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2012 Miss Texas to Drive Infiniti – Courtesy of Grubbs Infiniti

If you spend any kind of time with our owner, George Grubbs III, you’ll soon discover he’s a proud Baylor Bear! That’s why he’s thrilled to see that a Baylor Bear, DaNae Couch, has been named Miss Texas 2012. Two other Baylor ladies were also selected in the top five, making it, “The Year of the Bear”. Grubbs Infiniti is proud to sponsor the Miss Texas program and has provided DaNae a new Infiniti to enjoy as she travels the great state of Texas.

Beauty and Brains: Baylor dominates the Miss Texas 2012 pageant

DaNae Couch & car

DaNae Couch getting her new Infiniti from fellow Baylor graduate George Grubbs. (Photo credit to Darrin Brown)

WACO, Texas (July 13, 2012)- Even after winning Miss Texas and continuing the national headline-grabbing success of her alma mater, dubbed the “Year of the Bear”, DaNae Couch, B.A. ’10, is humble.

“It’s kind of incredible. As this whole year has unfolded, I was just so excited to say that I was a Baylor alum. It was just so great–and now to be included in that just a little bit is just surreal,” Couch said. “I feel like Baylor gave me so much. They didn’t just give me an education, but showed me how to become a leader and develop a servant leadership attitude.”

While at Baylor, Couch, an English major and public relations minor, was a twirler in the Golden Wave Band, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Baylor Ambassadors, Student Foundation and a part of the Honors Program.

“I did a lot of lobbying in Baylor Ambassadors and StuFu (Student Foundation). Because I was in the Honors Program, I had to defend my thesis my senior year. That really tests your ability to articulately express yourself and speak cohesively in a short period of time. That helped a lot with Miss Texas, because you’re out in the community and talking to people,” she said

Couch, who was named as Miss Texas 2012 Saturday, July 7, began competing in pageants as a way to earn scholarship money while at Baylor. Only one year away from obtaining her law degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, she will continue with her studies after her reign as Miss Texas, and hopes to do so debt free.

“I actually started competing for Miss Texas my senior year at Baylor. I am not sure of the exact total right now, but I think I have around $30,000 in scholarships from competing. The Miss America organization is the largest scholarship provider for young women in the world,” Couch said.

Valerie Bell, the media contact for the Miss Texas Organization, echoed Couch’s comment.

“The goal of Miss Texas is to give scholarships to the women of Texas. It’s a scholarship competition–they just also happen to be beautiful and talented,” Bell said.

Couch views her new position as an opportunity to spread her message about addiction.

“My personal platform is Hope for Family Recovery: Life Beyond Addiction,” she said. “It is something that is close to my heart this year. I knew someone personally who was struggling with addiction. It is just so hard, because people don’t have as much awareness about addiction as we would like to think. It’s sad, because people don’t know the signs and then the ones close to them who are struggling don’t want to get help because they are scared to talk about it.”

Couch said that she will spend a majority of the year talking in schools, discussing how to recognize the signs of addiction and how to get help for those who need it. She also has decided to take on a push for more scholarships for Miss Texas participants.

Couch, however, wasn’t the only Baylor graduate on the stage at the pageant, as two other Bears were selected in the top five. Miss Fort Worth Natalie Baker, B.F.A. ’10, was the second runner up and Miss Fort Worth Christine Tang, B.A ’12, was the fourth runner up.

Baker graduated with a 4.0 GPA and has taught high school for the past two years. She will graduate with her master’s degree in December. She hopes to eventually get her doctorate and work in school administration.

Tang graduated in May, and will begin law school in August.

The three women bonded during the time of the competition, which was no surprise to Bell.

“Even though they were competing against each other, I don’t think that they will have a single thing to say about each other that isn’t glowing. They were all great girls,” she said.

Couch said that she knew Tang before through similar interests and the Greek system, but did not know Baker before the competition. They all three did, however, became quite close during the competition time.

“One of the things that most people don’t know is that the contestants lived together this year. It was a great opportunity to get to know each other,” Couch said. “It really just made me realize that all 39 women competing this year are so talented and gifted. They are going to change the world, if they haven’t started already. We have the best girls in the country.”

The Baylor ties do not end at roommates, participants and top selections, however. As a part of winning, Couch received many perks–one being a new Infiniti from Grubbs Infiniti in Euless. Owner George Grubbs III was also a Baylor graduate, and was excited to be gifting a fellow Bear.

