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Staff Spotlight: Adam Hartenstein

Adam Hartenstein

What is your job title?

I am the Fleet & Commercial Manager for Fremont Chevrolet Buick GMC in Riverton.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born in York, PA and raised in New Freedom, PA (a small town in South Central Pennsylvania along the Mason-Dixon Line)

How long have you worked in the Auto Industry?

I’ve worked in the Auto Industry for about six years now.  All with Fremont.

How would you describe your day job to a child?

My kids call them “Daddy Trucks”…so I would tell a child that I sell “Daddy Trucks” to people that need them for their work.  And I do lots of paperwork!

What is your favorite part of the job?

I think developing a partnership with the customers is the most rewarding part.  Being in Fleet Sales, most customers purchase based on needs, and not wants.  Most vehicles are tools for them, and they need those tools to generate profits for their business.  I like that I work closely with them to supply these tools and help their business operate more smoothly.  It’s all about finding the right tool for the job at hand. 

Biggest achievement?

I’m going to say my wife and I moving to Wyoming basically on a whim.  We didn’t know anyone.  We didn’t have a place to live.  I didn’t have a job lined up.  Heck, I’d never even been to Lander before.  But, we made it here and through hard work mixed with a lot of luck…we made it work.  It’s taken us a while to get to this point, but I’d say we’ve thrived here.  We’ve raised a family and put down solid roots here all on our own.  We both have good careers.  We’ve met lots of wonderful people.  I think a lot of people are too afraid to take a chance like we did.  It’s something that I’ll look back on with pride later in life.

Growing up as a child, what did you want your career to be?

Growing up, I always thought I would become a pilot or join the military.  Turns out, neither of those career paths were in the cards for me.  I am ok with not becoming a pilot, but I do regret not serving in the military.

When you aren’t working, what are you doing?

Most of my time away from work is spent with my wife chasing our two kids around.  That’s where the bulk of my free time goes.  We like to take the kids camping in the Winds whenever we have a free weekend.  I’m big into the outdoors.  How can you live in a place like Wyoming and not be into the outdoors?  So, hunting, fishing, shooting sports, ATV riding are high up on my list of free-time activities.  Just to name a few.  I also enjoy collecting vintage military firearms, mainly service rifles.  

What kind of music do you like?

Man, I am all over the board with music.  I’m kind of an “Old Head” when it comes to music.  Growing up, I listened to a lot of classic rock and modern rock and roll for that time.  Then, I got into older Outlaw Country.  Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of classic Hip-Hop from the late 80’s and 90’s.  Just for something new and different to listen to.

What is your favorite food?

Elk backstrap cooked to rare on the grill or a campfire is tough to beat.

What is your favorite Color?

My wife would say Sitka Open Country camo!  Aside from camo, I’d have to say blue…looking through my closet there are a lot of blue shirts and ties.

Favorite movie line?

Oh man, I’m not much on reciting movies, but I’d have to say “You sure are cocky, for a starvin’ pilgrim” from Jeremiah Johnson. I use it often with my hunting and fishing buddies.

Given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?

I never had the chance to meet my paternal grandfather.  He passed away long before I was born.  Family members and others who knew him always spoke very highly of him.  I suppose I’d like to be him for a day, simply for the reason that I’d like to get to know him a little.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Adam Hartenstein.My wife and I were hiking the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania before we moved to Wyoming.  While on the rim trail, I lost my footing and fell about 300 feet down into the canyon.  My wife called 911 and Search and Rescue responded to the scene.  They repelled down to me and got me out of there.  Once safely on top of the rim again, one of the First Responders said to me that they thought for sure they were responding to a recovery, not a rescue.  Meaning, they didn’t think I could have survived.  I’m not sure who or what was looking over me that day, but I walked away with only bumps and bruises and a large gash on my forehead from falling through a tree on the way down

 

What was your first car? 

Haha!  My first car was a 1987 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight station wagon handed down by my parents.  Brown with wood paneling on the sides.  My buddies and I called it the “Wu-Train”.  We could fit 9 of us plus a keg of beer comfortably in that thing!

If money was no object, what vehicle would you own?

Tough to say here, as there are several.  Definitely a street rod or an old muscle car.  I have to say a steel body Willys Coupe or a ’67 Chevelle SS.  Maybe a ’63 split-window Vette.  I’ve always had a thing for those cars.

 

Want to chat with Adam Hartenstein or find out about a Chevrolet or GMC Fleet Truck(s) give him a call at the office on  307-857-9533, Cell 307-203-7494 or email ahartenstein@fremontmotors.com

 

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Lauren has been working in the automotive industry both in the U.K and in the U.S. for over 10 years. A car geek, photographer, big game chaser and bagpipe player, powered by coffee. Send your questions to:

lauren@trustedautopros.com

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