Staff


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  • Mike Aus
    Owner/Operator

    I'm Mike Aus, owner of Durango Motor Company. I've been in this business for over twenty five years, and there's one thing I've heard over and over again from our guests: "The single most stressful part of buying a new car is the negotiation!" Meeting our guests' needs is a priority of mine that is instilled in each of my team members, so at Durango Motor Company we removed the negotiation completely. We want you to feel comfortable and excited when purchasing your next vehicle! With that in mind, we do things differently here.

    Our greatest value is guest enthusiasm, so our sales consultants aren't paid based on how much money is made from your sales transaction. Instead, they earn their living based on how satisfied you are with your purchase and overall experience. Because of this philosophy, we strive to bring you the best cars at the lowest possible price we can provide, so you can rest assured you're getting the best car for your wants, needs, and budget- not ours. Our Best Price is upfront on every vehicle, and no matter who you are, everyone gets the same low price.

    We want your car buying experience to be a great one, so you can drive off the lot completely satisfied and happy- but we don't stop there. Our parts and service department, detail, DGO Autogear Accessories, and ABRA body shop each strive to bring you the same quality experience and satisfaction, with specialized technicians for all of your automotive needs.

    Being a family owned business, we aim to treat you and yours like family, too. At Durango Motor Company, it's about building a relationship with our guests, not emptying your wallet.

    Come visit us today and experience the difference- I'll look forward to meeting you and showing you just how enjoyable the car buying experience can be.   

    Sincerely, 
    Michael L. Aus

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  • Tom O.
    General Manger


    It is our mission to exceed our guests and employee's expectations and maintain their loyalty for a lifetime. 


    My name is Tom Ondrako, the General Manager at Durango Motor Company. I have been in the car business since 1978 starting as an office manager for a local dealer. After 43 years, living in Endwell NY, located in upstate New York, I decided I needed a change and a better lifestyle for me and my family.  In 2001, an opportunity came available to be the Controller at the New Country Auto Center, so my family and I packed up to begin a new adventure.  I have 3 wonderful children who now live on the east coast and are pursuing careers of their own. I really enjoy the outdoors and when I am away from work I enjoy riding our side by side with my wife and friends in the beautiful mountains of Durango and surrounding areas. I am still an avid fan of the NY Yankees and NY Giants. "GO GIANTS". 

    My goal at Durango Motor Company is for our Guests to have a sales and service experience that is extraordinary, feeling extremely enthused. Our founder Leonard Rydell, had Leonardisms, as we call them, one being "never take advantage of a guest even if you can."  We strive extremely hard to fulfill his aspirations, however, sometimes we do fall short and that is when you will truly see who we are as a company by taking ownership and rectifying the situation. Our philosophy holds that in any planning and decision making process, Guest Enthusiasm will always carry the most weight. Many of Leonard's comments are hanging throughout the dealership to remind us of the kind of experience you can expect from the entire staff at Durango Motor Company. 

    "I want you to work hard, work smart and treat people with respect, and the sky's the limit." 

    Our employees are also an integral part of your experience, and it's my goal to make sure that each and everyone of them provides you this same experience. One of our values is "The Value of Our People," we have nothing of greater value than our people. We respect the uniqueness of every individual and believe that such an attitude will build a team of confident, creative members possessing a high degree of initiative, self-respect and self-discipline. 

    I would encourage you to share your experiences with me so that your feedback can be used effectively to improve the experience you have with Durango Motor Company.

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  • India D.
    Internet Sales Manager


    Hi, I'm India.

    I moved to Durango in 1999 from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, thus my love for both the ocean and the mountains. In my 18 years in Durango, I've developed a passion for trail running, backpacking, rafting & hiking. Still working on the cold weather sports! When I'm not helping y'all find your dream vehicles, I have 3 beautiful boys and one man that keep me extremely busy & full.

    I came to work at Durango Motor Company after purchasing my first new-ish vehicle in 2017. The process was so smooth & easy, I felt silly for waiting so long! If I could drive off the lot in a new car today… it'd probably be a Rav 4 with the Adventure Package. Heated steering wheel, rubber floor mats, and dynamic cruise control, yes please!

