Let’s Celebrate

On his blog post the other day Louis was bragging about our Approved Auto Sales car lots hitting three out of four specific goals we set for them for the month of July.  Actually, after the final tally it turned out that the Approved Auto team hit all four of the goals laid before them for July.  In appreciation for their hard work the Approved staff was treated to breakfast last Tuesday morning during a meeting that not only capped off a successful month but also helped to kick off what we expect to be another great month.

Thanks to the entire gang at Approved Auto Sales!  —  Luke

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”  Larry Elder

Pictured L to R - Janie Bates-Fulton office, Kim Woods and Chantel Williams-Aberdeen office, Laken Graham, Amy Alexander and Misha Comer-Fulton office, Joe McCullar, Randy Arbuckle, Zack Jones-Service Department, Louis Lee-Fulton office, Andy Moore, Chris McMillen and Andrew Alexander-Service Department
Pictured L to R – Janie Bates-Fulton office, Kim Woods and Chantel Williams-Aberdeen office, Laken Graham, Amy Alexander and Misha Comer-Fulton office, Joe McCullar, Randy Arbuckle, Zack Jones-Service Department, Louis Lee-Fulton office, Andy Moore, Chris McMillen and Andrew Alexander-Service Department
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Importance of Immunizations

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month which just so happens to coincide with the beginning of the new school year.  For those of us who are parents, we dread the day we must take our children for their required shots prior to attending daycare, preschool and big boy/girl school.  However, we do it because we understand how these valuable vaccinations help prevent the spread of serious illnesses such as chickenpox, measles, mumps, whooping cough, etc.  The series of shots our little ones begin as a newborn protect not only our children, but also all other children, family members and friends they will come in contact with.   Although infants and school-age children are the first that come to mind when talking about immunizations, adults need vaccinations to stay healthy as well.  It is recommended that all adults be vaccinated for influenza, pneumonia, tetanus and other vaccine-preventable diseases on a regular basis. 

I want to take this opportunity to not only remind you of the importance of vaccinations, but also to make you aware that these immunizations may be covered by your health insurance.  Employees and their dependents covered by health insurance such as the Montgomery Enterprises group health plan may receive vaccinations free of charge.  A primary focus of many health insurance companies is the prevention of serious contagious diseases.  Therefore, these companies will pay 100% of the cost of immunizations for both children and adults based on a pre-determined set of guidelines.  Feel free to contact me for a list of immunizations and other wellness services covered by the Montgomery Enterprises group health insurance plan.  Also, for a list of required and recommended immunizations, you may refer to the Center for Disease Control website or contact your local health department or primary health care provider.  Remember, from infants to senior citizens, we never outgrow immunizations.

– Kandi

Vaccines are the tugboats of prevention health.  – William Foege

Vaccines save lives; fear endangers them.  It’s a simple message parents need to keep hearing.  – Jeffrey Kluger

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Way to Go!

At the beginning of July we set some very aggressive goals for Approved Auto.  I am very happy to report they accomplished 3 of the 4 goals set for the month.  These goals were met by working smarter and as a team.  Laken, Zack, and the entire staff did a great job developing a plan to accomplish their goals and then following through and executing the plan.  I look forward to many more goals being met in the future.

Have a great day….Louis

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Each time I visit Amory CTE, I always love to see what April has drawn on the board as you walk in the front of the store.  For this blog, I thought I would share her most recent creation.  All three ladies at this store do an awesome job.  I am not only impressed by their strong work ethic and ability to continually succeed but I am also very thankful for their friendship.  Good job ladies – a perfect audit, lots of laughs and Bic Macs.  Does it get any better? – Rachel460

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A Bunch of Dogs

Over the past few years we have always had one particular office that we could count on to have a spectacularly successful Customer Appreciation Day.  And for that office, this year was no different.  Just the other day, the Okolona office held it’s annual Customer Appreciation Day and gave away a whopping 672 hot dogs.  That is a lot of happy eaters . . . and hundreds of satisfied customers.  Thanks to Felicia and Erin for the hard work they did on making their special day so overwhelmingly popular with the community.  Thanks also to Lynn Murphree from the Amory office for jumping in and helping the ladies in Okolona.

“In order to succeed, your desire for success must be stronger than your fear of failure.”  Bill Cosby

PS– Thanks to Janna Tolar for passing along the great news about Okolona’s CAD. . . Luke

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A Golden Milestone

The employees at the Fulton office presented Mom and Dad (Mr. Larry and Mrs. Delois)  with a beautiful and tasty cake in honor of their celebrating fifty years of marital bliss.  Congratulations on a great life together and may the coming years be just as golden!  Join me in wishing them a Happy Fiftieth Anniversary. . . and a Happy Birthday to Dad tomorrow. — Luke




“Where there is love there is life.”  Ghandi

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Henry Ford

I have recently been reading a book that references Henry Ford a great deal.  The booked sparked my interest to do a little online research of Ford and I came across several of his quotes that I found to be very interesting.  I hope you enjoy them as well:

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”  

“Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice”  

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.”  

“Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”  

“You can’t learn in school what the world is going to do next year.”  

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”

I hope you have a great day….Louis


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Great Job

One of our favorite blog topics is to recognize an employee for going above and beyond.  Today I would like to recognize Joyce Williams from our Saltillo office.  Joyce worked the auto auction last Saturday and did an outstanding job giving superior customer service.  Joyce was working the preregistration table and greeting customers as they arrive at the auction.  She was always greeting them with a smile and calling several of them by name.  As she was handing out keys to customers at the end of the day, she continued by sincerely thanking customers for their business and asking them to come back next auction.  I know Joyce brings this same attitude to her office in Saltillo on a daily basis.  Great job Joyce!

Have a great day……Louis

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Finish Strong

 July marks the mid-way point of every year.  It is a great time to look at where you stand on your New Year’s Resolution, evaluate your goals/objectives and how your are going to finish 2013 strong.  Take a look at your office and see what changes you can make to ensure that you reach and surpass your 2013 goals.

To fortify yourself, here are just a few “Finish Strong Motivational Quotes”:

 A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”  ~  Albert Einstein

“Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.” ~ Irving Berlin

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” ~ Michael Jordan                          

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”  ~ David Lloyd George                                                                                                                 

“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.” ~ Napoleon Hill                                                                                            

“Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.” ~ Gen. Omar N. Bradley                               

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.” ~ Michael Altshuler                                                     

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” ~Will Rogers  

Happy Monday!!


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Approved Auto Sales

I would like to congratulate our entire staff at Approved Auto Sales for crossing a milestone last week.  We have experienced a lot of growth and change at Approved Auto over the last six months.  There are a lot of moving parts to running a buy here pay here car lot: wholesale buyers, mechanics, detail guys, salesmen, collection people, receptionist, and management.  It takes all these parts working together as a well oiled machine to be successful.  The growth at Approved is a direct reflection of the growth of all the people that make up the company.  I believe the future is bright and there will be many more milestones crossed in the future!

We Say Yes!- Sammy Stephens

Change is inevitable, growth is optionalJohn C. Maxwell


Have a great day….Louis

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