Hodges Thrilled to Support Korean Automotive Manufacturing Community

Michael Hodges of the Hodges Companies announced that Hodges Warehouse + Logistics, Inc. and Hodges Commercial Real Estate, Inc. are joining the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and over 40 other Central Alabama area businesses in celebrating and honoring Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama and the Korean business community. The Hodges companies are Platinum Sponsors of the performance of Nanta, July 10, 2012 at the theater. Mike explained “We at Hodges are extremely grateful for what Hyundai, their suppliers and friends have done for our community. We are longtime supporters of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and are grateful for the way the theater has improved the quality of life in the River Region. What a great opportunity to celebrate two unique and wonderful parts of the evolving and diverse culture of the Central Alabama area.”

Ena Piao, who assumed responsibility earlier this year for coordinating Hodges efforts to serve the Korean business community added, “I am happy that we are joining in the celebration of the Korean culture and community that does so much for all of us. The Korean automotive supply companies based in Central Alabama and Korea are vital to Hodges. We currently help six Korean industrial companies with their real estate needs and provide Central Alabama warehousing and logistics services to two others. Together they make up the largest concentration of business within Hodges. My job is to make sure we deliver the highest level of service to the Korean business community whether it is for leased commercial space or warehousing and logistics support. It is great to see this community celebrated in such a special way”

Paul Hodges, an owner and director of Hodges stated “The Festival’s Celebration could not come at a better time. We have recently grown our team to keep in step with the community’s growing importance in the area. We were very lucky to recently add Ena to our team. Ena’s education, (she has a Master’s of Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery), and native Korean language ability combine nicely with our years of real estate and warehouse experience to provide a useful service to this growing community. We are also thrilled to have a native Korean language residential agent, Jessica Lee, to broaden our services to this important part of the Central Alabama market.”

Lance Hunter, CEO, feels the Korean business community has changed Montgomery for the better in more ways than just improved economic growth. “Sure, we are grateful for all the new business activity. And we are lucky at Hodges to have enjoyed financial benefits from the regional automotive industry growth. But Hyundai has stepped in and supported the efforts of fellow business members in the community to help everyone in our community. They have shown that a global player from a different culture can reach out to a local community half-a- world away from their home office. The support to the food bank announced this week is just the most recent example that started from the first announcement with support of local education. That support has included donations of everything from large checks to tennis shoes. We are just happy to be able to join many other companies in the community and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in this well-deserved honor for Hyundai and the Korean business community.”

Hodges Warehouse and Logistics announces the hiring of professional in international operations and finance.

Lance Hunter, CEO of Hodges Warehouse and Logistics, announced the hiring of Renhua (Ena) Piao to coordinate their international operations and support the finance and accounting operations of all of the Hodges Companies. “We feel extremely fortunate to find such a uniquely qualified person to help us in our financial area as well as improve the service we provide to our Chinese and Korean clients.”

In addition to English, Ena speaks both Mandarin Chinese and Korean fluently. She will receive her Master in Business Administration from Auburn University Montgomery in Montgomery, Al in May of this year. Her undergraduate degree is a Dual Bachelor of Science degree from Troy University in Troy, Alabama and Beihua University in Jilin, China.

Ena commented “I am excited about gaining experience in the accounting field with a company where I can also use my Korean and Chinese cultural and language skills. I am grateful for all of the help Auburn University of Montgomery has provided in putting me in touch with the Hodges Team.”

Hodges has many Korean owned or Korean based clients. The largest is Hankook Tires, based in Seoul, South Korea. Hodges handles central Alabama warehouse, distribution and logistics activities for Hankook.

Additionally, Hodges provides warehouse, distribution and logistics activities for Lizhong Wheel Group, LTD based in Baoding, Peoples Republic of China.

Lance added “We could not have found a more perfect match to help us serve Asian clients seeking to live or do business in the Central Alabama area.”