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  • Nelson Bowers
    Founder

    Nelson E. Bowers, II - Founder

    In 1976, at 30 years of age, Nelson E. Bowers II became a franchised Volvo dealer in Chattanooga and his success with that dealership led to being awarded the BMW franchise for the market in 1977.  Bowers' customer oriented philosophy established his dealerships as market leaders.  He received the highest recognition from Volvo and BMW relative to performance in sales, market penetration, customer service, and profitability.

    From the mid 1980's to 1997, Bowers built and industry leading organization of 14 franchises in eight locations in Chattanooga and Nashville with annual revenue of more than $250 million.
     
    In 1997, Bowers' primary dealership group was acquired by Charlotte-based Sonic Automotive, Inc. as a part of Bruton Smith's consolidation to launch an initial public offering.  Bowers became a charter member of Sonic Automotive's senior management team serving on the Board of Directors and as executive vice-president leading Sonics' aggressive acquisition strategy.  In January 1999, Bowers left Sonic to focus on investment banking opportunities resulting from the auto industry's consolidation trend.

    Mr. Bowers is currently a principal in Presidio Strategies, LLC a San Francisco-based investment banking firm specializing in advisory services to auto dealers.  In addition, Bowers continues to own and operate successful automobile dealerships and collision centers in the greater Chattanooga, TN, Cleveland, TN, and Valdosta, GA areas.  He is also an active venture capitalist and investor in a variety of business opportunities.

    Bowers was also involved with the NASCAR scene for many years.  He was one of three owners that formed MB2 Motorsports in 1996 and sold his interest in 2006.

    As a native of Chattanooga, Bowers attended the University of Georgia on a football scholarship.  He graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and currently serves on the University of Georgia's Board of Trustees.
     
    He is married to Pamela Greene Bowers and has two children Rick and Courtney.  He also has five grandchildren.   Bowers hobbies include bird hunting, aviation, and traveling.

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  • Bradley Cobb
    President

    Bradley Cobb - President

    Bradley B. Cobb graduated Cum Laude in 1990 from the University of Richmond with a double major in Business Economics and French and a minor in Speech Communication.

    He joined the automobile business in late 1992 where he started as a sales consultant and worked his way up through all the departments until he achieved dealer status in 1998. He is currently the Dealer Principal/co-owner of Honda of Cleveland, Langdale Honda, Langdale Hyundai of South Georgia, Langdale Kia, and Volkswagen of Chattanooga, and is a partner in Toyota of Cleveland, Langdale Ford, Audi Chattanooga, Kia of Cleveland, Evans Kia of Augusta, and Kia of Chattanooga.

    He also serves as President of Bowers Automotive Group which oversees the eleven dealerships as well as four stand-alone body shops in the Chattanooga and Cleveland area (ABRA Cleveland, ABRA Chapman, ABRA Chattanooga, and ABRA Hixson).  
    Brad is also a graduate of the National Automobile Dealer Academy, and has attended numerous factory and industry training programs.  Brad fully immerses himself in the daily activities of all the stores. He is in constant contact with general managers, and he continues to strive to know all his employees on a personal basis.  His stores have won numerous awards and accolades for customer satisfaction, market penetration, and sales achievements.  His executive management team has an average tenure of fourteen years, and his ability to attract, train, and retain exceptional managers is one of his biggest strengths.  Brad also has incredible factory relationships with all the manufacturers he is associated with.

    He currently serves on the Read 20 Education Initiative Board of Directors, the Girls Preparatory School Board of Directors, T. C. Thompson Children's Hospital Board, the Better Business Bureau Board of Directors and the Lula Lake Land Trust Board.

    He has three wonderful children and a wonderful wife of 19 years.  His hobbies include endurance mountain bike racing, cross country mountain bike racing, road bike racing, snow skiing and golf. 


    Best Contact: Cell: (423)400-3613

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  • David Plummer
    Chief Financial Officer

    David Plummer - CFO

    David Plummer began his career in the retail automobile business in 1972, beginning as a salesman for Edward F. Connell Chevrolet in Jacksonville, Florida. David spent eighteen years with Dobbs Management serving as Business Management Manager supervising the financial, risk management and accounting functions of a privately held retail automotive and wholesale beer distribution company consisting of thirty-five locations with revenues of $600M. 

