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Management

Joe Papalexis
General Manager
419-842-7896

Joe has worked at Yark Automotive Group since 2003. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and going to sporting events. Joe's favorite place to be is home with his family. 

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Sales

Ryan Ritzler
General Sales Manager
419-842-7624

Ryan has worked at Yark Automotive since 2012. He is married and has two sons. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing and playing with his kids. Ryan says that he cannot live without food and water, of course, but he also cannot live without his family. His favorite place to be is anywhere with a beach. The weirdest job he has ever had was doing landscaping for a graveyard. Ryan's favorite car is a Jeep Wrangler.

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Scott Thompson
Sales Manager
419-842-7785

Scott has worked at Yark since November of 2003. He is married and has a step daughter and twins, son and daughter. Outside of work, Scott plays a lot of golf. One thing he cannot live without is vacation and having time away to relax. His favorite places to be are St. Pete Beach and Hawaii. The weirdest job he has ever had is working at Chuck E. Cheese when he was 17. Scott's favorite car is a Tesla.

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Richie Skidmore
Sales Manager
419-842-7451


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Brian Alexander
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7965

From Toledo, Brian has been at Yark Automotive since 2007. His favorite part of his job is working with customers and helping solve their needs. His first job was bagging groceries at FoodTown. In his free time Brian enjoys long drives, playing video games with his son, and cheering on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When it comes to cars, he thinks that great sound systems are a must. Nothing is better than driving around with the windows down listening to great music.


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Derek Balogh
Sales Advisor
419-842-7934


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Anthony Clark
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7851

From Toledo, Anthony joined Yark Automotive in 2013. His first job was working as a golf caddy at the Sylvania Country Club. In his free time, Anthony spends as much time as he can with his daughter. He also enjoys football, bowling, and shooting pool. He also likes to cheer on the Buckeyes, and Dallas Cowboys. 

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Tom Duff
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7703

Tom has worked at Yark Automotive since 1999. He has 2 sons that live on Devil's Lake and a son and granddaughter that live in Tampa. Outside of work, Tom enjoys golfing, boating, spending time up at the lake, and teaching classes at Westgate Chapel for adults. One thing that cannot live without is his faith in Christ. Tom's favorite place to be is at home or in Tampa visiting his family. He says he hasn't had any weird jobs, but the most interesting job he had was working for 23 years in ministry, serving others. Tom's favorite car is a Porsche 911.

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Brett Forster
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7836

Brett has worked at Yark Automotive since 2013. He is the youngest in his family and has 3 siblings. His dad also works at Yark! Brett says his family loves animals and they have a couple dogs and a cat. They are also huge Ohio State fans and enjoy going to football games. Outside of work, Brett enjoys hanging out with his friends, boating, trying new restaurants, and traveling to new places. He says he cannot live without the relationships he has with his family and friends. His favorite place to be is on a beach somewhere, relaxing and not doing anything. Brett says that he hasn't really had any weird jobs. He says he has only ever worked at Yark and has had many positions, some more desirable than others like painting buildings, but is appreciative of his experiences. Brett's favorite car is a 2016 McLaren P1.

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Gabriel Heil
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7726

From Deerfield, MI, Gabe has been at Yark Automotive since 2019. His favorite part of his job is meeting people from all walks of life. He has previously worked in finance and sales at dealerships. In his free time, Gabe enjoys construction and cheering on the Michigan Wolverines. His favorite car is the 96 Porsche 911 Twin Turbo.

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Brittany Joseph
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7677


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Jared Largent
Sales Advisor
419-842-7895


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Dave Lauder
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7717

Dave has worked at Yark Automotive since 1999. He and his wife, Julia, have two kids, Jacob and Lexi. His favorite things to do outside of work are reading, scouts, watching movies, spending time with his family, and going to church. One thing that he can't live without is his family, of course. If Dave could be anywhere, he would be somewhere warm or on a high-adventure trip. The weirdest job he has ever had was working at a cemetery. His favorite car is a 1965 Chevy Corvette convertible.

