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  • Mike Absher
    Dealer Principal

    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 in 1989 as the valedictorian of my class, and then was admitted to and 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. I then enrolled in SIU-Carbondale and graduated in 1992 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. And then I retired at age 35, for three hours.

    I decided to get back into the business I missed so much, and 6 months later to the day 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 21 years to Cheryl, who is a licensed non-practicing attorney. We have three sons aged 16, 13, and 10 who cause little trouble, but are very active and adept at tearing up things of value.

    I recently retired from service on the Southern Illinois Healthcare Board of Trustees which is the largest employer in our region with 3300 associates. I serve as the President of our local school board, and enjoy lending my time and talents to all organizations that are crazy or desperate enough to want or need my help.

  • 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. "

  • Stephen Ruby
    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.

  • Darren Ramey
    Inventory Manager

    When Darren Ramey graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Agricultural Education, the last place he thought he would find himself was in the car business. But we're sure glad that he did. Darren joined our team in November of 2011, and immediately made an impact with our Internet Sales Department. Just check out the numerous reviews that mention him specifically by name if you don't believe me. Darren brings a new attitude to the car buying experience and it shows with his many satisfied customers. Darren is originally from Princeton, and when he is not here taking photos of inventory or emailing potential clients, you can find him at Pagliai's Pizza or on Lake Barkley with his friends.

  • Tom Kimmel
    Finance Manager

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  • 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

  • Erik Stokes

  • Jeff Bozarth
    Sales Consultant
    270-604-1119 (text or call)

  • Quincy "Neal" Carver
    Sales Consultant
    270-619-2480 (text or call)

    Neal has been in the car business for over ten years. He decided early in his career that the more names you have, the better your chance a customer will ask for you by name. Hence, the full use of his name, Quincy Neal Carver. Quincy Neal is an inspiration to all of us not only because of his infectious positive attitude, but because he is a single father of three. This is tough job for anyone, but especially tough for someone in a retail sales position. It never seems to get him down though, as Neal can often be seen singing and dancing around the dealership as he takes care of one of his many satisfied customers.

  • Gerald Marvel
    Sales Consultant
    270-339-1825 (text or call)

    Gerald likes to call this his second or third career. You see, he retired from AT&T several years back and starting selling cars as a hobby. That turned into his second career and then when he tried to retire again, everyone missed him so much that we begged him to come back. And when we say everyone, we mean everyone from the dealership as well as his customers. Gerald's honest and straightforward sales process has been winning folks over for some time and he now offers this same approach with internet buyers. Gerald is known around the dealership as Big Blue, because of his passionate love of University of Kentucky Basketball. The only thing he loves more is his wife, Sherlen, and family, which mean the world to him.

  • Theron Pearson

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  • Brandon Belt
    Sales Representative

  • Josh Ogliby
    Sales Consultant

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  • Brian Greer
    Body Shop Manager

  • Chris Townsend
    Service Manager

  • Lee Foster
    Service Advisor

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  • Lisa Vincent
    Assistant Service Manager

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  • Ricky Majors
    Parts Manager

    Ricky is our Parts Manager 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 Manager. 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.

  • Mike Moore
    Parts Advisor

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  • Tim Maddox
    Assistant Body Shop Manager

  • Amber Slaton

    I have been married to my husband Justin for five years, we have a daughter Journi she will be four this summer. We enjoy going to the lake, bonfires, playing outside, just anything to do with warmer weather. Journi is the center of attention for both my husband and I, outside of work. I myself love anything that deals with University of Kentucky sports! Go Big Blue!!!

  • Tarry Wells

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  • Nancy Maddox
    Part Advisor

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  • Jeremy Kelley
    Nissan Master Technician

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  • Jaron Demoss

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  • Kyle Cotton
    Ford Technician

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  • Kase Salle
    Maintenance Technician

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  • Blake Tabor

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  • Reagan Roland

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  • Dylan Shelton

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  • Cody Stone

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  • Cole Dugger
    Reconditioning Technician

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  • Joseph Niswonger
    Body Shop Tech

    We would like to welcome our newest Body Shop Tech, Joey Niswonger. He was born and raised right here in Madisonville. He has been painting cars since 1999. Welcome to the Watermark Family!

  • JT Adams
    Body Shop

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  • Alex Ellis
    Service Porter

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