Staff

Management

  • Michael Johnson

    Michael Johnson

    General Manager

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    Michael Johnson

    Michael Johnson

    General Manager

    I am a distinguished automotive executive with over 4 decades of experience in the automotive profession. I have served roles as sales consultant, assistant sales manager, sales manager, general sales manager, finance manager, finance director and general manager. Most of my tenure has been with Chevrolet and Kia. As General Manager of Jim Ellis Kia of Kennesaw is where I continue to garner commendations for my unfaltering commitment to the Jim Ellis Automotive Group, to my team members and constituents. My unswerving commitment doesn’t just rest in the automobile business, it extends to a profound love for my family, my work family and customers as a whole. I clearly understand “without them, there is no me”. I thrive on setting and achieving meaningful goals, a characteristic that is clearly reflected in my work ethics and the positive outcomes I consistently deliver professionally and in my personal life. I am 1982 graduate of the University of South Carolina, and I am probably one of the biggest Gamecock fans that has walked this earth. I enjoy attending sporting events, concerts, cultural events, listening to jazz and traveling with my best friend, who happens to be my wife, Raquel. We both are deeply rooted in giving back through various organizations including our own foundation. If I may leave you with one thing I truly believe, “if everyone recognizes their own talents and realize, that these talents are our gifts from God and what we do with these talents, is our gift to God”.

  • Matt Rock

    Matt Rock

    General Sales Manager

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    Matt Rock

    Matt Rock

    General Sales Manager

    I have been in the automotive industry since 1997. I started out in sales, where I sold a mix of brands for 6 years. From that point, I moved into management, beginning with finance. I found finance fit me perfectly. Having one on one interaction with customers was natural to me. It allowed me the opportunity to help families navigate their automotive needs pressure free. I met many good people and friends for life. After spending over a decade in finance, I decided to take the next step out of a desire to learn more. I am now the General Sales Manager here at Jim Ellis Kia. While the task is tall, I love the challenge. Being someone that enjoys participating in sports, I am extremely competitive and will never relent from being the best “ME” possible. I also hold my staff to those same standards. In turn, making the Jim Ellis motto of “Always expect the best” easy to achieve. We are looking forward to servicing your automotive needs now and for years to come. If you ever have any questions or just need automotive advice, please feel free to reach out to me personally.

    Continued Blessings…

  • Katherine Nunn

    Katherine Nunn

    New Car Sales Manager

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    Katherine Nunn

    Katherine Nunn

    New Car Sales Manager

    Hey my name is Katherine I’m the Internet Sales Manager with Jim Ellis Kia. I was born and raised in England, and I’ve lived in the US for 22 years. In my spare time you will find me hanging out with my family, mainly my nephews, and if not them snuggling with my puppy Raleigh. I’ve been in the auto industry for seven years; I absolutely love what I do and my customers (family) are the reason why. Don’t forget if you can’t remember my name just ask for the girl with the hair.

  • Todd Garman

    Todd Garman

    Used Car Sales Manager

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    Todd Garman

    Todd Garman

    Used Car Sales Manager

    Todd was born and raised in Iowa and moved to Atlanta 30 years ago, and has been in the automotive industry ever since. Todd attended the University of Iowa, and he’s always watching a Hawkeye sporting event. Todd has been with the Jim Ellis Group for 7 years, and has loved every minute of it. When he’s not at the dealership, you can find Todd spending time with his family and friends, on the golf course, or enjoying his new love/hate relationship with pickleball. Please reach out if I can help with your vehicle needs!

  • Sam Stewart

    Sam Stewart

    Service Manager

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    Sam Stewart

    Sam Stewart

    Service Manager

    My career in the automotive industry began in 2003 as an Express Technician. I worked my way through Service, Parts, and Collision departments over the next few years. In early 2009 I took on my first management position in the Parts Department. Since then I have overseen multiple brands, rooftops, and assisted dealers with their Fixed Operations, meeting many tremendous leaders, teammates, peers, and friends along the way. I feel that my experience in the different departments in Fixed Operations has given me a unique perspective that allows me to always look at the big picture, and help guide the team in the best direction possible. I had the great fortune to join the Jim Ellis organization in November 2022. The team here has been more than welcoming and allowed me to utilize my experience to help the store continue to grow, and give excellent service to our clients. I am proud to be part of an organization that truly believes in exceeding expectations by always putting the client first.

