Local military family wins a Kia Soul


Jonathan and Mimsel Riley of Massillon pose next to the 2012 Kia Soul they won Friday in a national giveaway.

Jan. 27 was a special day in the Kia Showroom, because we were able to give a local member of the U.S. Air Force a brand new car!

Jonathan and Mimsel Riley of Massillon were presented a 2012 Kia Soul Friday. The two were the national grand prize winner of the national “Gotta Getta Soul” Sweepstakes that was sponsored by Stage Store Inc. in conjunction with the U.S. Polo Association.

Riley couldn’t claim his prize until now because he was overseas in Ramstein, Germany serving his country as a member of the United States Air Force.

Riley was chief of the Strategy and Assessments Division, then Deputy Director for the U.S.A.F. in Germany. He has been in the U.S.A.F since 1996.

Following this giveaway, Riley will be heading to Fort Polk, La., for pre-deployment training. There he will spend the next 2.5 months in combat and air-advisor training in preparation to deploy to the NATO Training Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan, in May.

The couple said they worked with Waikem Kia sales associate Jon Watson and built their own dream Kia online. They decided on a green “alien” colored model with heated leather seats, a sunroof and in-dash navigation, among the other accessories.

“The staff here was really helpful,” he said. “They gave us free reign to come up with the Kia we wanted, I’m excited about those heated seats and that cool Alien color!”

Stage Stores, Inc. partnered with US Polo Association, one of Stage’s top brands, on the sweepstakes.  Customers entered the contest online at www.gottgettasoul.com or via text message over a five week period this summer. The contest ended on Labor Day.

Stage Stores, Inc. is the parent company of Peebles, Bealls, Goody’s, Palais, Royal and Stage with more than 820 locations throughout 40 states.

Debbie Myers, V.P. Regional Manager of Stage Stores, and Peebles Salem store manager Leslie Carrocce presented the family with the keys to their new Soul.

“Congratulations on behalf of Stage Stores,” Myers said, presenting the family with their keys. “We wish you many great trips, safety and good health in this Soul.”

Myers said it was an honor to present the Soul to a military family, because her son was a military man himself.

“Thank you very much for your service,” she said.

Jonathan said he would enjoy driving it around the area before he left for training.

“This has been a great day,” he said. “Everyone here at Waikem and everyone with Stage has been fantastic.”

It was truly an honor to present this family with their new Soul, and we thank Jonathan for his service to his country. Here’s to many safe trips inside the Soul.

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