Tomorrow’s Offices: Inspired by Nature

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 5:12 PM

by Kara Raasch / photos courtesy of HOK

Biophilic design, or the idea of connecting people to nature through thoughtfully designed environments, has proven to have an impact on the health, well-being, and productivity of staff. With the much-buzzed-about unveiling of Amazon’s Spheres, this drive to bring the outdoors in is shaping office environments across country and right here in Kansas City.

Biophilic design can range from including greenery and vegetation in the form of plants and living walls to including water features, natural wood elements, organic textures, and increasing light and access to fresh air.

Another bonus of biophilic design? It’s critical toward promoting a culture of productivity. Recent research published by the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied found the connection between biophilic design and the ability to increase productivity and reduce employees missing work, impacting an organization’s bottom line. They also noted that workspaces with ample light and nature elements resulted in occupants’ self-proclaimed sense of well-being improving by more than 40 percent. Another 2015 study commissioned by Oliver Health and titled “The Global Impact of Biophilic Design in the Workplace” found that employees are 15 percent more productive when they work in a space with biophilic elements.

At American Century Investments’ Tower One, 6th-floor renovation, the company made the move from private offices to an airy and interconnected open office plan with biophilia and its benefits in mind. The renovation was designed to facilitate a cultural shift, increasing collaboration and flexibility for the investment management firm. To do so, the client and design team reconnected the interior space with nature in bold ways.

The reconfiguration of the floor allowed for an infusion of natural light, with sun penetrating to the center of the floor plate, while simultaneously increasing occupancy by 60 percent. A custom moss wall brings an organic element to the space, and represents the value the company places on work-life balance. Custom graphics are organic, reflecting the community and culture of the organization with micro and macro details derived from nature and the tree in the ACI brand mark. This subtle imagery reinforces connectivity throughout. The firm’s break room is filled with natural light, textures, and materials to create a healthy retreat for employees.

At Cargill Protein’s new headquarters in Wichita, biophilic design is incorporated and celebrated through plants and greenery throughout the expansive new space and vast access to natural light and outdoor spaces.

Are you wondering how you bring nature into your workplace and reap the rewards? There are some simple, cost-effective solutions that can begin to transform your personal or company’s office environment:

Plants – From potted plants to green walls, bringing in natural vegetation is a critical element for any space.

Graphics – Environmental graphics derived from nature can provide a connection point for people to the outdoors. These also have the benefit of creating aesthetically pleasing, layered environments that can incorporate pops of color and help with wayfinding within a space.

Water features – Simple water features can be cost-effective to add while bringing in the sights and sounds of nature.

Natural light – Reorienting your space to bring people closer to windows and natural light can have a dramatic impact on taking a space from drab and dreary to bright and airy.

The benefits of biohphilic design extend far beyond the aesthetic. Consider taking a note from American Century Investments’ book and incorporating natural elements to reduce stress, enhance connectedness, and increase productivity of any company’s most important asset – its people.

How We Treat You Ensures Our Success

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 at 2:03 PM

President’s Letter by Marion Battaglia

When I evaluate how we can provide the most complete and customer-oriented automotive environment, one of the assets that becomes very evident is the vast selection of choices we offer to our customers.

I came to the realization that between our Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Land Rover, Jaguar, BMW, Volkswagen, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo lines that we have 24 convertibles, 25 coupes, 37 sedans, two wagons, two commercial vans, and 47 SUVs models. So when you visit one of our dealerships, you open the door to not just one car line, but you also open the door to all these other lines and choices. We are very proud of this differentiation and what it offers to you and your sales consultant, the opportunity to find the vehicle that makes the most sense for you and fits your needs the best.

The other unique feature of the Auto Group is that we are privately owned. We represent a culture that is not created by a public company; we represent and are part of a culture that is representative of our privately owned auto group. That allows us to do things that are focused on our customer and not solely on net profit.

When you are in the market and you call in, you simply ask for your sales consultant, and he or she will most likely still be here since our salespeople make their careers at Soave Automotive Group. When you have great vehicles and an empowering culture, you have long-term associates. That salesperson will not only find you the vehicle that meets your needs but will have it ready for you when you arrive, and he/she will also ask you if you want to drive it overnight or for the weekend to make certain it is the “right one”. This is what sets us apart.

Our service departments are designed to be easily accessible for appointments, providing loaner cars and offering a service advisor that will be there for not only this car but the next one. Your service advisor will make sure you not only understand what was done but also what needs to be done on your next visit. And, yes, you will be escorted to your car by your service advisor, and it will be delivered back to you cleaned and with a bottle of water in the cup holder.

