Dealership Staff

Here are a few of our courteous and professional team members. You may contact them directly by clicking on one of the email links listed below each name. If you do not see who you are looking for, please click on the "Quick Contact" button and we will make sure he/she gets your message. Thank you for visiting our website. We look forward to hearing from you


 

Mike Absher
Dealer Principal    
        

I was born and raised in Marion. Apart from living in New York while in the Army, I've lived my whole life here. I now live south of Marion with my wife, three boys, 4 dogs, a cat and a host of other critters. I started in the car business part time cleaning the shop when I was 12. I started full-time in 1989. I had a sabbatical from 2003-2006 when I founded a software company that sold software to car dealers. I got back into the car business on 2/1/2007 when my wife Cheryl and I purchased Marion Ford Hyundai. We have since purchased other dealerships; Bluegrass Honda-BMW in Paducah KY in 2009, Madisonville Ford-Nissan in Madisonville, Kentucky in 2011 Hyundai of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, MO in 2012, and Nissan of Marion in Marion IL 2013. Together, we refer to our group of dealerships as Watermark Automotive Group and you can find out more behind the name at www.watermarkautogroup.com

 My only active hobby is playing the trumpet, usually within a brass quintet at First Christian Church in Marion with some friends of mine from high school. I have played the trumpet for 36 years and enjoy it very much. I have some inactive hobbies that I hope to resume someday such as woodworking. I would also like to be on a S.W.A.T team, but I am past the maximum age. I still dream about that one though and hope that some municipality will waive the age thing for me, especially since I know the theme song so well.

 I have three wonderful boys that are active in scouting, fishing, little league baseball, playing with the neighbor boys, digging holes and wrecking ATVs. I am a member of the Marion Community Unit No. 2 Board of Education, and currently I am honored to serve as President of the Board. I am a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) The Board oversees the operation of many hospitals and other heath-care related facilities throughout southern Illinois and employs over 3,000 residents which makes it the second largest employer in our entire region. I am a member of the Marion Rotary Club. My wife Cheryl is a non-practicing attorney. She does a terrific job of guiding the boys through their misadventures and making her fourth boy's life (me) a living blessing. 

I’ve asked all our team members to make the effort of writing a bio here so that you can get to know them better. I hope you allow us the time to get to know YOU better. Just like you, we are real people with real lives with a zest for living and the car business. Please come visit us anytime. At Watermark, our real will seal your deal! 

 







Brad Poole
General Manager    

Brad graduated from high school in West Frankfort in 1987 but, he'll be the first person to tell you that he is from Ohio. Brad still wears Buckeye underoos. They are the underwear that's fun to wear! After high school, Brad attended John A. Logan College and then transferred to SIU, graduating in 1991. Although Brad had never considered selling cars, he found a home at Marion Ford Hyundai. Brad has worked at the dealership since 1992 and has held the positions of Salesperson, Body Shop Manager, and Sales Manager and now he is currently the dealership's General Manager. Brad has never used the phrase "not my job". Ensuring that your employees and customers are happy is Brad's primary goal. Brad has a can-do attitude and he always, always practices forward motion never letting life or any situation discourage him. When Brad isn't working he's mowing, playing sports, watching sports or putting an obligatory beatdown on Mark Vandeveer in golf every Sunday. However, his favorite past time is spending time with his bosses, wife Melanie and daughter Mackenzie.

 

Russ Brown
General Sales Manager

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's, it's, Russ Brown! Straight from Metropolis, Russ has been a huge part of Marion Ford since 2007. With twenty-three years of experience in the auto industry, Russ sure knows his way around anything with a steering wheel. When he's not appraising trade-ins here at the dealership, Russ is working hard to make sure that any request for a vehicle is met. Whether it's phone call after phone call, or driving to another state to inspect a vehicle, Russ can get it done! In his spare time, Russ is an avid fisherman. When Russ drops a line, they never get away! He also enjoys Cardinals baseball. The most important things in Russ life are his wife, Carol and son Kyle & grandson Caden.

           
 






           

 


 

John Slone
Watermark Auto Group; Hyundai Specialist & Process Manager

John "Sloneholio" Slone was raised right here in Marion IL. John started his career in the car business here at Marion Ford Hyundai in 2000. He has steadily moved up in titles and became a member of the Watermark Auto Group team in July 2014.  He spends time at his "home base" of Marion Ford while also helping out at other Hyundai and Nissan stores.  He and his wife, Somer, and their little girl, Kinley and son, Nolan, are one of the nicest families you'll meet.  John is proof that good things happen to good people! 







