5061 Whitney St Bay St Louis, MS 39520 228-344-3277

Meet the Staff of Thrifty Used Cars and Tires LLC

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Henry M. Wallis, Jr. - Owner/ GM

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 Henry M Wallis, Jr.  was raised on the West Bank of New Orleans and is a proud graduate of Archbishop Shaw.  He has a BS from UNLV in Hotel, Rest, Tourism Management.  He is married to Bonney Wallis and between both of  them they have 3 children.  He resides in Diamondhead, MS.  His brother Eric owns a Finance Company on the coast and his sister Kim is a Physical Therapist in Gulfport.  His parents retired to the coast over 20 years ago.  Henry Sr.  has been in the consumer finance business his entire adult life and is one of the Founders of Crescent Bank & Trust out of New Orleans.  So the car business has been part of Henry Jr's life since birth.  Henry Jr after graduating college went to work for Bennigan's Restaurant and started as a MIT & ten years latter when he left he was a Multi-Unit GM and had won general manager of the yr 2x.  Then he went to work for Landry's Seafood House as GM in Austin TX and worked there the next 5 years.  When he left he was the East Coast Regional Mgr Supervising all 11 Landry's East of the Miss River.  Next Henry went to work for Bonefish Grill and was the 7th Managing Partner in the company and he opened the Bonefish Grill In the Dr. Phillips Area of Orlando FL.  He worked for Bonefish Grill for three years and during his tenure His Restaurant was Voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Orlando by the Orlando Sentinel.  Having spent 20 years Managing Corporate restaurants Henry decided to open his own Restaurant in Downtown New Orleans called Crescent City Cafe.  After 2 years of being open he sold the restaurant to Chef Paul Prudhomme. This marked the end of Henry's Restaurant career 25 years managing restaurants all over the US was fun but it was time for Henry's next chapters in life.  Henry had his First Biological Child at the age of 40 Zaylan and he didn't want to be in the restaurant business with a new son.  He often says his restaurant's were his children, his wife, and family for 25 years.  This Chapter was a rap!

 So new son, no job (b/c he sold his restaurant), Henry needed a career change.  He went to work for Larry Verges & Eric Wallis as a collection Supervisor of a newly Created Sub Prime Finance Company out of New Orleans National Auto Finance/ National Auto Acceptance Finance/ Redemption Finance.  He worked for them for the next ten years at one point had a percentage ownership in a loan servicing company that spun off from the finance company.  After 10 years the finance company started to slow down do to National competition coming into the market. It was time to start looking for his next endeavor.

 So Henry was looking for work and had 2 options.  He was either gonna open a Marco's Pizza Franchise in Baton Rouge or open a car dealership in Bay St Louis, MS.  He opted for the car dealership and all didn't start off well.  When he first opened he strictly sold the repoes of the finance company he use to work for.  The first 3 months open he only sold 3 cars.  His heart wasn't in it b/c he didn't believe in the direction of the car dealership.  So Month 4 Henry decided to push his chips all in and changed the course of his dealership and changed the entire business plan. He decided to do BHPH his way and a way he felt good promoting to the community.  On Henry's BHPH Plan 1) He don't run any ones credit 2) He don't require full coverage insurance 3) He don't charge fees or interest 0%The majority of his cars are paid off in 12 months or less.  That Month 4 after changing his business plan he sold 22 cars and as they say the rest is history.  The 1st full year open he sold 348 cars.  Year 2 he sold 450 cars.  Year 3 he purchased a new Building that he owns and no longer leases at 5061 Whitney St Bay St. Louis, MS 39520.  In year 3 he sold 507 cars for the year.  Henry is an out going, Loud, Loving, Family Man, and has a heart of Gold. He is happily married to the love of his life Bonney Jean.  Henry talks to everyone and is still actively involved in the management of the dealership.  He loves the area and one day will ease into retirement but not anytime soon.  He loves Life and he loves his Dealership. He says when you feel good about what you do, you treat people rite, and you care about the community the community has a way of blessing you back. He is a firm believer in KARMA!  HE LIVES HERE, HE DRIVES HERE, HE GOES TO CHURCH HERE, AND ALL HIS SIBLINGS AND THERE FAMILY LIVE HERE.  HE IS VERY PROUD OF HIS BUSINESS AND WHAT HE HAS CREATED AND LOOKS FORWARD TO GETTING EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER IN THE FUTURE!  HE ALSO FEELS BLESSED THE COMMUNITY AND HIS LOYAL CUSTOMERS CONTINUE TO PUT THERE TRUST IN HIM!!  When you put positive energy out into the community it has a way of reciprocating back. You ever have a question or concern don't hesitate to call Henry.  HE ISN'T LIKE MOST CAR DEALERS HAVING SPENT 25 YEARS OF HIS LIFE MANAGING RESTAURANTS.  SO AT HIS CORE HE IS SERVICE ORIENTATED.  NOW HE DOES EXPECT YOU TO PAY YOUR CAR NOTE!!!  Thrifty Used Cars & Tires does its best to try to be upfront transparent and fair in all of its dealings. The doors are always open and they will gladly answer any questions or concerns.  They look forward to being your car dealer of choice for many years to come!! HENRY'S DEALERSHIP THRIFTY USED CARS & TIRES LLC. MORE THAN ANYTHING HAS BEEN A TRUE LABOR OF LOVE!!!

