Staff


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  • Mike Absher
    Dealer Principal
    618-969-8320

    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 Watermark Ford of Marion and Watermark Hyundai of Marion in my hometown. I have since purchased five 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 22 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. 

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  • Craig Questelle

    General Manager
    270-821-4100

    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. "

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  • Stephen Ruby

    Sales Manager
    800-737-6453

    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.

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  • Bob Whitt

    F and I Manager
    800-737-6453

    If there is anyone in the store that ought to write a book, it's Bob Whitt. His automotive experience is only over shadowed by his life experience. Come to think of it, maybe Bob has written a book??? Originally from Owensboro, Bob cut his automotive teeth in the great state of Texas working with several high volume dealer groups. Luckily for us, he returned home to the Commonwealth and began working here in 2007. Bob's experience is not only an asset to us, but to the many customers that he has assisted with vehicle financing and warranty questions. It may seem like Bob is always here, but he does occasionally take a day off to spend time with his family which includes: three sons.

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  • Darren Ramey

    Inventory Manager
    270-821-4100

    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 Cars.com 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.

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  • Quincy Neal Carver

    Sales Consultant
    800-737-6453

    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.

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  • Calvin Dennis
    Internet Sales
    270-302-5413

    I was born in Alabama and grew up in Hancock County, Kentucky. Moved the Island, 6 years ago with my beautiful wife.


    I have been in the car business for 4 years now and before that, I was in the Army from 2008-2010 as a mechanic.

    When I am not spending time with my wife, Chasity and young daughter. Allivia...I love anything that has to do with sports and video games. 

    I am a member of the McLean County & Western Kentucky Honor Guard and the McLean County VFW. I am also a BIG Auburn Fan!

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  • Jeff Bozarth
    Sales Consultant
    270-836-9789 (text or call)


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  • Gerald Marvel

    Sales Consultant
    800-737-6453

    Fax: 270-821-0962

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  • Tommy Prather

    Sales Consultant
    800-737-6453

    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.

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  • Jesse Wells

    Sales Consultant
    270-821-4100

    Fax: 270-821-0962

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  • Eric Stokes
    Sales Consultant

    I was born and raised and currently live in the "best town on earth"... Madisonville. I've been in sales for 10 years total...3 years selling cars and Watermark Toyota.


    I am a sports fan, avid golfer and I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a young son named, Landon. 

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  • Brock Terry
    Sales Representative


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  • Kasey Scott

    Sales Consultant & Business Manager
    270-821-4100

    Fax: 270-821-0962

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  • Megan Pulley
    Office 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.

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  • Rafe Pendley

    Master Certified Ford Technician
    270-821-4100

    Fax: 270-821-0962

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  • Ricky Major

    Parts Manager
    800-737-6453

    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.

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  • Tim Maddox
    Used Vehicle Wholesale
    800-737-6453

    Fax: 270-821-0962

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  • Jeremy Kelley

    Senior Master Certified Technician
    270-821-4100

    Fax: 270-821-0962

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  • Aaron Cates

    Service Technician
    270-821-4100

    Fax: 270-821-0962

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  • James Bay
    Technician

    James is originally from Princeton, Kentucky and now resides in Dalton, KY. He has been working as a mechanic and lube tech prior to coming to Watermark Ford Nissan of Madisonville. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and working on cars. Picture coming soon.

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  • Jason Skaggs
    Technician

    Jason was born and raised right here in Madisonville, KY. He currently lives in Dawson Springs. He has been an auto mechanic most of his life, working in a few small shops before owning his own. In his free time, Jason enjoys building hot rods and drag racing his 1987 Buick Regal. He has a girlfriend of 12 years and now has a 5-month-old son named, Jeremiah Diesel. Welcome to the Watermark Family, Jason!

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  • Danny Tinchenor
    Technician

    Danny was born and raised here in Madisonville. He enjoys riding his motorcycle with his wife, Judy. He considers himself "just a plain ole ordinary guy". He and his wife have 5 Pomeranian's named Pooh-Bear, Sugar, Honey, Cinnamon, and Precious! 

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  • Andrew Lovan
    Shuttle Driver / Porter

    Although he now lives in Dexter, KY, Andrew has lived in the Madisonville areas most of his life. Previous to joining Watermark Ford of Madisonville, Andrew worked at Grease Monkey and car transportation. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing...a lot of fishing! He also raced motocross when he was younger. He is excited to be working here and we are happy to welcome Andrew to our Watermark Family! 

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  • Braxton Lewis
    Body Shop

    We would like to welcome, Braxton Lewis, to Watermark Ford of Madisonville. He is new to the "car business", but has experience in a shop. He has also done flagging, cranework and heavy lifting at his father's business, Western Kentucky Hauling. 


    When Braxton isn't working in our Body Shop, he enjoys drumming and playing video games. He considers himself "fun-loving" and a hard worker. Although Braxton isn't married, he and his girlfriend, Anissa Winton, have been together nearly 2 years now and have known each other for 11 years. She is enrolled at the University of Colorado and will be heading out for the Spring of 2018 semester. Together, they have a rescue cat named, Kaya. Braxton enjoys making people happy and is determined to make something of himself.

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  • Joey 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!

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