Career Paths

In January 2010, I found myself 40 years old, and out of a job. I have a college degree and 10 years of experience owning and operating a small business, but a down turned economy forced me to make a change. I saw an ad that KIA of Chattanooga was hiring for sales people. I knew I had sales abilities but had never sold cars before. I applied, and was asked to come in for an interview. I was offered a sales position that I accepted, and unknown to me that day, 10 years later, I am still at Kia of Chattanooga.

Car sales turned out to be the best opportunity career wise, that I ever did. I love it! The excitement and thrill of making a sale and helping people get into a new car is a great feeling! When I got my first commission check, I sold seventeen cars that month. I was blown away and was immediately hooked.

KIA makes a wonderful product that they proudly stand behind. KIA of Chattanooga, a locally owned family business, is a great place to work! It invests in its employees by providing top-notch training and benefits as good as some of the largest companies out there. I sold cars on the lot for 4 years and was given the opportunity to move into management, where I’ve worked for the past 6 years.

Working at KIA is more than just a job. It is a place that has respect for its employees and promotes from within. A company that is solidly planted in the community and has a real family feel to it. KIA of Chattanooga could be the last job you ever have to apply for.

Dirk Emmett
Sales Manager, Business Development Center

I started working for Langdale Hyundai in August of 2017. This company has been nothing but great for me. The thing I appreciate most about our company, is their willingness to promote within. When I started here, I knew nothing about the car business. I was hired as a salesman, and was soon after promoted to our E-sales department. I am now one of our business managers here, and I must admit I have learned a lot from all the dedicated training I have received, here, and also at outside training facilities. Working here does not feel like a job; it is more so a family-oriented career. Langdale Hyundai not only takes care of their customers, but they also care for their employees as well, and I can proudly say that I am happy to work for such a great company.

TaMichael Redding

On February 10, 2014, I started working part time at Langdale Hyundai. I had never imagined I would have a job in the car business, but there I was. I started off in the accounting office working as an Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable clerk. I had little experience but I was taught and trained by the best. I quickly learned the ins and outs of the car business. A few months after starting as part time I was promoted to be a full-time employee. Soon after that I was promoted again to be a Title Clerk. Again, I had little experience with my new job but my managers had patience and took the time to make sure I knew everything I would need to know to get the job done. Over the next two and a half years I never stopped learning, I even learned how to work in the finance department of the dealership and how to work a car deal. Shortly after that I started training to be an office manager. Now, I am the controller of Langdale Hyundai. I started from the bottom and worked my way to the top. I still learn new things every day and love coming to work in the morning. The Bowers Automotive Group becomes like a second family to you, not only with the people you work with at your dealership, but everyone else that is apart of this group as well. I have been here five years now and have never regretted my decision to start working here.

Kelsie Staten