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Ben Sponsler, Sales Operations Director

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Ben Sponsler joined Donley Auto Group in 2011 having started his career with us as Finance Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon,  He has also served as General Sales Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland from 2017 - 2018 and assumed the role of Sales Operations Director in August 2019 to present.

Ben and his wife Niki, have two daughters and one son and reside in Ashland, Ohio.  Both have deep family roots in the Ashland community having been raised there and are graduates of Ashland High School and of Ashland University.  They enjoy camaraderie with friends, golf and quality family time.  Niki is also a certified yoga instruction in Ashland.

Ben is a great asset to our team and strives to ensure that our customers always receive the best experience and walk away knowing they've Discovered the Donley Difference!

Joel Tanner, Fixed Operations Director

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Joel Tanner has a tenure of four years with Donley Auto Group having returned to our team as our Fixed Operations Director in 2017.  Prior to his return, Joel has spent 20 years in the automotive industry, much of which was with a Wards Top 100 Dealer.  He brings great expertise and is driven to make our dealership service experience the best in the Heart of Ohio!

Joel is a native of Ashland, Ohio where he was born and raised.  He, along with his wife Jenine, their two children and their four dogs,  reside in Medina now and have strong connections to Cleveland having also lived in that area for many years. 

In Ashland, Joel was instrumental in helping launch the S.P.A.R.K.E  (Students Preparing for and Acquiring Real-world Knowledge and Experience) Program at Ashland County West Holmes Career Center.   And he shares that he is passionate about supporting United Way and the Animal Protection League.

His hobbies include golf, playing guitar and wood working.  He is a member of the Woodworkers Guild of America.

We are fortunate to have Joel as a member of our team!  We appreciate his dedication to our company and to help our customers truly Discover the Donley Difference!

Mark Everly, Controller

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Mark Everly joined our Donley team in 1997.  His combined experience, including 6 years at other dealerships, is 27 years in automotive. Which makes him a great asset to our team!

 Mark was born and raised in Marion County, Ohio.  He and his wife Michelle, currently reside in Ashland, Ohio.  He enjoys traveling to visit family in Texas and Florida and spends much of his spare time cheering on nieces and nephews who participate in local extracurricular activities.  In addition to staying busy with family activities, Mark is an avid Columbus Bluejackets fan and takes in as many games as possible in a season!

 Mark brings strong work ethic, leadership and great organization to our team.  He is instrumental in making things run smoothly in our dealerships and helping make the Donley Difference a great experience for our customers!



Jeff Myers, General Sales Manager

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Brad Bennett, Sales Manager

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Brad Bennett joined Donley Auto Group as Sales Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon in January 2020.  He brings with him 24 years of automotive experience. 

Originally from Croton, OH, he and his wife now call Centerburg, Ohio home.  He is a graduate of Northridge High School and of Marietta College.  Brad and his wife, Tanya have been married 24 years and have a 13 year old daughter and 4 year old Golden Retriever. Most of his free time is spent with family but he does enjoy traveling and golf and is a member of the Mount Vernon Country Club.   He and his wife support St. Jude's Children Hospital and the ASPCA.  As a family, they find it important to lend their help at local animal shelters and Humane Society.

Brad has quickly become a very important part of our Donley Team and we appreciate him very much!

Tim Waddell, Finance Director

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Jayme Giffin, Sales & Leasing Consultant/New Inventory Coordinator

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Jayme Giffin has spent his entire 15 year automotive career with Donley Auto Group and is presently a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon as well as our Inventory Coordinator for our entire Auto Group. 

 He and his wife reside in Centerburg, Ohio and have 4 daughters. 

 Jayme enjoys outdoor activities best and attending various sporting events.

 He is a great asset to our Donley Auto Group team and we appreciate all that he does!

Mike Wilson, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Mike Wilson, Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon, has been with Donley Auto Group for 18 years.  He brought with him great customer relations skills having spent 40 years prior in Automotive, Retail and Commercial sales.

