Aaron Harris is from Ashland, OH and is an Ashland High School alum. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2008 and is a lifelong employee. He started in detail at the age of 14 and worked summers and all breaks from school. At 16, he worked in parts, delivered parts, and did all other functions. He started selling cars during spring break of his senior year of high school. He worked his way up the ladder from sales to assistant sales manager to new car sales manager to general sales manager to VP of sales to managing partner. Aaron is a graduate of the Disney Institute and Leadership Ashland 2015.
Aaron is married to Kaiti, and they have a daughter named Nora. They have 2 dogs (Lulu and Murphy), a quarter horse (Cash), and many barn cats (M, Pixie, Braveheart, Eve, Piper, and Carlito).
Aaron is passionate about the automotive industry and has love cars for forever. He is an avid book reader and enjoys learning new things and being challenged. He enjoys traveling with his wife and daughter and likes to spend free time tending to his property, tractor work, cutting wood, etc. Aaron loves history and learning about (and from) people before him. He is a big Patton fan. His faith drives his actions (John 14:6).
Fun fact about Aaron: his nickname growing up and what most friends and family still call him is Rone. It is derived from Aarón, the Spanish pronunciation of his name. His mom is a first generation Mexican-American and much of his family speaks Spanish.
John Kirkbride is an Orrville High School alum and has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2020. Before becoming our financial controller, he worked as a financial controller in the auto body world. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from University of Akron/Wayne College.
John has been married to Cheryl since 1992, and they have four adult children (Ben, Madeleine, Stuart, and Elaine). John and Cheryl also serve as foster parents. They have three cats.
John enjoys working on cars, especially with his home lift. He also enjoys watching his children play sports (cross country, basketball, golf, and baseball). John and Cheryl enjoy visiting Amish Country and own a small inn in Walnut Creek. John likes personal investing and money management, and he is active in his church and Sunday school class. He enjoys listening to worship music (at high volumes) and conservative
commentators during his long work commute.
John considers himself to be a simple, straightforward guy. His favorite Bible verse is Philippians 1:21: “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Fun facts about John: He won the award in the 1988 Orrville High School yearbook for having the coolest car in the OHS parking lot – his 1976 Gran Torino. It got about 10 miles to the gallon, but it got his wife’s attention and the rest is history. He is color blind – and sometimes fashion-challenged as a result. His dream is to drive across the US in a convertible.
Tom Prather is an Orrville native and Waynedale High School alum. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2020. Tom attended auto tech trade school and became a tech after high school and is a master certified ASE technician. He has worked in the automotive industry (including 1 year as a Matco tool distributor).
Tom has been married to Lori since 1987, and they have two adult children (Emily, married to Robert; and Ryan, married to Lexie) and two grandchildren (Ryker and Ridge). Tom and Lori have a dog named Dolly.
Tom enjoys working on projects with his best friend Dex, golfing, and hanging out with Lori and his grandchildren.
George Hitchcock is an Ashland, OH native and Ashland High School alum. He started working for Bill Harris Dealerships part time as an auto detailer in the summer of 2004 and continued
doing this seasonally until 2008. In 2008, he joined the sales floor as a salesman in February and went full time in June 2008. He was with the company in sales from then until spring of 2010 when he went and worked with his uncle at a Ford dealership. Although he learned an immense amount about selling and taking care of customers with his uncle for two years, he returned back to what he calls home in August of 2012. From that point on, he has been with Bill Harris Dealerships and continued selling cars for the next 3 years. In 2015, he started covering sales managers on their days off and vacations at both the GM and Chrysler store locations. He continued managing and selling for the next two years and started managing new/used vehicle sales at the Chrysler store in 2017. From that point forward, he has been the general sales manager at our Chrysler store.
He was essentially born into this business as his father (Tony Hitchcock) started working for Mr. Harris in the early 80’s and continued his career here for nearly all of George’s childhood and adult life. Growing up, you could usually find George along with Aaron Harris out cruising the town on our bicycles, and it was easy for their mothers to know if they weren’t home, they were on their bikes en route to go see their fathers at the dealership to make sure they didn’t need their assistance or any random questions asked by them! George’s parents met in Ashland and raised him along with 3 sisters here. Most of them have moved away; however, George’s love for this business has kept him here serving our local community in automotive sales.
