Our Team


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  • Jerry Schutte
    General Manager

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    Just one? That's a tough one! The 1971 Mustang Boss 302! A true classic.
    The best piece of advice you've ever been given?
    Always treat others as you wish they would treat you, with honesty and integrity.
    What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    To work hard, expect to have fun and always treat others like they are your friends, neighbor or a family member, with respect and honesty.
    What's the most inspiring part of your job?
    The opportunity to work with so many great people, both employees and customers. The vast majority I would consider friends.
    Pizza or tacos?
    I would consider both Pizza & Taco's to be essential "food groups".

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  • Bryce King
    Service Manager

    What part of West Michigan do you live in?
    West Grand Rapids.
    Pizza or tacos?
    Both.
    What is your favorite Ford?
    F-150, The Ecoboost 3.5L
    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Your work is a reflection of you.
    What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Remember that the customer satisfaction is the top priority at our dealership, in every department.
    What's the most inspiring part of your job?
    Getting to know the Grand Haven community.
    If I were a Superhero, my superpower would be:
    Freezing time.

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  • Dave Towner
    Sales Manager


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  • Shawn Dougherty
    Parts Manager

    What area of the lake shore do you live in?
    Grand Haven Township

    Pizza or tacos?
    Tacos

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    F-150 The best truck ever made.

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Make sure to give 100% everyday.

    What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Work hard and it will pay off.

    What is the most inspiring part of our job?
    Taking care of customers.



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  • Julie Meissner
    Controller


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  • Chuck Pelfresne
    Used Car Director | Preferred Auto Dealerships
    231-557-8480


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  • Angela Mancilla
    Accounting Specialist


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  • Paul Hirn
    Sales Consultant

    Pizza or tacos?

    Both - just not at the same time. Genuine tacos from Botello's, pizza from Silver Beach in St. Joseph.
    The best piece of advice you've ever been given:
    Never miss a chance to tell those closest to you how important they are. Tell them you love them.
    What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    "You never fail until you stop trying." Albert Einstein
    If I were a superhero my superpower would be:
    My dad. He showed me that there are no unimportant people or insignificant work. He lived his life this way.

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  • Chad "Ducky" Gitchel
    Sales Consultant

    What part of Grand Haven do you live in?
    Downtown.
    Pizza or tacos?
    Pizza
    What's your favorite Ford?
    Taurus, it brings back good memories driving around with my grandpa.
    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Stay positive.
    What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Run! Out of the lot and start building relationships.
    What is the most inspiring part of your job?
    When I can get those who felt there was no hope of financing approved and out on the road in their new vehicle.
    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    That of Peter Petrelli's, collecting the powers of others around me. With such a wide spread portfolio of powers I would be unstoppable.

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  • Ashley Sietsema
    Title/Accounting
    6168420600


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  • John Sweeney
    Internet Manager
    1-877-703-4795


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  • Tapries Shappel
    Sales Consultant


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  • Shey Strickland
    Sales Consultant


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  • Sebastian Foglio
    Sales Consultant

    What part of the lake shore area do you live in?
    Spring Lake.
    Pizza or tacos?
    Pizza.
    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    Raptor!
    The best piece of advice you've ever been given:
    If you are not first, you are last.
    What's the most inspiring part of your job?
    Helping others.

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  • Chris Swan
    Sales Consultant

    What area of the lake shore do you live in?
    Born and raised in Grand Haven           

    Pizza or tacos?
    always Tacos

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    Currently F-150 due to the toughness along with the comfort of the ride. I do think the new Ford Bronco will be #1 when I get my hands on it.

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.

    What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Keep positive and just be ready to have fun with it.

    What is the most inspiring part of our job?
    Seeing people's faces light but when they learn/see features on a car they didn't even know about.

    If I were a superhero my superpower would be:
    To make things appear out of thin air. Such as cars, boats, anything... but I would probably use it most for food. Honestly probably tacos... lots of them.



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  • Taylor Henkel
    Sales Consultant
    6168420600

    What part of Grand Haven do you live in?
    West Olive.
    Pizza or tacos?
    Pizza
    What's your favorite Ford?
    F-150, you can't beat a Ford truck.
    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Treat customers like you would like to be treated.
    What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Work hard, learn a lot and always have fun!
    What is the most inspiring part of your job?
    That great feeling when you help customers buy a car.
    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    Superman.

