Meet Our Staff


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Charlie Gilchrist
Dealer Principal

Charlie Gilchrist has over 30 years experience operating automotive dealerships. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas and acquired his CPA license before beginning work in public accounting at Coopers and Lybrand. From there he became partners with Ken Nichols and ran Ford Heavy Truck Dealerships before getting in the retail car business with the purchase of SouthWest Ford in Weatherford and Nichol's Ford in South Fort Worth. Charlie has served as President of Ford's Dealer Council and as Chairman of Legislative Affairs and Chairman of Industry Relations for NADA. He is currently the Vice Chairman and Chairman-Elect for the National Automobile Dealers Association. He is also actively involved in the DFW New Car Dealers Association. He is married and has three dogs and three horses (and counting).

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Stephen Gilchrist
Dealer Operator

Stephen Gilchrist graduated with a Bachelors in Business Administration-Accounting in December of 2009. Stephen is happily married to his wife of 6 years, Pamela Gilchrist. While they don't yet have children; they have two dogs, four cats and five horses. Stephen and Pamela reside in Aledo, Texas due west of Fort Worth. In his spare time Stephen likes to play golf and cycle. 


Automotive Retail Experience:

Stephen started his career in Automotive Retail in January of 2010 when he joined his father at SouthWest Ford. He started working in the accounting office. There he worked his way up to Assistant Controller for the Group. After he realized he had a keen interest in making this his lifelong pursuit he went to NADA's Dealer Academy. There he realized his passion for the Fixed Operations side of the auto retail industry. Upon graduating he began working in SouthWest Ford's Service and Parts departments. Eventually working up to the position of Fixed Operations Director. 

He was given the opportunity to run his first Dealership when he took over as General Manager of SouthWest Mitsubishi. In December of 2013 he opened the first Volkswagen store in Weatherford, Texas, SouthWest Volkswagen. In 2016, he took over his third store in the group, SouthWest Nissan. In April of 2017 he and his father purchased their first Chevrolet store, SouthWest Chevrolet in Kaufman, Texas. In May of 2017 Stephen was tasked with turning around Parkway Buick GMC in Sherman, Texas. Stephen is the current Dealer Operator for the Gilchrist Automotive. 

Community Involvement: 

Stephen is actively involved in the communities that his family's Dealership Group serves. He is a former board member of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, he is the Past President of the Aledo Education Foundation and current Executive Committee member. He is currently the Assistant Chairman of Charitable programs for the Colonial Country Club's PGA tournament. He is a former board member and Chairman of Board Engagement and Development of Communities in Schools of Greater Tarrant County. He is a current board member of United Way of Parker County. He is on the North Texas Community Foundation's Worth Steering Committee. He is a current member of Lena Pope Home's annual golf tournament committee. He is also a graduate of Leadership Fort Worth and a founding member of Leadership Weatherford. 

Auto Industry Involvement:

He currently serves as a Director on the North Texas Chevrolet Dealers LMA board, is currently the North Region District 22 Director for the Texas Automobile Dealers Association and a current member of NADA's Next Gen Leadership Club. He also serves on Volkswagen's Dealer Council as the Dallas-Fort Worth Representative and is actively involved in the DFW New Car Dealers Association and National Automobile Dealers Association.


Awards and Recognition:

Stephen was named Fort Worth Business Press 40 under 40 Class of 2015. He was given the Don Allen Power Drive award in 2016 for Weatherford, Texas.

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Chris Bonnett
General Manager


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Jason Black
CFO


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Cody Ritchey
Controller


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Fleet Department

Jeremy Torres
Fleet Sales Consultant


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Kirsten Buyers
Fleet Sales Consultant


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Ricky Buyers
Fleet Director


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James Draper
Fleet Sales Consultant


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Dan Laux
Finance Manager


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Aaron Kendall
Fleet Sales Consultant


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Bruce Ray
VP of Commercial Sales


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Dustin Reynolds
Fleet Sales Consultant


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Finance

Chad Page
Finance Manager


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John David
Finance Manager


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Dan Hall
Finance Manager


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Mike Schumann
Finance Manager


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David Weiss
Finance Manager


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Service Department

Blake Andis
Service Tech


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Chris Parrick
Service Tech


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Larry Dixon
Service Advisor


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Landen Payne
CSR


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Tolley Mangold
CSR


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Josue Becerra
Service Tech


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Aaron Begay
Service Technician


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Christopher Brock
Service Advisor


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Anthony Capuchino
Service Technician


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Darren Crow
Service Advisor


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Bailey Hughes
Service Porter


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Abdon Jacobo
Service Technician


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Phil Lagrassa
Service Technician


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Mark Knox
Service Technician


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Maria Martinez
Housekeeping


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Robert Miller
Service Technician


