Hoop's Used Cars, Inc.
The Challenge of Dealing With Personal Loss And Still Staying In The Game
Hoop’s Used Cars is a quaint little business nestled away in Elkhart, Indiana. For the vast majority of the last three decades the business was owned and operated by husband and wife, Bill and Cindy Hoopingarner. Unfortunately Cindy, Bill’s wife of over 45 years, passed away in 2015. Cindy was a partner in Bill’s life as well as in the business. Together Bill and Cindy launched Hoop’s in July of 1986. The couple, while excited in their new venture, was also tentative. Yet they continued their journey together with a positive outlook for the future. Diligently, the couple worked and grew the business, side by side for over three decades. Cindy was in charge of bookkeeping, the checking account, payables and other clerical responsibilities, while Bill focused on the sales, day to day management, the purchasing and the other necessities in the business.
“For all of those years Cindy kept the financial part of the business in check and made sure that we always had enough money in the bank to cover the bills and the checks we wrote.” Bill said as he fondly looked back in time, “You know it’s easy to spend more money than you’re making, but Cindy always kept me and the books in line. She was the one that told me how much I could spend. Unfortunately, she’s not here to help me do that today.”
Losing Your Business Partner Is Tough… Losing Your Partner In Life Even Tougher.
But You Have To Have A Special Inner Toughness To Go On When You Lose Someone Who Was Both