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Corey Morris
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7991

Corey has worked at Yark Automotive since 2011. He has 3 kids, 2 daughters and a son. Outside of work, Corey enjoys golfing, cooking, and chasing his kids around. The one thing he cannot live without are his kids. Corey's favorite place to be is Montreal. The weirdest job he has ever had was working as a Mortgage Banker in Easter Market. His favorite car is the first car he had, an '88 Cadillac which he named Clyde.

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Steve Myers
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7797

Steve has worked at Yark since 2014. He is from Ottawa Lake, Michigan and lives in Toledo now, and most of his family lives close by. Steve has 3 sisters, a brother that passed away, and parents that have been married 57 years. He is married to his wife, Hannah. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing and traveling to Vegas or any golf destination. One thing he cannot live without is steak and seafood. Steve's favorite place to be is the first tee of any golf course, but his favorite is Arcadia Bluffs. The weirdest job he has ever had is working for Midwest Products. Steve's favorite car is a BMW 5 series.

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Brandon Osborn
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7969

Brandon has worked at Yark since 2013. He is married and has 3 boys and 2 pit bulls. Outside of work, his favorite things to do are working out, swimming, and sleeping. Brandon says that he can't live without his phone because he likes being connected. If he could be anywhere, he would be somewhere warm, and his favorite place to travel to is Jamaica. The weirdest job he ever had was being a lifeguard. His favorite car is a Hellcat.

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Angie Osborne
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7841

From Toledo, Angie joined Yark Automotive in 2009. She has a diverse background in automotive, having started as a cashier, then later managed a packaging line at a supplier, and was a shop foreman at a truck service station. Most of her free time is spent with her three sons and daughter who are involved in various sports and activities. She and her husband are fans of the Buckeyes and Browns. Her favorite car is the Dodge Durango.

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Ernie Perez
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7741

Ernie has worked at Yark Automotive since 2015. He has 4 brothers, two of which also work at Yark, and 1 sister. He and his wife have 1 child. Ernie says he is very close with his family. Outside of work, Ernie enjoys going to sporting events and traveling. One thing he cannot live without is his family, which is the reason he says he has not moved out west. His favorite place to be is at his home in Mexico. The weirdest job he has ever had is doing outside sales, and he says that on the first day he was robbed and the company car was stolen in Detroit. Ernie's favorite car is his truck or a Mercedes G-Wagon. 

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Miguel Perez
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7646

Miguel has worked at Yark since 2016. He says that his family is everything to him, and he has 4 brothers and a sister. He is married and has two children. Outside of work, Miguel spends a lot of time hanging out with his family and doing yard work. One thing he cannot live without is sports, football in particular. He is a huge Raiders fan. Miguel's favorite place to be is at his vacation home in Mexico where he goes once a year. The weirdest job he has ever had is working at a carryout when he was 15. His favorite car is a Dodge Charger.

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Leon Peterson
Sales Advisor
419-842-7453

From Brooklyn, NY, Leon has been at Yark since 2020. He enjoys the customer interactions he has within his job in Sales. The one thing he could not live without is sports. His favorite teams are the New York Giants, Knicks and the Yankees. When he is not at work, Leon likes to work on home projects, building and landscaping. 

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Omar Rammuny
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7406


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Dave Sgro
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7756

Dave (also known as "The Guy in Camo") has worked at Yark since 2011. He is married to his wife, Emily. He has a son, Caleb, and 2 daughters, Ellianna and Atleigh. He has 2 dogs, Harry Potter and Dobby, and a cat named Bella Swan (from Twilight). He doesn't have a say in the pets' names. He spends a lot of time hunting, fishing, farming, watching movies, and raising ducks and quail. The one thing Dave cannot live without is TV. His favorite place to be is in the woods, of course. The weirdest job he has ever had is being an ostrich farmer. His favorite car is a green 1968 Chevelle 396 with a racing stripe.

