Meet Our Staff



Meet the Staff

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Sales Management

Tim Saurs

John Cook
Car Center Sales Manager

Scott Saurs
Truck Center Sales Manager

Gordon Leasure
Sales Manager/Buyer


Sales Team

Mike Brenkman
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111

Mike Closen
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111

Chris Cochran
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111

Rob DeBoer
Sales Specialist
(309) 613-0059

I have worked at Velde Ford Since July 1998 

Likes include - spending time with my wife, kids, Riding my Harley, fishing, and time at the shooting range. I am also a Patriot Guard Rider, and an Amvets Rider, Riding for North Pekin Amvets Post 169, Active N.R.A member and a member of the Midwest Guns Collectors Association.

Vern DuPage
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111

I have been at Velde for 6 years now and have enjoyed every year. I am a HUGE Bears fan and enjoy being with close friends and family. Grandpa of 6 awesome granddaughters and hopeful of one grandson in April. 
I work for an owner who believes in working hands on with his staff, and that means everything in our business. 
We sell a quality product and I work with quality people. 
My personal vision is to listen to each customer and find out their needs and fill that need from a new or pre-owned car, truck, or service if needed. A happy customer is a satisfied customer.

Phil Durham
Sales Specialist
(309) 360-0651

I have been with Velde Ford for over 10 years! Velde Ford is a great place to work. Velde Ford treats their customers like no one else. With being courteous and respectful. Our goal is customer satisfaction! 

I enjoy riding my motorcycle and fishing, when I get a chance. I am a member of the North Pekin AMVETS, certified Pistol Instructor through the N.R.A, and a Certified Concealed Carry Instructor with the State of Illinois. 
I am also a Chicago Bears Fan. GO BEARS!!

Dave Koehne
Sales Specialist
(309) 267-3111

Randy Seward
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111

I have been with the Velde Ford Family for nearly fourteen years. 

Being an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan, I get to Bush Stadium a couple of times a year and watch them on TV as often as possible. I am also a Chicago Bears fan and get to Solider Field once a year. Collecting memorabilia is my passion. The man cave is filled with Cardinals, Bears and Beatles Stuff. The Beatles are my all time favorite band. I grew up on their music. There are no better song writing duos than Lennon and McCartney!! Not to mention their harmonizing vocal.s 
I also love spending time with my three grandsons ages 5,6, and 15!

Terry Swoik
Sales Specialist
(888) 221-2804

Mark Walka
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111



Steve Knight
Business Manager

I have worked at Velde Ford since 2009. 

Prior to working at Velde I worked in banking and real estate appraisal. I love to spend time with my 3 kids and my wife who is a teacher. I enjoy reading. In college I played tennis. I enjoying teaching my son how to throw a wicked curveball and spending time with our two dogs and our three legged cat. Nights at home are full of quality homework time with our 8th grader and 6th grader. 

My goal is to provide customers with the most comprehensive coverage and best financing options available in relation to their car buying experience.

Richard Welker
Business Manager


Business Development Center

Lynzie Gruden
Assistant GM/BDC Manager

My career with Velde Ford started back in high school in 1995. I answered phones in the evenings and on Saturday. I had so much fun working at Velde Ford and was sad to leave when I went off to college. But, I always made my way back, working during the summer months doing anything they could find for me to do. I finally made this place my home in 2001 and have never looked back. I worked in the service department as a cashier, sold cars for a few years, worked as a finance manager, and currently I am one of our Business Development Center Managers. I am so excited to see what the future holds for me at Velde Ford. 
I have been married to my wonderful husband Luke for 11 years and have been blessed with 3 beautiful children. Our boys play hockey and baseball, which keeps us pretty busy on weekends. We are members of the Northwoods Community Church. I love to vacation in FT. Myers Fl and have rock concerts in our living room and the car!

Stacie Swingle
Assistant GM/BDC Manager

I was raised in a "Ford Family." It's safe to say that Ford Blue Blood runs deep...My grandfather, father, uncle, and now siblings and myself, all call Velde Ford our work home. It's an absolute privilege to work alongside people who have been here since I was born. I think that kind of loyal tenure speaks volumes to the environment and culture of this dealership. 

After graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL with a degree in International Business, I joined the Velde Ford team in 2006 and have not looked back. I have a passion for working with people and developing relationships and working in the car business nurtures that in a great way. 

On a personal note, I am married to an amazing man who can often times be referred to as "MacGyver." Literally, the guy can do anything and I'm still waiting for the day where I can stump him! We have two amazing, little, daughter creatures (Selah & Maya) whom we absolutely adore; both for their innocence and orneriness! They keep us on our toes and we have therefore come to value the 8-10pm hours of adult tranquility on a whole new level. 

We get excited about spending time with our family & friends, church, serving, home projects, movies, coffee, good food, gardening (a new venture for us), boating and rooting on the Bears!

Eric Hill
Internet/IT Manager



Gary Flynn
Service Manager

Marla Swanson
Customer Service Manager

Gary Horn
Service Advisor

Cali Murphy
Service Advisor

AJ Carr Service Technician

Scot Fulk
Service Technician

Tony Fulk
Service Technician

Zach McCann
Service Technician

Sara Menard
Service Technician

Austin Ricca Service Technician

Adam Rivera
Service Technician

Dave Scott
Service Technician

Tony Watson
Service Technician

Pat Wireman
Service Technician

Sue Goodapple
Warranty Administrator

Julie Hansen
Service Cashier

Dave Wells
Prep & Delivery Specialist

Austin Greene
Detail Specialist



Ryan Saurs
Parts Manager

Nick Carter
Parts Sales

David Kessinger
Parts Sales

Phil Watson
Parts Sales

Lou Frels
Parts Delivery


Body Shop

Matt Knowles
Collision Manager
(309) 347-3111

Bob Berry
Collision Technician - Painter

Jason Hedrick
Collision Technician - Body

Kayla Lockner
Collision Center Administrator

Bree Otey
Detail Specialist



Ginny Bowers
Office Administrator/

Pam Brandt
Office Manager/ Accounting

Kayla Williams Receptionist