Member Spotlight: Dreams Changed for Malcolm Gage as Doors Opened for New Opportunities

Malcolm Gage Enrolled in Pre-Med Courses at SMU until a Part-Time Job Led Him Down a Different Road

Malcolm R. Gage Jr., current General Manager at Park Place Motorcars Arlington, never envisioned a career in the automotive industry. In fact, he was in a Pre-Med program at Southern Methodist University in 1997 when his college roommate suggested he could get Malcolm a job at a Lewisville Ford dealership during his college break.

“My friend thought my quick wit and personality would be a good fit,” recalled Gage. “Reluctantly, I took his advice, and they hired me the same day I interviewed. I fell in love with the job, and changed my focus to a career in the automotive industry. Now, 23 years later, I know it was the right decision.”

A Journey to Automotive

In 2005, Gage joined Park Place Dealerships as New Car Sales Manager at Park Place Motorcars Bedford, which is now located in Grapevine. Gage quickly rose up the ranks at Park Place, where he spent the past five years as New Car Sales Director at the Park Place Premier Collection in Dallas, representing luxury brands Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, and McLaren. He was recently named General Manager at Park Place Motorcars Arlington.

“The automotive business is unlike any other,” said Gage. “I’ve made some amazing contacts, and it’s given me opportunities I never could’ve imagined. Having the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art facilities with world-class brands, and interacting with professionals of the highest caliber, one cannot put a value on that. I consider myself blessed to have reached this point, but I credit a lot of mentors and managers that have supported me and given me guidance to reach this point.”

Rolls-Royce Sales Manager of the Year, Coach of the Year, and SMU Alum

Some of his greatest accomplishments are being named Coach of the Year from two different Park Place dealerships, and being part of teams that were recognized as Dealerships of the Year, both nationally and internationally. Gage was also named the first-ever Rolls-Royce Sales Manager of the Year by Rolls-Royce Motorcars North America.

“As leaders of this organization, we try to predict future trends based on metrics and the past,” explained Gage. “But there are so many external factors that can affect it at any moment. Hiring and retaining the best talent is a challenge, but we pride ourselves on our industry-leading retention rates. I think the biggest challenge is probably the pressure we put on ourselves to exceed expectations.”

Gage graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs and Corporate Communications, and he is still involved with the SMU Alumni Association. He is an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Lifetime Member, and he volunteers with Equality Texas, the Human Rights Campaign, the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and several other organizations.

“I’m involved with these organizations to give back to the Dallas/Fort Worth community that has given so much to me. Much of my success in this industry has been from networking and forming relationships with business and civic leaders in the area. I’ve always believed in dedicating time to serve others.”

Featured on the Food Network, Too!

Food Network fans may remember Malcolm Gage and Ophelia’s New Soul co-owner Cordey Lash as winners of the acclaimed TV show’s Food Court Wars. Formerly located in Plano’s Collin Creek Mall Food Court, Ophelia’s New Soul launched in 2014 and specialized in modern interpretations of classic soul food dishes served in a fast, yet relaxed, atmosphere.

“We have been approached by fans of the restaurant asking if we were going to open a new location,” Gage explains. “But I think my time in the restaurant industry has passed. We achieved great success and national recognition with Ophelia’s New Soul, and it allowed us to create a franchising plan for someone who might want to continue the brand. Who knows what the future holds? It’s still a treat to see the episode on Food Network at times.”


Park Place Motorcars Arlington is located at 4201 Beltway Place off I-20 at S. Center Street. Founded in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn in Dallas, Park Place Dealerships also represents luxury brands Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, McLaren, Koenigsegg, Lexus, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. For more information, visit parkplace.com.

 

Park Place Dealerships to Purchase Aston Martin Dallas

IRVING, Texas (May 21, 2020) – Park Place Dealerships will purchase Aston Martin Dallas from John Eagle Auto Group for an undisclosed price. The deal includes the purchase of assets from the Lemmon Avenue store.

