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Mon, July 22

In Profile: Bob Cunningham

TCBN/Nathaniel Kastelic

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Name: Bob Cunningham

Occupation(s): General Manager/ Liberty Kia

Age: 45

Family: "Wife, Vickie Cunningham, married 23 years; two daughters, Holly and Tiffany; three handsome grandsons, Nicholas, Demitrius and Christiano; mother, Sue; father, Bob; brother, Brian; sister, Sheila."

Education: High school graduate, 1979, Thunderbird High School.

Community activities: "None at this time, but would like to in the future; I still currently live in North Phoenix, (and, yes, I drive to Prescott Valley every day) and hoping to move to Prescott in the near future."

Career highlights: "Twentyfour years in automobile sales and management. 1. Top 10 sales representative in Larry Miller sales organization 1985. 2. Eleven years as department head, used cars at Sands Chevrolet. 3. General manager Liberty Kia."

Most memorable moments: "1. Meeting and marrying my beautiful wife (who is my best friend to this day). 2. Taking two great vacations, one to Disney World and the other Balboa Island. 3. The birth of my daughter, Tiffany."

On his mind lately? "Taking our yearly trip to Coronado Island."

Book on his shelf? John Steinbeck, "The Pearl."

What does he do during his off time? "Play guitar, chess, swimming, and yardwork/chores in new home."

How many hours does he work in a typical week? "Eighty - that's correct, eighty!"

Morning or night person? "Day person - grumpy in the morning and tired at night (hence the 80-hour work week)."

Investment advice? "The only investments I have ever done well with are homes and autos."

What's his power breakfast? "Cheese omelet and toast with orange juice."

First job? Bagboy at Alpha Beta (ABCO).

Who would he invite to dinner given a choice of anyone? Mike Ness, John Lennon, or Bruce Willis.

In his CD player right now? Social Distortion.

What's his favorite vacation spot? Coronado Island (Hotel del Coronado) and Balboa Island.

If you could have a free ticket to fly anywhere in the world, where would you go? Hawaii.

Pet peeve? "Things not done the way I think they should be done."

Quality you admire in others: "Being genuine, not pretentious."

Favorite thing about the tri-city area? "Vintage downtown Prescott and having the four seasons."

Worst business gaffe? "Taking a general manager job at a Daewoo store!"

Something most people don't know about him: "Nickname - Cuts."

Lingering unfinished task: "Cleaning out the garage of boxes from moving, five months ago!"

Best advice received? "Do the best of your ability at whatever you do, always follow your heart and be the best person you can be."

Best advice given? "Don't worry about things you cannot control."

Business outlook? "Hoping to be part owner of Dana Moore's Liberty Kia some day, and moving to Prescott thereafter. With the growth in the Prescott Valley area, and the great deals we are offering at Liberty Kia, I think our business should soar."

What three words would you use to describe yourself? "Genuine, honest and hard-working."

What's the best thing about being you? "Knowing that I have a loving and supportive family, a great career in automotive sales, and getting to meet all types of people every day."

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