Michael E. Olin
My name is Michael E. Olin, a.k.a. Geno. I was born in Hornell, New York on November 6, 1963. I have always played and enjoyed sports. My favorite food is a combination of cheeseburgers, french fries and potato chips. I like watching movies, and three of my favorites are The Hunt for Red October, Ghostbusters, and Full Metal Jacket. When I am in need of a vacation, my favorite place to go is my home in the Philippines, I get to scuba dive and relax on the beach. When I am not working I also enjoy riding my Harley.
Before I came in to the automotive industry, I served 20 years in the United States Navy where I worked in emergency medicine, public health medicine and served as a Master Training Specialist in advanced Naval Schools. I had the privilege of being sent all over the world to serve and teach. After the Navy, I worked at Lenscrafters as a Retail manager but realized that for the hours that I worked there had to be more money out there so I started at Paradise Chevrolet in January 2005 as a total novice. After a few months, I had an opportunity to work with an associate selling used cars and trucks and I enjoyed more prosperity there. When the economy crashed in 2008, traffic to the dealership was at an all time low. I heard about a used car Internet department that was opened for 3 months was going to close, so I asked if I could have it and was given the opportunity as Internet Manager, and grew to be the Preowned Internet Director and did well.
Since the auto industry was almost at a standstill, I accepted an opportunity from the United States Navy to go back school, so I went to Southern Illinois University and completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Workforce Education and Development. Upon completion of that, I was offered an Internet Sales manager job at the Gosch auto group selling Chevrolet, Ford and Hyundai. Then I accepted an opportunity to help a friend create an internet sales department at Lake Chevrolet. After completing the project, I was offered a position as Internet Sales Director there. And now, I am proud and happy to serve at Paradise Chevrolet Cadillac in one of the largest and best fleet departments in the entire country.
I have really enjoyed this business and have won several awards like salesman of the month, mark of excellence award, and others, but I think the best reward of all is all the loyal customers that I have had the privilege to serve. I think that they like the honest, no pressure way I do business. I know I do, and it is my sincere pleasure to serve all of my customers.