Staff

Management

  • Gary Uftring

    Gary Uftring

    Dealer Principal

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    Gary Uftring

    Gary Uftring

    Dealer Principal

    Gary Uftring has been a fixture to central Illinois car buyers for many years, including before the acquisition of his first dealership in Washington. Mr. Uftring began his automotive career on the wash rack at a small dealership in Minonk, Illinois. Armed with the determination to succeed and the desire to become a top salesman, he took advantage of opportunities as a “fill in” sales consultant when the store was short staffed. When he turned 18, the owner of the dealership agreed to let him sell cars full time. Because he was so young, Mr. Uftring focused on exceptional product knowledge and a passion for cars – two traits that serve him well to this day. Over the years, Mr. Uftring has developed an/or acquired multiple dealerships in central Illinois. However, his focus has always remained on great customer service and a commitment to giving back to the community.

  • Joe Knapp

    Joe Knapp

    General Manager / Partner

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    Joe Knapp

    Joe Knapp

    General Manager / Partner

    I was raised and went to school in Washington. I currently live in Eureka with my wife. My son attends the University of Iowa. Outside of work, I enjoy showing cattle, motorcycling and the Chicago Bears football team. There’s always something new every day, and I always enjoy meeting new people. Integrity, reputation and honesty are what I like most about the Uftring Auto Group organization. My favorite vehicles to sell are Silverados and Corvettes! Each customer of mine can expect to be treated like family. A promise made is a promise kept.

  • Nathan Schneider

    Nathan Schneider

    General Sales Manager

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    Nathan Schneider

    Nathan Schneider

    General Sales Manager

    I am originally from Southern Illinois, and moved to Washington in 2007. I have a lovely wife, Abby, and together we have four children: Logan, Alice and Emma, and Lola. They enjoy their sports like football, basketball, baseball, and gymnastics, and Abby and I enjoy supporting them! I, myself enjoy being outside and anything with an engine. When I sell a new car to someone, what I love most is seeing the look on their face. I know I put them in the car of their dreams, and that gives me more satisfaction than anything. I love working in Washington because of the sense of community and family atmosphere. When loyal customers stop in for a cup of coffee or a bag of popcorn, I am reminded of why I love what I do. We sell cars, but we build relationships too. That’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. When you buy from me, you will never be pressured into something. I pride myself on providing a fun buying experience with nothing but pure honesty and integrity. No matter what kind of car you’re looking at, I will be knowledgeable of the details and respectful of your decision. That being said, I do love to sell corvettes. Usually, a corvette buyer has wanted to buy one for a while, which makes it a special experience for both of us. Come in and see me at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington. I can’t wait to meet you!

  • Dan Staggs

    Dan Staggs

    Sales Manager

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    Dan Staggs

    Dan Staggs

    Sales Manager

    I’m from Wabash, Indiana, but currently live in Bloomington. I have a lovely wife, Janet, and we have raised four children together. I also have two beautiful grandchildren. When I’m not selling, I love to golf and watch football and baseball. I am a huge Detroit Tigers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and New York Jets fan! I, however, enjoy being with my family above all. What I love most about selling cars and trucks is helping people get the vehicle they want and need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the look on a customer’s face after you have put them into their desired car. I love being motivated by my coworkers, and carrying on the deed. We are a big family here at Uftring, and I am constantly reminded by the honesty and positivity that is displayed on a daily basis. When you buy from me, you can expect a friendly, knowledgeable buying experience. I won’t see you drive off the lot in a new car until I know you are 100% satisfied. I, myself, drive a Chevy Traverse. I enjoy selling the SUVs the most because of the practicality and versatility of them. Whether you want one as well, or are looking for something different, I will help you choose! Come see me today, and I will work hard to provide you the best experience possible.

  • Chad Uftring

    Chad Uftring

    Sales Manager - Used Car Outlet

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    Chad Uftring

    Chad Uftring

    Sales Manager - Used Car Outlet

    I am from Washington and currently live in Germantown Hills. My wife Melissa works at the Pekin DMV, and together we have 3 children, Jake, Wes, and our daughter Casey. Outside of work I enjoy fishing and boating. I love watching my customers get the vehicle they want and leave with a big smile. The Uftring Auto Group has great people to work with and work for.

  • Brian Tigue

    Brian Tigue

    Sales Manager

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    Brian Tigue

    Brian Tigue

    Sales Manager

    I was born and raised right here in this great town, and don’t plan on leaving. I have a beautiful wife, Hailey, and together we have two little girls, Channing and Brooklynn. I love spending time with them given any chance I get. I also enjoy golfing and working in my yard. I am proud to call Washington my hometown, and am honored to call myself an Uftring employee. Being able to meet new people every day is truly a blessing. I consider myself lucky to get the chance to see a new face, learn a new story, or acquire a new friend on a daily basis. What motivates me the most is finding the right vehicle for the right person. The look on a customer’s face when he/she finds the perfect fit for a car reminds me of why I got into this business. I enjoy working for Uftring Chevy because we do everything the right way. We put our customers first and do everything in our power to provide an easy and fun experience when buying a new car. When you buy from us, you can expect a smooth and easy visit. Our team won’t pressure you in any way, and we will even have some fun looking at cars and learning about one another. Any car we sell is a car we enjoy selling. I love being able to look at new vehicles every day, and spark new interests in the process. I do, however, love Corvettes a little bit more. More often than not, the customer that is looking at buying a Corvette has been thinking about that purchase for months or even years. Their enthusiasm and excitement is truly awesome. That being said, I get a lot of that no matter what we are selling because people get excited when they buy a new car or truck. So, please come in and visit us today at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington. I can’t wait to meet you.

