Team Member Monday: Jeremy Shy

jshy2Today we are talking to Buckeye Honda Social Media and Digital Specialist, Jeremy Shy!

Jeremy has been with Buckeye Honda since 1999, yeah that is a long time.  Jeremy started his Buckeye Honda career as a salesperson, selling used and new vehicles.  After a few years Jeremy became an assistant Sales Manager and worked in the business office and eventually as the New Car Sales Manager… bored yet?  OK next he moved on to handling the Social Media and Digital processes for Buckeye Honda.  He is actually writing this blog RIGHT NOW!  Kind of freaky … I know.

Jeremy has been here so long that he has seen numerous changes in every model that Honda has to offer.  Jeremy was here when the original building went through the first renovation and even lived through the second, much larger, renovation that made Buckeye Honda the State Of The Art Dealership that it is today.

Today Jeremy has many responsibilities but his favorite is writing the blog for Buckeye Honda.  The Buckeye Honda blog  features technology, service and team member articles but his favorite has to be Foodie Friday.  This is where Jeremy gets to put his passion for cooking to good use.  Every Friday Jeremy figures out a recipe based on the wings2time of year or maybe based on requests from clients or other associates and cooks it up to share with everyone.  Some have been better than others but for the most part they have all worked out really well.  He then goes on to write a blog post about it to share with everyone over the Internet.  “In a utopian world I would have a restaurant of my own but I don’t and this gives me a way to share what I like to do with everyone here.” says Jeremy.

When Jeremy is not at Buckeye Honda you can find him spending time with his fantastic wife, Stacey  and wonderful daughters Alex, Shayla and Bailey.   “Really without them I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and that is a good thing.”  Jeremy is involved as a volunteer soccer coach and loves to be outside with his family taking hikes or experiencing new things together.smoker1

When he has the time, one of his favorite things to do is work on perfecting his BBQ recipes.  This ranges from the right ingredients for his rub to perfecting the technique and even making his own sauce.  “I have had some really bad rubs and some that are almost competition quality.  My family is the judge and they don’t pull any punches; if it is good then they tell me, if it is not good they have no problem telling me.  I plan to compete in at least one BBQ competition within the next 5 years and I need the feedback if I have any chance of not embarrassing myself. ”

If you find yourself in Lancaster on a Friday, stop by and see what Jeremy has cooking.  You might be surprised!

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Service Saturday: Maintenance Minder System

servicesaturdayWhat is a Honda maintenance minder?

Starting in 2007, all Honda models came equipped with a maintenance minder system.  This system calculates the life of the engine oil, transmission fluid, air and cabin filters, coolant, spark plugs, timing belt (if equipped), and rear differential fluid.  Because the computer is calculating the lifespan of the different items, a scheduled maintenance list based on mileage is no longer used.

The computer determines the life of each item based on the driving conditions of the vehicle.  If the engine runs at higher temperatures and rpm, or at low temperatures during short trips, the oil life will deplete faster than an engine running under normal conditions.  It will indicate a percentage of oil life on the vehicle’s display.

This system is unique in that it has the ability to move up or delay other services so when it’s time to have an oil change, it will tell you the other services needed at the same time to keep the service visits to a minimum.

A percentage will show on the display starting at 100 %, diminishing as the vehicle is driven.  Once the percentage gets to 15, a wrench is illuminated on the dash letting the8656810314_111faa1980_z driver know that service is due soon.  At 5% the service is due now, and at 0% the service is overdue.  The system will count in negative numbers when service is past due.

The first code is either “A,” requiring an oil change, or “B,” requiring and oil and filter change.  The second code will be a number, indicating one of the following:

1.      Tire rotation
2.      Air filter and cabin filter replacement, and check the drive belt
3.      Transmission Fluid
4.      Spark plug replacement, timing belt replacement (if equipped), inspect water pump and valve clearance
5.      Engine coolant replacement
6.      Differential fluid replacement

Once the vehicle is service, your technician will reset the maintenance minder system, so it can begin the calculation process again.

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Foodie Friday: Hard Cider Grilled Brats

foodiefridaylogo2Foodie Friday continues with tailgating ideas and embraces the great season of Fall!  Bring on the Brats and Hard Cider!