Chad Weston
Sales Manager

Chad "Franchise" Weston was born and raised right here in Marion IL. Chad is truly a Marion Ford Hyundai success story. He started washing cars for us in 1997 while attending Marion high school. He worked here all through college and graduated from SIU. He sold cars for many years and now has worked up to the position of Used Sales Manager.  He knows exactly where every pre-owned vehicle in our inventory came from and can tell you all about it.  He also is great at giving "Weston Words of Wisdom" to the sales associates.  At home though, Chad is all ears when it comes to his family.  He and Brittani have a lot to listen to when their daughter Ellie starts talking about the cars her daddy sells.  The newest Weston addition, Cutler, isn't talking yet, but there's a good chance that one of his first words will be Chicago.  Da Bears and Cubs are his dads favorite teams after all.  

  Ron Vaughn
Finance Manager

Ron was born and raised in Marion, IL. Ron was hired two weeks after we opened our doors, way back in 1974. Needless to say, he has been at Marion Ford Hyundai longer than most of us have been alive. Ronnie started out selling cars and continued to do so for over 20 years. He began helping in the finance department about 15 years ago and backed up several business managers along the way. Then in 1999 we realized, that we had the perfect man for the job all along. His wife ,Jane, and two children, Amanda and Blake, have helped him remain sane through so many years in the car business. Even after 35 years in the car business, Ron's number one focus is still his customers. If Ron isn't at the dealership, he's at home yelling at the Nascar car drivers on t.v. every weekend. We really think he believes they can hear him. Ronnie is usually very mild mannered until you suggest in any way that racing is not a sport. Ronnie's dedication to Marion Ford Hyundai and his customers is truly outstanding.
  Jon Wofford
Finance Officer

Jon "Woff" Wofford is a new part of the Marion Ford Finance Team. Jon joined our Sales Team after much success in the radio field. Whenever you meet Jon, ask him to do his "radio voice". Now Jon has just made the jump from Sales to Finance. It's a whole new territory that he's learning very quickly. He is originally from the top end of our state, Woodhull, IL. But, love & marriage brought him down to Marion where he lives with wife Kendra and their three children, Will, Gloria, and Kathryn. When Jon isn't completely focused on his customers or making the entire staff laugh in hysterics, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and worship. His favorite part of being at Marion Ford is the interaction with people all day. Jon, we are so glad to have you
  Joni Barwick
Watermark VP of Corporate Development

Wow!  What an asset!  Joni joined the Watermark Automotive Group to help spread the word through the many communities in which we reside.  She was born in PA but has lived in Marion, IL for the past several years.  As a former business owner and Marion Chamber director, Joni has a wealth of business knowledge that will serve well as she embarks on her journey with us.  However, she has some killer domestic skills as well.  She has a serious garden and loves to sew, knit, and read when she ins't keeping an eye on her boys.  Her oldest boy is John; her husband.  They have two sons, Ryan who is a senior and Michael who is a sophomore at Marion High School.  Joni stays active at all times.  She enjoys running and playing with her animals whenever possible.  She even hopes to have her own "farmette" someday!  When Joni isn't up to her elbows in work, you can hear her laughing with someone or at someone (usually Wofford).  We are so pleased to have Joni on our side and we look forward to a successful journey together.
 
Stephanie White
Customer Relations Manager

Stephanie is a life long resident of Marion IL. Stephanie represents everything positive about Marion Ford Hyundai. The words, "not my job; have never been spoken by Stephanie. Here are just some of her roles during her 20+ year tenure: receptionist, title clerk, F&I manager, service manager, human resources manager, customer relations manager, and currently all those things plus acting rental manager. Her willingness to help both the customers and employees makes her one of our greatest assets. When Stephanie gets away from the dealership, she loves spending time with her husband, Brad, and children Braden and Bailey. We are truly blessed to have Stephanie as the caregiver for the Marion Ford Hyundai family.
 
 
  Pam Braswell
Sales Associate

We would like to introduce you to Pam Braswell! She is one of the members on our Sales Team, starting in early 2010. Pam is originally from the other end of our state-Lombard, IL. She moved to this area in 1973 and now lives in Lick Creek/Buncombe. She has nearly 25 years experience in the car business which makes her a veteran that is all about customer service. When she has spare time, Pam enjoys writing, reading, hiking, fishing, and cooking her own recipes she has created plus gardening. Pam loves animals and is indirectly involved in animal rescue operations. Two horses, a donkey, 2 dogs and a few aged kitties make up part of her family, as well as some barn cats and local critters that share space outside. Pam is ready to take on any challenge and is excited to be a part of the Marion Ford Team. She made the switch from selling the "other brand" because she was so impressed with the direction Ford has taken! She invites you to visit her about your car needs and promises a no nonsense and friendly approach in selecting and buying that new or used vehicle!
  Jeff Cain
Sales Associate

Jeff joined the Marion Ford Sales Team in December, 2009. He is a lifelong resident of Harrisburg and is now making the commute to Marion for work every day. He has been in the car business since 1991, which means he has the experience and know-how to get any deal done in a professional & timely way. Jeff believes that the customer comes first-no matter what. Jeff is married to Jennifer and they have three daughters; Ashley, Bailey, and Carey.  With this many women in his life, Jeff is constantly busy!
 
