About Us

Car People is a great place for New Car Dealership and Auto Group Corporate experienced people to Confidentially find new Automotive Jobs.  We are a Friendly, Confidential and Free Placement Service for Applicants. We make it easy to search for new Automotive Management or Staff positions at the Dealership and Auto Group Corporate Level.

For New Car Dealership and Auto Group Corporate Employers we have 30 years of experience helping you find successful Upper and Mid-Level Management candidates plus Staff candidates to help your Dealership or Auto Group perform at a high level.


Applicants

Your contact with us is confidential. If an employer chooses to interview you we will update your resume, designing a new one if needed and present you to our employer customer(s). We will coach you through the interview process including emailing you our Critical Guide to an Interview helping you present yourself and qualifications in a clear successful manner. When placing you in a new job we will guide you through a successful start with valuable staff or management coaching. As a confidential customer we will help you with advice throughout your entire career with the goal of long term employment at your current place of employment. If circumstances change we are here to help you with future positions.


Employers

Car People gives you an edge over your competitors by getting you our best applicants before they take a position elsewhere.  As an Automotive specific Placement Service and Executive Search Firm we work daily to advertise job openings, interview potential candidates, check multiple references to identify only the best automotive experienced candidates to offer our employer customers.  We free you up to run your Auto Group, Dealership or Department while we find you Top People!


Our Company & Our Website

CAR PEOPLE OREGON is not a Franchise. We are a “start-up” dating back to 1986. The business is 100% owned by Wade Gefre joined by two talented and successful Placement Counselors Heidi Nelson (25th year) and Melissa Lacasella (7th year).  As a financially independent business we have the freedom to focus on our customers best interests and conduct business in a manner that’s best for them. We have the freedom to conduct business with honesty, care, and integrity.

AutoJobsOnline.com is our website name and Internet presence.  We chose that name anticipating the key words “Auto Jobs” as being used frequently by automotive people searching for new jobs on the Internet. It has proven to be a huge success for our Applicant customers to easily find new automotive job openings and for us to help our Employer customers find automotive experienced people.

Thank you for visiting our website and our company. We appreciate it!

 

Automotive Job Openings in Portland, Oregon | Vancouver, Washington
Oregon | SW Washington | Idaho | Western United States
Other Oregon areas including Salem, Albany, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, Bend, Eastern Oregon & Oregon Coast

Applicants
Car People is a great place for New Car Dealership Experienced People to Confidentially find new Automotive Job Openings. We are a Friendly, Confidential and Free Direct Hire Placement Service for Staff and Management people. Car People is additionally an Executive Search Firm for Dealership & Auto Group Corporate Executive placements.  We make it easy to search for new Automotive  positions in Service, Office, Sales, Parts and Body Shop Departments.  As an Executive Search firm we have openings at the Dealership and Auto Group Corporate Level.

Employers & Hiring Managers
Car People gives you an “edge over your competitors” by getting you our best applicants before they find employment elsewhere. As a professional Automotive Placement Service & Search Firm we work daily to advertise positions open, interview potential candidates, check multiple references and identify only the best automotive experienced candidates to offer our employer customers. We free you up to run your Auto Group, Individual Dealership or Department while we find you the best people available.

Executive Level
We have recently completed upper management placements with Holman Kuni Auto Group and two additional confidential Auto Groups who both were also utilizing national and local recruiting firms. Our unique skill set and proprietary automotive search techniques learned over the past 31 years has given us a distinct advantage over general recruiting agencies in locating talented candidates.  Our contacts and knowledge of our the industry give us a much wider scope to find you the best executive level candidates available.

We got started in the early 1990’s placing Platform Managers and Auto Group Corporate Controllers for local auto groups in Portland before those titles were commonly used. The placement of the Auto Group General Manager (Platform Manager) for the Dick Hannah Auto Group as they moved out of downtown Vancouver and acquired valuable new franchises to become the largest Auto Group in the state of Washington is a shining example. A later upper management placement was to become their Variable Platform Manager over the entire Auto Group’s Sales operations. We’ve been doing this for a while.

Website
AutoJobsOnline.com is our website name. We chose that name during the early days of the Internet anticipating the key words “Auto Jobs” as being used frequently by automotive people searching for new jobs on the Internet. It has proven to be a huge success for us to help you.

