Car People is a great source for Auto Groups & Individual Dealerships
to find Experienced Executive, Management & Staff level Candidates

Thank you for visiting our website, we appreciate it.  Thank you to all of our Auto Group and individual Dealership customers for your 31 years of business, we truly appreciate it.

Our goal from day one has been to develop trust with our Auto Group and Dealership customers helping their businesses perform at the highest level possible.  It’s the people who make the difference.  With each placement we make our focus is to find you a successful high performing employee who becomes a valuable member of your team.

We are a well-run business placing a high value on customer engagement. Our goal is to contribute to the success of your Auto Group or Individual Dealership by finding you successful people to interview for Executive, Management and Staff level positions.  We are much more than recruiters. We have 31 years of historical knowledge of Auto Group and Individual Dealership operations that has taught us how groups and dealerships attain success.

Auto Group Executive Level Search

Our wide scope of contacts, knowledge of our industry and our proprietary search techniques learned over the past 31 years recruiting specifically for automotive candidates has given us a unique advantage over other recruitment firms to find you the most successful people available.  We look for leaders who have demonstrated the ability to recruit talent, train, motivate and lead by example.  A professional individual with impeccable ethical standards who builds relationships, creates structure and creates oversight to minimize risk and maximize success.

We have years of experience placing Executive Level candidates and most recently successfully completed searches for large Auto Groups who were also using other national and local recruitment agencies.

We have placed Auto Group Platform Managers before that title was commonly used.  We placed the Corporate Auto Group Level General Manager (Platform Manager) with a local Dealer Principal who began to build an Auto Group with acquisitions of new top tier franchises. This General Manager had extensive knowledge of dealership accounting using that knowledge to help evaluate potential acquisitions including scrutiny of financial statements for transparency and potential issues. From there, manufacturer approval, property purchases and building new dealerships resulted in this auto group becoming one of the largest and most successful in the Pacific Northwest with over 15 brands and 7 additional subsidiaries.

Two other key placements we made with the Dealer Principal was a talented Variable candidate who became the Variable Operations Manager (Platform Manager) for the entire auto group’s sales operation and the long term Corporate Controller. Today they are a high performing and extremely profitable private auto group.

Placement Process

Our single focus is to seek out Automotive experienced people who have demonstrated success in their careers confirmed by multiple references from CEO’s, Dealer Principals, General Managers, Office Managers, Service Managers and others employed at a candidate’s former Auto Group or Dealership. Don’t take our word for it, read the references we have checked and send you. If you’d like to contact a reference to verify or ask additional questions we can provide that information.

Confidentiality comes first in our business. The majority of Search Assignments we work on are confidential replacements. Our specific skills are in attracting top candidates through consistently advertising Job Openings, interviewing automotive experienced people and checking multiple References through confidential relationships we’ve developed with Managers and Dealer Principals. We do this daily while you are busy running your department, dealership or auto group.

Website & SEO

Our website AutoJobsOnline.com has high search engine optimization allowing us to capture strong candidates to present to you, our customers, before they take a position with another automotive business.  We named our website differently than our company name to optimize the powerful SEO keywords, “Auto Jobs” in our website name ranking us high on Search Engines for both keywords and an active website for many years.

We respect our employer customers and do not recruit, headhunt or solicit people from dealerships to fill job openings or use email, newsletters, or social media to contact people currently working enticing them with job openings.

Thank You.


Contact Us Today

Call:     (503) 639 -1266   
Email:  careers@autojobsonline.com
Text:    (971) 275-4221       

Our Team

Heidi Nelson
Staff, Management & Executive Placement Counselor – 25th Year
GM – GSM – Sales Management – Finance – Accounting – Office – Parts

Melissa Lacasella

Staff, Management & Executive Placement Counselor – 7th Year
Service Department – Body Shop – Parts

Wade Gefre

Applicant Search – Career Coach – President  Owner – 32nd Year
Advertising – Marketing – Website – Applicant Vetting




Our Team

Automotive Accounting Office Manager Job Openigns

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

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.

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


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

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.

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


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 our 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 Employer customers to sustain a long term business with a good reputation and a high percentage of repeat clientele.

I have hired 6 to 8 people from you this year and I’m very happy with everyone of them.  You guys do a great job getting us good people. Our new Collision Center Manager is a particularly good hire. I’m so glad Heidi suggested I interview him.

Dealer Principal

Portland Vancouver Metro Area Dealership

I just wanted to call and let you know what a great job you did finding me my new Service Manager.  What a great addition to my dealership. You’ve changed my life for me!

General Manager | Partner

Portland Vancouver Metro Area Dealership

Compared with your competition in other cities you never sent anyone that wasn’t qualified and didn’t want to be in Boise, Idaho. I have talked to lots of different recruiters and you really did your homework. You were very patient with me and I can be difficult to work for. You really earned your stripes and want to thank you for helping me find the right match for the Controller position open at Bronco Motors.

Auto Group Dealer Principal

New Car Dealership Auto Group

We appreciate the service you and your staff have given to is over the 15 plus years we have called on Car People. Your careful review of the job position requirements and screening of potential applicants delivers to us the viable candidates we desire. We also appreciate the fact you are not out scouting individuals who are currently working, but rather only work with those that have contacted CAR PEOPLE to earn business and develop trust from the local auto industry.

Executive General Manager

Luxury Brand New Car Dealership

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