Chapman dealerships welcome laid-off Chrysler workers


With the disheartening news of several Dodge Chrysler Jeep dealerships in the Las Vegas Valley closing recently, many are wondering what will be the fate of the dealerships' employees. Fortunately, as the only remaining Chrysler Jeep dealer in Clark County and one of two remaining Dodge dealers in Las Vegas, Chapman Chrysler Jeep and Chapman Dodge have welcomed several laid-off employees as their own.

A total of 19 displaced employees have joined the Chapman Automotive Group. Their expertise is being utilized in every one of the dealerships' departments including sales, service, parts and body shop.

"Our sympathies go out to the Chrysler dealerships that are closing," said Chapman Chrysler Jeep General Manager Nick Banker. "We don't take any joy in seeing our competitors shut their doors. We're glad to welcome some of their former employees because we know that they will be a great addition to our team due to their experience with Chrysler products."

Steve Ward, now a service adviser at Chapman Chrysler Jeep, was hired just after the announcement of Integrity Chrysler's closing. He was employed there as a service drive manager. Ward has been in Las Vegas for 17 years and has been a loyal employee of Chrysler for 35 years.

"I felt relieved, excited and grateful when Chapman's Service Manager Ryan Payne offered me a position," said Ward. "In our industry, the Chapman Automotive Group's reputation of caring for their employees like family is well known. That's exactly how I've been received."

Karl Ayerle, also a former employee of Integrity Chrysler Jeep Dodge, was hired on at Chapman Dodge on May 18, just after Integrity closed. During his tenure with Integrity, Ayerle was named "Salesman of the Year" five years in a row. When he learned that the store was going to close, he looked around and made the decision to take a sales position at Chapman.

"The people here are very friendly and professional," said Ayerle. "I talked to a lot of people and found that Chapman had a very good reputation and that's why I decided to land here."

Chapman Chrysler Jeep sells and services the complete line of Chrysler and Jeep vehicles. Located in the Valley Automall, Chapman Chrysler Jeep can be reached at 888-207-1687 or online at www.chapman chryslerjeep.com.

Chapman Dodge sells and services new and used vehicles and is located at 3175 E. Sahara Ave. on the corner of East Sahara Avenue and Mojave Road. Chapman Dodge can be reached at 800-NewDodge and www.lasvegasdodge.com.