  David Dannenmueller
Sales Associate

David is one of the busiest members of the Marion Ford Sales Team! He has been selling cars for the past 16 years! He says the best part about selling is getting to help people find the right car that fits their needs. David grew up in Missouri but now calls Carterville home. When David has free time, he enjoys Cardinal baseball, catching any game and hitting the gym.
 
 
  Tom Madden
Sales Associate

Tom has joined our sales team.  He resides in his hometown of Marion with his beautiful wife Merissa.  When he is not at the dealership selling a vehicle you can be rest assured he is spending time with his 4 sons probably involving some kind of sporting event.


  Brian McHugh
Sales Associate

Brian McHugh comes to us from Vienna IL. He now resides in Marion, IL where he also owns rental properties. Brian has been with us for since 2006 and has become a valuable part of our sales force. He is always volunteering for extra training courses and is our resident "small vehicle specialist!" You could call him the King of Compacts. When not working, Brian enjoys trying his game at softball and basketball. However, his most favorite place to be is Vine Community Church. He and his wife, Mayra, are very active members there. Brian will tell you when speaking of his wife, that God put her in his life because she was the perfect person for him. When asked about working at Marion Ford, Brian says that everyone is open and willing to help one another out. He'll also tell you that he needs a vacation!
  Gary Sutton
Sales Associate

Gary Sutton is a key member of the Marion Ford Sales department. He fills some big shoes-literally. Gary is our in house giant with an even bigger heart. He is the go to guy for product information like tow capacity and torque in a Super Duty truck. He also handles ordering all of our inventory and dealer trades. Gary is loved by his customers for his straightforward thinking and attitude. He always asking what he can do "fer" them! When Gary isn't busy with a 6 day work week, you find him in the garden at home with wife, Connie or on the hardwood shooting some hoops. Gary will tell anyone about his huge family that means the world to him.

 
Derrick Hobson
Sales Associate

Derrick is "The Hugger" on our Sales Team!  He is originally from Harrisburg but now lives in Carterville.  He has been selling cars for over three years and says that he loves it!  He is ready to show customers at Marion Ford Hyundai all of our great products and help them choose the perfect vehicle!  When Derrick isn't working, he likes watching and playing sports, listening to music, lifting weights and paying the bills to have all this fun!  Derrick and wife, Ashley, have two sons.  When you buy a car from Derrick, be ready for his contagious smile and the genuine HUG!
                      

           
Nathan Bussler
Sales Associate

Nathan is originally from West Frankfort, but his love of the lake has landed him in Marion with his family.   When he isn't onsite at Marion Ford, you'll find him fishing, golfing or rapelling.  Or, maybe just hanging out with the women of his life; his wife Amy and daughters Morgan, Madison, Karson & Kiegan.
           
           

 

Randy Wade

Sales Associate

After 30 years in the coal mining industry Randy has spent the past 10 years in automotive sales.  He is originally from Herrin but recently has built a home in Pittsburg where he resides with his lovely wife Regina and their dogs Coco and Mr. Buttons.  When he is not at work he has lots of projects waiting for him at home, but still tries to find sometime to hunt fish and do a little dog training.  We are happy to welcome him to our sales team. 

 

 

  Sarah Hogan
Internet Director

Sarah is originally from West Frankfort, Illinois but moved to Marion in 2013. Sarah started her career in the car business right here at Marion Ford Hyundai. She began in the business development center in 2005. Although her job title is Internet manager, she serves many needs for the dealership. Here are just a few of other duties that we count on her to do: update and maintain the website, create used car source books, update the B.A.B. (big ass board), create and send direct mail and e-mail campaigns, bake something wonderful at least twice a month, help organize the new owners clinic, and much more. No matter what role she is filling, Sarah always has one goal in mind, customer satisfaction. Sarah is an outstanding person and employee.  She and husband, Chris, have a daughter, Marley.  We are lucky to have her as a member of the Marion Ford Hyundai family.
        

Jessie Sims
Accounting Office

Jessie is a lifesaver in our accounting office!  She catches a lot of the overflow from phone calls, paperwork, filing and scanning.  When she's not at work she is home with husband, Rick, taking care of kids and puppies.             

