New general manager ready for expanded role, exciting ventures
He's young, full of energy, and as of Tuesday, Aug. 18, Robby Hinshaw is the new general manager of Tim's Auto Group.
Hinshaw, 29, has taken over the role in place of Ali Hussain, who held the position for about four-and-a-half years.
Since starting Tim's Auto Group 33 years ago, owner Tim Coury has always placed emphasis on his business being family owned and operated.
Hinshaw fits that model well as he is Coury's son-in-law. Coury also employs two other sons-in-law and five of his daughters.
Hinshaw began his career with Tim's Auto Group nine years ago as a weekend cars salesman. At the time, he was finishing school and working for the Granite Mountain Hotshots Crew 7.
He continued selling cars for two years, worked his way into car finance and then became the used car manager.
"I managed our used car inventory via pricing online, doing the trade-ins and going to auctions," Hinshaw said. Tim was there "to teach me and help me grow."
With his new position comes some new responsibility.
"It's very exciting, but very overwhelming at the same time," Hinshaw said. "There's a lot of stuff I was already involved with, but there are a lot of new ventures for me to get involved in."
Whereas Hinshaw was managing a section of the company before, he is now keeping tabs on everything, including touching base with nearly 175 employees.
However, Hinshaw isn't doing it alone. According to Hinshaw, he will primarily be over operations and Manny Briseno, the general sales manager, will be overseeing sales at Tim's Auto Group.
"I think Tim's future goal is for me to help more with dealer roles and Manny to help more with GM," Hinshaw said.
Briseno has been the sales manager at Tim's Auto Group for 13 years.
"I'll be backing up Robby and retaining our customer and employee relationships," said Briseno. "Plus, Robby can't always be here, so I will back him up at the times that he's not here."
Five years ago, Coury sent Hinshaw and Briseno to the National Automobile Dealers Association dealer school-a five week course. The academy programs at NADA are designed to train current and future operators of automobile and truck dealerships in the latest industry trends and developments, as well as teach them the fundamentals needed to operate a successful and profitable automotive business, according the organization's website.
"He (Coury) invested the money for us to go to that, so now it's definitely the time for us to put it to use," Hinshaw said.
As for the future plans of the company, Hinshaw says they intend to continue the positive growth they've been experiencing over the years, as well as potentially expand.
"I think in Tim's future, he'd love to see another franchise or two that we could bring in here," Hinshaw said.
"The goal is to work as a team and help each other grow in any way we can. We've got a good group of employees and we're going to continue to employ good people and that will be the difference for our customers."
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