Staff


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Owners

David & Cindy Bell
Owners
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Office

Sarah Combes
Office Manager and Comptroller
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Daronda Stemke
Office Assistant
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Lacey Ishmiel
Cashier
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Tracy Gray
Receptionist
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Sales

John Bell
General Manager
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John was born and raised in Hoopeston, IL where in most of his youth he grew up around his family's owned Ford dealership.  After completing his Bachelors in Business at Illinois Wesleyan University he began working locally in the the automotive industry in the Bloomington area.  Moving to Watseka, John joined Watseka Ford Lincoln as the sales manager in 2003 and later became the General Manager.  His wife, Jackie, teaches Jr High English Language Arts at Milford Grade School where sons, David & Aiden attend as well. When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his family, riding bikes, playing sports and general horseplay. 

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Dan Gagnon
General Sales Manager
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Dan was born and raised locally and after graduating from Southern Illinois University, he returned back to his old stomping grounds.  His career in the automotive industry began in 2000 and he's been part of the Watseka Ford family since 2010.  When not at work; he enjoys his love for Chicago sports, building things at home, but most importantly… spending time with his 2 incredible children.

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Anissa Galyen
Business Manager & Internet Manager
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Born and raised in Watseka, Illinois, Anissa Galyen joined Watseka Ford Lincoln as Business/Finance Manager in 2000.  Her years of experience assist in getting people the best finance options put together as quickly as possible and have customers driving down the road in record time.  Out of the office you'll either find her enjoying gardening & the outdoors with her husband, and 2 boys; or delighting in her love for music by playing violin.

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Steve Hannay
New Car & Fleet Manager
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Steve Hannay joined Watseka Ford Lincoln in 2010 with years of managerial experience.  He manages our new car inventory & is the #1 go to guy with all the expertise for Fleet & Government Sales. As a senior sales & lease consultant at Watseka Ford, Steve has received consecutive years of  the Ford Motor Company's "Employee Excellence" award.  He resides in nearby Kankakee with his lovely wife & is the dad of three successful children.  Steve grew up in the Caribbean but having gone to Olivet Nazarene University is what brought him to the lovely Midwest!

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Mark Miller
Used Car Manager
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Jake Ladd
Sales and Lease Consultant
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Born & raised in Watseka, Illinois, Jake came back home after attending Eastern Illinois University and joined our sales team in 2010.  As our veteran sales master, Jake is quite knowledgeable in truck sales & enjoys putting dreams in driveways! :)  On a warm, sunny day you'll find him out cruising in his '70 Mustang headed to the golf course or in the pool with his little darlings, Olivia, Kenzie & fiance, Christina.

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Kendall Kupferer
Sales and Lease Consultant
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A Kankakee native, Kendall recently made the move down to Iroquois county and joined the Watseka Ford team in 2014.  She credits her success in the business to her satisfied customer's referrals and her many Facebook followers.  She has a true passion for helping out the community in anyway that she can.  She enjoys spending her free time with her 3 wonderful daughters Camren, Aubry, and Marley.  

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Derek Carlson
Sales and Lease Consultant
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Born and raised in Donovan, IL, Derek chose to hit the open road after high school where he spent 20+ years in the Los Angeles area working in the music recording industry as well as guitar manufacturing. He worked for several years with high profile recording artist as well as traveled to South Korea, China and Indonesia working with guitar factories. Like many others, the lure of home, family and small town life brought Derek back to Watseka.  Derek joined the Watseka Ford family in 2015 where his laid back attitude and "no pressure" approach has proven popular with many customers, already earning a steady following of repeat customers.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends and family, riding his motorcycle, fishing and playing guitar.

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Michael Musk
Sales and Lease Consultant
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Michael Musk joined us in 2017 after he and his family relocated from the city of Cleveland.  While there, he spent 4 years in the Automotive Sales & Finance industry. In his free time he likes to spend time with his son, Liam, and wife Gabriela at the local parks. He and his wife developed a passion for motorcycles and enjoy cruising the countryside.  With his expertise in Automotive Sales and Leasing, he is ready to provide 1st-class service for your next automotive purchase.

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John Griffin
Internet Specialist
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John (better known as Griff around the dealership) grew up in the quiet country town of Herscher, IL.  After earning a Bachelor's degree in Computer Animation, he joined the Watseka Ford team in 2008 as the Internet Specialist.  Quickly learning the tips and tricks of the IT trade, he's become our go to guy for all things computer related. In his free time, he enjoys hitting the road with some buddies to explore new places and experience new things.  And every once in a while you can find him jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. 

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Gilman Auto Sales & Towing

Dave Alvarez
Sales and Lease Consultant
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Jennifer Clyden
F & I
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Jake Johnson
Tow Truck Operator
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Parts

Tyler Newman
Parts Manager
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Tyler joined our team back in 2005.  He began his career at Watseka Ford as a porter and with hard work and dedication, earned the title of Parts Manager.  He is very passionate about Florida Gator and Chicago Bears football.  He enjoys spending his quality spare time with his wife and two daughters.  You can also catch him behind the grille cooking up some delicious meals. 