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  • Kane T.
    Dealer Trades Manager


    Hi- 


    It is said that salesmen are about as honest as lawyers and purchasing a vehicle is rated to be as painful as having teeth pulled. Allow me a moment to introduce myself so I can assure you, not all salesmen are the same.  

    I was first introduced to the car business in 2008 as a car wash employee with New Country Auto Center. After a couple of months, I advanced into a sales consultant position. Two years later, I was promoted to an internet manager and just one year after that, I began managing our entire inventory of four new vehicle franchises. When Durango Motor Company purchased the dealership from New Country Auto Sales, I was placed in charge of managing our Toyota sales, and after one full year of sales we achieved the Toyota Presidents Award, one that is given to the elite dealerships that exceed the standards in both customer service as well as sales.  

    I am an amazing husband and a father of two beautiful children- 19 month old son, and my princess who is about to turn 4. Having lived in Durango my whole life I have been able to enjoy all four seasons and  many outdoor activities like fishing, camping, sledding and anything involving sports. As a Colorado native I am an Avalanche fan, a Nuggets fan, and a Rockies fan, but was raised to love the Dallas Cowboys (which was a good decision before 1995).  

    I know many of you here in this community and would love to see your smiling faces, so please come on in and pay me a visit.   

    -Kane T.

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  • Jason M.
    Used Car Sales Manager


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  • Mike O.
    Value Autos Sales Manager


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  • Anthony S.
    New Inventory Manager


    Hello! 


    I am Anthony Stallings.  I started at the dealership in August 2015.  I moved to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College and have lived here since 2010.  If I could have any vehicle on the lot, it would be a Lincoln MKZ all-wheel drive twin turbo 3.0 Liter with 400 HP.  You can't get a better car for the price!

    I like to experience the many different restaurants that Durango has to offer.  Wine-tasting is one of the things that I enjoy doing in my free time.  My dogs' names are Scout and Brownie.  I have three horses.  Smokey is 32 years old.  

    I love this job and hope to make it a career.  

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  • Jordan H.
    Finance & Insurance Manager


    Hello, 


    My name is Jordan.  I grew up in Angel Fire, a small ski resort town in the beautiful mountains of northern New Mexico. I happily spent most of my younger days with the woods as my playground. My family moved to Cortez, Colorado in time for me to finish out high school. Within a week of graduation, I moved to Durango and have been a proud local going on eight years now. I attended Fort Lewis College, and upon completion still haven't found a reason to leave this beautiful place. The small-town feel coupled with the multitude of outdoor activities I enjoy in our gorgeous surroundings makes for my ultimate paradise. 

    I was brought on here at Durango Motor Company in late summer of 2015. I've had several sales and customer service positions in the past, and most love personally connecting with guests and seeing smiles walking out. As guest satisfaction is our number one priority, DMC seemed to be a great fit. I very much enjoy our unique no-haggle business philosophy, and feel that it has been great in making the overall atmosphere extremely relaxed for both the guest and myself, and easier to focus on providing a great service and exceptional experience. I am an expert in Ford, Lincoln, Toyota and Kia vehicles, and am excited for the chance to help you and your family find the vehicle that best fits your wants, needs and wallet.  

    Thank you and please don't hesitate to email, call or text me anytime. I'm always happy to help. 
       
    970.739.9714  
    jhanold@durangomotorcompany.com

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  • Jade L.
    Finance & Insurance Manager


    Hi, 

    I'm Jade, a true Durangatang.  I was born and raised here, and I love it!

    I have always been in the customer service industry because I love working with people and enjoy the constant variety.  I have always been a car enthusiast and looking for my new dream car.  I love to find the true hidden gems and unicorns of cars.  I am always looking to help friends and family get into better and more unique vehicles. 

    At Durango Motor Company, I am given the chance to truly help people and be a part of the an organization that cares about it community and its employees.  I always enjoy how much people are surprised and appreciative to come to a place where the pressure is taken out of the car buying experience and the emphasis is placed on their experience. 

    We are here for you and truly want  to help.  Come see us and let us find your next dream car. 

    Jade L.

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  • Mason A.
    Lincoln Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello!

    I am Mason, a Ford Sales Consultant at Durango Motor Company. I joined the team in February 2018. My hometown is Midland, Texas, but I was born in Alaska. I moved to Durango to play football at Fort Lewis College. I like to fish, snowboard and enjoy the Durango nightlife.

