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Interested in a career with cars? She is a vice president and has held several jobs, all in the office. She says at first she was unsure of what to expect while working at a dealership, but as the years went on she knew she wanted to stay. “The integrity, the people and the organization as a whole – I have always loved working for the Hiller family,”

From left: Tommy Hiller, Jay Hiller, Susan Hiller, Rose Wiza, Sandra Kraft and Gary Kraft all played a role in Hiller Ford’s anniversary celebration. Anniversaries come and go, but Hiller Ford’s recent celebration in honor of its 63 years in business is one to remember. First, it coincided with the grand re-opening of the dealership at 6455 S.108th St., Franklin, after a major construction project. Second, it provided the opportunity for Hiller Ford to award the grand prize in its celebratory raffle: the use of a new 2017 Ford Mustang for one year. The prize went to Gary Kraft of Franklin. But perhaps best of all, the occasion also marked the 63rd anniversary of Rose Wiza’s employment at the dealership. Hiller Ford remains a family business. Ken Hiller started it in 1954 and his son, Jay, currently is president. A third generation of Hillers – Susan and Tommy – now work at the dealership, helping the business to thrive.“It has been a privilege to serve our fine customers,” says Jay Hiller. “We have been very fortunate to be a part of the great community we serve.”

The Hillers also appreciate Rose Wiza’s dedication through the years. she says. “And I’ve enjoyed working with customers who have become my friends.” Jay Hiller enthusiastically talks about what Rose has meant to the business.“Rose is the heart and soul of this organization. Her values are an inspiration to all of us every day,” he says. “She is always caring for the business and our customers. She comes to work each day smiling with a cheerful, upbeat personality. Rose is truly a pleasure to work with.”And, no, retirement isn’t on her radar. “I don’t think about it,” she says. “I just go day by day.” As for the Mustang, the prize is a one-year lease, with the dealership picking up all the monthly payments. “We invited customers and non-customers alike to register to win the use of a new Mustang convertible for one year,” says Hiller. Other prizes included Milwaukee Brewers tickets, Summerfest tickets, and footballs signed by Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. Rose Wiza picked the name and Susan Hiller handed over the keys to Gary and Sandra Kraft. Gary Kraft says he and his parents have bought cars at Hiller for years, and he recalls buying a car from Ken Hiller in 1976 after returning from service in Vietnam. The Krafts have always wanted to take a trip on Route 66, and now they will be able to do it in a Mustang convertible.

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