“Aston Martin is an iconic British brand that fits perfectly into our Park Place Premier Collection,” said Ken Schnitzer, Chairman of Park Place Dealerships. “The brand is known as a marque that blends craftmanship, art, design, and the latest technology to produce some of the world’s most ultra-luxurious vehicles. Our customer base will appreciate the passion, beauty, and speed of each model.”

Aston Martin Dallas is located at 5333 Lemmon Avenue in Dallas, directly across the street from Park Place Premier Collection which features Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, McLaren and Koenigsegg.

Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 in a small London workshop, Aston Martin has grown to become an internationally admired luxury brand. The brand is the world’s only independent luxury car group with more than 100 years in its rearview mirror.

Coming out in 2020 is the Aston Martin DBX, a landmark model for the brand, taking Aston Martin into a new segment of the global luxury market.  Built on an all-new, dedicated SUV platform, the car has received early praise and enjoyed a rush of preorders. Although it is not a traditional Aston Martin sports car, the DBX is everything an Aston Martin should be: beautiful, hand-built and technologically-advanced.

Schnitzer has built one of the largest privately-owned luxury dealership groups in the country by focusing on personalized experiences and exceptional service. The company has been recognized by numerous organizations and manufacturers for its outstanding processes and commitment to quality and performance. Clients consistently rank Park Place extremely high in customer satisfaction.


About Park Place Dealerships

Park Place Dealerships was founded in 1987 by Ken Schnitzer with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership in Dallas. For the past 33 years, the company has been engaged in the community supporting the arts, medical research, children’s advocacy and education. Park Place employs more than 1,700 members and operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Koenigsegg, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Aston Martin. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

Rolls-Royce Challenges Young Designers to Envision Their Dream Rolls-Royce for the Future

International Winner will Receive a Rendered Illustration of their Design. One North Texas Winner will Receive a Ride to School with Best Friend in a Rolls-Royce.


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is always looking to the future. And they’re challenging young designers worldwide to envision a futuristic Rolls-Royce. Children under 16 are invited to design their dream Rolls-Royce as a way to take their minds off the isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a great opportunity for young designers to show off their creativity and imagination,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas General Manager Heath Strayhan. “Kids from all over the world will be competing to design the next generation of the World’s most iconic luxury automobile.”

HOW TO ENTER

Young designers must share their innovative designs for a future Rolls-Royce at

http://rolls-royceyoungdesignercompetition.com

Multiple entries are welcome, but please submit only one design per submission. The deadline for entering is 6 pm CST on Monday June 1, 2020. For any questions relating to the competition, please email corporate.comms@rolls-roycemotorcars.com.

THE GRAND PRIZE

The overall winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime prize: a fully rendered illustration of their design. Runners-up will receive a certificate individually hand-signed by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

“In addition to the international winner, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas will select a winner from North Texas,” said Strayhan. “Our local winner will be treated to a ride back to school, along with their best friend, in a Rolls-Royce Phantom this fall. We’ll also invite our local winner for a personal tour of our Dallas dealership.”

Rolls-Royce designs and builds the world’s most extraordinary cars, each a unique express of the owner’s personality, imagination and creativity. Aspiring designers entering the competition are encourage to draw on their own creativity and desires to imagine the design of their very own super-luxury car.

“We’re delighted by the sheer inventiveness, vision and detail we’re seeing in the children’s designs,” said Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. Hartley will be judging the entries, together with members of his team. “Some of the ideas are truly extraordinary and have really got us thinking. It’s inspiring us as a design team to see things differently and challenge our own notions of what’s possible. We’re really looking forward to the judging process, but it’s going to be a huge challenge to pick our winners.”

Located at 5300 Lemmon Avenue near Love Field, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dallas is part of the Park Place Premier Collection, which also includes luxury brands Bentley, McLaren, Maserati and Koenigsegg.


Founded in 1987 with a single Mercedes-Benz dealership on Oak Lawn, Park Place operates 18 full-service dealerships representing luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, McLaren, and Maserati. For more info, visit parkplace.com.

