Our product specialists are well-trained so that you can always expect the best! We have sales representatives that can speak and translate in English, French, Persian, Arabic, Spanish, Serbian, and Korean. We admire diversity here, and are happy to assist and overcome language barriers. 

Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

Sales

Mike Boyd
General Manager

Mike has been in the automotive industry in both retail and corporate positions for 20 years. He is originally from Benton, Tennessee where he grew up working on a neighbor's farm from age 9 to age 18. He then went to Carson-Newman College on a football scholarship where he was blessed to have played Free Safety on 2 National Championship teams. During his summers through his college years, he was a whitewater guide on the Ocoee River. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education, Mike coached football and baseball and taught English on the high school level for 10 years. To earn more money to support a growing family, Mike began selling cars for a Toyota dealership in the summers, and this is when he fell in love with the automotive industry. What attracted Mike to the Jim Ellis Group is the Ellis family's unwavering commitment to core values that are very much like his own. He believes treating people with dignity and respect, being transparent and honest, treating people like family, and being courteous and gracious to everyone is how businesses thrive and are successful. He also believes having a great attitude, being kind, and having a strong work ethic are controllable choices we can make every day, and he strives every day to make a positive impact on the people around him. 

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Don Dugan
Pre-owned Sales Manager

My Name is Don Dugan, I spent the first 20 years in Ohio where I was raised with my 7 siblings - 6 older sisters and 1 younger brother. We had a two-acre garden with an apple orchard, peaches, pears, plums, strawberries, grapes and cherries. My mom canned and made most everything we ate. My first car job was at 16 where we would buy broken down cars and fix them. I moved to Georgia in the early 80s and worked for Strother Ford, then had my own used car lot, and later went to Marietta Toyota for about 15 years. I have been with the Ellis Organization since December 26 as Pre-Owned Manager. My wife is Julie and we have two sons Ryan and Michael. Both of my kids were USAA Swimmers so I am trying to get back to some of my hobbies which are, boating, fishing and my next best meal.

I have a total of about 30 years in the car business. Let's discuss your needs and we can give you some of the best options available! 

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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…   

 


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Michael Awolusi
Finance Manager


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Chris Turner
Finance Manager


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Katherine Nunn
Internet 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.

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Hector Green
Kia Brand Specialist

Hello my name is Hector Green and I'm a proud Product Brand Specialist at Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw. I am new to Georgia, coming all the way from Boston, MA. I started my sales career selling life insurance at age 18 in 2011. It's 2020 now and I developed a passion for Automobile Sales. Whenever I'm not at the dealership you can 100% of the time find me in the gym. I take pride in the consistency of hard work and constantly trying to be a better person every day. I can promise that with an opportunity to earn your business not only will my enthusiasm and great personality, you will drive away with an unforgettable experience here with me.

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Brandi Hebert
Kia Brand Specialist
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Hey everyone, I'm Brandi, one of our Product Specialists here at Jim Ellis Kia of Kennesaw! I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and I've lived in Georgia for two years now and I love it here. I've been with Jim Ellis since February, where I started in our Sales BDC department, and now I've made my way to our Product Specialist team. I believe my experience in our BDC has helped me learn a lot about our brand, and I would love to help you find your next car. Come visit us soon and ask for Brandi!


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Cameron Kowalewski
Kia Brand Specialist

Hello, I'm Cameron Kowalewski and I'm one of our Kia Product Specialists. I was born and raised in Dallas, GA and graduated from Hillgrove High School. I played football throughout high school and college at Eastern Kentucky University, where I graduated from in Dec. 2017. My wife and I got married June 20, 2020 and we have three fur babies. I'd love to help you out the next time you visit our dealership! 

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Greg Landry
Kia Brand Specialist

My name is Greg Landry and I am one of Kia's Brand Specialists here at Jim Ellis KIA of Kennesaw. I have been in automotive industry for the past eleven years and I truly enjoy the excitement that comes with helping customers get into their dream vehicle. I will listen to your wants and needs and help you make a well-informed decision about your motoring requirements. I also understand customer service and invite you to look at what my customers are saying about me at the link below. I will help you with the same intensity and enthusiasm as I do all my customers.

I am a long-time Georgia resident after arriving here from the swamps of Louisiana in 1985. Kennesaw has been home since 1996 with my wife of 27 years, two children, two dogs, but only one cat. I am an outdoor person who enjoys cooking Cajun for friends and family, I have a lifetime membership for all of Georgia's Wildlife Management and Park areas, while strongly supporting the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Allatoona Area and the protected areas around our great local lake.

Just ask for Greg, I can help you.  

 

Please see the link below to see what my customers say about me: https://www.dealerrater.com/dp/30164/reviews


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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!


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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!!


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Brandon Pond
Product Specialist
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Bryson Smith
Kia Brand Specialist

Hello my name is Bryson Smith and I'm a Product Brand Specialist 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".

