Meet Nate Hodges!! He is a Sales Consultant at McGrath Volkswagen of Marion!
He is the oldest of five siblings and about 18 cousins. Most of his family and friends are still down in the Tri-State area. He was born and raised in Keokuk, Iowa. It’s a small town of about eight thousand, there usually wasn’t a whole lot to do. He’s met plenty of great people down there and really enjoyed the community that he is from. He has a three year old lab/golden retriever named Leo and he is perfect! He loves to go on walks and play fetch. Nate went to high school at Keokuk High School, where he was involved in soccer, cross country, student body, and Konnections(volunteer program). As a senior he broke the record for assists in a soccer season with 27(15 games) and won an award called the Citizenship K.
After high school he decided to stay home and just commute back and forth to Southeastern Community College where he was involved in the Fire Science program. While in the program he was also a part of a volunteer fire department. He was involved in a lot during college so he wasn’t able to help out with the department as much as he would have liked but he is very thankful for the opportunities they presented to him. Nate was able to learn, not just about the program, but working hard, setting goals, and sticking to them. He still plays soccer pretty often, mostly with coworkers or other friends of mine, sometimes he will even get out and play some competitive basketball. Overall his favorite sport to play is soccer. Nate is a huge fan of Lionel Messi and Barcelona. He is his favorite player hands down.
When he’s not working he spends his time doing all sorts of fun and entertaining things. Besides hanging out with his dog and playing soccer he likes to hang out with his two roommates, who both happen to work here in Marion. He would consider himself a competitive person, so he loves playing most types of games. Soccer, basketball, cornhole, ultimate frisbee, and any other party games you can think of, he will gladly join. Nate also really enjoys cooking, he especially enjoys running the grill and making dessert, but if you provide the food he will try and cook anything.
He also has a record collection that he started a few years ago with about 20 records. He has a very diverse collection anything from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to some of today’s favorite artists such as Kendrick Lamar. If he’s at home relaxing or trying to get something done, he probably has music playing.
He wanted to become an Emerging Leader because that’s exactly what he considers himself, a leader. He feels as if most of his life he has been in a position where people look up to him. He was a captain and played a big role for his soccer team. Even when it comes to selling cars he has had people tell him they look up to him and he still feels like a new guy sometimes. It makes him feel good when someone tells him they look up to him or when they want to do something the same way he does it. He considers myself a pretty selfless and compassionate person. He is always trying to improve himself and see what he can do to help the team move forward. He is a strong believer in ‘teamwork makes the dream work’. There’s just something extremely satisfying about accomplishing a goal that you worked hard for. Emerging leaders will be a way for him to expand his horizons and start working on other aspects of his life and different goals that he has set for himself.
Hands down his little brother is the biggest leader in his life right now. The way he motivates Nate is unreal. He is a young kid who has gone through more than anyone should have at his age. He just really helps Nate push himself when it comes to dealing with problems in his life. His brother suffers from an autoimmune disease that can make everyday tasks in life harder than they need to be. He is a very tough and persistent kid though. Nate is very proud of the mindset his brother keeps even when affected by his side effects. He also strives when it comes to school, he won a math bee last year and seems like he is always trying to teach Nate something about new technology. When Nate thinks about “problems” in his life he thinks about his brother and others in his situation and it makes it much easier to find a solution and move on.
Nate remembers the day he met one of his good friends here at McGrath. Moe El-Meanaway has been a great person for him to look up to here. After hearing about how successful he has been in the business as well as getting to know him as a person Nate asked Moe the one question any new employee should ask someone of his level. What is one piece of advice you can share? His answer was simple but made so much sense. He told Nate, “The more uncomfortable you are the better off you are doing.” That has stuck with Nate since he met him, something that he can honestly say he does apply to everyday life. If it’s at work, the gym, on the soccer field, and even in a social setting. Nate now tries and pushes himself to get out of his comfort zone.