BECKLEY, WV (NEWS RELEASE) – The Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP) announced that 11 sales and financial services personnel employed by Mountaineer Automotive, LLC, earned AFIP certification in February. A nonprofit professional association, AFIP certifies lender and dealership personnel in the federal and state regulations that govern automobile dealership financial services. Certification also requires adherence to the AFIP Code of Ethics and must be renewed every two years.
David Robertson, AFIP Executive Director, said, “The certification process is a major undertaking for those completing the program and a significant financial commitment on the part of the employer. It demonstrates Mountaineer’s commitment to regulatory compliant and ethical business practices.”
According to Donnie Holcomb, dealer principle of Mountaineer Automotive, “At Mountaineer Automotive, we’re always trying to educate our employees so they can better serve our customers and the community. We like to make sure we’re courteous, friendly and dependable in all the services we provide. AFIP certification is just one more step in achieving that.”
Those passing the 200-question comprehensive exam at Mountaineer Ford Lincoln include sales representatives Shawn Johnston and Bobby Jones; sales managers Jay Anderson, Erik Jones and Cletis Pack; and finance managers Holly Harmon, Jamie Ledahawsky and Wendy Meadows. Also certified were the sales managers of Mountaineer Mitsubishi and Mountaineer Automotive Crab Orchard, Darrell Blackburn and Dwaine Billings, respectively, and Jennifer Farley, marketing director of Mountaineer Automotive, LLC.
Locally owned, Mountaineer Automotive was formed in 2014 when Donnie Holcomb and former colleague Keith Tyler, now the organization’s general manager, joined forces to acquire Ramey Automotive. In addition to selling new Ford, Lincoln and Mitsubishi cars and trucks and used vehicles, Mountaineer Automotive is a Ford Commercial Vehicle Center. The service department at the Beckley location is the largest in the area.