    David then served as VP & CFO for Kelly Management Corporation for ten years, which is a privately held operator of retail automobile dealerships in Pennsylvania and Florida. David joined Sonic Automotive, Inc. in December 1999 serving as VP and Divisional Controller for Sonic's Western Division until December 2000, which was formed with the acquisition of First America Automotive. Beginning in December 2000, David assumed the responsibilities for Sonic's Central Division in addition to Sonic's Western Division. During this period, David served on the Board of Directors for Sonic Automotive of Nevada, Inc. and Speedway Children's Charities. In December 2001, David assumed the position of Senior Vice-President and Corporate Controller and was responsible for accounting operations in Sonic's dealerships in the United States. 

    David joined Fresh Beginnings, Inc. /eLead CRM in January 2008 serving as CFO for this retail automobile technology/CRM support company.  

    David became associated with Bowers Transportation in July 2009 as a partner and serves as the company's CFO. 

    David has five daughters, seven grand-children, and one great grandchild.  His hobbies include photography and genealogy research.

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  • Keith Clingan
    ABRA - Auto Body & Glass

    Keith Clingan - ABRA Auto Body and Glass

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    Built & opened in 1996

    What year did the Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    Built & opened in 1996

    How long have you been in the Automotive Industry?
    I have been in the industry for over 36 years.

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I have been with the Bowers Group for over 20 years.

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming GM?
    Started out as a Body Shop manager, then a Service Manager, then a Parts & Service Coordinator, then a Sales Manager, then built ABRA.

    Educational Background
    UTC - Business Administration

    What is the best way to contact you?
    (423)510-0600 or kclingan@abraauto.com

    What makes your dealership unique?


    6009 International Drive           
     2120 Chapman Road

    5520 Hixson Pike 

    2709 South Lee Highway              
     


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  • Jeremy Holsomback
    General Manager for Audi Chattanooga and Village Volkswagen

    Jeremy Holsomback - General Manager for Audi Chattanooga and Village Volkswagen

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    Both dealerships were built in June of 2008. We are located at 6001 International Dr.  Chattanooga,  TN 37421.  At the end of automotive row off Hwy 153.

    What year did the Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    July of 2003 for Volkswagen and 2007 for Audi of Chattanooga

    How long have you been in the Automotive Industry?
    I've been in the automotive industry since 1998.  I started my career in the automotive business at Sale Auto Mall in Dalton, GA.  There I sold Cadillac, Pontiacs, GMC, Mazda, Kia, Daewoo, and of course pre owned vehicles.

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I was given the opportunity to work for the Bowers Automotive Group January 1st 2014.

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming GM?
    In 1998 I started my career path as a salesman for Sale Auto Mall in Dalton, GA.  After about a year and a half of selling I was promoted to Finance for one of their remote locations in Calhoun, GA.  From that position I received another promotion to the Pre Owned Sales Manager position in charge of the day to day operations of that location.  After the company sold out I acquired a sales position with an independent automotive business overseeing the day to day operations.  From there I decided to join the team in Chattanooga at Economy Honda in 2008. There I rose in the ranks of the dealership to Finance Director and then General sales manager.  Then in the winter of 2013 the opportunity to work for the Bowers Automotive Group presented itself and I accepted the position January 1st 2014.  After helping the team at Honda of Cleveland achieve sales records in 2014 and the first half of 2015 Mr. Brad Cobb, President of Bowers Automotive Group offered me my first opportunity to be a General Manager.  So, June the 1st 2015, I took the reins of GM at Audi Chattanooga and Village Volkswagen Chattanooga.

    Educational Background
    Graduated from Southeast Whitfield High School in Dalton, GA in 1993.  From there I studied briefly at Dalton State College before getting in the automotive field.

    Awards
    Village Volkswagen was one of only 60 Volkswagen Dealers in the USA to be awarded the Customer First Award for 2013! Audi Chattanooga has won the Magna Society for 2009 and 2010!

    Family
    My wife of 18 years, Tina Holsomback, and I have been together since November of 1994. We were married in December of 1998.  She has stuck by me for my entire career in the automotive business.  In 2000, we had our wonderful daughter Hannah.  She has grown to be a very talented artist. 

