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Jim Koons Automotive is a 2014 Best Places to Work!

Koons is a best place to work

This past Friday, March 21st, it was announced that Jim Koons Automotive Cos., was picked by the Washington Business Journal, as one of the Greater Washington DC areas best places to work.  There are three categories: Small (10-50 employees), Medium (51-150 employees), and Large (151 or more employees).  Jim Koons is an honoree in the “large” company category and this is the fifth year that we’ve been selected.  It’s an honor to be among this group of distinguished corporations and we’re proud of all of our employees who’ve made this award possible.

Our employees have helped make us one of the nation’s biggest automotive dealers, the hard work and dedication they bring to the workplace each and every day is inspiring and they make our company a great work environment.”
                             Jim Koons

In order for a company to be selected they first need to submit an application, this submission will start the evaluation process.  Each company application requires a survey to be administered to all of its employees, in order for a fair evaluation to be obtained a sliding scale of responses are needed (the scale is based on company size). The survey rates a company against 10 criteria; Team effectiveness, Retention, Employee alignment with company goals, Trust with co-workers, Individual contribution, Manager effectiveness, Trust in senior leaders, Feeling valued, Work engagement, and People practices. All applications needed to be submitted by January 31st, 2014 and a significant number of surveys needed to be completed by February 28th, 2014 in order for the company to be eligible.

Once the application is submitted the auditing company (Quantum Market Research) tabulated the employee surveys and those responses actually determined the results and rankings.  All nominees need to have operations in the greater Washington DC area in order to be considered, that area covers DC, NoVA and Central Maryland.  There are other aspects to the eligibility criteria but the three mentioned here are the most important. This is the fifth time that Koons has made it on the list and every time the group of applicants and honorees have been remarkable.  From Small to large the field is made up of very impressive firms and Koons Automotive is honored to be in their company.

Koons has always placed a great deal of value on how our employees take care of our customers, both new and returning. That value starts with our hiring process and we’ve always made a point of hiring the best and most knowledgeable employees around and then treating them professionally. “Our employees have helped make us one of the nation’s biggest automotive dealers, the hard work and dedication they bring to the workplace each and every day is inspiring and they make our company a great work environment.” stated Jim Koons.

Congratulations to all of the companies and their employees in this year’s Best Places to Work competition.  The DC area has long been a great place for tourists to visit, families to raise their children, and for companies to locate themselves in.  Rankings will be announced at a gala event in Tysons Corner on May 9th. ♛



Koons Chevrolet Honored with “Mark of Excellence”

Shari Keith, General Motors’ District Sales Manager, presents the “Mark of Excellence” Award to Koons Chevrolet General Manager Pat Fogarty and team.

Huge kudos to our Chevrolet-Buick-GMC team at Koons GM Corner for recently being awarded Chevrolet’s prestigious “Mark of Excellence” Award for 2011, which recognizes excellence in sales and customer service. The annual award, which benchmarks dealerships on customer service requirements, sales objectives and facility and training requirements, was bestowed upon only 20% of dealerships in the Northern Virginia area.

The dealership – one of the region’s largest Chevrolet dealers – recently completed a major renovation in 2011 to its Chevrolet and Buick/GMC showrooms. Be sure to come by and visit our new state-of-the-art dealership in Tysons Corner and be prepared to be “WOW’d” by our amazing staff!

We couldn’t have achieved this amazing award without the help of our loyal customers and dedicated staff. Thank you to everyone for a great 2011!


Koons Chevrolet “Mark of Excellence” Award

UPDATED: Koons Automotive Named #2 on WBJ’s “Best Places to Work” List


We’re ecstatic to report that Koons Automotive was named #2 “Best Place to Work” in Washington this morning! The Washington Business Journal Breakfast Ceremony was held today in Tysons Corner honoring all finalists for the “Best Places to Work” competition, and thanks to our employees – Koons was named #2 in the ‘large local corporations’ group.

We couldn’t be more proud of our employees to be recognized in this elite group of Washington businesses for the FOURTH year in a row. It is because of them that our business continues to excel. For a full ranking, please visit WBJ’s site. You can also see verbatim what our employees had to say about working at Koons!

Thanks for your continued support!


Original Post from 4/24/12:

We’re excited to announce that Jim Koons Automotive has been selected again as one of Washington Business Journal’s 2012 “Best Places to Work” for the FOURTH consecutive year! Koons Automotive joins 49 other Washington businesses for this prestigious honor at an event to be held on June 1st at the Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner, VA. The entire company ranking will be announced at this time.

This will be the fourth consecutive year that Koons has made the list of “Best Places to Work.” Koons Automotive placed #1 in 2009 and 2010, and #4 in 2011. The annual award honors the area’s leading employers, while celebrating companies that go beyond the norm to foster an enjoyable and meaningful work environment for their employees.

We look forward to the event on June 1st and celebrating this great achievement with all of our employees! Check back on June 1st for the official ranking!


A Whole New Customer Experience: Koons Lexus of Wilmington Named DealerRater “DE Lexus Dealer of 2012”

We’d like to take the time to congratulate the staff at Koons Lexus of Wilmington for being named the recipient of the DealerRater “DE Lexus  Dealer of the Year 2012“. Without their outstanding customer service and relentless pursuit of perfection, this award would not have been. Congratulations!

In addition to this wonderful achievement, we’ve got more exciting news! To better serve our customers, Lexus of Wilmington has been undergoing considerable renovations in the past few months; and though the final product isn’t ready for its reveal just yet, we’ve got some teaser photos of the construction and the progress along the way. When completed, Lexus of Wilmington will be a state-of-the-art Lexus facility, continuing to cater to your every need – at a whole new level!

So, take a moment to review the progress that’s taken place over the past few months, and click through our photo slideshow below.

Let us know what you think!


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The Accolades Come Rolling in for Kia

In the past few years, Kia has become quite the contender in not only the US market, but the global market as well. Their product line is comprised of award-winning vehicles such as the Optima, Sportage and Sorento.

This isn’t to say their other models are not privy to accolades as well; in fact, the 2012 Soul, Sorento, Optima, Optima Hybrid, Sportage, and Forte Sedan have all been named 2012 IIHS Top Safety Picks. Even the little Rio 5-Door was named ‘Best Hatchback’ by

In addition, Kia was recently rated No. 1 for best Total Coverage of Ownership in 2011 by Kelley Blue Book. With the styling, refinement, quality and price for new Kia models, we can’t argue.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and test drive an all-new 2012 Kia Optima; it’s said to be “A Dream Car for Real Life

Drive Safe,