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.

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Kris Woolum - Finance Manager

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. 

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Mike Lewis - Sales Director

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.

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Ransom Griffey - Sales Manager

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I started in Auto Sales in 1999, after 20 years in the coal industry and attending ITT Tech. I thought I would give Auto Sales a try. Turns out I have a passion for this job. I enjoy helping make dreams a reality and turning a need into a convenience. Stop by and give us a try, our people are the difference!! 
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Justin Atwood - Service Director

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.

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Jackie Strong - Business/Service Manager

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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 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 an adorable yellow labrador retriever named Ruby. I have worked in the car business for 2 and a half years at Strong Auto and look forward to many more! 

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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.

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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. 

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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! 

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Brandon Ragland - Sales Associate

859-687-0840 - brandon@strongauto.com

After 24 years of Sales and Management experience, I value my clients and the process more than anything. Having an easy and less stressful buying experience is what I strive for. Also the value just isn't in the price but in the salesperson as well. 

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Skipper Smith - Sales Associate

859-687-0840 - skippersmith30@aol.com

I am 41 years old and from Stanford, Kentucky! I am married to my wonderful wife Angie, and we have a beagle named Bailey. I have been in the car business for 18 years. I have worked at various dealerships in town throughout those 18 years. I have managed three stores and I have a great wealth of knowledge to help my customers have a great experience while helping them to purchase their car. I am friendly and experienced and I will ensure my customers have a good time when they are with me! 

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Jackie Allen - Sales Associate

859-687-0840 - jackieallen@strongauto.com

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Rich Coleman - Sales Associate

859-687-0840 - rich.coleman@strongauto.com

I have been in the Auto Industry for 8 plus years. During this time I have been on the Sales team, Finance team and worked as a Sales Manager. I was born and raised in Rush, KY. Being from Kentucky has taught me down home values that have served me well in this business. I have over 25 years of Sales/Retail experience. I enjoy golfing, time with Alex who I'm blessed to have in my life, playing poker and time spent with my fiancée Katie and Family. My perfect day can consist of a day at Keeneland or going to a Ball Game. I am very excited to be on the Strong Auto Team and look forward to earning your business. #DriveStrong 

Brittain Gill - Sales Associate

859-687-0840 - brittain.gill@strongauto.com

I grew up in Western Kansas. I enlisted in the Marine Corps after High School and came back to my birth place after, Lexington, Kentucky. I love helping people find the vehicle that fits their wants and their needs. I have two wonderful children Ethan and Evann. #DriveStrong 

Max Strong - Inventory Acquisition/Sales Associate

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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.

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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" 

John Shannon - Service Technician

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I have been a service technician for 25+ years. I grew up working on cars and fixing everything that needed it. I have a unique love for exotic fish tanks and have a large salt water aquarium in my home! My favorite fish is a Tang! I also do not enjoy having my picture taken. #StrongService 

Mike Robinson - Service Technician

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I just recently moved from Lake City, Michigan. I worked on cars with my dad my whole life. My favorite car is a chevy. I moved here with my girlfriend Emily and our two dogs, Gunner and Ben. I can not wait to see where this new adventure takes on. #StrongService 

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! 

Scotty Woolery - Detailer

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I love making your car look shiny and new! 

Steve Lefever - Detailer

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I am originally from Lancaster, PA. I have been detailing cars since 1998. I am married with a 10 year old daughter. My favorite thing to do is coach her softball team, I am so proud of her! I look forward to making your car look shiny and new. #StrongService 

Jeff Wilburn - Detailer

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