Prestige Subaru Staff


Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Tony Pelle
    Owner

    Prestige has been family owned and operated since 1967 right here in Asheville. I was born and raised here in the Asheville area. I grew up hanging around the dealership, while my father Rudy was running it. At some time or other I have done every job at the dealership from cutting the grass, sweeping the floors, to cleaning the cars and working in the service & parts shop. I learned from my father that every customer is important, so I'm here everyday doing whatever it takes to make each customer feel like family. 


    When you purchase your next car from Prestige Subaru, then you become part of the Prestige Family. Come by and see what makes us the #1 Subaru Dealership in the Southeast!

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  • Anthony Pelle
    Marketing Director
    828-298-9600 x1330


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  • Scott Wilbanks
    General Manager
    828-298-9600 x1307


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  • Robby Clark
    Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1313

    I've lived in Buncombe County off and on for 40 years. But I have always seen to make it back to the mountains. I'm currently living in Leicester, NC. I have been with Prestige for 7 years. Prestige is my 3rd sales job I have had. It will hopefully be my last.

    We have the best products, great co-workers, and great customers. It's easy to say that.

    My goal is to provide an easy buying experience and the highest customer satisfaction until everyone in the Asheville area drives a Subaru.

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  • Bob Evans
    Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1322 or 336-429-9174 cell


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  • Ryan Brown
    Business Manager
    828-298-9600 x1312


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  • Deborah King
    Business Manager
    828-298-9600 x1309


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  • Eric Bates
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1304 or 828-776-5378

    My name is Eric Bates. I came to the wonderful Asheville area 5 years ago with my wife, Tiffany and our two dogs, Jaxx and Lydia. We moved from Carthage, NC, where I was born and raised. Our family has grown by two since living here in western NC. My son Murray is 3 and daughter Cora is 1.5, keeping my wife and I very busy.

    When I'm not working hard, or spending time with my beautiful children, I enjoy playing as much golf as possible. Preferably ball golf but also disc golf.

    My love for meeting new people and passion for cars has lead me here to Prestige Subaru. I'm happy to be part of a team of great people.

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  • Melissa Bell
    Internet Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x2104

    Hello, my name is Melissa " Mel " Bell,

    An Asheville native, I enjoy all that being in Asheville has to offer from the food and music scene to hiking and mountain biking. I spend my "off time" with my beautiful daughter and our fur babies, Zeus (a Lhasa Apso) and Tubby (an orange tabby), who both came into our lives and have since became family. 

    Being a long time Subaru owner myself, I am excited to join the Prestige Subaru team and help others find the perfect vehicle that fits all their needs and lifestyle! With over 20 years experience in the automotive business, I strive to put my experience to work for you. Whether this is your first time buying a vehicle or your hundredth, I believe that every customer deserves a level of customer service and professionalism that will make their next purchase a pleasant one.

    Thank you for taking a moment to get to know me a bit, I look forward to meeting you, and helping you discover why "Subaru Is Love!"

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  • Darryl Blizzard
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1348 or 828-989-2313 cell

    Hello everyone! I'm Darryl, my wife Neina & I along with our Little Pooch (Sophie) just moved from Florida to call Asheville our home. We've been visiting family here for years and fell in love with the area.

    I'm very fortunate to be a part of Prestige Subaru as they are an outstanding Family-based group of people. It's a privilege to help you with your needs. My goal is only the highest level of customer satisfaction. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

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  • Steve Bryson
    Sales Specialist/Outside Events
    828-298-9600 ext.1303

    I have lived in the Asheville area all my life. I worked as a Automotive Technician for 20 years. I also had a towing company for over 15 years and during that time, I only had to tow in three Subaru's.... so now you know why I love the product.


    I enjoy traveling, time at the Beach, Snorkeling and spending time Outdoors!

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  • Buck Davis
    Business Manager/Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 ex 1311

    Buck Davis has been with the Prestige family for over 20 years. He is well known for making lasting relationships with his customers as he is easy to work with, efficient, and accessible.