 


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James Wind
Kia Brand Specialist

James has been in the car industry for over 2 years now and thoroughly loves it. He is very much into cars as he modifies one of his own. He has lived in the Kennesaw area for many years and even graduated from Kell High School. He is very excited to be a part of the Jim Ellis family!


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Larry Whorley
Kia Brand Specialist

About a year ago, I decided that sitting at home in semi-retirement was very boring.  Having worked in the auto industry as a salesman previously, I thought perhaps this would give me a daily challenge and keep me active as well.  After a month or so of research, I discovered that Kia was the brand to represent.

Working for the Jim Ellis family affords me personal time as well.  An avid bowler, I'm able to do so weekly and yet maintain a presence on our sales team; however, my true love is my beautiful year old German Shepherd, Neka von Lotta.  Animals have always been a part of my life, from cats to ferrets to dogs.  

My goal is to always make my guests feel comfortable - no high pressure tactics - and to give you the product knowledge that will allow you to make the best decision in your buying process.  We're fortunate to offer the best product in the automotive industry.  Rest assured I will treat you fairly and do everything I can to earn your business.


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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

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Erika Gregory
BDC Agent

Erika has been in the car industry for 3 years and is currently getting her degree in business at Kennesaw State University. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and practicing taxidermy.

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Service

Tom Mann
Service Manager
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I have been in the car business in some capacity for 30 years. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I attended Pennsylvania College of Technology and graduated with a Automotive Technology degree. My first automotive job was at a Toyota  Dealership where I had the opportunity to be a Technician, Service Advisor, F & I Manager, and the Service Manager. I have work with Honda, Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen over the past 30 years. My family (wife, daughter, and 2 french-bull dogs) moved to Georgia eight years ago and we enjoy spending our free time boating at the Lake.

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Dee Tanner
Service Warranty Administrator


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Amy Gunter
Service & Sales Retention Specialist


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Chris Kittiphanh
Service Specialist


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Jason Dale
Service Advisor

Jason was born in south Florida, but was raised mostly in the metro Atlanta area. He is a happily married father of two adorable children. While he was a technician for most of his career, he has been an adviser for the last fifteen months. His diligent efforts have earned him the title as assistant manager in the near future. With twenty years of automotive experience, you are always in good hands with Jason. 


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Lavar Frederick
Service Specialist

Lavar Frederick has been in the car business for 7 years! He is from Brooklyn, NY. Fun fact about Lavar is that he went to the same high-school as Biggie and Jay-Z!

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Mark Lewis
Service Advisor


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Camille Williams
Service Advisor


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Diana Bell
Service Advisor


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Lisa King
Service Advisor


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Scotty Elrod
Detail Manager


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David Arnold
Service Technician


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Aaron Barkley
Service Technician


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Chris Csercsics
Service Tech

Chris currently a professional Service Tech Certified by Kia, and has the great pleasure of working alongside his younger brother everyday. He has been in Kennesaw, Georgia for a year now. He got his Kia Certification within 7 months and has been a technician for over 21 years. He was working on cars before he was even out of high school. 


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Nick Gentry
Service Technician


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Joshua Keown
Master Tech

Joshua is a 36 year old Georgia resident born and raised. He has 3 wonderful children of his own and an equally wonderful step son. He has been in the automotive industry for 18 years from porter to parts manager and have currently been a career technician for 11 years. Joshua has been at Kia as a Exclusive Master Technician for the past 4 years. He can gladly say that he is excited for his future with the Jim Ellis Group and Jim Ellis Kia of Kennesaw.

 


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Shawn Mohammed
Service Technician


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Noemie Trahan
Lube Tech


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Arturo Venzor Jr
Lube Tech


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Ben Woodruff
Service Technician


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Parts

Dan Wicker
Parts Director

Dan Wicker is a proud father of two who lives in Woodstock. He has been with Jim Ellis since summer of 2017, but has been in the dealer parts industry since 2003. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, sports, Formula 1 racing, and all types of music except country.


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Taylor Robinson
Parts Associate


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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.


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Connor Dillon
Lot Porter

Connor is from New York City and grew up playing ice hockey. He enjoys all sports and loves Italian food. He has been in automotive for over a year now and is currently going to school for business. He plans to own his own business in the near future. 

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Mason Hellriegel
Parts Counter


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Marketing

Madison Magnus
Marketing Manager
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Photography

Alyssa MacQueen
Photographer


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CRM

Lina Vallejo-Gamby
Client Communication Manager


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Reception

Kate Crocket
Receptionist


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Jannelle Angier
Receptionist


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Accounting

Sandy Krekemeyer
Controller

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

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Ashley Jones
Tag and Title Clerk

Ashley is a mommy to a goofy and wild 3 year old boy. She is a triplet with 2 twin brothers and has been in the car business for 5 years.

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