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The management team on pancake breakfast duty

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Honda of Danbury

Danbury, Conn.

#39 100 List Ranking

General manager

James Whitlock

Full-time employees

77

2016 new-vehicle sales

1,519, down 1.4%

2016 used-vehicle sales

935, up 2.7%

Whitlock on showing employees they are valued

"Honda of Danbury provides employees with the tools to succeed. They are recognized at monthly meetings and receive service tenure awards and performance bonuses. We also have employee appreciation events such as a holiday party, Saturday lunches, ice cream socials, summer barbecues, go-karting, dinners and pancake breakfasts prepared, cooked and served by the management team."

Whitlock on keeping employees engaged

"We listen to [employees'] ideas and ask for their feedback. At weekly and monthly meetings, we discuss the state of the business by individual departments and the dealership as a whole."

Human Resources Manager Carole Fitzgerald on a successful healthy living program

"We provide employees with a wellness program, which includes biometric screenings, health coaching and a robust wellness portal to educate and assist them with a healthy lifestyle at no cost."

Fitzgerald on attracting employees

"We believe employee referrals are an effective way to recruit qualified, top-notch employees. We instituted an employee referral program with referral bonuses ranging from $500 to $1,000."

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