Daily Archives: Feb. 21, 2014

Value Place to expand with a couple of dozen more employees

WICHITA — As the number of Value Place properties continue to grow, so does the need for more employees at the company’s corporate headquarters on East 21st Street between Rock and Webb roads.

“We’re definitely … hiring a lot of people,” says president and COO Kyle Rogg.

The company opened a property in Jacksonville, Fla., this week and has three more under construction.

“Franchisees are building as well,” Rogg says.

He says Value Place’s properties, a number of which are under renovation, are performing solidly.

“We’re pretty much on plan with where we expected to be,” he says.

“It just takes more people to continue to grow.”

The Wichita office has about 65 employees, not counting the ones at the company’s three properties here.

Rogg says the company likely will add about 25 employees this year.

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You don’t say

“How I wish I were talking about the pretty kind you put on your head.”

– An e-mail from Ashley Cook to her Greteman Group colleagues reminding them that she had a “crown appointment in the morning”

Rusty Eck Ford pitchman can no longer save you any money

Craig Minten and his horse, Holy Ransom, in Saratoga, N.Y.

Craig Minten and his horse, Holy Ransom, in Saratoga, N.Y.

WICHITA — Craig Minten can no longer save you any money, at least not at Rusty Eck Ford.

Minten says he resigned his position as general manager after seven years. He also was the face of the dealership and was known for saying, “If you don’t come see me today, I can’t save you any money.”

“Everybody is sad, and they loved me as their coach,” Minten says of his sales team at the dealership.

He knows that’s not necessarily the version of his departure that’s making the rounds.

“I’ve heard about 100 different versions,” Minten says. “I heard that I was in Thailand today, so … .”

He’s now starting his own marketing and advertising business, which is yet to be named.

“I’m getting too old for the car lot,” Minten says.

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