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Ben Swonger
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7517


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Gaige Knauss
New Sales Advisor
419-842-7744

Gaige has worked at Yark since 2014. He has a pit bull named Frankie, a Pit/Dachshund mix named Ellie, and a cat named Ghost. Gaige's favorite thing to do outside of work is working on/building cars and doing projects around the house. He cannot live without his friends, family, or cars/trucks. His favorite place to be is the Traverse City Bay area and the western coast of Michigan. The weirdest job he has ever had was when he worked at UPS. He said it makes you realize the kind of stuff that actually happens to those beloved Amazon packages. His favorite car is a 68 Dodge Challenger but he has a soft spot for the Nissan 240SX.

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Used Sales

Jason Miller
Used Sales Manager
419-842-7732


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Tim Duncan
Used Sales Manager
419-842-7758

Tim has worked at Yark Automotive since 2007. He has 3 daughters and his favorite thing to do is spend time with them. They love to fish, swim, and go to the park. One thing he cannot live without is his kids. Tim's favorite car is his '68 Cadillac Deville Southside.

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John Young
Used Sales Manager
419-842-7986

John has worked at Yark since 2012. He is married and has 3 kids and 1 grandchild. His favorite things to do outside of work are cooking and hanging out with his family. One thing he cannot live without is time with his family, and his favorite place to be is his backyard. The weirdest job that John has ever had is being the mouse at Chuck E. Cheese when he was 16. His favorite car is a '77 Volkswagen Beetle.

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Bob Lutz
Inventory Manager
419-842-7901

From Sylvania, Bob has been at Yark Automotive since 2003. His favorite part of his job is that every day comes a new challenge and adventure. In his free time, Bob enjoys soccer, traveling, and cheering on Penn State. His favorite car is the Jeep Wrangler.

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Dave Angel
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7633


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Jeremy Bonnough
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7684

Jeremy Bonnough has been an employee of Yark Automotive since 1999. He enjoys white-water kayaking in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, with West Virginia being his favorite spot. He also enjoys fly fishing and making his own flies. The most important thing to Jeremy is his family, consisting of his wife, Helen, and his 3 children, Elliott, Abigail, and Eric. Jeremy also has an identical twin brother. 

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Carlton Brown
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7667


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Dan Dannenberger
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7904

From Pemberville, Dan joined Yark Automotive in 2000. His favorite part of his job is the challenge of not knowing what to expect every day. His first job was working with the horses at Toledo Raceway Park. In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, being around the water, and watching college sports. His favorite cars are 70s muscle cars.

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Dave Duncan
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7459


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Greg Early
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7940

Greg has been with Yark since 1998. He is married and has 4 kids, 2 girls and 2 boys, and 6 grandkids. His favorite things to do outside of work are going to church, giving back to the community, exercising, sports, and spending time with his family. One thing Greg cannot live without is his health. His favorite place to be is anywhere on vacation, but he loves Houston, Texas. The weirdest job he has ever had was working at the morgue in the old Riverside Hospital. He does not have one favorite car, but he loves all classic cars.

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Matt Ernest
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7791

From Harrod, OH, Matt joined Yark Automotive in 2003. His favorite part of his job is meeting and interacting with new people every day. His first job was working on his family's farm. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his children- Kale and Adelle, and cheering on the Buckeyes. His favorite thing about cars is that even though they are just for A to B transportation, people work hard to get nice vehicles that they deserve. 


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Mel Knapich
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7769

Mel has worked at Yark Automotive since 1990. He is married to his wife, Sonya, and has 2 daughters, Crystal and Ashley. He also has 3 grandkids. Outside of work, Mel spends time building hot rods, specifically '67-'69 Camaros, drag racing, and helping people maintain their homes. He considers himself a handyman. One thing he cannot live without is his dog, Carley, and his toothbrush. Mel's favorite place to be is in St. Pete Beach, Florida or in his shop/garage. The weirdest job he has ever had was being a paper carrier for the Toledo Times when he was 11. He said he would be chased by dogs in the neighborhood. Mel's favorite car is a '69 Camaro.

