Staff


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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.

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  • 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.


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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.  

    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
    Sales Manager



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  • Joe Langston
    BMW Sales Manager

    Joe is our BMW Sales Manager! This is a great fit for him, as he thoroughly enjoys working with the staff and takes pride in helping our customers find just the right vehicle to fit their needs. Outside of the office, he enjoys working out at the gym, fishing, and golf.  His wife is a stay at home mother and his son enjoys all sports...including Tae Kwon Do, which he takes at Hwang's Martial Arts here in Paducah.  Joe and his family are from the Paducah area and this is where they intend on staying.

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  • Chance Mooneyham
    Honda & BMW 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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  • Kerry Lynn
    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.

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  • Aimee Dial
    BMW Client Advisor

    I was raised in Kirksey, KY and graduated from Murray State University. I currently reside in Paducah. The car business was a new world to me 4 years ago. I started as a BMW Genius and fell in love with the brand and the BMW family. Every day is different and every moment a new beginning. 

    I love to spend time with my daughter. We love being outside, hiking, walking and playing sports.

    I have a beautiful daughter named Madison who is the light of my life!

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  • Todd Tilghman
    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.

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  • Isaac Phillips
    Sales Consultant

    I was born in Colorado and moved to Paducah 11 years ago. I have never been in the car business but I have been in sales for 2 years after graduating from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX. 

    In my spare time, I love to watch football and spend time with my wife, Yuliya who is originally from Ukraine and currently works at Dillards.

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  • Brittany Layne
    BMW Product Genius

    I was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and moved to Kentucky 15 years ago. I have never been in the car business. Prior to this, I worked in a spa and before that, a hospital. 


    I am the oldest of 3 girls. I have a culinary degree and love to cook. I also love the outdoors, make up, traveling, and spending time with family. I am single and have two little girls and one dog.  

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  • Charisa Fiser

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

    After I graduated from Reidland High School, I took a year and a half out and traveled from coast to coast starting in Jacksonville, NC and eventually ending my travels in Vancouver, WA.. 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 came back to Paducah and started at PCC then transferred 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 20 years, Brent. We have 2 amazing boys, Zachary and Benjamin…they keep us very busy. We love to play golf as a family, go camping and watching our favorite NFL team…the Steelers!  

    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 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.

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  • Dan Darden
    Service Manager

    Dan lives in Marshall County with his beautiful wife, Denise and their children. He is a HUGE Texas Longhorn fan and faithful Duck hunter! On weekends he enjoys spending time with his family camping at Kentucky Lake and hunting, boating and grilling with friends.

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  • Anne Stevenson
    Service Advisor

    To know Anne, is to smile! She has been with Bluegrass BMW as a Service Advisor for several months now and we couldn't be happier. You can tell she enjoys her job and our customers love her. 


    When she isn't working, she enjoys camping with her husband, Brent and spending time with her family. 

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  • Charles Smith
    BMW Service Advisor
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    My family is from Kingston, Mass. I was raised in Lexington, KY before moving to Paducah at the age of 16 and I love it here. 

    I have been around the car business my whole life. I was at Paducah Ford for nearly 10 years as a Quick Lane Manager.

    I enjoy hiking, playing basketball, woodwork and doing Tough Mudders...like the Spartan Race ~ basically anything outdoors.

    I have a beautiful family, Lauren Lai is a hair stylist at Chrome Salon on Broadway and my two children are Gabriel and Gwen.

    I love every sport but college basketball is by far my favorite...GO BIG BLUE!!!

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  • Jamey Scruggs
    BMW Parts Manager

    I was born and raised in a small town in Missouri. Moved to Kentucky and met a girl....married her and we have lived in the Paducah/Lone Oak area since 1999. 


    I graduated from Wyotech in June of 2009. Started working as an entry level tech for Bluegrass Honda in July. Moved over to the BMW side and have been Parts Manager since the summer of 2015.

    When I am not at work, you will find me playing & watching sports and spending time with my family.

    I have been married to my wife and best friend for 20 years and we have two beautiful children. 

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  • Josef Rumsey
    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. 

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  • Jacob Nickell
    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. 

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  • Billy Colinsky
    BMW Master Technician / Shop Foreman

    I was born in Newport News, VA and grew up in Chesapeake, VA. In early 2017, I moved to Paducah from Florida. 


    I have been around cars my whole life. My Grandfather owned a junkyard and I started working on cars at 15. I went to tech school in high school and from there went to college at Universal Technical Institute located in Orlando, Florida. I then moved into the Mini STEP Program. I have been working on cars at Dealer level since 2009. 

    I like to play with R/C cars. I also enjoy bicycling on long rides with friends. I enjoy deep sea fishing when I get a chance. 

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  • Jeri Coughenour
    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.

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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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  • Matthew Dorton
    Delivery Specialist

    I am originally from Brownstown, Michigan but now reside in Paducah since April 2016.


    In the past, I have enjoyed the entertainment industry being a DJ for 20+ years. I have also been a caregiver before coming to Bluegrass BMW.

    I enjoy playing guitar, billiards, learning about history and philanthropy.

    I am currently single. 

    I did have a Pug (Cosmo) that lived to be 13 1/2. Even though he isn't with me today....he is with me in spirit. 

    I am a giver... and I enjoy giving back to the community.

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  • David Dorton
    Detail


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  • Shannon Napier, 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. 

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  • Joshua Bristow
    Inventory Photo Specialist

    We would like to introduce, Joshua. He hales from Marshall County where he recently graduated and he LOVES taking pictures cars. When he has free time, he will take pictures of employees vehicles and post them on Facebook. Always smiling and eager to help, Joshua has an infectious personality and very kind heart. We are so glad he has joined our Watermark family.

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  • Colin Stahl
    Detail

    Colin was born in Charleston but considers Paducah is hometown. Until joining Watermark, Colin has worked in the culinary industry - including traveling to New Orleans and California for work. 


    In his spare time, Colin enjoys disc golf, video games, and a good meal.

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  • Logan Trovillion
    Detailer

    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.

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