Dennis Enoch is another one of the BMW of Austin team members who I’ve known for over 17 years, so it makes this interview very easy! As a matter of fact, if it hadn’t been for Dennis, I might not have ever had the chance to work here, since it was he that recommended I apply at BMW of Austin.
Quite frankly, Dennis is much more than meets the eye. He has sold more Certified BMW's in one year that any one person should reasonably be able to, thus earning him the honor of ‘Salesman of the Year’. He has also performed quite admirably as both a sales manager and a finance manager in the past, yet he has discovered that he prefers to be right on the front line, advising and assisting his clients in finding just the right pre-owned vehicle to suit their needs. His customers will tell you it is nice to have someone with his level of expertise walk them through the process.
In addition to watching him match the right customer to the right car, I’ve seen him do things few other automobile salesmen can. Like perform a wedding service…which he can since he is also an ordained minister! Perhaps it is the inner calm he gained in his theological training that makes him so good at understanding his customers’ needs and wants. Whatever it is, he certainly makes the most of it!
Dennis has a total of 15 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, yet he still has the heart of a big kid. An avid motorcycle rider, you can often find his bike parked right behind the used car building. He and his wife of 35 years are famous for taking long rides ‘off the beaten path’ as she too is a motorcycle rider.
I sat down with Dennis recently and asked him some of my favorite questions-
Chris Markey : So Dennis, How long have you been with BMW of Austin?
Dennis Enoch : 6 years and 8 months
CM : What is your official position?
DE : My business card says Pre-Owned Client Advisor. I still slip-up from time to time and say Used Car Salesman.
CM : What is the best part of your job?
DE : I say it is getting to meet a lot of interesting people.
CM : What is the hardest part of your job?
DE : Waiting for the next customer.
CM : Are you married? Do you have any children?
DE : Yes and yes. I’ve been married for 35 years and I have 3 daughters, 11 grandkids, 1 great-grandkid and one more due in December!
CM : Wow! That’s incredible! Do you have any pets, or is there any more room? ;-)
DE : Yes, 2 Shih Tzu’s (Lulu and Chief) and a miniature Schnauzer named Bob.
CM : Where were you born and what month and date?
DE : Kansas City, Missouri on December 31st.
CM : Ah, a New Year’s Eve baby huh? What makes you laugh?
DE : I love puns!
CM : What is your favorite word?
DE : Can’t...because it motivates me!
CM : What turns you on?
DE : Preaching and teaching God’s word.
CM : What turns you off?
DE : Whiners.
CM : What is your favorite Movie/TV show?
DE : My favorite movie is The Matrix, and my favorite TV show is The Mentalist.
CM : What type of music/song is your favorite?
DE : I like contemporary praise and worship music and rhythm and blues the best.
CM : What is your favorite restaurant/type of food?
DE : I like Mexican food at Santa Rita.
CM : What is your favorite book?
DE : The Bible.
CM : Guess I should have seen that one coming, huh? So what sound or noise do you love?
DE : I love all the noise my family makes whenever we all get together.
CM : Yeah, I can see how that would be cool. What sound or noise do you hate?
DE : Again, I’d have to say whining.
CM : What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
DE : I’d be in a Bible teaching Ministry.
CM : What’s your perfect day off like?
DE : Oh, taking a bicycle ride or a motorcycle ride and just chilling with my wife.
CM : Where is your favorite vacation spot?
DE : Anywhere there is a beach.
CM : Uh-huh, I’m with you there. What is your favorite junk food?
DE : Pizza.
CM : What is your favorite color?
DE : Blue.
CM : What is your favorite drink?
DE : I like a good chardonnay.
CM : If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?
DE : I’d be a dolphin. They are intelligent, fun loving and don’t seem to have a care in the world.
CM : If you were a Star Wars character, which one would it be?
DE : I’d be Han Solo.
CM : If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?
DE : The Family Man.
CM : I can see that. If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
DE : I’d give some away and spend the rest!
CM : Is your closet neat and orderly or is it haphazard and chaotic?
DE : I’d describe it as organized chaos.
CM : If you didn’t live in the Austin area, where would you like to live?
DE : South Padre Island.
CM : What has been your happiest moment in life and why?
DE : That would be the day I got married, because she is my true soul mate.
CM : If told that this was your last day on earth, how would you spend it?
DE : Chillin’ at the beach with my entire family.
Well Dennis, thanks for taking the time to allow us to get to know you a little better.
And to all of our customers who may or may not know Dennis, please stop by and say hi! He’ll be glad you did!
Dennis Enoch - International Man of Ministry