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Mike Large
Parts Counter Person
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Working in the automotive parts business since 2011, Mike joined our team in 2017.  His knowledge of parts is a true asset to the company.  In his free time he likes to work on little projects around the house as well as cooking out. And depending on the season, you can catch him out at the campground with a fishing rod in his hand.

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Service

Tim Ward
Service Manager
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Tim has over 30 years of experience in the automotive industry with all of the years being with Ford/Lincoln.  His first 10 years were spent as a Master Technician and Shop Foreman and in 1994 he became a Service Manager.  Within the last few years he assumed the role of Parts and Service Director with our company.  He's thankful to have spent most of his time in the business with the Bell family.  With many trained professionals on staff, our service department's collective goal is to provide our customers with great service at a great value.  When not at the dealership, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 27+ years, their adult children and their families. He also enjoys outdoor activities including riding ATV's, driving around with the top down in his convertible, yard work and home improvement.

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Jon Duden
Service Advisor
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With 30+ years in the industry, Jon joined our team in 1996.  As one of the most recognized faces around the dealership, his dedication to customer service is a true asset to our company.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and driving his classic cars and motorcycle.  

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Russ "RD" Denoyer
Service Advisor
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With 22 years in the motorcycle/ atv business, RD brought his experience to Watseka Ford in 2012.  His familiar face and outgoing attitude brings a true sense of comradery to Watseka Ford.  He's known around town as a fitness guru and avid motorcycle enthusiast.  He enjoys spending his free time with his family and hitting the open road on his hog.

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Michael Miller
Warranty Administrator
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After moving back to the area from Arizona, Michael joined the Watseka Ford team in 2014 as our Warranty Administrator.  He is our go to guy for all things warranty related.  He loves spending his free time with his lovely girlfriend Jordyn, indulging in some video games and riding around on his motorcycle.

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Matt Brown
Sr. Master Technician
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25+ years in the industry has qualified Matt to be one of our Sr. Master Technician's.  Joining the Watseka Ford service team in 1997, Matt is one of the most trusted and dedicated employees we have on hand.  He loves working on trucks, firing up the grille to cook some straight deliciousness, watching horror movies, and is an avid reader of love novels.  He also loves spending time with his lovely wife, Carrie and son, Brody.  

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Robert Harroun
Sr. Master Technician
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Joining our team in 2009, Bob brings 11+ years of experience to our service department.  As one of our Sr. Master Technicians, his knowledge of vehicles is unsurpassed.  He enjoys spending his free time with his family camping.  

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Ashton Batcholor
Lube Rack Technician
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New to our service team in 2017 is Ashton Batchelor.  Some of his hobbies include: working on cars, wood working, off roading, and watching football.  He also enjoys spending time with his family at the campground.

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Tim Stunkel
Gas and Diesel Engine Technician
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Before joining our service team in 2015, Tim spent time working on OTR trucks for CAT and Detroit Specialty.  10 of those years were spent servicing heavy equipment.  Aside from spending quality time with his family, Tim is an avid hunter, farmer and thoroughly enjoys heavy truck repair. 

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Marcus Jensen
Technician
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With 17 years of experience, Marcus joined the Watseka Ford service team in 2016.  His experience in the field and willingness to learn make him a great asset to our company.  In his free time you can catch him trenching through the mud in his lifted truck or ATV, cruising around on his motorcycle, dabbling in some hunting and most importantly… spending time with his family, friends and dogs.

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Michael Parsons
Lube Rack Technician
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Joining our service team in 2016 as our lube and tire technician is Mikey Parsons. An intelligent mind along with a great sense of humor makes him a great addition to our team.  He thoroughly enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing and tending to a serious garden.  He loves being around his family and his dog, Dozer.    

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Jim Oliver
Lube Rack Technician
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Joining our service team in 2015, Jim brings 10 years of experience to his position.  Like most of us, he enjoys spending time with his loved ones.  He's also a big fan of drag racing and camping out.

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Dan Roberts
Building Maintenance
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Dan joined our team in 2016 as our grounds and building maintenance specialist.  With a very positive and motivated attitude, you'll always find him with a smile on his face.  Outside of work, you'll find him spending time with his daughter or finding new creative ways to express himself. Wood working, canvas and automotive painting are just a few to mention. 

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Derek Smith
Used Car Technician
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As a third generation family member to work for our dealership, Derek joined our team in 2017.  He was born and raised in Watseka, save for a brief stint in Bloomington, IL while his wife was in college.  After his wife graduated Illinois State University, they decided to move back home.  After joining the United States Army Reserve, Derek attended Kankakee Community College where he obtained an Associate Degree in Business Management.  In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, riding his motorcycle, and most importantly spending time with his family.

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Ben Warren
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Kaden Schroeder
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Joe Taylor
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Reconditioning

Josh Johnson
Reconditioning Manager
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Steve Gossett
Reconditioning Technician
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Wes Rogers
Reconditioning Technician
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Stephen Conley
Reconditioning Technician
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Justin Montgomery
Reconditioning Technician
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Brad Miller
Reconditioning Technician
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