Meet our Team


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  • 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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  • Sandy Krekemeyer
    Controller
    770-370-4883

    With Jim Ellis since 1991.


    Sandy is originally from Kingsport, Tennessee. She started working for the Ellis family in 1991. 

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  • Frank Dickenson
    New Car 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 in 2013. He has been one our Sales Managers for 3 years and we are proud to have him as a part of our Volkswagen Family.

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  • Brady Koerner
    General Sales Manager


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  • Adam Toms
    Pre-Owned Sales 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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  • Kevin Chung
    Finance Manager
    770-370-4900

    Kevin moved to Atlanta in 2002 from Chicago and has been in the automotive industry for more than 10+ years! In his free time Kevin enjoys playing golf. 

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  • Curtis Wilson
    Finance Advisor
    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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  • Matt Hamby
    Service Director
    770-370-4900


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  • Charlie Kimsey
    Assistant Parts Manager
    770-370-4861

    With Volkswagen since 2002.


    Charlie is a Georgia boy from Marietta.

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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 is married with a 3 year old and a Great Dane. 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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  • 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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  • Lina Vallejo
    Business Development Rep.
    770-370-3618

    Lina is a valued member of our Business Development Team. She is originally from Colombia. She moved to New York when she was 8 years old. She has lived in Atlanta for the past 7 years. Se Habla Español!

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  • Todd Brafford
    VW Brand Specialist

    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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  • Erika Gregory
    Business Development Team
    770-370-4900

    Erica has been in the automotive industry for over 2 years now and is excited to continue to work for the Jim Ellis family! 

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  • Kristen Eckler
    Marketing Communications Assistant

    Kristen lived in Kentucky for 24 years, and just moved to Georgia! She has been around the car business since she was 3, and worked for her parents for 6 years, who own their own car dealership in Kentucky. She loves her family, her two cats, and the beach!

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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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  • Billy Atkinson
    Service BDC
    770-370-4891

    There isn't much Billy hasn't done in the automotive industry over the past 35 years!

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  • Alex Tsankov
    Volkswagen Experience Specialist
    770-370-3622

    Alex is originally from Bulgaria. He is a VW enthusiast as well as a  single Dad to an adorable 5 year old daughter, Sofia.

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  • Jake Blackstone
    Vehicle Brand Specialist

    Jacob Blackstone was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia. He studied Business administration and Marketing at Georgia State University and proceeded to work in a fast, upscale  environment, assuring customer satisfaction on luxury vehicles. Jake is goal oriented and passionate about his craft, Jim Ellis was a natural fit. In his free time, Jacob loves exploring the wilderness with his Blue Heeler puppy named Biggie. 

     

     


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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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  • Shannon Brookshire
    VW Sales Specialist
    770-370-3615


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  • Keenan Jones
    Sales Associate
    770-370-4900

    Keenan has been in the car business for 15 years. Father of 5 (1 girl and 4 boys). He truly loves working with people and has come to realize how vital customer relationships are is in the preparation of achieving success in all endeavors. Family is most important to him! It is with the same passion and innovation that he has had a Retired Realtor and Sales Manager. He hopes to bring these exemplary skills to your buying experience.

     


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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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  • Jose A Vazquez
    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 Angeles, California and he is a VW owner for over 3 years.

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  • Luke Bialas
    Sales Associate
    770-370-4900

    Luke is happily married and lives in Acworth GA with his wife, 3 cats named Kai, Kipp and Keely and 2 sugar gliders named Peeka and Boo. After serving his country with the United States Marine Corps he looks forward to serving the people of Atlanta with all of their automotive needs. In his free time Luke enjoys lifting weights and hiking. 

     


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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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  • Clayton Hays
    Sales Associate
    770-370-4900


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  • Jack Jackson
    Sales Associate

    After spending 30 glorious years as a television Sportscaster, Jack has decided to use his communication skills to help Atlanta area residents get into the proper vehicle for their personal needs.  

    Jack has rubbed elbows with some of the greatest names in Sports including former Atlanta Falcon Star Tight End Tony Gonzalez. He and Tony  hosted a top rated television show in Kansas City when Tony was with the Chiefs. 

    Jack gets his thrills these days from seeing the satisfied look on the faces of happy customers after making their purchase here at Jim Ellis VW. Jack is happily married and has two children and four grand children. 


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  • Chuck Nunn
    Sales Associate

    Chuck is a original Georgia Native. He has been married to his wife Cathy Nunn for over 25 yrs. He has a daughter Charli who currently is attending Kennesaw State University. Chuck got a full tennis scholarship and was a graduate of Southwest Texas State University, with a BS in Education/Public Relations in 1980-1983. NAIA All American / NCAA II All American. Chuck competed in the ATP World Professional Tennis tour 1983-1989. He began his Automotive Career in 1992 and has 17 years experience in Import and Domestic Sales Management. The rest is history! 



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  • Rafael Sandoval
    Service Advisor
    770-370-4878

    Raphael's ability to speak fluent Spanish makes him an extremely valuable member of our service team. Se Habla Español

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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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  • Arianna Durham
    Service Advisor
    770-370-3634


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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
    Wholesale Parts Consultant
    770-370-3630

    Pam is from Douglasville, Ga. She has 15 years of experience with Volkwagen and Audi. She has been with Jim Ellis since 2003! 



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  • Sandra Hernandez
    Wholesale Parts
    770-370-4865

    Sandra is from Syracuse, NY. She has 12 years in the Automotive Industry and has worked with VW since 2013.

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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
    Office/HR Manager
    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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  • Mickey Patterson
    Employee Education Liason
    770-225-4837

    Mickey has been employed with Jim Ellis since August 2011.

    She is a Acworth,Ga native, and now lives on Red Top Mountain. She has two grown sons both employed at Jim Ellis. Mickey is married with 4 furry babies, and loves the beach and the mountains! 


     


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  • Kate Crockett
    Cashier

    Kate is 20 years old and has two dogs and a cat. She attends college for criminal justice in psychology! 

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  • Kelly Buckner
    Cashier
    770-370-4900

    Kelly is a Georgia native from Alpharetta now living in Kennesaw. He is an avid car guy and has worked in the industry for nearly a decade. He also likes music, traveling, adventuring, and is a big sports fan.

     


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  • Jay Worsham
    Photographer
    770-370-4900

    Jay lives in Waleska, GA with his wife and 3 of their 4 sons.  He brings 25 years of professional photographic experience to the Jim Ellis family.


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  • Lizzy Clark
    Accounting Clerk
    770-370-4900

    Lizzy is from Clarksville, Tennessee and is a proud dog mom of 2! She just got promoted to the Accounting department!

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  • Maureen Williams
    Receptionist
    770-370-4900

    Maureen is originally from Kingston, Jamaica.  She moved to the USA and lived in California, New Jersey and New York since January 2000. She relocated to Georgia in 2008 and is a proud mother  of  a son. In her spare time she loves to read, listen to music, gardening, and to bake. Her passion is fashion and food.  


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  • Michelle Bringhurst
    Receptionist

    Michelle is originally from New Jersey and now currently resides in Dallas, Ga. She started her receptionist position at Jim Ellis Volvo in Marietta in 2017, has been with Volkswagen family since February! 

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  • Larry Hood
    Inventory Manager
    770-370-3616

    Larry is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and is married with two precious little girls. He has been with Volkswagen since 2004. 

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