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  • Chin Rajapaksha

    Chin Rajapaksha

    General Manager

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    Chin Rajapaksha

    Chin Rajapaksha

    General Manager

  • Charles Basham

    Charles Basham

    General Sales Manager

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    Charles Basham

    Charles Basham

    General Sales Manager

  • Valerie Abarca

    Valerie Abarca

    New Car Sales Manager

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    Valerie Abarca

    Valerie Abarca

    New Car Sales Manager

  • Sam Rajapakse

    Sam Rajapakse

    Used Car Sales Manager

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    Sam Rajapakse

    Sam Rajapakse

    Used Car Sales Manager

  • Chris Herring

    Chris Herring

    New Car Sales Manager

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    Chris Herring

    Chris Herring

    New Car Sales Manager

    Hometown: Choctaw, OK

    About Family: I have one

    Hobbies outside of work: Team Roping, Riding my horses, Spending time outdoors.

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: Cadenza

    Do you have pets? If so, what types and what are their names:
    3 Horses, Goose, Boone, And Junior

     

  • Ken Coltharp

    Ken Coltharp

    Lead Internet Sales Consultant

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    Ken Coltharp

    Ken Coltharp

    Lead Internet Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Chanute, KS

    About Family: I’m the oldest of 5 with two brothers and two sisters. My grandparents live here in Lawrence and my mother lives back home and we all go to visit them as often as we can!

    Hobbies outside of work: My brothers, a few friends, and I go out every Thursday night to play Trivia Night out at a restaurant here in town. I’m also a huge sports nerd and whenever the Royals are in town and I have a chance to go, you’ll find me at Kauffman Stadium catching the game!

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: My first car was a 1996 Dodge Dynasty that I inherited when I turned 16. It wouldn’t go over 60 so highway driving was not going to happen. My favorite car was the one I got after that and it was a 1997 GMC Sierra. It had a Z71 package with a 350 Vortec engine in it and it was my baby. If money wasn’t an issue, I’d buy a 1969 Mustang Boss 429. Why? Because it’s awesome and I want to go fast!

     

    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I want my customers to be as comfortable as possible when they’re with me. Car-buying shouldn’t be a hassle and salespeople should treat their customers with kindness and respect. I want all of my customers to know that when they come to visit me, they’re going to come in here knowing that they’ll be taken care of. Check out my reviews to see what other customers have thought! http://www.dealerrater.com/sales/Kenneth-Coltharp-review-136791/

  • Erika Barnum

    Erika Barnum

    Sales Consultant

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    Erika Barnum

    Erika Barnum

    Sales Consultant

    Hometown: I grew up in western Kansas but I consider Lawrence my home town because I graduated from KU. I have so many great memories in this town!

    About Family: I have amazing parents who live near by, and a younger sister in the Overland Park area. I also have two brothers in eastern Kansas.

    Hobbies outside of work: Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy reading, music and relaxing at home.

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: My first car was a GMC Jimmy. I am currently driving a Kia Forte, but in the future I would like to have an SUV or a truck.

    Do you have pets? If so, what types and what are their names.: I have two cats: Tweekster and Toonses. I think they are part Nebelung. They are so awesome!

    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I feel very lucky to work with such an amazing group of people. We have a lot of fun together!

  • Nick Williams

    Nick Williams

    Sales Consultant

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    Nick Williams

    Nick Williams

    Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Atlanta,GA

    About Family: I am the oldest of 4 kids.I also have a half brother and sister,both are older than me. My mom is a LPN at a mental hospital and my dad is a retired Librarian.Big shoutout to my parents,I am the young man I am today because of the great values and morales that they have instilled in me.

    Hobbies outside of work: Outside of work,I am a chill type of guy. I am definetly a homebody.On my off day, you can catch me with my feet up playing video games or watching a crime scene show, such as Forensic files and Law and Order!

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: My favorite car outside of a Kia Optima would be a Mustang!

    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I am a proud 2013 graduate of Baker University in Baldwin City,KS,yes I made the trip to Kansas all by myself,no family or friends for college!Absoutlely, it was a culture shock,but I enjoyed it.I am an overall very positive individual,I always think positive and optimistic about everything! My job as a car salesman,is not to just sale you a car, I’m all about making sure you,as the customer have a great buying experience and leave with a smile!

