Auto-Serv of Tilton co-owners Dennis Gaudet, Donna Gaudet-Hosmer, her husband Andrew Hosmer, and Roland Gamelan, Director of Operations for the company, were joined by Andrew, Brigid, Amelia and Ava Hosmer as the family welcomed members of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce to a Business After Hours celebration, which was held at their new Nissan showroom last Thursday evening. (Missing from photo is AutoServ of Tilton co-owner Paul Gaudet) (Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
February 22, 2012TILTON — Representatives of local businesses gathered for a Business After Hours networking event at AutoServ of Tilton last week to enjoy the hospitality of the Gaudet family and take part in the unveiling of the new Nissan showroom on Route 3 off Exit 20 in Tilton.
Sponsored by the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, the evening was a fun-filled event with music, food, raffles and prizes, all surrounded by shiny new Nissan vehicles, now on sale at the recently expanded automotive sales complex.
Dennis Gaudet, one of the owners of AutoServ, said his family is happy to bring a new showroom to their complex of automotive dealerships in Tilton. He said he was also very grateful to the Town of Tilton for their help in making the newest dealership possible.
"This town has such a pro-business agenda. When we went to them and said, 'How can we make this happen?' they looked at it as more jobs for the area, and were willing to work with us," said Gaudet. "I love this community. This couldn't happen without their support."
Tilton AutoServ employs 153 people at this time, with a mean income of $50,000 per year, he added. He credited the town for having the foresight to see the opportunities available along Route 3 in Tilton more than 20 years ago, and for their willingness to work with businesses along the corridor.
AutoServ's newest addition to their facility, which houses the Nissan dealership, is an energy efficient building, designed to leave a small environmental footprint. From the LED lighting to the white reflective roof, large sunlit windows and other energy efficient features, it not only shows AutoServ to be concerned with the environment, Gaudet said, but keeps expenses low, which can then be passed on as savings to customers.
"We've cut back on (expenses) and created loyal customers here at AutoServ through programs like our AutoServ for Life program, where car buyers can get free oil changes and inspections for the life of their vehicle. It's created a loyal customer base, which continues to grow," said Gaudet.
The dealership offers a number of new vehicles for sale, including Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Volkswagen and Nissan, along with many other makes and models, both new and pre-owned. Gaudet said the next expansion is scheduled to be a new showroom dedicated to Volkswagen.
"We're hoping to make this a shopping mall for all types of vehicles, where people can find what they want in one location," said Gaudet. "Each will have its own identity and expertise."
Besides offering jobs and hundreds of vehicles for sale, AutoServ of Tilton is well-known for its commitment to the surrounding communities. Gaudet said the company contributes more than $150,000 annually to local charitable organizations, and this year worked to establish the new Tilton Winter Farmer's Market in a building they own across the street on Route 3.
"The farmer's market has been a huge success, and we're really excited about that. We hope to find other ways to stay involved with local farms and craftsmen in the area," said Gaudet.
At the latest Business After Hours event, more than 100 people took the opportunity to network with other industries and retailers in the region as they admired the Gaudet family's latest venture. The next scheduled BAH gathering will be centered around the theme of "Leaping Into Networking." It will take place on Feb. 29 at the Tanger Outlet Center. For more information on the LRCC and other upcoming events throughout the year, please visit www.lakesregionchamber.org.