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Executive Team

Tom Hunter
President and CEO - Hunter Corporation
828.694.2521

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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Tim Walters
COO- Hunter Corporation
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Tim graduated from Indiana University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He then began a career as CFO at LCD, Inc., where he oversaw substantial growth. He went on to become Controller and COO at Penske Automotive Group, where he proactively participated in returning the dealership to profitability by the end of the year. Following this success, Tim moved to Bill Heard Enterprises as Controller & Platform Controller, where he was able to achieve the highest net profits the platform had ever experienced. Similarly, at Prebul Enterprises, Tim was directly responsible for returning the organization to profitability within 8 months. Tim is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Georgia Society of CPA's. He is currently Chief Operating Officer at Hunter Corporation.

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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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John Yetter
Sales Manager
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Leah Evans
Hyundai Sales Manager
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Leah Evans is an Asheville native and has worked at Hunter in collections and as an Account Manager since spring 2015 - but worked before that in the automobile industry.  Leah is also a Notary Public.  She is a Gardner-Webb University grad, has two children and a dog to keep her busy and entertained at the lake and other adventures.

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Brian Bulis
Sales Manager


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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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Laura Lewis
Floor Manager
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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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Business Managers

David Hunter
Finance Director
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Nate Derouen
Business Manager
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Nathan Derouen has been serving customers in the car business for twenty years. He is married with two beautiful children. Nathan is passionate about his community. He enjoys going to Church and spending quality time with his family. 

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Tony Turbyfill
Business Manager
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Sales

Gala Rice
Sales Consultant
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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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Pam Justice
Sales Consultant
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Pam Justice has been in the automotive industry 12 years -- since 2004 with Hunter and before was with Sunshine Chevrolet in Arden.  She has also been a sales consultant and Internet Sales Manager.  She is native to NC, has one daughter and son-in-law along with two granddaughters and one on the way!  Her hobbies include teaching Sunday School for 2-5 years, hiking, reading and watching the sunset from her front porch.

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Alex Black
Sales Consultant
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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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Stefan Koeckeritz
Sales Consultant
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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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Brandon Clugh
Sales Consultant
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Mike Martin
Sales Consultant
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Michael has been in the automotive industry for over 40 years in various positions ranging from sales to general manager.  Michael is not new to the Hunter family as he worked for Bud Hunter in the 90's as the Chevrolet Products Manager.  Michael and his wife, Cindy, own Walnut Creek Farm, an 11.3 acres Horse farm. They have two daughters, Natalie and Diana.  Michael is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys all the products Hunter Auto Group offers.  

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Devin Smith
Sales Consultant

Devin was born in Illinois and raised in Hendersonville, NC. He has eight years of experience remodeling. He attended Blue Ridge Community College. Devin is married to his wife Brittany and they share a son, Lincoln. He has two dogs and three cats. He enjoys fishing, guitar and music. 

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Jason Apicerno
Sales Consultant

Jason was born and raised in South Florida. He moved to WNC seven years ago. Jason has been in the automotive business for an accumulation of nine years and with Hunter seven of those years. Jason is a football enthusiast and roots for the Miami Dolphins. During his spare time, he enjoys fishing, gaming, listening to music, and watching movies from the eighties. 

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Stephanie Davis
Sales Consultant

Stephanie returns to Hunter after taking time off to have her 1st child.  When she is not busy at work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, especially her baby daughter, Harper.  She also loves cooking new recipes, spending time outdoors and getting spooked by a good scary movie.  


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Olivia Vess
Sales Consultant

Olivia was born and raised in Hendersonville, NC with her 10 siblings.  She is a very talented young lady having been a varsity cheerleader captain as a freshman in high school as well as playing numerous instruments in the orchestra. These days Olivia enjoys shopping, cleaning and organizing along with cooking curry-based food and baking.  She told us that she enjoys the automotive industry and is excited to be part of the Sales team. 

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Scott McDougall
Sales Consultant


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Mike Kokindo
Sales Consultant
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Spencer Blockhouse
Sales Consultant
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Trade-Up Advantage

Melana Ballew
Equity Care Coordinator
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After working in the customer service industry for a few years, Melana joined the Hunter Sales Team - first as a product specialist and now as the Equity Coordinator.  She lives with her cats, Java and Bonnie and a dog named Buddy.   During Melana's free time she enjoys reading and cooking.

