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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Sarah Baily
    Business Manager
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    Sarah Baily is one of our shining stars on our Finance team. She has been with Hendrick Automotive Group for 4 years, and in the industry for over 15 years, saying many times she can't even imagine a life without the car industry in it. She's held many positions throughout her career, from Executive Assistant to Sales Manager, and has recently rejoined our team as a Business Manager.

    She was born and raised in Ambler, PA, and has been in North Carolina for 6 years. The Pennsylvania accent hasn't gone away though, just catch her saying "water" or "gas." Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, she's a die hard Philadelphia sports fan, and I mean, she's about as dedicated as it gets. Sarah is a huge advocate for Ovarian Cancer Awareness, and the month of September, she wears her teal as much as she can. Sarah and her husband Wade have three kids- Kaylee, Briar, and Wyatt, two dogs- Yola and Dixie, and one pony named Jack. They are quite the horse loving family, so when she's free, she's usually at the barn or at a horse show.

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  • 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.


                               

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  • 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.

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  • Brian Fleming
    Sprinter Specialist
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    Brian moved down to Durham in 2004 from the DC area as a regional sales manager for a national truck equipment manufacturer. He has over 20 years of experience in the commercial vehicle market, so naturally Mercedes-Benz of Durham had to have him join our team as our Sprinter Specialist.

    Brian's biggest priority is his family, spending the majority of his time off with them. He and his son are really close, and they love to go out and golf together as well as other sports. Brian enjoys cooking, especially grilling with his friends and family.

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  • Matt Logan
    Shop Foreman
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    Matt joined the Mercedes-Benz of Durham team when the doors opened in October of 2014 as a Technician, and has recently been promoted into our Shop Foreman position. Matt has been a team player from day one, and it was a natural fit for him.

    Matt was born and raised here in North Carolina, leaving for a short time to go to school in Texas. He's a huge NC State fan, but his number one priority is his family. When Matt's not here helping the team and turning wrenches, he's spending as much time with his family as he can, because one of his greatest joys is watching his nieces and nephews grow up.

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  • Katie Cavnar
    Marketing and Community Relations Manager
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    When Katie joined the Hendrick Team in 2016, she'd already been with Mercedes-Benz for almost 2 years, so she was a perfect fit when she first came on as a Product Concierge. Automotive technology moves at a rapid pace, and many of those changes can be difficult to figure out without some guidance, so her primary focus was to teach clients about their newly purchased vehicles.

    Katie now wears many hats in the dealership. In September of 2017, she stepped up into our Marketing and Community Relations Manager role, where she assists with running our social media pages, and helps us get further involved into our community by helping facilitate partnerships and sponsorships with other companies, as well as running some events of our own. She's got a heavy background in Marketing, having run social media pages for other businesses in the past, and with her school background. She's a senior at West Texas A&M University, studying Business with concentrations in Marketing, Management, Accounting, and Finance.

    Katie moved to the East Coast when she was twenty-one from the great state of Texas. She's still a Texan through and through. She loves spending time with her two dogs, Jackson and Bella, as well as her boyfriend of two years, Tanner. They enjoy traveling more than anything, and make it a point to try to go somewhere new pretty frequently. When they're home, Katie really enjoys working out, watching The Office and/or Friends, window shopping, and spending time with family.

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  • Tracey Ramsey
    Warranty Administrator
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    Mercedes-Benz of Durham Warranty Administrator, Tracey Ramsey, 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. In August, Tracey and her husband Kyle welcomed a wonderful little bundle of joy into the world, and Tracey loves being a mom.

    Tracey and Kyle recently bought land north of Raleigh. Her weekends often consist of going out to the land and watching her beautiful new house come to life.

    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.

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  • Kris Kauserud
    Service Advisor
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  • John Hall
    Service Advisor
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  • Brandon Gilbert
    Service Advisor


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  • Daniel Rollins
    Service Advisor
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  • Carlos Briceno Dubon
    Porter
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  • Seth Williford
    Porter
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  • Patrick Chen
    Parts Specialist
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  • Luis Vargas
    Parts Specialist
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  • William Boone
    Southpoint Automall Wholesale Account Manager
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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 Account Manager for the entire Southpoint Automall.


    When Will isn't hustling with us, 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • Luis-Elvin Ortiz-Guadalupe
    Inventory Specialist
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  • Noor Nasser
    Guest Services Team Lead
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  • Frida Vargas
    Guest Services Representative
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  • Rob Clark
    Photographer
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    Born and raised in the Northeast, Rob has lived in Durham for the last 20 years and now refers to Durham as his adopted hometown.  He joined Mercedes-Benz in 2013 and Hendrick in 2015 and has been a serious photographer for many years.  He greatly enjoys working with his teammates and appreciates the aesthetic his role as photographer at Mercedes-Benz of Durham provides.  When not at work Rob enjoys spending time with his three children and has far too many interests to fully list, including reading, history, astronomy, art, cooking and travel.

