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The Miracle League of Connecticut

miracle league ctYou will never look at baseball the same again.

Baseball is considered the all American game, and nothing reveals the true character of the American spirit and kindness like the The Miracle League of Connecticut.

Hi, it’s Jill Merriam, Dealer For The People at Connecticut’s Key Hyundai, and I just have to tell you about this amazing group: the Miracle League. The Miracle League helps 5 to 18 year olds with physical or emotional challenges participate in baseball and other team sports in a safe, friendly, non-competitive manner. And it changes the lives and perspective of every spectator and fan lucky enough to take in a game!

Based at the UCONN West Hartford campus, I recently attended a Sunday baseball game, and frankly, it changed my life. Here’s my Nicer, Newer News video recapping the game of miracles:

As the Dealer For The People, I constantly am supporting local organizations doing great work. I love to help CT charities help grow healthy communities, and I hope you get to see the good work the Miracle League of Connecticut is doing first-hand.

Do you have a local organization that you love? Tell me all about it at jillcares@keycars.com, and hopefully I can share the good news with our Key Hyundai friends and family!

What to do when things get in your way


Sometimes when you think you’ve got it all figured out – in business, at school, or as a parent, or when trying to buy a car – an obstacle appears that blocks your path and stops you from getting where you need to be.

As Jill Merriam, the Dealer For The People at CT new and used car dealership Key Hyundai, I’ve faced plenty of obstacles. And my new and used car customers have as well: especially car customers that have bad or weak credit, and are working hard to own a car they will love to drive.

I love to share leadership, business, and automotive tips for success, especially when I know this will work for you!

When something gets in your way, here’s the best advice ever: SLOW DOWN!

Slowing down to succeed doesn’t seem to make sense, but in fact, it is quite possibly the fastest way to overcome obstacles!

Recently I read a terrific book that reinforced what my mom has always told me my entire life: when facing difficult situations, take a breath and just SLOW DOWN. Here’s my 2 minute Nicer, Newer News video on how slowing down can actually help you succeed and overcome obstacles – with a little shout out to Ryan Holiday‘s amazing book, The Obstacle is the Way, that reinforces what mom always said: just slow down a minute!

Have you ever faced a roadblock? What did you do about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts at jillcares@keycars.com!

Hyundai wins Greenest Automaker Award

Hyundai Green AwardBig news here in Hyundai land, and our Key Hyundai solution providers are proud of the national recognition from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), who rated the environmental performance of 2013 model-year vehicles from the eight largest carmakers selling in the United States and …. Hyundai won the Greenest Automaker award!

Hi, it’s Jill Merriam, Dealer For The People at Connecticut’s Key Hyundai, and I just have to tell you the news. Here’s the how and why Hyundai received this prestigious award:

While size, value, gas mileage, and style all are deciding factors when purchasing a vehicle, discovering the Hyundai is doing not only it’s best, but THE BEST at being environmentally responsible, well, that’s pretty big news.

What are the deciding factors when you buy a car? Does being green, or environmentally friendly or responsible matter to you? Write me at jillcares@keycars.com, or better yet, stop by and test drive one of our award winning Hyundais today!

Car price vs car payment

When you head out to go buy a new car, or are looking for a quality used car, how much do you understand about car payments?

Do you understand www.keycars.comhow car price translates into payment, or how your ideal car payment translates into a new or used car price?

You should. It’s perhaps the most important thing to know before you even walk onto a car room floor at Key Hyundai of Milford or Key Hyundai of Manchester, or any new or used car dealer in Connecticut. Or anywhere.

Doing the math is important to make sure you get a car you will love to drive and can afford to own. Here’s my experience as Dealer For The People in how to translate price into payment:

What this means is how much car can you afford, decided by how much monthly car payment you want to make, then find a car that best fits that price point. It’s important to know exactly what you want to pay, and how you’ll pay it. The solution provider (car salesperson) at Key Hyundai’s #1 responsibility is to find a car that fits your needs and payment plan.

If you have any questions about price vs payment write me at jillcares@keycars.com, or better yet, stop by and talk to a solution provider in person!

How Jill Merriam Became the Dealer For The People

http://keycars.com/From financial expert to Dealer For The People … the evolution of a Connecticut new and used car dealer, and amazing community advocate! Here’s how Jill Merriam came to be.

Did you know that Bill Gates personally inspired me, Jill Merriam, annoying radio commercial, to become the Dealer For The People?

It’s 100% true. 

Long before I became a well-known for my Dealer For The People radio advertising, I had a very successful career in investment banking and lived all over the world.

But it was when I worked with Bill Gates at Microsoft that I decided to return home, and proudly become a third generation automotive CT business owner.

Take a listen to my story:

Today Key Hyundai proudly employs nearly 100 Connecticut residents and provides thousands of satisfied customers with the automotive solutions they need. Everyday I am grateful for the opportunity to help my community grow. Thank you Connecticut for being a great place to live and work!

Did your career path take you on an unexpected journey? Or did you, like me, end up exactly where you always wanted to be? I’d love to hear all about it, write me at jillcares@keycars.com!