1360 Eastland Drive Lexington, KY 40505 859-687-0840

Meet the Staff of Strong Auto

Mark Strong - General Manager

859-687-0840 - mark@strongauto.com

I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1990 with a degree in accounting. I am married to Jackie Strong and we have two children, Max and Mady. I immediately went to work in public accounting and became a CPA. Left public accounting to go into automobile industry which led to becoming a Chief Financial Officer at various new vehicle dealerships. I have spent the last 17 years serving at the highest levels of management in two of Kentucky's largest Ford dealerships serving in capacity as CFO, General Sales Manager as well as General Manager. Now serving as the GM and Managing Partner of Strong Auto. I bring great experience and a desire to make sure you will be treated fairly in dealing with our new company.

Kris Woolum - Finance Director

859-687-0840 - kris@strongauto.com

I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1995 and went to work in Sales until 1998. I then worked from 1998 until 2008 for Greens Toyota as a lease manager. For the last eight years I have been at Paul Miller Ford working as a Finance Manager. I am also a father of two young boys and one beautiful daughter; Kaden, Rydge and Carson. I am thrilled to be joining the Strong Auto team as the Finance Director and Partner. I believe in creating a positive experience for everyone and I know this will be achieved at Strong Auto. 
    

Mike Lewis - Sales Manager

859-687-0840 - mike@strongauto.com

I have been in Automotive Sales since 1997 with 16 of those coming at one dealership. I have worked in just about every aspect of sales including Finance. I have lived in Lexington since 1992 after attending the University of Kentucky. I am married with one daughter. I really enjoy helping people in all aspects of their car buying experience and I believe that customer service is the key to our business.

Justin Atwood - Service Manager

859-687-0840 - justin@strongauto.com

I graduated high school in 2000 and immediately went to work as an automotive technician at Man O War Ford. I worked in that capacity for 5 years continuing my education throughout the entire time. I moved to Coconut Point Ford and spent 5 years working there before coming back to Lexington. Once I returned to Lexington I began working at Paul Miller Ford. I left there to start the service department at Strong Auto. Along the journey I was able to complete all of my certifications and I am now a fully Certified Master Technican. I came to Strong Auto because we believe in great customer service at an affordable price. I am an avid golfer and a devoted father and husband. Thank you for considering Strong Auto, I look forward to seeing you soon.

Tom Appleton - Sales Associate

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I was born in Woodland Hills, California. However, I have been in the Lexington area since 1998. My love for horses specifically thoroughbreds, brought me to Kentucky. My love for my wife, a Kentucky native, has kept me in the area all of these years. I have been happily assisting my customers purchase their dream vehicles since 2006 and look forward to earning your business here at Strong Auto for years to come! 

Matthew Cornett - Sales Associate

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I am a Tates Creek alumni. I spent 7 years in the army, veteran. I served in Iraq. I am also a professional poker player. I have been in the car business since 2012 and I have worked with Kia, Ford, and Mazda. God is first, then my family and friends. I am happily married with two amazing children. I am here to serve the community and make sure everyone gets a deal! 

Alan "Big Al" Scanlon - Sales Associate

859-687-0840 - al.scanlon@strongauto.com

I was born and raised in Lexington, Ky and attended Henry Clay high school where I received the nickname "Big Al" because of my position on the football team. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1978. I have been in the car business in Lexington for 31 years. As always, I am ready to help you find your perfect car at Strong Auto, but I am also excited to invite all of my previous customers to visit our fully equipped service department.

Luis Padilla - Sales Associate

859-687-0840 - luispadilla@strongauto.com

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I was raised in Los Angeles, California and now live in Lexington, Ky! I graduated from Pacific Coast College and proudly enlisted in the Marine Corps after college.

I am blessed with a wonderful wife and two precious girls. 

I have had the pleasure of serving in sales and management for 22 years, the last 7 I spent in Auto Sales. I am committed in providing the best buying experience and building long lasting relationships with everyone I meet. 

Christy Stanhope - Finance Assistant/Title Clerk

859-687-0840 - christy@strongauto.com

I have been in the automotive business for over 20 years. I started out in sales and learned finance then moved into accounting and vehicle titles. Although I work more behind the scenes I am happy to be a part of Strong Auto and to assist you in finding your perfect vehicle.

Mady Strong - Social Media Director

859-687-0840 - mrst248@uky.edu

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I currently am enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Kentucky. For the past year I have taken on the social media accounts of Strong Auto. I love every minute of watching my Father's dream become a reality, as well as learning about the business and assisting in any way I am able. Contact me with any social media questions or concerns and make sure to check out our Facebook Page after purchasing a vehicle! "#DriveStrong" 

Jackie Strong - Operations/Advertising

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I was born and lived most of my life in Louisville, Kentucky. I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1991 with a degree in education. I worked at Ketchum advertising before becoming a special education teacher. I worked in special education and then as a kindergarten teacher for 14 years. I have been married for 25 years to Mark Strong and have 2 children. We also have a new baby, Ruby, our adorable yellow labrador retriever. I have been working for one year in the car business at Strong Auto and look forward to many more! 

Jerrod "Taz" Birch - Lot Technician

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I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky where I attended Henry Clay High School and played football. I am a father to two beautiful and talented young girls. My dream job is to become a chef, but I have enjoyed being a part of Strong Auto! 

Jordan Rodgers - Service Technician

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I just graduated from BCTC Technical School as a Mechanic. I am fresh out of school and looking forward to pursuing my passion working on cars.

Jesse Flannery - Service Technician

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I was born and raised in Del Barton, West Virginia. A few years ago I graduated from Mingo Central Highschool, and now work in Lexington for Strong Auto. I love to fix and restore cars and other motor vehicles like bikes. I also enjoy skateboarding. I look forward to helping to fix and take care of your car here! 

Billy Brown - Service Technician

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I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky where I attended La Fayette Highschool. I am married to my beautiful wife. I have been working on cars for five years, but just recently joined the Strong Auto team. My absolute favorite car is a corvette, but I would love to work on yours any day!