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Congratulations and Best Wishes to Keith George

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Keith George

Posted on 04 November 2014 by admin

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Keith George, Ron Tonkin Honda Parts Manager, who retired on October 31st after 28 years of service to our company.  Brad Tonkin hired Keith personally when he was the G.M. of the Honda store. Keith was a quiet leader, who was instrumental in the success of the dealership’s Fixed Operations as well as the sale of Honda Parts through Tonkin Parts Center. Keith was well respected not only at the dealership, but through the entire Tonkin organization and American Honda. Keith is pictured here with his wife, Lynn, and current Honda General Manager, Brent Behboodi. We wish Keith well in his new chapter.

 

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Tonkin & United Way – Partnering for Over 30 Years

Tonkin & United Way – Partnering for Over 30 Years

Posted on 24 October 2014 by admin

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Hillsboro Hops will play ball at newly minted Ron Tonkin Field

Hillsboro Hops will play ball at newly minted Ron Tonkin Field

Posted on 15 May 2014 by admin

Digital Managing Editor- Portland Business Journal

The home of the Hillsboro Hops will be called Ron Tonkin Field, in memory of the Tonkin family’s patriarch. The Tonkins have operated dealerships in the Portland area for decades.

Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey made the announcement at a press conference today at the park, which has hosted the Hops Single-A team since the beginning of the 2013 season.

The deal is worth $1.5 million over 10 years.

“We’re very proud of our ballpark and excited to have the Tonkin family become part of our family,” said Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey.

Tonkin’s sons Brad and Ed said baseball has been a critical part of their family.

“My family’s love of baseball was influenced by our dad,” said Ed Tonkin. “He loved baseball and often spoke of growing up watching baseball as a kid on Vaughan Street. The thought of losing the Portland Beavers and losing baseball in Portland in the early 80’s troubled him so much he got a group together to buy the Beavers to keep baseball in our city.

“Naming this field in his honor is really a tribute to him and to all of the great times our family shared at the ballpark. My hope is that generations of area families can continue to keep catching fly balls, eating too many hot dogs and making wonderful family memories like we did.”

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U.S. Car Buyers Are `Getting Healthier,’ Tonkin Says

U.S. Car Buyers Are `Getting Healthier,’ Tonkin Says

Posted on 05 December 2012 by admin

Dec. 4 (Bloomberg) — Ed Tonkin, Portland, Oregon-based former chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, talks about the outlook for the U.S. auto industry. Honda Motor Co.’s record November U.S. sales paced the best month for industrywide deliveries in almost five years as buyers returned to showrooms that were disrupted by Hurricane Sandy a month earlier. Tonkin speaks with Susan Li on Bloomberg Television’s “First Up.” (Source: Bloomberg)

 

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LRS Architects designs Ron Tonkin Toyota and Mazda building

LRS Architects designs Ron Tonkin Toyota and Mazda building

Posted on 11 April 2012 by admin

LRS Architects designs Ron Tonkin Toyota and Mazda building

Ron Tonkin Toyota and Mazda

Rendering courtesy of LRS Architects

POSTED: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 01:56 PM PT
BY: Reed Jackson
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With the economy improving slowly, many metro-area auto dealerships are turning to LRS Architects for facility remodels; in fact, the firm is presently designing 11. One is a $5.6 million project for the Ron Tonkin Toyota and Mazda building in Southeast Portland.

Danny Drake, project manager at LRS, said the building presents a unique set of challenges because it will accommodate more than one car manufacturer.

“The challenge is working with the owners and balancing the way they work their businesses with the manufacturers and what they want to see with their brand,” he said. “Mazda is a little more open and edgy, while Toyota wants a more relaxed experience.”

For the “edgy” aesthetic, Drake said the firm gave the Mazda half of the 66,000-square-foot facility bright colors and more metal on finishes. He said the Toyota half will have more traditional finishes and a sweeping portal wall to invite and direct customers into the sale or service areas.

Both franchises will be reconfigured to provide an open interior that connects the sales and services area. All the finishes in the building – including the accent ceilings, metal panels and the floor tile – will be replaced.

“The economy is picking up and there are better demands for certain models, so the owners want to provide the customers with a better experience,” Drake said.

Outside of the building, the existing canopy will be replaced, a new portal entry to the Toyota side will be installed and a two-story jewel box display for Mazda’s side will be added. To meet city design requirements, the streetscape area in front of the building is designed to be more pedestrian and biker friendly, with wider sidewalks and more trees. Stormwater infiltration planters will be used throughout the property to lessen the impact on the city’s systems, and the floors of the showrooms will be made of 95 percent recyclable material.

The project is in phase one of construction and is expected to finish late this year.

“On the Boards” is a weekly feature that spotlights local firms’ best design work. Submissions from architectural and engineering firms are encouraged. Please call 503-802-7240 or email ontheboards@djcOregon.com.

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Oregon’s First Nissan Leaf Delivery

Oregon’s First Nissan Leaf Delivery

Posted on 24 February 2012 by admin

10 years ago, John decided he wouldn’t buy another car until he could buy an electric car. He recently became the first person in Oregon to own a Nissan LEAF.

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The country’s oldest continuously operating Ferrari dealer tells his story. By Chris Roush – Ferrari Market Letter

The country’s oldest continuously operating Ferrari dealer tells his story. By Chris Roush – Ferrari Market Letter

Posted on 16 January 2012 by admin

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Tonkin Wilsonville Nissan #1 Volume Dealer in Northwest

Tonkin Wilsonville Nissan #1 Volume Dealer in Northwest

Posted on 16 January 2012 by admin

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Tammy Hernandez and Patrick Spencer discuss the all new 2012 Honda Civic on AM Northwest

Tammy Hernandez and Patrick Spencer discuss the all new 2012 Honda Civic on AM Northwest

Posted on 27 December 2011 by admin

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Japanese Consulate reception – December 1, Portland, OR

Japanese Consulate reception – December 1, Portland, OR

Posted on 05 December 2011 by admin

The Nissan LEAF was center-stage in a display of Japanese Electric Vehicles that captured the attention and imagination of approximately 300 V.I.P. guests in Oregon’s political, business, high-tech, clean-tech and — of course — Japanese-American communities during a recent Japanese Consulate event.  As part of their remarks, the electric vehicle display was praised from the podium by Consul General Okabe, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber and Portland Mayor Adams.

 

Joel Fowler, from Tonkin Wilsonville Nissan, brought a beautifully detailed Nissan LEAF to the event.  Joel answered questions from dozens of individuals.

 

Below are a few photos from the event.

 


Wilsonville Nissan is the highest rated Portland Nissan dealership serving customers all over the Portland metro area with New Nissan sales.

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