We love the Fall for so many reasons: Cooler nights, the amazing colors of nature, tailgating, and apple picking are just a few of the reasons.  Did we mention apple cider?  Yeah we love that stuff!

Today we took many of the things we love and put them together.  Hard Apple Cider Brats, perfect for the tailgate before the big game or just hanging in the backyard enjoying the great weather and beautiful colors.  We know that many of you have probably enjoyed beer brats, and those are good but apple and pork just go together.  We also made up an apple mustard.  Yes Apple Mustard, it was good – like really good.

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What you need:

1 bottle of hard apple cider for every 6 or 7 brats that you plan to make. The key is to have enough to cover the brats so always error on the side of having too much.   We made pans of 20 brats and we only had to use 3 for each pan.  We bought a 12 pack of Woodchuck Hard Cider in their variety pack because we didn’t want to run out did we?   We like to use Woodchuck Cider because we like to drink it and why would you use something you don’t like to drink.  Now you can use regular apple cider and we guess you could even use apple juice but where is the fun in that?

1 Medium Sweet Onion – sliced.  For our pans of 20 we used a large one.  We could have used more or less depends on how much you like onions.  Hint you are going to love these!

Bratwurst – Uncooked.  We purchased ours from a local meat purveyor.  You can get them at the grocery or local butcher.

Buns – We did big sausage buns and we had regular hot dog buns.  It really is a matter of preference, I like less bread and more meat, you might like it the other way.

Foil Pan – Large enough to hold all of your brats and leave some room around them, this will be your hot tub of awesomeness!

What to do:

  1. Light grill and heat it to medium  to medium-high
  2. Put the brats in the bottom of your pan
  3. Place sliced onions on top of brats
  4. pour in enough hard cider to cover brats
  5. Put pan on the grill and try to keep the lid closed as much as possible.
  6. DON’T BOIL THE BRATS OR THEY WILL SPLIT.  You want to simmer the brats, once the cider starts to boil turn down the heat.
  7. Let the brats sit in the hot tub of awesomeness for about 20-25 minutes.  They will now be cooked through.
  8. You can now use the open part of your grill to put a little texture and markings on your brats.  You don’t have to do this but it does make them better in my opinion and since I am writing this then – do it!
  9. You can start serving and eating.  You can also put the brats back in the hot tub of awesomeness to keep them warm if needed.
  10. Serve with favorite topping including the onions that have been cooking in the cider and the apple mustard.

For the apple mustards

  • Apple Butter
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Whole Grain Mustard

What to do

  1. Make everyone leave the room
  2. Put equal parts of the ingredients in the bowl and stir – I went a little heavier on the apple butter, taste it to see what you think.
  3. Make a lot of noise so people think you are really working hard
  4. Come out with your fantastic mustard looking tired… your secret is safe with me!

If you try one of our recipes let us know how it turned out, we would love to hear from you!  If you are in Lancaster Ohio on Fridays stop by and have a sample of what we are cooking!  Enjoy Your Weekend!

 

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Weekend Wednesday: Last Weekend In September

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaLet’s go do something this weekend!  OK!

What do you want to do?  I don’t know what do you want to do?  I don’t know… Bring On WEEKEND WEDNESDAY!  Weekend Wednesday is a weekly listing of things happening in the area.  Get out and enjoy the weekend!


Comic Magician Hypnotist – Canal Winchester Fundraiser

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300 Washington St., Canal Winchester, OH 43110
Theater Venue Phone: 614-833-2157
Phone: 740-974-2222

Saturday, Sept. 288:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m

Ticket Pricing: The cost is $10.

 National Touring comedy magician and hypnotist Michael Night will be at the high school for a fundraiser for the girls volleyball team. This is an event for all ages.

Frontier Days

September 28 & 29, 2013
“Frontier Spirit 1799”

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Join us and experience the trials and tribulations that the first settlers in the Ohio Territory endured as they fought for and carved out a home by walking the trail ** featuring 5 or 6 scenes from early Fairfield county. This is a step back into time that can be enjoyed by all ages. A large village has sprung up showing the life of the early settlers with demonstrations by skilled craftsmen of cooking, soap making, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving and more. The marquis tent provides a place for music by many musicians on various period instruments, speeches by local dignitaries and various skits. Games and activities for children are also part of the village entertainment.

