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  • Chuck Butler

    Chuck Butler

    Founder/President

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    Chuck Butler

    Chuck Butler

    Founder/President

    Chuck started working in the automotive industry when, at the age of 12, he was hired to wash cars at his father’s dealership in Oxnard, California. He’s come a long way since then, but the core principles he learned working his way up through every department of the family business – the importance of providing exceptional customer service, cultivating honest, transparent communication, and working to benefit the community you live in – have served as the foundation for his life’s work.

    Chuck studied at Los Angeles Valley College, where he was an All-Conference Water Polo player, and then attended the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in business administration. After serving in the United States Air Force and attending General Motors Institute, Chuck was named executive vice president and general manager of the Butler Buick dealership in Torrance, California.

    It was there that Chuck first met Linda. Three years after their first date (a Neil Diamond concert at the Greek Theatre,) Chuck and Linda were married. The pair bought a Ford dealership in Ashland, Oregon in 1976, and the Butler family of dealerships was born. They now own 4 dealerships in Ashland and Medford. Chuck is also a partner in Steelhead Finance in Medford, a commercial finance company, and CPM Real Estate Services, a property management company with locations in Medford, Ashland, and Grants Pass.

    Chuck has served on the boards of the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation (Board President,) the Southern Oregon University Foundation Emeritus Board, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Board President.) In 2017, he was nominated for the 2017 TIME Magazine/Ally Financial Quality Dealer of the Year Award, considered by many to be the most prestigious award in the retail automotive industry, as one of just 49 dealers nationwide selected for “doing it right in their industry and giving back with extraordinary contributions to their community.”

    No matter how many honors or accolades Chuck receives, the titles that are most important to him are the ones that he has been working to earn for his entire life: husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor.

  • Linda Butler

    Linda Butler

    Co-Founder

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    Linda Butler

    Linda Butler

    Co-Founder

    Linda may be in the business of selling cars but it’s people who get her fired up. Maybe that has something to do with the close-knit family she was raised in. As the youngest of four kids growing up in Southern California there was no shortage of companionship. And dreams of becoming a teacher just strengthened the desire to be surrounded by people she could invest in.

    But it wasn’t long before Linda found herself drawn to a neighbor’s adding machine and realized her strength was in processing details and deciphering numbers. So she enrolled at Cal State University Long Beach where she hit the water with the sailing team and minored in accounting while getting a degree in Sociology. After tagging on classes at UCLA Linda got to work as a CPA.

    It was while crunching numbers for a living that she met Chuck while picking up a friend at the dealership Chuck co-owned. He was immediately enamored by her waist-length blonde hair and independent spirit. On their first date he took her to see Neil Diamond perform at the legendary Greek Theatre and Linda was smitten. “It knocked me out of the park,” she says. Even so, it took Chuck three years and eight proposals to get her to agree to marry him.

    Eventually, Linda and Chuck moved to Southern Oregon after a brief stint in Redding. Linda says they were looking for a town with a four year college, a daily newspaper and cultural relevancy. Ashland fit the bill. So, they settled in and went into business together, opening Butler Automotive Group in 1976. When she’s not at one of the group’s four stores Linda’s volunteering her time. Over the years she’s served countless organizations including sitting on the Ashland Community Hospital, Ashland Family YMCA, and Lithia Springs Girls Home boards of directors. She’s been a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, a soccer coach, and continues to give time to committees within her church. And of course she’s spending time with her family which includes four children and five grand kids. She and Chuck love taking the group on their sailboat, “Comme Je Trouve”, which, when translated from French means “take it as it comes”. But if you ask her what her personal motto is she gets more specific. “Love your people”, she says. “Employees and co-workers, as well as customers and family. That’s what it’s all about for me.”

  • Warren Cooper

    Warren Cooper

    Managing Partner

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    Warren Cooper

    Warren Cooper

    Managing Partner

    You can’t miss Warren Cooper, for two reasons: At 6′ 5″ he towers over almost everyone. And he always has a mischievous smile on his face. Maybe that’s because, as an admitted “workaholic”, he loves what he does!

    Warren is a Medford native and Crater graduate who played forward for the Raiders basketball team back when Southern Oregon University was Southern Oregon College. Since he “enjoys business” and has “always had a mind for numbers”, he studied accounting, going to work for a CPA firm directly out of school. Warren’s lightning-fast computation skills took his career to LTM (now Knife River), then into partnering in two businesses – a video rental shop and appliance store – where he fell in love with retail.