    If I could own any vehicle on our lot, I would pick the Ford EcoSport SE. It is a really fun car with four wheel drive, that is small, as well as sporty!

    I come from a large family with three sisters and four brothers. My dog is named Rico.

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  • Selena C.
    Lincoln Sales & Leasing Consultant


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  • Brandon C.
    Lincoln Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello,   


    I know how hard it can be to trust someone, especially when purchasing a vehicle! So, I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself.   

    This is my fourth year in the car business. I wandered into Durango Motor Company during the spring of 2014, looking for something new. I spent about 13 years in the US Postal service, but I began looking around for something more interesting, something more challenging. I grew up in East Carbon Utah, and I moved to Durango, Colorado back in 1988.  I graduated from Ignacio High School and went in to the US Army, and I am a proud veteran.  I then graduated from Fort Lewis College here in Durango.     

    When I'm not here at work, I have five beautiful kids, four daughters and my son.  I am an avid Broncos fan, as well as a Rockies, Nuggets, Buffs and Avs fan. I love to fish and camp when I have the time, and the best thing is to be able to attend whatever event my children are doing.  Living in Durango makes it very easy to do all of those things.   

    Since my first day here at Durango Motor Company, I have committed myself to providing each one of my guests a very relaxed shopping experience. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you everything that I'm capable of, and always feel free to call, text or email me with any and all questions!   

    Sincerely,   
    Brandon Cruz, Ford and Lincoln Certified Consultant
    bcruz@durangomotorcompany.com 
    970-946-0859 cell

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  • Jose D.
    Internet Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello,

    I am Jose, a Kia Sales Consultant at Durango Motor Company. I started with the dealership in June 2017. I moved to Durango in 2016 to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and adventure.

    The Toyota Tacoma TRD with Technology Package would be the car on the lot that I would like to own. Its off-road capabilities, like crawl control, make it a great vehicle.

    When I am not working, I enjoy snowboarding. I served in the Marine Corps and speak Spanish. A fun fact about me is that Taylor Swift kissed me on the cheek once. I have a one-year-old niece. She is wonderful and is my world!

    I came to Durango Motor Company to purchase a vehicle and left with a career. As a guest, the experience was very relaxing, straight-forward, and fun. I hope to give each one of my guests the same experience!

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  • Travis D.
    Internet Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello,


    I am a Colorado native. I was born in Glenwood Springs and raised in Carbondale. After high school I attended school at Western State College and locally at FLC in Durango earning a degree in business. While attending FLC I met my fiancé Lauren. We have been together for over five years now and are currently planning our wedding for this upcoming January!   

    In my free time I enjoy numerous outdoor activities, anything from hiking and camping to just taking the dog for a walk. My biggest accomplishment in regards to outdoor activities is completion of the Colorado trail.  

    I truly enjoy working here at Durango Motor Company. I especially like the no haggle-relaxed atmosphere that we work under. It allows us to truly help our guests find the right vehicle for them. I would be honored to serve you and your family with your vehicle needs. Thank you for opportunity to serve. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have.

    Travis

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  • Michael F.
    Internet Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hi,

    I'm Michael Folk. I was raised in Bayfield, Colorado. I graduated Bayfield High School back in 2010 and soon after joined the Navy as a Gunner's Mate. I missed Colorado, so I made the decision to move back in March of 2017.

    I joined Durango Motor Company in April 2017 with no sales experience. I was able to learn and have some of the best mentors I have ever had because of the way everyone takes care of one another. Honestly, I have never worked for a better company or group of people. I spend a lot of free time either fishing, hunting, or camping. When it comes to sports, football is my all-time favorite, from YAFL all the way to the NFL.

    So, whether you want to talk sports or about your next vehicle, I want to be your go-to person. Here at Durango Motor Company, we offer a relaxed shopping experience so feel to stop by for a visit. Thank you for your time and have a great day.

    Michael Folk

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  • Zach K.
    Internet Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello,      


    I know how hard it can be to trust someone, especially when purchasing a vehicle!  So, I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself.  This is my first year in the car business. I wandered into Durango Motor Company during the summer of 2017, looking for something new. I used to be a gas station attendant but I began looking around for something more interesting, something more challenging. 

