Meet Our Staff

 

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Meet the Staff

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Sales Management

Tim Saurs
President


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John Cook
Car Center Sales Manager


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Scott Saurs
Truck Center Sales Manager


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Gordon Leasure
Sales Manager/Buyer


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Sales Team

Mike Brenkman
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111


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Mike Closen
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111


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Chris Cochran
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111


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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.

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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.

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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!!

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Dave Koehne
Sales Specialist
(309) 267-3111

I started selling at Velde Ford in July of 1982, at age 24. It's the only dealership I've ever worked at - because there was never a reason to leave. Everything I've ever needed to be successful has always been at Velde Ford. Quality Ford products. Quality Ford Service. Most importantly, I work for an owner who believes in doing the right thing for customers. Good ownership has been the foundation for the customer base that I have been able to enjoy and build from. 

I am also a Cardinal fan. Cub fans, please don't resent me. I am getting better with this. I finally figured it out - If everybody was a Cardinal fan, it would be boring. The Cardinal's usually get me through my sports world, until Illini basketball starts practice in October. When the Illini basketball season ends, usually about the second week of March, spring training has started. That's my sports world. It keeps revolving. 

My personal vision with each and every customer at Velde Ford is simple. I know buying a vehicle is a big and important decision. I treat people with respect in helping them find what they want, while fitting it into their budget. It's important to me that people are comfortable with their decision.

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Spencer Roosevelt
Sales Consultant
(309) 347-3111


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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!

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Terry Swoik
Sales Specialist
(888) 221-2804


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Mark Walka
Sales Specialist
(309) 347-3111


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Finance

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.

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Richard Welker
Business Manager


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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!

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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!

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Eric Hill
Internet/IT Manager


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Service

Gary Flynn
Service Manager


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Marla Swanson
Customer Service Manager


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Gary Horn
Service Advisor


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Tom Jones
Service Advisor


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Cali Murphy
Service Advisor


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Scot Fulk
Service Technician


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Tony Fulk
Service Technician


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Zach McCann
Service Technician


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Sara Menard
Service Technician


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Adam Rivera
Service Technician


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Dave Scott
Service Technician


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Tony Watson
Service Technician


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Pat Wireman
Service Technician


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Sue Goodapple
Warranty Administrator


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Julie Hansen
Service Cashier


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Dave Wells
Prep & Delivery Specialist


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Austin Greene
Detail Specialist


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Bree Otey
Detail Specialist


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Parts

Ryan Saurs
Parts Manager


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Nick Carter
Parts Sales


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David Kessinger
Parts Sales


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Phil Watson
Parts Sales


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Lou Frels
Parts Delivery


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Body Shop

Matt Knowles
Collision Manager
(309) 347-3111


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Bob Berry
Collision Technician - Painter


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Jason Hedrick
Collision Technician - Body


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Kayla Lockner
Collision Center Administrator


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Administrative

Ginny Bowers
Office Administrator/
Accounting


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Pam Brandt
Office Manager/ Accounting


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Kayla Williams
Full Time Receptionist


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Abbigal Worlow Receptionist


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