  Judy Widener
Accounting Office Manager

G. I. Judy is originally from Portage, Indiana and now lives in Herrin. Judy’s tour of duty at Marion Ford Hyundai started in 2006, but she has been in the car business for over 35 years. We are so lucky to have someone so disciplined with the dealerships finances as well as the customers. It took a little time for her to adapt to all the friendly faces around here, but now she is one of our best pranksters. She has truly become a major part of the Marion Ford Hyundai family. Judy’s home family consists of one of the finest K9’s walking on four legs. Emmi takes care of her when she isn’t crunching the numbers here at the dealership. Judy is without question, one of our greatest assets.
  Joann Adams
Accounting Office

Joann is originally from Marion.  She has been with Marion Ford since 2004. She started out in the Business Development Center, but has now joined the accounting office. Joann always tries to maintain an optimistic attitude. When she isn’t here, she is spending time with her daughter Jessi.
  Brian Bennett
Accounting Office

Brian grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky but moved to Marion, Illinois in 2003.  That southern accent still comes through very clearly!  He worked briefly in the auto business in 2004 and then returned in 2011.  He originally was a part of our Easy Street Acceptance team, but made the jump to accounting office to help even out the estrogen levels.  He and wife, Sarah, have a dog named Elton.  Brian enjoys playing golf, watching sports live and on TV and also working in the yard.
  Crystal Oxendine
Accounting Office, Assistant Manager

Crystal comes to us from Herrin IL where she was born and raised. She still resides in Herrin with her husband Brad, her adorable son Gavin and her dog Dallas. Crystal started in the car business in 2005 right here at Marion Ford Hyundai, in the accounting office. We are blessed to have her knowledge and pretty smile with us everyday. When she isn’t here “cooking the books”, she loves reading, playing darts, singing, and spending time with her friends and family. Crystal is a wonderful employee and we love her very much.

 


Todd Smedshammer
Accounting Office

Todd was born in Minnesota but spent most of his childhood here in Marion, IL and now resides in Herrin with his wife Sherry and their daughters Harper & Quinn. Todd has been with Marion Ford Hyundai since 2006 and represents the male population in the accounting office. Todd is the calming presence in the dealership. Every now and then we have to check his pulse to make sure he is still with us. When Todd isn’t here at work, he is either reading, rooting for the Twins, or playing with his two daughters, Harper & Quinn.



  Shelby  Burris
Accounting Office & Evening Receptionist

Shelby made the jump into the auto business here at Marion Ford in August 2013.  She is originally from Cobden - Go Appleknockers!  She now lives in Carterville with her husband Brandon.  She enjoys cooking, reading, crafting and home décor.
 

 Kailey Shoff
 
Service Cashier

Kailey lives here in Marion, her hometown...  We are so glad to have her join our team.   When she's not at work she is hanging out with family and taking care of her sweet little baby boy Tucker Lynn. 

 

Aubrey Pitts
Accounting Office

Aubrey is from Cobden.  After 5 years at McDonalds in Anna and a brief time in the day care business she has landed in our accounting department.  She is doing a great job with our license and title and is learning a lot of new things along the way.  Not only does she love cars she likes to race them too!   When she's not at work she is hanging out with her kids (aka the best dogs ever) Honey, Spunky and Charmin. 


  Kay Bittle
Day Receptionist

Kay was born & raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. She moved to Southern Illinois while in high school and now makes her home in Marion. She ventured into the auto world in 2002 as our receptionist. She is the person that really keeps all of the dealership employees, especially sales people, in line! It is common knowledge that you do as Kay says around here. Stern as she may be, Kay has one of the biggest hearts of anyone here! She is the resident Birthday Cake Baker, gift wrapper, & coordinator of celebrations! When Kay has spare time, you’ll see her tooling around with her husband, Richard, in her Thunderbird with the top down! She also is known to go on a shopping excursion or two in search of the perfect gift for daughter Lisa, son Jason or grandchildren Nick, Zach & Benjamin. Kay is definitely one of the reasons Marion Ford is such a great place to be!
  Janus Kling
Weekend Receptionist

Janus is rounding out our receptionist position by working on Saturdays here at Marion Ford. She is a welcome addition! Janus grew up in Dexter, Missouri, but has lived in or near Marion for the past 40+ years. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She especially loves being with her five grandchildren. Be sure to say hello to Janus the next time you stop in!
 

Allison Fox

Receptionist    

We are so excited to have Allison working here.  She was born in Cobden but considers Marion her hometown.  Before she started working at our dealership. she was a cashier and salesperson for her families business Fox Sports Cards and Collectibles.  When Allison is not here you will probably find her at school or at home with her favorite cat "Cooper" 

        

  Tommy Baker
Service Manager

Tommy Baker is a product of Marion, Illinois. He has lived here his whole life. Tommy began his career in the automotive repair business right here at Marion Ford in 1986. Since that time, Tommy has become known & loved by customers for his easy going attitude and wealth of knowledge. Tommy can take the worst possible scenario and make it all seem ok. When Tommy is not coming in early or staying late, he enjoys being at home with wife Sue and their children Kyle & Chad. He is also a hunter & fisherman and loves riding his Harley. Tommy is a true asset to our dealership and we are so lucky to have him!
  Ryne Wade
Service Advisor

Ryne Wade is a Marion guy through and through. He has lived here his whole life and knows many of the residents. Ryne has worked at Marion Ford since 2005. He began in the Quicklane as an assistant and has now moved to a Service Advisor in our Service Department. He says it is like working with family at Marion Ford and he really enjoys it. He also enjoys working with the public and making sure his customers are taken care of. When Ryne isn't opening repair orders, he can be found on the links, hunting or fishing with his pup, Avery. He also enjoys a day on the lake just hanging out.
    
