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Careers at Columbus Motor Company

“We have nothing of higher value than our people.”

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Building a Legacy

Columbus Motor Company is one of the area’s premier dealerships, serving Central and Eastern Nebraska! We pride ourselves on treating our customers the way we expect to be treated and we will always do the right thing for the right reasons!! Our team enjoys training programs, a fantastic culture, and opportunities for advancement. We’re interested in helping you grow personally and professionally because we know that happy employees lead to happier customers!

If this sounds like a team you would like to be a part of, please take a look at our open positions and apply today!

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Community Partnership

Our commitment to the community of Columbus goes beyond our desire to have satisfied customers but to be good neighbors and benefactors. Columbus Motor Company in Columbus, Nebraska, proudly provides numerous charitable contributions to support our community and the surrounding area.

It is because of the patronage of our wonderful customers that we are able to give back to our community and the surrounding area!

Columbus Motor Company hosted a No Shave November contest for the Best and Not-so-Best Beard and everyone competing in this event paid an entry fee of $20 and all funds raised were donated to the local non-profit agency, Center for Survivors! Columbus Motor Company also conducted a “Cars for Classrooms” event last April for St. Anthony’s School in Columbus and raised $1,910 for the school!

Christmas is a special time of year at Columbus Motor Company and this past year, we conducted a Truck of Toys drive for the local Holiday Spirit Co-op here in Columbus. This agency collects toys for kids who may not have Christmas presents otherwise, and with the generous help of our employees and customers, we were able to Stuff the Truck!!

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Our History

Columbus Motor Company is on a mission to do things differently than other automotive dealers! We focus our efforts on providing unmatched quality automotive products and service. We implemented the ‘Best Price Philosophy’ and strive to provide a more relaxed, honest, and enjoyable car buying experience. We aim to exceed our customers’ and employees’ expectations, maintaining their loyalty for a lifetime. We recognize the greatest resource we have is our employees and we never take that for granted. We strive to fill open positions within our ranks first, creating career paths for many of our employees regardless of where they start in our company.

Columbus Motor Company was created in May 2014, when Andy Swanson purchased the dealership. In 2017, Andy and Dave Whalen became business partners and Dave also serves as the General Manager of the dealership. Andy and Dave have also partnered with The Rydell Company. The Rydell Company was founded in 1954 and has grown into a group of 85 stores in 17 states! Their Founder, Leonard Rydell, had many strongly held business and personal philosophies that served him well. These philosophies, known as “Leonardism’s”, still help guide us through our daily business and personal decisions. Some of our favorite “Leonardism’s” are…

“Never take advantage of a customer, even if you can.”
“Put yourself in a position to take care of as many people as possible.”
“Seek excellence, and the rest will follow.”


Rydell's Vision & Mission

Rydell’s Vision: To be so effective that we are able to be helpful to others.

Rydell’s Mission:

Industry Leader: Our goal is to be an industry leader in providing unmatched quality automotive products and services.

Meeting Needs: We will constantly strive to meet the changing needs of our customers. Our aim is to provide an atmosphere that encourages employee teamwork, integrity, and excellence.

Constant Growth: Together we will set and continually improve sales, service, and operational standards to ensure long-term market leadership and profitability.

Exceed Expectations: It is our mission to exceed our customers’ and employees’ expectations and maintain their loyalty for a lifetime.

Rydell’s Philosophy

The Rydell philosophy is based on five key areas that we believe are critical to business success:

  1. Customer Enthusiasm
  2. Employee Satisfaction
  3. Financial Performance
  4. Market Effectiveness
  5. Ongoing Improvement

Our philosophy holds that each area is of equal importance and we continually strive to reach a level of excellence in each area. However, in any planning or decision making process, or in any situation of seeming conflict or contradiction among the five critical areas, Customer Enthusiasm will always carry the most weight.

Rydell Values

Honesty & Integrity

Honesty & Integrity

We believe that all decisions are to be made with integrity. Leadership is setting good examples for others to follow, expecting as much from yourself as from others.

Individual Responsibility & Accountability

Individual Responsibility & Accountability

We believe that we are responsible to satisfy the needs of our customers for all our products and services. Individual accountability for our own performance and for the quality of our products will demonstrate to our customers that we are enthusiastic about them and really care.

Unconditional Dedication to Excellence

Unconditional Dedication to Excellence

We believe that there is no place for mediocrity and halfhearted efforts. We accept personal responsibility for overcoming obstacles and being the very best. We actively choose to excel in every aspect of our personal and professional lives.

Cooperation & Communication

Cooperation & Communication

Close mutual support of one another is a fundamental tenet of ours. We value open communication and encourage new ideas, realizing that teamwork produces a better employee work environment and enthusiastic customers and suppliers.

Our People

Our People

We have nothing of greater value than our people. We respect the uniqueness of every individual and believe that such an attitude will build a team of confident, creative members possessing a high degree of initiative, self-respect and self-discipline.

Ongoing Improvement

Ongoing Improvement

We believe in not accepting the status quo, in constant improvement, and in the value of ongoing education in any form. We believe in providing opportunity for personal, professional and organizational growth within our Company.

Being Good Community Citizens

Being Good Community Citizens

We give willingly to and are actively involved in the support of our communities, because they provide us our success.

How We Care for Our Team

We will help you get up to speed once you join our team!

Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance and 401K Plan offered

Vacation, Sick, Holiday Pay & Employee Discounts on products and services

Our people come first - Great opportunities to make your mark & effect change


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Mark Mueller

Body Shop

"I started here in April of 2006 and have been doing Body Shop work ever since. I enjoy the work that I do and the field that I’m in. It’s a great atmosphere and great people to work for. Columbus Motor Company has great owners and managers that you work for here, nice facility."

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Josh Hopwood

General Manager

“Columbus Motor Company has afforded me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally while also allowing me to help others reach their professional goals. I began working at CMC in November of 2016 as the Body Shop Manager. Over the last two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to grow into the role of Fixed Operations Director and then to Director of Sales and Fixed Operations and now I am the General Manager of the store!”