  • Ken Miller

    Ken Miller

    Finance Manager

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    Ken Miller

    Ken Miller

    Finance Manager

    I am proud to work for Uftring Chevrolet in live right here in Washington. My wife Colleen and I have 3 children, Jacob, Brittany and Kasey, and 1 granddaughter Gracie. Outside of work I enjoy fishing, hunting, and watching fast pitch softball. My favorite types of vehicles to sell are Corvettes and Silverados. My customers can always expect that I will do my best to help them out in purchasing their new car, and I will get them a great deal. What I like most about working for this organization is the way Uftring treats people, our great service department and great body shop.

  • Kyle Merritt

    Kyle Merritt

    Finance Manager

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    Kyle Merritt

    Kyle Merritt

    Finance Manager

    I’m originally from Morton, IL, and now live in East Peoria. I’ve been with Uftring since March of 2010. I am married to Kirsten, and we have two beautiful kids named Madissyn and Hunter. I’m a big Chicago Bears and Cubs fan! I also love to fish and spend time outdoors with my family. What I love most about Uftring is the staff as a whole. The people I work with make this job a great experience. I also love the values that Gary and the rest of the Uftring family represents. I enjoy building a relationship with our customers and want to make sure they drive away happy! Customer service is our top priority. I drive a Silverado myself, and love how capable and dependable of a vehicle it is. I look forward to seeing you at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington.

  • Ron Uftring

    Ron Uftring

    Used Car Sales Manager

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    Ron Uftring

    Ron Uftring

    Used Car Sales Manager

    I currently reside in Washington with my wife, Charlotte. We have 6 children and 13 grandchildren. Outside of work I enjoy rodeos, motorcycle riding and Hereford cattle.

  • Debbie Stokes

    Debbie Stokes

    Administrative Assistant

    Debbie Stokes

    Debbie Stokes

    Administrative Assistant

  • Nadina Spence

    Nadina Spence

    Receptionist

    Nadina Spence

    Nadina Spence

    Receptionist

Sales Department

  • Lee "Big City" Kerr

    Lee "Big City" Kerr

    Sales Consultant

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    Lee

    Lee "Big City" Kerr

    Sales Consultant

    I’m a salesman here at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington, and absolutely love what I do. I am originally from Chicago, but have lived in Tremont for over 25 years. What gets me out of bed in the morning to sell cars is the fact that I get to meet new people every day. I especially love to see my old customers come back to visit me. Helping people find the right fit of car or truck is what I aim to accomplish when selling. Seeing the look on my customers’ faces is the icing on the cake. Here at Uftring, we consider ourselves a family. Everyone encourages one another while reminding each other of why we do what we do. We sell vehicles with honesty and integrity while making it fun to come in and buy. When you buy from me, you can expect to be treated fairly with respect and honesty. My motto is “Family is Forever,” which applies to everything in my life, especially my customers. I consider all of my customers an extended family. I will work tirelessly to put you in the vehicle that fits you the most. I, myself am a “truck guy” at heart. That being said, I enjoy selling all kinds of Chevy vehicles. Chevrolet consistently represents safety and technology in an ever-changing industry. I am proud to work for Uftring Chevrolet and am lucky to be able to sell my favorite car brand. If you choose me for your vehicle needs, you will get 100% honesty and won’t feel pressured for one second. I wish to make you a happy customer who is willing to return for years. So, come see me, Lee “Big City” Kerr, at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington today! You’ll be happy you did. God Bless!

  • Randy Macdonald

    Randy Macdonald

    Sales Consultant

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    Randy Macdonald

    Randy Macdonald

    Sales Consultant

    I am originally from Peoria, but am now and have been a Washington resident for a long time. I have an amazing wife, Kim, and two lovely daughters, Jessica and Kaitlyn. Kim works at the library at Five Points. Jessica and her husband Grant also live in Washington, and both teach at Washington Central. They have three sons: Tye, Paxson, and Rhett. Kaitlyn is a junior at Augustana College where she majors in secondary education. I am a lucky man who enjoys being with my family. I also enjoy hunting, fishing, and watching sports. Anything that’s outside has my interest. What I love most about selling cars and trucks at Uftring Chevy is meeting new people, helping them buy the vehicle they want, and making new friends in the process. I am both happy and lucky to say that I work for Uftring alongside a great staff of people and in a beautiful facility. You can expect to be treated the way you wish to be treated. I won’t pressure you to hop in the first vehicle you see, and I will be both honest and knowledgeable in the process. After you make a purchase with me, I hope we stay in touch so I can answer any questions or concerns you may have. I will take care of you after the sale. Obviously, any car I see is a new, unique experience. I like the idea of being able to see many different makes and models on a daily basis. However, I am a “truck guy”. I’d say I have the most fun selling Chevy Silverados, mainly because it’s tied to my interests and hobbies. I love to build common ground with other truck buyers, tap into their interests, and learn more about them in the process. I will strive to make your car buying experience a memorable one. Come visit me at Uftring Chevy in Washington today, and I’ll put you in the vehicle you want!