 

 


  Aaron Mallery
Service Technician

Aaron comes to us from Carterville, IL. He has been a resident there his whole life. Aaron began his career in the automotive service field in 1999, right here at Marion Ford. Aaron says some of the best things about working here are learning the new techniques & products as they are developed. He also enjoys helping solve problems for customers. In Aaron's spare time, you find him manning the grill (with a frosty beverage of course!). He will take any challenger in a washer throw game. He also enjoys a trip on his Harley motorcycle with wife, Tracy.
  Ben Quoss
Service Technician

Ben is one of our up & coming Deisel Techs at Marion Ford. He started out in our Quicklane; with the drive to go an extra step with everything he does, Ben has become a big part of our Service Department. When Ben isn't busy working & training, he enjoys fine tuning his personal car (we won't say what kind it is!) He also likes movies, video games and playing the bass guitar. He is currently engaged to Jenna and they have 2 cats, Woody and Johnny and a ferret, Teeth. One thing you should remember about Ben is that he will definitely beat you in any competition involving spicy food!
 
  Terry Wright
Service Technician

Originally from DuQuoin, Terry Wright is now a resident of Elkville. Terry’s picture can be found in any Webster’s Dictionary right next to the work ‘experience’. He has been in the car business for forty years! We have been lucky to have him in our service department since 1985! He loves working here because he is always busy! On the weekend, Terry can be found fishing or taking aim at sports clays. He is sure to make time to spend with his lovely wife Janet, daughter Shelly and pet cat Friskey. Terry always has a smile and pleasant word for anyone he meets.
 
  Darrell Coleman
Service Technician

Darrell is a lifelong Marion resident. He has been in the automotive business since 2005. He started at Marion Ford in the Quicklane and "quickly" worked himself up to a full time Service Technician. He is a customer favorite that is always happy to explain the work being done in “plain English”. When he is not working, Darrell enjoys his own family time with wife Carrie and daughter Maecce. Don’t make the mistake of thinking Darrell is too soft though…he trains in mixed martial arts!
 

David Moore

Service Technician

David is one of our service technicians.  He has over 25 years of experience working on vehicles and still looks forward to getting up every morning and coming to help get our guests vehicles back on the road.   David and his wife Sheila live in the Thompsonville/West Frankfort area with their 2 children.  He enjoys fishing and hunting but most of all loves spending time with his family.  He is a welcomed addition to our service team and our Marion Ford family.



           

 

John Ray
Service Technician

John calls Johnston City his 'home town', but is now living in Marion with his wife Debbie. John's first day as a professional service technician was in 1985. He has been fixing cars in the Marion Ford Service Department for twenty-four years. John is always making the guys back there laugh with his sarcastic sense of humor! When John is not working, he enjoys anything that has to do with cars-the faster, the better! He and Debbie also take the motorcycle out for a ride on the weekends. John says the best thing about working at Marion Ford is the people!
 

 

 

Clint Lodwick
Service Advisor

Clint began working in our Quick Lane while attending SIU for automotive technology.   He then moved to our Service Department and became one  of our Ford Certified technicians.  He has now made the switch to Service Advisor .   He recently married the love of his life, Shantell, and has settled down in Herrin.  When he's not working here or remodeling their home, you will most likely catch him outdoors.... boating or just lounging by the pool...

 

Jearl Trammell

Service Technician

Jearl is originally from Whiteash but now resides in Murphysboro. He has been working on vehicles for the past 12 years and is a Ford Certified technician.  This soon to be Grandpa and his wife Jacqui (aka love of his life) are blessed with their growing family and are also foster parents.  When Jearl does get a little free time he loves to hunt and fish.  We are so happy to welcome him to our service team.

 

Carrie Coleman

Porter

Carrie is a breath of fresh air.  Whether it be greeting our guests or giving them a ride to work, she is full of smiles and always ready to help.  We are very happy to have her as part of our family.  When she's not here she is hanging out with her hubby Darrell and their sweet little girl Miss Maecee.