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  • Monica Brown
    Sales Assistant
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    Monica joined Team Hendrick in November 2017 and is thrilled to be part of such an extraordinary team. Prior to joining our team, Monica worked for a world leading business training company for over seven years. She took a leap of faith after her husband Tyler encouraged her to join the automotive industry. With much love and support, Monica has flourished into an incredible asset to our team.

    Monica was born and raised in Romania, but if you ask her, she'll tell you she's from Transylvania with all the vampires…she's got quite the sense of humor! She moved to the U.S. when she was 22. She and Tyler have recently moved from upstate New York to the Triangle area. They love it here and are proud to call it home. When they're not working or tearing up the town in their convertible, which they're in love with, by the way, she and Tyler love to spend quality time with each other and their cat, Luna. They also thoroughly enjoy spending time at the beach, making it an effort to go as often as possible during the warm summer months.

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  • Daniel DeBrecht
    Loyalty Manager
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    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. Most importantly, his world revolves around his dog; a doby named Geppetto. Overall, he considers himself to be an "outdoorsy type."


     

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  • 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!

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  • Benjamin Ealy
    Product Specialist
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  • Liam Davitt
    Product Specialist
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    Originally from Long Island New York , Liam grew up in a small town in Eastern North Carolina, known for its superior, vinegar based barbecue. Can you guess the town? Throughout his life, Liam's passion for things that have wheels and make a statement. His passion for cars started as a boy, helping his father smash windows, and spray paint demolition derby cars in his backyard. Since those defining moments, Liam has been hooked. Before joining our team, Liam attended Elon University, where he completed a degree in Marketing and Business Administration. After graduating from Elon, Liam moved to the Triangle and starting working in Digital Advertising as an analyst. Shortly there after, Liam decided to pursue his passion for cars & the Mercedes Benz brand as a Product Specialist with our team. His favorite Mercedes of present is the E63 AMG Wagon. In his spare time, you can often find Liam outside enjoying the outdoors for long distance rides on his road bike, spending time with his partner and fluffy pup, cooking up a storm, or singing/making music with said partner and fluffy pup.  

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  • Marty Sigmund
    Product Specialist
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    Marty was born in western Pennsylvania and had spent over 20 years serving the citizens of our nation and communities in Maryland and Arizona, before his wife, Melissa, accepted a job in the Raleigh-Durham area that brought him to North Carolina.  Marty grew up with his father owning a salvage yard and auto body shop while his grandfather owned a car dealership, which fueled his passion for cars at an early age.  Marty fell in love with Mercedes-Benz in 2014 when he purchased his first pre-owned Mercedes-Benz.  Once he moved to North Carolina in October of 2017 with his wife, he decided to bring his passion for Mercedes-Benz and the auto industry to the Mercedes-Benz of Durham family.  Marty feels he is more an advocate for something he loves with Mercedes-Benz than a product specialist.  When Marty isn't at work he loves spending time with his wife and their two dogs, Vesta and Kanga.  Marty enjoys being active by running, cycling, and working out.  Marty is also an avid sports fan and loves to follow the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steeler.  Marty's dream Mercedes-Benz would be an E63 because it provides the luxury and convenience of a sedan with the performance of a high end sports car.

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  • Jason Bruzzichesi
    Product Specialist
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  • Austin Taylor
    Product Specialist
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    Austin joined the Hendrick Family in May of 2018, shortly after graduation from UNC-Wilmington. After spending his college tenure on the coast, Austin, a Chapel Hill native, was ready to come home to the Triangle.

    During high school and college, Austin worked at local restaurants as a waiter, and later as a bartender. He used his nightly tips to fund his burgeoning car habit. His experience in customer service and zeal for high-end automobiles has been proven to be an ideal combination at Hendrick Automotive.

    A self-described "car guy", he was ready to turn his passion into his career upon completion of his English degree. A fan of German autos in particular, Austin feels lucky each time he gets to fire up the engine of a Mercedes-Benz.  

    His favorite car is the 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series, ideally in silver, though he wouldn't turn down the keys to any other colors.

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  • Virginia Rodriguez-Phillips
    Product Specialist
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  • Seth Williams
    Technician
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    Technician
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  • Doug Benton
    Technician
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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.

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  • Cameron Miller
    Technician
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    Technician
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    Technician
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  • Kyle Suon
    Technician
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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.

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  • Alex Randall
    Technician
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    Technician
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  • Rob Burke
    Technician Apprentice
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    Technician Apprentice
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