Mike and his wife, Myra have been married 45 years and live in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.  They also enjoy a home in Apple Valley.  He collects guitars and fishing tackle and in his spare time, enjoys cooking and carpentry.

Mike is a great guy and has great customers who come back time and again!  We appreciate Mike, his hard work and his great personality!



Rob Ball, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Rob Ball, Sales & Leasing Consultant, has 31 years in the automotive industry and all have been right here in Mt Vernon, OH.  He has been with Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon since it was acquired by Donley Auto Group in 2001. 

Rob is a native of Mt. Vernon and he and his wife, Robin, raised their sons and daughter here. Their eldest son is a previous Donley Auto Group team member having worked in Finance.   Their youngest son is a junior at Mt Vernon Senior High School and daughter teaches 3rd grade in Naples, FL.   And they have been blessed with two grandchildren ages 13 and 11.

Rob shares that golf has been a big part of his life and friendships!  He is an avid OSU Buckeyes fan as well as a big fan of Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians.  He feels strongly about supporting Food For The Hungry of Knox County.

Rob has great relationships with his customers and works hard for them!  He enjoys his job and it's reflected in some great customers and friendships.  We appreciate his commitment to Donley Auto Group!

Brian Antill, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Jim Casebolt, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Jim Casebolt began his career in automotive when joining Donley Auto Group in 2012.  He has been a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon the entire time.  He has built great customer relations in that time and enjoys the opportunity to get to know his customers.

In his down time, Jim shares that he enjoys time with his girlfriend and time at his parent's farm, working on projects there and being with his nephews and sister.  But the thing he enjoys most is watching his son play football at Siena Heights University!  He also takes in games at Fredericktown and East Knox High Schools when he can.

Jim is a graduate of East Knox High School and of Marietta College.  He presently resides in Fredericktown, Ohio. 

Jim has built a strong customer base with Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon and works very hard for those customers.  We are fortunate to have him on our team!

Tyler Doerrer, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Tyler Doerrer joined our Donley Auto Group Team in 2017 as Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt. Vernon.  He spent several months in the same role at Donley Ford of Shelby and has recently returned to where it all began here in Mt Vernon. 

Tyler is originally from Ashland, Ohio and graduated from Ashland High School.  His favorite way to spend his downtime is with his dogs, Faye, Ford, Doug & Earl and getting outside to take nature walks and play sports or working out.  In the Fall, much of his spare time is spent at Cleveland Browns games with buddies since he's had season passes for several years.  He shares that he prefers to "shop local" and support local coffee shops, breweries , pizza shops, etc.  And he's been a supporter of Ashland County Relay for Life by volunteering at their annual community fundraiser.

 Tyler has a great rapport with his customers and works hard to get them in the best vehicle to suit their needs! He's a very valuable member of our Donley Team!




Andrea Mullins, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Andrea Mullins, Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt. Vernon, returns to the automotive industry by joining our Donley Team in early 2020.  She spent many years as a car girl prior to having children and took time away to raise her family, including her 3 daughters.

Her decision to return to selling cars was strongly influenced by her love of automobiles and motorcycles, which grew out of a childhood filled with dirt bike riding and 4 wheeling with cousins.  She truly became the Ford girl she is now when she was 12 years old and her father acquired a fully restored 1972 Mach-I (to this day, her favorite car!)  She also has a passion for riding American motorcycles and enjoys outdoor activities like camping, hiking and as much time as possible with her daughters. 

Additionally, Andrea has a special place in her heart to support "A Kid Again" foundation that was started as a small charity by her mother and brother-in-law and now serves 1000's of children with life threatening diseases and their families

We appreciate Andrea's passion and enthusiasm and find her to be a great asset to our team!


