Aaron Harris, affectionately known as “Rone” to many of his friends and family, hails from Ashland, OH. Aaron has always had a love for cars and the automotive industry. After starting out as a detailer at Bill Harris Dealerships at the young age of 14, he worked his way up through the ranks to eventually become the General Manager. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Aaron is also a graduate of the Disney Institute and Leadership Ashland 2015. Outside of work, Aaron is happily married to Kaiti, and they have two daughters together. They are also the proud owners of two dogs (Lulu and Murphy), a quarter horse (Cash), and several barn cats (M, Pixie, Braveheart, Blackjack, and Piper). In his free time, Aaron enjoys reading, traveling with his family, and tending to his property, which involves tasks such as tractor work and cutting wood. He is also a history enthusiast and admirer of General Patton. Above all, Aaron’s faith is a driving force in his life, as demonstrated by his commitment to John 14:6.
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.
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.”
Phil Lifer is a native of Loudonville, OH and alum of both North Central State College (Associates Degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering) and Ashland University (Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and Marketing). He comes to us with over a decade of experience in the automotive industry.
In his free time Phil builds and drives race cars and is an avid drummer. He also hangs out with his Shiba Inu, Ciri. The most important things to Phil are: honesty, integrity, and forward thinking.
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.”
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!
Tim is a native of Ashland, Ohio and came to the dealership with previous experience in life insurance and investments. He and wife Monique have two children, Timora and Timmy, as well as two dogs, Gaston and Cruella. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, watching Ohio State football and Duke basketball, and reading.
Mariah is an Ashland native and has an education in sales, beauty school and has an esthetician license. She was in sales before joining our team. Mariah has 3 dogs (Charlie, Harley and Thor). She is engaged to Robert and loves shopping, fitness and traveling. Family and friends are most important in her life.
Fun fact about Mariah: She did karate when she was younger.
Ryan is a native of Lexington, Ohio and a 2015 graduate of Lexington High School. Before working for the dealership, he was a remodeling consultant for Universal Windows Direct. He has a tuxedo cat named Boone and his hobbies include football, baseball, cars, fitness, 80’s music, and coffee. Quotes that Ryan lives by are, “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again,” “My family are my friends and my friends are my family,” and “Follow the golden rule.”
Fun facts about Ryan:
He can drive almost anywhere in the United States without directions
He was adopted and is an adoption advocate
His first vehicle was a 1999 Jeep Wrangler with a steel bumper
Alicia Zachman is a Willard High School alum and has lived in Shelby for most of her adult life. She has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2021. She earned her Associate’s in Education from North Central State College and worked as a teacher’s aide before joining our team.
Alicia has three grown children and three wonderful grandsons (Ryker, Hudson, and Nolan). Alicia enjoys reading, playing with her grandsons, and traveling.
Alicia believes that the most important thing in life is her relationship with Jesus. She values treating others the way you would want to be treated.
Fun fact about Alicia: she has sung for three weddings and has won a local karaoke contest. She loves to sing!
Gayann was home schooled in Jeromesville, OH. She worked as a server before joining our team. Gayann has 2 kids and 2 dogs that she enjoys spending time with. She loves the beach and music. She believes everything happens for a reason.
Fun fact about Gayann: Both of her parents are deaf
Brandy is a native and Ashland and Shelby and a graduate of both Shelby High School and Bradford College. Prior to coming to the dealership Brandy worked at Ole Mill Lake Co. and Mifflin Inn. She has one golden retriever and enjoys arts and crafts and anything outside. Her favorite quotes are, ” kindness is a choice,” and “make today a happy day.”
Emily is a native of Ashland and an Apollo College alum. Prior to coming to the dealership she worked as a certified dental assistant. Emily has 2 sons as well as a chocolate lab and springer spaniel. In her spare time, Emily enjoys gardening, photography, and kayaking. One of Emily’s favorite quotes is, “if you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.”
Fun fact about Emily: She was a dragon boat racer!
Butch Wilhite is a Crestline, OH native and Crestline High School alum. He has been with Bill Harris Dealerships since 2007. Before working with us, he was a police officer, which he has continued to do part time (total 30 years of service). He is a graduate of the NCTC Police Academy.
Butch has two dogs named Max and Bandit. He enjoys cars and football. He abides by the following acronym: (T)hink (E)veryone (A)round (M)atters.
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!
Matt is from Ashland and has previous experience in customer service.
He has four pets, a dog named Luna, a cat named Alyce, a Ferret named Launch and a snake named Jiren.
Matt enjoys fast cars, good food and professional wrestling.
Friends and famiy are most important in his life.
Fun fact about Matt: He has been a professional wrestler since 2010.
Tim is a native of Ashland and has been with the dealership since 2021. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and worked previously as an insurance underwriter and agent. He lives with his wife Jeanne and they have two grown daughters, Erin and Laurie and a son, Scott.
In his free time Tim enjoys boating, camping, kayaking, and travelling.
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!
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 is a native of Jeromesville, Ohio and attended Ohio State University, majoring in Psychology and then Pharmaceutical Science. She has been with the dealership since 2019 and her prior experience includes selling fine jewelry at Macy’s and working as a pharmacy tech while in college.
Haylee has one daughter named Ava Olivia, but her family calls her Liv. Haylee and Ava also have an 11 year old cat named Boo.
Family is the most important thing to her. She also enjoys gardening, being outside in the sun, spending time with Ava and taking her to do new, fun things, DIY projects, and traveling.
Quotes to live by according to Haylee:
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
“I am not what you think I am, you are what you think I am.”
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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