Mercedes-Benz Club of America Houston Chapter Election at Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land
Photo by MBCA member Nat Ratanaproek
Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America – Houston Chapter gathered recently for their annual meeting to appoint new officials as well as welcome new members to the MBCA group. The Houston Chapter is comprised of over 300 members in the Greater Houston area and each brings a unique love for the Mercedes-Benz brand. This year MBCA met at our dealership and club members were given an intimate look at the facility and all that sets it apart. All MBCA members were invited to a private tour with President and Owner, Ken Enders, followed by a luncheon and introduction to the VIP Showroom.
“Maintaing relationships with extensions of the Mercedes-Benz brand and our local communities are vital to our continued success,” says Enders. “This was the perfect way to spend an afternoon, with great cars and event better people.”
The Mercedes-Benz Club of America Houston Chapter was kind enough to feature an article in their own Newsletter this month detailing their experience at the dealership.
Event Report: Election and Tour of MB Sugar Land, by Ali Durvesh:
I have visited the parts department of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land many times over the years, yet little did I know there existed an amazing escape in the sky towering over the rest of the dealership.
Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land graciously agreed to host MBCA Houston for our annual election on a Saturday afternoon. As an added bonus, they offered to give us a tour of their facilities. Attendees arrived to complimentary valet parking before making their way to the main showroom. As we gathered at the dealership it quickly became apparent that the tour was going to be the highlight of our day.
None other than Ken Enders, owner and president of Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land, and Derek Brown, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, were both present to give us a personal and very special tour of the dealership. They were extremely welcoming and hospitable as they took us through parts of the dealership which the general public does not have access to.
We began by going through the service departments for Mercedes then Sprinter (think taller). They then took us into the recently expanded detailing department where Ken’s McLaren was parked. After allowing us to drool over, sit in, and start his toy, we carried on to the main attraction.
Perched on top of MBSL’s new parking garage lies the VIP showroom which is not open to the public. Much like many of the other attendees, I did not know what to expect in this VIP showroom other than perhaps a few high end AMG® or Maybach cars.
As we rode the elevator up to the top floor, we had no idea the amazing environment that lay just beyond. As the elevator doors opened, all jaws dropped. Parked in the climate-controlled multi-level showroom were a McLaren-Mercedes SLR, an SLS AMG® roadster, an SL 65 AMG® Black Series, a Ferrari, and Ken’s personal nut-and-bolt restored 300SD formerly owned by his father. To our left, through the all-glass front end, a beautiful vista of the dealership and beyond. To our right, the VIP bar, the wine room, and the second level of the showroom. Above us the beautiful light fixture which changes color based on time of the year. The first level floor is made from stone reclaimed from the historic wine region of Burgundy, France, circa 1865. American Oak used for the stairs, ceiling, and throughout the facility comes from Amish farms in Pennsylvania, circa 1895. And yet everything is electronically and remotely controlled in 21st century Internet-of-Things (IoT) fashion.
An interesting artifact was the sink found in the bathroom. What started life as the rear windshield of a Mercedes was transformed into a beautiful and unique glass sink by a skilled artist from Ken’s native New York state.
MBSL graciously catered lunch for our group and allowed us to eat in their showroom as we conversed with Ken and Derek. Ken personally did much of the work to restore his father’s W116 300SD to showroom condition over a 4 year period. Every nut and bolt was removed. Fasteners were sent off to be replated, exhaust and suspension components were ceramic coated, and consumable items were replaced. As a testament to its durability, all the original MB tex seat covers were retained.
Finally, after multiple attempts to gather all attendees to the second level before being distracted by yet another amazing discovery, we hosted our annual election. Many familiar faces returned while a few welcome new faces officially took officer positions. We would like to thank Ken, Derek, and Mercedes-Benz of Sugar Land for giving us the opportunity to view their prized collection and conduct our election on their premise.
Ken worked tirelessly to ensure that this showroom was built to his exact specifications and was truly like no other in the world. In that respect he has succeeded; This facility, much like the Mercedes-Benz vehicles within, adheres to the adage, “The best or nothing.”