Meet our Team


Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Chris Whiten
    VP of Operations
    770-370-4900

    Chris originates from Bradenton, Fl. He started his automotive career here in Atlanta after attending Westmar College. He has been a member of the Jim Ellis Automotive group since 2012. 

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  • Steve Rotenstein
    General Manager
    770-370-3612

    Steve lives in Woodstock Ga. He's a Veteran of the US Navy and has had a 20+ year career in the automotive industry.

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  • Earnest Lawrence
    New Car Sales Manager
    770-370-3619

    Earnest originates from Monroe, La.  He is a Marine, former Army medic, and a graduate of Kennesaw State University.  He is a twenty-two year veteran of the automotive industry.  

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  • Brian Norris
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    770-370-4900

    Brian has 20+ years experience in automotive management. He speaks fluent Spanish and his enthusiasm has proven to be infectious among our sales department. #sehablaespanol

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  • Frank Dickenson
    Sales Manager
    770-370-3601

    Frank is happily married with 7 children! He began his career with Jim Ellis as a member of the Sales Staff at one of our sister stores. He has recently been promoted to our Management staff and we are proud to have him as a part of our Volkswagen Family.

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  • Kevin Chung
    Finance Manager
    770-370-4900


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  • Curtis Wilson
    Finance Adviser
    770-370-4900

    Curtis is the newest member of our Finance team. Curtis is also a licensed pilot and takes advantage of every chance he gets to hit the sky!

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  • Matt Rock
    Director of Finance
    770-370-4900

    With Volkswagen since 2009.


    Matt is originally from Sarasota, Florida.

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  • Zeljka (Zee) Caradine
    Business Development Manager
    770-225-4813

    Zee us originally from Serbia and moved here with her family at the age of 13. She started at Jim Ellis Chevy in Chamblee over 4 years ago and joined the Jim Ellis VW family in 2015.

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  • William (Bill) Kenny
    Service Director
    770-370-4900

    When asked how long he'd worked in the Automotive Industry Bill simply replied "A LONG time"! He has worked for Volkswagen Service since 1964. He moved here from New Orleans in 1975 and says his favorite food is red beans and rice and no tradition compares to that of Mardi Gras! 

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  • Charlie Kimsey
    Parts Manager
    770-370-4861

    With Volkswagen since 2002.


    Charlie is a Georgia boy from Marietta.

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  • Sandy Krekemeyer
    Controller
    770-370-4883

    With Jim Ellis since 1991.


    Sandy is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee and she is a VW owner for over a year.

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  • Thomas Grimes
    Customer Experience Specialist
    770-370-4884

    Tom is a fantastic member of our Business Development team & customer relations department. Originally from California, Tom has been in the automotive industry for 7 years & now resides in Marietta.

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  • Billy Atkinson
    Experience Specialist
    770-370-4900

    Billy is a great addition to our VW Business Development Team. He 1st started working for the Ellis organization in 1991! He comes with a wealth of automotive knowledge and is a welcome addition to our VW Kennesaw family. 

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  • Todd Bradford
    VW Brand Specialist

    Todd Bradford 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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  • Alex Tsankov
    VW Brand Specialist
    770-370-3622

    With Volkswagen since 2013.

    Alex is originally from Bulgaria and he is a VW owner for over 17 years. 

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  • Fred Roberts
    Sales Associate
    770-370-4900

    Fred is retired US Navy Commander. Since retiring he has been in the automotive industry for more than 10 years. Originally from CT. He now resides in Woodstock Ga.

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  • Larry Fitzpatrick
    VW Brand Specialist
    770-370-4900

    Larry is a joyful member of our sales team. He has an honorable background as a member of the US Army and nearly 20 years in the automotive industry. 

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  • Gem Baydemir
    VW Sales Experience Specialist
    770-370-4900

    Gem was born in Istanbul & but at the age of 19 he left his country to work as a Dining Waiter on Cruise Ships. He moved to Georgia in 2006 and has served in the Automotive Industry for 12 years. His love of helping people can be seen by the big smile on both his face and the faces of his happy Clients!

