Right now, he’s wearing flip-flops and swim trunks.
Jake Smith is taking a much-needed vacation from his job at Legacy Nissan. But don’t worry. He’ll be back next week, ready to greet his staff and customers with his reliable smile. While he’s away, we’ve taken the opportunity to brag on him. We appreciate the hard work he does as sales manager, and we value his attitude toward work and life in general. He’s a man of family and faith and integrity. He’s a pleasure to be around, and we’re proud to say he’s part of the Legacy family. Luckily for us, he likes us, too! In his own words, Jake tells his Legacy story in the paragraphs below. He wrote this several months ago at our request, and it was intended to go on a human resources website for employee recruitment. That didn’t pan out, but his story is so inspirational, I couldn’t keep it all to myself. Jake is much too humble to share it himself on social media, so I’ve taken the liberty. As they say, it’s often better to ask for forgiveness than permission (Sorry, Jake). Enjoy!
“I first joined Legacy Automotive Network in October of 2006. Being a recent high school graduate, I was looking for a job to get me through from week to week. Not long after starting, I discovered that this was not that type of job. Instead, I would make a career with Legacy. The staff was friendly and eager to make sure I fully understood what I was doing. But the best part is they expected me to grow professionally to become a key person in the company’s success.
“When I started, I held an entry level position in the detail department. Although I really liked my position, I wanted more, specifically a management position. So, with hard work and persistence, I got promoted to the sales floor. I loved it. I was able to communicate with folks just like me and build relationships, not just as customers, but as friends.
“After being a sales consultant for about four years, I was promoted again to floor manager. I supervised the sales floor and took care of hiring and training for our department, emphasizing daily the importance of upholding Legacy’s integrity. I knew from first-hand experience that I was working for a very credible company with an owner who wanted everyone treated fairly. I also realized he had a genuine concern for his employees’ happiness and really wanted us all to be the best we could be and grow within the company.
“I’ve now been with Legacy for 13 years and could not imagine working anywhere else. I am currently general sales manager at Legacy Nissan, and I love it. Working with this company has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I look forward now to continuing the growth of my career and this company.”
Thank you, Jake, for your hard work and dedication. And thank you just for being a good person. We’re proud to be in your family.