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In the past 12 years (that I have been involved with the Volvo brand), I never envisioned that one day I would be in this position. <p> Nevertheless, after a solid TWELVE years of working with, <b><i>loving</i></b>, promoting, <b><i>living and breathing the VOLVO brand</i></b>, I have decided to resign from my current post at Stillman Volvo, effective June 26.<p>Moments and feelings of sadness are being replaced by excitement about my new opportunity in Southern California plus the fact that my wife, kids and myself will have the opportunity to be around family and friends along with enjoying year-round fine weather.<p>Being part of Swedespeed (first as a member, then as an advertiser and a moderator) has been part of my commitment to the Volvo brand and I cannot describe, in these lines, how valuable Swedespeed has been to me.<p>I will still visit here, periodically (after the end of June), as I have no plans to not be a Volvo owner; as a matter of fact, I just bought a pretty 1997 854 5-speed manual w/ 94,000 miles as a second car.<p>I want to thank George and Chris for giving me the opportunity to be part of this forum and also for their loyalty. I want to also thank ALL the people here whom I have interracted with especially those who trusted me with BLIND FAITH by buying a car from someone they have never met face-to-face, only a voice over the phone. You do not understand the pleasure I received when I sold a car to someone who never had a chance to meet me, yet he/she showed absolute confidence in me handling their new car purchase. TRUST should be the foundation of all auto sale transactions.<p>The person who will be taking over the OSD department, at our store, is none other than my VERY ABLE OSD specialist, <b>Melissa Stillman</b>. Some of you have already worked with her and also bought cars from her. She knows Volvos <i>inside and out</i> (last year, she was ranked among the top 15 Volvo salespeople, nationally!), knows the OSD process extremely well (she has been through it, herself, once and planning on a second trip later on this year) therefore, you will have an absolutely GREAT EXPERIENCE by ordering a car though her.<p>Naturally, until June 24, if you have any questions for me, I will be more than happy to answer them.<p>I am happy but I am also a bit sad.<p>Again, <b>thank you all</b>!<p>Yannis<p>
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (StillmanOSD)

congrats on a move to better weather.<p>where in socal?<p>best; jim
 

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Well congrats on your upcoming move. Family is a very important part of life. Very glad you will be closer and able to see and do more with them.<br>You better still visit here as someone needs to keep the crazies in line.<br>I was always keeping you as a resource when the need for that 2nd Volvo happened. <br>Again, congrats and take care.<br>
 

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Yannis,<p>Though I'm fairly new here I have to say your guidance and insights have been invaluable and a major factor in our decision to participate in OSD (we leave a week from tomorrow <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ).<p>Congrats and best of luck!<p>Jack<p>p.s. you might _encourage_ Melissa to participate here, we'd hate to lose that Stillman input. Someone has to keep Bob honest! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (hastee)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>hastee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">congrats on a move to better weather.<p>where in socal?<p>best; jim</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Sandy Eggo.<p>Yannis
 

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I guess you are not going to work for a Volvo dealership in San Diego??
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I guess you are not going to work for a Volvo dealership in San Diego??</TD></TR></TABLE><p>No, not this time.<p>Yannis
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jackf</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yannis,<p>Though I'm fairly new here I have to say your guidance and insights have been invaluable and a major factor in our decision to participate in OSD (we leave a week from tomorrow <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ).<p>Congrats and best of luck!<p>Jack<p>p.s. you might _encourage_ Melissa to participate here, we'd hate to lose that Stillman input. Someone has to keep Bob honest! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>DITTO!!! Your input here will be missed! We will be leaving June 24 to pick up our new V50 that Melissa helped us acquire. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (cmy4x4)

<I>TRUST should be the foundation of all auto sale transactions.<br></I> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Why did I know this might be coming? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> Call it an "uncanny lucky guess". I recall a conversation we had some months ago and your comments about the SD area......... <br>So...no more TO <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> and now the big Y has moved on! Philly is falling apart! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>All jokes aside my friend. You are a #1 class act <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> ....make no mistake about that! Tell Melissa she has a hard act to follow AND that it's "game on" for who can break the tie <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>I am sure we will be keeping in touch and I have all the confidence in the world that you have thought this through and are making a positive move for you and your family!<p>The REAL question is this.......are you now a Charger fan? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> or will you be taking your east coast allegience out west?....Good Luck...and email me your new contact info! <br>Cheers <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (universityvolvoOSD)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>universityvolvoOSD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> <br>The REAL question is this.......are you now a Charger fan? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> or will you be taking your east coast allegience out west?....Good Luck...and email me your new contact info! <br>Cheers <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>No way!! One has to stay loyal to ones team. I still cheer first and foremost for Norway, but with US sports, I'll be a crusty Yankee fan till the day I'm pushing daisies; no matter where I live!!
 

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Just want to re-iterate what a help and pleasure it's been having you on the board. <br>All the best in your upcoming adventures!<br>It's people like you and Bob who represent all the good things about the Volvo brand.
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (universityvolvoOSD)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>universityvolvoOSD</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> make no mistake about that! Tell Melissa she has a hard act to follow AND that it's "game on" for who can break the tie <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE> <p>She is very driven so do not get her riled up! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The REAL question is this.......are you now a Charger fan? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> or will you be taking your east coast allegience out west?....Good Luck...and email me your new contact info! <br>Cheers <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>No, I am still a (B)eagles fan. I like the Chargers but only because of their helmets! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> I will definitely miss East Coast and Philly area sports...<p><br>Yannis
 

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Best of luck, Yannis. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> We will miss you at the Stillman Gatherings and other East Coast Gathering where you participated.<p>Doug H<p>
 

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Yannis,<p>Best of luck in your new position in San Diego. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> It is a lovely area where the sun always shines, and everyone is above average. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Seriously, I have valued your inputs/suggestions greatly, and will miss you here. <p>Hope to see your comments from time to time. Will you still be in the auto business, and if so, what brand will you be associated with?<p>Best to you and your family. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (Lead Foot 60)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Lead Foot 60</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yannis,<p>Best of luck in your new position in San Diego. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> It is a lovely area where the sun always shines, and everyone is above average. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Seriously, I have valued your inputs/suggestions greatly, and will miss you here. <p>Hope to see your comments from time to time. Will you still be in the auto business, and if so, what brand will you be associated with?<p>Best to you and your family. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thank you (and the others, too)...I really appreciate everything plus all the kind words. That is a major reason of what makes it sad for me to leave the "Volvo world"...<p>Yes, I will still be part of the auto industry but working for a German luxury brand.<p>Yannis
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (GrecianVolvo)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Yes, I will still be part of the auto industry but working for a German luxury brand.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>This made me curious! Maybach? MB? BMW? AUDI? Porsche? VW (luxury...)? <p>Tell us!<p>Am I the only one who is curious?<p>//J
 

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Best of luck in San Diego Yannis. It's very enjoyably down here So cal. I'm sure you family will adapt very quickly.<p>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>GrecianVolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Yes, I will still be part of the auto industry but working for a <B>German luxury brand.</B><p>Yannis</TD></TR></TABLE><br>A true Benedict Arnold thru and thru <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> :Well, I know you've always liked BMW's but, eh well I won't say it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>You WILL enjoy some of the best weather in the <B>WORLD</B>
 

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Re: Change of guard at Stillman Volvo Overseas Delivery Department (jonas_lindquist)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jonas_lindquist</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>This made me curious! Maybach? MB? BMW? AUDI? Porsche? VW (luxury...)? <p></TD></TR></TABLE><br>Maybach? They've sold only 300 or so cars and may be pulling out of the US in a couple of years.
 
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