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Executive Team

Tom Hunter
President and CEO - Hunter Corporation
828-694-2521

Tom Hunter graduated from Davidson College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He then worked for a startup joint-venture between MidSouth Financial and Centura Bank. After several promotions culminating in Vice President, Mr. Hunter was selected to attend UNC's Kenan-Flager Business School and graduated with honors in 1999. Upon graduation, Mr. Hunter worked as a mergers and acquisitions associate for Brookwood Associates, LLC, an investment bank in Charlotte, NC. In 2002, he joined his family's company, Hunter Corporation, Inc. While attending NADA's Dealer Academy, Mr. Hunter worked at all positions within the dealership, from parts counter, sales to sales manager. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Corporation.

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Randy Hunter
Chairman - Hunter Corporation
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Randy Hunter graduated from East Carolina University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In September of 1984 he began his career with Hunter Corporation, Inc. Randy has worked in all departments and has held practically every position at both dealerships, including sales representative, service writer, finance manager, new and used car manager and general sales manager. He has garnered many sales awards from Chevrolet's Legion of Sales leaders and the Truck Honor Club. In 1998 he was promoted to General Manager of Hunter Nissan Lincoln Mercury. The dealership has earned several awards, including Nissan's prestigious Award of Merit. He is currently serving as the Chairman and Visionary of Hunter Corporation. 

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Tim Walters
COO
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Tim graduated from Indiana University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He then began a career as CFO at LCD, Inc., where he oversaw substantial growth. He went on to become Controller and COO at Penske Automotive Group, where he proactively participated in returning the dealership to profitability by the end of the year. Following this success, Tim moved to Bill Heard Enterprises as Controller & Platform Controller, where he was able to achieve the highest net profits the platform had ever experienced. Similarly, at Prebul Enterprises, Tim was directly responsible for returning the organization to profitability within 8 months. Tim is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Georgia Society of CPA's. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at Hunter Corporation. 

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Sales Managers

Jacob Ratliff
General Sales Manager

Jacob, originally from West Virginia, joins the Hunter family with over seven years' experience in the automotive industry. He has been married for twelve years and have two children. Jacob enjoys watching different genres of movies and reading comic books.

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Leah Evans
Hyundai Sales Manager
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Leah Evans is an Asheville native and has worked at Hunter in collections and as an Account Manager since spring 2015 - but worked before that in the automobile industry.  Leah is also a Notary Public.  She is a Gardner-Webb University grad, has two children and a dog to keep her busy and entertained at the lake and other adventures.

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Steve Cohen
Volvo Sales Manager

Steve has relocated to Hendersonville to join the Hunter family. He was born and raised in Pittsfield, MA. Steve brings over 17 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has been a car enthusiast since his teenage years. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors. During his free time, Steve enjoys watching football, baseball and car races.

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John Yetter
Sales Manager
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Brian Bulis
Sales Manager


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Laura Lewis
Floor Manager
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Laura Lewis sold insurance 12 years before coming to Hunter in sales in December 2015.  She was a BCBS Manager for Medicare and Medicaid.  Born and raised in Camden, SC, WNC is now her home with her wonderful husband of ten years and two OUTSTANDING boys aged 12 and 15 … along with two dogs and cats, 30 fish and all the outdoor creatures who come around to be fed.  She enjoys football, swimming and hike our beautiful mountains.  "Nothing brings me more joy than helping others, customers and co-workers."  She enjoys her chosen career because of the customers and the Hunter family. 

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Business Managers

David Hunter
Finance Director
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Nate Paul Derouen
Business Manager
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Nathan Derouen has been serving customers in the car business for twenty years. He is married with two beautiful children. Nathan is passionate about his community. He enjoys going to Church and spending quality time with his family. 

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Tony Turbyfill
Business Manager
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Originally from Honolulu HI;Enjoy hiking, the great outdoors and big fan of fast cars particularly the Audi R8 and Nissan GTR. 4 plus years of automotive experience. 

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Sales

Gala Rice
Sales Consultant
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Gala Rice has been in sales at Hunter since 2000 and says "I LOVE SELLING CARS!!"  Born in Brevard, she is very involved at Next Church, leads a Healthy Living Exercise and Bible study class.  She and her high school sweetheart, Jeff, have been married 27 years and have three wonderful children (Christina, Caleb and Joshua) and two wonderful grandchildren (Sophia and Collin).  Gala is an avid runner and has her BA from UNC-Charlotte.  Her son and son-in-law are in the US Air Force and her son Joshua is a college student and baseball player.

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Pam Justice
Sales Consultant
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Pam Justice has been in the automotive industry 12 years -- since 2004 with Hunter and before was with Sunshine Chevrolet in Arden.  She has also been a sales consultant and Internet Sales Manager.  She is native to NC, has one daughter and son-in-law along with two granddaughters and one on the way!  Her hobbies include teaching Sunday School for 2-5 years, hiking, reading and watching the sunset from her front porch.

