Amy Newport, Event & Engagement Coordinator – Oregon
Amy joined the Kendall family in 2005. As a child she wanted to be either a child psychologist, teacher, or something that would allow her to be an advocate for children. Who knew that starting a career in the automotive industry would afford her the opportunity to do just that!
Those that know Amy would definitely describe her as ambitious, magnetic, and determined. So it’s no surprise that when she was told car sales was not for women, she jumped at the opportunity to prove that theory wrong. It didn’t take long for Amy to not only blow it out of the water, but to also make an impression on management. She quickly moved from sales and began working on Kendall’s branding process, then became a corporate training official, soon after managed digital marketing, until Kendall created what she calls her “dream Job”, as the Employee Engagement and Community Outreach Coordinator.
Amy has an uncanny knack for developing projects and events that benefit both the community and Kendall Auto Group. She is very innovative in leveraging our assets to get the most of our investment into the community and has the type of contagious energy to motivate others to jump in and also help.
Away from work, Amy enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband have been together since she was 18 – together they have four amazing boys, one grandson, and they finally got a girl with the recent addition of a granddaughter this summer. If Amy is not watching or coaching one of her boys various sports teams, its likely she is enjoying the outdoors hiking, floating the river, or attempting to golf.
In addition to Amy’s already full plate, she somehow finds time to serve on the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley Board, the Relief Nursery Leadership Board, she’s the founder of the Christmas for Kids foundation, and she’s the President of her neighborhood HOA.
Amy is a roll up her sleeves, lead by example, magnetic, genuine and encouraging leader. She is motivated by challenges and any opportunity to make a real difference. It’s because of these attributes that she has been awarded a long list of accolades, including the 2015 Lane County Volunteer of the Year, the 2015 Eugene Chamber of Commerce Woman Business Leader of the Year Finalist, MOM Magazine Cover Mom, and most recently she won the 2018 Eugene 20 Under 40 Rising Business Star Award.
When we asked Amy how she does it all she laughed and said, “You just do it! I won’t lie, its not easy…and I don’t get near enough sleep. That being said, I work hard to keep a balanced life. Which means making quality time with my husband a priority, squeezing in much needed time with my girlfriends, and most importantly, ensuring that my children always have the front seat.”
We are so lucky that Amy is a part of our Kendall family. Be on the look out for what she has planned next for Kendall.
Alishia Jonas, Community Relations Manager – Idaho
Alishia is honored to be a part of the Kendall family. Her years of professional experience building and cultivating relationships within the community are a great asset to the Kendall Cares program. For over a decade, she has been honored to work with many business professionals, faculty, and students to further develop and enhance communication in a multitude of different capacities. Alishia began her professional career as a communication and training specialist for a national salon chain, where she trained hundreds of hairdressers and managers effective customer service, hair design techniques, and management skills. There, she excelled and found her true passion sharing and working with others, so she decided to go back to school and finish her degree in communication. One year at the College of Western Idaho, a professor noticed Alishia’s natural speaking talent to large audiences along with her ease of persuasion and convinced her to join the speech and debate team. After a successful year on the team and graduating cum laude with an Associate degree, she was offered a scholarship to Boise State University to compete for the national champion speech and debate team, the Talkin Broncos. Prior to graduation, Alishia competed at a national competition and was awarded a national speaking title for Discussion and received Superior awards in three other categories, as well as Excellent in another. However, Alishia did not stop there. She is currently finishing a Master’s in Communication at Purdue University. Two of her favorite sayings that her coaches have said to her, and she lives by are: “Go big or go home,” and “You can do anything.”
More recently, Alishia was the regional support liaison for an international Am Law 100 firm, where she fostered relationships, organized all local events, sponsorships, and community outreach programs while effectively managing the budget. She also created and produced a new marketing video and was the project manager for all editorial submissions firm-wide. In addition to her marketing role, Alishia was the account lead for all contract marketing personnel. She managed time cards, assisted with recruitment, hiring, evaluations and development to enhance staff retention.
Anyone who knows Alishia would say that her “guns blazing” passion for life is echoed through her love of family and community. In her spare time, she enjoys creating memories with her husband and four vivacious children. Alishia played, coached, and now ref’s youth soccer, is the emcee for Columbia high school’s dance competitions, Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce ambassador and was the mascot for her daughter’s cheer squad (when students did not want to do it) among many others activities. She believes there is no such thing as a problem, only an area of opportunity for growth. With that in mind, she tries to live life to the fullest.
John Guintu, Community Relations Manager – Alaska
John is a community engagement specialist with over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry and non-profit management. After graduating with a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Alaska Anchorage, John’s passion for community development work was sparked while working as an intern at the local non-profit soup kitchen, Bean’s Café. Since then, John has held multiple non-profit management positions and able to capitalize on his knack for project management and cultivating relationships. Most recently, John served as the Membership Director for Anchorage Downtown Partnership – a non-profit business association with the mission of assuring downtown Anchorage is clean, safe, and vibrant. In this position, he excelled at membership growth, retention, and engagement.
John is thrilled to be a member of the Kendall team and looking forward to strengthening Alaskan communities through Kendall Cares initiatives. When not coordinating Kendall community events and meeting with charitable organizations, John can be found looking for his ball at a local golf course or in the kitchen working on a tasty new recipe.