Meet Our Staff

  • Taft Butcher

    Taft Butcher

    General Manager

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    Taft Butcher

    Taft Butcher

    General Manager

    Taft is from Maryville, TN and has lived here in Chattanooga for the last 18 years. He is married and has 2 daughters. This is Taft’s 28th year in the car business. He was with Toyota and Lexus and left to come to KIA because of the great product and wanted to be with a company that was on the cutting edge of technology and stood behind its 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. He is a member of Christ United Methodist Church. In his free time, he enjoys boating, football, spending time with his beautiful wife and family, and yelling GO VOLS!

  • Clyde Dempsey

    Clyde Dempsey

    General Sales Manager

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    Clyde Dempsey

    Clyde Dempsey

    General Sales Manager

    Clyde is originally from Mississippi and now resides in Dalton, GA. He has been in the car business for 17 years, the last 8 here at KIA. Clyde has been married for 18 years and has 2 wonderful boys. He enjoys video games and spending time with his family. He is a big fan of the “Mouse” and goes to Disney every chance he gets.

  • Dirk Emmett

    Dirk Emmett

    Business Development Manager

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    Dirk Emmett

    Dirk Emmett

    Business Development Manager

    Dirk has been with KIA of Chattanooga for 9 years and counting. He started in Sales and has progressed to a Sales Manager position currently in our Business Development Center (BDC) team. He is married with a beautiful daughter. His interests outside of work include hunting, fishing, and pulling for the Crimson Tide!

  • Cary Smith

    Cary Smith

    Sales Manager Used Cars

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    Cary Smith

    Cary Smith

    Sales Manager Used Cars

    Cary is new to our KIA of Chattanooga staff, we wish him lots of luck here in his new position.

  • Matthew Moreland

    Matthew Moreland

    Finance Manager

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    Matthew Moreland

    Matthew Moreland

    Finance Manager

    Matt grew up in Marietta, GA. He has 3 children and has been married for 10 years. Matt has been in the car business for 5 years. When not at work Matt is usually at the lake or the pool.

  • Danny Claire

    Danny Claire

    Finance Manager

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    Danny Claire

    Danny Claire

    Finance Manager

    Danny has 20+ years in the car business, with exceptional customer service and knowledge of what our customers expect and deserve. Loves the Chicago Bears and any chance to golf. When not at KIA, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

  • Jonathan Tencza

    Jonathan Tencza

    Finance Manager

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    Jonathan Tencza

    Jonathan Tencza

    Finance Manager

    Jonathan is from the Charlotte NC, area and has been living in the Chattanooga area for the last 7 years.  Jonathan has been in the car business for 5 years and is currently a finance manager here at KIA of Chattanooga. He is married and has 3 little boys to keep him busy, Jonathan enjoys being outdoors, bird watching and being with his family.

  • Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson

    Sales Specialist

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    Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson

    Sales Specialist

    Kevin is from Richmond KY. He has lived in the Chattanooga area since 2006. Kevin is married to his high school sweetheart and has no children but does have 3 little dogs. This is Kevin’s 12th year in the car business and here at KIA of Chattanooga for the past year. When not working Kevin is a fan of Kentucky Basketball, Green Bay Packers football and The Vegas Golden Knights NHL team.

  • Michael Magiera

    Michael Magiera

    Sales Specialist

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    Michael Magiera

    Michael Magiera

    Sales Specialist

    Michael is originally from Michigan and has lived in the Chattanooga area for the past 18 years. At 18 years of age Michael joined the United States Marine corp. spending 4 years all over the world. He is married and has 2 children ages 5 and 2 years old that keeps him busy when he is not working. Michael is new to the car business but is excited everyday to come to work because he really enjoys meeting new people and being a problem solver. In his spare time he loves, white water kayaking and hiking.

  • Jake Wilson

    Jake Wilson

    Sales Specialist

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    Jake Wilson

    Jake Wilson

    Sales Specialist

    Jake is a lifelong resident of Ooltewah, TN. He has been in the car business 3 years and enjoys seeing customers getting into the vehicle they deserve and providing a 5-star experience from start to finish. Jake says he is here to make the car buying process as easy and smooth as possible.

  • Hank Brown

    Hank Brown

    Sales Specialist

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    Hank Brown

    Hank Brown

    Sales Specialist

    Hank is originally from Compton, CA, and moved to the Chattanooga area in 1991. He is married, has 5 children, and 9 grandchildren. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and attended USC. Hank has been in the car business for 18 years and thrives on making the buying process easy.