Ownership
CAR PEOPLE OREGON is not a Franchise. We are a “start-up” dating back to 1986. The business is 100% owned by Wade Gefre. As an independent business we have the freedom to focus on our customers, our employees and their families. We have the freedom to conduct business with care, honesty, sincerity and integrity.

Thank you for visiting our website and our company. We appreciate it!

Our Team

Automotive Accounting Office Manager Job Openigns

Heidi Nelson – 25th Year
Auto Group | Individual Dealership
Staff & Management Placement Counselor
Executive Recruiter

Heidi is much more than a Recruiter.  She has 24 years of historical knowledge of Auto Group and Individual Dealership operations that has taught her how groups and dealerships attain success. Over the last 24 years she has proven to her employer customers that they can trust her and she has their best interests in mind.

Heidi really gets to know her applicant customers and sincerely cares about them.  If you talk to Heidi you will quickly find you are talking to someone who cares about you and your career.  She gives valuable advice to help people succeed in their careers. That’s why she’s such a perfect fit working here and helping people over the last 24 years.


Positions:

Dealer Partner | President | CEO | COO | Vice President | Auto Group Platform Manager | Variable Operations Director | General Manager | All Variable Sales Department Staff & Management Positions

CFO | Corporate Auto Group Controller | CAO Manager | Comptroller | Controller | Accounting Manager | Internal Auditor | HR Director | All Office & Accounting Staff & Management Positions

Corporate Auto Group Parts Director | Parts Director | All Parts Staff & Management Positions

Heidi is a University of Oregon graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  She is from the Portland Metro Area. Heidi is married to a great guy and has a wonderful son.

Melissa Lacasella – 7th Year
Auto Group | Dealership
Staff & Management Placement Counselor 
Executive Recruiter

Melissa is much more than a Recruiter as well. She is a former Service Advisor who has joined Car People and worked closely with Heidi and Wade for the past six years.  She has accumulated valuable knowledge of Auto Group and Individual Dealership operations and uses that knowledge to help her employer customers make key hires that contribute to their success. They quickly learn that she cares about her employer customers and as a result has built trust with them.

Melissa truly enjoys helping her applicant customers with their careers.  She gets to know her applicants, builds trust and strives to match an applicant with a dealership or manager that is a successful fit. Her goal with each placement is that it’s a good job for her applicant customer and one that they can stay long term and advance in their career.  When you talk with Melissa you will find that not only is she sincere with your best interests in mind, she also has a good sense of humor.

Positions:
Auto Group Fixed Operations Platform Manager | Dealership Fixed Operations Director | Service Director | Service Manager | Assistant Service Manager | Service Advisor | Shop Foreman | Express Advisor | Technician and more.

Auto Group Collision Center / Body Shop Operations Platform Manager | Independent Collision Center Group General Manager | Dealership Body Shop Manager | Independent Body Shop Manager | Assistant Body Shop Manager | Estimator | Shop Foreman | Technician | Painter and more

Melissa is a former Service Advisor with 7 years dealership experience. She is from the Portland Metro Area.  Melissa is married to a great guy and has two wonderful children, a son and daughter.

Wade Gefre

Wade Gefre

Candidate Vetting | Marketing | Advertising | Website
Business Manager | President | Owner | 32nd year

Wade has 31 years experience as a Recruiter for Auto Groups and Individual Dealerships.  He is involved daily assisting Heidi and Melissa with regard to Applicant and Employer customer’s needs. As the owner of Car People his focus is maintaining a well run business with good business ethics building trust with our Applicant & Employer customers to sustain a long term business with a good reputation and large repeat clientele.

Wade enjoys answering the phone and hearing the voice of a long term customer he has known for many years. He values the relationships he has developed over the years with a Service Manager, a Title Clerk who is now an Office Manager, a General Manager, a Service Advisor and many, many other people.

 He has fond memories of Portland area Dealer Principals who encouraged Wade when he was just getting started that are now retired or no longer with us.  It’s an impressive list of some very talented individuals who either owned a few dealerships, built large Auto Groups or even became President of NADA.

Wade is a graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He has lived in the Portland Metro Area for the past 30 plus years. He and his wife, a college and high school math educator, are raising two sons.

Tucker Wonder Dog

Tucker

Security Detail Team Leader
Car People Mascot 13th Year

 

*Tucker belongs to Heidi and visits us occasionally when he’s not busy with his Mascot duties.

 

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