By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Automotive | Issue: August 2007
United Ford North’s Rusty Magiera, Brad Gorges and Daryl Jones are pictured after receiving the 2006 President’s Award.
The President’s Award, Ford Motor Company’s highest honor, acknowledges Ford dealerships that have led the United States in exceptional service and vehicle ownership experiences for their customers. The Ford Motor Company President’s Award is given annually to dealers who provide their customers with the highest level of customer satisfaction throughout the lives of their Ford vehicles. Picked from a pool of nearly 5,000 dealerships, United Ford North in Tulsa has recently received the prestigious award.
All employees of United Ford North were honored with a luncheon in the dealership’s showroom. Executives of the Ford Motor Company from Dallas made the presentation of the President’s Award while attending the luncheon. United Ford General Manager Brad Gorges proudly accepted the award for the dealership and acknowledged that the honor was not just one person’s doing. He mentioned that it has taken the combination of every employee doing their parts to make United Ford the dealership it is.
“Earning this award is a reflection of our entire dealership and its attitude towards customer service and quality,” says United Ford North Fixed Operations Director Rusty Magiera. Magiera is responsible for both the parts and service departments at Ford North. “Our entire staff is committed to delivering the best customer experience possible, from the time of the sale through the life of the vehicle,” he adds.
United Auto Area Vice President Bill Knight told employees, “This is a great accomplishment and a really big deal. Don’t take this award for granted. It didn’t just happen. It took a team effort from each one of you.” Knight also told his employees that they positively represent Ford Motor Company to every customer who visits the United dealership.
Approximately 100 employees of United Ford North enjoyed a catered meal during the President’s Award presentation by Ford Motor Company executives.
Brad Gorges encouraged employees by telling them that United Ford North is on track for winning the award again in 2007. There were only five Ford dealerships in the entire state of Oklahoma that won the award for 2006.
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader, is based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With more than 280,000 employees and more than 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.
United Ford North is located at Highway 244 and Memorial Drive in Tulsa. For more information about the Ford Sales, Parts or Service Departments, call (918) 280-6000 or visit www.unitedford.com.
United Ford North is one of only five Ford dealerships in the state to receive the 2006 President’s Award.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.