Hunter Subaru's Staff


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Owners

Tom Hunter
President and CEO - Hunter Corporation
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Tom Hunter graduated from Davidson College in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He then worked for a startup joint-venture between MidSouth Financial and Centura Bank. After several promotions culminating in Vice President, Mr. Hunter was selected to attend UNC's Kenan-Flager Business School and graduated with honors in 1999. Upon graduation, Mr. Hunter worked as a mergers and acquisitions associate for Brookwood Associates, LLC, an investment bank in Charlotte, NC. In 2002, he joined his family's company, Hunter Corporation, Inc. While attending NADA's Dealer Academy, Mr. Hunter worked at all positions within the dealership, from parts counter, sales to sales manager. He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hunter Corporation.

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Randy Hunter
Chairman - Hunter Corporation
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Randy Hunter graduated from East Carolina University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In September of 1984 he began his career with Hunter Corporation, Inc. Randy has worked in all departments and has held practically every position at both dealerships, including sales representative, service writer, finance manager, new and used car manager and general sales manager. He has garnered many sales awards from Chevrolet's Legion of Sales leaders and the Truck Honor Club. In 1998 he was promoted to General Manager of Hunter Nissan Lincoln Mercury. The dealership has earned several awards, including Nissan's prestigious Award of Merit. He is currently serving as the Chairman and Visionary of Hunter Corporation.

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General Manager

Tim Walters
COO & General Manager
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Tim graduated from Indiana University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He then began a career as CFO at LCD, Inc., where he oversaw substantial growth. He went on to become Controller and COO at Penske Automotive Group, where he proactively participated in returning the dealership to profitability by the end of the year. Following this success, Tim moved to Bill Heard Enterprises as Controller & Platform Controller, where he was able to achieve the highest net profits the platform had ever experienced. Similarly, at Prebul Enterprises, Tim was directly responsible for returning the organization to profitability within 8 months. Tim is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of Georgia Society of CPA's. He is currently Chief Financial Officer at Hunter Corporation.

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General Sales Manager

Thom Morrow
General Sales Manager
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Thom Morrow joined Hunter Automotive Group in October 2014 as used car director. Currently, he is the General Sales Manager for the Subaru-Hyundai-Volvo location. Thom began his automotive career with Hendrick Automotive Group in 1992. Notably, he has served as a Used Vehicle Director for Asbury Automotive Group and worked for Wachovia Insurance Services as a Vice President and Regional Sales Manager. Thom attended Catawba College in Salisbury NC. He is a graduate of the NADA Dealer Academy in 2017 and holds an AFIP Certification (Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals).

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Sales Managers

Brent Bennett
Sales Manager
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Gordon Zurbrick
Sales Manager
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Gordon Zurbrick has worked at Hunter since 2015 as a Finance Manager and now the New Car Sales Manager - having been in the automotive industry five years.  Prior to this he served in the U.S. Army for eight years.  Originally from Charleston, SC, he received his BS from Charleston Southern University, is married with a three-year old daughter and another baby on the way.

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Aaron Jones
Sales Manager
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"AJ" (Aaron) Jones is from Indianapolis, IN and has been in the automotive industry for ten years progressing from Sales, Finance Manager, Finance Director, New Car Sales Manager and now is Hunter's Used Car Sales Manager.  He joined Hunter in January 2016.  He enjoys working out and watching sports.

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Business Managers

Justin Lang
Business Manager
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Justin Lang joins our team with over 10 years of Automotive experience in Sales, Sales Management, & Finance. A Boston native, Mr. Lang has worked as a GSM in the USMC. A Marine Corp Veteran, 10 years (SSGT); visiting 39 countries. An avid outdoors enthusiast, Justin enjoys fishing, diving and traveling abroad. He is currently one of our great business managers.

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Adam Domermuth
Business Manager


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Joe Johnson
Business Manager
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Kevin Brazanskas
Business Manager
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Kevin Brazanskas is from Vernon, New Jersey but now lives in West Ashville where he, his wife, two kids and two dogs enjoy time together outdoors and the mountain lifestyle of WNC.  He received his BA from Long Island University - Southampton in Environmental Studies and has worked as an Environmental Compliance Specialist and youth mentor.  At Hunter since 2008, Kevin is a member of American Financial and Automotive Services' F&I (Finance and Insurance) and is a NC Notary Public.

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Sales

Devin Sigmon
Sales Consultant
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Devin Sigmon was in retail three years before starting at Hunter in sales in August 2017.  He attended both Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA and Montreat College.  Devin has coached the high school level Empire Lacrosse here in Asheville/Fletcher and now plays on the Asheville Lacrosse Club.  He also enjoys hiking, camping and coaching.  Devin is originally from Winston-Salem.

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Alexander Salazar
Sales Consultant
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Alex Salazar started at Hunter in April 2017 after attending A-B Tech.  Although originally from Detroit, MI, he has enjoyed making Arden his home along with his dog, Rocco.  Alex worked in the kitchen at Brooklyn Brothers Italian Restaurant and volunteered with the special needs students' program, PEP, at TC Robertson High School.

