Get to Know McCormick Motors
McCormick Motors: A History
G. Gordon “Short” McCormick, the founder of McCormick Motors, began his automotive career selling Pontiac cars and International trucks. After spending five years as a salesman, Short was able to purchase the Nappanee Chevrolet dealership on December 13, 1953, from Ray Shank. Originally located in a storefront at 200 South Main Street in Nappanee, McCormick Motors had a one-car showroom, a three-stall service area, and a used car lot for 10 vehicles.
For the next 25 years, McCormick Motors focused on integrating the latest innovations in technology into customer and business practices. During the ’70s and ’80s, it was the integration of increasingly more complex diagnostic devices to make the repair and service more precise. In the early ’90s, the addition of computer systems tied together all of the business processes of McCormick Motors service orders, parts, invoicing, and accounting to seamlessly integrate with the latest application of new technology.
In June 1997, Short, Bernie Beer, and Gordon Moore entered into a buy/sell agreement to facilitate the smooth transfer of the dealership to the next generation of dealer owners. Control of the dealership passed on to Bernie Beer who became the President of McCormick Motors, while Gordon Moore became the Vice President of the company.
In the decade following the transfer of the dealership, the company grew from a very strong regional dealership to a nationally-recognized fleet and commercial operation. The dealership was recognized as one of GM’s leading experts in the Chevrolet ambulance, shuttle bus, and recreational vehicle markets, with the sale of products in all 50 states.
McCormick Motors has been nationally-ranked in the top five percent of all dealers in the sale of medium-duty trucks, light-duty commercial vehicles and in overall sales performance. McCormick’s was ranked in the top five GM medium-duty truck dealerships from 2003 to 2009, with annual sales of medium-duty trucks of over 1,500 trucks in each of those years.
In 2009, McCormick Motors acquired the Toyota Group company Hino and Isuzu truck franchises to expand our offerings to customers. With the acquisition of these two franchises, McCormick Motors was in a position to offer trucks to customers from even more vocations, Including FedEx Ground contractors. In 2013, the dealership completed the renovation of the showroom at a cost of $1M so that the facility met franchise requirements.
In 2014, this investment was followed by an expansion of the body shop operation into a new and larger facility. McCormick Motors was also selected by GM to be one of 13 pilot program dealerships for the GM Green Dealer Recognition Program. This ties into our mission to promote a sustainable work environment and commitment to solar energy production in the Nappanee area.
In March 2019, Bernie and Gordon entered into a buy/sell agreement with Tom Nunemaker, Susan Zeiger, and Josh George to facilitate the smooth transfer of the dealership to the next generation of dealer ownership, and ensure the continued prosperity of the dealership while minimizing the disruption to employees and customers. Control of the dealership passed on to Tom Nunemaker who became the GM, Hino, and Isuzu dealer principal and President of McCormick Motors while Susan and Josh became Vice Presidents of the company.
Additionally, in 2019, McCormick Motors furthered the training of staff to welcome the addition of the new Hino XL-7 and XL-8 heavy-duty truck. McCormick Motors welcomes this addition to provide a fantastic offering in Class 7 and 8 segments.
Meet Our Staff
Tom joined McCormick Motors in May 2007. He is a graduate of the Chevrolet Medium Duty Certification Program and is a member of the GM Mark of Excellence program. In 2012, Tom placed sixth in the Nation in a Chevrolet Sonic show what you know sales competition. The national competition began with close to 4,000 sales consultants with the Top 10 competing in Birmingham, MI. In 2019, Tom became the dealer operator and President of McCormick Motors. Tom was raised in Nappanee and graduated from Northwood High School. He currently resides in Bremen with his family.
Susan joined McCormick Motors on January 7, 1998. Susan is a graduate of Bremen High School and received the Professional Associate Award for over 15 years while with McCormick Motors. Previously, Susan was the Human Resources Manager for McCormick Motors.
Josh joined McCormick Motors in June 2004, as a truck service technician. He attended WyoTech in Laramie, Wyoming to study automotive technology and graduated in December 2006. Following graduation, he returned to McCormick Motors working as a diesel technician. In January 2016, Josh became the Medium Duty Truck Service Manager and expanded the department in service operations. In March of 2019, Josh became the Vice President of Fixed Operations. In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters.
Bernard B. Beer
Bernard is a lifetime area resident and has been with McCormick Motors since 1961. Over the course of his sales career, he was the top salesman in the zone on three occasions. He has been a long-time member of the Society of Sales Executives and Legion of Leaders. He is a graduate of the Chevrolet Academy of Retail Sales Executives, the Chevrolet Commercial College, and the Chevrolet Medium Duty Certification Program. He has been repeatedly recognized by Chevrolet Motor Division for his lifetime commitment to sales excellence and customer satisfaction. Bernie is a member of the National GM Commercial Dealer Advisory Council providing dealer feedback to GM on issues of concern to commercial dealers.
Sam joined McCormick Motors in 1984 and achieved recognition in the Legion of Leaders and Truck Honor Club every year. He is a graduate of Manchester College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a graduate of the Chevrolet Commercial College. Prior to joining McCormick Motors, Sam spent 13 years as a bank officer of First National Bank of Elkhart.