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  • Dennis Harjer
    Sales Consultant

    What part of the lake shore area do you live in?
    Spring Lake.
    Pizza or tacos?
    Pizza.
    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    The Escape - it fits my lifestyle and it's comfortable to drive.
    The best piece of advice you've ever been given:
    You have two ears and one mouth. Talk less and listen more.
    What's the most inspiring part of your job?
    Working with the auto shoppers ( our guests) to get them a vehicle that fits their needs, wants and budget. Then taking care of them after the sale.

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  • Alexis Kamphorst
    Sales Consultant


    What part of the lake shore do you live in?
    Hesperia
    What is your favorite Ford and why?
    I couldn't choose one, I enjoy SUVs and trucks more than a car, but a nice vehicle is a nice vehicle. I like them all.
    The best advice I've ever been given:
    Treat others the way you wish to be treated.
    What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Work hard and don't expect things from others. Make sure to have fun!
    What is the most inspiring part of your job?
    Being able to work with so many great people and putting a smile on customers' faces.
    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    I could never choose just one superpower, they are all awesome. I'd like to be a superwoman and have the best superpowers I could ask for.

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  • Zack Jannenga
    Parts Specialist

    What area of the lake shore do you live in?
    Zeeland           

    Pizza or tacos?
    Pizza

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    Fusion - I can't think of any other vehicle that offers the style, performance, and comfort you get for your value with Fusion.

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Take the ownership of your work and don't make excuses.

    What advice would you give to a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Be a hard worker and be passionate about what you do.

    What is the most inspiring part of our job?
    The fact that I get to help people and make them happy.



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  • Joshua Lummen
    Sales Consultant

    What part of the lake shore do you live in?
    I grew up in Fremont, now I live in Fruitport.

    Pizza or tacos?
    Pizza all day.

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    F150. I'm just a truck guy.

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    A positive attitude brings positive actions. Positive actions bring positive results, positive results bring positive attitude. Don't break the chain and you will find yourself in a place of true happiness.

    What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    This is a business with a lot of rejection. The word "No" is just that, a word, not a period of time. So let it go and move toward your "Yes."

    What's the most inspiring part of your job?
    I love the contrast of  when people think they can't afford, or get approved for the vehicle they deserve... showing them they can afford it and watching them leave happy always makes my day.

    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    Super speed, because I have four kids.

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  • Don Blackmer
    Service Advisor
    1-877-703-4795

    What area of the lake shore do you live in?
    Robinson Township

    Pizza or tacos?
    Tacos

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    F-150. I have 2 of them. They have plenty of leg room and suit my needs very well.

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Treat people as you would want to be treated. Always give respect and never pass judgement.

    What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    Be a team player. Respect customers and co-workers. Never be afraid to ask for help.

    What's the most inspiring part of your job?
    Customers, making them happy. Putting a smile on their faces.

    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    E.S.P. to tell what people are thinking, and to help me understand customers concerns.

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  • Abe Miller
    Service Advisor
    616-842-0600

    What area of the lake shore do you live in?
    Grand Haven

    Pizza or tacos?
    Tacos

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    Mustang - fast and fun.

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Whatever you are be a good one.

    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    Super strength

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  • Caylee Feenstra
    Service Advisor

    What area of the lake shore do you live in?
    Robinson township

    Pizza or tacos?
    Pizza

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    I love the new Ford Expedition, it's beautiful.

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day.

    What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?
    You never know what's going on is someone else's life. Be kind. Be patient.

    What's the most inspiring part of your job?
    Keeping things as convenient as they can be.

    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    To fly! Gas and plane tickets are not cheap and I want to see the world. 

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  • Darcey Southwell
    Service Advisor

    What area of the lake shore do you live in?
    Spring Lake

    Pizza or tacos?
    Tacos

    What's your favorite Ford and why?
    Explorer

    The best piece of advice I've ever been given is:
    Go big or go home.

    What is the most inspiring part of our job?
    Meeting and getting to know people in my community.

    If I were a superhero, my superpower would be:
    The ability to fly! It would save so much time.

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  • JoAnna Manning


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