  • Nick Cramer

    Nick Cramer

    Sales Consultant

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    Nick Cramer

    Nick Cramer

    Sales Consultant

    I grew up in Washington, and graduated Washington High School in 2003. I currently live in Peoria and have been with Uftring Chevy for 3 years now. Outside of work I enjoy playing and watching all sports, traveling, road trips, sight seeing, making people laugh, movies and snowmobiling. I enjoy selling cars and trucks for many reasons, especially showing my customers all the new technologies of a vehicle and making my customers happy. What I like most about the Uftring Auto Group is the honesty, integrity and values that this organization practices. Any customer can expect to have fun buying the right car from me. I’m very personable, fun, caring and I treat all my customers just like friends and not like a salesman. No high pressure with me, always honest and making sure I find the best car that fits their needs. I remind people of John Candy, I love to have a good time and make people laugh!

  • Steven Jones

    Steven Jones

    Sales Consultant

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    Steven Jones

    Steven Jones

    Sales Consultant

    I have been with Uftring for over 20 years and work at our used car outlet store in Washington. I am a father of 5, and enjoy golfing and the Chicago Cubs. I like helping people and try my best to make my customers have a simple, no pressure experience with me. Gary Uftring puts his family, employees and customers first. I live in Bloomington-Normal and it’s worth the drive to be able to work here every day.

  • Frank H. Melchert IV

    Frank H. Melchert IV

    Sales Consultant

    Frank H. Melchert IV

    Frank H. Melchert IV

    Sales Consultant

  • Tom Taylor

    Tom Taylor

    Sales Consultant

    Tom Taylor

    Tom Taylor

    Sales Consultant

  • Wesley Donlan

    Wesley Donlan

    Sales Consultant

    Wesley Donlan

    Wesley Donlan

    Sales Consultant

  • Ryan Charlton

    Ryan Charlton

    Sales Consultant

    Ryan Charlton

    Ryan Charlton

    Sales Consultant

  • Ben Taylor

    Ben Taylor

    Sales Consultant

    Ben Taylor

    Ben Taylor

    Sales Consultant

  • David Nolan

    David Nolan

    Sales Consultant

    David Nolan

    David Nolan

    Sales Consultant

  • Jonathan Neis

    Jonathan Neis

    Sales Consultant

    Jonathan Neis

    Jonathan Neis

    Sales Consultant

Fleet Department

  • Jeff Peters

    Jeff Peters

    Fleet and Commercial Sales Manager

    Jeff Peters

    Jeff Peters

    Fleet and Commercial Sales Manager

  • Craig Barnes

    Craig Barnes

    Commercial Account Manager

    Craig Barnes

    Craig Barnes

    Commercial Account Manager

Service Department

  • Dewayne Gray

    Dewayne Gray

    Service Manager

    Dewayne Gray

    Dewayne Gray

    Service Manager

  • Pat Nelson

    Pat Nelson

    Assistant Service Manager

    Pat Nelson

    Pat Nelson

    Assistant Service Manager

  • Michael Chioni

    Michael Chioni

    Service Advisor

    Michael Chioni

    Michael Chioni

    Service Advisor

  • Nate Mescher

    Nate Mescher

    Service Advisor

    Nate Mescher

    Nate Mescher

    Service Advisor

  • Ray Besimi

    Ray Besimi

    Service Advisor

    Ray Besimi

    Ray Besimi

    Service Advisor

  • John Driskell

    John Driskell

    Reconditioning Manager

    John Driskell

    John Driskell

    Reconditioning Manager

  • Angie Uftring

    Angie Uftring

    Courtesy Transportation Coordinator

    Angie Uftring

    Angie Uftring

    Courtesy Transportation Coordinator

  • Cindy Slater

    Cindy Slater

    Hostess

    Cindy Slater

    Cindy Slater

    Hostess

Parts Department

  • Clint Sommer

    Clint Sommer

    Parts Manager

    Clint Sommer

    Clint Sommer

    Parts Manager

Body Shop

  • Tim Smith

    Tim Smith

    Body Shop

    Tim Smith

    Tim Smith

    Body Shop

  • Dawn Guerrero

    Dawn Guerrero

    Assistant Body Shop Manager

    Dawn Guerrero

    Dawn Guerrero

    Assistant Body Shop Manager

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