Meet Metro Toyota's Dealer Principal | Kalamazoo MI


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Management

Jeff DeNooyer
President


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Will Krueger
General Manager
(269) 375-1000


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Keith DeBoer
Service and Parts Director

Started at Metro Toyota: 2004
From: Mattawan, MI

Dream Car: 2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro packed with off road accessories 
Hobbies/Interests: Hunting, fishing, diving, habitat management, traveling
Fun Fact: I have a bachelor's degree in Management from WMU and also a minor in biology.  Although I don't use the biology knowledge much at work, it really has benefited me in my enjoyment of our natural world.

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Cory Wohlford
New Car Sales Manager


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Jordan Simpson
Pre-Owned Sales Manager
(269) 353-5260


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Finance

Zeb Olsen
Finance Director
269-353-5209

Zeb is passionate about providing the ultimate customer experience in all aspects of the vehicle purchase experience and is here to guide potential buyers on making an informed and educated purchasing decision that they can feel great about. Zeb prides himself on honesty, integrity and reliability, and has his customers best interests at heart.

Zeb Olsen

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Jon Griffith
Business Manager
(269) 353-5256

Jon Griffith has been the Financial Services Manager since joining Metro Toyota in 2006. Having lived in the area his entire life, he's made a home in Mattawan with his wife Leslie, and two wonderful children. Jon enjoys fishing, hunting and coaching his children in their various sporting activities as well as spending time with his family. Jon has many years of experience in Financial Services and he is extremely dedicated to making your next purchase as smooth as possible.

Jon Griffith

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Kurtis Swinehart
269-353-5217


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New Sales Team

Terry Baker
New Vehicle Sales Consultant
269-353-5208

Hello, and thank you for taking time to check me out.

I am 100%  Michigan born & raised and have lived in Kalamazoo since 1986, raising 2 children. I'm passionate about the outdoors and health & fitness. I love to travel and even lived in Mexico for a year. My favorite activities are bicycling, hiking and camping. My creative outlet is in the kitchen. I love making a meal, then watching folks enjoy! A little known fact about me is that I was once hired to cater a private party for the Governor.

My professional history has always involved serving others. I've spent over 20 years in business-to-business sales and service. My career in the car business began, and will end with Toyota. I've said before, I'll never sell another brand and I'll never work under another dealer banner. And never is a pretty long time… I hope. I have a great team of associates and THE BEST vehicles in the industry. 

It would be an honor to serve you on your next vehicle purchase.

Terry  Baker

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Julia Bussing
Sales Consultant


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Bob Kearns
Sales Consultant
(269) 353-5236

Bob is a lifelong resident of Southwestern Michigan. He is a Western Michigan University graduate and has been in sales for over 25 years. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his two boys, golfing, fishing and the outdoors. Bob believes in treating people with respect, dignity and is customer service driven. Bob Kearns

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Dean Kepol
Sales Consultant
(269) 353-5244

I have a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Arts: Training and Development. 


My experience includes 10 years in automotive sales and marketing including New Vehicle Salesperson of the Year Awards from 2010-2014 and Toyota Sales Society for Superior Sales Performance and Customer Satisfaction. I enjoy being a part-time tennis coach and representing WMU in Tennis. I reside with my wife and child in Portage.

Dean Kepol

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Connor Moss
Sales Consultant

Started at Metro Toyota: January 2020

From: Paw Paw, MI
Dream Car: 1993 R32 Skyline
Hobbies/Interests: Cars and sports
Fun Fact: I was born in Southampton, England

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Tim Robertson
Sales Consultant
269-353-5261

Started with Metro Toyota: 2016

From: Tech Industry

Dream Car: Hybrid 4Runner

Hobbies/Interests: Collecting and repairing old video games and arcades

Fun Fact: I own a podcasting network, one of the longest running podcasters on the planet. Published author.  

