Meet our Team

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  • Josh Vaughn
    General Manager
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    The road traveled for NADA Academy student, Joshua Vaughn, is as impressive as his most recent accolade from Automotive News, Top 40 Under 40 Retail.

    Not long after graduating from Wingate University with a degree in Business Administration, Vaughn found himself in the market for a new car.  He reached out to a good friend with a prior employment history with Hendrick Automotive Group.  After a quick test drive, Vaughn left with a job application instead of the usual credit application.

    Josh Vaughn joined the Hendrick Automotive Group in 2001 as a sales associate for Hendrick Acura in Charlotte, NC.  He quickly became a top performer and was named a Presidents' Club Award winner his first full year.  Vaughn was then promoted to finance producer (EPPIE Award achiever) and then on to Pre-Owned Manager (Elite Department) at Hendrick Acura where he enjoyed a decade of success.

    In 2011, Josh was promoted to General Manager of Performance Acura, located in Chapel Hill, NC.  There, he earned the manufacturers top award (Acura Dealership of Distinction) three consecutive years.  Their store also enjoyed the distinction of being named Hendrick Champions two of those years. Not stopping there, Performance Acura was also recognized by Automotive News as one of the Best Dealerships to Work For in 2013 and 2014.

    Vaughn was recently offered a new opportunity in October 2015, as General Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Durham.

    Josh is married with two children. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, music, and golf.

  • Scott Ragland
    Director of Sales
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    Scott joined the Hendrick Team in February of 2018, but is no stranger to the automotive industry. He has been in the industry for nearly 25 years, working for a few different luxury brands, but says Mercedes-Benz is by far his favorite.

    Scott is a native of Ohio and lived there most of his life, besides his brief 6 year stint on the west coast. He says he loves the east coast so far, particularly for the culture. Before Scott entered the car industry, he trained Arabian Show Horses, but he decided that wasn't where he wanted to be for the rest of his life, so he convinced his brother to give him a job working for him in a dealership, and hasn't looked back.

    Scott has a beautiful wife, Kate, and two wonderful daughters. His oldest just graduated from Miami of Ohio, and his youngest is a junior at a university in Pennsylvania. Scott claims he's not that interesting of a person outside of work, but we think otherwise. He knows an abnormal amount of Ohio trivia, and he and Kate enjoy cooking out, trying craft beer, and going out to dinner, so he loves to try anything new and local.

  • Ryan Gury
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
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    Ryan was born in Raleigh, and has lived here most of his life, so he hasn't wandered far from home. He's got a tremendous passion for cars, which led him to join the industry as soon as he graduated high school, and he knew he was home. He's been with the brand for over six years. He's just about done it all; he's been a sales associate, Product Concierge, Inventory Manager, and now a Pre-Owned Sales Manager.

    He stays incredibly busy outside of work. He loves rock climbing, hiking with his dog Lucy, trivia on Tuesdays, spending time at the beach, and trying craft beer. His new favorite is working on his Raptor. When he was asked to tell us about his favorite Mercedes-Benz, he couldn't choose between the E63 Wagon and the 6x6 G Wagon. Both solid choices; we couldn't pick between them either.

  • Daniel Scarlett
    Business Manager
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    Daniel Scarlett joined the Hendrick Team in August of 2017 on a recommendation from mutual friends of Josh Vaughn. He joined as a Floor Manager, but quickly promoted to a member of the finance team. He's no stranger to the car industry, having previously working for a dealership in Burlington for a few years. This is his first time in the luxury brand, and says he's never going back. He's always enjoyed automobiles and their history, and with Mercedes-Benz having such a rich background, he's thoroughly enjoyed being around the brand. His favorite Mercedes-Benz is the GTS because of all the horses and the design. I mean, have you seen it yet?

    Daniel is a huge family man, and his family is incredibly important to him. He tries to stay as close to his family as possible, always making an effort to spend time with them on his days off. He recently moved to downtown Raleigh, and loves living in the middle of the city. As a self-proclaimed foodie, he dines out any chance he gets, especially when a new restaurant pops up. He spends a lot of his time goofing off and exploring Raleigh. Daniel enjoys sports, playing pickup basketball in his spare time with his buddies, he thoroughly enjoys golf, making it a point to go play a round quite often, and even though he's from North Carolina, he's a die-hard New England Patriots fan.

