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  • Craig Questelle
    Managing Partner/General Manager

    Originally from Harrisburg, IL, my automotive adventure began in February of 1991 when I became a Zone Manager for Ford Motor Company in the Seattle Region. It was then that I developed a desire to someday operate my own dealership. This dream became a reality in July of 2011 when my business partner, Mike Absher, and I opened Watermark Ford Nissan of Madisonville. I was lucky enough to marry my high school sweetheart, Amy Noah Questelle, 14 years after we graduated. It goes without saying, but she is the single biggest reason I am where I am today. We have two of the most awesome boys in the world, and when I'm not busy at the store, I am spending time with them doing whatever hobby is the flavor of the month. I must also mention my furry son, Captain, who is the biggest Golden Retriever you will ever see. My small-town roots as the son of a coal miner and school teacher, along with my work experience make me strive to provide a customer experience that is unlike any other automotive dealership you have ever visited. This really is like a family and I think you will feel it from the moment you walk in the showroom. Please join me along with our entire team and come see why we say, Don't Buy, Until You Stop By…Watermark Ford Nissan of Madisonville. "

  • Brad Poole

    Brad is originally from Alliance, Ohio.  He moved to West Frankfort, Illinois,  in 1981 and graduated from Frankfort Community High School in 1987.   After high school, Brad attended and graduated from John A. Logan College and then transferred to SIU-C and graduated with a B. S. in Political Science with a minor in Psychology in 1991.  Brad has worked at the Ford Hyundai Lincoln dealership in Marion since 1992, and there, he has held the positions of Salesperson, Body Shop Manager, Sales Manager, and General Manager.  In April of 2013, Brad became partners with Mike Absher when Nissan of Marion became a part of the Watermark Auto Group.  In 2017, Brad became the Chief Operating Officer of the Watermark Auto Group while continuing to serve as General Manager of Watermark Ford Hyundai and as a partner at Watermark Nissan of Marion.  In 2018, Brad became a partner in the Watermark Insurance Group with Mike Absher and David Griffin.  Brad has been married to his wife Melanie since 1991, and they have one child, Mackenzie.  Melanie has been an English teacher since 1990, where she started her career in Cobden Unit School District 17.  In 1994, she took a position with Marion Unit 2 at Marion High School and continues to serve as an English teacher at MHS.  Their daughter Mackenzie is a senior at Saint Louis University who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in biology in May and will begin medical school at SLU in August of this year.

  • Mike Absher
    Chairman of the Board

    I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I grew up in a "car family" on both the maternal and paternal-side as both of my grandfathers and both parents were car dealers. I started working in the shop as a custodian starting at age 12, and worked at the dealership until graduation from high school.


    I graduated Marion (Illinois) High School and then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point New York with the intention of being a career Army officer. I ultimately left the Academy and the Army voluntarily and returned home. As a 48 year old, I wish I could talk to my 18 year old self and take back that decision as I regret not staying and serving my country. That experience though has instilled in me a profound respect for those that have served! I then enrolled in SIU-Carbondale and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. I worked at the family dealership throughout my college years as a warranty administrator and service writer.


    Upon graduation, I was employed as Parts and Service Director, sales manager, used vehicle manager until I left the family company in 2003 to start a software firm named DealerWare LLC selling F&I Menu Selling software to car dealerships. We were very successful and this was the wildest ride of my life. We ultimately were endorsed by American Honda and were in the process of rolling out our software to the Honda dealerships nationwide, when our biggest competitor decided to take me out. And so, they did, and I sold DealerWare in 2006 to DealerTrack, Inc. 


    I decided to get back into the business I missed so much and purchased Marion Ford, Inc in my hometown. I have since purchased three other dealerships, in Marion IL, Paducah KY, and Madisonville KY, and that has evolved into the Watermark Auto Group.


    I have played the trumpet for nearly 38 years, and enjoy every opportunity I get to play in a brass quintet with some friends from high school and college. I also enjoy woodworking, and have lots of cool equipment that is really dangerous, but I never turn on because I am too busy in the car business.


    I have been married for 24 years to Cheryl, who is a licensed non-practicing attorney. We have three sons aged 20, 17, and 13.

    I am retired from service on the Southern Illinois Healthcare Board of Trustees and as President of our local school board, and was sworn in as Mayor of my hometown of Marion, Illinois on April 22, 2019.

  • Stephen Ruby, Ford Sales Manager

    You'll never find a more true-blue car guy than our Sales Manager, Stephen Ruby. It's true. Just ask him. In all honesty, this statement encapsulates some of Stephen's favorite things: Big Blue UK Basketball, Muscle Cars, and Making Car Deals Happen! Stephen began his automotive career right here in Madisonville over 10 years ago. It was during that time that he developed the now infamous nickname of Scoob. You'll also have to ask him about that one. The only thing more important to Stephen than cars and UK basketball is his wife, Michelle, and son. He counts spending time with them among his hobbies as well as fishing, four-wheeling and strolling the beaches of Florida at least twice a year.

  • Neal Quincy Carver, Internet Sales Manager

    We are pleased to welcome Neal Carver back to our Watermark family.

  • Megan Moore, Sales Coordinator

    I was born and raised here in Hopkins County. Graduated from Hopkins County Central in 2006. From there I went to college and received a bachelor's degree in Human Services and Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College.

