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Executive Team

Tom Hunter
President and CEO - Hunter Corporation
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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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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.

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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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Business Managers

David Hunter
Finance Director
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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.

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Kevin Brazanskas
Business Manger

Having worked with Hunter Auto Group since 2010 starting in the Sales Department and given the opportunity to be promoted from within the organization to the Finance Department as a Business Manager. I'm originally from northern New Jersey, and moved to the Asheville area in 2005. I enjoy spending time with my 9yr old son Oliver, 11yr old daughter Ila and wonderful girlfriend Jessica, exploring the mountain lakes and outdoors of western NC. As well as living in the moment appreciating the remarkable music scene and local breweries the area has to offer.

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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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Tony comes to us straight from the islands of Hawaii. He loves tennis, exotic cars, and playing music. He has been in the automotive industry for over 5 years, from service and sales to finance manager, for different dealers. He loves to motivate and spread positive energy!

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Stefan Koeckeritz
Business Manager
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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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Sales

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

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.

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Miguel Hernandez
Sales Consultant

 Miguel Hernandez was born in Mexico, and has resided in WNC for almost twenty one years.He has six years of customer service experience and four years of experience in the automotive industry. His goal is to help and fulfill all his customer's needs and expectations. He enjoys exploring WNC and it's surroundings. He also enjoys spending quality time with my family. He is a big soccer fan and is thrilled to see that there's a new MLS team in Charlotte and can't wait to attend a few games.  

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Mike Carr
Sales Consultant

Mike was born and raised in Manasses, VA, a town outside of D.C. Mike has sales and customer service experience in various industries, including auto dealership. He enjoys reading and watching hockey during his spare time.

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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.  

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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.

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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. 

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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

Mike has been in the automotive industry for seventeen years. He started washing cars and later joined the parts department. He has numerous years of experience as a parts manager.

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Service

Melissa Allaire
Service Advisor


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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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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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Laura Brigman
Customer Service Representative
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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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Makayala Owenby
Parts Clerk

Makayla has lived in the mountains her entire life. She loves being outside, enjoying nature, and riding horses. She comes from a very big family and is the oldest of six. She also enjoys hanging out with friends and family. 

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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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Amber Chandler
Parts Clerk

Amber was born and raised here in the mountains. She loves to write in her free time and spend time outside with her puppy Obi. When shes is not with her puppy, she enjoys family time with her niece and nephew, living my best life as an aunt.

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Receptionist

Linda Gallagher
Receptionist

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.

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Valet

Vince Leta
Lead Valet


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Patrick Braswell
Valet


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Caleb
Valet

Originally from Asheville, NC, Caleb has degrees in Trombone Performance and Jazz Studies from Michigan State University and Appalachian State University. He has been studying music for 16 years and is learning to play the bass.

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Louis Sosa
Valet

Louis Sosa was born and raised in Asheville, NC. He has held several management positions and various industries. Louis is excited to join the valet team at Hunter!

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Jennifer Coon
Valet


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Yalonda Mason
Valet


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Lety Velazquez
Valet


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Thaddeus Eubanks
Valet


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Nathan Hanner
Valet


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Robert Hunter
Valet

Robert has many years of experience in the automotive industry. He began his career as an automotive tech and worked his way up to a service director. During his spare time, he enjoys hiking. 

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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.

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Collision Center

Brandon Cavenaugh
Collision Center Estimator
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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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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. 

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