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Pre-Owned Sales

Andy Elkantar
Pre-Owned Sales Consultant
269-353-2329

Started with Metro Toyota: March 2020

From: New York City, NY
Dream Car: Porsche 911
Hobbies/Interests: Running, billiards, family
Fun Fact: Went to college on full track scholarship, 2011 Kalamazoo 8-ball MVP. Licensed realtor in Michigan. 

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Ken Karakula
Sales Consultant
(269) 353-5271

A graduate of Ferris State University and Wayne State University,  he was a Funeral Director and Managing Partner of RDMG Funeral Homes in Portage, MI before retiring in 1998. He joined Metro Toyota in 2006 and has been Salesperson of the Year 15 years in a row from 2007-2021. He is a member of Berean Baptist Church. Ken is a former Soccer Coach and Athletic Booster Club Member at Heritage Christian Academy. Ken has been married to Carolyn Lambrix Karakula since 1976 and they have 8 children and 13 grandchildren who all reside in the Kalamazoo area.

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Don Leitow
Sales Consultant
(269) 353-5206

Started with Metro Toyota: July 2010

From: Bridgman, MI

Dream Car: Sprinter Van 4x4

Hobbies/Interests: Ride mountain bikes, coach youth mountain bike team and camping in the summer

Fun Fact: When I was in high school, I would enroll in school in Florida for the winters to race amateur motocross. I went to Paris with Yamaha Motor Corp in a support role for Mike LaRocco.

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Blane Kurzmann
269-353-5297

Started with Metro Toyota: December 2018

From: Kalamazoo, MI

Dream Car: Lexus LFA

Hobbies/Interests: Boating, fishing, gardening, spending time with my 2 sons

Fun fact: I have had over 500 stitches and staples in my lifetime. Scars fade but stories live forever.

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Liem Nguyen
Sales Consultant
269-353-5249


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Tedd Shipp
Sales Consultant
(269) 353-5254

Tedd is a 20 year resident of the Greater Kalamazoo area. He has been married to his wife Marie for over 25 years and they have 2 boys Justin and James.  Tedd's education includes a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Cardiology and a minor in Entomology. Prior to Metro Toyota, he worked in both Nuclear Cardiology and PET scanning. His experience in patient care has taught Tedd to be extremely patient and compassionate.  He takes great pride in determining what his customers are looking for and working hard to help them achieve their goals. Tedd enjoys sports and has been coaching high school football for 15 years and previously officiating high school athletics for nearly 10 years. His diverse hobbies include cooking, playing guitar, golf and participating in the Northstar chapter of BNI.


Tedd Shipp

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Chris Bautista


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Service

Riley Wagner


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Keith DeBoer
Service and Parts Director


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Elliott Heiney
Assistant Service Manager

Started with Metro Toyota: October 2019

From: St. Joseph, MI
Dream Car: Silver '06 Tacoma - like the one I own!
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing and hunting, playing softball, working out, being active overall!
Fun Fact: I have 2 cute cats!

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Tyler Tufts


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Mary Peterson


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Olivia Garcia
Assistant Service Manager

Started with Metro Toyota: August 2022

From: Battle Creek, MI
Dream Car: Toyota 4Runner
Hobbies/Interests: Music, reading, traveling and photography
Fun Fact: I have a goal to visit all 50 states within the next 10 years!

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Ricki Brown

Started with Metro Toyota: March 2015

From: Langston, MI
Dream Car: 1969 AMC AMX
Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball, photography, camping, kayaking
Fun Fact: I can draw/paint.

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Brian Brown

Started with Metro Toyota: November 2020

Dream Car: Ferrari 458 Spyder
Hobbies/Interests: Bosting, biking 

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Chris Hickmott

Started with Metro Toyota: July 2020

From: St. Joseph, MI
Dream Car: Corvette C7 Collection Edition - I now own one!
Hobbies/Interests: Rally racing, drag racing, martial arts
Fun Fact: Veteran - US Air Force - Former F-16 Avionics Technician

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Office

Cathy Skiver


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Cheri Myers


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