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Grant Misson
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7849


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Ramon Perez
Sales Advisor
419-842-7428


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Kevin Phenix
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7425


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Tyler Rayford
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7674

Tyler has worked at Yark Automotive since 2013. He has 2 sisters, 4 nieces, and 2 nephews that he enjoys spending time with, and his dad lives in Florida. Outside of work, his favorite things to do are boating, fishing, and anything outdoors. One thing Tyler cannot live without is boating on Lake Erie, and his favorite place to be is on the beach. The weirdest job he ever had was cleaning grain elevators. Tyler's favorite car is a Dodge Challenger.

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Rob Rohrs
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7432

Rob has worked at Yark since 2012. He and his wife, Josie, have 2 daughters and a son. His favorite things to do outside of work are playing baseball and softball and watching sports. One thing Rob cannot live without is his family. His favorite place to be is the Outer Banks. The weirdest job he has ever had is working at a landfill. Rob's favorite car is a 1993 Ford Lightning.

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KC Snyder
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7490

KC has worked at Yark Automotive since 2007. He is married and has 2 sons and 2 golden retrievers. His favorite things to do outside of work are fishing and playing softball. He says that he can't live without food, especially tacos. KC's favorite place to be is at home, just relaxing. The weirdest job KC has ever had was working underneath a house.

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Shane Snyder
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7760


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KC Stengle
Used Sales Advisor
419-842-7773


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Service

Mike Hehl
Service Manager
419-842-7845

From Whitehouse, OH, Mike has been at Yark Automotive since 2004. His favorite part of his job is working with customers and building relationships with them. His first job was working on semi-trailer tarps. In his free time Mike enjoys riding his Harley, and spending time with his wife. His favorite thing about cars is all the different ways they can be customized. His favorite is the 1964 Lincoln Continental.

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Joe Cerveny
Express Lane Manager
419-842-7462

Raised in Toledo, Joe has been at Yark Automotive since 2016. In his role at Yark, he enjoys interacting with customers and providing them with excellent service. Joe loves to cheer on the Ohio State Buckeyes. His favorite car is the 1967 Shelby GT500.

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Tyrone McCluney
Production Manager
419-842-7902


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Martin Campos
Service Advisor
419-842-7671



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Chase Atkin
Service Advisor
419-842-7963

Born and raised in Toledo, Chase has been working at Yark Automotive since 2017. Since his first job as a server at Bob Evans, he has been a Quick Service Advisor, and currently a Service Advisor. Chase's favorite aspect of his position is interacting with customers and helping them find solutions for whatever their concerns may be. Outside of work, Chase enjoys playing video games, walking his dogs, traveling, and cheering on the Cleveland Browns. Chase's dream car is the Acura NSX. 

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Zach Stokes
Service Advisor
419-842-7920


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Wayne Haley
Service Advisor
419-842-7462

Raised in Toledo, Wayne has been at Yark Automotive since 2016. In his role at Yark, he enjoys making customers smile. Wayne's first job was pizza delivery. In his free time, he enjoys disc golf, bass fishing, and spending time with his wife and three children. His favorite car is the WRX STI Hatchback.

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Sue Emery
Service Advisor
419-842-7831

Born and raised in Toledo, Sue joined the Yark Automotive family in 2014. Since her first job as a full-time babysitter, she has worked in billing, worker's compensation, and currently Service. Sue's favorite aspect of her position is meeting new people, and interacting with her awesome co-workers and amazing boss! When she isn't at work, Sue enjoys spending time with her three grandchildren, Aubree, Mason, and Landon. They love spending summer days at the water park. When it comes to cars, Sue's favorite thing is the sound of different motors. She loves Dodge Challengers!