Sue joined the McCormick sales staff in September 2010. She brings over 35 years of automotive sales experience and is a member of the GM Mark of Excellence club. Sue is a graduate of Indiana University with a major in business. Sue is also an instructor for Weight Watcher in Nappanee and South Bend. She is a life-long resident in the area and resides in Bremen.
Mel joined McCormick Motors as a sales consultant in 2018. He is a life-long resident of Nappanee and a NorthWood High School graduate. Mel comes to McCormick’s with over 40 years of sales and sales management experience. After spending 23 years with UtiliMaster Corporation, 12 years with Cargo Master and 5 years at Digger Specialties he decided to join McCormick Motors to work closer to home and work in a field he is passionate about, cars, pick-ups, and commercial trucks. Mel enjoys spending time with his family which consists of his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.
Mitch joined the McCormick sales staff in February 2017. He graduated from Bremen High School in 2012 and attended Anderson University. Mitch likes to work out, eat, read and watch a lot of movies. His favorite thing to do is make people smile!
Thaine started at McCormick Motors in June of 2019. He previously was the service manager for Selking International in Elkhart. Thaine attended IPFW. A native of Nappanee and 2007 graduate of NorthWood High School, Thaine currently resides in Elkhart.
Sandy joined McCormick Motors in November 2015. Sandy graduated from Loyola University with a degree in education. She holds a teaching certificate with an endorsement in psychology. She is trained in Electronic Medical Records and teaches CPR. She worked in Customer Service, Billing, and Coding in 2 hospitals in Chicago for 20 years and met her husband at a Cubs game. Currently living in Bremen she is enjoying the country life she grew up in. She enjoys gardening, canning, and reading. She is the grandmother of three terrific grandchildren.
Mike joined McCormick Motors in April 2001. A technician since 1990, he is ASE certified and is certified by GM on the full range of Duramax diesel engines. He is a graduate of the Allison 1000/2000 series Certification Program and is certified by GM Medium Duty in engine, automatic transmission, steering, suspension, and HVAC repairs. Mike is a certified technician for both Hino Trucks and Isuzu Trucks.
Adam joined McCormick Motors in January 2007. He is a graduate of Warsaw High School and holds an Associate’s Degree in diesel engines and automatic transmissions from the University of Northwestern Ohio.
Kyle joined McCormick Motors in January 2017.
Mitch started at McCormick Motors in September 2018 in our detail department. In March of 2019, he transitioned to the Medium-Duty Service Department as a Technician Apprentice. Mitchell currently attends Ivy Tech Community College. In his spare time, Mitchell enjoys playing the drums for his band, spending time with friends and family, and watching stand-up comedy.
Kole attends NorthWood High School. He joined McCormick Motors in September 2018.
Thames attends NorthWood High School. He joined McCormick Motors November 2018.
Carlea joined McCormick Motors in October 2014. She is a graduate of Indiana University South Bend in 2010. Carlea brings with her six years of customer service experience.
Tyler joined McCormick Motors in August 2013. His previous work experience includes seven years at Auto Zone. Tyler graduated from NorthWood High School in 2007.
Kim started at McCormick Motors August 2018. In May of 2019, Kim moved to our parts department as a Parts Consultant.
Elmer started in 2013 as driver and works for the parts department. Elmer delivers parts to various customers and companies throughout the area.
Body Shop Staff
Ken joined McCormick Motors in 2019. He has years of experience in body shop management and estimating knowledge for vehicles.
Jamie joined McCormick Motors in June 1987. He is a General Motors Master Technician and ASE-certified for body and structural repair. He is also certified for various paint systems including DuPont, Martin Senour and PPG. In 1987, Jamie started working in the Body Shop for his dad, Joe, who ran the shop for 46 years. Along with the body repairs, Jamie also writes estimates and works with Insurance companies making sure the customer is getting the repair they expect. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jamie, as his Dad did, takes a great deal of pride in his work. He is a perfectionist, focused on customer satisfaction. Jamie enjoys camping with his wife in state parks and watching Michigan Wolverines football.
Jesus joined McCormick Motors in March 2007. Jesus is responsible for preparing vehicle panels for painting and for masking units in preparation for painting. He also helps out with the vehicle repairs. McCormick’s is Jesus’s 2nd job, he’s worked for another company in Nappanee for 25 years. In the rare event he finds himself with spare time, Jesus enjoys spending it with his daughter who is in college and his friends.
Paul started working in the body shop in 1987. Paul is responsible for clean-up and prepping parts. He also washes and details the vehicles once the repairs are complete. Paul enjoys watching Notre Dame Football, playing pool, and going to garage sales.
Jon joined McCormick Motors in January 2017. Jon comes to us with a great work ethic and three years of experience in bodywork. He is a 2012 graduate from Plymouth High School. In his spare time, Jon enjoys jet skiing and being an outdoorsman.