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Alfredo Palacios
Porter


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Jason Palmatier
Service Advisor


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Chase Pittman
Service Advisor


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Trevor Pittman
Service Technician


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Jose Pizano
Service Technician


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Ricky Price
Service Technician


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Jimmy Ogle
Fixed Operations Director


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Gloria Rosales
Housekeeping


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Xan Watson
Porter


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Rick Seiler
Service Technician


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Robby Smith
Service Technician


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Billy Stowe
Service Foreman


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Jeritt Stowe
Service Technician


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Justin Stowe
Service Technician


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Colton Sullivan
Service Advisor


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Andrew Walsh
Service Technician


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Erik Van Winkle
Service Technician


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Administration

Erika Castro
Receivables


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Elizabeth Jay
Accounting


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Corissa LoBrandon
Accounting


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Kellsey Kuhn
Dealer Trades


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Andrea Miller
Accounting


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Christi Minich
Accounting


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Melanie Mondoy
Employee Relations Manager


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Janet Shields
Accounting


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Phyllis Thomas
Payroll


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New Car Sales

Kevin Barbour
New Car Sales Consultant

Kevin Barbour is a veteran Sales Consultant with over 16 years of experience at SouthWest Ford. He is master certified in commercial and retail sales. He has been awarded the Ford Employee Excellence (e2) program 11 times since its inception, with achieving Level 4 twice. He has been married for over 37 years and has one child and three dogs!

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Blake Black
Sales Manager

Blake Black has been at SouthWest Ford for over three years. Before that, Blake lived in Lubbock where he worked for his family business.  Blake began his career at SouthWest Ford as a pre-owned salesman, and is now the New Car Sales Manager. He is married and enjoys Texas A & M football.

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Kat Brownlee
Sales Consultant


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Roy Dooley
New Car Sales Consultant


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Tom Dyer
Internet Sales Director


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Joe Houk
New Car Sales Consultant


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Scott Knebel
New Car Sales Consultant


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Halie Long
Receptionist


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Robert Nicki
Sales Consultant


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Joe Parker
General Sales Manager

Joe Parker is the new General Sales Manager at SouthWest Ford. Prior to joining the SouthWest Ford family, Joe worked as a Finance Director for 15 years at another dealership in the metroplex. Joe is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and BBQ enthusiast! He is married and has three kids, 2 dogs, 2 rabbits, 1 snake, 1 hedgehog, and 1 fish!

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Faviola Sanchez
Internet Sales Consultant

Favi Sanchez has been with SouthWest Ford for over two years. Favi graduated from Tarleton State University with a degree in Business Administration in International Affairs. Favi is a Ford Employee Excellence (e2) program recipient.

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Greg Shields
Sales Consultant


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Dub Summers
New Car Sales Consultant


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Pod Squad

Brittnee Thompson
Product Specialist


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Pre - Owned Sales

Carson Long
Pre - Owned Sales Consultant


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Hunter Ranspot
Pre-Owned Sales Manager


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Stuart Tenney
Pre-Owned Sales Consultant


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Parts Department

Terry Buckendorf


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Steven Drinkard
Parts Consultant


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Miguel Fernandez
Parts Consultant


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Robby Helm
Parts Sales Consultant


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Henry Jackson
Parts Consultant


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Kaitlyn Kuhn
Parts


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Luke Luster
Parts Sales Consultant


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Emmanuel Manriquez
Parts Consultant


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Derek Patsel
Parts Consultant


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Kelly Poston
Parts Specialist


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Clinton Ritchey
Parts Director


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Chastady Vance
Parts


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Jessica Vickers
Parts


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Gary Vinson
Parts Driver


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Collision Center

Steve Arredondo
Body Shop Tech


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Diane Buschman
Secretary


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Bryce Dunford
Body Shop Technician


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Francisco Flores Jr
Body Shop Tech


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Bryon French
Body Shop Tech


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Eric Hairston
Body Shop Tech


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Jacob Hull
Body Shop Tech


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Shane Jeffrey
Body Shop Tech


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Ed McDonald
Body Shop Tech


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David Osburn
Collision Center Manager


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Karl Polson
Body Shop Advsior


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Larry Scott
Body Shop Tech


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Candas Terry
Estimator


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Chris Tramp
Body Shop Porter


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Crescenciano Vicente
Body Shop Tech


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After Market

Jared Allbritton
After Market


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Tanya Jones
After Market Director


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Chris Reynolds
After Market


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Make Ready

Daniel Parks
Make Ready


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Ryan Ragon
Make Ready


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Hunter Wayland
Make Ready


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Photography/Media Department

Joel Landingham


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Josh Manry


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IT Department

Will Duban
IT Associate


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Donovan Morrison
IT Associate


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Chad Slayton
IT & eCommerce Director


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