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  • Clark Stoddard
    Brand Specialist
    770-370-4900


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  • Jose Vasquez
    VW Brand Specialist
    770-370-4900

    Jose is currently a USMC Reservist. His ability to speak fluent Spanish makes him a big asset to our sales team. #sehablaespanol 

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  • Raul Sanchez
    VW Brand Specialist
    770-370-3632

    With Volkswagen since 2014. 


    Raul is originally from Los Angles, California and he is a VW owner for over 3 years.

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  • Oleg Robu
    VW Internet Sales
    770-370-3609

    With Volkswagen since 2014.

    Oleg is originally from Chisinay, Moldova.

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  • Nicole King
    VW Brand Enthusiast
    770-370-4900


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  • Amanda Stacks
    VW Brand Specialist
    770-238-9909

    Amanda relocated from Charleston SC and joined the Jim Ellis Team as her passion for her clients surpasses all else. With 3 boys and a loving spouse she strives to bring the new addition to your family the Jim Ellis way.

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  • Raphael Sandoval
    Service Adviser
    770-370-4900

    Raphael's ability to speak fluent Spanish makes him an extremely valuable member of our service team. #sehablaespaniol 

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  • John Huber
    Service Advisor
    770-370-4900


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  • Tommy
    Terrebonne
    770-370-4900


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  • Chad Gilbert
    VW Brand Sprcialist
    770-370-3619

    With Volkswagen since 2014.


    Chad is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he is a VW over for over 20 years.

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  • Karen Scott
    Warranty Administrator
    770-370-4880

    With Volkswagen since 2011.


    Karen is originally from Savannah, Georgia and she is a VW owner for over 17 years.

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  • Gib McClure
    Technician
    770-370-4870

    With Jim Ellis since 1995.

    Has 26 years of auto tech experience, 19 with VW.

    Gib is originally from Marietta GA.

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  • Jeff Adams
    Technician
    770-370-4870

    With Jim Ellis since 2013. 

    Has 23 years of auto tech experience, 5 with VW. 

    Jeff is originally from New Hartford, Connecticut and is a VW owner for over 21 years.

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  • William Palmer
    Technician
    770-370-4870

    With Jim Ellis since 2012.

    Has 12 years of auto tech experience, all with VW.

    William is originally from Marietta, Georgia and is a VW owner for over 20 years.

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  • Kevin Hartley
    Technician
    770-370-4870

    With Jim Ellis since 2012.

    Has 8 years of auto tech experience, 3 with VW.

    Kevin is originally from Savannah, Georgia.

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  • Dustin Rhodes
    Technician
    770-370-4870

    With Jim Ellis since 2013.

    Has 3 years of auto tech experience, all with VW.

    Dustin is originally from Marietta, Georgia.

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  • Pam Elder
    Parts Advisor
    770-370-3630

    With Volkswagen since 2003.


    Pam is originally from Lithia Springs, Georgia.

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  • Sandra Hernandez
    Wholesale Parts
    770-370-4865


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  • Josh May
    Parts Advisor
    770-370-4862

    With Volkswagen since 2009.


    Josh is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Jacob Puckett
    Wholesale Parts Assistant
    770-370-4685

    With Volkswagen since 2015.

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  • Cathy Tague
    Accounts Payable
    770-3704885

    With Volkswagen since 1995.


    Cathy is originally from Marietta, Georgia. 

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  • Brooke Mathis
    Accounts Payable
    770-370-4889

    With Volkswagen since 2012.


    Brooke is originally from Memphis, Tennessee.

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  • Allison McGough
    Title Administrator
    770-370-4887

    With Volkswagen since 2014.


    Allison is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Shannon Mitchell
    Payroll & Accounting Clerk
    770-370-4886

    With Volkswagen since 2013.


    Shannon is originally from Ft. Valley, Georgia and is a VW owner for over 3 years.

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  • Ashley Engel
    Receptionist
    770-370-4900

    With Volkswagen since 2013.


    Ashley is originally from Marietta, Georgia and is a VW owner for over 1 year.

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  • Jay Worsham
    Photographer
    770-370-4900


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  • Larry Hood
    Inventory Manager
    770-370-3616

    With Volkswagen since 2004.


    Larry is originally from Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • Stephanie Morris
    Customer Experience Manager
    770-370-3617

    With Jim Ellis since 2010.

    Stephanie is from Powder Springs, Georgia and is involved with all things related to our clients.

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