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Executive Team

Tom Hunter
President and CEO - Hunter Corporation

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.

Randy Hunter
Chairman - Hunter Corporation

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. 

Hector Abelairas
General Manager

 Hector is originally from New Jersey. He has recently moved up to WNC from Miami, Florida to join the Hunter team as the new S/H/V/G General Manager. He has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years. Hector is an experienced and well-reputed General Manager. He received a  Business Admin Executive Certificate from the University of Notre Dame. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Phoenix.


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.

David Hunter
Sales Manager

David was born and raised in Western North Carolina. He went to East Carolina University for his undergraduate and completed a Master's degree at Appalachian State University.


Business Managers

Chase Griffin
Finance Director

I grew up in Morganton, NC, attending high school at Freedom High.  I then spent my next four years at NC State University studying professional golf management.  After college, I came back home to Morganton to work managing Quaker Meadows golf club.  I then worked for eight years as a district manager with ATT before switching career paths and starting with the Hunters.  I have been here for almost three years, working in sales, and finance, before becoming finance director.  I still reside in Morganton with my amazing wife and children.  I enjoy spending time with my kids, taking family trips, and golfing. 

Harrison Hunter
Business Manager

I grew up in Hendersonville, NC, attending high school at Hendersonville High. I then spent my next four years at Appalachian State University and obtained a degree in Business Management, as well as a degree in Finance in Banking. After college, I spent five years in Charlotte, NC working as a Financial Advisor For UBS Financial Services. I moved back to Hendersonville, NC with my wife Emma in December of 2020. We have a Black lab and a Chocolate Lab. I enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, spending time outside and with my family. 

Shawn Parsley
Business Manager

I grew up in Bonifay, FL and moved to Asheville in 2018 after meeting my wife, Evelyn in Orlando. After leaving the hospitality industry in 2019, I started a new journey at Hunter Nissan and then moved into a business manager position at our airport location. I enjoy cooking, fishing and spending family time outdoors with our two dogs Oliver and Indy.



Scott McDougall
Sales Consultant

A South African living the American dream and loves to meet new people. Scott loves the outdoors; swimming, camping, fishing, and just taking in all the natural beauty mother nature has. His heart is helping children, loves helping out at summer camps and teaching carpentry. He lives in Hendersonville, but loves and misses his family back in South Africa Scott really enjoys being able to help people pick out their perfect vehicle for them and their family.

Dequavius Foster

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.

Pam Justice

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.

Brandon Clugh
Sales Consultant

Hello my name is Brandon. I am happily married with four amazing kids. In my free time I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. I also own two Subaru's myself. I have been with the Hunter Subaru team for two years. My goal is to get you the best deal on a new or used vehicle. I am a honest and hardworking family man. I will do absolutely anything in my power to ensure my clients success. 

Stefan Koerckeritz

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

Gala Rice
Sales Consultant

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.  

Alex Black
Sales Consultant

I am a WNC native. I have a 9 year old son named Cayman and reside in Hendersonville. I worked in the cellular market for 5 years before finding my way into the Automotive Industry which I now have been a part of for 2 years. I am a Sales Consultant for Volvo,Hyundai and Subaru. I am enjoy spending time with family and friends.,watching sports, and trying to enjoy life as much as possible. I enjoy helping people to find the right car that fits their budgets and needs.

Keith Dacey
Sales Consultant

Keith was born in England and moved to the U.S  at the age of 5 where he was raised in Savannah, GA "sadly he lost his accent". Joined the Auto Industry back in 2017 and has worked with brands such as  Volkswagen, Honda, Mitsubishi, Hyundai, Volvo but his passion is the Subaru product. Outside of work you can find him watching Formula 1, Mountain Biking, or spending time with his son "Klarke" and his two Labradors Tesla and Odette.

Garren Darling

Rob Maresca
Sales Consultant

Rob was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He moved to Asheville almost three years ago and immediately fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. He is a trained chef and spent several years in the business before transitioning into banking and commercial real estate ten years ago. Rob enjoys driving his WRX in the mountains during his time off with his faithful Blue Heeler named Walker. Rob enjoys visiting breweries and sampling great food in town!

