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Checkered Flag Overview

Virginia Beach, VA
501 to 1000 employees
1964
Company - Private
Retail
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
At Checkered Flag, we’ve been providing drivers in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Hampton with first-rate vehicles and services since 1964. In the 50+ years that have passed since then, we’ve expanded our vision of service to over ... Read more

Mission: We are Winners serving Winners, providing a comfortable and supportive business environment, proudly committed to our tradition of excellence.

Checkered Flag – Why Work For Us?


At Checkered Flag, we’ve been providing drivers in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, and Hampton with first-rate vehicles and services since 1964. In the 50+ years that have passed since then, we’ve expanded our vision of service to over 10 different dealerships in the area. We’ve done this all without compromising our vision and mission, because we know it’s our commitment to excellence that has allowed us to reach the level of success we’ve been fortunate enough to achieve. Our Audi, BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI, Porsche, Scion, Toyota, Volkswagen, Genesis, Driver's World, and Auto Outlet dealerships come with excellent reputations, and we need people like you to maintain the top-notch customer service our clients have come to expect.

Whether you are looking for auto technician jobs, sales jobs, or administrative jobs in Hampton Roads, you should consider Checkered Flag! With our top-notch benefits plan, and comfortable work-environment, you will quickly see why people drive from all over Hampton Roads including Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, and Elizabeth City to work in our Virginia Beach and Norfolk dealerships.  Some even drive from as far away as Yorktown and the Outer Banks of North Carolina!

At Checkered Flag we don't just sell cars, we provide a complete car ownership experience. We provide our customers with everything from service jobs and parts to car loan and lease financing. We're proud to have been in business for over 50 years, and we're looking forward to even more success in the years to come...won't you join us?

 Sales


From generating leads to delivering customer vehicles, and everything in between, our sales and product specialist teams enjoy the thrill of day-to-day learning. Whether you're learning about customer's needs, the latest vehicles to be released, or the newest features available, there will always be something new! Here are a few words from some of our sales team members.


Thomas Maddin 

What advice would you give to someone applying for a job in your department?

Sales can be challenging, but it can also be highly rewarding. Following the process is the key to success.  I’m surrounded by a great coworkers and a management team committed to my success.

What is your proudest moment working at Checkered Flag?

Getting my first promotion.  There are many opportunities to move up and advance.

What is something about you that not many people know?

Once upon a time, way back in the day, I used to work as a part-time DJ at a local radio station. 


Anastasija  Moisejenkova

What makes Checkered Flag a great place to work?

You can become who you want to be.  We are family here, we all work together and have common goals to succeed and be best at what we do.

What is your favorite part about your job?

I get to meet fantastic people and make dreams come true connecting my customers with the legendary MINI Cooper. I Looooove my job!!! And yes of course I drive a MINI ;)

What is something about you that not many people know?

I am an avid recycler, I repurpose everything I can. I also own an Etsy shop, handcrafting is my passion.  I love antiques, believing that old handcrafted items have a part of artist’s soul in them and we have ability to preserve it forever.  When I build my home it will be very Modern, there is something nostalgic yet extremely sophisticated about that style. Clean simple lines just speak to me. 


Service


Our service teams enjoy the positions of Service Consultant, Technician, Valet, Customer Service Manager, Detailer, and many more. They are vital to our everyday operations. When they are not servicing vehicles that are coming through the shop, they are eagerly learning how to better everyday processes to make sure our customers receive the top-notch experience our customers have come to expect.


Huy Vo

What is your favorite part about your job?

My favorite part of being a service consultant would be helping people understand their cars, and how they work. Whether it be about maintenance or repairs.

What makes Checkered Flag a great place to work?

Checkered Flag is a great place to work for because the entire staff from management to my coworkers are genuinely friendly.


Keisha King

What is your favorite part about your job?  I would say my favorite part of my job is helping take care of my customer’s needs for their vehicle. Also seeing a smile on their face when the service is completed.

 What makes Checkered Flag a great place to work at? Both Mr. Snyder’s and the employees at Checkered Flag makes this a great place to work at. Every day I can honestly say Mr. Snyder comes by with a smile on his face and makes sure all his employees are doing good. That is what makes this a great place to work at.

What is your proudest moment working at Checkered Flag? My proudest moment is when I hit my 10 year mark. I don’t believe in short term jobs so I am proud at myself for accomplishing my goal.


