Local dealership receives national award

Marc Basham Post Register business reporter

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A local car dealership has been honored by the Toyota Motor Company with an award recognizing excellence in business.

Teton Toyota was recently presented with the President’s Award, which is awarded to dealerships that demonstrate a commitment to maintaining Toyota’s high standards for customer satisfaction. This is the 10th President’s Award Teton Toyota has received since 2005.

Aaron Carter, general sales manager at Teton Toyota, said the award is the highest honor a Toyota dealership can receive, and he attributes Teton Toyota’s continued success to its relationship with the customers.

“It’s an award given by Toyota, but we really receive it because of our customers,” he said. “It’s a really big deal, and something we always set out to achieve because of the level of service you have to give, and the consistency of service.”

The President’s Award has been presented by Toyota to dealerships across the country for more than 30 years. Teton Toyota was selected due to the work of its employees, with a “customer-first” mentality ingrained by owner Mario Hernandez.

“(Mario) believes that and has trained on all of his people that if you take care of the customer, everything else will take care of itself,” Carter said. “I think that comes through with the employees engaging customers, and that helps us retain and give great service.

“We want to maintain long-term relationships with our customers and keep them coming back. And that’s a major factor with Toyota and this award. We don’t take this for granted.”

I.F. Goodwill store now accepting donations

In anticipation for its Aug. 2 opening, the new Idaho Falls Goodwill store is now accepting donations.

People can bring donations of gently used clothing and household items to the Goodwill truck parked in the lot outside the store location at 540 E. 17th St., between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“We are very excited for this new opportunity in Idaho Falls,” store manager Brandon Webber said in a news release. “Donors may think they’re just cleaning out their closet, but giving gently used items to Goodwill, also gives someone a chance to change their life.”

The 21,560-square-foot Goodwill facility will have approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space, with the remaining space dedicated to donation processing and storage.

A grand opening celebration is scheduled beginning at 8 a.m. on the store’s opening day.

Ahlquist joining Ball Ventures

A Treasure Valley businessman and recent Republican gubernatorial candidate is joining forces with an Idaho Falls-based real estate investment and development company.

Tommy Ahlquist, former COO of Gardner Company, will join Ball Ventures, led by CEO Cortney Liddiard, to create a new Treasure Valley-based company BVA LLC.

Ryan Cleverley, Mark Cleverely, Holt Haga, and Tom Ahlquist Sr. will join as founding partners in the new venture, with Ahlquist serving as president and CEO of BVA.

Ball Ventures owns some 2.7 million square feet of retail, grocery, hotel and other commercial space across 13 states, including Arizona, Texas and Missouri, the Idaho Statesman reported.

Townesquare Dental holds

appreciation event in Rexburg

An appreciation event held June 16 in Rexburg saw a cash prize giveaway and hundreds of attendees.

The Townesquare Dental Patient Appreciation event welcomed 513 patients and their families to Rexburg Rapids, and gave away a $10,000 grand prize. Paul Palmer was the winner of the cash prize.

Townesquare partnered with the Bikes for Kids organization for the event, and awarded two children with new bikes specifically fitted for their needs. One of the recipients, Jameson Devine, receieved his bike the day before leaving to serve his LDS mission. The other recipient was 8-year-old Cambri Curtis, who is battling cerebral palsy.

To learn more about Townesquare Dental visit its website townesquaredental.com.

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