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  • Brad  Poole

    Brad Poole

    President

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    Brad  Poole

    Brad Poole

    President

    Brad is originally from Alliance, Ohio.  He moved to West Frankfort, Illinois,  in 1981 and graduated from Frankfort Community High School in 1987.   After high school, Brad attended and graduated from John A. Logan College and then transferred to SIU-C and graduated with a B. S. in Political Science with a minor in Psychology in 1991.  Brad has worked at the Ford Hyundai Lincoln dealership in Marion since 1992, and there, he has held the positions of Salesperson, Body Shop Manager, Sales Manager, and General Manager.  In April of 2013, Brad became partners with Mike Absher when Nissan of Marion became a part of the Watermark Auto Group.  In 2017, Brad became the Chief Operating Officer of the Watermark Auto Group while continuing to serve as General Manager of Watermark Ford Hyundai and as a partner at Watermark Nissan of Marion.  In 2018, Brad became a partner in the Watermark Insurance Group with Mike Absher and David Griffin.  Brad has been married to his wife Melanie since 1991, and they have one child, Mackenzie.  Melanie has been an English teacher since 1990, where she started her career in Cobden Unit School District 17.  In 1994, she took a position with Marion Unit 2 at Marion High School and continues to serve as an English teacher at MHS.  Their daughter Mackenzie is a senior at Saint Louis University who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in biology in May and will begin medical school at SLU in August of this year.

  • Mike Absher

    Mike Absher

    Chairman of the Board

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    Mike Absher

    Mike Absher

    Chairman of the Board

    I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I grew up in a “car family” on both the maternal and paternal-side as both of my grandfathers and both parents were car dealers. I started working in the shop as a custodian starting at age 12, and worked at the dealership until graduation from high school.

    I graduated Marion (Illinois) High School and then attended the United States Military Academy at West Point New York with the intention of being a career Army officer. I ultimately left the Academy and the Army voluntarily and returned home. As a 48 year old, I wish I could talk to my 18 year old self and take back that decision as I regret not staying and serving my country. That experience though has instilled in me a profound respect for those that have served! I then enrolled in SIU-Carbondale and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. I worked at the family dealership throughout my college years as a warranty administrator and service writer.

    Upon graduation, I was employed as Parts and Service Director, sales manager, used vehicle manager until I left the family company in 2003 to start a software firm named DealerWare LLC selling F&I Menu Selling software to car dealerships. We were very successful and this was the wildest ride of my life. We ultimately were endorsed by American Honda and were in the process of rolling out our software to the Honda dealerships nationwide, when our biggest competitor decided to take me out. And so, they did, and I sold DealerWare in 2006 to DealerTrack, Inc.

    I decided to get back into the business I missed so much and purchased Marion Ford, Inc in my hometown. I have since purchased three other dealerships, in Marion IL, Paducah KY, and Madisonville KY, and that has evolved into the Watermark Auto Group.

    I have played the trumpet for nearly 38 years, and enjoy every opportunity I get to play in a brass quintet with some friends from high school and college. I also enjoy woodworking, and have lots of cool equipment that is really dangerous, but I never turn on because I am too busy in the car business.

    I have been married for 24 years to Cheryl, who is a licensed non-practicing attorney. We have three sons aged 20, 17, and 13.

    I am retired from service on the Southern Illinois Healthcare Board of Trustees and as President of our local school board, and was sworn in as Mayor of my hometown of Marion, Illinois on April 22, 2019.