  Greg Belcher
Service Porter

Greg grew up in Marion, Illinois, but now resides in Pittsburg with his wife, Melanie. Greg has been in the car business with Marion Ford for seven years now. He is one of the most soft spoken of our employees, but definitely one of our most valuable assets. Greg's ability to make customers feel comfortable while he takes them to their work or home is great. While Greg is at work, he gets to be around his family as well. Wife Melanie and children Nathan & Nichoal all work here! In his spare time, Greg enjoys cooking, playing billiards and spending time with his grandchildren, Emma & Jaxton.
 
  Melanie Belcher
Quick Lane, Manager

Melanie is truly the “Queen” of the Quicklane. Melanie helped open the doors to the Quicklane in 2002. Since then, she has helped thousands and thousands of customers with their maintenance needs. Melanie keeps her family very close to her, literally. Her husband Greg, daughter Nichoal, and son Nathan all work at Marion Ford Hyundai. Melanie and Greg live in Pittsburgh, Il and try to spend as much time with their grandchildren Emma, Jaxton and Leo. Nichoal just talked them talked them into buying a pontoon boat, so hopefully they will get time to do just that.
  Joel Barter
Quick Lane Assistant

Joel is back in action here at Marion Ford! He is at the Quicklane helping out just about everywhere. You'll see him behind the counter helping open the repair tickets, out in the shop lending a hand. Joel has lived in Marion his whole life and many know him as a hunter & car buff. He enjoys being in the duck blind or under the hood of his old truck. He and his wife,Jess, were married in 2011.  Check out their "get-away" car!  Joel says he enjoys the environment here at Marion Ford and is glad to be back. We say "ditto".
  Nathan Belcher
Quick Lane Technician

Nathan is a Marion native through and through. Living just a short distance from the dealership, he never gets stuck in traffic! He has been at Marion Ford since 2008, however he has lots of time here off the clock. You see, Nathans father, mother, and sister all work here too! Nathan enjoys relaxing at home, keeping up with professional sports, and of course spending time with his adorable daughter Emma.
  Allen Gulledge
Quick Lane Technician, Alignment Specialist

Allen was born & raised in Carterville, Illinois. He ventured into the car business nineteen years ago and has ever looked back. Allen has been a big part of our Service Departments & Quicklane since 1992! He will tell you that he loves working here because he is getting to do what he is good at-fixing cars! When Allen is not at work, he enjoys relaxing, riding on his motorcycle, and rooting for Da Bears! When he’s at home, Allen gets to see his wife, Bren, children, Kelsey & Jordan, and the countless pets they have!
  Dillon Mallery
Quick Lane Technician

Dillon is a Carterville guy that now lives a little closer to work in Herrin.  He has been working on cars for over 4 years and is now joining our Quick Lane team.  We are happy to have him on board!

 

Brandon Gries

Quick Lane Technician

 

Brandon works as a technician in our Quick Lane.  He has been working as a tech for 3 years while taking automotive classes.  In his spare time you might find him hanging out with his dog Drake, hunting and fishing. 

 


 

 

Pete Krahulec

Quick Lane Technician

Pete is from Manhattan IL and now lives in Carbondale.  He's been around the car business since he was 18.  Lifting weights is a hobby of his which comes in handy in the tire changing part of his job.  We are glad to have Pete as part of the Quick lane team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 




Michael Tripp

Quick Lane Technician


Michael works part time in our Quick Lane.  He is a student at Southeastern Illinois College studying Diesel technology.  He like so many of our employees enjoys four wheeling, hunting, fishing and golf.  We look for great things from Michael in the future. 







           


           






           

             

 

Zack Farner
Service Technician

Zack is from Marion and is officially making his start in the car business.  He's been doing work on anything with wheels and a motor for a few years already though. After fine tuning his skills in the Quick Lane, he has now moved to our Service Department.  He enjoys hunting and sport shooting plus anything that has to do with cars.  He also likes to hang out with his dog, Sig.
               

 

 

 

           

 

Ryan Townsend
Service Technician

Ryan has moved from our Quick Lane to the Service Department.  Posing here in his new shades, you never know what he will be up to next... 
 

 

  Andrew Hancock
IT Specialist           
           



Andrew is our IT Specialist.  We lucked out on the IT part, as he just casually mentioned that he knew a bit about computers one day.  And by bit, he meant pretty much everything!  If he's not getting a new program installed, he is constantly busy helping one of our employees with their computers.   He is one of the nicest people you'll meet.  He is originally from Marion and loves to go 4-wheeling! 
  Brett Mallery
Quick Lane Technician

We would like to introduce Brett as a member of our Quicklane. He grew up in Chester, Illinois (also the home of Pop-eye!) He now lives in Carbondale though. Brett has been in the automotive business for 4 years and is continuing his love of servicing vehicles here at Marion Ford. When he isn't working, you'll find Brett busy racing cars and jamming on his guitar.
 
