We Hire Military People

November 12, 2012

This past weekend was Veterans Day, and it got us to thinking about how much we appreciate those who have served (and currently serve!). We take great pride in hiring military personnel and veterans. As a matter of fact, we make it a point to hire military. If you ask us, they come better trained and they make up some of our best and most loyal.

We’d like to introduce you to some of Ed Schmidt’s active military and veteran employees.

Matt Cunningham

Matt Cunningham is a Technical Sergeant (E-6). He has served for 15 years in the United States Air Force, and he is still active.

Matt has served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Matt is a Flight Equipment Craftsman. This means he takes care of the pilots and any gear they use in flight or in the event of an unfortunate flight emergency.

Matt is a Used Car Sales Consultant for Ed Schmidt, and he is one of our top producers. Aim high, Matt!

Mike Wheating

Mike Wheating is a Staff Sergeant. He has served for 9 years in the United States Army Reserve, and he is still active.

Mike has served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mike is a Heavy Equipment Operator with the 961st Engineering Company. He mobilizes the equipment, repairs the equipment, and supervises his staff.

Mike is our Creative Services Manager. He shoots the photos and videos of the vehicles for the internet, assists with social media, and provides us with creative direction. Semper Promptus, Mike!

Derek Aldridge

Derek Aldridge was a Sergeant. He served 4 years active (and 4 years reserve duty) in the United States Marine Corps. He has been honorably discharged from his services.

While in the Marines, he served in New Orleans, and he even helped rebuild following Hurricane Katrina and move their help desk operations to Texas. Derek’s job was working as IT support for all of the reserve units.

Derek is our IT Director. He is among the best and brightest, and he has helped Ed Schmidt become incredibly efficient and technologically advanced. Semper Fi, Derek!

Rocky Rochte

Rocky was a Sergeant. He served 10 years in the United States Army. Rocky has been honorably discharged from his services.

While in the Army, Rocky’s job was Personnel Management. Rocky spent four years on tour in Korea. He also traveled up and down the East Coast servicing the ROTC headquarters.

Rocky is a Used Car Sales Consultant for the dealership, and he is one of our top producers. Be all that you can be, Rocky!

Jerry Lenning

Jerry was a Sergeant. He served four years in the United States Air Force. Jerry has been honorably discharged from his services.

While in the Air Force, Jerry worked in Aircraft Maintenance. Jerry was in the Vietnam War.

Jerry fell in love with all things maintenance while serving; and as a result of his service, he is one of our most highly skilled Body Shop Estimators. Aim high, Jerry!

Grey Barkhau

Grey is a Staff Sergeant (E-6). He is currently active with the Ohio Army National Guard, and has been serving our country since 2001.

Grey’s currently working in the Army Guard in Air Defense Artillery and also as an Automated Logistical Specialist. He is responsible for supervising a staff. Grey has been on two tours with Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Grey works for Ed Schmidt as a Detailer for the Ed Schmidt Wreck Center. Grey is new to the dealership, and we are so happy to have him! His work is impeccable. We are always ready, always there with Grey!


We just cannot thank these fine men enough for their service to our country.

We want to thank all of the current men and women serving, and we’d like to thank all of this nation’s veterans. We understand that we are here because of the sacrifices you’ve made.


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