Business: Gaynor’s Automotive adds DeLano Morgan to its management team

Long-time area resident to fill dual role as community relations manager and fleet services director

VANCOUVER — For the past 34 years, Gaynor’s Automotive has shown a commitment to the Clark County community. Now, the area’s automotive repair leader has enhanced that commitment with the addition of DeLano Morgan to its management team.

Business: Gaynor’s Automotive adds DeLano Morgan to its management team
DeLano Morgan

Morgan will fill a dual role with Gaynor’s Automotive, filling the positions of community relations manager and fleet services director.

“His job is to represent Gaynor’s Automotive out in the community,’’ said Gaynor’s Automotive General Manager Tommy Gaynor. “This community has given a lot to us so we see the importance of giving back. His background has been in relationship management. He will be at any of the charitable events we are involved in and he will also represent us at The Rotary Club of Vancouver, the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and be our point of contact for all of our commercial customers.’’

Gaynor created the role Morgan will now fill with Gaynor’s Automotive, which has served Clark County residents since Tom and Holly Gaynor founded the business in 1986.

“We didn’t have someone doing it,’’ Tommy Gaynor said. “It was one of those jobs that haphazardly just got done when I had time or when someone else had time. We felt we needed to put a real focus on having someone who was out representing our company in the community and also to be a singular point of contact for our commercial fleet customers.’’

Gaynor explained that the needs of a commercial fleet customer can be different to that of traditional customers. Gaynor’s Automotive provides fleet services to some of the top companies in the area including Comcast, Charter Communications, AT&T and PeaceHealth Southwest.

“When we hear from one of our commercial fleet customers, they’re usually in a little more of a critical situation so it’s important to have one guy who can quarterback all that,’’ Gaynor said.

Morgan graduated from California State Bakersfield with a Business Management degree. He has worked in Clark County as a branch manager for Employers Overload, as the director of employment programs for Innovative Services NW and as business development manager for Barrett Business Services before joining Gaynor’s Automotive.

Morgan has also served the community as a member of the Foundation Board for the Rotary Club of Vancouver, a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Southwest Washington, and as a member of the Executive Board of the Festival of Trees. He was named the Rookie Rotarian of the Year with the Rotary Club of Vancouver in 2008.

“I joined the Gaynor’s Automotive team because of Tommy, and the rich tradition and family culture the Gaynors have cultivated over 34 years in this community,’’ Morgan said. “Their value proposition — honesty, quality, and commitment to doing what is right at all times — was very appealing to me.’’

Morgan said he understands the importance of giving back to the Clark County community.

“If you truly take care of people, they will take care of you,’’ he said. “I personally want to enhance the footprint of Gaynor’s Automotive to both the business and residential communities in all applicable areas, while continuing to foster long-term partnerships/relationships for the benefit of all in the automotive service and maintenance industry. Accomplishing record numbers in our fleet department, while cultivating a positive winning culture of success is my ultimate goal with the team at Gaynor’s Automotive.

Tommy Gaynor is confident that Morgan will continue to be an integral member of the Clark County community.

“It just came down to him,’’ Gaynor said of his decision to create the position for Morgan. “I’m a firm believer that people buy from people they like and I’ve never met a person who doesn’t like DeLano. When he comes into a room, he lights up the room. His laugh and his smile are infectious. Everybody likes him, but along with that he’s a very detail-oriented person. He has situational awareness. He has the ability to understand other people’s needs without somebody beating that into him. Because of all of those traits, he is very respected in the community.’’

Morgan can be reached via email at d@gaynors.com.

To schedule an appointment, or for more information, including phone numbers and addresses of the five Gaynor’s Automotive locations in Clark County, visit www.gaynors.com.

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