Staff


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  • Mike Absher
    Owner/President

    I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I grew up in a "car family" on both the maternal and paternal-side as both of my grandfathers and both parents were car dealers. I started working in the shop as a custodian starting at age 12, and worked at the dealership until graduation from high school.

     

    I graduated Marion (Illinois) High School and then was admitted to and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point New York with the intention of being a career Army officer. I ultimately left the Academy and the Army voluntarily and returned home. I then enrolled in SIU-Carbondale and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. I worked at the family dealership throughout my college years as a warranty administrator and service writer.

     

    Upon graduation, I was employed as Parts and Service Director, sales manager, used vehicle manager until I left the family company in 2003 to start a software firm named DealerWare LLC selling F&I Menu Selling software to car dealerships. We were very successful and this was the wildest ride of my life. We ultimately were endorsed by American Honda and were in the process of rolling out our software to the Honda dealerships nationwide, when our biggest competitor decided to take me out. And so, they did, and I sold DealerWare in 2006 to DealerTrack, Inc. 

     

    I decided to get back into the business I missed so much and purchased Marion Ford, Inc in my hometown. I have since purchased three other dealerships, in Marion IL, Paducah KY, and Madisonville KY, and that has evolved into the Watermark Auto Group.

     

    I have played the trumpet for nearly 38 years, and enjoy every opportunity I get to play in a brass quintet with some friends from high school and college. I also enjoy woodworking, and have lots of cool equipment that is really dangerous, but I never turn on because I am too busy in the car business.

     

    I have been married for 21 years to Cheryl, who is a licensed non-practicing attorney. We have three sons aged 16, 13, and 10.

    I recently retired from service on the Southern Illinois Healthcare Board of Trustees which is the largest employer in our region with 3300 associates. I serve as the President of our local school board, and enjoy lending my time and talents to all organizations that are crazy or desperate enough to want or need my help.

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  • Rick Duncan
    General Manager

    I was born and raised in Paducah and have lived here most of my life. The only exception being four years spent in Detroit working my way thru college. 

    I have been "car crazy" for as long as I can remember. I learned to drive in my father's 1957 Ford Ranchero, a vehicle that my twin brother and I still own to this day. 

    I started in the automobile business in 1983 at a Pontiac-Lincoln-Mercury dealership. One year later I joined Allan Rhodes Chrysler-Honda and have been "here" ever since. "Here" has certainly changed over the years. We added BMW a year after I joined Allan Rhodes and in May of 1993, I and two partners bought Allan Rhodes out and changed the name to Bluegrass Honda-BMW. Mike Absher and I became friends several years ago and in October 2009 we completed a transaction that made Mike and his wife Cheryl the new owners of Bluegrass.  Mike has since started the Watermark Auto Group in 2016, the Bluegrass Honda changed names to Watermark Honda. 

    I am married to my best friend Kathy and we have four kids and six grandkids. In my spare time I enjoy restoring vintage automobiles, any kind of racing, and traveling back roads.


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  • Danny Tribble
    Honda Sales Manager


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  • Chance Mooneyham
    Business Manager

    I grew up in Lowes, KY and graduated from Graves County High School. I've lived in Paducah for over 15 years now. 

    I started in the car business in 2007 and mostly did Internet Sales and Marketing before moving into Finance. 

    I have been married to my wife, Shalie since 2012. We have an 18-month-old named, Faith and I have two teenage daughters, Kali and Abby. 

    I consider myself pretty boring.

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  • Matt Colburn
    Business Manager

    My parents moved to Paducah when I was only 2 years old, I definitely love Paducah and call it home.


    My wife, Jessica Colburn, is an RN by day and a wonderful mother of two by night. My wife and I spend all of our free-time with our two girls, Mary-Kate and Olivia Grace. 

    Mary-Kate is a gearhead, just like her Daddy, and rides ATV's and bicycles. She like anything to do with the outdoors. Olivia is just a baby, but she is already a Daddy's girl too. 

    I have been in the car business for over 12 years. It all started in auto detailing while earning my bachelor's degree. After college was completed, I decided that I loved cars and car people too much to give it up...so I stuck with it. I moved up into sales; years later into management. 

    Years later, Watermark approached me and that opportunity of a lifetime ensued. Today, I am thankful to be with other car guys, who always want to do the right thing for our customers and truly make work fun. I work with some of the best people that I have ever known and it is really a "dream job". I get to help people, talk to other car people and be an active member of the community. 

    A few years ago I would have told you my hobbies were fast cars, big trucks, remote controlled cars and pretty much anything to do with cars. But truly, my hobby is my family. My wife and girls are my motivation.