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Angela Simms - Collection Mgr, Office Mgr., Sales Mgr., Fleet Loc

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Angela Sims,  was the first person we hired after we opened.  She started off as a customer purchasing a car from us.  She then referred 10 people to buy cars from us and used her referral bonuses to pay her car note!  So when we were ready to hire someone she was the natural choice.  She has been w/ us for 3 years.  She is married to Zac our Lead technician.  She does an outstanding job and is here Tues-Sat taking care of business.  She is also the person who will call you if your payment is late.  She is a very sweet competent person who has the full trust of ownership.  Angela treats every one w/ kindness and respect until it is not reciprocated.  She works for Thrifty Used Cars and Tires and we respect all of our staff.  If someone gets rude obnoxious or out of line w/ her she will be the first person to let you know you need to check yourself.  She isn't here to take peoples ugliness and you will be asked to leave.  Sometimes the BHPH business doesn't bring out the best in people but she is not the person you need to take it out on.  I became a ordained Minister to Marry her and her husband Zac 2 years ago.  You also may see her son here sometimes on weekends and summer. His name is Ryder and he has been part of the team since Angela came to work for us.  Angela can handle any question you may have and knows how we want the business run.  She understands the customers perspective b/c she is one and she understands ownerships side because she has worked here for 3 years.  There isn't a better person to answer any question you may have.  SHE IS A VERY BIG PART OF OUR SUCCESS STORY AND WE ARE VERY GLAD SHE CAME TO WORK FOR US!!! 

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James "Tiger" Lovett, Sr - Contract Mechanic (Suspension, Brakes, Tires, Deta

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James "Tiger" Lovett has been doing contract mechanic work here for 2 years on a regular basis and one year on a part time basis.  We contract Tiger and his services usually 5 days a week.  He does all the dirty work and not so fun mechanic things we need done.  He does all of our brake, suspension, oil change, transmission fluid, tires, detail, general labor things we have a need for.  Tiger also is available to do work outside the scope of work we contract him for.  Tiger is his own company and can enter into contracts as he so pleases.  Tiger is contracted by Thrifty Used Cars and Tires on all work he does for the dealership. If he decides to do work outside of that contract Thrifty isn't liable or responsible for the work done.  We contract Tiger for his services just like you would if you and him agree upon work. Tiger works hard and is always punctual and ready to work.  You wont find a person w/ more drive to earn a dollar any where.  It is his willingness to do anything and everything that makes us contract Tiger as often as we do.  There is no job to Dirty or beneath him and he attacks each job w/ the same vigor.  Tiger learned much of his talents from racing cars on dirt tracks in his youth.  He was a one man show racer, mechanic, and car owner.  Tiger is Angela's father and Zac's father in law.  He is a long term resident of Kiln, MS and seems to know everyone that happens to step foot on our Car Lot.  Tiger has a large family and has spent plenty time keeping his own families' fleet moving!  You will see Tiger around the dealership often and will gladly answer any question or concern you may have.  If he doesn't have the answer he will get it for you promptly! 

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Zach Simms - Contract Mechanic (Diagnosing, Motors, Transmissi

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Zac Simms-  Zac is Angela's husband and has been doing mechanic work off and on for us for 3yrs.  We hire Zac for all motor work on our cars that needs to be done and general repairs.  Zac has rebuilt cars and swapped out motors and done timing belts and put motors into time in his past experience.  He also has a little experience in minor transmission rebuilds and has changed out transmission solenoids for us.  We contract Zac and his services on a regular basis.  If you would like to contact Zac about doing repairs for your car we have no problem w/ that.  Zac is his own company that we contract to work on our cars just like you would!  So any contract or work agreed upon by you and Zac is outside the scope of Thrifty Used Cars and Tires LLC.  We have complete trust in Zac's ability that is why he is our go to mechanic of choice.  If he doesn't think his services are what you need he is very upfront and honest w/ his customers and us.  We highly recommend Zac and if we didn't have complete trust in his ability we would use someone else.  He is a little on the quiet side but is very honest and truthful w/ us and our customers.  You will see Zac here often b/c we contract his services on a regular basis!!  

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Kenneth Sprouse - Internet/Web Site Development

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Kenneth Sprouse is our web page coordinator.  I first met Kenneth when he came by to purchase a car w/ a friend.  They didn't purchase a car but Kenneth became one of our main followers on Facebook and helped promote our dealership locally in Bay St. Louis.  Keneth works at the Silver Slipper full time as a security officer.  He is contracted out by Thrifty for his services.  Kenneth takes all the pictures for our website.  He arranges the cars on the lot for us also.  Keneth has a love for the car business like very few people I have ever met.  He loves all things cars trucks suvs and mini vans.  He is always suggesting new ideas and is very energetic and passionate about his job and life!!  We are glad to have Kenneth's services and we appreciate his hard work!!

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TJ Sterling - Collection Mgr

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TJ Sterling is the collection manager here at Thrifty.  He is over all things pertaining to your car payment.  I recruited TJ to come to work for us b/c we needed someone w/ his skill set to assist us in our Collection Department.  Our dealership has seen significant growth the past 2 years and our collections were starting to fall behind.  So I hired TJ to get us caught up and for him to maintain the accts at an acceptable delinquincy percentage.  TJ has experience Managing a Corprate Finance Company and he was the manager at Loan Masters next to our original Location.  When we first openned we started of slow and I use to sit on the porch and watch people line up along highway 90 on Fridays waiting to get into the parking lot so they could make there payment at Loan Masters.  Watching this for 2 months is what gave me the final push to change our format and business plan into the current BHPH format that we have now.  So TJ has seen our growth since day one and I respected how he ran his operation.  I told him many years ago that one day he would be working w/ me once we were big enough.  That day came and we are glad TJ came to work w/ us and look forward to many years of success together.  TJ is very driven and motivated and pushes to get ahead and wants to grow with the company.  His goals and ours aline perfectly.  Stop by and say hi to TJ so he can put a name w/ a face!!

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