Friday, September 13, 2013

Summer is great, but people is what makes Charlevoix awesome.

Many thanks to Jim Jeffreys, General Manager of Fox Charlevoix and Fox Ford Charlevoix, for contributing to this weeks blog.  


I am compelled to write a few words about my experience in Charlevoix the Beautiful. The phrase Charlevoix the Beautiful hardly does justice to the absolute beauty of the city itself and the surrounding area. Yet the true meaning of the phrase goes well beyond the landscape and into the people of the community. Living and working here is a joy, and one that continues throughout the year. The summers are a blast with the Venetian Festival and other activities that bring so many diverse people to our town. The off seasons give one a chance to sit back and really soak in the surroundings. Michigan Beach, Round Lake, golf, many trails, fishing and dining options leave little concern as to how to fill the recreational hours. 

The people are an unsung resource in many ways. More than 30 years in the auto industry have given me the pleasure of working with some really great teams. The folks I work with day in and day out, most from Charlevoix and the surrounding area are the most dedicated, people orientated, honest and loyal people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I find this attitude is also present in the various organizations and industries I come in contact with. The Chamber of Commerce is the best I have ever worked with. The library is one that would be the envy of towns 10 times the size. The hospital in our back yard is a source of comfort in times of need as an individual, an employer, and a father. The school system has a dedication to excellence and tremendous team spirit (Go Rayders!). The community pool is amazing and goes to great lengths to get the young and those more seasoned into a more active lifestyle. The Circle of the Arts and Garden Club are always seeking ways to make Charlevoix the Beautiful even more so. Any resident including myself could add to the list, yet space will limit me for now.

Charlevoix is a great place to do business. The dealerships are enjoying a great year, many thanks to those who support us in sales, service, parts and body work. As we at Fox looked at investing in new facilities there were questions about the type of investment we were to undertake in the community. A quick look around and for many of the reasons outlined above the question was simple to answer. Look for us to complete our remodel and expansion of the GM/Chrysler dealership in the next few months. In the coming years look for more investment in the community, not only in our own business but in the many charities and organizations we hold dear to our hearts.

Jim Jeffreys
General Manager
Fox Charlevoix and Fox Ford Charlevoix

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