  • Juan Salazar

    Juan Salazar

    Sales Specialist

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    Juan Salazar

    Juan Salazar

    Sales Specialist

    Juan is from Dalton GA. He has been in the car business 5 years the last 2 here at KIA of Chattanooga.

  • Jessica Kimsey

    Jessica Kimsey

    Sales Specialist

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    Jessica Kimsey

    Jessica Kimsey

    Sales Specialist

    Jessica was born and raised in the Cleveland area and still lives there today. She has been in the car business for 3 years, the last year is with KIA of Chattanooga. Jessica started out as a business development agent and moved to sales about 6 months ago, turns out she is one of our best sales people. Jessica is very knowledgeable, very helpful and really enjoys helping people find the car they love. In her free time Jessica likes camping, fishing and yelling “GO VOLS”.

  • Raymond Torres

    Raymond Torres

    Sales Specialist

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    Raymond Torres

    Raymond Torres

    Sales Specialist

    Raymond comes to KIA of Chattanooga from the RV business, he is life long resident of the Chattanooga area and is a Ooltewah High School graduate. Raymond has been with KIA of Chattanooga the past few months and is amazed at the quality and dependability of the KIA vehicles.

  • Issac Espey

    Issac Espey

    Sales Specialist

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    Issac Espey

    Issac Espey

    Sales Specialist

    Issac is new to our staff at KIA of Chattanooga, we wish him lots of luck in his new position.

  • Tommy Roberts

    Tommy Roberts

    Sales Specialist

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    Tommy Roberts

    Tommy Roberts

    Sales Specialist

    Tommy is a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area. He is married, has 3 children, and 2 grandchildren. He has been in the car business for 7 years – all with KIA. When not working, Tommy enjoys golf, fishing, and working in the yard. Tommy is an avid UTC fan.

  • Patrice Miller

    Patrice Miller

    Sales Specialist

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    Patrice Miller

    Patrice Miller

    Sales Specialist

    Patrice is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, TN. She went to Notre Dame High School and UTC. This is her first Sales job and she thinks the car business is awesome. She enjoys meeting new people from all walks of life. Her friendly disposition makes her a joy to be around and easy to work with.

  • Allie Kang

    Allie Kang

    Business Development Agent

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    Allie Kang

    Allie Kang

    Business Development Agent

    Allie is a member of the BDC Team. She is from South Korea and Argentina and speaks both Spanish and Korean. She is married and has 3 beautiful children; 2 daughters and a son. Allie has been in the car business for 5 years. Allie enjoys watching football and spending time with her family.

  • Lindsey Stone

    Lindsey Stone

    Business Development Agent

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    Lindsey Stone

    Lindsey Stone

    Business Development Agent

    Lindsey is from Soddy Daisy, TN and just started year number two in the car business. She has a great attitude and is willing to help anyone. This is her first sales position and she really enjoys meeting friendly people and learning daily how to be a better salesperson.

  • Alla Hooper

    Alla Hooper

    Business Development Agent

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    Alla Hooper

    Alla Hooper

    Business Development Agent

    Alla is from originally Greenfield, MA. She has lived in the Chattanooga area for 15 years and barely has a New England accent left. She is a graduate of Lafayette High School, KIA of Chattanooga is her first job in the auto industry.  Alla enjoys all the customer relationships that she gains through her position as a Business Development Agent and working with such a great group of people. In her spare time she enjoys sky diving. softball, hunting and camping in the great outdoors.

  • Matthew Bettis

    Matthew Bettis

    Service Director

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    Matthew Bettis

    Matthew Bettis

    Service Director

    Matt is from the Soddy Daisy area and has been in the car business for the past 19 years, the last 8 were here at KIA of Chattanooga. Matt is married and has 2 children. When not working he likes boating, camping and watching the Arsenal play soccer.

  • Robert Painter

    Robert Painter

    Service Advisor

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    Robert Painter

    Robert Painter

    Service Advisor

    Robert is one of our service writers here at KIA of Chattanooga, he has been in the car service business for 6 years the last 5 at KIA. He is married and has 1 child, when not helping customers Robert is our resident pro golfer and enjoys being outdoors when ever he can be there.

