Staff


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  • Israel Simmons
    New Car Sales Manager

    Israel is from East Point, Ga and is married with 3 children. His favorite team is the Atlanta Falcons. In his spare time he is the coach of his sons football and t-ball teams.

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  • Sandy Krekemeyer
    Controller

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

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  • Michael Awolusi
    Finance Manager


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  • Chris Turner
    Finance Manager


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  • 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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  • David Beamer
    Service Manager

    David loves spending time with his family including anything outdoors, and long drives in fun cars. He also enjoys spending time with their dogs. 

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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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  • Dee Tanner
    Service Warranty Administrator


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  • Dustin Way
    Sales Specialist

    Dustin is married with one son, a Goldendoodle and a cat. He went to the University of Texas, and has lived in 7 states and 26 cities! 

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  • Tracy McFadden
    Kia Brand Specialist


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  • Zakaria Benabdesselam
    Kia Brand Specialist

    Zakaria is married and a father of 3 boys 25, 19 and 13. He moved to the U.S in 2009 from Morocco. He has 19 years of banking experience and he can speak French and Arabic!

     


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  • Jimmy Hendrix
    Vehicle Brand Specialist


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  • Alex Williams
    Kia Brand Specialist

    Alex is 46 years old and originally from Drew, Mississippi. He has been in Ga for over 15 years. Alex has been married for 20 years and looking forward to even more years. He loves what he does because he loves creating a great purchasing experience for everyone that comes in to see us. If you are having problems getting pre-approved, Alex is a seasoned salesperson that knows how to put a deal together!


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  • Takin Arshad
    Kia Brand Specialist

    Takin is from Iran, and he came to the US a little over 2 1/2 years ago, and did not speak English, now he is very fluent in English. 

    He attends Chattahooche Tech and works full time at 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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  • Lavar Frederick
    Brand 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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  • Shantae Richardson
    Title Clerk

    Shantae is married with 4 adult children. She is from the state of Georgia with over 20+ years in the automotive industry and has been with Kia for almost 5 yrs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, viewing tour homes, and shopping.


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  • Hannah Parker
    Accounting

    Hannah moved to Georgia from Raleigh, N.C. in 2009. She is married with two young children and has been in the car business for 7 years!


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  • Ashley Jones
    Administrative Assistant

    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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  • Zee Caradine
    BDC Sales Manager


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  • Amber Turner
    BDC Sales

    Amber grew up in Cartersville, GA and currently lives in Euharlee. She attends Kennesaw State University and is pursuing a degree in business.  


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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 building miniature furniture. 

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  • David Grevious
    Product Specialist

    David came into the Jim Ellis family through acquisition so he's not sure if that means he is adopted or if he was married in. He moved to Georgia in 2017 from Washington DC and loves it here. He is excited to be a part of the Jim Ellis family!

     


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  • Phylisha Price
    BDC Service Agent
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    Phylisha is from South Jamaica Queens, New York and a new mother to a beautiful baby girl. She has been in customer service for 5 years.

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  • Robert Brooks
    Service Advisor


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  • Diana Bell
    Service Advisor


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  • Jason Dale
    Service Advisor


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  • Emmanuel Vasquez
    Parts Driver


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  • Brittany Johnson
    BDC Service Agent


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  • Cathlin Mason

    Cathlin is a wife and mom to an amazing 2 year old boy and a step mom to a beautiful 4 year old. She is currently enrolled for her BS in Criminal Justice. She has been in the automotive business for 2 years! 

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  • Martin Poston
    Appraisor


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  • Mason Hellriegel
    Parts Counter


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  • Tony Carlino
    Parts Counter

    Tony has worked with Kia in the parts department for the past 4 years. He played varsity basketball throughout high school and is now a nationally ranked elite level power lifter.


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  • Andrew Maxted
    Shop Foreman


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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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  • Derrick Kaleb Franklin
    Lube Tech


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  • Noemie Trahan
    Lube Tech


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  • Arturo Venzor Jr
    Lube Tech


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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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  • Scotty Elrod
    Detail Manager


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  • Allen Nash
    Porter


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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.  

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