Staff


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  • Terrence Liddell
    General Manager

    Terrence was a former Investment Banker, he lives in Dunwoody, GA currently with wife and two kids (son aged 12 and daughter 8 going on 29 :)). Terrence has had 20+ years in Automotive Industry, and is a 8 year veteran with the Jim Ellis Automotive Group, coming from Chevrolet and Audi Marietta. 

     


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  • Andre Young
    General Sales Manager


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  • Kevin Bojnordi
    New Car Sales Manager

    Kevin has 4 children and he has lived in Crabapple GA for the past 21 years. Kevin has been in sales finance and banking for the last 30 years, and has had 25 years in auto industry ( service ,sales ,finance, pre-owned and new cars) and loves it. He is originally from Iran, went to school in London England ,lived there 10 years, and lived in San Diego CA for 10 yrs. 


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  • Israel Simmons
    New Car Sales Manager


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  • Blake Hodoh
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager

    Blake is originally from Akron, OH.  He played varsity sports in high school and college at Eastern Kentucky University. He is a  4th generation to go into the car business. Blake has been in the car business for 18 years. His favorite athlete is Lebron James, and he's a huge Ohio State fan. He has been married for 2 years now and just had their first child just 3 months ago. 

     


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  • Chrissy Caracalas
    Sales Manager


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  • Sandy Krekemeyer
    Controller

    With Jim Ellis since 1991.


    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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  • 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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  • Betsy Whitehead
    Marketing Manager

    Betsy grew up in Cartersville, GA and graduated from Kennesaw State University. She has a total of 4 years of Jim Ellis Automotive Group experience and worked up to role of Marketing Manager. She loves her family and loves watching her first born Jude grow - he'll be one in June of 2018!  VW runs deep in her family - her father starting working for VW of America when he came home from Vietnam! Her favorite VW model is the GTI for which she's had 4.

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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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  • Ryan Shinholster
    Vehicle Brand Specialist


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  • Randy Phillips
    Kia Brand Specialist

    Randy is a retired firefighter of 28 years with two children. Randy chose sales with Jim Ellis Kia because of the Jim Ellis Brand and our  #1 ranking in the auto business! He is hardworking, and has a passion of making people laugh and to make a difference in their lives. Randy believes in God, Family and our Nation. 

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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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  • Lorde Dawson
    Kia Brand Specialist

    This is Lorde "THE EXPERIENCE" Dawson. She loves people! She specializes in relationship building. Come in as a customer leave as a friend! Before entering the automotive industry in September 2017 she worked as a barber. She was born and raised in Ohio, and she enjoys reading and listening to music. Her favorite quote is "If you don't do it excellently, don't do it at all, because if it's not excellent, it won't be profitable or fun."

     


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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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  • Felicia Watson Collins
    Kia Brand Specialist


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  • Trent Thompson
    Kia Brand Specialist

    Trent is from Nashville and moved to Georgia less then a year ago. He has been in the automobile industry in sales for 18 years!  He enjoys most all sports , football , basketball , hockey , and he enjoys everything about the outdoors. 


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  • Markeith Banner
    Kia Brand Specialist

    Markeith (Keith) Banner is originally from Washington, DC but he has lived in Georgia for 5 years. He graduated from Virginia Tech! He has always been interested in all sports, and grew up playing all sports, including playing D-1 baseball at VT.

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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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  • 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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  • Benita Green
    Warranty Administrator

    Benita is a Atlanta native. She started working in the automotive service department while she was in high school and has worked in the dealership on and off since then.  


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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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  • 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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  • Nicole Ikonomidis
    BDC Sales


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  • Todd Brafford
    Business Development Team

    Todd Brafford has had a very interesting career. He's gone from a professional football player, to movie star, to retired WWE Wrestler know as Todd Champion and now we are grateful to have him as a member or our sales team.

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  • Rachel Vera
    Service Advisor

    Rachel was born and raised in GA. She is married and has a 2 year old son. She loves music and spending time with her family.  


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  • Lavar Frederick
    Service Advisor


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  • Diana Bell
    Service Advisor


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  • Ashley Stansell
    Cashier

    Ashley Stansell is a happy mother of two girls. She is a homeowner in Paulding County, Georgia and is proud to be on the Jim Ellis Team!

     


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  • Emmanuel Vasquez
    Parts Driver


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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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  • Alexander McCurley
    Parts Inventory


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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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  • Abdul Soyombo
    Inventory Specialist


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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 Franklin
    Lube Tech


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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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  • Marcus Smith
    Master 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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  • John Csercsics
    Technician

    John is a Master Kia technician and is happy to be apart of the Jim Ellis team. He has been working in the auto industry for over 10 years! He has lived in Georgia for almost two years and it has been one of the best decisions of his life to live and work here.

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  • Joe Harris
    Lot Porter


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