Taylor Ugie, Customer Experience Specialist

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Taylor Ugie joined the Donley Auto Group Team in July of 2018, initially as a Sales & Leasing Consultant.  He is presently our Customer Experience Specialist, permitting him to offer sales assistance to customers as well as be a great host to our customers and answer any questions they may have about our entire line-up.  He is also experienced in assisting with Finance.  Taylor brings with him management experience from his previous career path and is an all-around great team member to step in where needed.

He grew up near the village of Dresden, Ohio and has one brother who also works in the automotive industry in Coshocton, Ohio.  He and his fiancé now call Mt. Vernon home, along with their pet rats and cat - Zorro. Together, they enjoy traveling and camping at parks all over Ohio, when weather permits.  They also enjoy their home studio where they paint and sculpt when time permits. 

Taylor is a great asset to Donley Auto Group and can answer most any question a customer has!  He really knows his cars and is a pleasure to work with!



Darla Friend, Service Manager

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Shane Robertson, Parts Manager

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Shane Robertson joined the Donley Auto Group Team in early 2018, bringing with him over 30 years of Ford parts experience and understanding.  He is our Parts Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon

Shane is originally from Mansfield, Ohio.  But he and his wife have called Loudonville, Ohio their home for the past 12 years.  They're family includes 3 sons and 2 daughters.  Family time is how he enjoys spending his spare time.

If you have a need for your Ford car and are searching for the right parts, Shane is your guy!  He knows Ford products and we are fortunate to have him on the Donley Team!

Jeff Armstrong, Service Advisor

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Leah Fields, Service Advisor

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Leah Fields joined Donley Auto Group in an administrative role to the Service Department at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon in 2012.  She's since received certification in Ford Parts while helping in the Parts Department and has returned to our Service Department as a certified Service Advisor and Warranty Administrator.  She shares that she's very appreciative of what she's learned about the intricacy of Ford parts and service and loves helping customers and co-workers find resolutions to meet their automotive needs.  

She is recently married to her husband Malcolm (who is a Service Technician at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt. Vernon) and enjoys being a dog-mom to her fur-baby, Mya.  She also enjoys caring for her many houseplants, camping and summertime outdoor activities

Leah is a joy to work with and always willing to help! We are very appreciative of her and fortunate to have her on our Donley Team

Tina Beaver, Service Advisor

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Tina Beaver joined the Donley Auto Group Team over 10 years ago.   She did leave our group for about 3 years to be on maternity leave and a stay at home parent.  But was eager to return when the time was right.  She is and has always been a Service Advisor at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon.  Tina shares that she "loves working with customers" and helping them with their vehicle service needs.  It makes her day to see them leave with a big smile on their face!

Tina has two children and generally loves life!  She also has a fur baby (teacup Yorkie) named Tinker-Bell!  She enjoys camping and loves her permanent site on the Kokosing river - her "home away from home!"  She also enjoys taking her camper on the road to visit her second favorite destination - Myrtle Beach, SC.  She says "summertime is the best part of living in Ohio" and has made many memories in both camping destinations.  She is an avid Buckeyes fan and love watching and attending OSU football games (Go Bucks!)

Come see Tina for your service needs.  She'll do a great job, as she always does for her customers, and we're fortunate to have her on our team!

Joe Friend, Service Technician

Brice Elmer, Service Technician

Dave Fluhart, Service Technician

Malcolm Fields, Service Technician

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Kyle Coon, Service Technician

Solomon Eichelberger, Service Technician

Rob Manning, Service Technician

Kyle Spreng, Parts Counter

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Scott Sigars, Parts Counter

Terry Adams, Detailer



Judi Dickinson, Community Relations & Events Mananger

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Judi Dickinson has been a part of our Donley Auto Group team since 2013.  Bringing several years of Marketing experience with her, she served as our Marketing Manager until December of 2019.  In January of 2020, she moved into her current role as Community Relations & Events Manager. 

Judi and her husband Chad reside in Ashland, Ohio where they raised their four children.  And have been blessed with six grandchildren that they are fortunate to have all be close by in Ashland to enjoy. 

