SOURCE: Friendly Chevrolet

Friendly Chevrolet

November 19, 2010 15:54 ET

Friendly Chevrolet Adds Isuzu, Hires Bennett

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - November 19, 2010) - Mark Eddins, owner of Friendly Chevrolet and Friendly Isuzu, announced today that Dennis Bennett has joined the Friendly sales team as the Director of National Fleet and Commercial Sales.

"Dennis brings a wealth of experience to the Friendly dealerships," Eddins said, "and he has a proven track record in the automotive industry. His accomplishments speak for themselves."

Bennett's hiring follows the recent awarding of a Dallas franchise for the Isuzu Truck of America line to Friendly. Bennett joins the nationally recognized Friendly sales force after achieving great sales success with Isuzu and Hino trucks in the commercial and fleet sectors. In his new position with Friendly, Bennett will handle both the Chevrolet and Isuzu lines of vehicles.

About Friendly Chevrolet:

Most Dallasites know Friendly Chevrolet as one of the leading dealerships in the Metroplex, selling cars and trucks at Inwood Drive and the Stemmons Freeway for many years. But they may not know that the history of this family-owned dealership goes back over five decades. 

Friendly Chevrolet is not only family-owned, it is multi-generational. Mark Eddins' father, Roy Eddins, began working in the car business in Memphis, Tennessee at Chuck Hutton Dodge. Within a matter of just a few years, he worked his way up from the parts department to management, soon moving to Dallas to run a struggling Dodge dealership in June of 1958.

Business improved dramatically within two months, and after two years, Roy was invited to take an ownership position. He quickly sought and received approval to move the dealership to what was then considered far north Dallas, at the corner of Lemmon Avenue and Inwood Road. 

Opportunity knocked again in 1970, when the dealership's next door neighbor, Friendly Chevrolet, fell on hard times. Roy was soon able to purchase the dealership, and after selling cars during the summers while in college, Roy's son Mark assumed a full time position with the dealership in 1973 and rose through the ranks to become General manger in 1979.

Mark Eddins became the dealer at Friendly Chevrolet in 1984, and set about moving the business to its present location, ensuring the continuation of a family tradition and providing a stable future for the dealership and its employees.

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