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Ben Sponsler, Sales Operation Director

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Ben Sponsler joined Donley Auto Group in 2011 having started his career with us as Finance Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon,  He has also served as General Sales Manager at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland from 2017 - 2018 and assumed the role of Sales Operations Director in August 2019 to present.

Ben and his wife Niki, have two daughters and one son and reside in Ashland, Ohio.  Both have deep family roots in the Ashland community having been raised there and are graduates of Ashland High School and of Ashland University.  They enjoy camaraderie with friends, golf and quality family time.  Niki is also a certified yoga instruction in Ashland.

Ben is a great asset to our team and strives to ensure that our customers always receive the best experience and walk away knowing they've Discovered the Donley Difference!

Aaron Sponsler, Sales Operation Director

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Aaron Sponsler is a Sales Operations Director with Donley Auto Group.  He first joined the Donley Team as a was boy when our service building was located on Union Street in downtown Ashland.  And he's since held nearly every position in the Auto Group. 

Aaron is married to Tia and they've been together for 20 years.  They reside in Ashland, Ohio with their two children Preston (11) and Louella (7 months).  Preston shares Aaron's love of baseball and Louella loves to jibber jabber. 

Aaron and Tia are also the owners of the 180 year old landmark -  Olivesburg General Store and have recently establish a non-profit.  

Aaron can be found at home with his family, at the OGS hosting a beer tasting or in his own garage when he has down time from Donley

 Aaron is a great asset and leader to our team!

Joel Tanner, Fixed Operations Director

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Joel Tanner has a tenure of four years with Donley Auto Group having returned to our team as our Fixed Operations Director in 2017.  Prior to his return, Joel has spent 20 years in the automotive industry, much of which was with a Wards Top 100 Dealer.  He brings great expertise and is driven to make our dealership service experience the best in the Heart of Ohio!

Joel is a native of Ashland, Ohio where he was born and raised.  He, along with his wife Jenine, their two children and their four dogs,  reside in Medina now and have strong connections to Cleveland having also lived in that area for many years. 

In Ashland, Joel was instrumental in helping launch the S.P.A.R.K.E  (Students Preparing for and Acquiring Real-world Knowledge and Experience) Program at Ashland County West Holmes Career Center.   And he shares that he is passionate about supporting United Way and the Animal Protection League.

His hobbies include golf, playing guitar and wood working.  He is a member of the Woodworkers Guild of America.

We are fortunate to have Joel as a member of our team!  We appreciate his dedication to our company and to help our customers truly Discover the Donley Difference!

Mark Everly, Controller

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Mark Everly joined our Donley team in 1997.  His combined experience, including 6 years at other dealerships, is 27 years in automotive. Which makes him a great asset to our team!

 Mark was born and raised in Marion County, Ohio.  He and his wife Michelle, currently reside in Ashland, Ohio.  He enjoys traveling to visit family in Texas and Florida and spends much of his spare time cheering on nieces and nephews who participate in local extracurricular activities.  In addition to staying busy with family activities, Mark is an avid Columbus Bluejackets fan and takes in as many games as possible in a season!

Mark brings strong work ethic, leadership and great organization to our team.  He is instrumental in making things run smoothly in our dealerships and helping make the Donley Difference a great experience for our customers!



Aaron Keeran, General Sales Manager

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Aaron Keeran joins Donley Auto Group as our General Sales Manager at Donley Ford of Galion. 

Aaron is a native of Marion, Ohio and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry including sales, management, finance and insurance.

Aaron is a great fit for our team and our customers!  We're excited to have him with Donley Auto Group!

Cindy May, Asst. Finance and Management

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Cindy May joined our Donley Team in 2012 and has been a very important part of our Sales Team since!  She currently serves in the role of Internet Sales/BDC Specialist.  She brings prior automotive experience with her making her a great asset to our company!

Cindy graduated from Highland High School in Sparta, OH and has 2 sisters and 2 adult sons as well as 4 grandchildren.  She enjoys walking in the woods and a good social game of Texas Hold-em.  She especially loves and enjoys her 2 rescue Chocolate Lab Mix dogs.  She loves the Lord and is a strong woman of faith.

Cindy is a lifetime member of the ATA (Amateur Trapshooting Association) and is a previous Captain of the Ohio State Ladies Team.  

