RZ Motors earns certification, special recognitions

(L to R) Michael Johnson, Ryan Jacobson, Ron Rose, and Gar Friez hold their certification and recognition awards. (Record Photo by Cole Benz)

RZ Motors, Inc. of Hettinger recognizes excellence in training.

Ron Rose, 27-year veteran of the dealership, was recognized by the Chrysler, LLC and Ford Motor Company for achieving Master Certification. Dealership owner Gregg Jacobson told The Record that this recognition “Is a pretty big deal,” and said that it can take years to earn this type of certification. Rose is only one of about 330 techs in the Twin Cities region to hold the status of Chassis Master Retention and Engine Master Retention.

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Ryan Jacobson was recognized for three years of continued education and certification in sales, and service.

Michael Johnson was also recognized for certification in sales, and fleet (commercial) sales. Johnson also received the Master Ram Truck expert in sales award.

Capping off the slew of awards and recognition for some of the RZ Motors staff was an employee excellence award for the recently retired Gary Friez.

Friez, who spent many years with the dealership, was given the 2016 Employee Excellence Level 3 Achiever award.

“It’s pretty prestigious,” Jacobson said.

To commemorate the achievement, Friez was presented with a piece of Ford Racing art nicely framed and matted with an engraved name plate.

To continue being a Ford, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep’s, Ram dealer requires each area of the dealership be competent, and certified. The training is done throughout the year, online and in the classroom.

“It’s never ending,” Jacobson said. “Every product line we have we have to be certified in.”

And the training takes the employees all around the country.

“Nothing is done locally,” Jacobson said.

Michael Johns was awarded an expert pin for his work with Ram Trucks (Record Photo by Cole Benz)

RZ Motors has sent employees to Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Minnesota.

“Over the past 34 years, our employees have continued personal growth, professional growth, and education. For a dealership to survive each employee’s personal growth assures dealership growth,” Jacobson said. “We will continue to support our local communities by providing excellent products, services, and trained staff.”