           
Kirk Richards
Quick Lane Technician
                       
  Bobby Throgmorton
Parts Manager

Bobby hails from the great city of Vienna, Il where he was born. Bobby began his career at Marion Ford Hyundai in 1982. He started as a parts counter person and worked his way into the management position in 1990. Since that time, the parts department has become the most consistent department at the dealership. Bobby’s dedication to his job and his family is truly outstanding. He and his wife Sherri are so proud of their son Bryan and daughter Brittany. Running a close second however, is Mr. John Deere. Bobby loves his quiet time on the tractor. When he isn’t chillin on the tractor or slaving at the dealership, he’s watching some top fuel racing action. He and his wife love traveling and spending time with friends and family, especially if there is a race near by. Bobby is an excellent person as well as an excellent employee.
  Bill Whitehead
Parts

Bill ‘Whitey’ Whitehead gets his nickname from the color of his hair! You’ll be able to pick him out of the crew in our Parts Department. He comes to us from New Burnside, where he was born & raised. Bill has been working with us since 1988! He loves to spend his spare time R-Ving, hunting & competitive cooking with wife Gail. They have three children and five grandchildren that are Bill’s pride & joy. Bill says his favorite thing about working at Marion Ford is the people. We say the feeling is mutual!
  Mike Deaton
Parts

Mikey ‘Too Tall’ is a native of Creal Springs, though he now makes his home in Marion. Another one of the great guys in our Parts Department, Mike has been with us since 1991. He must have started when he was four… Mike says he gets along with just about anyone and that’s what makes working here so enjoyable. Mike’s hobbies include golfing and playing with his son Josh. He is also a great husband to wife Ronnette
  Shannon Laminack
Parts

Shannon is the only employee hailing from Lick Creek. He has lived there his entire life! When Shannon started in our Parts Department in 2000, he quickly figured out a few of the best things about working here. First, it was the people. Those Parts guys are a great crew. Second, it was the A/C! Most warehouse jobs don’t include the cool stuff that Shannon enjoys. On his weekend, Shannon likes to ride ATVs and go-carts. He also enjoys camping. Shannon’s sense of humor comes across very clearly with one of his dog’s names: Dog.
  Grover Laminack
Parts


Grover is an Appleknocker at heart, as he hails from Cobden. He has been working in the car business since 1990! That’s what you call experience. For nineteen years, Grover has been in the Marion Ford Parts Department. When Grover goes home, he enjoys spending time with his large family! The Laminack tree consists of Sheary, Emilee, Jeremy, Devin, Trent, Chrissy, Allison, Danni, Alex, Ryan, Pudgy & Maddie. He also enjoys gardening & ‘clowning’ around!
 
   
 

Jeremy Martin
Parts

Jeremy lives  here in Marion with his lovely wife Jackie and sweet little boy Blake.  When he not helping the Quick Lane technicians get the parts needed for our guests vehicles he is usually out riding dirt bikes or 4 wheeling. 

 
  Nichoal Belcher
Warranty Clerk

Nichoal is originally from Pittsburg, Illinois. This is where the rest of her family (who just so happen to work here also) are from. Nichoal began her career in the auto business in 2003 and has worn many hats here at the dealership. She isn’t afraid of hard work and truly cares about the customer! Nichoal loves her family time with her son, Jaxton.
 








John McKeown

Body Shop Manager

He's back!!!!

           











  Brad Bundren
Body Shop Technician

Brad lives in Marion, after relocating from his home town of Creal Springs. He has been a big part of our Body Shop for since 1999. He began his career in the car business here at Marion Ford. He’ll tell you the people he works with are what makes his job great. When Brad isn’t working, he can be found spending time with his family. He also enjoys Nascar racing on Sundays.
 

Tim Bundren
Body Shop Technician

Tim has been here at the dealership for many years.  It's amazing how he can take a completely crushed vehicle and make it look brand new.  What talent.   As you can see in the picture.... Tim's family is the most important thing in his life.  He is very blessed.   

  Sean Chester
Body Shop Technician

Sean Chester is local boy from right here in Marion. Sean began working for us in 2001, but left after several years to pursue greener pastures. Like so many others, Sean realized he left the best place on earth to work and returned to work in our Body Shop. He and wife Mandi have one daughter, Emma. She is queen of the Chesters. Sean is huge sports fan and "he likes soda".

           
 
  Barry McIntosh
Body Shop Technician

Barry is a Marion native, now living in Creal Springs with his wife, Teresa, and daughter Kaelyn. Barry is almost part of the background here at Marion Ford. You see, he started his career in the automobile business here in 1985! He is one of the “gentle giants” in our Body Shop and says he loves working for his manager in that department. When Barry is not working, you can find him in the woods or by water. His favorite hobbies include fishing and big game hunting. If it has a tail-it’s a target!
  Matt Lampley
Body Shop Technician
  Jon O'Neal
Body Shop Technician

Jon is a member of our Body Shop team. With over 13 years of experience, he is sure to get the job done right! Jon has lived in Carbondale his whole life and has two children Damian and Gracelynn. When not working, Jon enjoys playing with his children and is also into keeping a fit & healthy lifestyle. Welcome to Marion Ford Jon!
  Justin Anderson
Body Shop Technician

Justin is a part of the Marion Ford detail department. He is a life-long Creal Springs guy and has been in the auto biz for 5 years already! He enjoys restoring early model cars & trucks as well as playing guitar and riding ATVs. Justin has two dogs, Gabby & Copper.