She loves to support community and does so by participating in the activities and sponsorships that Donley Ford of Galion supports.

We appreciate her dedication and all she does for our Donley Team!

Jayme Giffin, New Inventory Coordinator

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Jayme Giffin has spent his entire 15 year automotive career with Donley Auto Group and is presently a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford Lincoln of Mt Vernon as well as our Inventory Coordinator for our entire Auto Group. 

 He and his wife reside in Centerburg, Ohio and have 4 daughters. 

 Jayme enjoys outdoor activities best and attending various sporting events.

 He is a great asset to our Donley Auto Group team and we appreciate all that he does!

Andy Tilley, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Andy Tilley has been part of Donley Auto Group for 16 years, all at Donley Ford of Galion as a Sales & Leasing Consultant.  He has great customer relations and his customer thoroughly enjoy working with him. 

Andy and his wife Karen live in Galion, Ohio and have been married 28 years,  They have 2 grown children, a daughter and a son.  As well his daughter and her husband have blessed them with 2 beautiful granddaughters.  

Andy's favorite things to do are playing with his grand kids, hunting and fishing.  He is involved in his church where he leads the drama team and is a comic host for their Kid venture, which he's done for 10 years.  He's also a small group leader for the church youth group. 

Andy enjoys what he does and is a great part of our Donley Auto Group Team!  Come see him … you'll understand why his customers love him!

Tim McCane, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Tim McCane joined the Donley Auto Group team in 1998 as a Sales & Leasing Consultant.  Having a total of 25 years in automotive, he has proven to be one of our top selling team members at Donley Ford of Galion, consistently growing his customer base and developing great relationships that have withstood the test of time!  Many are 2nd or 3rd generation family customers!

He is a native of Galion which is where he and his wife, Tracy reside with their daughter. Tim enjoys hiking, fishing and hunting in his spare time. 

We're fortunate to have Tim and his hometown connections as part of our Donley Ford of Galion team!  He works hard for his customers to get them in just the right vehicle to suit their needs!

Craig Hiler, Sales & Leasing Consultant

Drew Kopina, Sales & Leasing Consultant

Alex Reed, Sales



Karl Them, Service Manager

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Karl Them joined Donley Auto Group in May of 2019.  Bringing with him 44 years in the automotive service industry, including 40 as a Service Technician.  He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and is our Service Manager at Donley Ford of Galion.

Karl and his wife of 44 years have 2 children, 2 granddaughters and a new grandchild soon to arrive. 

 He is a skilled woodworker and in his spare time enjoys taking in the Lexington High School Boys Soccer games and shares that his son coaches the team!  Karl, himself, announced for Lexington High School sports for 20 years. 

 Karl is a pleasure to be around and we are so fortunate to have such a skilled Service provider leading our Donley Ford of Galion service team!


Mark Giesige, Parts Manager

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Mark Giesige has been with Donley Auto Group for 14 years and is our Parts Manager at Donley Ford of Galion.  In total, he has 35 years of automotive parts experience which makes him a great asset to our team.

Mark is a native of Shelby, Ohio where he still resides.  His hobbies include muscle cars, riding his Harley and target shooting.  He proudly supports area schools.

We appreciate Marks hard work and expertise in knowing Ford parts to meet our customers and service team needs. 

Chris Gottfried, Service Technician

Zak Smith, Service Technician

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Zak Smith, Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford of Galion, has been a member of Donley Auto Group since July of 2019.  He brings with him great customer service skills and truly provides a great "Discover the Donley Difference" experience to his customers.

Zak and his wife live in Morrow County, Ohio.  He shares that he has a huge love for trucks!  That he presently has a collection of 5 and his favorite is his 1960 Ford F-100! (What a keeper!)  He also enjoys fishing and hunting in his spare time.We appreciate Zak and his enthusiasm, customer service and teamwork   We are fortunate to have him on our Donley Auto Group team!

Mike Martin, Detail

Jordan Gottfried, Technician



Niki Evanoff, Director of Marketing and Internet Sales

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Niki Walsh joined Donley Auto Group as our Marketing and BDC Manager in January, 2020.  She brings with her eight years experience in the automotive industry specializing in digital marketing, business development and internet sales.

Niki enjoys time with her 3 daughters, 1 rescue dog and 2 rescue cats.  Among their favorite things to do together is cooking and dancing around the kitchen while doing so!