James Burger 

What advice would you give to someone applying for a job in your department?
The advice I would give someone that is or wanting to apply for a job in this department would be that it takes a while to grasp the techniques and systems of the vehicle to fully understand a customer’s complaint and not to be in a hurry and rush yourself.  Take your time when first starting to work on the vehicles and understand what you are doing and why you are doing it.
  
What makes Checkered Flag a great place to work?
The people that I work with in my department make it a great place to work.  If I don’t have a tool or don’t know how to do something, there is always someone that has the tool or you can ask to get help from.
 
What did you want to be when growing up?
Like most I had no idea.  I know that I did want to serve my country and did for 25 years.
 
 

Parts


Our parts departments service both our customers directly as well as our service departments. They ensure that we have the right parts, at the right time, at the right price. Our valued parts employees work behind the scenes so that our customers have a seamless experience whether they are DIYers, or need something installed by us on their vehicle.


Kristy Poulson

What advice would you give to someone applying for a job in your department? We all work together as a team and you learn something every day. 

What is your favorite part about your job?  I’m able to talk with customers about their car and how they like them. Some our customers been coming for years.

What do you like to do on your days off?  Spending time with my family and going camping with family and friends


IT


The IT team at Checkered Flag works tirelessly to make sure all systems are "GO" at all times. They handle everything from simple reboots to complex system installations. We have our own on-site IT team to assist every department throughout the Checkered Flag organization.

Shannon Hamler

What do you like to do on your days off?

When I am off work I enjoy spending time with my husband and my four boys. They are my life so in between doing homework I spend as much time with my family that I can.

What advice would you give to someone applying for a job in your department?

I would tell them to be honest and positive. Come with a good attitude and be willing to work hard and be dedicated to the position they are applying for. They need to come with an open mind and be willing to work. They also need to have a good head on their shoulders. Checkered Flag takes care of their people, it’s like a small family so don’t worry if you are hired just do your job do it well and you will be rewarded.

What is something about you that not many people know?

Most people know I am an animal lover but what they may not know is that I own a pet snake

HR


The Human Resources Department is dedicated to finding, training, and supporting the best automotive team in Hampton Roads!  From bringing in great talent, offering customer service and leadership training programs, assembling generous benefit packages, to supporting the team in all things employment related; the Human Resources Department helps take care of the Checkered Flag team so we can all take care of the customer.


Nayeli Abarca-Hecke

What is your favorite part about your job? I love seeing people grow within the company. For example I have seen someone go from Part Time Service Valet to Service Consultant while I have been here, and you can see the commitment to learning as much as possible and taking advantage of all available opportunities.

What makes Checkered Flag a great place to work? The great thing about working here is that we promote from within. I myself came on as a temp as an HR assistant. After a few months I was brought onboard with Checkered flag and within 10 months moved into the recruiting positon. 

What is something about you that not many people know? I am a huge Disney and Harry Potter fan!


Customer Care Center


The Customer Care Center at Checkered Flag is rivaled by few! They handle everything from incoming operator calls, dispatching shuttles, service scheduling, and much more, all with a friendly attitude.


Teresa Goggin

What advice would you give to someone applying for a job in your department?

 I think to be successful at Checkered Flag you must keep an open mind with a positive attitude as there are many great opportunities as long as you work hard & be a team player. Your success depends on you.

What do you like to do on your days off?

On my days off I enjoy time relaxing at the beach & swimming in my pool.

What is your proudest moment working at Checkered Flag?

My proudest moment(s) with Checkered Flag over the last 6 years have been when I won 2 trips....I had never flown on a commercial airline before or been out of the country & I travelled to Costa Rica & Mexico ...allowing 2 stamps in my passport...it was an amazing experience for myself & my family.


Operations


The operations center at Checkered Flag handles all the behind-the-scenes tasks that make Checkered Flag great. Titling, Accounts Payables and Receivables, Warranties, Wholesale, and Payroll are just a few examples of what occurs at our operations center.


Marvita Norman

What is your favorite part about your job?  The best part of my job is answering questions related to titling.  I like to make sure customers are aware of what’s needed to make sure their titling process is done smoothly & accurately.

What makes Checkered Flag a great place to work?  Checkered Flag is a good place to work because they recognize your potential and hard work that you provide to the company and is awarded for your achievements.

What is your proudest moment working at Checkered Flag?  The proudest moment working at Checkered Flag is when I became a part of the 500mph Club and was recognized for my second star at the annual breakfast


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