weather icon Partly Cloudy

Friendly Ford reaches 49-year business milestone

In early April 1970, the No. 1 song was “Let it Be” by The Beatles, a gallon of gas was 36 cents, Richard Nixon was president and Friendly Ford opened its doors to Southern Nevada on North Decatur Boulevard. A lot has happened since, but one thing has remained the same: Friendly Ford still believes in a strong dedication to customer satisfaction.

Friendly Ford, 660 N. Decatur Blvd., recently had its 49th anniversary Kickoff Celebration. Friendly Ford employees from every department, customers from over the years and Ford dignitaries were on hand for the festivities. Chairman of Friendly Ford, Ed Olliges, opened the dealership in April 1970, and it has been a staple in the Las Vegas Valley ever since. Same owner and same location for 49 years.

“Everyone in this room is Friendly Ford,” Olliges said. “It’s not the building or the vehicles or the advertising. It is you; you are Friendly Ford. And I thank you for that.”

Parts director Rob Mancini and service director Greg Haase have both been at Friendly Ford for over 40 years. Each was on hand to speak about Friendly Ford and Ed Olliges. Both attended Western High School and crossed the street to join the Friendly Ford team.

“We found a family at Friendly Ford,” Mancini said. “Mr. Olliges treated us with such respect, we would never go anywhere else. Our place is at Friendly.”

Ford Motor Co. regional manager Brad Jones, Ford Motor Co. sales operations manager Philip Chancellor, Ford Motor Co. zone manager Will Marchand and Ford Credit business development manager Edward Gutierrez were on hand for this special event — some flying in from different parts the country for this special 49th anniversary celebration of Friendly Ford and to honor Olliges.

Friendly Ford just received the President’s Award for a record 19th time, Ford’s highest honor for complete customer satisfaction. Ford Motor Co. also recently welcomed Olliges into the Top Volume Ford Dealer Hall of Fame. This is a lifetime achievement award that spans decades of Ford sales volume, the longevity of dealers and dedication to customer satisfaction.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Cadillac car show had best of everything at Town Square

The 14th annual Cadillac Through the Years car show at Town Square Las Vegas had 81 Cadillacs representing a record field of classic vehicles. In addition, a crowd of more than 8,000 attended the event, which was held April 28.

Findlay VW Henderson parts manager loves his job

Frank Mattos has worked as parts manager at Findlay Volkswagen Henderson for the past several years and is a Volkswagen enthusiast who has restored many classic VWs, including a classic black 1962 Beetle.

Jeep enthusiasts unite for annual Big Bad Jeep Show

This past weekend, Jeep owners across the Las Vegas Valley flocked to Chapman Warm Springs for the sixth annual Big Bad Jeep Show. The family-friendly event featured live entertainment, free food, face painting for children, raffle prizes from contributing vendors and a blood drive.

Findlay Customs turns battered ’76 Airstream into showpiece

Back in the 1930s, Airstream was the Cadillac of RV trailers. The thrill of owning an Airstream has continued with the renovation of a 1976 model purchased from Craigslist and refurbished by Findlay Customs in the Valley Automall.

Ram 1500 classic named truck bargain of the year

Looking for a new truck but don’t want the high payments? Chapman Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram offers the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic, recently named the truck bargain of the year by carbuzz.com, a multiplatform automotive news and car-buying source.

Senior wins top prize in iChoose to Drive competition

West Career and Technical Academy senior Briana Virella won the annual iChoose to Drive contest and was awarded a check for $2,000 from Findlay Automotive Group during a ceremony present on the campus March 29. The money will serve her well as she moves on to college next year.

Chapman wrangles Jeep owners to compete in Big Bad Jeep Show April 27

When you purchase a Jeep, you don’t just get the opportunity to venture off the beaten path, you also join one of the most loyal and exclusive car communities on the road. Chapman Chrysler Jeep is inviting all Jeep owners across the valley to compete in the sixth annual Big Bad Jeep Show.

Las Vegan purchases Elantra SEL from Hyundai of Las Vegas

Diana Medina, who has lived in Las Vegas for nearly 13 years, is a longtime customer of Hyundai of Las Vegas. She has purchased five vehicles from the dealership in the past 10 years.