     

  • Charlie Puckett

    Charlie Puckett

    Service Advisor

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    Charlie Puckett

    Charlie Puckett

    Service Advisor

    Charlie is a service writer here at KIA of Chattanooga, he is very knowledgeable, friendly and genuinely cars about all of his customers.  He gets many complements and people like working with him.

  • Ronny Ducas

    Ronny Ducas

    Service Advisor

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    Ronny Ducas

    Ronny Ducas

    Service Advisor

    Ronny is the newest member to our service writer staff, he is originally from Queens New York, grew up in Miami FL and has lived in the North GA, Chattanooga area the past 7 years. This is his 3rd year in the car business. His hobbies include cars and being a DJ. Ronny says that so far he loves it here at KIA of Chattanooga.

  • Randy Phillips

    Randy Phillips

    KIA Technician

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    Randy Phillips

    Randy Phillips

    KIA Technician

    Randy is the Team Leader (shop foreman)  in the service department. He was born and raised in the Trenton Ga area, He is a graduate of Dade County high school, he is married and has 3 wonderful children. Randy has over 22 years of experience in the automotive industry and has been a KIA Technician for the past 14 years. Randy has witnessed KIA transform itself into one of the most dependable and reliable automobiles in the industry.

  • John Ramsey

    John Ramsey

    KIA Technician

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    John Ramsey

    John Ramsey

    KIA Technician

    John is from Wildwood GA. and has been in the automobile repair business for 18 years, the past 9 here at KIA of Chattanooga. John enjoys restoring classic cars and is currently rebuilding a suicide doors Lincoln continental and a bad to the bone GT Mustang. John has 1 son and is a big fan of UGA football and the great outdoors.

  • Jon Phipps

    Jon Phipps

    KIA Technician

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    Jon Phipps

    Jon Phipps

    KIA Technician

    Jon is a life long resident of Ringgold GA. he is married and has no children but does have a cat and a dog.  Jon has been in the automobile business for 20 years and KIA of Chattanooga for the past 9 years. He is a big fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, enjoys shooting sports and video gaming.

  • Randall Ramsey

    Randall Ramsey

    KIA Technician

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    Randall Ramsey

    Randall Ramsey

    KIA Technician

    Randall is a good guy, great with a wrench and drives a fast car. His picture really says all you need to know…….

  • Jose Morales

    Jose Morales

    KIA Technician

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    Jose Morales

    Jose Morales

    KIA Technician

    Jose is from Dalton GA. He has been in the auto repair business for 7 years and the last 2 1/2 years here at KIA of Chattanooga. He enjoys working here and always has a smile, he likes the way everyone here gets along and work as a team helping one another.  He is married with no children. Jose is a big soccer fan and loves playing video games

  • Heath Higdon

    Heath Higdon

    KIA Technician

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    Heath Higdon

    Heath Higdon

    KIA Technician

    Heath is from Ringgold GA. He has been a Technician in the car business for 9 years the last 4 here at KIA of Chattanooga. Heath enjoys riding mountain bikes and being in the great outdoors.

  • Eric Morales

    Eric Morales

    Express Tecnician

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    Eric Morales

    Eric Morales

    Express Tecnician

    Eric is a life long resident of Dalton GA. He has been in the auto repair business for the last 3 years. He loves his job here and enjoys coming to work. Eric is a fan of soccer, and likes to play video games.

  • Bernard Bird

    Bernard Bird

    Porter

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    Bernard Bird

    Bernard Bird

    Porter

    Bernard was a Army brat as a child and grew up all over the world, he was born in Germany. Bernard has lived in the Chattanooga area the last 25 years,  He is retired now and has been with KIA of Chattanooga for 3 years as our Porter. He is married and has 1 child. Camping and being outdoors is his favorite past time.

  • Gregg Finger

    Gregg Finger

    Parts Manager

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    Gregg Finger

    Gregg Finger

    Parts Manager

    Gregg was born in Knoxville TN. but has lived in the Chattanooga area most of his life. Gregg has been in the car business for 17 years and with KIA of Chattanooga the past 3. Gregg is married and has 2 boys to keep him busy, 1 is 8 the other is 5. When not working he loves college football and anything to do with the outdoors.

  • Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Parts

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    Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Parts

    Mike is from the big city of Soddy Daisy TN. Mike has been in the automobile parts industry for the past 13 years, the last 2 with KIA of Chattanooga. Mike is married and has 3 children. When not working selling parts he is coaching his youngest daughters softball team, which occupies most of his free time. When not at the ball fields he can usually found on the lake catching Crappie or Bass fishing.