    Buck is a Western North Carolina Native. He grew up in a small town in the country just a few miles away from Asheville. He has 8 siblings with plenty of great stories to tell.

    Buck is passionate about his job and his customers.

    When he is not working, he enjoys hiking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, yard work, and being with his son, Trenton.

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  • Sean Fitzpatrick
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1356

    A native of Long Island, I moved to Asheville in 2005 along with my wife Melissa. A year later we found our home in Hendersonville as well as the first new addition to our family. An abandoned Shitzu mix we found on the side of the road during a snow storm shortly before Christmas. We named him Oliver. A few years later, a trio of feral kittens found our home. It took a long time to gain their trust, but now they are the most loving house cats. 

    I have always worked in customer care. I began working the counter at my father's deli when I was 12. As a young adult, I was fortunate to join Home Depot as they were growing. I never expected to still be with them over twenty years later. Over those years, my role changed, and customer contact was no longer my primary focus. I really missed the one on one personal care, which prompted my career change. I was most recently representing Ford, but leapt at the opportunity to join the Prestige Subaru family.

    It is truly an honor to be a representative for a company known not just for the excellence of its product, but also for its commitment to its customers.

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  • Matt Gregor
    IT Director
    828-298-9600 x1331

    Although new to the Prestige workforce in April 2013, I have been a part of the Prestige family since 2006 when we bought our first Subaru. We were treated so well my wife & I came back in 2011 to buy another Subaru. Since then we have had 5 Subaru Outbacks and love them.

    My wife (Danielle) & I, 28 years together and 26 years married, moved to the Western North Carolina area in 2006 from Baltimore, Maryland. I have a background of over 29 years of Telecommunications & Networking experience.

    I have a huge soft spot for all kinds of animals.  We had two mixed breed Shepherd twins (Fred & Ethel), both passed due to cancer. We have a Great Pyraneese & Black lab mix pup (Lucy), a Basenji mix (Joe) and 3 cats (We had 4 cats but our oldest cat was 21 years that passed). All of our pets were rescues either from being stranded on the side of the road, being found in a dumpster or given a good home from various shelters & situations. I enjoy heavy machinery and cooking/grilling. I used to run a hydraulic band mill and create furniture starting from the standing tree after the material was air dried. I enjoy scenery & photography, most anything outdoors including taking scenic/off-road drives in my Jeep with the doors & top removed. 

    I enjoy meeting people and I treat others the way I want to be treated. I will do everything I can to help out. Prestige is very pet friendly, so stop by with your companion I would love to meet him/her.

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  • Josiah Gonzalez
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1302

    To whoever may find their way to this bio, you are reading about a very passionate car enthusiast who's main aspiration is to rise in this industry for the love of both automotive culture and the well being of their community! My name is Josiah, I am now 20 years old but have been working in or around dealerships since I was 17! My journey into this field began at a very young age with a passion for cars.... Sports cars, usually. I was obsessed with the idea of exotic cars such as the McLaren F-1 and the Lamborghini Murcialago but as time went on and as I matured over the years, that translated into an appreciation for all cars, regardless of top speed. At first, the idea was to apply my automotive prowess in the engineering field but it only took a couple semesters of college before I realized that I wanted to go bigger than that - I wanted my own dealership. So what did I do and what was my plan to achieve this? I dropped out and started working for a used car dealership and have since moved to Prestige as a salesperson working diligently to provide A-1 customer service to new and experienced car buyers alike. Look no further if you're looking to work with someone who's in this thing for the greater good of the customer and who's in it for the long haul. 

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  • Anna Kendall
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1305

    Hi Friends! My name is Anna and here is a bit about myself. I moved to the Asheville area when I was nine and have been hiking the trails ever since. I love being outdoors doing just about anything, but if there is a waterfall it's better! I am energetic and outgoing, I love my job as a sales consultant here at Prestige getting to know all different types of people, and I actually bought my first car from Prestige years ago! I have always loved Subaru's so joining the team here is a thrill.