    But as fate would have it – he wound up in the auto industry. Warren met Chuck Butler in 1978 upon buying his first new vehicle: a Ford Conversion Van. Not only did they strike up a friendship but Warren became a repeat customer when he bought a truck from Butler a couple years later. His friendship with Chuck turned into a position with the company in the late 1980s, then into a business partnership in 1998.

    In the rare moments when he’s not at one of the dealerships, Warren enjoys spending time with Paula, his artist wife of 30 years whom he says he married within a month and a half of meeting. They like to travel and have their sights set on South Dakota’s Mt. Rushmore and Alaska. There’s also lots of family to attend to: four children and three grandchildren. In his free time, Warren indulges in art appreciation, reading – he especially likes history – and golf, which he says he doesn’t play nearly often enough.

  • Paul Hauck

    Paul Hauck

    General Sales Manager

    Paul Hauck

    Paul Hauck

    General Sales Manager

  • Dave Lewallen

    Dave Lewallen

    Business Manager

    Dave Lewallen

    Dave Lewallen

    Business Manager

  • Travis Smith

    Travis Smith

    HR Administrator

    Travis Smith

    Travis Smith

    HR Administrator

  • Patti Hills

    Patti Hills

    Office Manager

    Patti Hills

    Patti Hills

    Office Manager

  • Michaela Gillespie

    Michaela Gillespie

    Service Coordinator

    Michaela Gillespie

    Michaela Gillespie

    Service Coordinator

  • Brent Waler

    Brent Waler

    Acura Sales Manager

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    Brent Waler

    Brent Waler

    Acura Sales Manager

    Brent’s been around the automotive industry nearly his entire life. As a kid growing up in Eugene, Oregon Brent’s stepfather worked at a dealership so, when it was time for Brent to get a job, it was only natural that he’d follow in the family footsteps. That was about the time he moved from Eugene to Southern Oregon 38 years ago. And he’s loved it ever since. “I’m always meeting nice people,” he says. “I enjoy meeting their needs. It’s satisfying.”

    When he’s not working, though, Brent’s meeting his own need for the outdoors. The father of three grown children, he loves to fish, hunt and go boating. And even though he’s traveled the globe extensively Brent says he’s just as happy at home, working the land he shares with his wife of 37 years.

  • Joel Nickerson

    Joel Nickerson

    Butler Sales Manager

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    Joel Nickerson

    Joel Nickerson

    Butler Sales Manager

    Joel’s journey with Butler began in 2003 when he started in sales. Since then his career has included specializing in inventory management, vehicle ordering, customer finance and fleet management. He was promoted to Ford Sales Manager early in 2011 and describes his management style as “direct and transparent”.

    After growing up in Oregon City, Joel moved to study business at Southern Oregon University. A self-described “country boy at heart”, he remembers standing on his deck in Talent, gazing at the snow-covered hills and thinking, “People in Portland would pay for this view and I’m getting it for free.” That was when he knew he’d found his home… that and the fact that Holly, the woman who would become his wife, lived just next door. Their family’s now expanded to include son Jack, an event Joel calls a “game changer”. An avid outdoorsman, he takes his son with him on his outdoorsy exploits. Joel loves being a dad and glows with pride when talking about mealtimes, bath times and endless hours at the park. The family motto is “Have truck, will travel.” Ford Motor Company would be proud!

  • Peter McFadden

    Peter McFadden

    Sales Manager

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    Peter McFadden

    Peter McFadden

    Sales Manager

    The next time you visit Butler’s Ashland stores be sure to shake Peter’s hand… he might just be running the country someday. Born and raised in Medford, Peter’s passion for politics was sparked by a government class he attended at St. Mary’s High School. His Junior Project found him crafting a brief on the recently implemented Oregon Health Plan that former Governor turned teacher Mark Hatfield liked enough to print and distribute.

    After graduating, and being recruited by every Pac 10 football program but one, Peter attended Oregon State where he obtained his Bachelor’s in Political Science (but never played a game thanks to a blown out ankle). He then followed up with a Masters in Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He had the knowledge to enter politics but, there was just one problem… “I was so shy… I couldn’t talk to people. So I got in the car business. Now I can talk to anyone”, Peter says. He figures in another 20 years he’ll have learned enough about the wants and needs of the American public that he can finally throw his hat in the ring for office.