  • Lucas Losey

    Lucas Losey

    Parts

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    Lucas Losey

    Lucas Losey

    Parts

    Lucas is from Hixson TN. He has been with KIA of Chattanooga 2 years and is in the parts department, this is his 14th year in the automotive industry. Lucas is married with 2 children and enjoys spending time with his family. In his spare time he likes to go to the drag races and shoot pool.

  • Larry Sikes

    Larry Sikes

    Parts

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    Larry Sikes

    Parts

  • Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Lot Manager

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    Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Lot Manager

    Mike has been with KIA of Chattanooga the last 8 years. He is married and has 2 children. When not working Mike is a Bass Fisherman and enjoys a round of golf when he can. He is a life long fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide.  “Roll Tide”

  • Darian Johnson

    Darian Johnson

    Detail

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    Darian Johnson

    Darian Johnson

    Detail

    Darian has been with KIA going on 3 years, she is excellent in her profession and we are thankful to have her.

  • Tom Teas

    Tom Teas

    Warranty Administrator

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    Tom Teas

    Tom Teas

    Warranty Administrator

    TWO Words describe TOM,  ROLL TIDE !!!!

  • Brandi McDade

    Brandi McDade

    Warranty

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    Brandi McDade

    Brandi McDade

    Warranty

    Brandi has lived in the Chattanooga area the past 23 years, she has 2 children ages 19 and 16. She started at KIA of Chattanooga last August and this is her first job in the car business. Brandi says she enjoys working with amazing people here and learns more about the business every day. She is a big fan of Star Wars and the Marvel movies.

  • Angie Lee

    Angie Lee

    Controller

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    Angie Lee

    Angie Lee

    Controller

    Angie is the glue that keeps KIA of Chattanooga together and going strong. She is from the great state of Alabama is a fan of the Crimson Tide. Angie has over 28 years experience in the car business, the last 6 here at KIA of Chattanooga. She is married and has 4 children. When away from here, she enjoys gardening and being on the farm.

  • Joyce Matthews

    Joyce Matthews

    Accounting

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    Joyce Matthews

    Joyce Matthews

    Accounting

    Joyce was raised in Belpre Ohio, moved to Nashville, TN. in 1982 and to Chattanooga in 1995 (she does consider herself a Tennessean). Joyce has been in the car business for 9 years, the past 4 at KIA of Chattanooga. She enjoys her job and working with a great team. Joyce has 1 daughter, a son in law and a precious grandson. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves the beach and watching her grandson play baseball.

  • Liz Fiallo

    Liz Fiallo

    Accounting

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    Liz Fiallo

    Liz Fiallo

    Accounting

    Liz is from Cuba, has lived in Chattanooga the past 11 years and really enjoys the Chattanooga area. Liz enjoys photography and living life to the fullest, this is her second year in the car business.

     

     

     

  • Corteney Lytle

    Corteney Lytle

    Human Relations/Payroll

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    Corteney Lytle

    Corteney Lytle

    Human Relations/Payroll

    Corteney is originally from northern Illinois, and has the accent to prove it. She has been in the car business for 12 years and the last 6 here at KIA of Chattanooga. Corteney enjoys water sports like paddle boarding and being in the sunshine.

  • Cathy Harwood

    Cathy Harwood

    Accounting

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    Cathy Harwood

    Cathy Harwood

    Accounting

    Cathy has been with KIA of Chattanooga for the past 4 years but has been in the accounting end of the car business for 19 years all together. Cathy has lived in the Chattanooga area all her life, besides work her life is pretty much the grand kids and her dog … “they seem to be in control these days”.

     

     

     

  • Frances Reason

    Frances Reason

    Receptionist

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    Frances Reason

    Frances Reason

    Receptionist

    Frances is our wonderful receptionist, and so much more. She is the warm smiling face that greets our guests as they enter the dealership. Needless to say, we would be lost without her.

  • Jennifer Welcher

    Jennifer Welcher

    Lead service clerk

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    Jennifer Welcher

    Jennifer Welcher

    Lead service clerk

    Jennifer has been in the Chattanooga area since she was 8 years old. She has 2 sons and is lucky that all her family lives in this area. Jennifer has worked in the county school system as a Title 1 assistant for 10 years before coming to KIA 3 years ago.

  • Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson

    Sales Specialist

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    Kevin Anderson

    Kevin Anderson

    Sales Specialist

    Kevin is from Richmond KY. He has lived in the Chattanooga area since 2006. Kevin is married to his high school sweetheart and has no children but does have 3 little dogs. This is Kevin’s 12th year in the car business and here at KIA of Chattanooga for the past year. When not working Kevin is a fan of Kentucky Basketball, Green Bay Packers football and The Vegas Golden Knights NHL team.

  • Michael Magiera

    Michael Magiera

    Sales Specialist

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    Michael Magiera

    Michael Magiera

    Sales Specialist

    Michael is originally from Michigan and has lived in the Chattanooga area for the past 18 years. At 18 years of age Michael joined the United States Marine corp. spending 4 years all over the world. He is married and has 2 children ages 5 and 2 years old that keeps him busy when he is not working. Michael is new to the car business but is excited everyday to come to work because he really enjoys meeting new people and being a problem solver. In his spare time he loves, white water kayaking and hiking.

  • Jake Wilson

    Jake Wilson

    Sales Specialist

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    Jake Wilson

    Jake Wilson

    Sales Specialist

    Jake is a lifelong resident of Ooltewah, TN. He has been in the car business 3 years and enjoys seeing customers getting into the vehicle they deserve and providing a 5-star experience from start to finish. Jake says he is here to make the car buying process as easy and smooth as possible.

  • Hank Brown

    Hank Brown

    Sales Specialist

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    Hank Brown

    Hank Brown

    Sales Specialist

    Hank is originally from Compton, CA, and moved to the Chattanooga area in 1991. He is married, has 5 children, and 9 grandchildren. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and attended USC. Hank has been in the car business for 18 years and thrives on making the buying process easy.

  • Juan Salazar

    Juan Salazar

    Sales Specialist

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    Juan Salazar

    Juan Salazar

    Sales Specialist

    Juan is from Dalton GA. He has been in the car business 5 years the last 2 here at KIA of Chattanooga.

  • Jessica Kimsey

    Jessica Kimsey

    Sales Specialist

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    Jessica Kimsey

    Jessica Kimsey

    Sales Specialist

    Jessica was born and raised in the Cleveland area and still lives there today. She has been in the car business for 3 years, the last year is with KIA of Chattanooga. Jessica started out as a business development agent and moved to sales about 6 months ago, turns out she is one of our best sales people. Jessica is very knowledgeable, very helpful and really enjoys helping people find the car they love. In her free time Jessica likes camping, fishing and yelling “GO VOLS”.

  • Raymond Torres

    Raymond Torres

    Sales Specialist

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    Raymond Torres

    Raymond Torres

    Sales Specialist

    Raymond comes to KIA of Chattanooga from the RV business, he is life long resident of the Chattanooga area and is a Ooltewah High School graduate. Raymond has been with KIA of Chattanooga the past few months and is amazed at the quality and dependability of the KIA vehicles.

  • Issac Espey

    Issac Espey

    Sales Specialist

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    Issac Espey

    Issac Espey

    Sales Specialist

    Issac is new to our staff at KIA of Chattanooga, we wish him lots of luck in his new position.

  • Tommy Roberts

    Tommy Roberts

    Sales Specialist

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    Tommy Roberts

    Tommy Roberts

    Sales Specialist

    Tommy is a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area. He is married, has 3 children, and 2 grandchildren. He has been in the car business for 7 years – all with KIA. When not working, Tommy enjoys golf, fishing, and working in the yard. Tommy is an avid UTC fan.

  • Patrice Miller

    Patrice Miller

    Sales Specialist

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    Patrice Miller

    Patrice Miller

    Sales Specialist

    Patrice is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga, TN. She went to Notre Dame High School and UTC. This is her first Sales job and she thinks the car business is awesome. She enjoys meeting new people from all walks of life. Her friendly disposition makes her a joy to be around and easy to work with.

  • Robert Painter

    Robert Painter

    Service Advisor

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    Robert Painter

    Robert Painter

    Service Advisor

    Robert is one of our service writers here at KIA of Chattanooga, he has been in the car service business for 6 years the last 5 at KIA. He is married and has 1 child, when not helping customers Robert is our resident pro golfer and enjoys being outdoors when ever he can be there.

