All posts tagged: family

A Ford Love Story

This is a Ford love story, in pictures and captions. It all started at Leif Johnson Ford. An explorer and travel lover needs and adventurous and spacious ride, and the Ford Transit fits the bill.A.Litsa fell in love and purchased this beauty, and the adventures began right away. Biking, camping and endless exploring! San Angelo Park was amongst the first of adventures, and A. learned that she could fit, amongst other things, three bikes in the back of her Transit. She also brought her boyfriend along for the excursion. She even built a platform in the back as a sleeping surface for the two of them! And when your buddies are having car trouble? Transit to the rescue. It’s good to have friends in high places….Or #Ford places. A was able to load ALL of her friends’ belongings into her Transit. And they all lived happily ever after. If that isn’t a love story, we don’t know what is.

Customer Highlight: Charles Lightfoot

Charles Lightfoot says his 2008 Escape saved his life. He was in an accident and says that the support of the vehicle kept him safe, despite the seriousness of the collision. Mr. Lightfoot has been buying Fords for us for many years, and has bought his past four vehicles from our longtime saleswoman Sonya Saat. Their comradery makes it clear that Charles is part of our treasured Ford family. And we couldn’t be more proud to have him as a longtime customer. Lightfoot is an army veteran who served our country for thirty years, and he now volunteers to help take care of wounded warriors. He comes from a military family and tells us that he’s travelled all over the world, “at least once.” Having people like Charles walk through our doors time and again is part of what makes us so grateful and humbled to be serving the Austin area. We’re honored that one of our Fords helped keep this man, a man who has served in keeping our nation out of harm’s way, safe …

Customer Highlights: Alice and Oscar

Oscar and Alice Nelson are long time customers of Leif Johnson Ford. They’re also great friends of ours. Recently, they bought their third vehicle from our central location. But on Tuesday, this isn’t what they came in for. Instead, they just came in to say hello. “We keep coming back. Leif Johnson Ford takes such great care of us. We stopped by just because we have so many friends here!” As they laughed and talked with our sales team and talked about how much they loved Gordon, our new sales manager, one thing was strikingly clear. When you’re a part of Leif Johnson Ford, you’re a part of a family.  

Employee Highlight: Keith Anders

Keith Anders has been a service advisor with Leif Johnson Ford for two years now. We are so thankful to have him on our service squad. In honor of his time spent with us, we wanted to take a moment to ask him a few questions. Read on to get to know the one and only (okay maybe not one and only, but our one and only!) Mr. Anders a little better! What is your favorite thing about working at Leif? : My favorite thing is the other employees. They make my day go by a little faster and put a smile on my face. What have you learned working with us? :  Patience! (Laughs) I’ve learned about the different dynamics of people. About different backgrounds, and about how to talk to people and communicate efficiently. What do you like to do when you’re not at work? : I like to spend time with my family. I have an eleven month old daughter and another one on the way. I’ve been married five years. We actually just …

Customer Highlights: Transit Families

The Ford Transit is a great choice for those needing lots of space for a slew of passengers. This means the Transit makes for a pretty perfect family vehicle. Plenty of room is a definite perk, but let’s not forget added bonuses like the Ford Sync system–to keep the family entertained– and the rearview backup camera– to keep your clan safe. The 2015 Transit even offers advanced features like, Quickclear™, which allows you to rapidly remove ice, snow and mist from the windshield with a simple push of a button.  It’s convenience with a bit of luxury thrown in too. That’s why these families couldn’t have made a better choice than the Ford Transit. Meet Candace– Mama, Realtor at Kevin Williams, Dog-owner and in general, ONE BUSY LADY. What’s the ideal vehicle for hauling clients, kids and pups? The Ford Transit, obviously. Next we have Todd and Christi. Picture above is one of their FIVE little ones. That’s right. Five. That’s a lot of car seats, y’all. These parents have their hands full, and they need a vehicle …