George recently married the love of his life in 2020, and they love animals (two cats – Maple and Murphy, and a great dane named Willow). George has always been one to tinker with things to find out how they operate and why they are built the way they are. This started at a young age, and although his personality would have been better suited for repairing vehicles or designing them, he always had a strong bond with his father and wanted to do what he did. George loves anything mechanical, and if he’s not working, he’s enjoying motorcycles, ATVs, cars, trucks, boats, guns, camping, hiking or anything that would get him outside.
Currently, his most favorite outside activities are anything challenging with a bit of danger. He loves to push high performance vehicles to their limits, whether it be automobiles, boats, or motorcycles.
Seeing what engineers put together and using them for the purpose they were built makes George appreciate the amazing things humans have created for entertainment in our world. George also loves a nice, relaxing weekend parking his RV somewhere outside of town and enjoying the warm summer months being outside.
George finds a lot of enjoyment in his career and coming to work is something he looks forward to every single day. He grew up in a small town with not a ton of high paying jobs; however, he’s always appreciated high-end trucks and cars. This passion is what George loves to bring to our dealership. He takes pride in ordering trucks/cars with amazing color combos and equipment lists.
When he became general sales manager, he wanted to show people that small dealerships can offer the best inventory along with a much more personal, honest buying experience.
Quote George lives by: “Always be the hardest worker in the room.”
Fun fact about George: one day, he wants to have his own plane and license to fly.
Tony was born and raised in Willard, OH and attended Willard High School. Before working at Bill Harris, he worked as an auto mechanic then moved into a sales role. He has also worked as a service advisor and service manager.
He and his wife Mandy have six children—Keagan, Ava, Jayce, Abel, Jamison, and Jaxon. They also have an English Cream Golden Retriever named Tucker Toast and a cat named Boo..
When he’s not working Tony enjoys spending time with his family at sporting events, camping, Cedar Point, and the zoo.
A fun fact about Tony—he shaves like your grandfather did and he has enough shaving supplies to last the rest of his life (and he continues to buy more all the time)!
Missy Abner is from Johnsville, OH and is a Northmor High School alum. She earned her associate’s degree in massage therapy and is CPR certified. She has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2018, and before working with us, she did RV/camper parts and service. Missy has been married to Brian since 2015, and they have 3 rescue dogs, Molly, Doc, and Maverick. Missy loves watching Ohio State sports, watching any form of racing, and music/singing/dancing.
Quotes Missy lives by:
“God first, family second, and everything else falls into place.”
“Adopt, don’t shop.” Local shelters are full of animals that need a good home!
“The most wasted day is one in which we have not laughed.”
Logan was born and raised in Ashland, Ohio. He has a nutrition certification as well as NASM PT certification. He has a wide variety of work experience, including refereeing, personal training, call centers, and HVAC work.
In addition to caring for his two dogs, Kilo and Kali, Logan enjoys body building, swimming, boxing, riding motorcycles, family time, and reading.
Logan’s main focus in life is his family and being successful.
Fun fact about Logan: he has competed in two bodybuilding shows!
Jonathan Caugherty is from Ashland, OH and has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2020. Before working with us, he was a certified bowling pro shop operator. He also sold cars at Spitzer. Jonathan has two dogs: Macey, a shiba inu, and Sapphire, a pomeranian. In his spare time, he likes to bowl and has bowled 5 perfect games!
Jonathan lives by this quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
Spencer Wargo is from Ashland, OH and is a Mapleton High School alum. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2019. Before working with us, he did retail sales, factory work, and generally bounced around. He has a Siberian husky named Zeppelin and takes care of his dad at home. Spencer loves reading, exercising, nature walking/hiking, playing guitar, and hanging out with friends!
What Spencer lives by: Always strive to better yourself and make yourself the best possible version you can imagine!
Fun fact about Spencer: he is a huge horror buff! His brothers scared him as a 3-year-old, and now he is unscareable! He just loves the scary vibes now 😊
Cody Cline is a Fredericktown, OH native and Fredericktown High School alum. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2017. He is also a firefighter/paramedic, certified rescue technician, certified fire safety inspector, and hazmat tech. Prior to working with us, he was in the construction field and also a small business owner.
Cody has a wife (Autumn), three kids (Mcailah, Brycen, and Peyton), and three dogs (Bentley, Ruger, and Tyson). Cody enjoys car racing, motorcycle racing, golf, and camping.
Cody is a hard-working, dedicated person who believes in working hard to meet his goals.
