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  • Brad Poole, President

    Brad is originally from Alliance, Ohio.  He moved to West Frankfort, Illinois,  in 1981 and graduated from Frankfort Community High School in 1987.   After high school, Brad attended and graduated from John A. Logan College and then transferred to SIU-C and graduated with a B. S. in Political Science with a minor in Psychology in 1991.  Brad has worked at the Ford Hyundai Lincoln dealership in Marion since 1992, and there, he has held the positions of Salesperson, Body Shop Manager, Sales Manager, and General Manager.  In April of 2013, Brad became partners with Mike Absher when Nissan of Marion became a part of the Watermark Auto Group.  In 2017, Brad became the Chief Operating Officer of the Watermark Auto Group while continuing to serve as General Manager of Watermark Ford Hyundai and as a partner at Watermark Nissan of Marion.  In 2018, Brad became a partner in the Watermark Insurance Group with Mike Absher and David Griffin.  Brad has been married to his wife Melanie since 1991, and they have one child, Mackenzie.  Melanie has been an English teacher since 1990, where she started her career in Cobden Unit School District 17.  In 1994, she took a position with Marion Unit 2 at Marion High School and continues to serve as an English teacher at MHS.  Their daughter Mackenzie is a senior at Saint Louis University who will graduate with a bachelor's degree in biology in May and will begin medical school at SLU in August of this year.

  • Mike Absher, Chairman of the Board

    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 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. As a 48 year old, I wish I could talk to my 18 year old self and take back that decision as I regret not staying and serving my country. That experience though has instilled in me a profound respect for those that have served! 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 24 years to Cheryl, who is a licensed non-practicing attorney. We have three sons aged 20, 17, and 13.

    I am retired from service on the Southern Illinois Healthcare Board of Trustees and as President of our local school board, and was sworn in as Mayor of my hometown of Marion, Illinois on April 22, 2019.

  • Danny Tribble, General Manager
    General Manager

    Danny is a 1987 graduate of Reidland High School. Immediately upon graduation he started working in Parts & Service at a local automotive company in Paducah. By 1992, Danny was selling cars and was them promoted to Sales Manager. In 2019 Danny became General Manager for Watermark Honda / Bluegrass BMW.

    In his free time, Danny enjoys spending time on the golf course and wake surfing on Kentucky Lake. He and his wife, Sherry, and son Colby, enjoy spending time together and vacationing at the ocean. 

  • Joe Langston, BMW Sales Manager
    BMW Sales Manager

    Joe is a 1997 graduate from Graves County High School and entered into the car business in 1998.  He spent 14 years in finance and joined our team in 2009 in the Finance Department.  He has been our BMW Sales Manager since 2015 and enjoys every aspect of the dealership!

    In his spare time, Joe enjoys working out, golfing, or spending time with his wife Heather and son Aiden.  Together, they enjoy martial arts and vacationing about anywhere that is warm! 

  • Chance Mooneyham, BMW Business Manager
    Honda & BMW Business Manager

    I grew up in Lowes, KY, and graduated from Graves County High School. I've lived in Paducah for over 20 years now. 

    My wife, Shalie, works for a local law firm and is the best mother to our girls. We have three. 6-year-old Faith, and two older teenage girls, Kali and Abby. They keep us busy and are the best part of us. 

    I started in the car business in 2007. I sold cars for a few months before getting more behind the scenes. I did some internet marketing and sales for around 5 years before moving into Finance. Finance gave me the opportunity to be back in front of customers, which I absolutely love. 

  • Matt Colburn, BMW Business Manager
    Business Manager

    My parents moved to Paducah when I was only 2 years old, Paducah is my 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, they are gearheads, just like their Daddy, they ride ATVs, bicycles, and spend a lot of time outdoors. 

    I have been in the car business for over 15 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 I stuck with it. I moved up into sales; 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.

  • Kerry Lynn, BMW Client Advisor
    BMW Client Advisor

    I was born in Paducah, raised in Metropolis, Il and graduated from Murray State University and lived in Paducah ever since. 

    I have been a BMW Client Advisor for Bluegrass BMW for nearly 17 years now.  I so enjoy introducing new friends to the "Ultimate Driving Machine."

    My other Passion is water sports. I enjoy sailing and kayaking on Kentucky Lake. 

    I have been blessed to have been married to my beautiful wife, Melinda, for 46 wonderful years. She is employed at Talbots.

  • Aimee Dial, BMW Client Advisor
    BMW Client Advisor

    Aimee was raised in Kirksey, KY, and graduated from Murray State University. She currently resides in Paducah, KY. The car business was a new world to her when she started in 2013. Starting as a BMW Genius she immediately fell in love with the brand and the BMW family. Her genuine concern for her customers and infectious smile are something that absolutely makes her remarkable. Aimee is a critical part of the culture Bluegrass has created for the customers and the employees. Every day is different and every moment is a new beginning.

    She loves to spend time with my daughter, Madi, and my Furr family. We love being outside, hiking, walking, and playing sports.

  • Todd Tilghman, BMW Client Advisor
    BMW Client Advisor

    Todd is from Union City, TN and now lives in Kenton.  Before joining us, Todd was in advertising sales for over 15 years.  He also knows his way around the tennis court - he has been a coach for 15 years, too!

    He enjoys competing at tennis tournaments, painting and spending time with his family.  Todd is a long-time BMW enthusiast and is excited to be a part of our team, selling the Ultimate Driving Machine.