  • Rikki Fraughton

    Rikki Fraughton

    Finance Manager

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    Rikki Fraughton

    Rikki Fraughton

    Finance Manager

  • David Nix

    David Nix

    Finance

    David Nix

    David Nix

    Finance

  • Matt Mocabee

    Matt Mocabee

    Internet Coordinator

    Matt Mocabee

    Matt Mocabee

    Internet Coordinator

  • Bart Houck

    Bart Houck

    Lot Specialist

    Bart Houck

    Bart Houck

    Lot Specialist

  • Brooke Cyphers

    Brooke Cyphers

    Rentals Manager

    Brooke Cyphers

    Brooke Cyphers

    Rentals Manager

  • Rex Cunningham

    Rex Cunningham

    Senior Product Specialist

    Rex Cunningham

    Rex Cunningham

    Senior Product Specialist

  • Justin Wilder

    Justin Wilder

    Product Specialist

    Justin Wilder

    Justin Wilder

    Product Specialist

  • Scott Goff

    Scott Goff

    Product Specialist

    Scott Goff

    Scott Goff

    Product Specialist

  • Rocky Moore

    Rocky Moore

    Sales Floor Manager

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    Rocky Moore

    Rocky Moore

    Sales Floor Manager

    If Rocky isn’t writing a book about his life, he should be. The native Oklahoman describes his life experiences as “eclectic”. The fun started when he used a rodeo scholarship to attend college as a theater/communication major. After school he moved to Denver, Colorado where he entered the world of men’s fashion, helping launch Polo/Ralph Lauren stores all over the country and training employees in the art of sales and customer service.

  • Kristine West

    Kristine West

    Product Specialist

    Kristine West

    Kristine West

    Product Specialist

  • Curtis Hancock

    Curtis Hancock

    Service & Parts Director

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    Curtis Hancock

    Curtis Hancock

    Service & Parts Director

    Curtis has literally spent half his life at Butler Automotive Group. Born and raised in Ashland, he played Center and Middle Linebacker at Ashland High School (he says his team saw just 3 losses in 3 years). Shortly after graduating Curtis started washing cars for Butler. A couple years later, he joined the Army National Guard, service that allowed him the freedom to continue his employment. Along the way, Curtis married Jennifer, a neo-natal intensive care unit nurse. Together they’re raising five kids! Curtis describes his clan as a “boating family” and says they love spending time on their houseboat at Lake Shasta. He also adores coaching Ashland Pop Warner football, and being an officer with the Ashland Football Club. And, as if that weren’t enough to keep him busy, he and Jen recently took up ballroom dancing. His favorite dance is Tango.

  • Joe Butterfield

    Joe Butterfield

    Service Advisor

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    Joe Butterfield

    Joe Butterfield

    Service Advisor

    Like so many others born and raised in the Rogue Valley, Joe had to leave to realize how much he appreciated his home town. After graduating from Medford Senior High he headed for the University of Oregon to study music (he cops to playing mostly string instruments but can also tickle the ivories). But the lure of performing proved too great and Joe moved to Southern California where he and his wife, Valinda (whom he says he’s “known longer than he hasn’t”) made up two-thirds of a trio. Their music career even saw them performing with Princess Cruise Lines! When it came time to raise a family, though, Joe and Valinda decided to move back home. He brought with him experience from working at the third largest Ford dealership in the U.S. After having been in the automotive industry since 1984, Joe says it’s the relationship he has with his customers that makes his work rewarding. When he’s not in the Service Center you’ll find him skiing, learning about new music from his grown sons and appreciating the classics of blues, bluegrass and rock-n-roll.

  • Romy Cura

    Romy Cura

    Acura Parts Manager

    Romy Cura

    Romy Cura

    Acura Parts Manager

  • Oscar Malfavon

    Oscar Malfavon

    Acura Master Technician

    Oscar Malfavon

    Oscar Malfavon

    Acura Master Technician

  • Robert Folger

    Robert Folger

    Technician

    Robert Folger

    Robert Folger

    Technician

  • Dustin Roesler

    Dustin Roesler

    Technician

    Dustin Roesler

    Dustin Roesler

    Technician

  • Michael Young

    Michael Young

    Lot Professional

    Michael Young

    Michael Young

    Lot Professional

  • Frank Robles

    Frank Robles

    Collision Center Manager

    Frank Robles

    Frank Robles

    Collision Center Manager