PURPOSE | CAREER DEVELOPMENT
After 11 years as store manager of a wireless company, Jose heard they were about to sell all their company-owned stores. Seeing the writing on the wall, he consulted a good friend who told him Advance was hiring. He applied, and after three interviews was hired as the General Manager of the Montgomery Village store. “They must have liked me,” said Jose, “because the only automotive experience I had was changing brake pads and oil in my car.” Apparently, his former management skills came through because Jose has been promoted twice in his GM position. He says his forte is improving customer service, streamlining inventory and boosting sales. In his current position, Jose focuses on operations and team development. The result is a store with one of the largest sales volumes in the area, nearly matching that of a super hub. “That’s not bad for a little store,” he said. “We can do that because I have a great commercial team that develops strong relationships with our professional customers.” In one year, his store increased from two delivery vehicles to four, and two commercial managers to three. What Jose loves about Advance is that he has room to grow. In his past position with the wireless company, he went six years in the same position. But with Advance, he’s worked in three locations and promoted twice within two years. “I get to work with a lot of different team members, and Advance is truly diverse with both team members and our customer base.” He said he loves to grow team members so they can be promoted. That’s clear because during his tenure he has promoted five members to various positions. And, at just over two years with Advance, Jose has set his target on District Manager in Training … when the opportunity comes up.
JOSE GUEVARA GENERAL MANAGER YEARS AT ADVANCE : 2 LOCATION: GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND
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