Street Toyota Celebrates 2011 with Awards Banquet

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Street Toyota employees help celebrate a successful year by attending the annual Awards Banquet where awards were presented Tuesday night.

"It was a delicious dinner and a great opportunity to talk with the other employees," Samantha Conner, Internet Marketing Manager said.

Street Toyota held its annual Awards Banquet at the Amarillo Club in downtown Amarillo, Texas on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 to celebrate a year of successful business and successful employees.

The awards banquet began at 6:30pm on the 30th floor of the Chase Tower where employees and guests were treated to drinks before the dinner. At 7:30pm dinner was served.

"It was a delicious dinner and a great opportunity to talk with the other employees," Samantha Conner, Internet Marketing Manager said. "I'm glad I was able to visit with some of the salespeople and talk about the great year 2011 brought us."

Tom Bittenbender, Interim President for Gulf States Toyota was the guest speaker for the night. He talked about the previous year and the future for Toyota. He congratulated Joe Street, owner of Street Toyota, and all the managers and the salespeople for everything they have done.

There were many awards presented throughout the night awarded to employees of Street Toyota.

General Manager Mike Good presented the Excellence Award to Scott Stoneham because he “demonstrates the knowledge to do his job the way it should be done.”

Sales Manager Steven Christian presented the Teamwork Award to Ben Callaway for “working well with others and for modeling unselfishness and positive team influence.”

Sales Manager Gus Shamir presented the Torch Award to Chris Campbell for “always going above and beyond and staying in front of the pack when doing business.”

Presenting the Leadership Award was Rick McLey, Interactive 360, Inc. CEO; he gave the award to Greg Smith for “demonstrating leadership propensity.”

General Sales Manager, Cory Dupriest presented the Rick Owens Inspiration Award to Gary McMillan for overcoming adverse circumstances during the year, however McMillan was unable to attend the ceremony. Dupriest also presented the Salesperson of the Year Award to David Saied for having the highest volume/gross for the year.

Ending the evening was Finance Director, Hamid Jalali who presented the F&I Excellence Award for being the best producer in the F&I Department to Jamie VanDeSpyker

Street Toyota in Amarillo, Texas was established in 1982. A new 58,000 square foot facility on 9 acres is now open at 45th and Soncy. This is a state of the art facility and the customer's comfort has been emphasized from the ample parking right down to the gourmet coffee. Street Toyota is the first dealer in west Texas to become Signature Certified.

Street Toyota has been a valuable corporate citizen in the Panhandle area. They provide support to area nonprofit organizations such as United Way, Better Business Bureau, Amarillo Adult Literacy, Harrington Cancer Center, Meals on Wheels, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Amarillo Symphony, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Little Theater, Lone Star Ballet, Discovery Center, Globe News Center for the Performing Arts, CACHA (Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) and many other organizations.

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