Why Should Drivers in the Marietta, Roswell GA, Alpharetta and Atlanta Areas Choose Jim Ellis Volkswagen of Kennesaw for New and Used VW Cars and More?
Classic style. Groundbreaking technology. Race-inspired performance. These are all important traits of the Volkswagen brand. At Jim Ellis Volkswagen of Kennesaw we make it our goal to supply drivers from Atlanta, Marietta, Alpharetta and Roswell, GA with all these qualities, while establishing some tenants of our own.
At our new VW and used car dealership in Kennesaw we provide a constantly updated inventory of new Beetle, Jetta, Passat, Golf models and more, and used Volkswagen vehicles, and do so with an unparalleled commitment to customer service, no-hassle, no-obligation sales process, and by treating all our Atlanta area customers like a friend.
What's more, our on-site auto parts and VW car repair center will keep your Volkswagen running as reliably and efficiently as you need it to be for as long as you own it. We're even home to a fully-outfitted body shop to buff out those unsightly dings and dents.
Jim Ellis Volkswagen Kennesaw is conveniently located at 950 Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw, GA. We welcome first-time buyers, commuting professionals and families to visit us today to explore terrific car loan and lease packages on Volkswagen's renowned lineup of cars, wagons and SUVs. Because at the Jim Ellis Family of Dealerships, you've got a friend in the business.If you're interested in any of our incredible products or services, don't hesitate to contact us online or by phone, or simply swing by our convenient 950 Barrett Parkway Kennesaw, Georgia location, today. We look forward to meeting you soon!
How We Started
Struggling to make something out of limited resources is not foreign to Mr. Ellis. When he was 10 years old, he and his family moved to Atlanta Prison Farm property. His father was the foreman of the prison farm and his grandfather was the superintendent. Growing up, Mr. Ellis worked on a farm, had a milk and paper route, did construction, ran a concessions business at Grant Park, and ran a laundry route. By the time he completed West Georgia College and Georgia State University in 1957 with a BBA in general management, he had worked also as a prison guard and foreman, sold insurance, IBM Machines and real estate, and held various other jobs to work his way through college. After returning from serving two years in the U.S. Army, Mr. Ellis held a variety of jobs until he found his place in the automobile business with General Motors in 1960.
In 1970, Jim Ellis and his wife Billie took the biggest financial plunge of their lives to establish their own automobile dealership. They sold all of their assets, used all of their savings, cashed in Billie's retirement fund from over 15 years at Georgia Tech, and borrowed the balance to begin Jim Ellis Volkswagen in 1971. In total, the plunge amounted to $35,000 in assets, and $165,000 in loans.
The Ellis family is a very close-knit one. Jim Ellis, the President and Chief Executive Officer is still active in the major corporate and capital decisions. Billie (Mrs.Jim) Ellis serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the corporations. Their son Jimmy is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporations. Their daughter, Karen Black serves as a Corporate Officer and their daughter Kristi serves as a Corporate Officer. Karen's daughter, Brooke Gatlin serves as the director of Employee Communications. Jimmy's daughter Stacey Hodges serves as General Manager of Jim Ellis Saab of Atlanta, Jim Ellis Maserati and Jim Ellis Mazda Atlanta. Jimmy's son Wes serves as the General Manager of Jim Ellis Hyundai. Jim's niece's son Chris Roper serves as Insurance Loss Control Administrator for all Corporations.
The responsibilities of these family members are clearly divided and many of the family members play an active role in the businesses. We now have three generations working every day in our family business. The fourth generation is coming up with six members ages one to six. They are young, but we are planning for them to have an opportunity to work with us too, when they complete their chosen education.
At this time, the details of succession are complete with the proper planning in place. Jimmy will succeed Jim as President and Chief Executive Officer when Jim retires. Stacey Hodges and Wes Ellis (third generation) are currently General Managers and are being groomed to become Vice Presidents and Chief Operating Officers when they are ready in few years. All family members have worked their way up in the organizations by working in all departments and learning the policies and procedures of the company.