And when you make your automotive decision, you will begin, or continue, what we believe should be a lifelong relationship, and our standard is that when you take delivery of your car, our service department will, by its performance, sell you the next car and every subsequent car that is in your extended family and, hopefully, your office, your church, your club. You’re becoming an ambassador for us, because how we treat you ensures our success.

Have a wonderful summer.

Position Available: Title Clerk

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 8:17 PM

Aristocrat Motors, a leading high-end, luxury dealership in the Kansas City automotive market, is looking to add a qualified TITLE CLERK to our team! Knowledge of general dealership accounting, ADP/CDK systems, and vehicle titles and registration processes is preferred but not required.

Aristocrat Motors offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training and support for its employees. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply by visiting the following www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers . We look forward to hearing from you!

Job duties include, but are not limited to….

  • Bill out wholesales/dealer trades
  • Process title work for wholesales/dealer trades
  • Post wholesales/dealer trades in the DMS
  • Process payments for wholesales/dealer trades
  • Reconcile wholesale/dealer trade payment schedule
  • Post all new car inventory into the accounting system
  • Reconcile dealer floorplan accounts
  • Assist with retail titles/registrations as needed
  • Any other tasks assigned by the controller

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $15.00 /hour

Position Available: Part Time Wholesale Parts Delivery Driver

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 2:15 PM

Aristocrat Motors , a leading high-end, luxury dealership in the Kansas City automotive market, is looking to add a qualifiedPART TIME WHOLESALE PARTS DELIVERY DRIVER to our team! The individual will be working with car brands including but not limited to Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo.

Aristocrat Motors offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training and support for its employees. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply by visiting www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers . We look forward to hearing from you!

Job duties include, but are not limited to….

  • Check-in and -out with Wholesale Parts Manager at the beginning of every shift and at the end
  • Maintain constant communication with the parts department
  • Deliver parts to surrounding KC metro businesses
  • Assist the parts department as needed
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management

This is a base level position with the perfect opportunity for the individual to be immersed in the automotive industry.

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-Off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Qualifications:

  • One year of dealership/delivery driver experience is preferred
  • Knowledge of the KC Metro area is recommended
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and have and maintain an acceptable and safe driving record
  • Must be detail oriented and able to perform duties with little supervision

Job Type: Part-time

Salary: $11.00 /hour

The 992 is an Evolution of the Porsche 911

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 3:17 PM

Recently, we got two combine two milestone events: the grand opening of our Porsche Kansas City showroom, and the reveal of the newest Porsche 911. This generation is known as the 992, and is the culmination of everything Porsche has learned about sportscars. Happily, the 992 is still recognizably a 911. Porsche is a company that likes to make gradual changes instead of drastic redesigns, so this is more of an evolution than an all new design.

But while the cosmetic changes are minimal, there are some real interesting developments underneath that iconic bodywork. The world-class PDK transmission has added yet another gear, so now it is an eight-speed transmission, allowing you to find the perfect gear for any situation. The flat six engine has also gotten a bump in power. Combine the two, and the 992 becomes a very capable weapon on the track or the street.

On the inside, the 992 is all new. The tachometer is still mounted proudly in the center of the gauge cluster, but is now flanked by digital screens on either side that can be configured to display a wide variety of other gauges, allowing you to customize your driving experience. This new technology is packed into a design that mimics the classic five gauge layout of previous 911s, which is basically what the 992 is all about. Take time honored design cues, and update them with modern technology and performance.

It seems only fitting that as Porsche moves into a new era with a new generation of its most famous car, we move into a new era with the first ever stand-alone Porsche facility in Kansas City. Both of us are taking everything we’ve learned from years of experience, and applying it to the best new technology available. So come down, and see both for yourself.

 

Position Available: Title Clerk

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 5:47 PM

Aristocrat Motors, a leading high-end, luxury dealership in the Kansas City automotive market, is looking to add a qualified TITLE CLERK to our team! Knowledge of general dealership accounting, ADP/CDK systems, and vehicle titles and registration processes is preferred but not required.

Aristocrat Motors offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training and support for its employees. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply by visiting the following www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers . We look forward to hearing from you!

Job duties include, but are not limited to….

  • Process title paperwork for sold vehicles
  • Process registration paperwork for leased vehicles
  • Process payoff checks for trade in vehicles
  • Maintain titles for all inventory vehicles
  • Call on missing titles on a weekly basis
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Controller

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

How to Use MBUX and Voice Commands in a Mercedes-Benz

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 8:12 PM

For 2020, Mercedes-Benz has completely redesigned the user interface in the GLE SUV. The all new system is called Mercedes-Benz User Experience, or MBUX for short. This new system is also available in the brand new A Class vehicle.