    I have a wonderful husband and two children as well as three dogs and a cat. I thoroughly enjoy life and would love to help you find the vehicle that best suits your needs! 

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  • Ember Latrella
    Technology Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1336

    Hi im Ember ! I am a outgoing person that loves to meet new people. I am easy to talk to and enjoy making new friends. I support and help out with animal adoptions and donate to brother wolf animal rescue regularly. I love doing anything outdoors and protecting our environment.

    Since Prestige Subaru supports and believes in helping out our local animal shelters, meals on wheels, local groups such as river link that help protect our environment I can say I am proud to be part of such a amazing team .

    I like to hike and fish in my spare time and enjoy spending time with my family.  I look forward to meeting you and helping you choose a vehicle that supports you in all your adventures !

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  • Teresa Moore
    Internet Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1359 or 828-316-1906

    My name is Teresa Moore, and I am one of the Internet Sales Managers here at Prestige Subaru.


    I recently moved to Asheville from my home state of Minnesota. Asheville is a beautiful place full of kind, interesting people; I feel fortunate to live here.

    I've been in automotive sales since 2012. I have training in many brands, but I've always had a special place in my heart for Subaru. I drive an '09 Forester, which still runs like new with over a hundred thousand miles on it and has faithfully carried me through mud, snow, and rough mountain terrain.


    When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my senior rescue dog, Riley, and my family. My parents live in Fairview; my father, a retired engineer, drives an Outback, and my mother drives an Impreza. We are a Subaru family.


    I appreciate the opportunity to get to know you and to assist you with your vehicle needs!


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  • Michael O'Brien
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600

    Hey everyone, My name is Michael O'Brien
    I moved up to Asheville when I was 2 years old from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida so I say im a native. I have a loving family of 2 kiddos and 4 fur babies. My fiance (Kelsey-born and raised in Asheville) my daughter Ellie (turning 3) my son Ezra (3 months old) and a mix of a dog (pita-lab/hound mix) and 3 cats (Pogo, Pimento, Peanut) that we rescued from Brother wolf and the Asheville Humane Society. I am a very family oriented man and very outgoing. I love meeting new people because it gives me the opportunity to share the love and make new friends.
    I love the outdoors going on Hikes/walks in the beautiful mountains. I also love to mountain bike and snowboard but most of all I love the atmosphere and diversity that Asheville has to offer. Anywhere from beers and food to the people I get to meet! I also grew up playing soccer through middle and high school and also with our local club, all the way through College as well. 
    If you are looking for a loving, professional and respectful place Prestige Subaru is the only place to be. If you are wanting some one that will treat you the same way and experience the journey with you, I'm your guy! You can always come in and ask for me and I would love to meet you and make a new friend! 

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  • Kim Richardson
    Internet Sales Specialist & Delivery
    828-298-9600 x1600 or cell 870-404-9662

    Hi there! I'm Kim Richardson. I look forward to learning about you and your vehicle needs and helping you find a vehicle you'll love. My focus is giving you an outstanding purchase and ownership experience.

    I've driven my 2005 Forester over 163,000 miles and it has comfortably and reliably delivered me through snow, ice, rain, and mud. I love my "Rooster." My four-legged friends appreciate the rear seats folded down so they have prime sniffing position from the windows. I appreciate the moon roof everyday and the heated seats on chilly occasions.

    I traveled many of those miles touring as a professional singer/ songwriter. I've released three cds and am always working on new tunes. I love getting outdoors and exploring trails & waterways. Whether on foot, two wheels, or by kayak, nothing beats getting my toes in the grass (or water) and the sky in my lungs.

    Being a Prestige Sales Consultant affords me the opportunity to be of
    service to you, helping you find the right vehicle for your needs; one
    you'll be proud to own and excited to drive. Come say hello, let's talk
    about what brings you joy, and find the vehicle that fits your life.