Employee Highlights: Ajay Malani

Salesmen Ajay is an employee of our Riata Ford location and a resident of Austin, though this isn’t quite his hometown. Ajay was not only born, but also raised in India–Not exactly a neighbor to Texas or our Leif Johnson Ford dealerships. Still, he made his way to Austin with his family when he was fourteen years old and has loved it enough to never move anywhere else since. He also loves his job; More than half of his time spent in Austin has also been spent with us at Riata! Ajay has been with us at Riata Ford for nearly six years, and states that his favorite part about working with us are all of his customers. The feelings are definitely reciprocated, as Ajay is a favorite to many of the Ford-buyers who walk through our doors. Whenever he gets the chance, he does make visits back to India, and tells us he misses the cooking and the people when back in Texas. But he loves the Austin life too, and spends his spare time playing …

Thirty-Seven Years of Service

Leif Johnson celebrated David Hall’s thirty-seven years of service with us by throwing him a retirement party; And what would a retirement party be without good friends, great BBQ and delicious cake? We threw in all of the extras to make sure David knew he was appreciated and loved here at Leif Johnson Ford. Mr. Hall notes that he will miss the people and that his coworkers are like family…..Thirty-seven years later, and we definitely consider David a treasured part of our Leif Johnson team and family! David, congratulations and thank-you for your thirty-seven years with us at Leif Johnson! You will definitely be missed!

Customers as Family

Truck City Salesman Eddie will be the first to tell you that his customers are not just his customers. They are both his friends and his family, and he treats them as such. Today, as I sit a couple of cubicles away, I hear Eddie chatting happily with one of his longtime customers. But instead of talking about truck prices or car sales, he is talking with these customers about the health benefits of kale. This is not at all out of the ordinary for Mr. Haddad. Whether sharing football scores or his favorite foods, Eddie cares more about cultivating relationships with his customers than the sales he is making. Perhaps this is why he is consistently one of the highest ranked salesman at Leif Johnson Ford. Ronald Ramirez, a customer of Eddie’s since 2007, says he visits not only to update his vehicles, but also just to talk with his buddy Eddie. This is rather apparent by the laughter and long conversation I hear coming from Eddie’s side of the dealership.  “I’m like family now.” Ronald …

Thirty-One Years at Leif Johnson

Darryl Washington is not an easy man to find.  Celebrating thirty-one years at our dealership, he has become a jack of all trades at Leif Johnson. “I do everything! I’m all over this place.”, he chuckles, after my coworkers have helped me track this busy guy down. We are sitting in one of the cars he has been working on, and it’s hard not to almost instantly notice Darryl’s sweet smile and great attitude. Darryl tells me that he started out working in the body shop, then moved to accessories, followed by make-ready and mechanic work. Though his title says he is now a porter, he is still willing to help out with anything and everything thrown his way. When asked what it is that’s kept him at Leif for over thirty years, he immediately gives credit to his managers and the great way they treat their employees. He even recalls going over to one manager’s house years back, and enjoying a glass of ‘cold iced tea.’ It is clear that Darryl is not only an employee with us, but …

Responsible Parenting Award Ceremony

On December 17th, Leif Johnson had the honor of partnering with Child Inc. to give away Ford vehicles and many other gifts for the Responsible Parenting Award! We absolutely loved seeing the faces of the ecstatic children and parents upon receiving their presents at this ceremony. Our Fords definitely went to an amazing group of families, and we feel so fortunate to have the chance to take part in this event every Christmas season! What exactly does this award ceremony entail, you might ask? According to the Child Inc. website, “The Responsible Parenting Responsible Relationship Awards is a project of Child Inc. in which members of the local community including businesses, faith-based, civic and neighborhood groups, recognize and reward parents for their commitment to responsible parenting and responsible relationships. Parents are recognized for their effort in raising their children responsibly, taking an active role in their child’s early education, and working towards strengthening their relationships.” 300+ businesses and individuals in and around the Austin area are taking part in the Responsible Parenting and Responsible Relationships., and Leif is one of them! Check …