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Department Managers

Kirk Firmin
Fixed Ops Director
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Kirk Firmin is certified in Lexus, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and has worked as an Assistant Parts Manager, Parts Manager and now is our Fixed Operations/Parts Director - all reflective of a growing career of 28 years in the automotive industry.  He grew up in the business as his Father owned a Buy-Here-Pay-Here in Tampa, FL.  Kirk is married with one child in college and the National Guard. Kirk enjoys riding his motorcycle with his wife through the mountains surrounding Asheville. He also enjoys pets, and has adopted a dog and two cats from the local spca. Kirk joined Hunter in June 2013.

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Will Skinner
Service Manager


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Scott Laffin
BDC Sales Manager
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Service

Nate Weikert
Lane Manager

Nate comes to the Hunter family with 6 ½ years of experience in the automotive industry. Nate recently moved from Greensboro, NC to Hendersonville. We are happy to have him join the Hunter family. Nate enjoys art and music.    

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Austin Johnson
Service Advisor


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Shannon Hart
Service Advisor


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Robert Ficker
Customer Courtesy Driver
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Robert Finker 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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Christopher Hreha
Porter

Chris was born and raised in Long Island, NY. He graduated from West Henderson High. He has 8 years of experience in the pest control industry. Chris enjoys building computer hardware and working with electronics during his free time.

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Bonnie Warden
Customer Rental Representative

Bonnie Warden started with Hunter in 2015 and has earned the reputation as a "killer brownie" maker!  She has her BA in Environmental Studies from State University of New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  She worked eight years as a Technical Assistant at the Institutional Research at Corning Community College in Corning, NY.  Bonnie is married to Mark and has a Maine Coon rescue named Sonny Longcat - for whom she admits openly that they are Sonny's humble servants.  She enjoys photography, gardening, hiking, cooking, reading, birdwatching (with Sonny) and visiting the ocean.  And by the way, she does not miss the snow!

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Parts

Mike Deyo
Parts Manager

Mike has been in the automotive industry for seventeen years. He started washing cars and later joined the parts department. He has numerous years of experience as a parts manager.

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Vance Garren
Parts Manager
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Vance Garren is a southern native born in Asheville, NC. A University of Tennessee alumni; Bachalors in Forest Resource Management. He is avid coin collector of Lincoln Cents and film buff. Vance is family man at heart; come by our Parts Department and meet Vance. 

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John Hilton
Parts Clerk

John is originally from the United Kingdom and returned for a few years. John joins the family at Hunter with 10 years experience in the sales industry. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from U.C.S.B.
He s motorcycles, video games, and traveling. John enjoys learning about other cultures.

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Makayla Owenby
Parts Clerk
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Paul Juntunen
Parts Clerk

Paul was born in Hudson, Florida and  raised in Western Carolina. Paul has experience in the automotive industry.

An interesting fact Paul shared with us is that he has a Venus fly trap he's named Petey. 

He also has a cat named Agent Fox Molder.

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Wayne Griffin
Parts Clerk

Wayne joins Hunter with seven years of experience in the automotive industry. Born and raised in Hendersonville, NC, Wayne graduated from North Henderson. Interesting fact, Wayne has eleven pet chickens and five parrots. During Wayne's free time, he enjoys going to concerts and playing video games. 

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Collision Center

Brandon Cavenaugh
Collision Center Estimator
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Born in Wilmington NC, raised in Winston-Salem NC. Brandon joins our company with over 15 years of automotive concepts and automotive parts management. A husband and father, who enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, home improvement projects and helping others.

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Accessories

Vin Parish
Accessories Sales Manager
828.693.8661 ext 115

Vin Parish is Volvo Master Certified after being with Hunter just since the spring of 2016!  Prior he was in the swimming pool industry for 17 years as a Regional Sales Director, Retail Operations Manager and District Manager.  Vin has a daughter who is eleven and one Siberian Husky.  He is a member of the Rotary Club and the National Automobile Dealers Association and also involved with NASA, Pokemon League, Rebel Alliance and JLA.  Sometimes he just "enjoys doing nothing".

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