“This has been a great year for Baylor and I am excited to see all the support. Baylor has always been known for great academic programs, and many different athletic programs including basketball, baseball and football, so I think it is fitting that now Baylor can add Miss Texas to the list,” Grubbs said. “I am so proud of DaNae, Natalie and Christine. They have all worked very hard for many years and deserve to be recognized. I am also proud that Baylor played an important part of these ladies’ lives and helped them become who they are today.”

In another surprising Baylor connection, Melissa Merriman, director of communications for Dillard’s and the Jessica Simpson brand, was not only a former participant in the pageant, but a Baylor alum as well.

“As a former Miss Texas contestant, it’s been exciting for me to be able to bring the Miss Texas Organization, Dillard’s and Jessica Simpson together as partners this year. And, as a life-long Baylor Bear, the fact that three of the top five Miss Texas contestants are fellow Baylor graduates makes it even more exciting,” Merriman said.

The Miss Texas Organization and all Baylor Bears involved expressed excitement at Couch’s win, and wished her luck in the next phase of the competition. She is already preparing for the Miss America competition, which is being held in Las Vegas on Jan. 13.

“It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind,” she laughed.

ABOUT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, classified as such with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

Links to the Miss Texas Organization’s website and each Baylor participants individual profile:

misstexas.org

Miss Dallas – Danae Couch

Miss Fort Worth – Natalie Baker

Miss Plano – Christine Tang

by Mallory Hisler, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Planning That Last Minute Summer Trip

At Grubbs Infiniti we believe in making your driving experience as enjoyable as it can be and from time to time offer driving tips to help you get the most out of being an Infiniti owner.  In our most recent blog we focus on preparing yourself (and your vehicle) for that last minute trip to the beach (or the in-laws).

Planning That Last Minute Summer Trip

Okay, so you’ve found yourself in the enviable position of having a surprise vacation before you. With it, however, comes the sometimes unenviable task of planning it. But it doesn’t have to be a double-edged sword. Read on for some helpful summer trip tips to keep your sanity as you attempt to relax.

Trip Tip #1: Determining the destination.
Obviously, it’s helpful to know where you’re going before you leave the house. Perhaps you’re the type that wings it, heading out wherever whim takes you. If so, stop here, grab your keys and get going. If your eyes are still reading along then get yourself a road map, a notepad and make a realistic list of places you’d like to go, sights you’d like to see. No sense planning a trip from Maine to California when all you have is a long weekend.

Trip Tip #2: Doing the math. Once you’ve found your destination get a calculator to figure out total mileage—or better still, cheat by using a mileage calculator easily found online. This step also provides you with an estimate of the final fuel bill (total mileage ÷ your vehicles MPG rating x price per gallon = $$$). Be sure to take the opportunity to calculate for your own fuel consumption as well. Enough stops for a roadside burger can add up as well.

And unless you’re planning on sleeping in your ride or pitching a tent, best plan on booking a hotel. This has the added benefit of giving you a very real sense of your daily progress. Lagging a bit, then you can scratch sight X from your agenda so you can get enough ZZZ’s for the next day’s journey.

Trip Tip #3: Prepping your vehicle.
While you’re taking a much needed break, your vehicle will be working overtime. During regular use, a vehicle can suffer wear and tear that you might not always notice. Make an appointment with Grubbs Infiniti before you hit the road for an overall inspection and a tune-up. It’s one less thing you need to worry about while out on the road.

Trip Tip #4: Games and musical chairs.
Don’t leave home without the ABBA or whatever else floats your boat. Get some of those silly car games you played as a kid and pull them out of your back pocket when things veer into the dull and dreary. There’s nothing like a good laugh to brighten up the trip. It’s highly recommended to change drivers regularly. No one is brave who fights to stay awake when a simple word will get you a spot in the backseat to nap.

Always drive defensively and have a wonderful vacation!

Grubbs Infiniti reveals new luxury hybrid and Green initiative

Grubbs Infiniti proudly introduces the new Infiniti M High Performance Hybrid and reveals their own initiative to reduce waste and create a more “green” car dealership.