    I started working at the Toyota dealership in 2005 as a part-time job after school, answering phones and filing paperwork. From there I continued to work throughout college and found my way back as a full-time employee working in the office. I recently accepted the Office Coordinator position at Watermark Ford Nissan of Madisonville! I can't believe I have been in the car business for 12 years now... time sure has flown by!

    I was really active in sports growing up. Basketball, softball, soccer, and tennis! I still like to attend Friday night hometown football games. I  recently purchased my first home and I am very excited about that! When I am not working, I am probably curled up on the couch reading or catching up on my reality shows with my Furbaby, Ella!

    I am super close with my family. I have an older brother and a twin brother, 2 nieces and a nephew, who I am crazy about! My dream job would be to own a bakery downtown and bake cakes...creativity never ends when you're baking and decorating.

  • Tom Kimmel, Finance Manager

    More details regarding Tom are coming soon.

  • Jesse Wells, Sales Consultant
    270-619-5630 (text or call)

  • Tommy Prather, Sales Consultant
    270-619-1719 (text or call)

    Originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, "Pastor" Tommy is our resident spiritual advisor. We're not joking. Tommy has spent 3 ½ years in full-time ministry, made mission trips to Africa and South America, and graduated from the Teen Challenge Ministry. He is also an active member of the Covenant Community Church and participates regularly in the Madisonville Great Banquet. When Tommy commits to something, he is all in. The same holds true for his commitment to his customers. Tommy consistently has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings within the store. Tommy often says, it's not how many cars you sell, but how many customers you are making happy that is important. His many repeat buyers think the same thing.

  • Brock Terry, Sales Consultant

  • Brandon Belt, Sales Consultant

  • Bryan Brewer, Sales Consultant

  • Jacob Dooley, Sales Consultant

    Jacob grew up in Danville, Indiana. He went to college at Vincennes University where he graduated with a degree in Audio Recording. While there, Jacob met his wife and moved to Kentucky. After working in the coal mines for 4 years, he decided it was time for a change and we are happy to welcome Jacob to our Watermark family.

  • Chad Hughes, Sales Consultant

  • Paxton Burns, Receptionist

    I was born and raised in Webster County, KY and graduated from Webster County High School in 2014. I have spent the last six years working in the medical field, but recently felt that I needed a change. I have been so blessed and also very excited to join the Watermark team. I hope to build a career here, and look forward to what the future holds. 

  • Brittany Sullivan, Receptionist

    We are excited to welcome our new receptionist, Brittany Sullivan to our Watermark family! 

  • Ricky Majors, Parts & Service Director

    Ricky is our Parts & Service Directorr and brings 24 years of experience to the position. He has been at this location since January of 1998 and his expertise, unlike the many parts that he stocks is irreplaceable. Originally from Slaughters, it was determined early in life that Ricky was destined to become a Parts & Service Directorr. One day during a pick-up game of basketball, one of his fellow competitors lost a contact lens on the asphalt playing surface. As everyone grumbled about looking for what they considered to be a needle in the haystack, Ricky quickly stated, "Here it is!" His future was set. Today, he is still helping people find the right part at the right time. Of all of the accolades that he has received, Ricky is most proud of his family. He and his wife, Kim, have three outstanding children. Ricky's hobbies are all about sports as he is our resident scratch golfer and also coaches middle school basketball during the school year.

  • Lisa Vincent, Ford Assistant Service Manager

    More details regarding Lisa are coming soon.

  • Phil Harvel, Nissan Assistant Service Manager

  • Lee Foster, Express Maintenance Assistant Service Manager

    More details coming soon.

  • Jennifer Miller, Parts Manager

  • Mike Moore, Nissan Assistant Service Manager

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  • Aaron Buckner, Parts Assistant

  • Nancy Maddox, Part Advisor

    Details regarding Nancy are coming soon!

  • Kyle Cotton, Ford Technician

    More details regarding Kyle are coming soon.

  • Dylan Shelton, Technician

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  • Cody Stone, Technician

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  • Jonathan Plunkette, Service Technician

    Jonathan was born and raised in Rabbit Ridge, KY. Prior to coming to Watermark Ford of Madisonville, Jonathan worked at a sawmill. 

    In his spare time, Jonathan likes to fishing, riding 4-wheelers and hanging out with friends around bonfires. He has a passion for automotive and has a square body GMC as a project truck with a built engine. He has 3 dogs and enjoys Kentucky basketball.

  • Jesse Vancleave, Technician

    More details coming soon!

  • Joshua Smock, Technician

    We are so happy to have Joshua rejoin our team as a technician. He worked here for 2009-2015. We are happy he is back. More details to come.

  • Cole Dugger, Reconditioning Technician

    More details regarding Cole are coming soon.

  • Alex Ellis, Service Porter

    More details coming soon.

  • Brian Greer, Body Shop Manager

  • Tim Maddox, Assistant Body Shop Manager

  • Justin Cates, Body Shop Technician

  • Billy Joe "BJ" Burden, Body Shop Technician

    Billy is from Dixon but resides in Nebo. He hasn't ever been in the car business but he has been a factory mechanic for a large engine & transmission manufacturer. He has also worked on lawnmowers and ATVs since he was old enough to ride one. 

    In his free time, Billy enjoys fishing, off-roading, karaoke, motorcycles, and drawing. He isn't married and doesn't have children and is a member of the choir at his church.