Name: Adam Bernard
Place of Birth: Englewood, NJ
Automotive Analyst; Part-Time Teacher
General Motors and College For Creative Studies
Year, Make and Model of your first car/truck:
1974 Peugeot 504 Automatique
What did you want to be when you grew up?
How long have you worked in the auto industry?
22 years (including internships)
What do you drive now?
I get assigned a company car every four months; I’m currently in a 2007 GMC Acadia. I also own a 1972 Austin Mini for those rare warm, dry, sunny days here in Michigan…
Are you out at work?
Was being gay ever an issue at any of your jobs?
If you had one piece of advice to give to a gay person wanting to work in the auto industry, what would it be?
Learn about your company’s employee resource group–it’s a great way to meet people and get involved.
Ok, here is the fun part; if you had $25,000 and had to buy a new car, what would it be and why?
Saturn Sky–a blast to drive, plus the warm-and-fuzzy Saturn retail experience.
Same question but bigger budget – $50,000:
New Cadillac CTS, as long as I can wait until it goes on sale.
If money was no object and you had to drive it every day:
A Cadillac XLR-V would definitely be livable year-round, although–and this goes outside the bounds of the question–I’d love to get my hands on a 1965 Buick Riviera.
What is your favorite car of all time and why?
The original Mini Cooper (yes, I’m biased). Clever, stylish, efficient, classless, and incredibly fun to drive.
If your car/truck could talk, what would it say about you?
“I realize you’re only going 40mph; it just seems faster on two wheels…”
You can read more of Adam’s musings on the automotive industry and live on his BLOG (http://splittingtheadam.typepad.com)