Meet the Staff at Donley Ford of Shelby

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Aaron Sponsler, Sales Operations Director

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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!

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!



Andy Thomas, General Sales Manager

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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!

Dan Reese, Sales & Leasing Consultant

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Dan Reese joined our Donley Auto Group team in 2002.  He is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford of Shelby where he's spent 12 years of his career with Donley.  He also spent 5 ½ years as a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Donley Ford of Galion previously. 

Dan is a native of Shelby and loves his community.  He enjoys fishing on Lake Erie and following the Cleveland Browns.  He has a passion for Ford Mustangs!  And is a member of the Friends of the Black Fork, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Black Fork River and downtown Shelby, Ohio area.

Dan has great customers who've returned to him time and again over the years for their automotive needs and purchases.  We appreciate those strong relationships he has and his hard work for Donley Auto Group!




Chris Yocum, Service Manager

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Bryan Grossenbacher, Parts Manager

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Bryan Grossenbacher joined our Donley Auto Group Team in 2010.  He is our Parts Manager at Donley Ford of Shelby.  He has a total of 35 years of automotive experience, including being a service technician, service advisor, shop dispatcher and service manager.  All of which, along with his 16 years of understanding Ford parts, makes him a perfect fit as our Parts Manager.

Bryan has 2 sons, a grandson and a granddaughter.  As a family, they enjoy car shows, drag racing and custom van meets.  And especially, he enjoys short adventures in his own customized van!

Bryan works hard and has a great understanding of Ford parts.  We appreciate him being a dedicated member of our Donley Team!

Andrew Wood, Service Advisor

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Donley Auto Group welcomed Andy Wood to our team in 2017 as Service Advisor at Donley Ford of Shelby where he still serves in that role and does a fantastic job!  Prior to joining our team, Andy has worked in the automotive industry his entire career, having started in his family detailing business when he was 12 years old.

He is a graduate of The Johnstown Monroe High School.  He and his wife Rachel have been married since 2006 and have 3 grown children - 2 daughters and a son.  He is an avid Cincinnati Reds fan as well as The Ohio State Football fan (Go Bucks!) 

Andy provides excellent customer service to our customers and is a great guy to work with!  We appreciate him being part of our Donley Team!

Tom Hoak, Service Technician

Nick Tornes, Service Technician

Virg Wamsley, Service Technician

Luther Gray, Service Technician

John Konrad, Service Technician

BJ Grossenbacher, Detail

Earnest Putnam, Detail



Judi Dickinson, Community Relations & Events Manager

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Judi Dickinson has been a part of our Donley Auto Group team since 2013.  Bringing several years of Marketing experience with her, she served as our Marketing Manager until December of 2019.  In January of 2020, she moved into her current role as Community Relations & Events Manager. 

Judi and her husband Chad reside in Ashland, Ohio where they raised their four children.  And have been blessed with six grandchildren that they are fortunate to have all be close by in Ashland to enjoy. 

Judi enjoys family time above all other things.  But also enjoys dancing, reading, cooking and boating.  And loves traveling!

She feels strongly about being involved in the community she lives in and all the communities that our dealerships are located in.  She is an alumna of Leadership Ashland and past member of the Leadership Ashland Steering committee. She also presently serves on the Board of Directors for Ashland Schine's Theatre and is very involved in her church. 

Her passion for these things and more, make her a great fit as our Community Relations & Events Manager!

Niki Walsh, Marketing & BDC Manager

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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!

Kendal Meyer, Marketing Intern

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Kendal Meyer joined Donley Auto Group in early 2018 in our BDC Department and is now enjoying an opportunity to help us as our Marketing Intern.  She is an honor roll student at Ashland University studying Marketing and Public Relations. 

Kendal and her sisters, Kaelyn and Klaire, are the daughters of Heath and Jill Meyer of Jeromesville, Ohio, where her family resides.

In her spare time, Kendal is a cheerleading advisor for Hillsdale Schools and enjoys camping, traveling and photography.

She shares that what she loves most about her job with Donley Auto Group is getting to meet new members of the community, make new connections and attend events.  She is also a supporter of United Way.

Kendal has a promising future in Marketing and we are fortunate to have her be part of our team and give her an opportunity to learn about the field she has chosen for her career.



Michelle Everly, Office Manager

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Kirsten Manders, Office Clerk

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Richelle Schunatz, Office Clerk

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Misty Roswell, Title Clerk

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Gina Koppler, Title Clerk

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