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Wisconsin high school graduates and continuing education students are selected to receive technician scholarships through The Foundation of the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association (WATDA) sponsored by local dealerships and other foundation partners. Recipients will use the scholarship awards to fund their vehicle service education in automotive, diesel, motorcycle or collision technology at the Wisconsin Technical College of their choice.
Among the recipients is Justin Matthew M. Swigert of Sheboygan, WI. He will receive a $4,000 tuition scholarship sponsored by the Van Horn Auto Group headquartered in Plymouth, WI. “The co-op program allows companies to help students find and achieve their career goals. It has provided us with many students who have transitioned into youth apprentices, part-time employees, college students, and eventually long-term full-time employees. Van Horn is grateful that we have the opportunity to find high school students who have a passion in a career where we face a nationwide shortage. We are able to bring these employees in at a young age and grow them into really great technicians,” stated Hannah Vassar, Human Resource Generalist for Van Horn Automotive Group.
Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep of Plymouth will provide Swigert with on-the-job training and mentoring while he attends the automotive program at – Lakeshore Technical College (LTC) in Cleveland, WI. “Justin has taken the knowledge he has learned at Sheboygan North HS/LTC and works diligently each day to apply it to his job daily here at VH,” added Marc Shuman, Service Manager and Justin’s mentor at Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep. In addition to the scholarship, Swigert will receive a tool set valued at $4,075 from Snap-on Corporation headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Foundation of WATDA scholarship recipients are selected based on completed application, GPA, testing, and interviews. This year The Foundation of WATDA awarded it’s 2,000th scholarship; encouraging and assisting young people to pursue a career in the automobile, truck and motorcycle industries in Wisconsin.
Business Owner, Husband, Father, Brother and Community Friend
Plymouth, WI, October 7, 2019 – Van Horn Automotive Group lost a proud owner, supporter, and friend , James P. Van Horn on Sunday, October 6, 2019. Son of founder Joe Van Horn, J.P. entered the family automotive business in 1997 after a successful career as a commodities broker in Chicago, IL and owning a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade. Over the years, J.P. grew to love the automotive business, but what he really enjoyed was the family business; working alongside his brother (Chuck) and sister (Teresa).
In the business world J.P. was thoughtful and deliberative; in his personal life, he was gentle, engaging and possessed a great sense of humor. He was admired by everyone who worked with him, and he truly loved what he did. Unfortunately, J.P.’s career was abbreviated when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2013. He remained as active as he could, until the disease took its toll. Although Alzheimer’s did all it could to take J.P.’s light, it did not take away the impact he made on the lives of those who knew and loved him.
J.P. is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, his two sons, Everett and Joe and his brothers and sisters Chuck, Teresa, Joann, and Suzy along with many nieces and nephews. On behalf of all Van Horn employee owners, our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Van Horn family.
The Van Horn Automotive Family
The Van Horn Automotive Group is a family born, employee owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck, Teresa and JP Van Horn, the Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 17 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies. The group employs over 550 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa.
James Patrick Van Horn Formal Obituary (Hyperlink to site below)
The start of a new school year is exciting and hopeful for most families; but for others, it can be an anxious time. The expense of providing required school supplies is real, and sometimes overwhelming.
This year, the Van Horn Automotive Group organized a ‘Stuff the Trunk’ event; encouraging both employees and customers to donate school supplies to help area families start the year right. Each Van Horn dealership popped the trunk of a showroom vehicle, and invited people to stuff it full of notebooks, backpacks, markers, glue sticks and other necessary school items.
From mid-July to mid-August, fifteen Van Horn dealership locations and supporting departments were able to collect over 2,400 supplies for area students. The supplies were then provided to local community organizations for distribution, including: Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, United Way, Family Promise and a few individual schools.
“We are so appreciative of the efforts from our employee owners and our generous customers to make this event such a success,” said Ryan Thiel, Van Horn Automotive Group Marketing Director and ESOP Committee Member. Teresa Van Horn, co-CEO of Van Horn Automotive group added, “We have over 550 employees in our organization, and it’s very satisfying to see them dig a little deeper during a time when they are already spending their wages on school supplies and clothes for their own families.”
Golfer hits hole-in-one to win a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro
Kohler, WI, August 19, 2019 – What started out as a beautiful morning for golf at Blackwolf Run, became a magical day for Cambellsport resident Craig Hatch, who aced the 17th hole at Blackwolf Run’s River Course to win a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro from Van Horn Automotive Group.
Hatch, a brain cancer survivor himself, was participating in the annual Make-A-Wish Wisconsin golf outing, sponsored by Sargento and Johnsonville. Van Horn Automotive was the sponsor of two, hole-in-one contests at Blackwolf Run. With an 8 iron in hand, Hatch approached the 154-yard 17th hole of the River Course for his first tee shot of the day during a shotgun start. Hatch stated, “I didn’t think the ball actually went in! It was my first shot of the day and I was in disbelief. As the witness walked to the hole to verify that it was in there, I ran next to her because I couldn’t believe it. It was my first hole in one and my first time golfing in the Make-A-Wish golf outing.”
