Staff


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  • Kevin Leyk
    General Manager
    423-790-3700

    Kevin is from St. Cloud, MN and graduated from St. Cloud State University. Kevin has been in the automotive business for 17 years and been with Sonic Automotive since 2014. He enjoys spending time with family, traveling, golfing and watching his son play baseball.


    Kevin's motto is: "When our customers are happy we, as a team, have succeeded!


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  • Amanda Phifer
    New Car Sales Manager
    423-790-3700

    Amanda has been with Sonic Automotive since February 2010 and is from the North Georgia area. Amanda's favorite new Nissan is the newly redesigned Armada and Murano! When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family on the lake!

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  • Brandon Payne
    Used Car Manager
    423-790-3700

    Brandon started Nissan of Cleveland in 2016, but has been in the automotive industry since 2013. Brandon's favorite Nissan is the new Nissan Titan. He enjoys spending time with his family.

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  • Darrell Anderson
    Finance Manager
    423-790-3700

    Darrell has been with Sonic Automotive since 2010 and from Grundy County. He enjoys hunting and fishing. Darrell is ready to help with any finance questions you may have!

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  • Chancy Deakins
    Finance Manager
    423-790-3700

    Chancy joined the Nissan of Cleveland team in December 2016 and has worked in the automotive industry since 2000. His favorite new Nissan is the Nissan Frontier. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing!

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  • Kevin Frazier
    Service Manager
    423-790-3700

    Kevin has been in the car business since 1993 and with Sonic Automotive since 2012! Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, restoring classic cars, and riding his Harley.


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  • Jeff Gaddis
    Parts Manager
    423-790-3700

    Jeff has been in the automotive industry over twenty years and joined the Nissan of Cleveland team in the Summer of 2017!

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  • Dustin Thompson
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Dustin has been with Sonic Automotive since November 2010. He loves to watch the Tennessee Vols! He has four children, two boys and two girls, that he enjoys spending time with while not working! 


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  • James Kreminskiy
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    I'll be happy to help you, and I also speak Russian and Ukrainian!

    James is new with sonic automotive, He lives in Cleveland Tennessee with his wife and 2 children. His favorite car is the Nissan Maxima, on his off days he enjoys bushcraft with his family.


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  • Brittney McClendon
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Brittney joined Sonic Automotive in September 2016. Her favorite Nissan is the new Sentra Turbo! She enjoys the simple in life, like food and books!

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  • Eddie Valenzuela
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Eddie joined Sonic Automotive in Fall 2016. He speaks Spanish, very friendly and loves the Nissan Brand. His favorite new Nissan is the 370Z and Maxima. Outside of work, Eddie enjoys the outdoors with a few furry friends.

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  • Jamey Payne
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Jamey was born and raised in Chattanooga and went to Gulf Coast Community College where he majored in Sports Broadcasting and Journalism. After college Jamey joined the Us Navy where he was a Radioman on the USS San Jacinto CG-56. Jamey is a huge Tennessee Vols fan!


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  • Dean Craft
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Dean joined the Nissan of Cleveland family in May 2017. Dean's favorite Nissan is the 70-90's models, like the 1976 Nissan Laurel. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family!

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  • Adam Sumner
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Adam joined the Nissan of Cleveland team in the Summer of 2017! His favorite new Nissan is the Titan XD! Adam is from Cordele, GA. In his spare time, Adam enjoys playing music and helping with his church.

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  • Juan Ramirez
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Juan joined the Sonic Automotive team in Nashville in July 2016. He relocated to Cleveland, TN fall 2017 and joined the Nissan of Cleveland team! Juan's favorite new Nissan is the new redesigned Maxima. In his spare time, Juan enjoys watching sports. His favorite team is New York Jets.

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  • Chris Ratcliff
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Chris has been in the automotive industry for several years and joined the Nissan of Cleveland team in Summer of 2017. He enjoys spending time with his family! His favorite new Nissan is the newly redesigned Nissan Titan.

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  • Zach Swallows
    Sales Consultant
    423-790-3700

    Zach joined the Nissan of Cleveland in fall of 2016 in the service department and began as a Sales Consultant in fall of 2017. His favorite new Nissan is the Nissan Rogue.

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  • Shannon Dudley
    Receptionist
    423-790-3700

    Shannon has been with Sonic Automotive since October 2016 and is from Beaverdam, Virginia.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, baking and photography.


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  • Shelly Surbeck
    Receptionist
    423-790-3700

    Shelly is new to Sonic Automotive, she and her husband recently moved to Cleveland, Tennessee. Shelly enjoys family activities and gardening.

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  • Jonathan Walker
    Parts
    423-370-3700

    Jonathan joined the Nissan of Cleveland team in July 2017!

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  • Mary Lancaster
    Controller
    423-381-6435

    Mary is from Mableton, GA. Mary joined Sonic in 2014, but has been in car business since 1993. Mary enjoys traveling and spending her time volunteering for different pet shelters. 

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  • Cathy Coffman Samuel
    Office Manager
    423-381-6435

    Cathy was born in Miami, Florida. She began working with Sonic in 2014, but has been in the car business for over 25 years. She loves spending time with her family and three grandchildren.

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  • Arla Waters
    Office Manager
    423-381-6435

    Arla is from Miami, FL and has worked in the automotive industry since 1979.  She enjoys flower gardening, arts and crafts, traveling with her husband and spending as much time as she can with their 21 grandchildren!

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  • Kathy Scoggins
    Accounting Clerk
    423-381-6435

    Kathy is from Rock Spring, GA and has worked with Sonic since July 2014. When not at work, Kathy enjoys reading and spending time with her family!

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  • Alexandra Hilson
    Accounting Specialist
    423-381-6435

    Alex hails from Oceanside, CA and has been part of the Sonic Automotive family since 2014. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her pets and family, getting lost in literary adventures, and participating in a competitive billiards league.

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  • Kendra Hiett
    Accounting Clerk
    423-381-6435

    Kendra is the Nissan of Cleveland office liason and joined the Sonic family in September 2016. She is a big fan of SEC football (Go Dawgs!!!) and plays herself in a local women's league. Her pups, Charley and Baker, and her family are the light of her life. She enjoys reading whenever she has a chance, few and far between as those opportunities may be. She looks forward to being a part of this corporation for a long time to come.

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  • Sheila Tennant
    Billing Clerk
    423-381-6435

    Sheila is from Baltimore, MD. She lives in Rossville, GA. She has worked for Economy Honda since 2015. She has five kids and five grandchildren. She enjoys spoiling her grand babies!

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  • Susie Bouhaouli
    Administrative Assistant
    423-381-6435

    Susie is from Delray Beach, Florida and has been in Auto Industry for 25 years. She currently lives in Ringgold, Ga. Susie spends  her downtime at Soccer games for Chattanooga Football Club and enjoys family time.

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  • Mitzi Talley
    Payroll Accounting
    423-381-6435

    Mitzi was born in Knoxville, TN and relocated to Chattanooga in the fall of 2004. She became part of the Sonic Automotive family in July 2016.  When not at work, she enjoys motivational speaking, reading great books, and taking cruises with her friends and family.

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  • Brandi Schrimpsher
    New car deal breakdown/contract processing


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