It started as a love for cars. Then, it started as a job as a porter at a Region dealership. Now, Joe Heisler is in his 19th year at Thomas Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Highland.
Heisler began his career with Thomas Dodge in the early 2000s. Over the years, Heisler noted how much has changed. Over the 19 years he's been with the company, he said things are very different, but his passion for his work remains a constant.
“Everything,” Heisler said. “Everything changes with time.”
Along with advancements in technology and time, everything has changed between each department that Heisler has worked in.
“Service department is different from the sales department. I’ve been all over the dealership, so I understand how everything works,” Heisler said. “I used to be a service adviser, I used to work on the cars, I did all types of stuff.”
However, Heisler appreciates the differences, even in his day-to-day tasks and to-dos as a current sales associate. Heisler couldn’t seem to choose a favorite responsibility or day on the job because he likes them all.
“It’s never the same day as the last one,” Heisler said. “You might think your day will be the same, but no.”
Heisler said doing the same thing everyday just wouldn't suit him.
“The same thing every day is kind of boring,” Heisler said.
Heisler’s responsibilities include helping customers through all of their vehicle needs when it comes to choosing the right car. Heisler enjoys his job of being able to sell. The most important part of his day is getting to hear the magic word: yes.
“I don’t like no’s,” Heisler said. “Even if it’s on a phone call, receiving a yes is the best.”
Yeses are Heisler’s way of assisting his many customers. Meeting new customers is also something that he likes on the job since it’s a way to have outreach in the community in and around Highland.
“I treat everyone the way I’d like to be treated,” Heisler said.
Heisler also likes to assist his team. Working as a unit is one of his favorite parts of working at Thomas Dodge.
“I like the people I work for and work with,” Heisler said. “It’s a good thing. I get along with everyone pretty well, and they like me.”
Aside from work, Heisler also likes to take care of and spend time with his daughter, who Heisler said is also getting to know a thing or two about cars.
“She’s learning a little everyday,” he said.
Heisler is an avid fisher who likes to cast his line all around Northwest Indiana. “I love fishing,” he said. “I go fishing for all kinds of fish, I’m open to catching anything.”
Although he does not have a favorite fishing spot, he does have a favorite car spot, being Thomas Dodge. Heisler encourages anyone looking for a new vehicle, any services, or just someone to simply say hello to stop by Thomas Dodge.
“Come on in,” Heisler said. “I’ve been here a long time, and I’m not going anywhere.”
To learn more about Heisler, the sales team, or Thomas Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Highland, visit the dealership website here.