Owner George Grubbs is excited about the Infiniti M Hybrid and what it means for the future of Grubbs Infiniti. “We see ‘green issues’ as a critical part of our plans and activities. The main aim of our sustainability actions is to both minimize our impact on the environment and provide technology solutions- thus having an overall positive impact as a company. The new M Hybrid takes it all to a whole new level” said Grubbs.

Displaying an unrivaled combination of luxury, technology and performance, the new Infiniti M High Performance Hybrid sets a new standard for greener technology.

Now available at Grubbs Infiniti, the Infiniti M Hybrid provides the kind of superior ride that environmentally conscious drivers have been waiting for. The Infiniti M Hybrid delivers 360 hp and 32 mpg highway, dispelling the idea that going green means sacrificing exhilaration.

Owner George Grubbs believes the timing is perfect for this new vehicle. “The new Infiniti M surrounds you with some of the most advanced features ever found in a car, including the world’s first Blind Spot intervention system. It’s amazingly quiet and has all the bells and whistles you want from an Infiniti. Combine that with hybrid technology that delivers 29% more power with less fuel consumption and you have a greener vehicle that is perfect for our luxury customers.”

The new hybrid technology mirrors the new greener initiative in motion at Grubbs Infiniti.

The family owned and operated dealership has been working diligently to minimize their impact on the environment. George Grubbs believes that “green issues” are a critical part of their plans for the future. The dealership limits the use of bottled water and moved to a filtration system, a change that eliminated more than 40,000 water bottles in a single year. Grubbs has also invested in energy-efficient equipment and lighting, installed recycling units and encourages paperless transactions whenever possible. They have also enrolled in the EPA’s Energy Star Partnership to develop an energy management plan to reduce energy use by 10%.

“All these sustainability issues are big things we’re working on in our company. I want my children to be proud of the changes we’ve made to impact their future” said Grubbs.

Grubbs Infiniti invites their customers to visit Grubbs Infiniti to see the changes they’ve made or to take a test drive in the new Infiniti M Hybrid.

Grubbs Infiniti has long been committed to Going Green. In fact, the company has been moving in a greener direction for years. To date, Grubbs Infiniti has instituted the following changes:

  • Moved from bottled water to filtered water system. This change eliminated more than 40,000 water bottles a year from their waste
  • Added a recycling dumpster and installed recycling bins throughout the dealership
  • Educated the Grubbs Infiniti staff on recycling to include what can and can’t be recycled and worked with maintenance crew to separate trash properly
  • No longer use Styrofoam cups and provide mugs to all staff
  • Installed timers on shop fans, heaters and lights
  • Purchased energy-efficient printers and computers
  • Installed light sensors on low use rooms
  • Replaced interior lights with energy-efficient units and bulbs
  • Using eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Reduced paper usage by implementing online bill payment and emails whenever possible
  • Enrolled in the EPA’s Energy Star Partnership to develop an energy management plan to reduce energy use by 10%

Says Grubbs, “We are committed to finding new ways of reducing our impact on the planet. Granted, making these changes impacted our bottom line. In fact, the whole process can be time consuming and expensive. But over time, I’m confident we’ll see a return on this initiative… both financially and environmentally.”

For more information about Grubbs Infiniti, the Going Green Initiative or the new Infiniti M High Performance Hybrid, please contact George Grubbs at Grubbs Infiniti at 817-318-1200.

Grubbs Infiniti Donates Infiniti G37 to Miss Texas 2012

Grubbs Infiniti and the Miss Texas Organization would like to congratulate Danae Couch for being crowned Miss Texas 2012. Every year Grubbs Infiniti donates an Infiniti to the winner so she can travel around the state in style. George Grubbs lll poses with Danae Couch and her new Infiniti G37.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infiniti EMERG-E at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The new Infiniti EMERG-E was recently selected by Car and Driver as one of the Top 25 Cars Worth Waiting For…. we agree and are excited for the EMERG-E to hit the Grubbs Infiniti showroom floor.

Making its world dynamic debut on the hill climb at Goodwood will be Infiniti’s first running prototype of the range-extender sports car known as EMERG-E. When first shown at the 2012 Geneva motor show, the UK-designed and built concept won huge acclaim for its stunning looks and engineering ingenuity. Such a special car demands a safe pair of hands to guide it up the hill each day and they don’t come much safer than F1 pilot Mark Webber, lined up for the Saturday run.