Marianna Toyota has grand reopening

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    Mark Skinner | TIMES

    Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc on our local businesses and continues to do so with many businesses still operating below their norm. Marianna Toyota has battled this struggle for the last 15 months but Friday, all was well with their new state of the art dealership. The dealership managed to turn a set back into a comeback behind the leadership of owner Jorge Garcia.
    “It’s a lifetime come true to operate this business, it’s awesome,” said Jorge Garcia, the owner of Marianna Toyota.
    While working at Marianna Toyota, Garcia has managed to bring life and vibrancy to the west end of Marianna.
    “You know this side of town, the west end we tried to keep it alive, the City of Marianna, the commissioners, everybody involved was very, very helpful to make it happen,” Garcia said.
    Garcia says the revamping took the entire community’s support. Local officials say they’re proud of the end result.
    “As city manager, you hate to see anything leave our community and to see Jorge stay here. Just again, one of the highlights of my career is whenever Jorge made the decision to stay on the west end,” Marianna City Manager Jim Dean said.
    Garcia says the new facility allows them to better cater to their customers, encouraging a more friendly experience, “My associates here at Marianna put customers first. Some of them like I said earlier they’ve been here 10 plus years, some of them over 30 years, so it’s more like a family than employee boss kinda relationship.”
    Garcia’s employees are also proud, “It’s been difficult at times, going from trailers and now this and everything but it’s been worthwhile now. Everything you see is starting to come to fruition,” said Troy Davis, a sales associate.
    Marianna Toyota has a host of employees with years of tenure, another reason Jorge Garcia considers everyone ‘family’. Jorge Garcia has been the general manager for 37 years with Lester Tensley right behind him with 33 years who is sales department/manager. Donna Griffin is the office manager with 27 years at the dealership, with Jay Edvabsky marking 26 years and is parts manager. Used car manager Frank Cianelli has 25 years along with John Thompson with 25 years as a master technician. Dee Speights marks the quarter century mark in the detail shop. Colin Miles and Ronnie Allen have 20 years, as finance manager and sales department respectfully. Craig Hill is the service manager and has been with Garcia for 18 years as has Cindy Scott who is keeps everyone on their toes as their secretary. David Cumbie is the general sales manager with 17 years along with Shamika Harris with 17 years as customer service manager. Travis Russ has 11 years in the sales department.
    South East Toyota also presented the dealership with an award, recognizing their continued improvement and success.

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