Austin Hill smiles behind the wheel of a newly sold Chevy in the car lot of Cook Chevrolet and Subaru. Hill, 21, started as a salesperson for the dealership in May. He and his wife recently celebrated their first anniversary.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

Austin Hill smiles behind the wheel of a newly sold Chevy in the car lot of Cook Chevrolet and Subaru. Hill, 21, started as a salesperson for the dealership in May. He and his wife recently celebrated their first anniversary.

‘Give God the glory’: Five minutes with Austin Hill, 21, salesperson at Cook Chevrolet and Subaru

Where is your hometown? “I was born in California, Calaveras County, but I’ve lived here since I was 9, so I consider Craig to be my hometown.”

When did you first move to Craig? “It was either 1999 or 2000. My mom met my stepdad around then, they tied the knot and we moved out here.”

Motto or outlook on life? “Follow God and give him the glory.”

When did you first get started in your job? “I started here May 15, so it’s only been a month-and-a-half. I’ve worked at Kum & Go, Kmart, City Market, MJK, just a lot of summer jobs around town. Then I got this opportunity for a career in sales, and I took it. When I was in high school, I was on the DECA team, and so I’m excited I get to use that training in real life.”

Favorite part of your job? “My favorite part is I don’t sell cars to strangers. Everybody who walks in the door is a member of the community and not just a stranger, they’re a friend or a neighbor or a friend of a friend.”

Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? “I like being able to pick a direction and drive, and find a campsite in 30 minutes where I’m not going to see anybody all day.”

Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “Ocean Pearl buffet, hands down. They take good care of me there, and they have the best wontons in town.”

Celebrity crush? “Jennifer Aniston. I know she’s like twice my age, but I always thought she was pretty.”

Dream vacation? “I’d like to go see the castles in Europe, in Germany. That, or I know my wife would pick anywhere with a beach.”

Nightmare vacation? “I wouldn’t want to live in a big city. I see what they have to offer as far as entertainment, but I’d lose my sense of direction, and I don’t like the highways and I might be able to visit, but I couldn’t live there.”

Song you could listen to 1,000 times? “There’s a song by Third Day, it’s a Christian band, called ‘Revelations.’ It’s a really cool song because they have a really deep singing voice.”

Pet peeve? “When someone pretends to listen to you but they don’t. I try not to do that, but I know everybody does it sometimes.”

Proudest accomplishment? “My marriage. I’m proud that I’ve got a wife and that she’s someone I can trust. We just celebrated our first anniversary. We met in high school, we were on the track team together, and we were friends. Once I graduated, we kind of separated for a while, then we started texting again and started hanging out, then we started dating, I became really close with her family and we just fell in love. I proposed June 25, and then we got married June 25 a year later.”

Most embarrassing moment? “I used to do the Truffle Shuffle (from “The Goonies”) in the cafeteria in Laramie (at University of Wyoming) to embarrass my friends. My wife, who was my fiancée at the time, had a roommate in college who was really embarrassed. The dining center there, one whole side is made of glass, and you have to walk by it to get to class. We were watching my wife’s roommate walk by and I ran by the other end of the windows, knocked on the glass and pulled up my shirt and did the Truffle Shuffle. It was so funny to see everyone on the sidewalk look at me, then look at her. She was a little mad at me, and she kicked me with a cowboy boot for that. I still have a scar.”

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