She is passionate about supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is an active member of the Fredericktown Music Boosters.

We appreciate the great experience and automotive marketing knowledge Niki brings with her and are glad to have her on our team!

Connor Black, Marketing

Rachel Justice, Graphic Designer

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Rachel Justice is our Graphic Designer and has been with Donley Auto Group since 2016.  She brings a vast understanding of art and design with her.

She is the oldest of nine children and grew up in the Ashland area.  She has loved art for as long as she can remember and shares that her family tease her that she "was born with a paint brush in her hand."  Her skills developed at a young as she began by painting storefront windows for area businesses in downtown Loudonville and Ashland.  She evolved and now paints area murals, book illustrations, live painting events and logo design, to name just a few.  She acquired her education in Graphic Design from North Central State College.  And has her own studio based at The Mosaic Church in Mansfield where she manages a community art room. She is strong in faith and feels she can share that in a visual way.  Rachel served on the Board for Ashland Care Center for six years.

She shared that a recent highlight for her was to paint the mural logos for Good Deed Entertainment including their subdivision logo - Crank the Robot, in downtown Ashland.

Rachel enjoys working at Donley and helping with Graphic Design and more!  And her skills are very much appreciated!



Michelle Everly, Office Manager

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Michelle Everly has been the Office Manager for Donley Auto Group since October, 2004.  She oversees administrative duties for all four of our locations.

Michelle is a native of Shiloh, Ohio.  She and her husband Mark, reside in Ashland, Ohio presently.

Michelle is hardworking and a pleasure to work with!  We are fortunate to have her maintain the behind the scenes duties that she oversees for Donley Auto Group.

Montelle Smart, Human Resources Manager

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Montelle Smart joined our Donley Auto Group team in 2011 as an Office Clerk at Donley Ford of Shelby.  In January of 2020 she became our Human Resources Manager for our entire Auto Group.

Montelle is a native of Shiloh, Ohio where she still resides with her 2 dogs, Levi and Baxter and cat - Kitty.  She enjoys time with her nieces (7 total) and nephews (3 total) and cheering them on their activities including hockey, soccer, dance, track, baseball, softball, football, cheerleading, twirling and more!  They keep her busy!  She enjoys the outdoors and is always looking for an opportunity to volunteer and lend a helping hand.

Montelle is a pleasure to work with and has proven herself to be a very hard working and appreciated member of our team!

Kirsten Manders, Office Clerk

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Kirsten Manders joined our Donley Auto Group Team in 2018 and is a great asset to our group administrative team.  She is an Office Clerk assisting with administrative duties for all four of our locations.  She brings with her over 8 years of clerical experience.

She and her husband Kody, along with their cats Smol & Happy, live in Ashland, Ohio.  Originally from New London, Ohio area, she has been an Ashland resident for 2 years and is quite happy in the Ashland community.

She is an avid Magic the Gathering participant as well as enjoys video games and tabletop rpgs like Dungeons and Dragons.   She and her husband are supporters of and help out at the new Ashland Magic Card shop - Eldritch Bastion.

Kirsten is a pleasure to work with and we are fortunate to have her on our team!


JoAnna Potter, Office Clerk

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Joanne Potter joined our Donley Auto Group team in 2019 as our Office Clerk at Donley Ford of Galion where she does a great job meeting the administrative needs of our customers. 

Joanne is a native of Galion, Ohio and still lives in Galion.  She and her husband Timothy have two children, ages 21 and 16.  JoAnne enjoys time with her family, fishing, bowling, taking walks, playing games and loves amusement parks!  Joanne shares that she is a survivor of breast cancer for over three years!  For which we applaud and congratulate her! 

We appreciate Joanne as do our customers!

Gina Koppler, Title Clerk

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Gina Koppler joined Donley Auto Group as  Title Clerk for all our locations in September, 2019.  She does a great job in assisting with the very important title work for our customers' vehicle purchases.

 Originally from Procious, WV - Gina has called Ashland, Ohio home since 1994.  She and her husband Ryan (Service Technician at Donley Ford Lincoln of Ashland) have been married for 15 years and have one daughter and one granddaughter, age 7.  Together, they enjoy camping and driving their rail buggy with family and friends.

 We appreciate Gina's hard work and find her to be a great fit to our Donley Auto Group team!