 

 

The Inside Story on The McLaren GT’s Unique and High-Tech Interior Materials

Story from McLaren Automotive

Innovation in supercar interiors is explored in a new McLaren Tech Club film that looks at the materials selected for the McLaren GT, a car that sees the traditional Grand Touring philosophy delivered in a new and uniquely McLaren way. Blending greater comfort, space and usability with the levels of driver engagement, dynamic ability and performance for which McLaren is renowned, the GT has its own unique identity – inside and out.

McLaren is committed to pursuing lightweight solutions across all aspects of design and engineering and the interior of the GT is no exception.  A new material called SuperFabric®, originally designed for military and aerospace applications, is available as a covering for the floor of the luggage bay. This innovative woven fabric is infused with a layer of tiny armored guard plates, providing increased resistance to stains, cuts, nicks and abrasions.  Breathable, easy to clean and quick to dry, the surface of the SuperFabric® is embossed with a hexagonal pattern to provide optimal protection.

This single-minded approach to light-weighting extends to more traditional cabin materials with McLaren adopting a contemporary approach to achieve the brand’s design philosophy of ‘everything for a reason’, bringing fashion and lifestyle inspirations to the finest materials and developing new exclusive colorways. 

The supple Nappa leather offered as standard in the GT can be upgraded to soft grain luxury leather or Alcantara® but regardless of owner preference all of the fine leathers used in the GT are sourced from Scotland’s Bridge of Weir company. Alternatively, cashmere is available in either Dove Grey or Jet Black as one of the most exclusive options from McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the chic fabric featuring on the seats and key ‘touchpoints’ in the cabin. McLaren is the first car manufacturer to offer the softest and most luxurious of wools in a production version supercar.

“Introducing innovative new interior materials for any McLaren is a huge challenge. With the GT we were creating beauty and luxury but with the additional layers of functionality and advanced technology that are inherent in every car we design – and all delivered in a very modern way. Everything in a McLaren is there for a reason, not simply to look good; the materials need to be authentic not only in appearance and to the touch, but also in meeting our requirements for minimizing weight and performance in use”.
Jo Lewis, Colour and Materials Design Manager, McLaren Automotive Ltd.

In line with McLaren’s pursuit of innovation while retaining authenticity, machined and knurled aluminum driver controls engage the senses both through touch and by visually ‘guiding’ the driver around the cabin. Designed to harmoniously bring together the full concept of the interior design, the finishers, bezels, paddles and switches create a sophisticated and inviting ambiance that reinforce McLaren’s technical precision. The GT also features the first application of ‘hidden until lit’ interior illumination; appearing at first as a solid metallic finish, this pioneering light design reveals a calming, ambient glow once the ignition is turned on. For design continuity, the ambient lighting pattern also links visually to the speaker grills of the recently awarded* Bowers & Wilkins audio system. Detailed around the doors and passenger-side dash, the lit hues can be changed to suit interior colors or mood. 

More information about the McLaren GT – and an online configurator that allows you to choose your own perfect specification for the car – is available at https://cars.mclaren.com/gb-en/new-mclaren-gt


Visit McLaren Dallas to configure your new McLaren GT.

Koegnigsegg Comes to Dallas with a Rich History and Astonishing Line-Up in Tow

Beyond rare, beyond exotic, beyond belief. A look at Park Place Premier Collection’s most exclusive and thrilling addition to their brand family yet- Koenigsegg- including celebrating the brand’s most recent hybrid addition.

Koenigsegg Gemera

Most people haven’t ever heard of Koenigsegg, much less seen one of the Swedish manufacturer’s two-seat hypercars in real life. Seeing one, in fact, is a little like seeing a Yeti. Or a unicorn. Or a Yeti riding a unicorn. In outer space.

But you might very well see one in Big D, because Park Place Premier Collection now represents the Koenigsegg line. And that’s a very big deal indeed.

