Meet the Team (Decision Makers)


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  • Subaru of Wichita -
    Non-Commissioned Sales Pros!
    Fast, Fun, Hassle Free Car Shopping and Financing

        At Subaru of Wichita the key to our success has been due in large part to our Team of People and the Processes we have created as that team.  Most of our co-workers come from outside of the Car Business,  generally from some form of Customer Service Background.  You won't find the typical gold-chain or plaid-suit wearing salespeople here.    We hire nice, friendly, and smart people who genuinely care about providing an amazing experience for our customers.  We feel we have assembled the best Team of People anywhere in the country.  

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  • Tom White, Jr.
    General Manager (aka Super Genius and Mastermind of Possibilities)

    Over the past 15 years, Tom White Jr. has built a reputation as a savvy and hard charging retail automotive executive. He has worked in virtually every department in a Dealership although not handy enough to work as a technician. Tom regularly consults with Dealers all over the country on a variety of topics including General Management, Sales Management, Internet Lead Generation, Social Media and the Social Web, Dealership Reputation Management, Website Marketing and Optimization, and Legal Compliance. He is also a regular contributor at many of the top automotive conferences and twenty group meetings.

    As the General Manager for Suzuki of Wichita, Tom helped lead the team to five consecutive years at the #1 selling spot in America. The Suzuki of Wichita website www.RideHomeHappy.com was recognized as one of the Top 5 Best Dealership Websites for 2010 by Auto Dealer Monthly magazine.

    In addition to his role as GM of Subaru of Wichita, Tom serves as the Operating Partner of AutoApproved.com, an Internet Lead Generation and Website Design company also based in Wichita, KS. 

    Prior to the Car Business Tom worked in the Food Service Industry in a variety of functions both front of the house and back of the house. He was once the "Rat" at Chuck E Cheese before an angry little boy ended his mascot career with a punch to the groin. His self proclaimed title of Super Genius and Mastermind of Possibilities was borrowed from Wile E Coyote who Tom counts as one of his inspirations - "He'd fall off 10,000 foot cliffs and get right back up again," White says. "That tenaciousness, I think it's admirable."

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  • Ray Perez
    Executive Manager
    (316) 264-7777


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  • Marc Lee
    Operations Manager

    Marc Lee has been in the car business his entire life. Literally. He started going to the auctions with his father when he was 5 years old, and hasn't stopped since.


    As the Operations Manager, Marc focuses on inventory of all kinds. He buys all of the used vehicles we don't trade for, oversees parts and service, and is constantly researching vehicle market prices to make sure our prices stay competitive. 

    When he's not traveling from coast to coast, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Tim Bishop
    Chief Financial Officer

    In the car business since he was 15, Tim brings a world of experience to his position. You could say business runs in his blood. His uncles, Frank and Dan Carney, founded Pizza Hut, and his dad was a franchisee. He learned a lot about managing a business and managing people when he went with his dad to visit Pizza Hut locations around the state.

    A WSU graduate, Tim exercises a management style that empowers the people he works with to let their best skills shine. He's never one to brag, so his coworkers have to do it for him--he's a joy to be around.

    Tim is a proud husband and father of six children ranging in age from 8 to 19. His family supports the Wichita East volleyball and baseball programs, and he helps out at Walking in the Reign, an organization offering assistance to Balan, Haiti, and the Lady Bugg House, which is a home for unwed pregnant teens.

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  • David Carranza
    Store Manager
    316-264-7777

    David has been in the car business for 5 years. Starting out as a salesman, he quickly grew into an amazing leader. He's been everything from a Team Leader to a Desk manager, so he understands our processes thoroughly.


    As a store manager David has his hands on everything. His primary goal is to make sure customers are taken care of properly. Leading by example he sets the tone for everyone else. To him the whole process is more than just buying a car; he wants to invest in the people he deals with.

      

    David loves to hang out with his two boys on the weekend.  To him there's nothing better. Quality family time is extremely important, and they love to have adventures. Whether it's just hanging out or going to the lake, he's most happy when he's with his boys. 

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  • Spencer Zimmer
    Team Leader
    316-264-7777

    Spencer has been in the automotive industry for 13 years. Spencer began selling cars, and quickly moved into a leadership role. As a Team Leader, Spencer manages his team and helps customers. Spencer is a problem solver. When a challenge arises, Spencer is very good at helping smooth things out and works everything to make sure the customer gets what they want.

     

    While not at work or spending time with the family, Spencer loves to racecars. His passion spills over into his work life, and his desk space is covered in racing items. His passion for vehicles makes him an absolute asset when deciding which vehicle is right for you.

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  • Mark Morris
    Team Leader
    316-264-7777

    Mark has been in the automotive business for 21 years. He's really a Jack-of-All-Trades. Mark has done everything from sell cars to run the service side of things. This wealth of knowledge makes him one of our go to guys.

     

    Mark loves to spend time with his family when he's off work. He likes to fish and run as well. You'll usually catch him at the dealership wearing his batman lanyard with the tiny cape. There's also something else you should know about Mark. His laugh can only be described as thunderous. Anywhere you stand in the dealership, you'll still hear Marks infectious laugh. So when you come in be ready to leave laughing if Mark is around.

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  • Kevin Cole
    Service Manager
    316-295-2800

    Kevin has been a car enthusiast since he learned to drive at age 12.  Finally, after 30 years in business, business management and as a success driven entrepreneur, he is finally doing what he loves to do most.  It is true, if you choose a job you love, with people you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.  This dealership has a unique culture that allows it to flourish.      

     

    As the Service Manager, Kevin asks the staff to use solid logic, good common sense, superior training and learned knowledge to make the best decisions possible while keeping each customers' experience as the focus.  

     

    Favorite response to most employee questions, "What would you do if I was not here to ask...?"

     

    This approach with employees is a little different than what they might be used to.  It is empowering, and gives them the freedom to take care of the customer, THEIR CUSTOMER, immediately, with the trust and confidence of the Manager behind them to coach through a tough call instead of reprimanding if they make a bad decision.  The end result of this approach to customers is out of this world.  They respect it and become more loyal to than ever.  Customer's want to work with someone they can trust, that can make things happen, and keeps their best interest at heart.      

     

    Kevin has been happily married to his wife Vicki since 1989.  They were blessed with two wonderful girls with the same family morals, work ethics, and drive toward success as Kevin and Vicki.  They have recently entered their grand-parenting phase and love every minute of it.    

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  • Noah Taylor
    Marketing Director
    316-264-7777


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  • Sheryl Ashford
    Office Manager
    316-264-7777

    As the Office Manager, Sheryl oversees the finer points of car deal paper work, sales tax, and is always available to answer questions and help others. She's been working with us for the last 13 years, and is excited to continue this journey into the Subaru zone!


    A proud wife, mother, and grandmother, Sheryl is always happy to share what her Grandkids are up to, and she's a constant source of smiles and fun around the office.

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