  • Mike Robeson

    Mike Robeson

    Lead Internet Sales Consultant

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    Mike Robeson

    Mike Robeson

    Lead Internet Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

    About Family: My family is spread all around the country, and, although I cannot spend as much time with them as I’d like, my family is my main driving force to push myself to succeed. They’ve always been there through ups and downs, through accomplishments and mistakes, to help me down a path that lead to working my dream career – helping people get new vehicles that make them happy and suit their needs.

    Hobbies outside of work: Indianapolis Colts, KC Royals, Sporting Events, Concerts, Trivia, and Spending Time with Family & Friends

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: I love many things about many vehicles. Currently driving and loving my Kia Forte Koup, a far leap above my first vehicle, a 1986 BMW 318ti! If money was no option, I’d love to drive the new Tesla Model X!
    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I love and appreciate the opportunity to help my customers, learn from a wonderful management staff, and continue to work towards making my dreams come true while being a part of a great team at Lawrence Kia.  As a previous national champion in cheerleading, I couldn’t dream of being a part of a better team – better yet, a family, where we all care about each other and our customers. What a blessing, what an opportunity!

  • Chris Pena

    Chris Pena

    Sales Consultant

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    Chris Pena

    Chris Pena

    Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Selma, California a.k.a. “The Raisin Capital of the World”

    About Family: Happily married to my wife Megan and have a daughter who is a Heart Warrior.

    Hobbies outside of work: My hobbies outside of work include: playing basketball any chance I get and video games on my PS4.

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: My first car was a 2008 Ford Fusion. If money was not an issue I would drive a Bentayga or H1.

    Do you have pets? If so, what types and what are their names.:
    I have a dog and his name is Loki.

    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I would like my customers to know if there is an extra mile to go, I will go there for them.

  • Christopher Schmidt

    Christopher Schmidt

    Sales Consultant

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    Christopher Schmidt

    Christopher Schmidt

    Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Baldwin City, Ks

    About Family: I am married, I have 4 Kids-Son 30-Daughter-26-Son-24-Daughter-14 and a 3 year old granddaughter.

    Hobbies outside of work: I like working in my yard. I try and make my yard look better than everyone else’s on my block. I Love all Sports..

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: I’m a Truck man, I love my Dodge Ram. My first car was a Ford F-150. I’m very happy with my Ram, but if I were to ever sell my truck I would buy another Ram Truck.

    Are you a member of any organizations? If yes, which ones.: I am a Veteran and a member of the Lawrence VFW.

    Do you have pets? If so, what types and what are their names.:  I have four dogs, three of them are Pit bulls and one is a Golden Retriever German Shepherd mix. Their names are Achilles, Bresies, Spartacus and Chloe Bear. My dogs are all big babies, they think they are lap dogs. They are very spoiled. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I’m a huge Denver Broncos Fan. I’m a very hard worker and strive to always be the best person I can be. I love learning new things everyday.

  • Braden Erickson

    Braden Erickson

    Sales Consultant

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    Braden Erickson

    Braden Erickson

    Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Manhattan, KS

    About Family: I am one of six kids.

    Hobbies outside of work: Krav Maga, Mountain biking, cooking and hanging out with friends and family.

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: My favorite car is Z06 Corvette. First car was a Ford Contour. When money is no options I will drive a Lamborghini Aventador.

    Are you a member of any organizations? If yes, which ones.: Club Managers Association of America, Flint Hills Foster Teen Camps Coach,Tau Kappa Epsilon – Class of 2016 President, NRA

    Do you have pets? If so, what types and what are their names.: Cat named Mumble

    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I am also a Licensed Nurse

  • Joe Wissmann

    Joe Wissmann

    Sales Consultant

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    Joe Wissmann

    Joe Wissmann

    Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Falls City,NE

    About Family: I live in Lawrence, KS with my girlfriend Claire and our two dogs and life is pretty perfect. I grew up on a farm in southeast Nebraska. Adopted at the age of 4 with my little sister.

    Hobbies outside of work: Reading, Xbox One, Chess, Gym, Coaching and Mentoring, Fishing, and most importantly traveling with my girlfriend.

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: My favorite car is the 2017 Kia Soul (two-tone “polar white”) My first car believe it or not was a 1994 Dodge Shadow. If money wasn’t an issue I would buy a  2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

    Do you have pets? If so, what types and what are their names: We have two pets. Frank is a Welsh Corgi/Blue Heeler. Peanut is a German Shepard Lab mix.

    Anything else you would like to share with customers?: I am a very humble, caring person who is constantly striving for growth. I am also very obsessed with Star Wars.

