Guest blog: Growing your company and corporate culture

Blog post by Korey Neal

Korey Neal serves as President of K. Neal Truck & Bus Center (K. Neal). K. Neal is a full–service commercial truck dealership representing International, Hino, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, IC Bus, and Cummins. The 110 million dollar and family-owned dealership operates from four locations in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Additionally, Neal is owner-operator of NAPA Automotive Parts of Greater Washington, a leading automotive parts and accessories distributor located right outside of Washington, D.C.

 

It is a busy and exciting time at K. Neal Truck and Bus Center. We’re currently undergoing major transformations, from the expansion of our service centers to the grand opening to our new headquarters at 5000 Tuxedo Road in Hyattsville, MD.

My father, Stephen Neal, purchased this dealership in 2006, more than doubling the revenue during his tenure. Since I was appointed president two years ago, I have continued to build upon our legacy to serve the customer, to serve the associate and to reinvest back into the community. On August 1st, we are opening our new state-of-the-art headquarters. The new facility allows us the opportunity to better serve our customers and to expand our footprint in the region. As part of the next step in our evolution, we are looking to be a thought leader in the commercial truck and bus industry in regard to productivity, safety and serviceability. We utilize a federal-state-county initiative on workforce services which allows a second chance to re-entry citizens.

Our passion to care for our associates is fundamental to our corporate culture. We offer a free boot camp with one of D.C.’s premier trainers, mental health first aid certifications, financial literacy classes and professional coaching to encourage employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle. In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, we provide a free on-site mobile health clinic. To boost team morale, we encourage our employees to be active through social sports leagues, in partnership with DC Fray. Most recently, K. Neal was recognized at Inspire MD as a finalist for the Innovative Wellness Award.

Growth happens in a healthy company. At K. Neal, we adopt the approach that when employees are healthy—physically, financially, mentally and emotionally—they will be happier and better equipped to not only take care of the customer, but actively contribute to the community.

When considering expansion and growth, it is imperative to think bigger than oneself. My responsibility extends to my customers, many of whom are small business owners and entrepreneurs in the Greater Washington region, as well as to my employees and their families. My advice to any leader looking to grow is to stay true to your mission statement. Your purpose can help guide you through the greatest challenges. In order to successfully lead my organization towards growth and expansion, I recognize the importance of mentors for myself and for my management team. It is important for leaders to be humble enough to ask questions and smart enough to listen.


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