Concessions are available at very reasonable prices, with snacks, drinks and food-including bean soup cooked in iron kettles over an open fire.

For more information check out the website. 


Baltimore Uncorked

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2155 Reynoldsburg-Baltimore NW, Baltimore, OH 43105

Venue Phone: 740-862-4028

The Baltimore Restoration Committee will host this fundraiser for the Victorian Opera House. This wine and beer tasting will feature some local wineries and breweries. There will be finger foods and non alcoholic beverages as well. At 8 p.m. the OSU game will be able to be viewed on the Big Screen at the VFW.

 

 

 

 


WATERFIRE

Downtown riverfront around Genoa Park and COSI

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Admission: Free
614-299-9221

www.waterfirecolumbus.com

WaterFire Columbus is becoming one of the most exciting arts exhibits in Central Ohio since it began in 2005. The magnificent array of bonfires was first established on the three rivers of downtown Providence, Rhode Island in 1997. In downtown Columbus the flames reflect on the waters of the Scioto River. Audience members gather throughout the summer at Genoa Park for an evening of natural art, music and activities.

Friday’s Waterfire features The Randys & Saturday’s WaterFire features British Invasion. Beginning at dusk, floating bonfires illuminate the Scioto River downtown as crowds gather to enjoy music and entertainment. Half a dozen burns are scheduled throughout the season.


CHALK ART FESTIVAL

Easton Town Center

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Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

160 Easton Town Center
Columbus, 43219
614-416-7000

Chalk the Block features 40 artists decorating the Town Square at Easton Town Center with unique and colorful artworks.
Saturday will feature all artists working to create 6′ or 10′ designs while listening to the music of a half dozen musical acts. A featured space will allow an interactive component where the audience is asked to participate in the creation of a community drawing.

Sunday, the audience is invited back to see the finished products and see who was awarded prizes for Best of Show, Most Realistic, Most Imaginative, and the People Choice Award.

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Technology Tuesday: Honda Environmental Leadership

Technology Tuesday at Buckeye HondaHonda is always seeking innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact.

Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio is also dedicated to reducing our environmental impact as well with our in-house recycling program and oil recycling / oil burning system that we use to heat the service department in the winter.  Honda is at the forefront of this movement and here are just a couple of examples.

From designing fuel-efficient vehicles to building our products in the most energy-efficient factories, Honda consider the environment in all aspects of products’ life cycle. In Honda’s new Environmental Short Film Series, they highlight some remarkable initiatives—dreamed up and developed by Honda associates—that are fulfilling their vision for reducing the company’s environmental impact and creating a sustainable future. Keep an eye out for upcoming films in the series, as we’ll be sharing them as they are releasing new videos throughout the year.

Paint by Numbers

The first film in the series, Paint by Numbers, tells the story of how Honda engineer Shubho Bhattacharya was inspired to develop technology to reduce the energy needed to operate the auto body-painting system at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio. Auto body painting accounts for the most energy use in Honda’s production process. With the help of his fellow associates, Bhattacharya conceived Honda’s Intelligent Paint Technology, which has cut Honda’s North American manufacturing CO2 emissions by about 10,000 metric tons per year. Learn more about this fascinating story.

Every Drop Counts

In Every Drop Counts, a retired plant engineer’s sketch intrigues a team of associates who seek to generate their own energy with a simple but ingenious device. Using spare parts and materials from the plant, the team builds a small-scale hydropower generation system at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Marysville, Ohio. The waterwheel-like gadget captures energy from water as it falls from a cooling tower, cutting the plant’s CO2 emissions by 77,000 pounds per year.

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Team Member Monday: Tammy Thomas

tammy thomas excell facilitator at Buckeye HondaToday for Buckeye Honda’s Team Member Monday we are talking to EXCELL Facilitator, Tammy Thomas.