  • Isaac Phillips, BMW Client Advisor
    BMW Client Advisor

    I grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado and moved as a young kid to Paducah, KY. I have worked at Bluegrass BMW now for 3 years. I started as a Service Porter and have been in the Sales Department now for 2 1/2 years. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and spending time with my wife and daughter. I have been married for 5 years to my wife Yuliya. We have a one-year-old daughter named Ivana.

  • Charisa Fiser, Director of Digital Marketing for Watermark Auto Group
    Director of Digital Marketing for Watermark Auto Group

    I was born in Cape Girardeau, MO but found my home in Paducah.   

    After I graduated from High School, I took a year and a half off and traveled from coast to coast starting in Jacksonville, NC and eventually ending my travels in Vancouver, Washington. I met so many wonderful people during this time and have no regrets whatsoever about traveling throughout this amazing country that we have. After my travels, I decided it was time to go to college. I went to Murray State University. While there, I threw javelin for Murray State University Track Team. After graduation, I moved out to Los Angeles, CA and worked at Jon Douglas Corporate Real Estate Office in downtown LA in layout and design for major newspapers.  

    After I grew tired of the hustle and bustle of LA, I decided to come back to Paducah. I got a job at UPS where I met my wonderful husband of 25 years, Brent. We have 2 amazing sons. Our oldest son, Zach threw Javelin and Hammer for Illinois State University and was just accepted into Chiropractic School, he starts at Logan University next fall. Our youngest son, Ben, was recruited to throw Hammer, Discus, Shot Put and Weight Throw for the University of Cincinnati track team. 

    I started at Bluegrass BMW in 1999 in sales and internet sales then moved to back up F&I briefly before going into IT. I have also worked as the Service Manager for Bluegrass BMW.  I now manage and maintain our online digital presence, traditional and digital advertising, creative, and SEO for our Watermark Auto Group Stores. I love what I am doing and am blessed to be a part of this amazing group.

  • Johann LeClaire, Parts & Service Director

    I was born in Massachusetts and now live in Paducah, Kentucky. I started with Bluegrass BMW in 2013 as the Parts Manager for BMW, and have been the Service and Parts Director for Watermark Honda since 2014. 

    I am thrilled to announce that, as of Oct 2022, I am now the Parts & Service Director for Watermark Honda / Bluegrass BMW.

    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 / Bluegrass BMW, 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.

  • Anne Stevenson, BMW Service Advisor
    Service Advisor

    Anne joined our team in 2018 since coming on board she has been a great addition to our team. Anne brings positive energy and a strong work ethic everyday. Anne enjoys spending her free time with her two daughters and exploring the outdoors. 

  • Jacob Sams
    BMW Service Advisor

  • Josef Rumsey, Parts Assistant
    BMW Parts

    I grew up in Golconda, IL and moved to Paducah in 2007. I have been working at 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. 

  • Marcus Sams, Parts Advisor
    BMW Parts Advisor

  • Jacob Nickell, BMW Technician

    I was born in New Mexico, moved to Michigan when I was 3 and lived there until I was 13. I eventually ended up in Marshall County and graduated from there. 

    I have worked at Shelby's Wheel & Tire for a little under 3 years then came to Bluegrass BMW. I have been wrenching on cars since I was little.

    I enjoy working on cars and playing with my kids. I have been married to my lovely wife, Cheryl, since 2016 (I have the exact time down to the days). We have 2 kids together and 1 due in December. We have 1 dog named, Preacher...1 cat named, CJ and 1 snake named, Stella. 

  • Matt Faughn, BMW Technician

    Matt Faughn brings a wealth of knowledge to our service department. When he isn't working on a BMW, Matt enjoys spending time with his son, Cash.

  • Jackson Burch, BMW Technician

  • John Sauerbrunn, BMW Technician
    BMW Technician

    We are very happy to welcome our newest BMW Technician, John Sauerbrunn, to our BMW family. 

    Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, John moved to Smith Field, VA where he graduated high school. Just recently he and his family moved to his grandfather's farm in Metropolis, IL.  

    John has worked as a technician for 17 years and is extremely knowledgeable on Toyota, Acura, and Honda.

    In his spare time, John enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and smoking/grilling. He is also wanting to try his hand at Blacksmithing.

    John and his wife, Rachael, who is a school teacher in Paducah, have 2 children, Jackson and Madison.

    Welcome Sauerbrunn family! 

  • Jeri Coughenour, BMW Warranty Administrator
    BMW 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.

  • Lori Alvey, Office Coordinator
    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.

  • David Dorton, Porter

  • Shannon Napier, BMW Service Scheduler & Detail Supervisor

    Shannon has been a permanent staple here at Bluegrass BMW. He is a very hard working individual and takes pride in our detail department. When he isn't busy detailing vehicles, he enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He also has a very unique talent...he can make BEAUTIFUL roses out of leaves. Which he does and gives to his wife.

  • Logan Trovillion, Detail

    I was born and raised in Metropolis, Illinois. I have been in the car business since the day I began working. I have been detailing cars for 8 years and have been a shop foreman in a detail shop for 3 years.

    In my spare time, I love fishing - it gives me time to relax. I also enjoy riding dirt bikes. I have always loved motocross, supercross and freestyle motocross. I also like to go hiking and pretty much anything involving being outdoors. One of my favorite things to do is take my dirt bike to the motocross track and race. 

    I have a girlfriend of 3 years and we have 2 dogs, Baxter who is a Dotson/Beagle mix and Frankie who is a full-blooded Dotson. My girlfriend, Paige, works in Paducah at Uniform Headquarters, she is a lovely sweetheart.

  • Cody Roberts, Detail

  • Gavin Wren, Detail