Cheyann Woods

I have lived all my life in WNC and never found a reason to leave which is why Hunter Automotive seemed to be a good fit for me. It helps me meet new people around the community or those that have just moved here looking for their next vehicle. Before this, I sold-and still sell-snakes as a hobby. I'm fortunate enough to be able to pursue both of my passions at once and enjoy every minute of it. So if you have questions about some cars (or reptiles) just ask for the goth girl when you come to visit us! 


Department Managers

Nathan Weikert
Service Manager

Nathan Weikert grew up in Denver, Colorado and moved across the country to the Triad area back in 2006. Nathan has been serving customers with Hunter Auto Group since June of 2019, with several years of automotive experience prior to joining the Hunter team. He enjoys spending time outdoors in our mountains whether it be hiking, camping, kayaking, or biking. Other hobbies include anything music related, especially playing the guitar. Nathan is here to serve our customers and lead our service team with a smile!



John Tiedemann
Service Advisor

John Tiedemann was born in Fort Hood, Tx, and raised on military bases all over. He lived in Lafayette, LA for thirty years. He worked at Begneaud Manufacturing for eighteen years in various positions including, senior estimator, purchasing, and sales. John enjoys golfing and going on cruises. He is a car enthusiast.

Austin Johnson
Service Advisor

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.

Aaron Nichols
Service Concierge

Aaron Nichols is a new addition to our Hyundai & Genesis team! As an assistant service representative, he has been a great addition here at Hunter Auto Group offering 10+ years of customer service experience. With Aaron on board, you will always be greeted with a smile and warm welcome. Outside of the office, Aaron enjoys spending time sharpening his disc golf skills, and breaking records on multiple gaming platforms. 

Robert Ficker

Robert Ficker 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!



Brent Hancock
Parts Manager

I am born and raised in Asheville. I love to play golf. I have two daughters, 15 and 19, and I have two dogs, a boxer and a bulldog. I am an avid Dallas Cowboys fan!

Ben Baxley
Parts Clerk

I have been in the automotive industry for about 5 years. Married to my wife Sarah for 2 years. Have a dog named Marty and a cat named Lou. I enjoy mountain biking, hiking, and lake hopping in my free time.



Jennifer Brown

Jennifer was raised in Hendersonville, NC. She started working for Hunter in 1994 and is also a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. Jennifer is active with church ministry and enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and close friends. 

Linda Gallagher

Linda was born and raised in Upstate NY. She graduated from Dental Assistant school and pursued a career in the dental field. After having her twins, she decided to raise her children full time. She relocated to the southern states six years ago.


Internet Sales

Trey Hemphill
Internet Sales Manager

Born and raised in Asheville, NC. Attended T.C. Roberson high school and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Appalachian State University. Spent four years in direct sales in the luxury clothing industry before joining the Hunter Auto Group. 



Vince Leta
Lead Valet

I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I have been with my girlfriend Melissa for 17 years. We moved to Flat Rock 3 years ago and absolutely love it here. We have 6 Subarus in my family, which is the perfect vehicle for mountain living 

Yalonda Mason

My name is Yalonda and I am born and raised in Asheville. I have 2 boys and 2 grandchildren. I am happily married. I love to laugh, joke, and dance.

Lety Velazquez

My name is Lety. I am from Mexico and have lived here for 20 years. I have 2 children and I love nature and flowers. 

Patrick Kettenhofen

My name is Patrick and I am a Valet here at Hunter. I am a big Green Bay Packers fan and previously lived in Florida for 26 years. I love hiking here in the mountains. 


Equity Manager

Laura Lewis
Equity Manager

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.


Collision Center

Austin Dolly
Collision Center Manager

Austin was born and raised in Asheville, NC. He has been in the body shop industry since he was a kid, over ten years. He is iCAR certified. Austin enjoys various outdoor activities including, going to the lake, fishing, riding and hiking.