  • Jessica Mulkey

    Jessica Mulkey

    Parts Manager

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    Jessica Mulkey

    Jessica Mulkey

    Parts Manager

    Jessica has been with Kia since 2016 and the Parts Manager here since November, however she’s been in parts since 2012. She started out as a parts driver for O’Reilly Auto Parts and then worked her way up to Assistant Manager before coming to work for Kia. She is married with two stepdaughters (ages 4 & 8) and a 6 month old baby girl.

  • Zee Caradine

    Zee Caradine

    BDC Sales Manager

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    Zee Caradine

    Zee Caradine

    BDC Sales Manager

    Zee has been with Jim Ellis since 2013. She is married and a mother to a beautiful little girl. She was born in Croatia, but has been in the states since 1999. She enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

    *Fluent in Serbian and English

  • Michael Awolusi

    Michael Awolusi

    Finance Director

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    Michael Awolusi

    Michael Awolusi

    Finance Director

    Mike is a seasoned Finance Director with a distinguished career spanning 18 years in the Auto Industry. Since 2018, he has been a vital asset to the Jim Ellis organization, where his expertise has played a pivotal role in shaping financial strategies and driving success. Outside of work, Mike finds joy in spending quality time with his family and exploring new destinations through travel.

  • Brandon Pond

    Brandon Pond

    Finance Manager

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    Brandon Pond

    Brandon Pond

    Finance Manager

    I started my career in the automotive industry in 2017 and have found my home with the Jim Ellis organization in 2019. Before moving into management, I sold cars here at our Kia store. My current position, Finance Manager, has been a blessing to myself and my family. Interacting with individuals and families, assisting with their automotive wants and needs, all while providing an exceptional experience are a small part of why I love my job. I have goals and ambitions to be promoted within the company honor of holding a General Manager position being the end goal. Here at Kia our hope is to be better than we were yesterday and we will continue to do so by providing excellent customer service and a product unlike any other brand. Thank you for stopping by and letting us assist you the best way we know how.

  • Bryson Smith

    Bryson Smith

    Finance Manager

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    Bryson Smith

    Bryson Smith

    Finance Manager

    Hello my name is Bryson Smith and I’m one of our Finance Managers here at Jim Ellis Kia. I started my sales career as a home theater expert for Best Buy, but then shortly after, developed a passion for Automobile Sales. I’m currently working on my degree at Kennesaw State University. Whenever I’m not at the dealership you can typically either find me online running a gaming channel on YouTube or finding my time trying to stick to some sort of gym schedule with friends. I can promise that with an opportunity to earn your business not only will you drive away with a smile and fantastic new vehicle, but I will strive to get at least one laugh from you with the many jokes I’ve work hard to develop over the years. Because after all “We’d love to see ya, in a Kia!”

Sales

  • Robert Billings

    Robert Billings

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Robert Billings

    Robert Billings

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Hello, my name is Robert L.Billings III. A devoted family man and a proud employee at Jim Ellis of Kia. I have been in Automotive Sales for eight years. I enjoy meeting new people and assisting customers. I also like to talk sports, and attend sporting events.

  • Sheldon Carter

    Sheldon Carter

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Sheldon Carter

    Sheldon Carter

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Hello! My name is Sheldon Carter and I’m a Kia Brand Specialist here at Jim Ellis Kia. I come from a 10 year sales background from BestBuy. I pride myself on my customer service, professionalism and I love helping people and putting smiles on faces. In my spare time I take care of my dog, aquarium, plants, & myself. I’m always open to learn new things and I’m always eager to work. Looking forward to meeting you!

  • Correy Cottle

    Correy Cottle

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Correy Cottle

    Correy Cottle

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Correy, a salesman from New Jersey, is a loving father who cherishes his children above all else. With his passion for sales, Correy has mastered the art of building strong relationships with his clients. His magnetic personality and unwavering work ethic have propelled him to success. When he’s not closing deals, Correy devotes his time to creating lasting memories with his kids. Whether it’s playing sports, embarking on family adventures, or enjoying movie nights together, Correy’s love for his children shines through. Correy’s commitment to both his career and his family makes him a remarkable individual who finds fulfillment in the balance between work and love.

