Cars, cars, cars!

Jimmy Dick IV, who owns eight car dealerships that make up the Viva Auto Group in El Paso, is expanding his automotive empire in New Mexico. He’s calling it the Fiesta Auto Group.

Last week, he bought Garcia Uptown Volkswagen in Albuquerque and renamed it Fiesta Volkswagen. It had been part of the Garcia Automotive Group. 

That was his third purchase in New Mexico in a year. He’d already acquired Lithia Dodge Ram Fiat and Jack Key Chrysler Jeep. They were renamed Viva Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat of Las Cruces. 

In El Paso, Dick’s Viva dealerships sell Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Ford, Kia and Mitsubishi vehicles.

Jobs, jobs, jobs!

It’s now the Plaza Hotel at Pioneer Park. That’s the new name for the Plaza Hotel being renovated by El Paso philanthropist/businessman Paul Foster.

The company that will run the hotel, HHM Hospitality, has posted gobs of jobs online, many at the manager or director level. The postings say the 131-room boutique hotel will open late this year.

HHM’s website calls the Plaza “an architectural landmark that’s revitalizing the culture and spirit of El Paso.”

Channeling GOT

When state Rep. Joe Moody sent out his email newsletter wrapping up the just-ended session of the Texas Legislature, the subject was: “Why do you think I came all this way.”

Loyal fans of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” may recognize that line from the program’s finale, when a teenager named Bran Stark was declared king of the Seven -- oops! -- Six Kingdoms.

“Game of Thrones” played out over eight years. The 86th session of the Texas Legislature started Jan. 8 and ended May 27. Maybe it just seemed longer.

On the move

We hear that Amy Stell, who coached the cheerleaders at Coronado High School for years, has joined UTEP athletics. She’ll be assistant athletic director of development. That means fundraising.

Also moving

Zahira Torres, editor of the El Paso Times, will join ProPublica, a New York-based nonprofit news organization, at the end of the month. 

She will work with local newsrooms on investigative projects in their communities as a senior editor for the Local Reporting Network. No word on who will take the editor’s job at the Times.


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