Judi enjoys family time above all other things.  But also enjoys dancing, reading, cooking and boating.  And loves traveling!

She feels strongly about being involved in the community she lives in and all the communities that our dealerships are located in.  She is an alumna of Leadership Ashland and past member of the Leadership Ashland Steering committee. She also presently serves on the Board of Directors for Ashland Schine's Theatre and is very involved in her church. 

Her passion for these things and more, make her a great fit as our Community Relations & Events Manager!

Niki Walsh, Marketing & BDC Manager

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Niki Walsh joined Donley Auto Group as our Marketing and BDC Manager in January, 2020.  She brings with her eight years experience in the automotive industry specializing in digital marketing, business development and internet sales.

Niki enjoys time with her 3 daughters, 1 rescue dog and 2 rescue cats.  Among their favorite things to do together is cooking and dancing around the kitchen while doing so!

She is passionate about supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is an active member of the Fredericktown Music Boosters.

We appreciate the great experience and automotive marketing knowledge Niki brings with her and are glad to have her on our team!

Cindy May, Internet Sales/BDC Specialist

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Cindy May joined our Donley Team in 2012 and has been a very important part of our Sales Team since!  She currently serves in the role of Internet Sales/BDC Specialist.  She brings prior automotive experience with her making her a great asset to our company!

Cindy graduated from Highland High School in Sparta, OH and has 2 sisters and 2 adult sons as well as 4 grandchildren.  She enjoys walking in the woods and a good social game of Texas Hold-em.  She especially loves and enjoys her 2 rescue Chocolate Lab Mix dogs.  She loves the Lord and is a strong woman of faith.

Cindy is a lifetime member of the ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association) and is a previous Captain of the Ohio State Ladies Team.  

She loves to support community and does so by participating in the activities and sponsorships that Donley Ford of Galion supports.

We appreciate her dedication and all she does for our Donley Team!

Kendal Meyer, Marketing Intern

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Kendal Meyer joined Donley Auto Group in early 2018 in our BDC Department and is now enjoying an opportunity to help us as our Marketing Intern.  She is an honor roll student at Ashland University studying Marketing and Public Relations. 

Kendal and her sisters, Kaelyn and Klaire, are the daughters of Heath and Jill Meyer of Jeromesville, Ohio, where her family resides.

In her spare time, Kendal is a cheerleading advisor for Hillsdale Schools and enjoys camping, traveling and photography.

She shares that what she loves most about her job with Donley Auto Group is getting to meet new members of the community, make new connections and attend events.  She is also a supporter of United Way.

Kendal has a promising future in Marketing and we are fortunate to have her be part of our team and give her an opportunity to learn about the field she has chosen for her career.

Rachel Justice, Graphic Designer

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Rachel Justice is our Graphic Designer and has been with Donley Auto Group since 2016.  She brings a vast understanding of art and design with her.

She is the oldest of nine children and grew up in the Ashland area.  She has loved art for as long as she can remember and shares that her family tease her that she "was born with a paint brush in her hand."  Her skills developed at a young as she began by painting storefront windows for area businesses in downtown Loudonville and Ashland.  She evolved and now paints area murals, book illustrations, live painting events and logo design, to name just a few.  She acquired her education in Graphic Design from North Central State College.  And has her own studio based at The Mosaic Church in Mansfield where she manages a community art room. She is strong in faith and feels she can share that in a visual way.  Rachel served on the Board for Ashland Care Center for six years.

She shared that a recent highlight for her was to paint the mural logos for Good Deed Entertainment including their subdivision logo - Crank the Robot, in downtown Ashland.

Rachel enjoys working at Donley and helping with Graphic Design and more!  And her skills are very much appreciated!



Michelle Everly, Office Manager

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Kirsten Manders, Office Clerk

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Misty Roswell, Title Clerk

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Gina Koppler, Title Clerk

Briar McQueen, Office Clerk

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