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Samuel King
Sales Consultant
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Javier Palacios
Sales Consultant


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Michael Kokindo
Sales Consultant
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Evan Orr
Sales Consultant
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Garrett Haire
Sales Consultant
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Garette Haire is a noted expert on Jesse Livermore and his investing/security trading techniques!  Born and raised in NC, he graduated from NC State in 1982 and has hobbies are writing and teaching.  Garette has been in commissioned sales for over three decades in investment advisory and sales management work.  He joined Hunter in the spring of 2017.  He and his wife, Lisa, have four children:  Brek, Leah, Marshall and Garrison.

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Pam Justice
Sales Consultant
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Pam Justice has been in the automotive industry 12 years -- since 2004 with Hunter and before was with Sunshine Chevrolet in Arden.  She has also been a sales consultant and Internet Sales Manager.  She is native to NC, has one daughter and son-in-law along with two granddaughters and one on the way!  Her hobbies include teaching Sunday School for 2-5 years, hiking, reading and watching the sunset from her front porch.

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Jason Apicerno
Sales Consultant
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Jason Apicerno started with Hunter in 2013 and has worked in sales and the automotive industry for 15 years.  Jason enjoys fishing - perhaps because he was born and raised in Florida.

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Laura Lewis
Sales Consultant
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Laura Lewis sold insurance 12 years before coming to Hunter in sales in December 2015.  She was a BCBS Manager for Medicare and Medicaid.  Born and raised in Camden, SC, WNC is now her home with her wonderful husband of ten years and two OUTSTANDING boys aged 12 and 15 … along with two dogs and cats, 30 fish and all the outdoor creatures who come around to be fed.  She enjoys football, swimming and hike our beautiful mountains.  "Nothing brings me more joy than helping others, customers and co-workers."  She enjoys her chosen career because of the customers and the Hunter family.

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Chris Payne
Sales Consultant
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Chris Payne is from Brevard and served in the US Army Infantry, 1st Armored Division - and in Baumholder, Germany from 2000-2003.  He is in the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and has been married to his lovely wife Natalia 13 years.  They have a daughter, Alisha, and two sons - John and Dangelo.  His marketing degree from Western Carolina University has served him well.  He has managed Jet's Pizza and was a head washer at Miller's Linen Service.  At Hunter in sales since January 2015, he has advanced to be Subaru and Hyundai Certified. 

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Gala Rice
Sales Consultant
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Gala Rice has been in sales at Hunter since 2000 and says "I LOVE SELLING CARS!!"  Born in Brevard, she is very involved at Next Church, leads a Healthy Living Exercise and Bible study class.  She and her high school sweetheart, Jeff, have been married 27 years and have three wonderful children (Christina, Caleb and Joshua) and two wonderful grandchildren (Sophia and Collin).  Gala is an avid runner and has her BA from UNC-Charlotte.  Her son and son-in-law are in the US Air Force and her son Joshua is a college student and baseball player.  

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Vin Parish
Sales Consultant
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Vin Parish is Volvo Master Certified after being with Hunter just since the spring of 2016!  Prior he was in the swimming pool industry for 17 years as a Regional Sales Director, Retail Operations Manager and District Manager.  Vin has a daughter who is eleven and one Siberian Husky.  He is a member of the Rotary Club and the National Automobile Dealers Association and also involved with NASA, Pokemon League, Rebel Alliance and JLA.  Sometimes he just "enjoys doing nothing".

 

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Service

Chris Lyda
Service Advisor
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Chris has over 17 years in the Automotive industry, with an Associates degree in Auto Tech from A-B Tech. A local enthusiast of camping, fishing and motorcycle riding; Chris was born and raised in the Western North Carolina Area. 

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Sherry Conley
Service Manager

Sherry Conley has been at Hunter since 2006 - that's 11 years in our industry.

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Austin Johnson
Service Advisor
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Austin Johnson's Normal hobbies are "literally anything dealing with or about cars", which does not suit his cat, Lucas!  He joined Hunter as a service advisor in the summer of 2017 and has filled many shoes.  Austin is certified with Nissan for Electric, Express Service and Drive Components and has a degree in Automotive Technology from the Universal Technical Institute of Mooresville, NC.

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Jeff Warren
Service Advisor
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Jeff Warren is from Nashville, raised in the Atlanta area and has lived in South Florida and Seattle, WA.  He attended the University of GA and has worked in risk management for 23 years including positions such as a Manager, Director of Operations and VP of Operations - also CEO of his own business.  Jeff came on board at Hunter as a Service Advisor in the summer of 2017.  Divorced with two adult children - Courtney and Kyle, he has two dogs, Molly and Sasha, and enjoys watching college football.  He also enjoys wood working and music appreciation.