“This is my second time volunteering as a hole-in-one contest witness for the Make-A-Wish golf outing, said Sunday Strong, Executive Assistant at Van Horn Automotive Group. “It’s such a fun day for everyone. I’ve seen many golfers get close, but never make a hole-in-one; so to see Mr. Hatch achieve this feat was truly an exciting experience.” Teresa Van Horn, Co-CEO of Van Horn Automotive Group added, “We enjoy sponsoring great causes like Make-A-Wish alongside other area businesses to thank our communities for their patronage.”
About Make-A-Wish Foundation
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and nearly 40,000 volunteers across the U.S., grant a wish every 34 minutes, on average, somewhere in the country. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 315,000 wishes to children in the U.S. and its territories; more than 15,600 in 2018 alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit www.wish.org.
About Van Horn Automotive Group
Van Horn Automotive Group, Inc. is a family born, employee owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck, Teresa and JP Van Horn, Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 16 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies. The group employs over 580 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. For employment opportunities visit the Careers page at www.vhcars.com.
Sheboygan South High School continues to demonstrate their dedication to teaching students about automotive and electronic mechanics. Their course titled: Automotive and Electro Mechanics, is a year-long introductory course that provides training for: tools, equipment, operation, maintenance, and most importantly safety. Students also learn about proper procedures for diagnostics and service.
Students receive hands-on practice
Students practice their skills on a variety of vehicles as well as industrial equipment and are taught procedures as well as electro-mechanical skills that can be applied to a career in automotive or manufacturing. Sheboygan South High School is currently looking at the possibility of receiving credits towards Lakeshore Technical College in automotive electricity.
Van Horn Automotive Group supports South High’s initiative to educate young students on automotive and electro-mechanical skills. “When South High reached out to us regarding donating a vehicle: it was a no brainer,” said Teresa Van Horn, Co-CEO of Van Horn Automotive. “We want to help empower our youth and support the community with a skilled workforce.” When asked about what the 2007 Jeep Commander could do for Sheboygan South High School, Collin Kachel, a teacher at the school, said that “The vehicle will be used as a training aid for the Automotive Mechanics class for the next 5 years. We greatly appreciate the donation as it is the first time our program has been able to utilize a clean, modern vehicle for training.”
This race season we all have a driver to cheer for and a great cause. Van Horn’s own Brian Wieland will be getting back behind the wheel because of his love for the sport, but also because of his passion for recovery. Brian will be racing in the Plymouth Dirt Track Series in the B Mod division. All winnings will be donated to Samaritan’s Hand – a drug and alcohol clinic and sober house in Sheboygan County. “Recovery is a personal interest of mine, and I want to continue to support healing in our community, says Brian Wieland, Used Car Director for Van Horn Automotive Group. “I love Sheboygan County and I’m always inspired by the great businesses that provide the community with an amazing place to live, work and grow. It is my mission to continue to help make a difference.”
Brian’s first race will be Saturday, April 27 in Plymouth at the Sheboygan County Fair Park. The full 2019 Plymouth Dirt Track Racing Schedule can be found here http://www.plymouthdtr.com/schedule.html.
In addition to racing, Brian’s schedule includes 2 brat frys, Saturday night pit sessions, 5 Road America Race displays and a final year-end event. Any questions regarding sponsorship opportunities or events, contact Brian Wieland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, April 12, 2019, members of the Van Horn Automotive Group attended the annual Top Workplaces Awards Presentation, hosted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Those in attendance included Teresa Van Horn, Co-CEO and Jenny Krebsbach, Controller. “There was a lot of excitement in the room. They had encouraged the audience to bring their spirit, so there was a lot of cheering. As we grow, we haven’t lost sight of the importance of our employees. We listen to them, learn from them, and appreciate each person. I am very proud of our organization and look forward to the exciting things to come,” stated Krebsbach. The Van Horn Automotive Group ranked 21st among midsized companies in Wisconsin. See the full list here: https://projects.jsonline.com/database/2019/4/top-workplaces-2019.html#!/sizebandrank.asc.1/
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s annual Top Workplaces list showcases 150 outstanding businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. Companies are measured on qualities such as company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation, benefits, and the impact company policies have on innovation and morale. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been awarding the Top Workplaces in the area for the past 10 years.
The Top Workplace Award has a HUGE meaning for Teresa Van Horn. “We’ve been working extremely hard to create an enjoyable working environment and this means we’re making progress. It tells me that our employees enjoy coming to work and like the direction we’re headed. A happier employee translates into providing a better experience for our customers which means continued growth for our dealerships.”