  • Daniel DeBrecht
    Business Manager


    Daniel joined Team Hendrick in October 2014 after leaving his job as a restaurant manager in Durham, NC. Having no idea what to expect, Daniel took a chance and is now a shining star within the company. 

    Proof of this came when Daniel's personality and drive caught the attention of management and he was selected for a nation-wide Customer Service Laureate award. The honor included a trip to Germany with 31 other Mercedes-Benz employees across the United States.

    In his free time DeBrecht enjoys working out, playing basketball and mountain biking. Overall, he considers himself to be an "outdoorsy type."


                          Daniel's Hours

                    Mon:   8:00am to 7:00pm
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                    Wed:   8:00am to 7:00pm
                 Thu:    OFF
                 Fri:      8:00am to 7:00pm
                 Sat:     9:00am to 6:00pm
                 Sun:    CLOSED

  • Cameron Johnson
    Service Manager
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    Cameron has been with Mercedes-Benz of Durham since October, 2014 and was recently promoted to Service Manager. When he isn't working, Cameron loves to spend time with his wife, riding ATV's, camping or hanging out with friends.


                         Cameron's Hours

                    Mon:   7:30am to 6:30pm
                    Tue:    7:30am to 6:30pm
                    Wed:   7:30am to 6:30pm
                 Thu:    7:30am to 6:30pm
                 Fri:      7:30am to 6:30pm
                 Sat:     9:00am to 5:00pm
                 Sun:    CLOSED

  • Brian Laird
    Parts Manager
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    Parts Manager Brian Laird was born in Texas, which is evident once you spark up a conversation with him. His accent is a dead giveaway. He lived there most of his life in Texas before taking on the opportunity to open a brand new Mercedes-Benz store from scratch in Durham, North Carolina.

    Brian claims that he isn't that interesting, but once you meet his wife and son, you quickly realize that he lives for his family. Which makes him abundantly interesting. They have a home in Graham, NC where they enjoy going to the movies, being involved in Boy Scouts or packing up and heading to the beach.

    Brian loves any Mexican or Italian restaurant, so be sure to ask him to visit Los Tres Magueyes when you get a chance.

    Brian's favorite Mercedes-Benz is the CLS. It's a lot like him, low profile, but with a big motor and style and class to spare.

  • Brian Fleming
    Sprinter Specialist
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  • Matt Logan
    Shop Foreman
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  • Katie Cavnar
    Marketing and Community Relations Manager

    When you purchase a new or pre-owned Mercedes-Benz, there is always something to learn. Automotive technology moves at a rapid pace and many of those changes can be difficult to figure out without some guidance. Enter Product Concierge, Katie Fletcher. 

    Katie's primary focus at Mercedes-Benz of Durham is to teach our clients about their newly purchased vehicles. To some that may not be a big deal, but to others, the chance to sit down with a professional is an opportunity to unlock all of the potential behind that German engineering. Whether they need to learn about the blind spot assist, the park assist, or just how to use the air conditioner, Katie is there for the long haul. 

    Having the opportunity to work with clients after the "stressful part" of the car buying process over is a perk for Katie. She admits that seeing clients light up when she shows them something unexpected is fun for her, too. 

    Katie moved to the East Coast when she was twenty-one. She loves spending time with her seven-year-old border collie, lab mix dog, whom she admits is the "sassiest dog (she's) ever met in her life." Katie also enjoys kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and cooking. However, she freely admits she is not nearly as good of a cook as Josh Vaughn, the General Manager at Mercedes-Benz of Durham.

    Hendrick Automotive strives to build a team atmosphere, and Katie fits perfectly into the role of a great teammate. She reciprocates that support with kind words about everyone else around her. Which is what made Katie the perfect candidate for the April, Best of the Best Award. Every month, Mercedes-Benz of Durham selects one individual who exemplifies excellence and awards them with a cash bonus. 

    Katie's favorite car is the C 63 S Coupe. She loves the speed and size and admits it's just a sporty and fun car. We can see her driving one.

  • Tracey Elkins
    Warranty Administrator
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    Mercedes-Benz of Durham Warranty Administrator, Tracey Elkins, has pretty much only known the car business. Aside from a brief hiatus to work in a daycare, Tracey has set aside her paralegal degree to pursue success driving the behind-the-scenes workload for multiple dealerships in the Triangle.

    Tracey grew up in Chapel Hill where she attended East Chapel Hill High School.

    Interestingly, a teacup pig named Titan consumes most of Tracey's free time. He loves to cuddle and to pester her.