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    When I am not at the dealership, my family and I love spending time at the Ocoee Outdoor Park.  We love the outdoors.  In the fall of the year I look forward to Deer hunting season.  Recently my wife and I purchased 28 acres in Bradley county TN in 2016.  We plan on starting a pumpkin farm.

    What is the best way to contact you?
    Work phone is (423) 855-4981, cell phone is (706) 280-8900 and email is jeremyholsomback@villagevw.com or jeremyholsomback@audichattanooga.com

    What makes your dealership unique?
    We are one of 30 Volkswagen Dealerships across the country that are participating in the "Creating the Destination" program. We have been gradually transforming our dealership with Volkswagen nostalgia. I would like to invite you to come visit the dealership and see for yourself!  We are also the Home Town Dealer to the manufacturing plant here in Chattanooga, TN.  Our entire Team has a multitude of years in the automotive business.  With all the quick and technical changes that have come with the auto business, we strive on a daily basis to get better in every aspect of our business.

    Village Volkswagen
         
    Audi of Chattanooga

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  • Corey Choate
    General Manager for Honda Cleveland

    Corey Choate - General Manager for Honda Cleveland

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    The dealership was built in 1984

    What year did the Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    The Bowers Automotive Group has owned the dealership since it was built in 1984.

    How long have you been in the Automotive Industry?
    Over 21 years.

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I have been with the Bowers Automotive Group for 4 years.

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming GM?
    Salesperson, Finance Manager, Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and then General Manager.

    Educational Background
    High School Diploma

    Awards
    7 time Presidents Award Winner

    Family
    Wife Kristina, myself and our four children children River, Aubrey, Kale and Bayleigh.

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    Anything outdoors and spending time with the children.

    What is the best way to contact you?
    (423) 478-5301 or cchoate@hondaofcleveland.com

    What makes your dealership unique?  
    We pride ourselves on customer service and every customer that comes through our doors gets my personal cell phone number.

    Honda Cleveland
         

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  • Tom Kelly
    Langdale Honda

    Tom Kelly - Langdale Honda

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    The current location was built in 1986 and we are currently in the process of relocating to an all new facility with a completion date of fall 2015.

    What year did the Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    Bowers Automotive group purchased the dealership in 2009.

    How long have you been in the Automotive Industry?
    I am currently in my 26th year.

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I started with the Bowers Automotive Group in February, 2010.

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming GM?
    I started selling cars in 1988 and was promoted to a sales mgr. in 1990 and worked my way up from there.

    Educational Background
    I am a high school graduate and my college of choice was "The" United States Marine Corps. "Semper Fi".

    Awards
    We have earned numerous awards but our best award received was the President's award for customer satisfaction.

    Family
    Married to my wife of 25 years and we have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    When I am not at the dealership I enjoy tinkering in the garage and working in the yard.

    What is the best way to contact you?
    I can be reached at (229) 242-3835 or by email at tkelly@langdalehondakia.com

    What makes your dealership unique?
    I think the thing that sets our dealership apart is the philosophy we have of taking care of our employees "FIRST"  and I truly believe by doing this it transfer directly to our customers.

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  • Anthony Jefferson
    Langdale Hyundai and Langdale Kia

    Anthony Jefferson - Langdale Hyundai and Langdale Kia

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    The current location was built in 1986.

    What year did the Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    The Bowers Automotive Group has owned the dealership since it was purchased in 2009.

    How long have you been in the Automotive Industry?
    30 Years

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I have been with Bowers Automotive group since January 2017

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming GM?
    Sales Consultant, Finance Director, General Sales Manager, General Manager.

    Educational Background
    B.S. Degree in Business Administration from South Carolina State University.

    Family
    Wife, Yvette Jefferson, married for 26 years. Two children. Austin Anthony Jefferson, Winthrop University College Graduate; and Maya Jefferson, Junior Accounting Major @ Clemson University.

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    Fishing, Golfing, and watching America's Team; the Dallas Cowboys.

    What is the best way to contact you?
    My number is 229-241-2880 or email me at anthony.jefferson@langdalekia.com

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  • Wael Elsay
    Evans Kia

    Wael Elsay - Evans Kia

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    Founded in 2012, Began Construction of a 21,000 square foot new Kia Gallery Image facility in February 2013. Completed and opened October 17th, 2013.