     

  • Charlie Puckett

    Charlie Puckett

    Service Advisor

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    Charlie Puckett

    Charlie Puckett

    Service Advisor

    Charlie is a service writer here at KIA of Chattanooga, he is very knowledgeable, friendly and genuinely cars about all of his customers.  He gets many complements and people like working with him.

  • Ronny Ducas

    Ronny Ducas

    Service Advisor

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    Ronny Ducas

    Ronny Ducas

    Service Advisor

    Ronny is the newest member to our service writer staff, he is originally from Queens New York, grew up in Miami FL and has lived in the North GA, Chattanooga area the past 7 years. This is his 3rd year in the car business. His hobbies include cars and being a DJ. Ronny says that so far he loves it here at KIA of Chattanooga.

  • Randy Phillips

    Randy Phillips

    KIA Technician

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    Randy Phillips

    Randy Phillips

    KIA Technician

    Randy is the Team Leader (shop foreman)  in the service department. He was born and raised in the Trenton Ga area, He is a graduate of Dade County high school, he is married and has 3 wonderful children. Randy has over 22 years of experience in the automotive industry and has been a KIA Technician for the past 14 years. Randy has witnessed KIA transform itself into one of the most dependable and reliable automobiles in the industry.

  • John Ramsey

    John Ramsey

    KIA Technician

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    John Ramsey

    John Ramsey

    KIA Technician

    John is from Wildwood GA. and has been in the automobile repair business for 18 years, the past 9 here at KIA of Chattanooga. John enjoys restoring classic cars and is currently rebuilding a suicide doors Lincoln continental and a bad to the bone GT Mustang. John has 1 son and is a big fan of UGA football and the great outdoors.

  • Jon Phipps

    Jon Phipps

    KIA Technician

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    Jon Phipps

    Jon Phipps

    KIA Technician

    Jon is a life long resident of Ringgold GA. he is married and has no children but does have a cat and a dog.  Jon has been in the automobile business for 20 years and KIA of Chattanooga for the past 9 years. He is a big fan of the Georgia Bulldogs, enjoys shooting sports and video gaming.

  • Randall Ramsey

    Randall Ramsey

    KIA Technician

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    Randall Ramsey

    Randall Ramsey

    KIA Technician

    Randall is a good guy, great with a wrench and drives a fast car. His picture really says all you need to know…….

  • Jose Morales

    Jose Morales

    KIA Technician

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    Jose Morales

    Jose Morales

    KIA Technician

    Jose is from Dalton GA. He has been in the auto repair business for 7 years and the last 2 1/2 years here at KIA of Chattanooga. He enjoys working here and always has a smile, he likes the way everyone here gets along and work as a team helping one another.  He is married with no children. Jose is a big soccer fan and loves playing video games

  • Heath Higdon

    Heath Higdon

    KIA Technician

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    Heath Higdon

    Heath Higdon

    KIA Technician

    Heath is from Ringgold GA. He has been a Technician in the car business for 9 years the last 4 here at KIA of Chattanooga. Heath enjoys riding mountain bikes and being in the great outdoors.

  • Eric Morales

    Eric Morales

    Express Tecnician

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    Eric Morales

    Eric Morales

    Express Tecnician

    Eric is a life long resident of Dalton GA. He has been in the auto repair business for the last 3 years. He loves his job here and enjoys coming to work. Eric is a fan of soccer, and likes to play video games.

  • Bernard Bird

    Bernard Bird

    Porter

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    Bernard Bird

    Bernard Bird

    Porter

    Bernard was a Army brat as a child and grew up all over the world, he was born in Germany. Bernard has lived in the Chattanooga area the last 25 years,  He is retired now and has been with KIA of Chattanooga for 3 years as our Porter. He is married and has 1 child. Camping and being outdoors is his favorite past time.

  • Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Lot Manager

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    Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Lot Manager

    Mike has been with KIA of Chattanooga the last 8 years. He is married and has 2 children. When not working Mike is a Bass Fisherman and enjoys a round of golf when he can. He is a life long fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide.  “Roll Tide”

  • Darian Johnson

    Darian Johnson

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    Darian Johnson

    Darian Johnson

    Detail

    Darian has been with KIA going on 3 years, she is excellent in her profession and we are thankful to have her.

  • Tom Teas

    Tom Teas

    Warranty Administrator

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    Tom Teas

    Tom Teas

    Warranty Administrator

    TWO Words describe TOM,  ROLL TIDE !!!!

