What’s the Wait Time at the DMV? Find Out!

New DMV Mobile App for Connecticut Drivers

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from http://www.ct.gov/dmv/

Want to know how long the wait is at the CT DMV? Now you can find out with the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles‘ new mobile app.

The new application, CT DMV Mobile app, is meant to give Connecticut drivers more access to the DMV information they need most: DMV branch locations, AAA offices, service listings, and wait times. There’s also info on the app to help prepare teen drivers (and their parents) for taking the learner’s permit test. It’s providing over 60 actual test questions and answers and a prep quiz for parents.

DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey said in a press release,“This is another in our steps for making DMV easy to use. Now people can find essential information – offices and locations and wait times – while on the go with their phones or tablets. And for those needing to take the written test, we offer easy access to real test questions so they are prepared.”

The free download can be gotten from iTunesGoogle Play, or the DMV website.

Matthew Hoffman Joined Panel at HBJ Connecticut Family Business Awards 2014


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On Thursday, October 9, 2014, The Connecticut Family Business Awards 2014 celebrated 31 finalists for their outstanding achievements. All of the finalists were nominated as a result of their expansions, growth in the market, and major projects fulfilled. Hoffman Auto Group was proud to be nominated and win in 2013 so it was with great pleasure Matthew Hoffman, Vice President, accepted the invitation to participate in the panel discussion this year. Joining Matthew on the panel were Adam Schwartz of S&S Worldwide and Paul Cordilico from Capitol Transmission & Auto Care, all young leaders of multigenerational companies. The panelists were asked to provide their insights regarding challenges and opportunities they see for the next generation.

Recognizing challenges are opportunities for growth, learning and improvement, Matthew emphasized the importance of having a grasp on the ever-changing landscape of technology, social media and online presence, which impacts businesses at every level. Reflecting back to his early years with Hoffman Auto Group as a service lot attendant, parts truck driver, and sales person, Matthew discussed the value of understanding every role within your company. He worked his way through various positions and is grateful for the exposure to varied roles as it provides opportunity for more meaningful connection with employees as well pioneer changes to continually improve productivity. He went on to discuss the importance of having the right people in the right jobs. By training dedicated employees and providing growth opportunities for their career it improves retention of your highly valued members of the team.

Adam Schwartz emphasized the importance of continually educating yourself. He recommended staying immersed in your industry as well as thinking like an owner as you approach every day. Both Adam and Paul Cordilico acknowledged the importance of humility and seeking a connection with mentors outside of the company. There is value to be gained through solid business expertise coming from a different perspective, providing insights and advice as you continue in your leadership role.

IMG_8758The final topic presented thoughts on philosophies of the new generation. Both Matthew and Adam noted the importance of an aggressive stance in the marketplace and staying abreast of technological and internet advances. The new culture has witnessed a steady increase and reliance on the internet so it is critical to stay ahead of the curve. Matthew Hoffman’s final remarks highlighted a timeless and honorable perspective he first learned from his grandfather, Burton C. Hoffman, and echoed by his father, Jeffrey S. Hoffman, relating to conducting business … It is through “hard work, perseverance, integrity and honesty” as well as a commitment to the community around us that we achieve success.
Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists of the 2014 Connecticut Family Business Awards. To learn more about the finalists and see event photos please visit www.hartfordbusiness.com

 

Tailgating Gadgets: Make Your Next Pre-Game Celebration a Touchdown

Football season is officially here, which means lots of you out there are probably gearing up for some tailgating sessions in your very near future. Are we right?

Though the tradition of tailgating at sporting events is nothing new, it has over the years developed into quite a phenomenon – and is now more a part of American culture than ever. Over time, this sports pre-game celebration has morphed into an affair that includes barbecuing, friendship-making, beverage-swigging, game-playing, recipe-exchanging, music-playing, and lots of merrymaking!

To get the art of tailgating just right, (yes, it’s an art according to the American Tailgater’s Association), you need to plan and pack accordingly. Before you hop in the car to watch your favorite team toss the pigskin this season, be sure to pack these awesome tailgating gadgets.