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  • Joe Yamada
    Sales and Leasing Consultant

    I was born in Seoul, Korea. Moved to Paducah in February of 2000 and currently reside here. I have been with Watermark Honda since April of 2007. Formally, I was a Sushi/Hibachi Chef at a local restaurant here in Paducah.


    I love to spend time with my family as much as possible. When I am not babysitting my daughters, I enjoy riding my motorcycle.

    My soon to be spouse, my best friend, Mary Wampler is the mother of our youngest daughter, Yuna. My oldest daughter is Nadia and is 10 going on 13. lol

    I am an Army Brat and the oldest in my family. My mom and sister live up in the Chicago Suburbs. My father passed away in 2006.

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  • Corey Keller
    Honda Sales Associate

    Corey was born and raised in the little town of Joppa, IL.  After college, he started working at Watermark Honda as a salesperson in July of 2001. After three years of sales Corey moved on to the Finance Manager position were he worked for the next four years. He then went to the Sales Manager position for BMW and eventually returned to his roots in Honda Sales. 

    Corey now lives in the big city of Metropolis with his wife Rebecca & children, Wakely and Whitley.  Corey has all types of hobbies including bowling, hunting, fishing, golf, woodworking, playing pool, cheering on his favorite baseball team.. but his favorite is spending time with his family and friends. 

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  • Kyle Stewart
    Honda Sales Associate

    I was born in Germany, graduated from Lone Oak and have been in this area ever since. I started working at Watermark Honda in 2014 and haven't ever looked back! I fish every chance I get and love spending time with my family. 

    I got married this year to my beautiful wife, Jose. We have a great son, Cailin and 2 dogs, Ollie & Zoey. We are huge UK and Yankees fans.

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  • Bryan Crim
    Honda Sales Associate

    Carrier Mills, Illinois is where I was raised. After that, I went to college at SIU. I've been in the car business for 10 years, 8 of those years have been right here at Watermark Honda.


    I fish, hunt and watch the St. Louis Cardinals every chance I get. I have 2 boys, Nolan, who is 9 and Jonah, who is 7. They are my world!

    On weekends, you may find me at Crossroads Bible Church in Norris City, IL.

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  • Zach Hill
    Honda Product Specialist


    I started off in the clean up shop in 2008 and by 2012, I was in sales. I'm a firm believer that no matter what you do in life, always be good to those around you. I'm beyond thankful to be a part of this company and to know these people around me.

    I was born and raised in Paducah. Shortly after high school, I met my beautiful wife, Mistelle. Knowing her has been an absolute blessing. She brought our son, Desmond, into this world in 2009 and I'll forever love her for that. My most proudest achievement in life is being a dad.

    When I'm not at the dealership, you can find me at home running around with my son and having a good time drumming to whatever music I can get my hands on, watching science fiction shows with the family, reading and discussing comics with my wife. We're definately a nerd family. Life is too short to be someone else.

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  • Johann LeClaire
    Honda Service & Parts Director

    I was born in Massachusetts and now live in Paducah, Kentucky.  I started with Watermark in 2013 as the Parts Manager for BMW, and have been the Service and Parts Director for Honda since 2014.  I have been working on cars since I was old enough to drive and managed a service station while going to Murray State University.  I married Summer my college sweetheart in 1999, and we have two awesome daughters.  Summer is a teacher at Christian Fellowship School where our daughters attend.  

     

    When I am not working here at Watermark Honda, I am also a pastor at Rest Church in Paducah.  Rest Church was planted by myself and three guys in 2015, and has been amazing to watch God use it ever since.


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  • Amanda Gentry
    Honda Service Advisor

    Hi! I'm Amanda. You can find me in the service department at Watermark Honda. I started in the car industry at 19 years old working as a receptionist for the service department at a Honda dealership in Louisville, Ky while attending college. I moved back home and a year later started at Watermark Honda and have worked here ever since September 2003. On my days off I enjoy playing with my son, Jackson. I also enjoy days out shopping with girlfriends, movies, and hitting the lake on the weekends during the warmer months.  I have one son, Jackson. He is my greatest joy and blessing!


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  • Justin Byram
    Service Advisor

    Justin is from right here, in Paducah, Kentucky. Prior to joining our team back in 2015, he bagged groceries at Food Giant for 2 years. When he isn't handling parts requests...he is hunting, fishing, snowboarding, skateboarding and building fast cars. His main goal is to continue building his Corvette. Justin loves playing music, he is also in a punk band "The Shop Rockets"!

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  • Ronnie McCoy
    Honda Parts Advisor

    I've lived in Paducah all my life and am married to my wonderful wife Shana. We have a beautiful daughter Ivy and a dog named Ben.

    I started with the Honda Family in 2010 as a porter and was promoted to the Parts Department in 2011.

