Colleen Goebel has found her ‘blue skies’ at America’s Car-Mart.
A Disney fanatic, Colleen loves the ‘blue sky’ endings of Disney movies. As the Manager in Clarksville, Ark., she’s discovered that heavenly feeling in her work and with her team.
“The [Disney] characters and the movies always have a happy ending,” Colleen smiles. “It’s always rough in the middle, but blue skies in the end.”
Indeed, it was a ‘blue sky’ day when her supervisor, Nathan Cowell, told her there was a position for her in Clarksville. Colleen was ecstatic. “I had been praying for Clarksville. The potential is so big, and I wanted to take it on and bring it to its full potential,” smiles Colleen.
“Here I am, doing what I’m supposed to and affecting the lives I’m supposed to affect. I can help my customers and associates and I have the opportunity to do that on a much higher level at Car-Mart,” she continues.
For Colleen, the sky’s the limit at Car-Mart.
“The reward you feel when you sell a customer a car when they’ve been told ‘no’ everywhere else. It’s so nice to see the smiles on their faces when they’re leaving with their vehicle. It’s great hearing their stories and realizing my stories are similar,” Colleen says. “It’s also fulfilling to see your staff work hard and be successful. And it’s satisfying to get a pat on the back and to work in a challenging position.”
From Pink Shoes to Blue Skies
At five foot two inches tall, Colleen used to be self-conscious about not being taken seriously. One day she wore her favorite pink, sparkly shoes to work at Car-Mart.
Her boss called her in and asked if the shoes made her look and feel professional.
It was a learning moment and profound memory for Colleen where she learned about the importance of appearances and professionalism. “My boss made the point that I have to present myself as professionally as possible. He was trying to show the way I carry myself is the way people will perceive me. Perception is reality,” says Colleen of her favorite Car-Mart memory (so far).
Colleen has grown both personally and professionally since working at Car-Mart. “I can carry myself in a way that is respected,” she says while adding that her pink shoes stay home in her closet.
In fact, Colleen believes Car-Mart is where she is meant to be.
In search of a company with Christian core values, Colleen discovered Car-Mart. After applying for a job and talking to someone in the human resources department, Colleen made a leap of faith and joined Car-Mart in the Manager in Training (MIT) program in Russellville, Ark., in July 2019. She was promoted to Assistant Manager in October 2019 and to Manager in Clarksville in November 2020.
While in the MIT program, she asked plenty of questions. “I tried to learn more than the person next to me. The more I know the more valuable I am,” says Colleen. She, also, met several members of the Car-Mart corporate staff and enjoyed their stories. “The vibe I got from upper management – I felt like this was where I was meant to be.”
And, now Colleen enjoys her role as Manager. “Being a manager is pretty great. Car-Mart has treated me so well. The company’s mission aligns with my Christian values and I can’t see myself working for any other company,” she says.
From Corn Detasseling and Pipefitting to Blue Skies
A corn detasseler in Nebraska and a welder’s helper all over the U.S., Colleen lived in 25 different states growing up. The corn detasseling job, her first job at age 13, was the most miserable job she’s ever had.
The bus picked her up at 5:30 a.m., she walked cornfields and pulled tassels all day and finally returned home at 6 p.m.
Then, as a young adult, she traveled the country with her dad as a welder’s helper on the pipeline and became a certified pipefitter. After seven years, she returned home to Arkansas where she worked at a nuclear plant.
“My childhood has developed me into a lot of who I am today,” says Colleen. “I saw lots of culture. I developed the ability to read people because I met many kinds of people.”
She’s thrilled to call Clarksville ‘home’ where she spends her non-working hours with her six-year-old daughter, Gemma. “We love crafting. I will draw a picture and Gemma will paint it,” says Colleen, while adding that Gemma is a spirit-filled prayer warrior. “I could not imagine my life without Gemma.”
From “Here I Am” to Blue Skies
“Here I Am” is Colleen’s go-to phrase (from Isaiah 6:8). “Whatever I need to do, wherever the Lord sends me, here I am to do it and I want to do it to the best of my ability and show joy to others. My goal is to make a change in people’s lives. Where I am needed is where I’ll be,” concludes Colleen, who, as a devout Christian, starts her days with the workers’ prayer.
And so here Colleen is – in Clarksville – living out her blue skies.
If you’re looking for a new ride, check out America’s Car-Mart of Clarksville. Colleen and her team are ready to help get you into a quality, used vehicle.