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Jorge Martinez
Tech Apprentice
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John Licka
Service Advisor
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Dolores Asbell
Service Advisor
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Dolores Asbell is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and was born in Ocala.  She moved to Brevard in 1979 - like many, from childhood, spent summers in NC and fell in love.  Dolores was a paralegal in a law firm for six years and she has been in the automotive industry for 12 years - with Hunter since spring 2016as a Service Advisor.  Prior to Hunter she was a Service Advisor and in Accounts Receivable/Payable and a Bookkeeper.  She is married, has four children and six grandchildren.  She has worked as a volunteer with Compassion International and is a member of the Tim Tebow Foundation.  She enjoys hiking with her dogs, Roxy and Rango, swimming, painting and football.

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Bonnie Warden
Customer Service Representative
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Bonnie Warden started with Hunter in 2015 and has earned the reputation as a "killer brownie" maker!  She has her BA in Environmental Studies from State University of New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, NY.  She worked eight years as a Technical Assistant at the Institutional Research at Corning Community College in Corning, NY.  Bonnie is married to Mark and has a Maine Coon rescue named Sonny Longcat - for whom she admits openly that they are Sonny's humble servants.  She enjoys photography, gardening, hiking, cooking, reading, birdwatching (with Sonny) and visiting the ocean.  And by the way, she does not miss the snow!

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Robert Ficker
Driver
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Robert Finker is a life-long resident of Henderson County.  He has been a shuttle driver in the Parts Department with Hunter since summer 2014 - prior to which he was in manufacturing for 34 years rising to Facilities Engineer Manager and a Superintendent.  He has a BS in Industrial Engineering.  Robert is married with four children.  His hobbies include spending time with his family, grand kids, their dogs and the "honey-do" list projects around the house.  Something he really likes about his job is being amazed at how our customers find out about Western North Carolina!

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Shannon Vaughn
Warranty Administrator
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Shannon Vaughn works behind the scenes in the Parts Department as the Warranty Administrator and joined Hunter in 1997 after learning of an opening from her Grandmother who worked here many years!  She has worked in various positions - in parts, as cashier and at the switchboard.  She has been married 20 years to Robert and has an 18-year old daughter.  Their dog, Riley, is nine years old and she enjoys running, hiking and going to the lake.  Raised in Colorado, she has lived in NC for 25 years.

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Parts

Kirk Firmin
Parts Director
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Kirk Firmin is certified in Lexus, Toyota, Subaru, Nissan, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles and has worked as an Assistant Parts Manager, Parts Manager and now is our Fixed Operations/Parts Director - all reflective of a growing career of 28 years in the automotive industry.  He grew up in the business as his Father owned a Buy-Here-Pay-Here in Tampa, FL.  Kirk is married with one child in college and the National Guard.  He enjoys photography and riding his motorcycle - and his dog.  Kirk joined Hunter in June 2013.

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Ben Baxley
Parts Consultant
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Ben Baxley joined Hunter as a Parts Consultant in November 2016 - his first job in the automotive industry and now he is a Certified Subaru Parts Advisor.  He was raised in Hendersonville and is a graduate from Nor Henderson.  Marty is his "still-puppy" English Shepherd.  Reno, NV born, Ben likes mountain biking, motorcycling, camping and hiking - and worked a season in Yellowstone National Park.

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Paul Juntunen
Parts Consultant
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Paul Juntunen started working as a Parts Consultant with Hunter in 2015 and has been in the business for eight years.  He was born in Sarasota, FL and went to Manatee Technical Institute in Brandenton, FL.  Now that he is a NC resident, he has a Venus Fly Trap named "Petey".  He also enjoys movies, Fantasy Football and rafting.

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Ashley Parker
Wholesale Parts Coordinator
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Ashley Parker has been with Hunter since 2006 as a Detail Parts Consultant and Wholesale Parts Manager.  She is Subaru, Hyundai and Nissan Certified.  Ashley grew up in Mills River and graduated from West Henderson High.  She has a cat named Darby and loves to fish and spend time with her family.

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Body Shop

Tosha Shields
Body Shop Assistant
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Tosha Shields grew up in Hendersonville.  Only she can explain how you can peacefully have three dogs and three ferrets!  But her two beautiful girls are understandable, and she enjoys spending time with family.  Since October 2014 she has worked at Hunter in a variety of capacities - all customer service related.  But she has been in customer service 13 years and six of those have been in the automotive industry.  She has been a Service Advisor, 1st Choice Service and Sales, Service BDC, Rental Coordinator and Body Shop Assistant.  That's just who she is.

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Sales BDC

Lisa Schillig
BDC Sales Customer Service
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Scott Laffin
BDC Sales Manager
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Kayla McGaha
BDC Sales Customer Service
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Brad Griffey
BDC Sales Customer Service
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Service BDC

Deborah Postlethwait
Customer Service
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Deborah Postlethwait was born in Maryland, raised in Charlotte and has lived in Hendersonville since 2015.  She and her husband of 23 years, Thomas, and two children attend The Rock Church.  Their son, Trey, is soon to graduate from NC State and Hanna is a sophomore at Hendersonville High.  Prior to starting at Hunter in the summer of 2017, she worked five years in hospitality as an Innkeeper and Front Desk Manager.  Deborah has her Associates in Applied Science in Office Administration from Mitchell (County) Community College and BS in Paralegal Studies from Liberty University.

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Shelby Ellenburg
Customer Service
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