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Service Manager Lets Nothing Get in His Way

Two changes came into David Schmidt’s life in 2006. The first was being hired as the client services manager at BMW of Bridgeport . The second was being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

“I don’t let anything get in the way of my daily activities or duties,” Schmidt says while taking a break at the dealership. The family man chuckles as he notes the gray skies and how that might give him a brief reprieve from getting his daughters to their softball games.

True to his word, Schmidt has not illness hamper his dedication to quality service. As part of the team, he makes a point to give his all and it has paid off. BMW of Bridgeport is the only dealership in New England to win the Center of Excellence award. BMW gives the honor to only the top 2 percent of dealerships in the nation.

Getting the award required everyone at the dealership to be at the top of his or her game, and Schmidt was no exception. He says everyone at the dealership and on the service department team knows what their goals are and what they need to do to accomplish them. They work like the well-oiled machines they service to get it done, no matter what.

“Everybody has their own personal battles,” Schmidt says. “I just like to push my issues aside and move ahead to the best of my abilities.”

Schmidt pushed his issue aside recently to participate in a walkathon in Cheshire to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. His family raised $1,500 for the cause. His wife, Kelly, manned a water and aid station with her Girl Scout troop 60099. He said now that he has participated in one, the family won’t let him back out of future ones. “My wife and two children, Hailee and Kailynn, are absolutely without a doubt the factors that keeps me pushing ahead,” Schmidt says.

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