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  • Jeffrey Rutledge
    Sales Specialst
    828-298-9600 x1347

    My name is Jeffrey but I also go by Jeff. I grew up in the wonderful state of Oklahoma where it was more common to see a horse standing next to you at a red light that a Subaru Outback. In 2012 I moved with my family to Asheville and left the tornados and dust storms in my rear view mirror. Thankfully Asheville has no lack of interesting people and culture, especially when visiting the drum circle on Friday night. 

    I enjoy the outdoors, especially camping and fishing, after all, I did grow up watching Man vs Wild on the discovery channel so that basically means I'm a survivalist professional. I do most of my outdoor adventures at Lake Fontana and the weekends I'm not out there, I'm walking around downtown Asheville, sampling the food and drinks. 

    The Subaru life is new to me, but has already been a blast being involved with. I can't wait to answer any questions you may have or go on a few test drives.

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  • Adam Stashick
    Sales Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1335 or 828-545-0652 cell

    Hello folks! My name is Adam Stashick. 

    I am a man of faith who has been very fortunate with incredible parents (Bob/Gail) and one amazing sister (Tara). I have the absolute best fiancé  (Mckensie) and little dog (Prada) a man could hope for.  We originally moved to Asheville about 16 years ago from Pittsburgh PA (GO STEELERS!!) due to both of my parents working for Eaton Corporation. We haven't looked back since and enjoy every bit of what Asheville has to offer. 

    Motorcycles and cars are my passion along with golf and staying in shape. I get an abundant amount of joy when helping others especially when it's putting them in a vehicle that is phenomenal in every aspect. 

    Family and friends are very important to me and I'm looking to expand our Prestige family along with making some new friends along the way. If your looking for a fun, laid back, professional experience with someone that has your best interest, please give me a call and ask for.

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  • Joe Tate
    Internet Sales Director
    828-298-4867 or 828-777-2527

     I have been with Prestige Subaru since 2006 and I serve as the Internet Sales Director for Prestige Subaru. Before coming to Prestige Subaru I worked over 20 years as a Store Manager for Ingles Markets. I am grateful for all of the wonderful people I have worked with over the years with Ingles and with Prestige Subaru. I am part of a great team of  Internet Sales Specialists . They are smart, gifted, dedicated to each customer they meet and most of all they are a wonderful group of people to spend time around.The Internet Sales team takes a lot of pride in their product knowledge and giving exceptional service.

    I have a son Kyle who is a professional welder and a daughter Kaylee who is a student at Milligan College, (studying Occupational Therapy ). They bring great joy to my life and have grown to be outstanding young adults. I love dogs and have had as many as 5 at one time, ( many of them rescues).I love anything outdoors and am an avid reader. I believe the world becomes a better place when we do our best to share kind words and acts of kindness anytime that we can to others. I hope to meet you when you are in to look at a Subaru. Blessings, Joe Tate

    Click below for a personal greeting from Joe.





    Joe Tate
    Internet Sales Director
    828-298-9600 ex 1310
    828-777-2527 cell
    1-888-854-4293 ex 1310
    jtate2527@prestigesubaru.com

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  • Jason Wicks
    Internet Sales Manager/Digital Marketing
    828-298-4867 or 828-280-1270

    My name is Jason Wicks. I thought I would tell you a little bit about me, why I love what I do, and some of the things that make me passionate about life and Western NC. Before joining Prestige in October 2013, I worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years. My love of Subaru started in 1990 with my first car, a 1982 Subaru GL. Since that time, I have owned a total of 8 Subarus, including a 1998 Outback with over 248,000 miles. Four of these vehicles were purchased from Prestige. As you can see, the Subaru brand has been much more than a car for me, it's been a friend and part of the family.


    I am married to Lisa and we have 2 girls, Greta and Afton our sweet dog Olive (Yellow Lab) and Tucker the orange tabby cat. After growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I moved to Western NC in 1992 and fell in love with all the mountains can offer and have been here ever since. I enjoy mountain biking, trail running, camping with my family and I recently finished my 6th half-marathon.


