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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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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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Steve Cohen
Volvo Sales Manager

Steve has relocated to Hendersonville to join the Hunter family. He was born and raised in Pittsfield, MA. Steve brings over 17 years of experience in the automotive industry. He has been a car enthusiast since his teenage years. He enjoys spending time in the outdoors. During his free time, Steve enjoys watching football, baseball, and car races.

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Business Managers

Chase Griffin
Finance Director
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I grew up in Morganton, NC, attending high school at Freedom High.  I then spent my next four years at NC State University studying professional golf management.  After college, I came back home to Morganton to work managing Quaker Meadows golf club.  I then worked for eight years as a district manager with ATT before switching career paths and starting with the Hunters.  I have been here for almost three years, working in sales, and finance, before becoming finance director.  I still reside in Morganton with my amazing wife and children.  I enjoy spending time with my kids, taking family trips, and golfing. 

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Shawn Parsley
Business Managers

I grew up in Bonifay, FL and moved to Asheville in 2018 after meeting my wife, Evelyn in Orlando. After leaving the hospitality industry in 2019, I started a new journey at Hunter Nissan and then moved into a business manager position at our airport location. I enjoy cooking, fishing and spending family time outdoors with our two dogs Oliver and Indy.

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Harrison Hunter
Business Manager
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I grew up in Hendersonville, NC, attending high school at Hendersonville High. I then spent my next four years at Appalachian State University and obtained a degree in Business Management, as well as a degree in Finance in Banking. After college, I spent five years in Charlotte, NC working as a Financial Advisor For UBS Financial Services. I moved back to Hendersonville, NC with my wife Emma in December of 2020. We have a Black lab and a Chocolate Lab. I enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, spending time outside and with my family. 


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Jackie Carroll
Business Manager
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I started in the car business in 1988 and have been hooked ever since. I have two rockstar sons, Jacob 19 and a full-time student in the Music industry at LA Tech, and Jace, 18 who will be joining me after graduation this month. I enjoy playing the piano and singing for a hobby and I have 2 cats, no judging please! :) 

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Sales

Sparrow Branks
Sales Consultant
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I was born and raised in WNC, and went to college for fine art and painting. I'm a passionate weekend warrior and enjoy rainy days. I also have two cats. And I sell cars.

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Stefan Koerckeritz
Sales Consultant

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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Alex Black
Sales Consultant
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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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DeQuavius Foster
Sales Consultant
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DeQuavius  has been in the Automotive industry for the last 4 years; a native of Chester, South Carolina. His background is a mixture of  years in the entertainment and customer service industry. An avid basketball enthusiast; DeQuavius enjoys his down time with travel and family. A Graduate of Greenville Technical College, DeQuavius has goals to become a Sales Manager in the Automotive Industry. Come by and meet DeQuavius today.

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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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Rob Maresca
Sales Consultant

Rob was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He moved to Asheville almost three years ago and immediately fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains. He is a trained chef and spent several years in the business before transitioning into banking and commercial real estate ten years ago. Rob enjoys driving his WRX in the mountains during his time off with his faithful Blue Heeler named Walker. Rob enjoys visiting breweries and sampling great food in town!

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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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Patrick Kettenhoden
Sales

My name is Patrick and I am in sales here at Hunter. I am a big Green Bay Packers fan and previously lived in Florida for 26 years. I love hiking here in the mountains. 

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Department Managers

Nathan Weikert
Service Manager

Nathan Weikert grew up in Denver, Colorado and moved across the country to the Triad area back in 2006. Nathan has been serving customers with Hunter Auto Group since June of 2019, with several years of automotive experience prior to joining the Hunter team. He enjoys spending time outdoors in our mountains whether it be hiking, camping, kayaking, or biking. Other hobbies include anything music related, especially playing the guitar. Nathan is here to serve our customers and lead our service team with a smile!

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Service

Taylor Armstrong
Service Advisor
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Taylor was born in Orlando, Florida, and grew up in Southern New Jersey. She has 4 years of experience in the dealership service industry and 10 years of experience in the customer service industry.  She was a semi-professional dancer for 14 years and is a certified teacher. She loves hiking, crafting, riding motorcycles, going to breweries, going on adventures with her boyfriend and two Australian Shepherds, and hanging out with friends. She plans on staying with Hunter Automotive group to build her dealership career and is excited about the many opportunities ahead. 

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Austin Johnson
Service Advisor

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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Marissa Simcox
Service Concierge

Marissa Simcox grew up right here in western North Carolina. With several years of customer service experience, Marissa has been a great addition to the Hunter Auto Group as a Volvo Service concierge. Marissa enjoys passing the time with hiking, listening to music, and taking weekend trips to the beach. Be sure to swing by and say hello as  Marissa can assist with any service related concerns.

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Robert Ficker
Customer Courtesy Driver
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Robert Ficker 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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Parts

Brent Hancock
Parts Manager

I am born and raised in Asheville. I love to play golf. I have two daughters, 15 and 19, and I have two dogs, a boxer and a bulldog. I am an avid Dallas Cowboys fan!


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Augustina Mendez

My name is Augustina Mendez. I was born in Hendersonville NC and have remained here for the past 20 years of my life. I graduated from East Henderson high school, and am bilingual in English and Spanish. I enjoy spending time with my family and being outdoors. I also love listening to music (aka kpop only), especially when it comes to my favorite band BTS. I've been with Hunter Subaru over almost 2 years! I started initially as a technician, and now work as a parts counter consultant. I love my Hunter family!

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Holly Ingram

My name is Holly Ingram, I have lived in Asheville for 14 years, but I Grew up in the Southwest. My favorite activity is being outdoors with my husband and our two dogs, but i also love camping, kayaking, music & traveling. 

I have been in accounting for 20 years before taking on the automotive industry. Love my new Hunter family!

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Abel Quinlan

My name is Abel Quinlan, I am San Diego born and raised, and made the move to Asheville in 2013 due to my love of all the food, people, and drinks, Asheville has to offer. I am the youngest of three siblings and have a passion for football and baseball. On my days off I like to spend my time off hiking, having some drinks with friends, or catching a game. I'm looking forward to my next chapter here at Hunter, and am happy to be a part of the team!

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Internet Sales

Trey Hemphill
Internet Sales Manager
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Born and raised in Asheville, NC. Attended T.C. Roberson high school and went on to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Appalachian State University. Spent four years in direct sales in the luxury clothing industry before joining the Hunter Auto Group. 

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Receptionist

Jennifer Brown
Receptionist

Jennifer was raised in Hendersonville, NC. She started working for Hunter in 1994 and is also a licensed massage and bodywork therapist. Jennifer is active with church ministry and enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and close friends. 

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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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Loaner Rental Manager

Vince Leta
Loaner Rental Manager

I have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. I have been with my girlfriend Melissa for 17 years. We moved to Flat Rock 3 years ago and absolutely love it here. We have 6 Subarus in my family, which is the perfect vehicle for mountain living 

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Valet

Lety Velazquez
Valet
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My name is Lety. I am from Mexico and have lived here for 20 years. I have 2 children and I love nature and flowers. 

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Yalonda Mason
Valet
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My name is Yalonda and I am born and raised in Asheville. I have 2 boys and 2 grandchildren. I am happily married. I love to laugh, joke, and dance.

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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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