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Alex Black
Sales Consultant
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Originally a Hendersonville Native, father to an amazing 7yr old son. Alex enjoys weightlifting, spending time with family & friends and the great outdoors.

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DeQuavius Foster
Sales Consultant
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DeQuavius  has been in the Automotive industry for the last 4 years; a native of Chester, South Carolina. His background is a mixture of  years in the entertainment and customer service industry. An avid basketball enthusiast; DeQuavius enjoys his down time with travel and family. A Graduate of Greenville Technical College, DeQuavius has goals to become a Sales Manager in the Automotive Industry. Come by and meet DeQuavius today.

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Stefan Koeckeritz
Sales Consultant
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We would like to introduce Stefan Koeckeritz, He has worked in Sales/Marketing and hospitality for the last 3 years. Born in Germany; he is fluent in German and Spanish. Graduated from Western Carolina university with B.A in History. Enjoys hiking and exploring nature

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Brandon Clugh
Sales Consultant
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Mike Martin
Sales Consultant
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Michael has been in the automotive industry for over 40 years in various positions ranging from sales to general manager.  Michael is not new to the Hunter family as he worked for Bud Hunter in the 90's as the Chevrolet Products Manager.  Michael and his wife, Cindy, own Walnut Creek Farm, an 11.3 acres Horse farm. They have two daughters, Natalie and Diana.  Michael is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys all the products Hunter Auto Group offers.  

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Olivia Vess
Sales Consultant

Olivia was born and raised in Hendersonville, NC with her 10 siblings.  She is a very talented young lady having been a varsity cheerleader captain as a freshman in high school as well as playing numerous instruments in the orchestra. These days Olivia enjoys shopping, cleaning and organizing along with cooking curry-based food and baking.  She told us that she enjoys the automotive industry and is excited to be part of the Sales team.    

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Stephanie Davis
Sales Consultant

Stephanie returns to Hunter after taking time off to have her 1st child.  When she is not busy at work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, especially her baby daughter, Harper.  She also loves cooking new recipes, spending time outdoors and getting spooked by a good scary movie.  

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Devin Smith
Sales Consultant

Devin was born in Illinois and raised in Hendersonville, NC. He has eight years of experience remodeling. He attended Blue Ridge Community College. Devin is married to his wife Brittany and they share a son, Lincoln. He has two dogs and three cats. He enjoys fishing, guitar and music. 

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Jason Apicerno
Sales Consultant


Jason was born and raised in South Florida. He moved to WNC seven years ago. Jason has been in the automotive business for an accumulation of nine years and with Hunter seven of those years. Jason is a football enthusiast and roots for the Miami Dolphins. During his spare time, he enjoys fishing, gaming, listening to music, and watching movies from the eighties. 

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Scott McDougall
Sales Consultant


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Mike Kokindo
Sales Consultant
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Spencer Blockhouse
Sales Consultant
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Trade-Up Advantage

Melana Ballew
Equity Care Coordinator
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After working in the customer service industry for a few years, Melana joined the Hunter Sales Team - first as a product specialist and now as the Equity Coordinator.  She lives with her cats, Java and Bonnie and a dog named Buddy.   During Melana's free time she enjoys reading and cooking.


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Department Managers

Kirk Firmin
Fixed Operations Director
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Kirk Firmin is certified in Lexus, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and has worked as an Assistant Parts Manager, Parts Manager and now is our Fixed Operations/Parts Director - all reflective of a growing career of 28 years in the automotive industry.  He grew up in the business as his Father owned a Buy-Here-Pay-Here in Tampa, FL.  Kirk is married with one child in college and the National Guard. Kirk enjoys riding his motorcycle with his wife through the mountains surrounding Asheville. He also enjoys pets, and has adopted a dog and two cats from the local spca. Kirk joined Hunter in June 2013.

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Will Skinner
Service Manager


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Mike Deyo
Parts Manager


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Scott Laffin
BDC Manager
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Service

Nate Weikert
Lane Manager

Nate comes to the Hunter family with 6 ½ years of experience in the automotive industry. Nate recently moved from Greensboro, NC to Hendersonville. We are happy to have him join the Hunter family. Nate enjoys art and music.    

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Austin Johnson
Service Advisor
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Austin Johnson's hobbies are "literally anything dealing with or about cars", which does not suit his cat, Lucas!  He joined Hunter as a service advisor in the summer of 2017 and has filled many shoes.  Austin is certified with Nissan for Electric, Express Service and Drive Components and has a degree in Automotive Technology from the Universal Technical Institute of Mooresville, NC.