    Thank you for learning a bit about me and I look forward to meeting you! 



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  • Dereth Wilson
    Internet Sales Manager
    828-298-9600 x1333 or 205-520-3882 cell

    I fell in love with Asheville in one visit and knew right away I was home. A recent transplant from Birmingham, Alabama, I love anything that takes me outdoors, my dog, my friends and family.

    With a strong background in customer service, I strive to listen and help others with superb care. As a Subaru owner and enthusiast I am happy to assist you in your search for your next Subaru.

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  • Derrick Connors
    Express Lube Tech
    828-298-9600


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  • Gus Dotsikas
    Customer Relations Manager
    828-298-9600 x1353


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  • Jonathan Forfa
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1321


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  • Delina Hensley
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1346

    Greetings and a big "Hello!" the 'Paris of the South'!

    I've lived here in Asheville since 2007. My love of theatre brought me here, but my love of the mountains kept me here. I so enjoy a quiet hike on a beautiful day or a quiet walk by the river with my dog, Carson. I am also a performer by trade. Since I was a little girl, the stage called to me and I found I had a knack for entertaining people.

    In fact, before arriving here at Prestige Subaru, I was a performing tour guide on the LaZoom Comedy Tours. It's the big purple bus in downtown Asheville. It's always full of folk laughing and having a great time and I'm proud to say that I was a part of that for 5 years.

    With my performance and touring background, I enjoy meeting and talking with new people and I can't wait to meet you!

    Feel free to bring along any fur babies you may have. I would love to meet them and animals are always welcome!

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  • Kelly Hensley
    Service Appointment Coordinator
    828-298-9600 x1343


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  • Ike Kearney
    Porter


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  • Eron Skelton
    Service Advsior
    828-298-9600 x1345


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  • Jack Kisner
    Fixed Operations Director
    828-298-9600 x1314


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  • Jerry Hagan
    Service Manager
    828-298-9600 ext.1318


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  • Tearesa Cartrett
    Assistant Service Manager
    828-298-9600 ext. 1344


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  • Christie Chandler
    Trade Up Coordinator
    828-298-9600 x1500


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  • Bobi Gaertner
    Title Clerk
    828-298-9600 ext. 1315


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  • Kim Harper
    Cashier


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  • Mary Macera
    Service Appointment Coordinator
    828-298-9600 x1343


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  • Ryan Mills
    Parts Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1325


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  • Brent Hancock
    Parts Manager
    828-298-9600 x1324


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  • Mike Kolenbrander
    Parts Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1326


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  • Rebekah Mann
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1320


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  • Gillian Murray
    Service Advisor
    828-298-9600 x1350


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  • Jenny Webb
    Service Appointment Coordinator
    828-298-9600


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  • Robert Austin II
    Senior Master Technician


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  • Scott Beam
    Master Technician


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  • Bubba Brady
    Automotive Technician


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  • Connor Brooks
    Intern


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  • Colt Brookshire
    Air Bag Technician


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  • Tim Cramer
    Express Lube Technician


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  • Bill DeFouw
    Automotive Technician


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  • Dominic Deprospero
    Technician


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  • Brandyn Edwards
    Service Technician


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  • Josh Gardner
    Service Technician


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  • Tim Gerhard
    Automotive Technician


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  • Jerry Ingle
    Automotive Technician


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  • Sam Jay
    Technician


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  • Brad Julitz
    Technician


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  • Michael Lyons
    Express Lube Technician


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  • Levi McCarty
    Technician


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  • Eminex Parker
    Express Lube Technician


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  • David Peck
    Technician
    828-298-9600


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  • Heather Pickford
    Service Advisor


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  • Courtney Scott
    Parts Specialist
    828-298-9600 x1323


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  • Matt Tamari
    Express Service Tech


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  • Matt Taylor
    Express Service Tech


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  • Martin Wagner
    Express Lube Technician


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