  • Brandi McDade

    Brandi McDade

    Warranty

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    Brandi McDade

    Brandi McDade

    Warranty

    Brandi has lived in the Chattanooga area the past 23 years, she has 2 children ages 19 and 16. She started at KIA of Chattanooga last August and this is her first job in the car business. Brandi says she enjoys working with amazing people here and learns more about the business every day. She is a big fan of Star Wars and the Marvel movies.

  • Jennifer Welcher

    Jennifer Welcher

    Lead service clerk

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    Jennifer Welcher

    Jennifer Welcher

    Lead service clerk

    Jennifer has been in the Chattanooga area since she was 8 years old. She has 2 sons and is lucky that all her family lives in this area. Jennifer has worked in the county school system as a Title 1 assistant for 10 years before coming to KIA 3 years ago.

  • Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Parts

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    Mike Johnston

    Mike Johnston

    Parts

    Mike is from the big city of Soddy Daisy TN. Mike has been in the automobile parts industry for the past 13 years, the last 2 with KIA of Chattanooga. Mike is married and has 3 children. When not working selling parts he is coaching his youngest daughters softball team, which occupies most of his free time. When not at the ball fields he can usually found on the lake catching Crappie or Bass fishing.

  • Lucas Losey

    Lucas Losey

    Parts

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    Lucas Losey

    Lucas Losey

    Parts

    Lucas is from Hixson TN. He has been with KIA of Chattanooga 2 years and is in the parts department, this is his 14th year in the automotive industry. Lucas is married with 2 children and enjoys spending time with his family. In his spare time he likes to go to the drag races and shoot pool.

  • Larry Sikes

    Larry Sikes

    Parts

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    Larry Sikes

    Larry Sikes

    Parts

  • Taft Butcher

    Taft Butcher

    General Manager

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    Taft Butcher

    Taft Butcher

    General Manager

    Taft is from Maryville, TN and has lived here in Chattanooga for the last 18 years. He is married and has 2 daughters. This is Taft’s 28th year in the car business. He was with Toyota and Lexus and left to come to KIA because of the great product and wanted to be with a company that was on the cutting edge of technology and stood behind its 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. He is a member of Christ United Methodist Church. In his free time, he enjoys boating, football, spending time with his beautiful wife and family, and yelling GO VOLS!

  • Clyde Dempsey

    Clyde Dempsey

    General Sales Manager

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    Clyde Dempsey

    Clyde Dempsey

    General Sales Manager

    Clyde is originally from Mississippi and now resides in Dalton, GA. He has been in the car business for 17 years, the last 8 here at KIA. Clyde has been married for 18 years and has 2 wonderful boys. He enjoys video games and spending time with his family. He is a big fan of the “Mouse” and goes to Disney every chance he gets.

  • Dirk Emmett

    Dirk Emmett

    Business Development Manager

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    Dirk Emmett

    Dirk Emmett

    Business Development Manager

    Dirk has been with KIA of Chattanooga for 9 years and counting. He started in Sales and has progressed to a Sales Manager position currently in our Business Development Center (BDC) team. He is married with a beautiful daughter. His interests outside of work include hunting, fishing, and pulling for the Crimson Tide!

  • Cary Smith

    Cary Smith

    Sales Manager Used Cars

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    Cary Smith

    Cary Smith

    Sales Manager Used Cars

    Cary is new to our KIA of Chattanooga staff, we wish him lots of luck here in his new position.

  • Matthew Bettis

    Matthew Bettis

    Service Director

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    Matthew Bettis

    Matthew Bettis

    Service Director

    Matt is from the Soddy Daisy area and has been in the car business for the past 19 years, the last 8 were here at KIA of Chattanooga. Matt is married and has 2 children. When not working he likes boating, camping and watching the Arsenal play soccer.

  • Gregg Finger

    Gregg Finger

    Parts Manager

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    Gregg Finger

    Gregg Finger

    Parts Manager

    Gregg was born in Knoxville TN. but has lived in the Chattanooga area most of his life. Gregg has been in the car business for 17 years and with KIA of Chattanooga the past 3. Gregg is married and has 2 boys to keep him busy, 1 is 8 the other is 5. When not working he loves college football and anything to do with the outdoors.

  • Angie Lee

    Angie Lee

    Controller

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    Angie Lee

    Angie Lee

    Controller

    Angie is the glue that keeps KIA of Chattanooga together and going strong. She is from the great state of Alabama is a fan of the Crimson Tide. Angie has over 28 years experience in the car business, the last 6 here at KIA of Chattanooga. She is married and has 4 children. When away from here, she enjoys gardening and being on the farm.