           

 



           

 

          
           

William Yunker
Body Shop Technician

William Yunker is a member of our Body Shop! We welcome his experience (34 years!) and are eager to keep him busy. William is originally from Orland Park, but now lives in West Frankfort. When not working, William enjoys music, riding four wheelers and anything to do with classic cars. You can also find him spending time with Cathy and children Drake, Makayla, Jason, Emme & Liam.

 

 

 

 

 

 


           

           

  Mike Foster
Detail & Lot Manager

Mike Foster is a proud resident of Vienna. After a few unique job titles, Mike began his career in the automobile industry in 1988. He has been at Marion Ford on & off-he just can't live without us! He is full of information on vehicles and is especially knowledgeable regarding glove boxes! There have been many roles the Mike has filled here at the dealership and he has brought his unique sense of humor & logic to every one. He swears that he may have been George Washington in past life! When Mike isn’t busy keeping the entire inventory in check & maintained, he usually can be found plotting a prank on any one of his co-workers. When he’s off work, Mike enjoys being outdoors while fishing or target shooting. Mike is father of two, Shayne & Henry. He and wife, Lynni, also like to spend time at their bluff top home with Jack Russell, Elwood.
  Seth George
Internet 

Seth is bringing some culture to our dealership with his love of music and songwriting.  He is a Marion guy that has been working from an early age in both food service and retail sales.  He is glad for the change of pace and scenery at a dealership.  In his spare time, Seth writes music and performs with his band, the very popular Murphy500!  You may have even seen them play at a local winery or venue.

 
Ethan Lee
Detailer

Welcome Ethan! He is a member of our Detail team here at Marion Ford Hyundai. He has been honing his skills by detailing vehicles for over 2 years. He understands and appreciates the beauty in a pristine car. Ethan can be found hunting, fishing, playing basketball and hanging out with his pals when he isn't here working.
  Stephen Hill
Detailer
           

Stephen comes to us from Crab Orchard.  In our Detail department, his favorite thing is getting to be around all of the different kinds of cars.  He also enjoys listening to music and hanging out with friends.
  Justin Wing
Detailer

 

 

Cody Martin

Lead Detailer

 

Cody is the man when it comes to getting detailing done here at Marion Ford Hyundai!  Here is a lifelong Marion guy and is even a Firefighter in the area!  He also enjoys Motorcross sports.


           
                       

 

 

Jason "Shorty" Rector
Body Shop Prep

Shorty is a Carterville resident, born and raised.  He is the Mighty Mouse of our detail department and has now joined our prep team in the body shop.  Sometimes it seems like he's running circles around himself getting things done.  Jason has one child, Cody, and he also enjoys hunting, fishing and watching sports.  His favorite thing about his job is the people he works with.

  Jim Weinel
Detailer

Jim is originally from the land of Dorothy....Junction City, Kansas.  He now lives in Marion with his wife, Cheri.  When Jim  isn't busy detailing hundreds of cars a month, he enjoys fishing and catching a Nascar race.
                      
 

 Zach Sims

Detailer

Zach is one of our detailers.  He always has a smile on his face and is ready to help anyway he can.  He is a great addition to our family.   When he's not here he is hopefully being careful out hunting, fishing and riding his four wheeler. 

 

 

 

 

Ricky Wayland

Detailer

Ricky lives in Marion and works in our detail department.  He does an awesome job!  We love having him as part of our family.  He always has a smile on his face which is truly contagious.  You can't help but smile too!  He also is the biggest movie buff you'll ever meet and goes to see a new movie every Friday night!

 

 

Daniel Madden

Detailer

Daniel is really into sports and lately has been practicing his military smile...  He has been doing a great job in our detail department, but unfortunately for us will be heading to the marines in the new year. 

 

Clint Cole

Detailer

Clint is from Chester originally but now lives in Marion.  He is one of the newest members to our detail department and our family.  He is just staring in the car business and we look forward to great things for him in the future.  He really likes sports and music and spending time with his friends and family.

 

 




William Kirkpatrick
Maintenance

William "Rob" lives in Benton now, but his hometown is Redbird territory (West Frankfort).  We keep him really busy around here, but when he does have free time you might catch him riding his motorcycle or just hanging out with Cassie and his "little guy" Cyler.









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