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Meet Ted Baker

February 5, 2019

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A cursory glance at Ted Baker’s Facebook page, and it is easy to get a sense of what is important to him. Football, family and faith seem to dominate the posts, with a healthy dose of Lexus news permeating his world. A member of the Jim Hudson Augusta team for less than a year, Ted has integrated easily into our culture, and not just because he is a UGA Bulldog fan. In his role as Delivery Specialist, Ted guides guests through the technology in their vehicles, introducing them to the new features so that they can feel more at ease. His calm demeanor and accessible intelligence are the perfect attributes for the job. At our dealership, Ted has found a company in sync with his moral compass. Jim Hudson Lexus is an automotive dealership with a focus on doing business with the highest level of integrity, and empowers team members like Ted to approach their work with a passion for being honorable. Ted appreciates those values, and looks forward to the opportunities to grow his career within that positive environment. He says that he is a fit because the job requires “patience, motivation to learn new things, and a servant’s heart.”

 

We first met Ted through another member of our Lexus family, Colby McKnight, who has known him for years and vouches for his work ethic. “Ted is driven to succeed,” Colby explains. “He is willing to take on additional responsibility and wants to do all he can to ensure a superb guest experience.” Ted became intrigued about the dealership after observing Colby’s journey in a company that believes in promoting from within. Prior to his transition to the car business, Ted spent some time at Augusta Tech and in property management. An Augusta native and graduate of Curtis Baptist, he and his wife Mary Elizabeth have 3 dogs, and enjoy fixing up their home with antiques, memorabilia and furniture Ted repurposes from quality wood found during their travels. When not at work, Ted can sometimes be found at the Pine Ridge or The River Country Clubs, pursuing his love of golf and the outdoors, or watching SEC football.

 

Which brings me back to Ted’s Facebook page. To me, the post that sums up who Ted is as a person is an interview with Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney. Following an impressive year for the team, the Coach explains that in addition to the persistence of hard work, the triumph of the team is ultimately all a result of the “grace of the good Lord…to allow us to experience” the blessing of success. “For me personally, joy comes from focusing on Jesus, others and yourself,” says Swinney, who is known for taking any opportunity to share his faith with others. Ted is likewise passionate about living true to his values, and there is little doubt that he will be vigilant in his pursuit of honoring his faith and family. We are proud to have him on our team and look forward to watching his career blossom at Jim Hudson Lexus.

 

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