Gloria "Mama" Randolph has been a part of the Chapman Automotive Group family since May 1990. Over the course of that time, she has purchased seven different vehicles from her employers and her newest one, an Inferno Red Crystal Pearl-colored 2011 Dodge Charger, fits her energetic, classy personality to a tee.
"Every time I get inside my new Charger, I feel proud and excited," Randolph said. "This is, without question, my favorite car I've ever owned and, honey, you know I've owned quite a few."
"Gloria has been our friendly greeter and switchboard operator for over 20 years," said General Manager Don Hamrick. "Her unique personality makes everyone who walks into the showroom at Chapman feel at home because that's exactly how she feels when she's here."
The 2011 Dodge Charger is a large sedan that's offered in two basic trim levels: SE and R/T.
SE base models are rear-wheel-drive and come well-equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, power driver's seat, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, cruise control, full power accessories, a trip computer, keyless ignition/entry, remote engine start and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, an iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface.
The R/T model comes with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, V-8 engine, performance-tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch on AWD models), xenon headlights, fog lights and a rear spoiler (RWD models only). Inside there's automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and a premium Alpine sound system with an 8.4-inch touchscreen, voice control and satellite radio.
The V-8 Hemi with Fuel Saver Technology (the engine switches to four cylinders under light load) helps the Charger achieve an estimated 25 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg around town.
Standard safety features for the Charger include electronic stability/traction control, anti-lock brakes, side-impact air bags for front-seat passengers, a driver-side knee air bag, side curtain air bags and active front-head restraints.
Road and Track says, "The Charger's performance numbers are in the same league as the (BMW) 5 Series, all for $30K less."
The Car Connection says, "We like the brash, American muscle-car look the thrilling, throbbing V-8 the improved interior design."
Randolph has received numerous awards during her tenure at Chapman. Cal-Pro Inc., a company that helps dealerships with a comprehensive delivery program, presented her with the Award of Recognition in January 2004. The award is given to individuals for their professional contributions and other outstanding accomplishments in the pursuit of excellence. She was recognized by the American Legion, Post 31 of Boulder City, for her persistent and thoughtful help during a personal family crisis. She has also been honored as employee of the month.
"Ted Chapman, himself, hired me all those years back," Randolph said. "I could never express all of the love I have inside of me for this family due to all the support and kindness they continually have shown me."
Randolph is the oldest employee at Chapman, yet she rarely misses a day of work. She was born in Terrell, Texas, on Nov. 14, 1931, to Q.T. and Norman Bookman. She has two adult daughters: Belinda, who still lives in Los Angeles, and Altoria of Las Vegas. Her family includes her Lhasa apsos Honey and Missi.
Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram sells and services new and used vehicles. It is located at 3175 E. Sahara Ave. at Mojave Road and can be reached at 702-457-1061 and online at www.VegasDCJ.com.
In addition to its East Sahara location, Chapman also operates Chapman Chrysler Jeep in the Valley Automall in Henderson. Chapman Chrysler Jeep can be reached at 888-207-1687 and online at www.ChapmanChryslerJeep.com.