Celebration of two decades of service

Magnussen’s Auburn Toyota honors General Manager Tony Toohey
By: Amy Lobenberg, Journal Correspondent
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On March 15, Magnussen’s Auburn Toyota General Manager Tony Toohey celebrated 20 years of customer service with his management team and some long-time staffers.

The surprise event was coordinated by his daughter and communications director, Erin Gallawa. Toohey initially believed that he was going to a work meeting, until his staff surprised him with cake and champagne.

Manager of Business & Human Resources Tanya Vargas has been working with Toohey for nine years and is appreciative of her boss.

“He is a very good, hard-working person,” Vargas said. “He is a great family man. He is very community oriented and dedicated to both his employees and customers. All of his managers are very proud to work with him. He has an obvious following.”

Certified Sales Manager David Harrison listed some of Toohey’s achievements, which include being president of Auburn Gold Country Rotary Club, winning the Toyota President’s Award 14 times and holding several charity golf tournaments that earned more than $200,000 for local non-profits and sports teams.

Toohey began working at Magnussen’s Auburn Toyota in 1993. He enjoys working in the Auburn community and says that, although the car selling industry has evolved, his business has been very successful.

“Because we are in a small community, we like to think of ourselves as a community service organization. We give top notch treatment to our customers,” Toohey said. “A driving force (in the industry) is that there is a lot of product capacity. This produces a lot of cars to a limited amount of buyers. There’s a glut of vehicles, so buyers get a really good deal. The Internet has also changed the way people buy cars. It tends to bring people in from a little farther away. It requires a good level of communication to be successful. We have adapted very well.”