year old Internet Consultant is also an avid musician and fun-loving kind of guy. Marc has played in many type of bands throughout his self-taught drumming career including rhythm blues, classic rock, and many other cover bands (although he was quick to point out he doesn't play jazz--whether this is due to personal taste or lack of necessity is unclear).
When Marc isn't slamming away on his drum set, he's blasting away on his lower body via Spinning classes, something of which he's a certified instructor. And those of you who have taken a Spinning class before or habitually know that there's little in this world more intense. As Marc accurately put it in our interview "most people see the Spinning bike and think it's just a stationary bike! This isn't the case at all!" Due to a brake-like mechanism that adds high levels of fiction as per the instructors orders, the Spinning bike can feel like a bicycle ride up Congress Street in St. Albans (roughly 40 degrees incline) to a jaunt up Har'dack in St. Albans (roughly 60 degrees) and possibly more. Add in raising and lowering your rear end to and from the seat as you increase the resistance... well, let's just say an hour of Spinning was enough for this writer, and Marc voluntarily instructs these classes!
Switching topics, I asked Marc two monthly questions: what vehicle are you most like in our past or current Chevrolet vehicle stable, and what vehicle of any make and model (or time period) would you most like to own? His answer--one in particular--blew me away.
"Well, the vehicle I'm most like would have to be the newest Traverse, the 2011 Traverse LTZ I suppose. Like me, the vehicle can get many things done: pack up the drums and some clothes and whatnot for a weekend concert bash in New Hampshire, or just going to the grocery store with my fiance on a Sunday, and everything in between. But more importantly, it's technologically advanced. With OnStar capabilities, a nice, vibrant LED screen, XM radio, soft leather... well, I could continue of of course, but my point is that it's a technological kind of vehicle and I like to think that represents me well.
"To answer your question about a dream vehicle, the answer might shock you: a bucket loader. You know, one of the really big ones. When I was a kid I used to go over to my buddies house and his parents owned and Excavation Company. So naturally they had all the enormous pieces of machinery and vehicles you could think of: those giant dump trucks, huge graters, and of course the ridiculously big bucket loaders. I never got to drive one and I always really wanted to, so I would say if I could be given any vehicle it would be that!"
Another surprising fact about Marc Grenier relates to another dream he has, but more than that it's his follow up statement regarding this desire that made me chuckle. "I really want to go skydiving for my birthday," Marc says with a gleam of child-like wonderment in his eyes. That youthful exuberance quickly diminished, however, as he sternly follows this with the words "but I'll never go. I just want to go on my birthday, and in VT the means aren't possible." [Marc's birthday was a day after our interview in March, days after the third largest snowstorm in Vermont history, Ed.] So what will Marc do for his birthday? "I'll probably just get cozy with my wife and watch some reality TV shows, my guilty pleasure," Marc said. "I really like Hell's Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey" he tells me. "Most people think he's a jerk; what you don't know is that all chefs in Europe are like that. He's just normal, aside from being super successful."
Well folks, for March 2011 that is your employee spotlight, Marc Grenier. Though Marc is new at Handy Chevrolet this by no means indicates that he's not a more-than-apt Internet Sales Specialist as he's been in this game for quite a number of years. But the only way to find out is to call! So get hold of Marc today at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you happen to be interested in Spinning, cycling, cars, drums, bands, or even bucket loaders, send him a message and chat!
Come back next month when we take a look at yet another of your favorite Vermont Chevrolet dealer's employees in the monthly employee spotlight.