Quotes he lives by: “Anything worth having is worth working for,” “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always,” and “Consistency is more important than perfection.”
Neil Taylor is from Shelby, OH and is a Shelby High School alum. He went to Pioneer for automotive technology. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2021. Before working with us, Neil was a telecom tool crib manager for 12 years at GE/ABB. He is married to Brooke, and he has a son who is in the Army, 2 daughters, and of course BOSS, his bull mastiff boxer mix.
Neil enjoys spending time with family, Jeep Wranglers, keeping up with emerging technology, automotive advancements, and all things Marvel! Neil says he is a simple guy: God, wife, his kids, and Jeeps 😊
Neil lives by this quote: “No amount of money ever bought a second of time.” -Tony Stark, Avengers Endgame
Interesting fact about Neil: He is the youngest of 6 brothers.
Zach Jones is a Parkersburg, WV native. He has worked with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2020. He has an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology and High Performance from University of Northwestern Ohio.
Zach is married to Rachael and they have a pet cockatiel named Chicken. Zach enjoys hiking, riding ATVs, and watching movies. Family and friends are very important to Zach.
Quotes Zach lives by: “Expect the unexpected,” and “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Brad Floyd is a Wellington, OH native and Wellington High School alum. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2021. Brad has his class A CDL, and before working with us, he drove over the road in the trucking industry.
Brad is married to Kili and they have two dogs. Brad enjoys working on cars, riding his bike, and solving problems.
Brian Baughman is from Ashland, OH and is an Ashland High School alum. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2013. Before working with us, he was a produce manager at Hawkins, appliance manager at Home Hardware, funeral director and embalmer’s assistant at Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, and surgical assistant in nursing (he is an RN). Brian has several “4-footed kids,” all dogs: Sally, Charlie, Franklin, Schroeder, and Peanuts.
Brian loves painting sceneries and was the Governor’s Show Exhibit winner for this district his senior year in high school. Jesus is first in Brian’s life, and he loves spending quality time with his family and church family. He lives by this quote: “Observe everything that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20
Fun fact about Brian: he was a Civil War re-enactor for Ohio Battery D – he was the cannon shooter!
Nicky Leiter was born in Waco, TX, raised in Mansfield and Ashland. She is an Ashland High School alum. She has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2017. Before working with us, she worked in residential homes taking care of elderly and MRDD clients, and she is STNA certified.
Nicky has four children (Lillian, Adalyn, Landen, and Ari) and her best friend and fiancé are Zackary. She has a bird named Jack and three dogs named Thor, Gyda, and Bathery.
Nicky loves fishing, hiking, swimming, traveling, climbing, and shopping. She also loves playing soccer and football with her boys. To Nicky, it is important that we treat everyone with the same love and caring that we would want, and to have an open heart to all differences. It is important to always be in control of mind and spirit. She believes that anything worth doing is worth doing right.
Fun facts about Nicky: she loves turtles, and tulips are her favorite.
Jamie Atkinson is a Galion, OH native and Galion High School and Ashland University alum. She has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2014. Before working with us, she was an English teacher and worked for the local economic development office. In 2020, she earned her SHRM-CP (professional HR certification). She is a 2014 Leadership Ashland graduate. With us, Jamie previously worked as human resources manager and is currently working as a driver – a choice made so that she could dedicate more energy to her personal writing projects.
Jamie is married to Josh, and they have a tabby cat named Mia. Jamie is passionate about writing and loves the fantasy genre. Her current endeavor is an epic fantasy book series. She also enjoys photography (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/), hiking, music, and anime.
Jamie is a born-again Christian and considers Jesus to be her game-changer. She believes that one of the most important things in life is recognizing God’s purpose for us and embracing it. God puts within each one of us talent and passion for something great, and through Him, ALL things are possible.
Jamie lives by these quotes:
“If you don’t make time for your wellness, you’ll be forced to make time for your illness.”
“You have 2 choices: imperfect or nothing.”
Fun facts about Jamie: She has a fascination with medieval arms and armor, she loves studying the Enneagram, and one of her bucket list items is to see the northern lights.
Todd has been with the dealership since 2021. He is a U.S. Army veteran and retired law enforcement officer from Ashland. He enjoys shooting in his free time and is a member of a motorcycle club. The most important thing in his life are family and friends.