  • Ryan Bjorgaard

    Ryan Bjorgaard

    Sales Consultant

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    Ryan Bjorgaard

    Ryan Bjorgaard

    Sales Consultant

    Hometown: Topeka, KS

    About Family: My wife’s name is Tessa. I have two sons, Dylan and Elijah.

    Hobbies outside of work: Watching sports, reading

    What is your favorite car? What was your first car? If money wasn’t an issue what kind of car would you buy?: Optima. First car was a yellow Honda CRX. Dream car, 1956 Jaguar British racing green exterior.

    Do you have pets? If so, what types and what are their names.: 2 dogs, Cain and Gizmo, 1 fish named George

  • Marty Kane

    Marty Kane

    Sales Consultant

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    Marty Kane

    Marty Kane

    Sales Consultant

  • Dakota Storck

    Dakota Storck

    Sales Consultant

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    Dakota Storck

    Dakota Storck

    Sales Consultant

  • Don Engling

    Don Engling

    Sales Consultant

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    Don Engling

    Don Engling

    Sales Consultant

Service

  • Tim Woods

    Tim Woods

    Service Director

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    Tim Woods

    Tim Woods

    Service Director

  • Darrin Denning

    Darrin Denning

    Senior Service Consultant - Master Elite Certified

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    Darrin Denning

    Darrin Denning

    Senior Service Consultant - Master Elite Certified

  • Will Thompson

    Will Thompson

    Service Consultant - Professional Elite Certified

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    Will Thompson

    Will Thompson

    Service Consultant - Professional Elite Certified

  • Nate Howe

    Nate Howe

    Professional Elite Service Consultant

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    Nate Howe

    Nate Howe

    Professional Elite Service Consultant

  • Casey Norris

    Casey Norris

    Technician - Master Elite Certified

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    Casey Norris

    Casey Norris

    Technician - Master Elite Certified

  • Edgardo Pinedo

    Edgardo Pinedo

    Technician - Professional Elite Certified

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    Edgardo Pinedo

    Edgardo Pinedo

    Technician - Professional Elite Certified

  • Ricardo Pinedo

    Ricardo Pinedo

    Technician - Professional Elite Certified

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    Ricardo Pinedo

    Ricardo Pinedo

    Technician - Professional Elite Certified

  • Andrew House

    Andrew House

    Technician - Professional Elite Certified

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    Andrew House

    Andrew House

    Technician - Professional Elite Certified

  • Robert Sander

    Robert Sander

    Professional Elite Technician

    Robert Sander

    Robert Sander

    Professional Elite Technician

  • Eric Thornton

    Eric Thornton

    Xpress Service Technician

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    Eric Thornton

    Eric Thornton

    Xpress Service Technician

  • Misael Flores

    Misael Flores

    Maintenance Technician

    Misael Flores

    Misael Flores

    Maintenance Technician

  • Maria Marcotte

    Maria Marcotte

    Service Greeter

    Maria Marcotte

    Maria Marcotte

    Service Greeter

Parts

  • Dave Mattox

    Dave Mattox

    Parts Manager

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    Dave Mattox

    Dave Mattox

    Parts Manager

  • Paige Lee

    Paige Lee

    Parts Specialist - Professional Elite Certified

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    Paige Lee

    Paige Lee

    Parts Specialist - Professional Elite Certified

Administration

  • David Miller

    David Miller

    Administration

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    David Miller

    David Miller

    Administration

  • Stephanie Perkins

    Stephanie Perkins

    Adminstration

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    Stephanie Perkins

    Stephanie Perkins

    Adminstration

  • Sarah Romero

    Sarah Romero

    Adminstration

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    Sarah Romero

    Sarah Romero

    Adminstration

  • Angie Burris

    Angie Burris

    Receptionist

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    Angie Burris

    Angie Burris

    Receptionist

  • Sheleah White

    Sheleah White

    Office Assistant

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    Sheleah White

    Sheleah White

    Office Assistant

Finance

  • Jacob Luginbill

    Jacob Luginbill

    Finance Consultant

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    Jacob Luginbill

    Jacob Luginbill

    Finance Consultant

  • Mario Williamson

    Mario Williamson

    Finance Consultant

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    Mario Williamson

    Mario Williamson

    Finance Consultant

Marketing

  • Anne Kelley

    Anne Kelley

    Senior Digital Specialist

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    Anne Kelley

    Anne Kelley

    Senior Digital Specialist

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