Giving back to our community is our corporate responsibility. McCormick’s takes pride in supporting local chambers of commerce and non-profit agencies focused on the youth of today. We have a moral obligation to be good role models for the future leaders of our community and our company tries to live up to that, every day. Our dealership has also partnered with the University of Notre Dame with the “Drive with the Irish” Courtesy Car Program and with Goshen College on environmental and energy conservation issues.
Local Chambers of Commerce
Non-Profit Organizations We Support
The Nappanee Club occupies 19,000 square feet in the former Central School on North Main Street. Today, Club membership numbers are approximately 500 children, ages 6 through 18, with around 100 attending programs and activities each day. During the school year, the Club is open to all members from the end of the school day until 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Club is open for teens only on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9:00 p.m. During summer months, the Club opens at 6:30 a.m. each day and remains open until 6:00 p.m.
- A Professionally Staffed Learning Center, Complete with 12 Computer Workstations
- A Lounge, Used Exclusively by Teenage Members
- A Vended Snack Room
- Two Recreation Rooms for Younger Members
- An Area Devoted to Arts & Crafts Instruction
- A Gymnasium, Complete with Locker Rooms & A Weight Training Area
Goshen College has a long tradition of preparatory programs in piano and violin for pre-college community youth. These programs and other initiatives were combined to establish the Goshen College Community School of the Arts (CSA) in the fall of 2003. The CSA provides quality arts education and performance experiences to people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. The Music Center is committed to finding ways for deserving students to study music by offering need-based scholarships. The program offers personal attention and encouragement that make learning a positive and enjoyable experience. For more information, contact CSA@goshen.edu or call 574-535-7361.
The Performing Arts Series roots run to a lecture series program. With the construction of the Union Auditorium building in 1950, Goshen College boasted a facility with a large stage and an auditorium that held several hundred people. The popular lecture-music series of that time brought world-class performers and speakers to campus, contributing significantly to the cultural life of the college and the Goshen community. Hundreds of regular attendees enjoyed presentations by the likes of Carl Sandburg, Martin Luther King, Jr., Marian Anderson, Robert Shaw Chorale, Trapp Family Singers, and the orchestras of Detroit, Cleveland and Indianapolis. The lecture-music series evolved into our current Performing Arts Series.
Safe Kids Elkhart County began as the Elkhart County SAFE KIDS Coalition in 1991, making it one of the oldest coalitions in the state. They executed their by-laws and became incorporated under Federal Code in 1992. They received their 501c (3) in 1998 making charitable giving and grant attainment more favorable to its constituents. This coalition won the coalition of the year from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign in 1997 and is a 3-time recipient of the Indiana Child Safety Advocate Award.
The Members of Safe Kids Worldwide:
- Empower local communities to prevent accidental injuries by building grassroots coalitions.
- Generate national awareness of the burden of accidental injuries.
- Encourage sound research on leading injury risks and critically evaluating solutions.
- Pass and improve child safety laws and regulations.
- Provide lifesaving devices such as child safety seats, helmets and smoke alarms to families who need them.
- Promote global corporate leadership in child safety through effective and sustainable partnerships.
- While injury is a threat to children everywhere, significant progress has been made to reduce the risks. This progress must continue, and the lessons learned from years of injury prevention work must be adapted to help create a safety culture in every country where it is sorely lacking.
This program began in the summer of 1978 and is run by volunteers. The season starts at the end of May and continues through June. Programs consist of a Peewee, Minor & Major boys, Jr. & Sr. girl’s leagues. Wakarusa Softball/Baseball program is fun for all ages. Come out on a summer night and enjoy an entertaining time of food, fun, and fellowship with the people of Wakarusa. And don’t forget the popcorn! The 2015 season will begin May 21st through July 1st. Games will be played Monday through Friday starting at 5:30 pm. For additional information call 574-862-4202.
This program was started in 1980 and serves children from the ages of 5 to 11 years old. The program consists of a soccer beginner’s clinic for the 5 to 6-year-olds and league play for the older children. The season starts in July and continues until September with games played at the Calendar Sportplex on County Road 7. For additional information call 574-305-4090.
A longtime supporter of Elkhart County 4-H Fair activities, McCormick Motor’s purchases show animals at the fair auction and is the corporate sponsor for the three-on-three basketball tournament. The Elkhart County Fairground has 143 acres, 70 buildings and over 300 permanent RV sites in addition to 600 temporary RV sites. Camping is available year-round on the grounds. The fairgrounds have accommodated over 1200 RV units at one time. Building facilities range from carpeted reception halls to open livestock pavilions. In addition to the County Fair and many private events, they host annual public events such as the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale, Autumn Splendor Arts & Crafts Show and the Spring Rodeo. Call the Fair Office for booking information 574-533-FAIR.
The objective of Toys for Tots is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. McCormick’s holds a display drop-off from the 1st week in November until mid-December every year to support Toys for Tots.
Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to turn old cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops stationed overseas in 2008. To do so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expects to collect 50,000 cell phones each month through a network of more than 3,000 collection sites across the country. The phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone – enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. McCormick’s is listed as an area drop-off location to collect cell phones for Cell Phones for Soldiers.