Every February, Van Horn Automotive Group Gives hosts the Pay-It-Forward moment at the Sheboygan County Chamber of Champions Gala. The Pay-It-Forward moment a random drawing, allows a Gala guest to select an organization close to them for a $1,000 donation made by Van Horn Automotive Group. Past Pay-It-Forward winners are Meals on Wheels, Sheboygan County Cancer Care, RCS Empowers, and Sharon S. Richardson Foundation.
This year, Joe Widder from BW Papersystems in Sheboygan was the lucky recipient of this award. He chose Great Marriages for the donation, since his parents are long time mentors for the organization.
Pictured are Van Horn Automotive Group Co-CEO, Teresa Van Horn, Joe Widder of BW Papersystems, and Crystal Dekker, Van Horn Automotive Group Public Relations Coordinator
Executive Director, Jocelyn Medrek, of Great Marriages stated “The mission of Great Marriages is to prepare and strengthen relationships, enrich marriages, and keep families together. Singles, dating, engaged or married couples are welcome to attend Great Marriages’ events! We are here to help you learn valuable relationship skills so we can be a community of vibrant, strong, joyful, life-long marriages. Our children need to know what a healthy marriage looks like so they can have successful relationships in their future.”
Medrek and Great Marriages associate, Winter Kohler, met with Ryan Thiel and Teresa Van Horn of Van Horn Automotive Group to present Great Marriages with the $1,000 donation. Also present for the check presentation was Pay-It-Forward winner, Joe Widder.
From left to right: Jocelyn Medrek, Ryan Thiel, Joe Widder, Teresa Van Horn, Winter Kohler
Great Marriages accomplishes their mission through couple-to-couple mentoring programs, monthly events, marriage retreats, corporate lunch and learns, and workshops. To view Great Marriages’ upcoming events, please visit www.great-marriages.org/events or call 920.783.6142 for more information.
Stoughton, WI, July 25, 2018 – The Van Horn Automotive Group is completing a remodel of their Dane County Auto location at 1411 Highway 51 North in Stoughton, WI. This will mark the official transition of Dane County Auto to Van Horn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and will comply with FCA dealership requirements.
While the overall footprint of the dealership will remain consistent, several spaces were reconfigured to provide more area for customer interaction. Over 600 additional square feet was dedicated to the showroom and a fully remodeled customer lounge now includes: new appliances, updated bathrooms with luxury countertops, an internet bar, and air conditioning to the service writer room for customer comfort. “We are happy to be providing our customers with the most comfort and efficiency while they are visiting our dealership. We have updated our overall look and have added modern amenities to provide outrageous service to each and every one of our loyal customers”, said Justin Stanford, Platform Director.
In addition to the 600+ square feet of showroom updates, the existing facility also underwent an interior and exterior renovation that includes a new façade prominently showcasing Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, RAM logos, brand new, energy efficient LED lighting, new overhead doors, and a new air line for quick service on low tire pressure.
Construction of the new showroom, as well as the interior/exterior renovation will be complete mid-August, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Wednesday, September 5, 2018. Keller, Inc. was the design/build general contractor.
The Van Horn Automotive Group is a family born, employee owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck, Teresa and JP Van Horn, the Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 13 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies. The group employs over 500 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. For employment opportunities visit the Careers page at www.vanhornauto.com.
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Stevens Point, WI, July 2, 2018 – The Van Horn Automotive Group has announced the purchase of Stevens Point Nissan from Home Run Auto Group, located at 301 Green Avenue N, Stevens Point, WI. This marks the 13th dealership to be part of the Van Horn Automotive Group, and the 1st Nissan dealership.
With plans for a greater new and used inventory and further developing the service center, Van Horn aims to retain and increase the staff of employees. “We believe in investing in all the communities that we serve,” said Dick Strong, Chief Operating Officer of Van Horn Automotive Group. “The Stevens Point community is strong, with a diverse mix of business, education, culture and the arts. We’re humbled to operate in such a vibrant town.”
“Nissan is a brand we’ve wanted to sell for years, and Stevens Point is a great location; very accessible from every direction,” says Chuck Van Horn, CEO for Van Horn Automotive Group. “It took the right opportunity to make this possible, and we’re humbled to operate in such a vibrant town.”
This acquisition marks the thirteenth dealership location for Van Horn Automotive Group which operates in several areas across the state of Wisconsin, including: Plymouth, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Lomira, Stoughton, Milwaukee and Oconomowoc and Newhall, IA. This is the first Nissan dealership for the group which carries several manufacturers, including: Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Fiat, Hyundai and Mazda.
The Van Horn Automotive Group is a family born, employee owned automotive group with headquarters in Plymouth, Wisconsin. Founded in 1966 by Joe Van Horn as a single Chevrolet dealership, and purchased by his children: Chuck, Teresa and JP Van Horn, the Van Horn Automotive Group has grown to include 13 automotive dealerships, a finance company, a real estate business and several insurance companies. The group employs over 500 people throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. For employment opportunities visit the Careers page at www.vhcars.com.