Military Spotlight Sergeant Ball


Lewes, DE native Charles Ball decided early that he wanted to “travel and see the world,” so he decided to enlist in the United States Army while in his junior year of High School.  As both a center for the high school basketball ball team and a defensive end for football, the only thing that would slow down his enlistment as soon as he graduated was the State All-Star game, which his team also won.  Soon after boot camp, his travel aspirations came true when he visited various locations throughout the United States and was stationed in Germany starting in 1982.  During his Army career, Charles continued his education by studying engineering and becoming a Surveyor.  He was honorably discharged in 1987 as an E-5 Sergeant.

Again following his wandering quest, Charles decided to move to Atlanta, GA to pursue his engineering career.  His strong work ethic and sense of family was instilled by both of his parents and strengthened by the Military.  As their only son, his interest in refinishing vehicles started early, being made responsible to keep the family vehicle in spotless condition as part of his weekly chores.  The Hertrich Family has reaped the rewards of both of these characteristics when Charles decided to move back to DE a year later to be closer to his family. He then came on board with us in 2009 as our Assistant Detail Department Manager in our Ford/Lincoln Dealership in Milford.  Little did he realize that the pride that he took in his childhood chore would develop into a successful career, being promoted to Detail Manager at Hertrich Hyundai of New Castle when it opened in 2010. 


When asked about his experience in the Military and how it has affected his life, Charles stated that he believes joining the Army at such a young age gave him a strong focus and purpose while being part of a team. “It was quite an amazing experience for a small town boy to travel and see the world while defending our country.”  Still the wanderer at heart, Charles will visit his Hawaii with his wife Valencia  for their 20th anniversary.  The Ball family also include children ranging from age 37  to 29 years of age.  Per Charles, “I have been blessed with many experiences and opportunities over the years, for which I am very thankful.” 

We are thankful as well, Sergeant Ball for your World Class contribution as part of the Hertrich Family and for your continued dedication to excellent customer service, leading your refinishing team for our New Castle locations. And from those of us that speak with Charles on a regular basis, to coin a phrase we say “10-4, roger that.”
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