  • Lavoghn Curry

    Lavoghn Curry

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Lavoghn Curry

    Lavoghn Curry

    Kia Brand Specialist

    I have been with the Jim Ellis Group for two years, I was given the opportunity to work for Jim Ellis Kia as a service technician. After about a year I realized I wanted to accelerate my growth into a career where I could showcase my personality. Now I’m a product specialists with a goal of treating my clients like family and ensure they have the best experience.

  • Mackenzie Florence

    Mackenzie Florence

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Mackenzie Florence

    Mackenzie Florence

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Hello, my name is Mackenzie! I am proud to be with the Jim Ellis organization and have the opportunity to help our clientele. I have sold cars for the past three years after spending ten years working in the local library system learning how to best help the community. When off the clock, I like to spend time with my puppy, friends and family, and creating artwork. I look forward to assisting you!

  • Taylor Holley

    Taylor Holley

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Taylor Holley

    Taylor Holley

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Taylor has been with the Jim Ellis Group for nearly 2 years, and absolutely loves working for our Kia store. When she’s not at the dealership, Taylor loves cooking, playing sports and being with her pets.

  • Kevin Moore

    Kevin Moore

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Kevin Moore

    Kevin Moore

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Hello everyone, I’m Kevin Moore! I’m new to the Jim Ellis Kia team, but I would love to help you find your next car. I’m from Dallas, GA and I love spending time with my wife and kids.

    I’m so excited to be with one of the hottest brands in the country, and I look forward to meeting you and helping you out during your next visit with us. Make sure you ask for Kevin the next time you’re here at Jim Ellis Kia of Kennesaw, where you can always expect the best!

  • Nicholas Morrow

    Nicholas Morrow

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Nicholas Morrow

    Nicholas Morrow

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Nick was born in Hawaii, where he later moved to GA. He’s been with our team for nearly two years, and has 19 years in the automotive industry. He has five kids that he loves spending his time with when he’s not at the dealership.

  • Alfredo Ospina

    Alfredo Ospina

    Product Specialist

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    Alfredo Ospina

    Alfredo Ospina

    Product Specialist

    Good day to you all; my name is Alfredo Ospina. I was born in Colombia and have been Stateside for over 33 years. I have a degree on Economics and an MBA. I worked for 21 years at a company in Fort Lauderdale as a GM and we worked along all the dealerships in the area doing warranty work, FOB parts, as well as aftermarket.

    After that, I started working as a car salesman at a Kia Dealer in Florida. I find car sales a fascinating field, it gives me the opportunity to interact with people in all walks of life and always have the opportunity to learn something new and is an enriching experience.

    By now, I have almost 7 years’ experience with Kia and it has been an eye opener. I am absolutely convinced of the brand being the best value for your money; besides the fact that as a car manufacturer they have come a long way and they are, and have been for the last few years, on top of the list on quality and customer satisfaction.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me so I can show you that getting a car can be a fun and productive experience, let’s get the old ways behind and let me guide you through the best experience you will have in the car business!!

  • Larry Pedersen

    Larry Pedersen

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Larry Pedersen

    Larry Pedersen

    Kia Brand Specialist

  • Christian Vallejo

    Christian Vallejo

    Kia Brand Specialist

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    Christian Vallejo

    Christian Vallejo

    Kia Brand Specialist

    Hi there! I’m Christian Vallejo, a passionate product specialist with 4 years of experience in the automotive industry. With 2 years of service expertise, I know the ins and outs of vehicles. I thrive on meeting new people and assisting them in accomplishing their car buying goals. Let’s make your car dreams come true together!

  • LeeAnn Capacchione

    LeeAnn Capacchione

    Sales BDC Agent

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    LeeAnn Capacchione

    LeeAnn Capacchione

    Sales BDC Agent

    LeeAnn has been in the automotive industry for two years, and absolutely loves customer service and helping her clients find their dream cars. Outside of the dealership, you can find LeeAnn with her family and loved ones. Her favorite Kia model is the EV6.

  • Martin Gordon

    Martin Gordon

    BDC Sales Agent

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    Martin Gordon

    Martin Gordon

    BDC Sales Agent

    Hey there, my name is Martin Gordon and I work in internet sales. I joined the Jim Ellis family in May of 2023, and I love it here. I am currently attending Kennesaw State University working for a marketing degree. Give me a call and I’d be more than happy to take care of you.