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Jay Schulze
Express Lane Advisor
419-842-7462


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Stephanie Jarvis
Express Service Advisor
419-842-7528


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Dennis Robinson
Loyalty Manager
419-842-7961

Dennis has worked at Yark since 2014. He is the only boy in his family and he has 3 sisters. Outside of work, Dennis enjoys watching football (he is a huge Panthers fan), hanging out with his family, and traveling. One thing he cannot live without is electronics. His favorite place to be is Charlotte, North Carolina. The weirdest job Dennis has ever had was working at Chuck E. Cheese for 4 years, but he loved it and enjoyed visiting different schools while working. His favorite car is a Jeep Wrangler.

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Parts

Don Espen
Parts Manager
419-842-7868

Raised in Bowling Green, Don has been at Yark Automotive since 1991. Since his first job at a Sherwin Williams paint store, Don has worked his way up from a parts drive and advisor at another local dealer, to Parts Manager at Yark. He says it is the best move he ever made! He loves being part of a growing organization and interacting with the people who make it happen. When he isn't at work, Don enjoys traveling with his wife, and spending time with their three daughters and their families. Especially his new granddaughter! He also enjoys cheering on Detroit sports. When it comes to cars, Don enjoys seeing technology evolve over the years. He would love to own a 1963 Corvette Stingray Coupe, Split rear window with Fuel Injection, with the 327 CI and 360HP.

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Rusty Carr
Parts Counter Advisor
419-842-7560


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Doug Ritz
Parts Counter Advisor
419-842-7827

Born and raised in Toledo, Doug has been at Yark Automotive since 2014. He has been working in the automotive service/parts industry since 2009, having previously worked in the trucking industry for 23 years. Doug's favorite aspect of his position is working with customers to solve their problems. When he isn't at work, Doug enjoys spending time with his family: his wife Kendra (32 years married),son Nick (31 yrs. old) & grandson Brody (4 yrs. old), son Zac (29 yrs. old) & his wife Brittany & two granddaughters Sawyer (4 1/2 yrs. old) & Rowan (11 months old). He also enjoys cheering on his favorite football teams, The Buckeyes and the Steelers. When it comes to cars, Doug's favorite is the 1987 Buick Regal Grand National GNX.

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Nick Weiss
Parts Counter Advisor
419-842-7879

Raised in Maumee, OH, Nick has been at Yark Automotive since 2015. In his role at Yark, he loves that there is something new every day. Prior to Yark, Nick worked as a Parts Advisor for 15 years. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor powersports, woodworking, and Wolverine football. When it comes to cars, Nick loves classic trucks, and the Chevy Apache.

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Traci McMillen
Parts Counter Advisor
419-842-7865


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Sales & Service Support

Nicole Bopery
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7951

From Perrysburg, Nicole has been at Yark since 2019. She enjoys getting to know her co-workers, and meeting new people. She couldn't live without her family, and enjoys going to the gym, and beach vacations. Her favorite car is the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT.

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Tim Eltschlager
Internet Manager
419-842-7720

Raised in Sylvania, Tim has been at Yark Automotive since 1993. In his role at Yark, he enjoys helping customers solve their automotive needs and services. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling in the west, and fitness. When it comes to cars, Tim's favorite is the 1978 Bandit Trans Am.

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Shiretta Grier
Kelley Blue Book Purchasing Agent
419-842-7412


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Brittany Chase
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7464

From Metamora, OH, Brittany has been at Yark Automotive since 2017. Her favorite part of her position is helping customers and solving their needs. Prior to Yark, Brittany worked for Chrysler. In her free time, she enjoys reading, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her children. Her favorite car is the Chevy Camaro.

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Leslie Oberhaus
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7652

From Kansas, OH, Leslie has been at Yark Automotive since 2016. Her favorite part of her position is working and building relationships with her co-workers. Her first job was serving at the Pie House in Bettsville, OH. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, art, and music. 

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Sarah Hackett
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7818


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Ellie Selders
Main Operator
419-842-7606


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Elizabeth Studer
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7747


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Emilie Awbrey
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7415


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Katie Bottesch
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7410


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Shelby Clawson
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7423


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Patty LaPlant
Sales & Service Support Advisor
419-842-7539


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