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BRIAN BASHAM

Executive Manager
From Mocksville, NC

With Simmons since October 2007

In auto industry since 1991

How did you get started in the auto industry? Over 20 years ago, I started with Nissan and got hooked. I really enjoyed providing the excellent service that I would expect as a customer. Treating our customers like family became my philosophy, and it’s rewarding that people always appreciate it.

Best thing about working at Simmons? Definitely the people. Our great team and the people we help every day. I know our crew works hard to take care of our customers – many have been coming here for years. And I can always sleep easy at night knowing that we treat people fairly and honestly. Plus, we just have a lot of fun.

Favorite car? A Nissan GTR

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? You’d find me with my family cooking on my Big Green Egg (BGE)

How would others describe you in one word? OCD

Last meal? A bacon-wrapped filet mignon

Favorite teams? Tarheels and Panthers

WAYNE SIMMONS

General Manager
From Pilot Mountain, NC

With Simmons since November 2013

In automotive industry since 2013

Best thing about working at Simmons? The camaraderie

What's something people may not know about you? I am an Army veteran.

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? When I’m not at the dealership you would find me at the lake.

BEN LAWSON

Service Manager
From King, NC

With Simmons since February 2009

In automotive industry since 2000

How did you get started in the auto industry? Growing up My dad was in the auto business and I worked with him. I started selling cars at a Chevrolet dealership right out of high school and work in auto sales all through college. After college, I moved into the service department and have been involved in service for 12 years.

Best thing about working at Simmons? The best thing about my job is the people. I enjoy working with everyone at Simmons we really are like family to each other. I also enjoy our customers. We have some of the nicest and most down to earth customers that I have ever worked with.

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? When I am not at the dealership I am spending time with my wife and two sons and traveling to Arizona with my family.

First car? 1992 black corvette that my wife and I dated in.

CARSON DORSETT

General Sales Manager
From Mount Airy, NC

With Simmons since February 2013

In automotive industry since 2012

Best thing about working at Simmons? I enjoy working with different people every day and each car deal is unique. Working at Simmons Nissan is a team effort and I couldn't ask to have a better group of people to work with. There are a lot of obstacles to overcome at times when you want to be successful and I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I walk out the door at the end of the day.

How would others describe you in one word? Ambitious

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? If I'm not at work you can find me spending time with my wife Tracie and the four wonderful children we share together. They are EmmaGrey, Kancie, Kinley and Kelby. We enjoy going to sporting events, swimming and just hanging out together at the house.

Favorite team? Tarheels

Last Meal? Crab legs

TIM HAZELWOOD

Sales Professional
From Dobson, NC

With Simmons since April 2011

In automotive industry since 2007

Best thing about working at Simmons? The best thing about working at Simmons is the staff! We have amazing group of people who entertain one another during our daily duties to get us through the day. The faithful customers and the excitement on people's faces when they get a great deal and a fantastic vehicle from us is what I love most about my job!

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? The place you would find me if I'm not at work would be my church because my wife and I are involved in several different ministries there. We are mostly involved in our praise band, my wife sings and I play drums! My wife, and my two beautiful boys and I attend Salem Baptist Church in Dobson, NC.

Last Meal? Filet, brown sugar deviled eggs and baked potato from The Chop House in Pigeon Forge, TN.

MITCH MABE

Finance Manager
From Ararat, VA

With Simmons since March 2015

In automotive industry since 2010

Best thing about working at Simmons? The people I work with and knowing that I can stand by my product!

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? With my family or at the golf course

Favorite team? North Carolina Tarheels

ZEB NORMAN

Sales Professional
From Mount Airy, NC

With Simmons since March 2014

In automotive industry since 2011

Best thing about working at Simmons? Working with a lot of fun personalities

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? In a gym coaching youth travel basketball or on the golf course

Last meal? Arigato Japanese Steakhouse (Ribeye medium rare, scallops, extra appetizer shrimp, and extra rice)

What’s the best vacation you've ever had and why? I went sport fishing in Craig, Alaska among the Price of Wales Islands this June with my Dad (Steve) and brother (Jed). Getting to witness Alaska's raw beauty, catching a ton of Halibut, King Salmon, Yellow eye, Cod and Sea Bass, and getting to share the experience with my Dad and brother made it the best.

JAMIE PACK

Used Car Manager
From Mount Airy, NC

With Simmons since October 2008

In Automotive industry since 1993

Best thing about working at Simmons? We're like family. Helping people with their wants and needs and meeting new friends.

What do you enjoy most your job? In my time in the car business, I’ve served in many roles but my favorite place to work is in sales where I get to personally interact with you, the customer! Talking with the folks and finding out how I can meet their needs is the niche I seem to fit best. For years I have driven and been very pleased with Nissan, so I'm proud to represent the brand.

ROCKEY PACK

Sales Professional
From Mount Airy, NC

With Simmons since February 2016

In automotive industry since 2000

Best thing about working at Simmons? People, the people I work with and for care about helping. In return it makes my job of developing relationships with long-term customers easier.

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? You would find me at home. I have a wife and three beautiful children that keep me busy at all times.

Last meal?That’s very hard to answer. I love all food, but I would have to say my wife’s salmon cakes have a special place in my heart.

Favorite team?Carolina Panters

MIKE SHAW

Sales Professional
From Dearborn, Michigan

With Simmons since September 2009

In Automotive industry since 1997

Best thing about working at Simmons? Nice environment, fun people to work with.

What's something people may not know about you? Army Veteran, served with the 82nd Airborne Division

Favorite team? Pittsburgh Steelers

DWAYNE VENABLE

Sales Professional
From Copeland, NC

With Simmons since January 2016

In automotive industry since 1993

Best thing about working at Simmons? I love the friendly atmosphere with a great group of people making us the #1 team!

How would others describe you in one word? Self-motivated

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? Home spending time with family

Favorite team? Pittsburgh Steelers

PHILLIP WARD

Service Professional
From King, NC

With Simmons since May 2016

In automotive industry since 2009

Best thing about working at Simmons? The friendly, hard-working staff who want to take good care of customers.

When you're not at the dealership, where would we find you? At import car show or drag races. Or spending time with my wife.

First Car? 1996 Nissan 240SX S14

How would others describe you in one word? Persistent

KYLE WAUGH

Sales Professional
From New Jersey

With Simmons since November 2015

In automotive industry since 2015

Best thing about working at Simmons? The sense of family is what I love best about working at Simmons.

First car? 1964 Chevy Nova II

Favorite team? The Saints