Meet Our Haddad BDC Representatives

Haddad BDC
Left to Right: Teresa, Amanda, Ashley, Nikko

When most people think of a car dealership, they instantly think of a showroom scattered with sales consultants making deals. While this is a typical event here at Haddad in Pittsfield, many people are unaware of the hard work that goes on behind closed doors in our Business Development Center. Our BDC representatives work diligently every day directing calls, following up on leads, setting up appointments for our sales consultants, sending price quotes, and assisting customers with all of their other questions regarding vehicles. Without our BDC representatives, Haddad Toyota simply would not operate as smoothly as we do! That’s why we want to introduce you to our enthusiastic and hardworking representatives:

 

Amanda Crosby has been with Haddad for just over a year. Amanda is a very family oriented person, which includes her dog, Harper. Eventually, she wants to move to the Adirondacks, which makes complete sense considering her love for hiking, fishing, and hunting. Out of all the vehicles that are sold here at Haddad, Amanda really likes to sell trucks, and eventually wants to get a Nissan Titan with a Cummins engine for herself. Every Friday here at the BDC, we order lunch from a local restaurant. Amanda’s first pick is either Hot Harry’s or Samel’s Deli, both located here in Pittsfield. Working at Haddad has been a great experience for Amanda; she says that her co-workers feel like they are family, and that George Haddad and Mike Coggins are great people to work for. Most notably, Amanda mentions that there is a sense of caring at Haddad that she has never felt at any other job.

 

Ashley Strack was actually hired at the same time as Amanda, meaning she has been working here for somewhere around 16 months. Also similarly, Ashley claims that the BDC representatives are becoming like family to her. Visiting friends and family, spending time outside in nice weather, watching football, going shopping, and doing creative craft projects are just a few of the ways that Ashley spends her time outside of work. Aside from that, learning about new things every day that she didn’t previously know she was interested is the most rewarding part of her experience working at Haddad. Ashley particularly likes to sell new SUVs such as the Nissan Rogue. Her favorite local restaurant is Patrick’s Pub, despite its opening a bit too late to eat for lunch. Aside from Patrick’s, Ashley absolutely loves both chocolate and coffee.

 

Teresa Gladu has been with Haddad for just over two years! Teresa is the mother of 4 children, two boys and two girls. Fishing and camping are some of her favorite hobbies, but she spends a lot of her time hanging out at home waiting for a kid or two to come visit with some grandchildren. Teresa’s favorite part about working at Haddad is the wonderful feeling of contributing to sales by doing her job, and Haddad’s coming together to support both the community and employees. On Friday’s for lunch, Teresa’s go-to is a turkey club from Samel’s Deli. Teresa says that she finds herself pushing people towards buying a Toyota RAV4 after buying one for herself and falling in love with it.

 

Nikko Rodriguez has been with Haddad for around 10 months and was actually a sales consultant at our Toyota store previously. Nikko spent most of his life in Texas and moved to The Berkshires when he was 16. Reading, writing, listening to music, and spending time outdoors, particularly at the beach are some of Nikko’s favorite activities when he’s not at work. To him, the best part of working for Haddad is that he comes across different types of people every day from all over the world and is able to engage them. Nikko’s absolute favorite vehicle to sell is a Toyota Tundra 1794. When the team orders lunch on Fridays, Nikko’s vote is usually for Jae’s Asian Bistro in Lenox.

 

As you can see, our BDC representatives are like family to each other here at Haddad. They work hard every day to get the best deals for you and to make the showroom operate more smoothly at each dealership. This department is a crucial aspect of Haddad’s business, so the team deserves to be showcased!

Traveling With Pets

Traveling With Pets

Taking your favorite companion on a road trip is an experience the whole family will remember. Traveling with pets is different than traveling with people and there are a few things you can do to ensure everyone has a happy memory. Here are a few tips for traveling with pets.

  1. Supplies – Some pets aren’t that great in cars which makes having cleaning supplies and a few towels a necessity. Bring some food and water, as well as a container or two, and treats so your pet doesn’t get anxious about their next meal. Bringing along their favorite toy doesn’t hurt either!
  2. Driving – Like humans, pets need to be both secure and comfortable. Make sure you drive a large enough vehicle to do both. Many automakers offer pet harnesses and other pet-oriented products in aftermarket packages. Be sure to stop every few hours so your pet can eat, drink, and take a break.
  3. Arrival – Once you’ve arrived at your destination, take the time to let your pet get acquainted with their surroundings. A new place can make pets both excited and anxious. While older pets aren’t likely to grow hyper as they get out of the car, younger dogs and cats could take off. Keep a firm grip on them!

Best SUVs to Take on Vacation

Best SUVs to Take on Vacation

When it comes to taking a vacation, odds are you want the best vehicle around. An SUV is the best choice for many reasons, ranging from incredible cargo room to an excellent return on fuel economy. Considering gas prices are still relatively low, driving an SUV on your summer vacation is likely the best choice possible. As it turns out, Toyota is great at making utility-driven SUVs!

The 2016 Toyota RAV4 offers up to an EPA-estimated 24 city/31 hwy mpg, making it one of the most fuel efficient models on the road. With an engine that delivers 176 hp, the Toyota RAV4 offers considerable power as well. As for cargo area, with the seats up, the RAV4 offers 38.4 cu ft. of space. With the seats down, that comes to 73.4 cubic feet of space.

To get a little bigger, take a look at the 2016 Toyota Highlander. This SUV offers an EPA-estimated 20 city/25 hwy mpg with an engine that puts out 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. With the rear seats down, the Toyota Highlander offers up to 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space, making it one of the best offerings on the market.

When it comes to luxury, the 2016 Toyota Sequoia is the way to go. Earning an EPA-estimated 13 city/17 hwy mpg, this isn’t the most fuel efficient SUV on the road. Packing up to 120.1 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats down, it easily makes up for what it lacks in fuel economy.

Here at Haddad Toyota, we have the best SUVs to take on vacation waiting for you!