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Grill to Perfection

It wouldn’t be a tailgate without your favorite grilled delicacies cooked to perfection on the barbecue. The iGrill² is an advanced Bluetooth Smart grilling thermometer that lets you know from your mobile device when your food is ready by connecting to the iDevices® Connected App. It includes two heavy-duty meat probes, measuring between -22°F and 572°F, designed for extreme grilling and smoking. Leave the probe in the meat while it cooks, and the iGrill²  will summon you back from your tailgating activities when it’s ready!

 

ION Tailgater

Tune In or Sing Your Heart Out

Whether you want to set the stone for your group with some festive music or you want to keep tabs on the game, the ION Tailgator AM/FM Portable Speaker System with 30-pin iPod dock has you covered. Plug in your iPhone or Ipod playlist or tune in your favorite sports radio station.

 

 

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Take a Load Off

Relax in these dual tailgater’s hammocks, which set up on a trailer hitch. The 600-denier polyester hammock chairs have hanging footrests, so tailgaters can kick back and recline in comfort. What’s more, they store easily for portability and transportation.

 

 

 

Backpack-Cooler-ChairKeep Everything Conveniently Accessible

This multi-functional backpack cooler chair is the perfect addition to your next tailgating event. The chair features a cooler that attaches to the left armrest and has high-density closed cell foam insulation that will keep either 24 12-oz drinks or 35 lbs worth of food cold for hours. It also includes a side table  that folds out from the right armrest and has an integrated cup holder and a two-tiered under mounted canvas shelf that provides convenient storage for reading material and snacks. The chair and cooler can be conveinently transported as a backpack.

 

blacktop 360Barbecue on the Go

Get on your way to barbecuing bliss with the Blacktop 360 Premium Party Hub Grill. It’s got everything you need to get your grill on; cook burgers, hot dogs, and fries all in one place with this combination deep fryer, grill, griddle, and warming plate set-up. Featuring a cutting board, 452 square inches of porcelain-coated cooking space, and 24,000 BTU’s total cooking power!

 

go plateEat While You Play

We know you don’t want to miss out on a moment of tailgating fun. The handy go-plate lets you enjoy your food and drink, while keeping one hand free to play some corn hole. Just slide the plate over your can, bottle, or plastic cup, load up your plate, and you’re good to go!

 

 

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For those times you want to tailgate but don’t have tickets to the game, you need the Hitch’N’View. Weighing in at just 14 lbs for convenient transportation, it securely attaches to your vehicle for your game-viewing pleasure. Watching your favorite team has never been easier – they’re practically within arm’s reach!

 

 

 

 

We hope this gives you some ideas for how to kick this seasons’ tailgating up a notch! As always, Hoffman Auto Group reminds you to drive safely and responsibly. That means never drink and drive!

Enjoy!

 

 

In Loving Memory – Joseph C. Borawski

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Joseph C. Borawski * 1953 – 2014

The entire Hoffman Auto Group family is saddened to announce the passing of Joseph Borawski, a beloved long-time employee and friend who served as a technician for Hoffman Porsche. Joe dedicated 33 years to serving Hoffman customers as a courteous and genuine professional. Joe was taken from us unexpectedly and much too soon on September 3rd. He was a loving husband, beloved friend and dedicated coworker. He was passionate about his work and was particularly fond of the air-cooled Porsche. Joe was an avid fan of the UConn Huskies basketball and football teams as well as the New England Patriots. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Joseph’s funeral service will be held Sunday, September 7 at 4 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, preceded by calling hours from 2 to 4 p.m. at Newington Memorial.

Memorial donations may be made to Protectors of Animals, 144 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06118.

To share a memory with Joseph’s family, please visit www.newingtonmemorial.com.

Hoffman Audi East Hartford’s New Robot Featured on Fox61

MU9A0005Jim Altman, from FoxCT news, visited Hoffman Audi East Hartford on Tuesday, August 26 to see ART in action. Take a look at the Fox61 news story here.

We recently introduced you to our new “employee” named ART (Audi Robotic Telepresence). Our state of the art technology provides instant access to Audi engineers when the occasion arises that needs additional troubleshooting. You can see our recent post about ART here.