Origins of the Perfect Supercar

Koenigsegg’s exclusivity is due entirely to the company’s annual output of just around 20 cars a year. Each one priced well over a million dollars and they’re almost always sold out in advance. Founded in 1994 by 22-year-old Christian von Koenigsegg (who’d already made his fortune with a wildly successful export business), the company was built on one precept: create the perfect supercar.

To Christian, that meant starting from scratch, rethinking every supercar that went before, and designing and crafting all assemblies and subsystems in-house with his small engineering team. In just two years, they developed a successful prototype featuring a fabricated monocoque chassis and specially designed suspension, brakes, wishbones and uprights that debuted successfully at the 1997 Paris Motor Show as the Koenigsegg CC.

More development and testing followed, resulting in 2002’s 655-hp CC8S, the company’s first street-legal production car. In 2006, they brought forth the 806-hp CCX, followed by the 1,108-hp CCXR (in a number of variants), a biofuel/flex fuel version of the CCX which Forbes magazine called one of “the world’s most beautiful cars.”

Like most works of art, these early models are now in the hands of collectors.

New Models, Innovative Design, Painstaking Engineering

New models with increasingly innovative design and painstaking engineering followed, such as 2010’s 914-hp Agera with variable turbo geometry turbochargers; 2015’s 1,100-hp hybrid Regera, and the 2019 Jesko, named after Christian’s father, with 1,280-hp on standard gasoline and 1,600-hp on E85 biofuel.

Next In Line- 1,700-hp Gemera

Next in line – the 1,700-hp hybrid Gemera, the company’s first four-seater featuring an innovative 2.0-liter twin-turbo, camless three-cylinder engine (good for 600-hp on its own). The powerplant is so innovative, it even has its own name: the “Tiny Friendly Giant Engine.” The Gemera’s range is equally astonishing – 620 miles.

But it’s one thing to stuff ever-more powerful engines in a light frame and call it good. Koenigsegg designs every single component to exceed the tolerances of their extreme capabilities. From raw materials to software tools, systems and maintenance, every detail has a function – allow the car to deliver the highest performance.

You Won’t Mistake it For Anything Else- Trust Us

They like to say that a Koenigsegg is sculpted by aerodynamic efficiency. That’s for sure – you’ll never mistake a Koenigsegg model for anything else (except maybe a Transformer character). There’s simply nothing else that looks like, performs like, or is engineered to such exacting precision, as a Koenigsegg.

Little wonder that these mechanical marvels are all sold out virtually from the moment of announced production. 

“I truly feel that our cars have souls,” said Christian Koenigsegg. “We have all poured our hearts into the creation of the cars and we are confident this can be experienced when driving one.”

The Koenigsegg brand is available at Park Place Premier Collection in Dallas.

 

Member Spotlight: Alycia Johnson, Business Improvement Manager, Park Place Porsche Dallas

Spend two minutes chatting with Alycia Johnson and one thing becomes abundantly clear – her cheerful determination to do the right things right.

As Business Improvement Manager for Park Place Porsche Dallas, determination comes with the territory. The cheerfulness comes from the heart.

“I love training people,” she says while explaining the role of a business improvement manager. “I mentor, coach and train new hires, and make sure their desktops and logins are ready to go on day one. I also make sure that our long-time members are using all the tools and techniques of our various systems and software programs to best advantage. If I do my job well, then they do their jobs well, and our business thrives. It’s that simple.”

She may call it simple, but there’s a complex set of procedures behind what Alycia does so well. Preparation is the key, and she sets a blistering pace for herself when it comes to exceeding expectations. “I worry about the details so nobody else has to,” she declares.

Welcome to Dallas

The Okinawa-born Johnson arrived in Dallas at an early age and attended W.T. White, R.L. Turner and Brookhaven College before accepting a job with aircraft leasing pioneer Flexjet. She served first as flight coordinator and then customer account manager and, after more than a decade, transferred her expertise to a successful sales role at a local dealership in 2016.  

