You might not realize how close-knit our locations are as part of the French Gerleman family. Our Columbia, MO, branch is located in a city with attractions such as the University of Missouri and The District with unique restaurants and shops as well as many great annual festivals.
The Columbia branch features 17 full time employees who cover 27 mid-Missouri counties from Highway 65 to the west, Highway 19 to the east, south to Rolla and north almost to Iowa. But what sets our Columbia branch apart is its talented and giving team members.
“When we have customers to take care of, we rally the team together. Everyone wears a lot of hats, and we make sure to help each other out and keep the customers’ best interests in mind,” said Mike Lincoln, Columbia Branch Manager. “We train our employees for several roles so they can step up when another team member needs assistance. By being a close-knit team, we are well equipped to serve our customers in a quick and efficient manner.”
The Columbia team is very close, and they are rabid supporters of each other’s children and families, jumping at the opportunity to support each other. If there is a crisis in the area, the French Gerleman team bands together to help out in any way they can. They are also very involved in the community, from hosting Red Cross blood drives at their branch to working with Welcome Home, Inc. to support veterans.
Speaking of veterans, Mary Brown, a French Gerleman employee, has a son who is currently active duty in Iraq. Kyle DePriest is a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He is a Bradley Master Gunner who is stationed out of Fort Riley, KS, but is currently on a nine month deployment. The Columbia branch joined together to collect items to send overseas to the military. To see the team jump at the opportunity to support Mary’s family and the military is simply heartwarming. If you’re interested in donating items to be sent overseas, simply email Mary at email@example.com or call her at 573-886-3025.
“The entire Columbia office rallies together to support each other’s families,” said Mary Brown. “Whether someone’s child has a fundraiser for school, supporting a charity, or the way the team has stepped up to gather donations to send to Iraq, we always know we can count on our supportive and outstanding team.”
The branch is located at 1815 Vandiver Drive in Columbia and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our phone numbers are 573-474-4194 or 800-283-3122 (toll-free). If you need a part or technical support outside of normal business hours, you can access our emergency service line by calling either of our phone numbers.