Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 10, 2005

Steve Ernhart receives top honor from Ford

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

His job may not be glamorous, or one that will propel him into the spotlight, but Holt Motors’ service manager Steve Ernhart enjoys coming to work each day.

The enthusiasm Ernhart displays for his job, along with his attention to detail, earned him recognition as a member of the Medallion Elite Club – the highest honor an employee can receive from Ford Motors.

From the United States, approximately 50 service managers were recognized with the award this spring. He was also presented a trip to Cancun as a part of the recognition.

Ernhart has been employed at Holt Motors for 23 years, and had the position of service manager for 15. He said his interest in vehicles comes from growing up around cars, and always having them be a part of his life.

The Holy Trinity of Winsted graduate started at Holt Motors when he was 17 years old, he said. He said after he worked a year, he planned on leaving to go to college, but Holt Motors asked him to remain on staff, and worked with him to attend night school at Dunwoody Institute, as well as other Ford training seminars in the Twin Cities area.

Throughout his years at Holt, Ernhart said vehicles have become more complicated, but said they “seem to hold up much better, and don’t need tune-ups as often.”

His primary duties include scheduling, hiring, working with the technicians, keeping up with Ford issues, such as recalls and notices, and doing paperwork.

“Our customers are great,” Ernhart said. “We have the best customer base you could ask for. The office help and techs are top-notch. This is one of those jobs that you couldn’t do for long without good help.”

Ernhart is the son of Robert and Marcy Ernhart, who live between Winsted and Howard Lake. He has lived in Buffalo for the last nine years with his wife, Cindy, and their three children, Rebecca, 15, Garret, 14, and Nic, 11. When Ernhart isn’t working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and being involved with the Buffalo Knights of Columbus.

Ernhart also said the number of students going into the auto technician industry has been declining, and he encourages people to give it a try if it’s something that interests them.

“I enjoy what I do,” he said. “Dealing with people is my favorite part of this job.”

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