Fun facts about Todd: He spent two years living in Germany and has vacationed in Paris. While there he took pictures from the top of the Eiffel Tower!
Mark Burris is from Akron, OH and attended high school in Ashland and Rittman. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2021. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education and History, certified to teach social studies grades 7-12, and is a big history buff. Before working with us, he was a substitute teacher, assistant general manager for Advance Auto, and sold cars for just under two years. He still helps out with a high school football team in his spare time in the fall.
Mark is the youngest of three boys. He enjoys football, wrestling, fishing, and hunting. He tries to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Fun facts about Mark: the first letter of every town he has ever lived in growing up spells L.A.R.G.E. (London, Ashland, Rittman, Green, and Ellet). All are located in Ohio. Before his senior year of high school he was an attendee of Buckeye Boys State through the American Legion.
Steve Nadler is from Exira, Iowa, and he has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2002! He attended Northwest Missouri State University, and before working with us, he worked for 24 years for an aftermarket retail parts company. Steve is married with 3 sons (all married) and 5 wonderful grandchildren. He loves his grandchildren, Ohio State, family, travel, Crossfit, and driving (and working on) his T-buckets!
Steve’s values include faith, family, friendship, and fellowship. He lives by these quotes:
“Let go and let God.” (We don’t control anything but the creator of everything can change anything.)
“You cannot see your shadow unless you turn your face from the Son.” (If we always look forward to Jesus, we will always be in the light.)
Some fun facts about Steve:
There were 46 people in his high school’s graduating class.
He lived on a farm with 2 quarter horses and feeder cattle and hogs.
He once rode his horse into town and back, about 25 miles total. He learned his lesson – only did that once!
Jason has been with the dealership since 2021. He is a native of Wooster and attended Wyotech and received a diploma in collision repair. He now has well over a decade of experience in collision repair.
Jason’s family and friends mean a lot to him and he loves spending time with them as well as his dog, Schmidty. In his spare time you’ll also find him working on various projects in his garage, camping, wood working, and building random furniture.
Haylee Thompson is a Jeromesville, OH native and Hillsdale High School alum. She has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2019. Haylee has an Associate’s Degree in Arts and five years at Ohio State; she is just three semesters away from a Bachelor’s in Psychology and one in pharmaceutical science. Before working with us, she was in school in Columbus, worked various retail jobs, and as a pharmacy technician.
Haylee has a young daughter named Ava Olivia, two cats named Boo and Nala, and a dog named Lux. Haylee enjoys home improvement and DIY. She is always working on a home project. She loves to garden and she also cans a lot of the stuff she grows. She loves to take her daughter to experience fun and new things as well as just chilling at home with her. Haylee is a momma first and foremost; her baby girl is her world. Family is everything to her and she will do anything for them.
Rachael Yates is from Ashland, OH and is an Ashland High School alum. She has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2016. Before working with us, she worked accounting jobs at Archway/Lance, EOG Resources, and Ports Petroleum. Rachael is married to Adam, and they have a son named Braydon. They have a chocolate lab named Beau, a yorkie-beagle mix named Charlie, and a gray cat named Kira.
Rachael enjoys working in her garden, yard work, personal investing, concerts and sports games, and baking (even though she doesn’t eat sweets 😊).
Rachael lives by this quote: “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:13
Kaysi Keller is from Ashland, OH and is an Ashland High School alum. She has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2020. Before working with us, Kaysi worked at Thiel’s Home Solutions for 9 years as a marketing manager and then an administrative assistant, and before that she taught for 5 years (8th grade math and then 4th grade math and science). Kaysi has her bachelor’s in Elementary and Middle School Education and her master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.
Kaysi is married to Bruce and has 2 daughters: Maddie and Sophie. She also has 2 bonus (step) children named Charlie and Lily. Kaysi loves Crossfit and lifting heavy weights. She works out 5-6 days a week. She has a slight obsession with ice cream and popcorn and consumes way too much of each! In her downtime after the girls go to bed, she loves to binge watch bad reality TV on Bravo, and she is a Schitt’s Creek fanatic.
Kaysi’s life would not be complete without church, family, friends, and fitness. She tries to treat everyone with kindness. She truly believes that laughter is the best medicine, and you won’t find her taking life too seriously.
Quotes Kaysi lives by:
“Everyone you know is fighting an unseen battle. Be kind.”
“Don’t compare your behind-the-scenes to someone else’s highlight reel.”
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter.”
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