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Shannon Hart
Service Advisor
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Dolores Asbell
Service Advisor
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Dolores Asbell is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and was born in Ocala.  She moved to Brevard in 1979 - like many, from childhood, spent summers in NC and fell in love.  Dolores was a paralegal in a law firm for six years and she has been in the automotive industry for 12 years - with Hunter since spring 2016as a Service Advisor.  Prior to Hunter she was a Service Advisor and in Accounts Receivable/Payable and a Bookkeeper.  She is married, has four children and six grandchildren.  She has worked as a volunteer with Compassion International and is a member of the Tim Tebow Foundation.  She enjoys hiking with her dogs, Roxy and Rango, swimming, painting and football.

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Christopher Hreha
Porter

Chris was born and raised in Long Island, NY. He graduated from West Henderson High. He has 8 years of experience in the pest control industry. Chris enjoys building computer hardware and working with electronics during his free time.

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Taylor Armstrong
Service Advisor

Taylor was born in Orlando, Florida and grew-up in Lower Alloways Creek, NJ. She has 1 year experience in the automotive industry and 7 years experience in the customer service industry.  She was a semi-professional dance for 14 years and is a certified teacher.  She recently moved to the beautiful western carolinas with her boyfriend, Jordan, leaving her family in NJ. She enjoys hiking and crafting. She has an 8 month old Australian Shepherd named, Benji.

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Melissa Allaire
Service Advisor


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Robert Ficker
Driver
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Robert Finker is a life-long resident of Henderson County.  He has been a shuttle driver in the Parts Department with Hunter since summer 2014 - prior to which he was in manufacturing for 34 years rising to Facilities Engineer Manager and a Superintendent.  He has a BS in Industrial Engineering.  Robert is married with four children.  His hobbies include spending time with his family, grand kids, their dogs and the "honey-do" list projects around the house.  Something he really likes about his job is being amazed at how our customers find out about Western North Carolina!

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Ed Izlar
Service Advisor

Ed was born and raised in Charleston, SC.  He has been in the automotive industry for over 25 years, specializing in Subaru's, yet has had versatile experience in sales, service and finance.  Ed currently lives with his three cats - Riley, Dooley, and Cassie along with a Husky named Kyra. He is an active member in the community coaching AYSO and Upward youth soccer and basketball as well as working part-time as the choir director for Oak Grove Baptist Church.    An interesting fact Ed shared is that his great grandfather, Waldrop, was the surgeon on the railroad after the civil war.  

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Bonnie Warden
Customer Service Representative
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Bonnie Warden started with Hunter in 2015 and has earned the reputation as a "killer brownie" maker!  She has her BA in Environmental Studies from State University of New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  She worked eight years as a Technical Assistant at the Institutional Research at Corning Community College in Corning, NY.  Bonnie is married to Mark and has a Maine Coon rescue named Sonny Longcat - for whom she admits openly that they are Sonny's humble servants.  She enjoys photography, gardening, hiking, cooking, reading, birdwatching (with Sonny) and visiting the ocean.  And by the way, she does not miss the snow!

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Parts

Vance Garren
Parts Manager
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Vance Garren is a southern native-born in Asheville, NC. A University of Tennessee alumni; Bachelors in Forest Resource Management. He is an avid coin collector of Lincoln Cents and a film buff. Vance is a family man at heart; come by our Parts Department and meet Vance. 

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John Hilton
Parts Clerk

John is originally from the United Kingdom and returned for a few years. John joins the family at Hunter with 10 years experience in the sales industry. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from U.C.S.B.
He s motorcycles, video games, and traveling. John enjoys learning about other cultures.

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Makayala Owenby
Parts Clerk


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Paul Juntunen
Parts Clerk

Paul was born in Hudson, Florida and  raised in Western Carolina. Paul has experience in the automotive industry.

An interesting fact Paul shared with us is that he has a Venus fly trap he's named Petey. 

He also has a cat named Agent Fox Molder.

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Wayne Griffin
Parts Clerk

Wayne joins Hunter with seven years of experience in the automotive industry. Born and raised in Hendersonville, NC, Wayne graduated from North Henderson. Interesting fact, Wayne has eleven pet chickens and five parrots. During Wayne's free time, he enjoys going to concerts and playing video games. 

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Collision Center

Brandon Cavenaugh
Collision Center Estimator
828-693-8661

Born in Wilmington NC, raised in Winston-Salem NC. Brandon joins our company with over 15 years of automotive concepts and automotive parts management. A husband and father, who enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, home improvement projects and helping others.

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Accessories

Vin Parish
Accessory Sales Manager
828.693.8661 ext 115

Vin Parish is Volvo Master Certified after being with Hunter just since the spring of 2016!  Prior he was in the swimming pool industry for 17 years as a Regional Sales Director, Retail Operations Manager and District Manager.  Vin has a daughter who is eleven and one Siberian Husky.  He is a member of the Rotary Club and the National Automobile Dealers Association and also involved with NASA, Pokemon League, Rebel Alliance and JLA.  Sometimes he just "enjoys doing nothing".

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