  • Jerrod Grant

    Jerrod Grant

    General Manager

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    Jerrod Grant

    Jerrod Grant

    General Manager

  • Jamey Ladd

    Jamey Ladd

    General Sales Manger

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    Jamey Ladd

    Jamey Ladd

    General Sales Manger

  • Paul Chisenhall

    Paul Chisenhall

    Sales Manager

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    Paul Chisenhall

    Paul Chisenhall

    Sales Manager

  • Derrick Kincheloe

    Derrick Kincheloe

    Sales Manger

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    Derrick Kincheloe

    Derrick Kincheloe

    Sales Manger

  • Chris Townsend

    Chris Townsend

    Parts and Service Director

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    Chris Townsend

    Chris Townsend

    Parts and Service Director

  • Gary York

    Gary York

    Finance Manager

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    Gary York

    Gary York

    Finance Manager

  • Tyler White

    Tyler White

    Inventory Manager

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    Tyler White

    Tyler White

    Inventory Manager

  • Adam O'Rear

    Adam O'Rear

    Service Training Coordinator

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    Adam O'Rear

    Adam O'Rear

    Service Training Coordinator

Sales

  • Samuel Folk

    Samuel Folk

    Internet Sales Consultant

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    Samuel Folk

    Samuel Folk

    Internet Sales Consultant

  • Jake Johnson

    Jake Johnson

    Sales Consultant

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    Jake Johnson

    Jake Johnson

    Sales Consultant

  • Gabriel York

    Gabriel York

    Sales Consultant

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    Gabriel York

    Gabriel York

    Sales Consultant

  • Joshua Murdock

    Joshua Murdock

    Sales Consultant

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    Joshua Murdock

    Joshua Murdock

    Sales Consultant

  • Kyle Campbell

    Kyle Campbell

    Sales Associate

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    Kyle Campbell

    Kyle Campbell

    Sales Associate

  • Morgan Baker

    Morgan Baker

    Sales Associate

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    Morgan Baker

    Morgan Baker

    Sales Associate

  • Shelbi Cobb

    Shelbi Cobb

    Sales Associate

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    Shelbi Cobb

    Shelbi Cobb

    Sales Associate

  • Abby Mitchell

    Abby Mitchell

    Sales Associate

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    Abby Mitchell

    Abby Mitchell

    Sales Associate

Sales

  • Anita Walker

    Anita Walker

    Photo Manager

    Anita Walker

    Anita Walker

    Photo Manager

  • Donna Winstead

    Donna Winstead

    Delivery Coordinator

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    Donna Winstead

    Donna Winstead

    Delivery Coordinator

  • Barbie Jarvis

    Barbie Jarvis

    Receptionist

    Barbie Jarvis

    Barbie Jarvis

    Receptionist

Service

  • Chase Fisher

    Chase Fisher

    Assistant Service Manager

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    Chase Fisher

    Chase Fisher

    Assistant Service Manager

  • Stacy Stallins

    Stacy Stallins

    Assistant Service Manager

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    Stacy Stallins

    Stacy Stallins

    Assistant Service Manager

  • Tabatha Lambert

    Tabatha Lambert

    Assistant Service Manager

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    Tabatha Lambert

    Tabatha Lambert

    Assistant Service Manager

Service

  • Carl Phelps

    Carl Phelps

    Shop Foreman

    Carl Phelps

    Carl Phelps

    Shop Foreman

  • Dennis Menser

    Dennis Menser

    Chrysler Master Technician

    Dennis Menser

    Dennis Menser

    Chrysler Master Technician

  • Will Miller

    Will Miller

    Certified Toyota Express Maintenance Technician

    Will Miller

    Will Miller

    Certified Toyota Express Maintenance Technician

  • Hunter "Bo" Driver

    Hunter "Bo" Driver

    Technician

    Hunter

    Hunter "Bo" Driver

    Technician

  • Raymond Littlepage

    Raymond Littlepage

    Technician

    Raymond Littlepage

    Raymond Littlepage

    Technician

  • Charles Austin

    Charles Austin

    Technician

    Charles Austin

    Charles Austin

    Technician

  • Cody Browning

    Cody Browning

    Technician

    Cody Browning

    Cody Browning

    Technician

  • Mason Anthony

    Mason Anthony

    Technician

    Mason Anthony

    Mason Anthony

    Technician

  • Ryan Vaughn

    Ryan Vaughn

    Technician

    Ryan Vaughn

    Ryan Vaughn

    Technician

  • Kevin Clark

    Kevin Clark

    Technician

    Kevin Clark

    Kevin Clark

    Technician

  • Caden Prowse

    Caden Prowse

    Technician

    Caden Prowse

    Caden Prowse

    Technician

  • Justin Cates

    Justin Cates

    Technician

    Justin Cates

    Justin Cates

    Technician

  • TieAmante Cook

    TieAmante Cook

    Detail

    TieAmante Cook

    TieAmante Cook

    Detail

  • Brandon Simons

    Brandon Simons

    Technician

    Brandon Simons

    Brandon Simons

    Technician

  • Jacob Wilkerson

    Jacob Wilkerson

    Technician

    Jacob Wilkerson

    Jacob Wilkerson

    Technician

  • Vick Combs

    Vick Combs

    Detail Specialist

    Vick Combs

    Vick Combs

    Detail Specialist

Service

  • Ross Wyatt

    Ross Wyatt

    Service Transportation Coordinator

    Ross Wyatt

    Ross Wyatt

    Service Transportation Coordinator

Parts

  • Brandon White

    Brandon White

    Parts Manager

    Brandon White

    Brandon White

    Parts Manager

  • Michelle Seaver

    Michelle Seaver

    Parts Personnel

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    Michelle Seaver

    Michelle Seaver

    Parts Personnel

  • Casey Hutchison

    Casey Hutchison

    Parts Personnel

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    Casey Hutchison

    Casey Hutchison

    Parts Personnel

Service

  • Wayne Underwood

    Wayne Underwood

    Parts & Service Consultant

    Wayne Underwood

    Wayne Underwood

    Parts & Service Consultant

Parts

  • Terry Baggett

    Terry Baggett

    Parts Delivery

    Terry Baggett

    Terry Baggett

    Parts Delivery

Accounting

  • Deanna Parker

    Deanna Parker

    Controller

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    Deanna Parker

    Deanna Parker

    Controller

  • Christina Slaton

    Christina Slaton

    Office Manager

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    Christina Slaton

    Christina Slaton

    Office Manager

  • Barbara Wilham

    Barbara Wilham

    Accounting Cashier

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    Barbara Wilham

    Barbara Wilham

    Accounting Cashier

  • Rhonda Burns

    Rhonda Burns

    Title Clerk

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    Rhonda Burns

    Rhonda Burns

    Title Clerk

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