    Tracey recently bought land north of Raleigh. Her weekends often consist of cleaning up brush and preparing to build a home with her fiance.

    Like many people who work for Hendrick Automotive, Tracey likes that the daily culture involves growing from within and making inclusiveness is a priority. She's met Mr. Hendrick several times and appreciates that he is so personable with everybody. As she so eloquently put, "go team Hendrick!"

    Once you get to know Tracey, you'll find someone with a true zest for life. A cancer survivor and cheerleader for everyone, she is frequently referred to as the glue that holds Mercedes-Benz of Durham together.

  • Kris Kauserud
    Service Advisor
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  • Daniel Rollins
    Service Advisor
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  • John Hall
    Service Advisor
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  • Seth Williford
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  • Carlos Briceno Dubon
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  • Cory Schwengel
    Parts Specialist
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    Cory is a transplant to Durham, North Carolina by way of Decatur, Illinois. His wife was accepted at Duke, and he proudly followed her south.

    Cory's journey into the automotive business began long before he landed near the home of the Blue Devils. He had a brief stint at AutoZone before he worked in the parts department of an Illinois Toyota dealership, for which he worked for about three years.   

    Cory found his job through and has been working the parts counter since Mercedes-Benz of Durham's opening month.

    Working for the Hendrick Automotive Group has been exciting for Cory. But getting to meet Mr. Hendrick? Unforgettable. Cory grew up watching NASCAR and has long since been a fan of Hendrick Motorsports. 

    Cory brags about the time he's spent working at Mercedes-Benz of Durham. He talks openly about the family atmosphere and how much he enjoys the dealership mentality. 

    His favorite car? The C63 AMG Black Series. He loves the top of the line equipment that comes with the AMG. Oh and not to mention, it's fast.

    Stop in to meet Cory Schwengel, and discover what makes Mercedes-Benz of Durham stand out from the competition.

                             Cory's Hours

                                     Mon:    7:00am to 5:00pm
                                       Tue:    7:00am to 5:00pm
                                      Wed:    7:00am to 5:00pm 
                            Thu:    7:00am to 5:00pm
                              Fri:    7:00am to 5:00pm
       Sat:    OFF
             Sun:    CLOSED

  • Luis Vargas
    Parts Specialist
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  • Rebecca Reyes
    Parts Specialist
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  • William Boone
    Wholesale Parts Specialist
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    William (Will) Boone has lived in Durham, NC since 2012. He brings a lot of experience to Mercedes-Benz of Durham. Working as a General Manager of an Advance Auto Parts for a decade, the skills he learned are invaluable to his work as a Wholesale Parts Specialist.

    When Will isn't hustling behind the parts counter, he's spending time at home with his wife and five beautiful children (four girls and one boy). He will occasionally get everyone out of the house to go bowling, but if not he's content spending time indoors cooking for his family.

    Will also likes the simple things in life, like a Red Robin hamburger.

  • Gary Kirby
    Parts Delivery Specialist
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    Every store should have a Gary Kirby on their staff. He may be part time, but the impact he's left on this world is still working full-time.

    Born in North Carolina and living in Graham, Gary has also worked in emergency services and public safety. He's worked for Aeromed and in the United States Coast Guard.

    We asked Gary to tell us something interesting interesting about himself, his answer was amazing: "I have been through several hurricanes on a small boat performing at-sea rescues. I am constructing a genealogy of hundreds of predecessors. I once dated the Jamaican ambassador to the USA's daughter. I lived on an Island for 4 years and fished and surfed the Outer Banks. I have swam alone with dolphins including a baby dolphin that was extremely curious. I have been on hundreds of rescue calls at sea and been involved in hundreds of med flights. I worked with all branches of advanced medicine in life saving ops. I worked and stayed aboard a 70 foot sailboat. I volunteered and worked after 4 different landfall hurricanes across North Carolina and Mississippi."

    Our next question is to everyone reading this. What have you done with your life?

  • Miguel Vargas
    Inventory Manager
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    Miguel Vargas has been with Team Hendrick and Mercedes-Benz of Durham since December, 2014. Miguel began his career with the Mercedes-Benz team as a porter, and is one of the hardest working and most humble members of our staff.

    Miguel's role as Inventory Specialist involves getting each new and Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz and off makes through the system. He gets the process of inspections, repairs and detailing started and then makes sure they end up on the lot in the right place, looking premium for the customers.

    Miguel has five siblings, all of which have worked for the Hendrick organization.