At the persistent urging of several friends who already worked at Park Place, she joined Porsche Dallas in July 2018 as a Sales Experience Manager, then moved to her current role on September 2019. “I got to Park Place as fast as I could,” she laughs.

In Her Spare Time

In her spare time, she says she hangs out with pals and indulges in creative handcrafts – as a grandmother-to-be, she assembled a Star Wars-inspired diaper cake for a recent baby shower. “I can’t believe I’m going to be a grandmother,” she enthuses. “This is so exciting!” (Editor’s Note: at the time of posting, we are happy to report that Alycia is a  proud Grandmother!)

She also admits a weakness for footwear, confessing that she owns around 200 pairs of shoes. “Macy’s loves me,” she says with a mock groan. 

She also admits to a fondness for rom-com movies like “The Ugly Truth” and “The Perfect Man,” and her musical tastes run to Prince and Michael Jackson.

But what really gets her jazzed is Taco Tuesday. “I love Tex-Mex food. Tacos every day as far as I’m concerned!”

Her outlook on life is practical and courageous. “We all have personal struggles,” she says. “It’s important to always look at the positive side. Everything happens for a reason – the good, the bad, and the ugly, but it always passes and, in the end, makes us stronger.”


Visit our team at Porsche Dallas in-store or online at ParkPlace.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McLaren 600LT Spider Coloring Sheet – Park Place Dealerships

Download the McLaren 600LT Spider Coloring Page: McLaren 600LT Coloring Page


McLaren released their 600LT Spider in early 2019, and is one of the many models that make our visitors to McLaren Dallas stop for a moment. It’s eye-catching and frankly, like most of the Mclaren line-up, FUN! 

But behind that exciting exterior is the track-inspired performance McLaren is known for. The 600LT Spider will reach 60mph from a standstill in 2.8 seconds, with 124mph achieved in just 8.4 seconds. The maximum speed is 201mph with the roof raised, or 196mph with it lowered.

“The McLaren 600LT Spider adds a new dimension of excitement to the most extreme model in the Sports Series family, while losing none of the Longtail focus. Taking full advantage of the strength of the carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis has ensured that the new Spider has dynamic abilities and performance on par with the 600LT Coupé, for a weight premium of just 110.2lbs and with no additional structural strengthening required. In addition to our weight advantage over competitors, we have also retained the top-exit exhausts that debuted on the Coupé – and I’m pleased to report that they sound and look even better with the roof or rear window of the Spider lowered!” –Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive.


Coloring Pages – PDF & Image Files

Download the McLaren 600LT Spider Coloring Page: McLaren 600LT Coloring Page

Right-click and save these images to your mobile device or desktop:

Park Place Dealerships is Open, With You in Mind

Hours of Operation 

Sales: 10:00am-7:00pm Monday through Friday & 9:00am-6:00pm on Saturdays

Premier Collection Sales: 9:00am-6:00pm Monday through Saturday

Service: 8:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday & 8:00am -5:00pm on Saturdays.

Premier Collection Service: Closed Saturdays

Recent Updates

Our clients’ health and the health of our employees is our number one priority. Every decision we make is through that lens. As we begin to find a “new normal,” we wanted to share the updates we’ve made in how we serve you and your vehicle needs.

  • Conduct daily health screenings for our employees
  • Providing face coverings for all of our employees
  • Taking steps to allow for social distancing of six feet or more
  • Increasing cleaning and sanitization of our dealerships, client vehicles, service loaners and newly purchased vehicles
  • Offer vehicle pick-up and delivery options for both sales and service clients
  • Provide virtual test drives and online buying options
  • And while we always want to warmly welcome you into our dealerships, we’ve asked our employees to refrain from hand-shakes or hugs with clients

We look forward to seeing you again whether that be in our dealership or virtually as we know how important a safe and reliable vehicle is to your daily life.

Download the Porsche Taycan – All Electric- Coloring Page

The all-electric Porsche Taycan made a powerful statement this year, proving that power and eco-efficiency are not independent of one another. In fact, the driving capabilities have consistently stunned- leaving Porsche enthusiasts and newbies- questioning if they were actually in a one hundred percent electric car. 