  • Brittany McGraw

    Brittany McGraw

    Sales BDC Agent

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    Brittany McGraw

    Brittany McGraw

    Sales BDC Agent

    I first got into automotive business in 2015 working in auto parts. I stepped away a year later to stay home with my daughter for a couple of years. Near the end of 2017 I went to work for a dealership in the service scheduling department. I dabbled a bit between service and sales for a few years until I landed here at Jim Ellis Kia in 2021. For the last 2 years I have enjoyed my stay in the Internet Sales department. When I am not at the dealership you can find me spending time with family or streaming video games online.

Service

  • Diana Bell

    Diana Bell

    Service Advisor

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    Diana Bell

    Diana Bell

    Service Advisor

  • Chris Kittiphanh

    Chris Kittiphanh

    Service Specialist

    Chris Kittiphanh

    Chris Kittiphanh

    Service Specialist

  • Phil Joyce

    Phil Joyce

    Service Advisor

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    Phil Joyce

    Phil Joyce

    Service Advisor

  • Mark Kerkoski

    Mark Kerkoski

    Service Advisor

    Mark Kerkoski

    Mark Kerkoski

    Service Advisor

  • Kris Musgrove

    Kris Musgrove

    Service Advisor

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    Kris Musgrove

    Kris Musgrove

    Service Advisor

  • Dee Tanner

    Dee Tanner

    Service Warranty Administrator

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    Dee Tanner

    Dee Tanner

    Service Warranty Administrator

  • Sophie Mendoza

    Sophie Mendoza

    Service Cashier

    Sophie Mendoza

    Sophie Mendoza

    Service Cashier

  • Ilya Belotserkovsky

    Ilya Belotserkovsky

    Service BDC Agent

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    Ilya Belotserkovsky

    Ilya Belotserkovsky

    Service BDC Agent

  • Misty Magruder

    Misty Magruder

    Service BDC Agent

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    Misty Magruder

    Misty Magruder

    Service BDC Agent

  • Matthew McCrory

    Matthew McCrory

    Service BDC Agent

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    Matthew McCrory

    Matthew McCrory

    Service BDC Agent

  • Scotty Elrod

    Scotty Elrod

    Detail Manager

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    Scotty Elrod

    Scotty Elrod

    Detail Manager

  • Jalen Elrod

    Jalen Elrod

    Inventory Porter

    Jalen Elrod

    Jalen Elrod

    Inventory Porter

  • Justin Ezra

    Justin Ezra

    Vehicle Detailer

    Justin Ezra

    Justin Ezra

    Vehicle Detailer

  • Javier Merced

    Javier Merced

    Vehicle Detailer

    Javier Merced

    Javier Merced

    Vehicle Detailer

Parts

  • Jay Brunson

    Jay Brunson

    Parts Associate

    Jay Brunson

    Jay Brunson

    Parts Associate

  • Cristain Camarena

    Cristain Camarena

    Parts Associate

    Cristain Camarena

    Cristain Camarena

    Parts Associate

  • Mason Hellriegel

    Mason Hellriegel

    Parts Counter

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    Mason Hellriegel

    Mason Hellriegel

    Parts Counter

  • David Holcombe

    David Holcombe

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    David Holcombe

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  • Donnie Thompson

    Donnie Thompson

    Parts Associate

    Donnie Thompson

    Donnie Thompson

    Parts Associate

Marketing

  • Madison Magnus-Scott

    Madison Magnus-Scott

    Marketing Manager

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    Madison Magnus-Scott

    Madison Magnus-Scott

    Marketing Manager

    Madison was born and raised in Loganville, GA. She has been in the automotive industry since 2020 when she began working with the Jim Ellis Group. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband, family and friends. Her favorite Kia is the Optima Hybrid.

Administration

  • Sandy Krekemeyer

    Sandy Krekemeyer

    Controller

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    Sandy Krekemeyer

    Sandy Krekemeyer

    Controller

    Sandy is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee. She started working for the Ellis family in 1991.

  • Shawna Hadden

    Shawna Hadden

    Tag & Title Clerk

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    Shawna Hadden

    Shawna Hadden

    Tag & Title Clerk

  • Sherry Smith

    Sherry Smith

    Billing Administrator

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    Sherry Smith

    Sherry Smith

    Billing Administrator

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