    Outside of Hendrick, Miguel is also in the Air Force Reserve. He signed up in 2011 and went to boot camp in 2012. He is currently serving as the secretary for the Commander.

    One of Miguel's favorite things about working at Hendrick is the people. He enjoys the interactions with his peers and management, which is something he says he has not always experienced in the past.

    His Favorite Car is the C63 S. For Miguel it is the perfect car because it is the perfect size. He also loves that it is an AMG and rides so smoothly.

  • Luis-Elvin Ortiz-Guadalupe
    Inventory Specialist
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  • Noor Nasser
    Guest Services Team Lead

  • Veronica Vargas-Guadalupe
    Guest Services Representative

  • Frida Vargas
    Guest Services Representative
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  • Rob Clark
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  • Monica Brown
    Sales Assistant
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  • Shela Lawton
    Client Loyalty Concierge
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    Shela Lawton is a self proclaimed "beach bum," from Wilmington, North Carolina. She reluctantly gave up the sand and sun to begin her collegiate adventures at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011. But this area will never be too far away from her heart, as her grandparents will live in Wilmington and her parents live in Elizabethtown.

    The car business hasn't always been on the docket for Shela. She had a brief stint as a teacher in Atlanta, GA following graduation, but the Carolina Blue skies called her back home.

    She might be small in stature, but Shela has a big appetite for life, and food. When she isn't seeking out another adventure with her fellow guest services friends, or cooking with her Easy Bake oven, you might find her at Lucha Tigre, a latin-asian fusion restaurant in Chapel Hill. She recommends the pollo saltado or the honey-chipotle chicken and waffles.

    When asked about her favorite car, Shela couldn't give us a straight answer. She loves the GLK based on its boxy body style, which reminds her of a Jeep. She also loves the E 300, which is the smoothest car she's ever driven.

  • Marcus Riddick
    Product Specialist
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    Introducing Mercedes-Benz of Durham Product Specialist, Marcus Riddick.

    Marcus came to Mercedes-Benz after nine years at Ace Hardware. He really enjoyed the family-like atmosphere with his Ace family, but was ready for a new challenge. Marcus mentions how the Hendrick Automotive family has embraced him and how he has thrived in this culture.

    In his spare time, Marcus loves to play basketball and tinker with his new Jeep.

    Come meet Marcus and the rest of the Mercedes-Benz of Durham team!

  • Alex Ward
    Product Specialist
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  • Benjamin Ealy
    Product Specialist
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  • Liam Davitt
    Product Specialist
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  • Tyre Dancy
    Product Specialist
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  • Bradley Rogers
    Product Specialist
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  • Marty Sigmund
    Product Specialist
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  • Seth Williams
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  • Denis Germanowski
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  • Doug Benton
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    Doug is a golfing enthusiast, to the point of obsession, some might say. 

    Recently, Doug joined the Mercedes-Benz of Durham team in the Joe Lomax charity golf tournament hosted by Micheal and Son. We all got to witness to power of his pink shirt first hand. His golf game was OK, too.

    Doug's primary role as the internal technician is to service any pre-owned vehicles before they hit the lot for sale. There is tremendous value in having someone dedicated to this position, and Doug is the perfect person for the job.

    When Doug isn't at work, he's probably enjoying a concert or cheering on his favorite teams. He's a huge fan of Penn State, Duke and the Tennessee Titans. But most of all, Doug loves golf.

    The Gullwing is his favorite car. He loves the movie star vibe and appeal. 

    Doug also loves golf.

  • Cameron Miller
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  • T.J. Crowder
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  • Jeffrey Mueller
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  • Kyle Suon
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    Mercedes-Benz of Durham introduces Kyle Suon, Service Technician.

    Kyle moved to Durham from Roanoke Virginia due to medical reasons for his daughter. His wife found a job first and then he landed at Mercedes-Benz of Durham.

    Before Kyle got into cars, he was about 6-months from joining the military. He learned he has a real passion for the automotive industry and especially enjoys cars the faster they go.

    Kyle loves the E63 Wagon, but admits it isn't his favorite car. He is currently in love with the 300SL. Who can blame him?

    When he isn't at work, Kyle loves tinkering with computers, playing video games and being outside with his family.

    Mercedes-Benz of Durham is located at the Southpoint Automall in Durham, NC.

  • Jose Vargas
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  • Alex Randall
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  • Todd Wester
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  • Jeff Wallace
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