MATICK CHEVY EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR FOR 2017 SAYS HARD WORK AND BUILDING TRUST REALLY DO PAY OFF
Sales Consultant Sam Shikwana received Matick Chevrolet’s 2017 Chris Pietka Employee of the Year award.
He emigrated to the U.S. from Iraq in 1994 and has been selling cars for Matick Chevy since November 2013.
What do you like about working at Matick?
I’ve been selling cars for the past 15 years, working at other dealerships. I like that at Matick, there is no BS, no drama. They’re not micromanagers. It’s all about taking care of the customer and growing to be No. 1.
What’s changing in the automotive industry?
It’s demanding. People are looking for the best deal and for someone to trust.
Do you have a particular group of customers?
No, everybody is my customer. I do work with my Chaldean community, but I don’t discriminate. Everybody gives me an opportunity to earn their business.
How do you find new business?
Since I’ve been in the business 15 years, it’s repeat customers and referrals. I don’t piss off customers. Customers are looking for people to trust. They can sense if they’re getting a good deal or not. I treat people the way I like to be treated.
What was your reaction to winning this year’s award?
It felt good. It says I’m doing a hell of a job. The work pays off.
Any advice to someone new coming into sales?
Be patient. Don’t deceive the customer. If you don’t know something, say you don’t know. Don’t make up answers.
What do you do for fun?
I like watching soccer, but I’m too busy to play it.
The Chris Pietka Employee of the Year award is named in honor of a deceased former Matick Chevrolet employee.