    In my spare time I enjoy playing music with my friends.

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  • Caleb Buchanan
    Honda Technician

    Caleb is from this area and has been a technician with Watermark Honda for over 2 years.  Cars have been a hobby since the day he could drive. He has worked on cars professionally for over 10 years.  He is married to his wife and best friend Megan. 

    In his spare time, he enjoys working on a broad variety of things from cars and house projects to leatherworking.  He also enjoys playing games and music with friends.

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  • Wesley Sullivant
    Honda Technician

    I was born and raised in Paducah, KY. I have worked in retail since I was 15 years old. In 2010, I started working at Sams Club in the tire department where I earned the title "Master Tire Specialist". While there, I helped train other new techs. In 2016, I graduated from WKCTC and started working at Watermark Honda as a Technician. 


    In my spare time, I love to fish and play pool. I have a girlfriend of 2 years and 2 wonderful dogs, Phoebe and Cletus. 

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  • Issac Stone
    Honda Technician

    I was born and raised in Paducah. Graduated from Heath High School. I started working on my own cars at the age of 16. I had my first technician job at the age of 19 at an independent shop. Two years later I moved to Nashville, TN to attend Nashville Auto Diesel College. After moving back to Paducah, I worked for Toyota for almost 5 years, BMW for a year and have currently been with Honda for 3 years.


    I like trail riding with my Jeep, camping with my wife and dogs and watching baseball and shooting guns.

    My wife, Kelsy, is a teacher at McCracken County High School. We have been married for 4 years. We have 2 pit bull terrier dogs that love short walks and sleeping. 

    I earned my Eagle Scout Award at 17. Won all "A" State tournament in 2004 with my High School Baseball team. Graduated Top 20 from NADC. In 2016 was Watermark Honda/BMW Technician of the Year.

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  • Stephen Keith
    Honda Technician

    Stephen works in the Watermark Honda service department.  He has been in the car business for about 5 years.  When he is not here at the dealership, he likes to read comic books, play video games and also likes drumming. 

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  • Bob Konemann
    Technician

    Bob has been a technician since he was in diapers. He is our go-to-guy for just about any vehicle questions. 


    In his spare time he enjoys restoring old tractors and gardening with his wife. 

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  • Gage Beeler
    Technician

    Gage started as a technician at Watermark Honda about a year ago. 


    He enjoys working on his cars and riding his motorcycle.

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  • Drake Johnson
    Technician

    Drake started at Watermark in Detail and moved to Honda technician a year ago. 


    He enjoys working on his vehicles, riding four wheelers, going fishing, an hanging out with friends.

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  • Jeri Coughenour
    Warranty Administrator


     



    Hello! My name is Jeri Coughenour and I live in Paducah, Kentucky.  I have been with this company since 1997 and just celebrated my 20 year work anniversary as Warranty Administrator. 

    When I am not at work, I enjoy swimming, walking, traveling, watching the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with my family. I have (1) daughter and (1) son and (2) beautiful granddaughters.

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  • Lori Alvey
    Office Coordinator for Watermark Honda & Bluegrass BMW

    I was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Paducah, KY, when I was 11 years old. I graduated from Heath High School in 1988. Shortly after, I joined the United States Navy.

    I have been in the car business since 2013. I love to sing, go to the gym and spend time with my family. I love yard work and bleed blue for KY Wildcat Basketball and Nascar (Jimmy Johnson #48).

    I am married to Donnie Alvey, my high school sweetheart and we have 3 wonderful boys that we adore. We also have 3 boxer fur babies and 1 grand puppy.

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  • Donna Pace
    Office - Part-time Receptionist /Cashier

    I was born in Paducah, Ky where I graduated from Reidland High School in 1972. Attended classes at PCC. In 1999 after living in Virginia and Illinois, I came back home to Paducah. I now live only 1.5 miles from the dealership. 


    I started in the car business in 2004, after being in the banking business for over 27 years. I went from full-time to part-time a few years ago, it was a huge change, but I totally love it. 

    My family is my favorite hobby! I have 2 daughters and 6 grandchildren who keep my busy. Also, love flowers and working in the yard. When I can't get outside, reading is my passion. My Kindle and I have never parted!

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  • Josef Rumsey
    IT

    I grew up in Golconda, IL and moved to Paducah in 2007. I have been working at Watermark Honda / Bluegrass BMW since 2009.
     
    I am currently enrolled at West Kentucky Community and Technical College with plans of transferring to get a degree in Electrical Engineering. 

    While not at work, I enjoy recording music and finding complicated ways to make LED bulbs blink. 

     

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  • Colby Tribble
    Detail

    I was born and raised in Paducah and graduated from McCracken County High School last year. I am currently a student at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

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