MBUX combines touch screen controls, a center console mounted touch pad, touch pad controls on the steering wheel, and Artificial Intelligence powered voice controls. This allows you to customize your interaction with the MBUX system to fit your needs. A quick press of the “home” button that looks like a house, on either the center console, steering wheel, or touch screen will quickly take you back to the main menu, allowing you to quickly navigate your way through the menus. But if you don’t want to use buttons, you can always use voice commands.

This new system of voice controls allows you to speak in a normal manner when interacting with the onboard systems. You don’t need to memorize a specific list of commands, as with some older systems. Instead, just say “Hey Mercedes”, and then speak normally. You can ask what the weather is like, or tell your Mercedes that you’re cold, or even just say that you need coffee. The computer is smart enough to know what you’re asking for. The AI will learn your speech patterns the more you use it, so it is constantly improving.

To help demonstrate how easy this system is to use, we’ve prepared a brief video of a member of our sales team demonstrating a few of the many things that MBUX can do for you. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

 

Position Available: Pre-Owned Finance and Insurance Manager

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 2:21 PM
Aristocrat Motors, the Midwest’s premier luxury auto dealer, is looking for a Pre-Owned Finance and Insurance Manager with a commitment to customer service and a strong drive to achieve.
Applicants should have previous experience in automotive F&I management with a proven track record of success. Finally, candidates should be able to outline their strategy for success within the organization.
Applicants should apply online at www.SoaveAutomotiveGroup.com/Careers.
Job expectations include:
  • Sell financing and insurance to customers
  • Responsible for the attainment and gross production of financial services’ goals and objectives
  • Review customer credit applications
  • Present extended service contracts and other owner protection programs available to customers
  • Assess profitability to the dealership of financing arrangements
  • Utilize the menu selling process
  • Ensure necessary documentation for each deal is complete by utilizing a deal checklist
  • Work closely with sales team maintaining effective employee relations
  • Maintain AFIP Certification
  • Act as liaison between the customer and the lending institution
  • Ensures the expeditious funding of all contracts
  • Ensure adherence to F&I reporting requirements of the Company
  • Maintain CSI at or above Company standards
  • Participate in required training
  • Follows Safeguards rules and regulations.
  • Comply with Company policies and procedures
In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:
  • Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • Paid Time-off
  • Employee Vehicle Purchase Program
  • Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities
The applicant must possess a clean driving record and be able to pass a background check and drug screen.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Position Available: Full Time Car Washer

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at 2:10 PM

Aristocrat Motors, a leading high-end, luxury dealership in the Kansas City automotive market, is looking to add a qualified FULL TIME CAR WASHER to our team! The individual would mainly work with Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, as well as, with Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo.

Aristocrat Motors offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training and support for its employees. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply by visiting the following www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job duties include, but are not limited to….

·     General cleanup of vehicles after service work is complete

·     Maintain service lot

·     Clean service shop and other areas as directed by management

·     Provide transportation for customers when necessary

·     Assist the service department as needed

·     Perform other duties as assigned by management

This is a base level position with the perfect opportunity for the individual to be immersed in the automotive industry.

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

·     Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance

·     401(k) plan with company match

·     Paid Time-Off

·     Employee Vehicle Purchase Program

·     Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Qualifications:

·     Ability to operate manual transmission vehicles

·     Must have a valid driver’s license and have and maintain an acceptable and safe driving record

·     Must be organized and focused with the ability to multitask

Position Available: Full Time Sales Porter

By Editor | Posted in Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at 1:59 PM

Aristocrat Motors, a leading high-end, luxury dealership in the Kansas City automotive market, is looking to add a qualified FULL TIME SALES PORTER to our team! The individual would work with brands that include but are not limited to Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Maserati, and Alfa Romeo.

Aristocrat Motors offers a unified team environment, great benefits, and ongoing training and support for its employees. Apply today or refer a qualified friend. You can apply by visiting the following www.soaveautomotivegroup.com/careers. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job duties include, but are not limited to….

·     Organize and maintain inventory

·     Oversee reconditioning process

·     Maintain sales lot and showroom

·     Perform other duties as assigned by management

This is a base level position with the perfect opportunity for the individual to be immersed in the automotive industry.

In addition to competitive pay, we offer our associates the following benefits:

·     Health, Dental, Vision, Life, and Disability insurance

·     401(k) plan with company match

·     Paid Time-Off

·     Employee Vehicle Purchase Program

·     Professional work environment, with job training and advancement opportunities

Qualifications:

·     Ability to operate manual transmission vehicles

·     Must have a valid driver’s license and have and maintain an acceptable and safe driving record

·     Must be organized and focused with the ability to multitask

 

 

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