Nicholas Parks


Nicholas Parks, the General Manager for Rogers Dodge of Alvin, sent me this link a few days ago in reference to Chrysler’s bankruptcy and the Fiat partnership.
It is an interesting story for anyone who is following the bankruptcy, so please check it out:

http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB124424451815990495-lMyQjAxMDI5NDA0NjIwNDY0Wj.html

Also, Matt McGuire, a service tech with Rogers Dodge, moonlights as a musician. He created a few snippets of music that we hope to incorporate in our documentary. I hope to have the five wma files uploaded to the blog today for everyone to check out. Matt’s a really gifted musician and we hope to make him a break-out star by sharing his tunes with the world.
As soon as I get these online, I will post them for your listening pleasure.

Apparently, Chrysler excutives are huge liars.

At least, that is the feeling most Rogers Dodge of Alvin employees have about the words spoken by Chrysler President James Press to the Senate Commerce, Science and Transporation committee at the June 3rd hearing.

“They are a bunch of lying sons of bitches,” Wesley Wells, Fleet Sales Manager, said on Wednesday.

With only six days left, employees of Rogers Dodge of Alvin are trying to rid their inventory of all new cars sitting idly on the lot. They must also sell off new mechanical parts, finish up service tickets and be ready to shut down operations as a Dodge dealer by June 9th.

The frustration Rogers Dodge employees have with Mr. Press and Chrysler has a whole has been stirring for a long time. However, tensions reached a new level of highs on Wednesday.

Nicholas Parks, General Manager of Rogers Dodge, along with Wells, the owner of Rogers Dodge, Pete Mankins, and other employees, sat watching the senate hearing on CSPAN3 in the early afternoon. They listened as Mr. Press answered a series of questions by Senate committee members, including Texas Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison. Mr. Press outlined a series of processes that have been put into effect for closed dealers to utilize which helps them to transfer vehicles and stave off major financial losses

Mr. Press stated that “over 80 percent of affected dealers have a floorplan.” This statement suggests that dealers like Nicholas Parks have already been notified of Chrysler’s intentions to help them sell off new car inventory to dealers that are “moving forward” with Chrysler franchises.

But, is this true?

“We have been contacted, yes, and they said something was put in place to start after June 9th,” Parks said. “But James Press stated at the hearing that they have 97 percent of inventory distributed from the closed dealers and that is a damn lie.”

It’s hard to tell whether Chrysler is mincing words. But closed dealers, like Nicholas Parks, will agree the one good thing that came out of Press’ statements made to the Senate committee yesterday was this… it was recorded, and is now on file for the general public to review and compare with previous statements made.

For the complete hearing webcast, click the following link:

http://commerce.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.LiveStream&Hearing_id=9716ac30-a07b-4a69-aec2-189ecaf1beee