    What year did the Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    Construction completed and opened October 17, 2014.

    How long have you been in the Automotive Industry?
    I've been in the Automotive Industry for over 23 years.

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I have been with the Bowers Group since June 2015.

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming GM?
    I started in the Automotive Industry as a detailer.  I learned quickly and soon moved to a salesperson.  I was the top grossing salesman for the company.  I worked my way up thru Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and General Manager.

    Educational Background
    Studied Law

    Awards
    Top CSI, Management/Skills, Sales

    Family
    Married with 2 children.

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    With family!

    What is the best way to contact you?
    welsay@evanskia.com  (706)305-4000

    What makes your dealership unique?
    Located in the fastest growing area of eastern Georgia with over 400,000 population within a 60 miles radius.  Operating in a NEW Kia Gallery Image Building. We feature the "Evans Sales Advantage" with several services included with your new Kia purchase, Such has Batteries for life, free Car Washes, Tire Rotations, Pre trip inspections just to name a few.

    Evans Kia

     
     

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  • Monte Burney
    General Manager - Toyota of Cleveland

    Monte Burney - Toyota of Cleveland

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    The dealership was founded in 1991 and the new facility was built in 2008.

    What year did the Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    The Bowers Automotive Group has owned the dealership since it was built in 1991.

    How long have you been in the Automotive Industry?
    I have been in the industry for over 26 years.

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I have been with the Bowers Automotive Group since January 2016.

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming GM?
    Sales Consultant, F&I Manager, F&I Director, Sales Manager, General Sales Manager, and General Manager.

    Educational Background
    Dealer Academy

    Awards
    21 time Presidents Award Winner and 3 time Dealer Rater Dealer of the Year

    Family
    Married for over 4 years with 1 daughter.

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    Motor Cycle riding and working out.

    What is the best way to contact you?
    My number is (423) 414-1949 or email me at mb@toyotaofcleveland.com

    What makes your dealership unique?
    We care about your experience from the sale all the way to servicing your vehicle. We want to make every visit memorable.

    Toyota of Cleveland
     
     
     

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  • Taft Butcher
    General Manager for Kia of Chattanooga
    (423) 855-1022

    What year was the dealership built/founded?

    Kia of Chattanooga was built/founded in 2001 and Kia of Cleveland was built/founded in 2011.

    What year did Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?
    Kia of Chattanooga was purchased in 2009 and Kia of Cleveland was purchased in 2011.

    How long have you been in the automotive industry?
    I have been in the automotive industry for 27 years.

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group?
    I have been with Bowers for 5 years.

    What path did you take from your first position to becoming General Manager?
    I started out washing cars at my fathers dealership.  Then gradually worked my way throughout the dealership.

    Educational Background
    I have a BS in Business

    Awards
    The dealership has been awarded the Presidents Club Award 3 times.

    Family
    I am married with two daughters.

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    I enjoy spending time at the lake and boating.

    What is the best way to contact you?
    (423) 855-1022

    What makes your dealership unique?
    At Kia of Chattanooga we care. We will take the time to determine the best car at the best price and treat you like family.



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  • Ron Jones
    General Manager of Langdale Hyundai
    (229) 241-2880

    What year was the dealership built/founded?
    This location was built in 2007

    What year did Bowers Automotive Group purchase the dealership?  
    The Bowers Automotive Group has owed this dealership since December 2010
     

    How long have you been in the automotive industry? 
    21 years

    How long have you been with the Bowers Automotive Group? Since August 2017


    What path did you take from your first position to becoming General Manager? 
    Sales Professional, Closer, F&I Manager, Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and General Manager

    Educational Background 
        Jim Moran & Associates

    Awards
    Best Place to Buy a car in Valdosta!

    Family 
        Married with 3 Children 

    How do you spend your free time away from the dealership?
    Family 

    What is the best way to contact you?
        229-796-1184 or email me at ron.jones@langdalehyundai.com
     
    What makes your dealership unique?
    We always do the right thing even when doing the right isn't popular.

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  • Mark Howell
    General Manager of Langdale Ford
    (229) 333-2300


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