  • Allie Kang

    Allie Kang

    Business Development Agent

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    Allie Kang

    Allie Kang

    Business Development Agent

    Allie is a member of the BDC Team. She is from South Korea and Argentina and speaks both Spanish and Korean. She is married and has 3 beautiful children; 2 daughters and a son. Allie has been in the car business for 5 years. Allie enjoys watching football and spending time with her family.

  • Lindsey Stone

    Lindsey Stone

    Business Development Agent

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    Lindsey Stone

    Lindsey Stone

    Business Development Agent

    Lindsey is from Soddy Daisy, TN and just started year number two in the car business. She has a great attitude and is willing to help anyone. This is her first sales position and she really enjoys meeting friendly people and learning daily how to be a better salesperson.

  • Alla Hooper

    Alla Hooper

    Business Development Agent

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    Alla Hooper

    Alla Hooper

    Business Development Agent

    Alla is from originally Greenfield, MA. She has lived in the Chattanooga area for 15 years and barely has a New England accent left. She is a graduate of Lafayette High School, KIA of Chattanooga is her first job in the auto industry.  Alla enjoys all the customer relationships that she gains through her position as a Business Development Agent and working with such a great group of people. In her spare time she enjoys sky diving. softball, hunting and camping in the great outdoors.

  • Joyce Matthews

    Joyce Matthews

    Accounting

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    Joyce Matthews

    Joyce Matthews

    Accounting

    Joyce was raised in Belpre Ohio, moved to Nashville, TN. in 1982 and to Chattanooga in 1995 (she does consider herself a Tennessean). Joyce has been in the car business for 9 years, the past 4 at KIA of Chattanooga. She enjoys her job and working with a great team. Joyce has 1 daughter, a son in law and a precious grandson. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves the beach and watching her grandson play baseball.

  • Liz Fiallo

    Liz Fiallo

    Accounting

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    Liz Fiallo

    Liz Fiallo

    Accounting

    Liz is from Cuba, has lived in Chattanooga the past 11 years and really enjoys the Chattanooga area. Liz enjoys photography and living life to the fullest, this is her second year in the car business.

     

     

     

  • Corteney Lytle

    Corteney Lytle

    Human Relations/Payroll

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    Corteney Lytle

    Corteney Lytle

    Human Relations/Payroll

    Corteney is originally from northern Illinois, and has the accent to prove it. She has been in the car business for 12 years and the last 6 here at KIA of Chattanooga. Corteney enjoys water sports like paddle boarding and being in the sunshine.

  • Cathy Harwood

    Cathy Harwood

    Accounting

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    Cathy Harwood

    Cathy Harwood

    Accounting

    Cathy has been with KIA of Chattanooga for the past 4 years but has been in the accounting end of the car business for 19 years all together. Cathy has lived in the Chattanooga area all her life, besides work her life is pretty much the grand kids and her dog … “they seem to be in control these days”.

     

     

     

  • Matthew Moreland

    Matthew Moreland

    Finance Manager

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    Matthew Moreland

    Matthew Moreland

    Finance Manager

    Matt grew up in Marietta, GA. He has 3 children and has been married for 10 years. Matt has been in the car business for 5 years. When not at work Matt is usually at the lake or the pool.

  • Danny Claire

    Danny Claire

    Finance Manager

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    Danny Claire

    Danny Claire

    Finance Manager

    Danny has 20+ years in the car business, with exceptional customer service and knowledge of what our customers expect and deserve. Loves the Chicago Bears and any chance to golf. When not at KIA, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

  • Jonathan Tencza

    Jonathan Tencza

    Finance Manager

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    Jonathan Tencza

    Jonathan Tencza

    Finance Manager

    Jonathan is from the Charlotte NC, area and has been living in the Chattanooga area for the last 7 years.  Jonathan has been in the car business for 5 years and is currently a finance manager here at KIA of Chattanooga. He is married and has 3 little boys to keep him busy, Jonathan enjoys being outdoors, bird watching and being with his family.

  • Frances Reason

    Frances Reason

    Receptionist

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    Frances Reason

    Frances Reason

    Receptionist

    Frances is our wonderful receptionist, and so much more. She is the warm smiling face that greets our guests as they enter the dealership. Needless to say, we would be lost without her.