Tammy has been the EXCELL facilitator for Buckeye Honda for about 10 years now and has been around auto dealerships for a few years before that.  Tammy is not only responsible for the EXCELL training and documentation at Buckeye Honda but she also does a very similar job for Buckeye Toyota also located in Lancaster Ohio.  As part of her duties Tammy is constantly working with the associates at both stores to develop and document processes that involve the clients.  If there is room to improve a particular process or if we receive feedback from clients regarding a particular area of concern, Tammy collaborates with the team members to figure out the best way to tackle the issue.

“The favorite part of my job… is being able to interact with clients and with all of the associates to make everyone’s experience tammy thomas excell facilitator at Buckeye Hondaat Buckeye better!”

EXCELL stands for EXceeding Customer Expectation Levels for Life.   The EXCELL Program was put into place by Honda for those dealerships that are committed to being the very best at what they do everyday.  Buckeye Honda has been “EXCELL Validated” since the inception of the program in 2002.  Being “Validated” means that the dealership has shown to a board at Honda that it is committed to providing the best customer experience and that the dealership has action plans in place to handle any and all situations that occur inside the dealership.

tammy4Outside of Buckeye, Tammy is very involved with the Ohio Chapter of The Children’s Heart Foundation.  The Children’s Heart Foundation Ohio Chapter is committed to improving the lives of 144,000 of Ohio’s citizens battling the lifelong birth defect that is congenital heart disease.

You might also find Tammy spending time with her fantastic kids, Adam and Katie and husband – Scott.  One of her favorite things to do is to take bike rides with her husband Scott.  Her personal favorite trail is the 3 Creek Metro Park Trail that runs from Pickerington to Bexley with a little stop off at Jeni’s Ice Cream as the halfway point before heading back!!  Her favorite flavor is the Passion Fruit Sorbet, I have to agree with her on this one but then again it is hard to argue about any of the flavors.  One of Tammy’s other delights is cooking with fresh produce from the garden.  One of her favorites is risotto with fresh squash or tomatoes and garlic.

Next time you are in the dealership say “Hello” to Tammy, One of Buckeye Honda’s behind the scenes associates that makes a big impact!

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BBQ Chicken Hoagie – Foodie Friday!

foodiefridaylogo2Woo Hoo!!  All of the fall sports are in full swing and we are loving it.  No matter if you are a fan of the College, Professional or Youth Sports there is nothing better than a great big TAILGATE!

Now working up some hotdogs, hamburgers and brats always sounds good to me… (Stay tuned next week when we bring the ultimate beer brats with peppers and onions) but sometime you want to bring out a little something different so today we are working on a Grilled BBQ Chicken Hoagie topped with bacon, onion and cheddar cheese.

We will serve these by cutting the hoagie into halves or thirds and this way everyone can save room to sample some of the other great things we will have on our tailgate!

What you need:

  • Italian Dressing or a good similar marinade – sometimes I make my own sometimes I buy it in a bottle
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Bacon
  • Shredded Cheese – We are going with cheddar but mozzarella, colby jack or swiss would work great.
  • Hoagie Buns – Sometimes these are called sub buns. I like the ones in the bakery but there are some other commercial ones that are great.
  • Onion – Yellow works well on the grill, I had a red one so that is what I am using

What you do:

  • Put the chicken in a ziploc style bag and dump in the italian dressing/marinade.  Let it sit for an hour or even overnight, I think the longer the better.
  • Slice Your Onion
  • Prepare your bacon – You can use the oven, skillet or even the microwave, whatever you like.
  • Once the chicken is ready remove it from the bag and get rid of the marinade… DO NOT REUSE.
  • Grill the chicken on a hot grill
  • Place your onions on the grill and let them grill for a bit.  I like mine really done, you may or may not…. experiment.
  • When you are nearing the end of the cook brush the chicken with the sauce.  I like to put it on thick because we are going to be chopping the chicken.
  • Once the chicken is cooked and the sauce has caramelized remove it from the grill and let it sit for 5 +/- minutes.
  • Now chop up the chicken.  You can cut it into strips or into chunks, I prefer chunks.
  • Chop up grilled onion and bacon
  • Put chicken in the bun and top with bacon, onion and cheese (you can also add mayo, tomato, lettuce…)
  • Cut into smaller pieces and arrange on a platter for your tailgate
  • Eat the best looking one and enjoy your hard work!

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