About Us

We work in the People Space in Automotive

Car People is a great place for New Car Dealership / Auto Group Staff & Management people to find new jobs. We are also a great place for Auto Group Corporate experienced people to confidentially find new Executive Level positions.

We are people helping people as a Friendly, Confidential and Free Placement & Recruiting Service for our Applicant customers.  Car People makes it easy to search for a new job.  Heidi, Melissa or Wade look forward to hearing from you. 

For New Car Dealership and Auto Group Corporate Employers we have 32 years of experience helping you find successful Upper, 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 website is oriented towards attracting qualified applicants for your job openings. 


Our Company & Website

CAR PEOPLE OREGON is not a Franchise. We are a “start-up” dating back to 1986. We are a privately held business owned by Wade Gefre joined by two talented and successful Placement Counselors | Executive Recruiters Heidi Nelson (26th year) and Melissa Lacasella (8th 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!

 

ABOUT US

Car People is a great place for New Car Dealership Staff & Management people to find new jobs. We are also a great place for Auto Group Corporate experienced people to Confidentially find new Executive Level positions. 

We are people helping people as a Friendly, Confidential and Free Placement & Recruiting Service for our Applicant customers.  Car People makes it easy to search for a new job.  Heidi, Melissa or Wade look forward to hearing from you

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 & 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 | Executive Recruiters 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!

Our People

Automotive Accounting Office Manager Job Openigns

Heidi Nelson  26th Year
Auto Group | Individual Dealership
Staff & Management Placement Counselor
Senior Executive Recruiter
Individual Google Rating of 5.0 ★★★★★

As our Senior Recruiter, Heidi is much more than a Recruiter.  She has 25 years of historical knowledge of Auto Group and Individual Dealership operations that has taught her how groups and dealerships attain success through Talent Management. Over the last 25 years she has proven to her employer customers that they can trust her and she has their best interests in mind.

Auto Jobs Portland Oregon

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.

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

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  8th Year
Auto Group | Dealership
Staff & Management Placement Counselor 
Executive Recruiter
Individual Google Rating of 5.0 ★★★★★

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 seven years.  She has accumulated valuable knowledge of Auto Group and Individual Dealership operations with regard to Talent Management 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.

Auto Service Job Openings

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.

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

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  33rd Year
Candidate Vetting | Advertising | Website
Business Manager | Owner | 33rd year
Car People Oregon Google Rating 4.8 ★★★★★

Wade has 32 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 Dealer Principal, a Title Clerk, an Office Manager, a General Manager, a Parts Counter person 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 one or two 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 and his wife, a college and high school math educator, reside in West Linn. They have two sons that make life truly amazing.

Tucker Wonder Dog

Tucker  14th Year
Security Detail Team Leader
Car People Mascot 
Car People Rating of 5.0 ★★★★★

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

 

Car People Matches Automotive Experienced People
With New Car Dealership Employers