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First job becomes a career for Gill

After starting as a car salesman with Langley Hyundai back in 1997, Gus Gill has worked all the way up to owning the local dealership. - Gary Ahuja/Langley Times
After starting as a car salesman with Langley Hyundai back in 1997, Gus Gill has worked all the way up to owning the local dealership.
— image credit: Gary Ahuja/Langley Times

Gus Gill had a good feeling about Langley Hyundai.

Fresh out of high school and looking for work in the summer of 1997, Gill was pounding the pavement trying to find employment.

“Nobody wanted to hire me, I was too young and inexperienced,” he said.

Gill had earlier dropped off a resume at Langley Hyundai and decided to drop by unannounced at the Langley dealership to see if they had made a decision.

No other applicants did that, so Gill’s initiative impressed the dealership’s sales manager enough to offer him a job.

He had no idea that this first post-high school job would become a career,

“When you come out of high school, you don’t have a really clear indication of what you want to be doing,” he explained.

“I took the job in hopes of making some money (and) when I got into it, I really enjoyed talking to the people and the staff, and the friendships you form.”

When Gill began, he spent the first couple of days learning about the vehicles and all their features. And by the end of his first week, he had closed his first couple of sales.

“It was more excitement than anything else,” he described about the feeling.

“Like victory. And it felt good to be able to put a sale together and be one of the guys.”

Gill has been with the local dealership ever since.

After four years, he was promoted to the sales manager position, which he held until 2005.

But following the death of owner Ed Debuc — “our fearless leader”, Gill says — the dealership experienced some challenges as Debuc’s widow and daughter ran the business.

Needing someone who had the experience they were lacking, Gill was brought in as a partner, with the intent of buying the whole store in a few years.

And after serving as the dealership’s general manager, the takeover became complete this past spring when Gill took over as the owner.

He still carries that same enthusiasm from when he first started the job.

“I love dealing with people, (whether) it is staff or customers,” Gill said.

“I have always had fun doing this, ever since I started, and it has been pretty much my only job.”

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