General Manager of Porsche Dallas, Patrick Huston, had this to say as we debuted the Porsche Taycan in early 2020 prior to any stay at home orders in Dallas county. 

“Make no mistake, the Taycan is 100-percent Porsche. It looks, drives, and responds unmistakably Porsche. It handles corners like a true sports car, but it’s very comfortable on long drives. And it’s one of the fastest recharging EVs on the market.”

At-Home Activity – Taycan Turbo Coloring Page!

Download our Porsche Taycan Turbo Coloring Page (Blank) and add your own flare or print for any little creatives at home for a fun “Art” project.

Porsche Taycan- Blank Coloring Sheet

Upload the finished art to your story and tag @parkplacetexas on Facebook and Instagram with your finished products. 

Jaguar Land Rover North Austin to Hold Virtual Event for New Defender

SOCIAL DISTANCING HAS COMPANIES GETTING CREATIVE

Learn a New Recipe, Create a Fun Drink and See the Reveal of a New SUV all Online

In these days of social distancing, the community can’t gather for events, so two local companies joined forces to host a fun and innovative get together to enjoy at home. Austin’s popular Rosedale Kitchen and Bar and Jaguar Land Rover North Austin will launch a virtual event this Friday, April 17, at 3 pm via Facebook, YouTube, and IGTV.

The online event features the Rosedale Kitchen and Bar mixologist, Aaron Hernandez, demonstrating a step-by-step guide to create the “Landy,” a cocktail named after the new Land Rover. Executive Chef Janelle Reynolds will show us how to make Seared Halloumi with Tomato and Zucchini. Rosedale Kitchen and Bar has shared both recipes. Jaguar Land Rover North Austin will reveal the much-anticipated new 2020 Land Rover Defender.  This is the first dealership in Austin for Park Place, which opened on March 2.

TUNE-IN

Guests are invited to join the event on Park Place’s YouTube, Facebook, and IGTV channels at 3 pm Friday, April 17, for a virtual event, including an unveiling of the new 2020 Land Rover Defender. 

Land Rover brought back its Defender this year after a 23-year hiatus. It has always had something of a cult following in the U.S. because it couldn’t be purchased here. The 2020 Defender is a rugged off-road vehicle, but it’s also a luxury SUV that’s equally at home on the urban streets of downtown Austin or deep in the back roads of the Hill Country. 

Inside, the Defender is the most connected Land Rover product ever. Available in two-door or four-door models, the Defender has a new infotainment system with over-the-air software updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a 12-inch digital instrument panel.

“While we just opened our first store in Austin six weeks ago, Park Place Dealerships has been around more than 30 years,” said Matt Woolsey, general manager of Jaguar Land Rover North Austin. “We have already developed some great partnerships with Leander ISD, Round Rock ISD, and Seton Williamson Hospital. Putting this fun event together allows us to interact with our community and offer something fun to share and enjoy.”

Located at 13910 FM 620 North on State Highway 45 and Parmer Road, Jaguar Land Rover North Austin features a large, glass-enclosed showroom to accommodate up to 12 new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. The 70,000 square-foot facility also includes a five-story garage, a shop with 42 service bays, a nine-car service drive, and a 2000-square-foot carwash.

Jaguar Land Rover North Austin Management Team. (L-R) John Gasparaitis, Parts Director Justin Griggs, Shop Foreman Walter Rhodes, New Car Sales Director Jose Fernandez, Service Manager Matt Humphrey, Service Director Matt Woolsey, General Manager Chris Nations, Pre-Owned Sales Director Cade Mannetti, Sales Manager Erika Falk, GM Admin Vy Nguyen, Finance Director Jordan Case, President of Park Place

Founded in 1987, Park Place Dealerships also represents luxury brands Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Volvo, Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Maserati, Koenigsegg and McLaren. For more information, visit parkplace.com.