    I grew up in Saint Augustine, Florida and I moved to Durango, Colorado back in 2010. I instantly loved this little town, not only for the beautiful scenery but also for the community.   When I'm not here at work, I have quite the variety of hobbies including camping, hiking, photography and motocross, I enjoy a little bit of it all. Living in Durango makes it very easy to do all of those things.  Since my first day here at Durango Motor Company, I have committed myself to providing each one of my guests a very relaxed shopping experience.     

    Thank you for the opportunity to provide you everything that I'm capable of, and always feel free to call, text or email me with any and all questions!     

    Sincerely,  
    Zach Krueger, Ford Sales & Leasing Consultant 
    (970)-759-6489 
    zkrueger@durangomotorcompany.com

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  • Rod M.
    Internet Sales & Leasing Consultant


    I joined the Durango Motor Company Family back in October 2012 shortly after they opened. I was looking for a change of pace after being retired.  


    After reading the company's business philosophy I knew this was a place I wanted to work…and I can honestly say I love working here. 

    I am a native Californian but have been living here in Durango off and on for the past 35 years.  I love the outdoors and there is no better place than Durango to enjoy the hiking, fishing, and rafting.  I can say I had my own local Durango business here for 20 years and sold it a while back.  

    I am proud to say I am married to my best friend and wife for 30 years...yes 30 years!!! While I am not up here serving my customers you will find me at home with my wife, our 2 horses, Nicky and Ellis, along with our 2 Newfoundland dogs, Timmy and Duchess. 

    I am also an avid cyclist and actually completed the Ironhorse Classic a few years ago, which is a 47-mile trek through the mountains! 

    I love what I do and would be honored to serve you and your family.  Please feel free to call, text, or email with any and all questions!

    Take Care,
    Rod

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  • Scott P.
    Lincoln Sales & Leasing Consultant


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  • Naomi W.
    Internet Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello,

    I know how hard it is to trust someone, especially when purchasing a vehicle! So, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Naomi, and this is my first year in the car business. I used to work in retail, but I came to Durango Motor Company looking for something more fulfilling that might bring a challenge and some excitement to my life.

    I was born and raised in Durango. I tried living in Cheyenne, Wyoming for a while, but I ended up missing our beautiful mountain town too much. When I am not working, I like to spend my time horseback in the mountains to find an escape.

    My goal at Durango Motor Company is to give each and every one of my guests a relaxing shopping experience that allows them to leave satisfied every time.

    I look forward to working with you on your next car-buying journey!

    -Naomi Wood

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  • Bryan B.
    Service Director

    Hello, 


    My name is Bryan Burns, and I am the DMC Service Director.  I came to Durango from Denver in 2013 when I accepted the position of ABRA Body Shop Manager at DMC.  It has been the best career move that I have made.  This is a great place to live, and working for Mike Aus has been a great decision.  

    The Ford F-150 Platinum is my favorite car on the lot.  It is very powerful while at the same time quiet, smooth and comfortable.  

    I love fly fishing, hunting, snowboarding and playing pool.  When I lived in Albuquerque, I used to visit Durango to snowboard.  I always loved coming here. 

    An interesting fact about me is that I have a hot air balloon pilot license.  My stepson, Manny, is sixteen years old.  My wife and I also welcomed a baby girl named Brooke to our family in February 2018.  I have a cat named Daisy and three chickens.

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  • Jonathan F.
    Accessories Manager


    Meet Jonathan Frazier, our Accessories Manager.  Jonathan got his start in the car business at age 17, as a porter and car washer in Houston, Texas.  He went away to college after that, never dreaming he'd be back in the car business to stay!  Jonathan obtained his BA in Aero Science from the University of North Dakota, and began his career as a commissioned officer in the USMC.  Following his time on the east coast with the Marines, Jonathan became the service manager of the largest dealership in northern Wisconsin, Rhinelander GM.  His next stop was Austin, Texas, where he obtained a service advisor position and a prompt promotion to finance manager.  In 2010, Jonathan moved his family back to Wisconsin and worked as Parts Manager back in Rhinelander for two years. At long last, Jonathan and his family made their way to Durango in 2012.  Jonathan has served the dealership as Fixed Operations Director, Service Manager, Parts Manager, and now, Accessories Manager for our Dgo Autogear accessories department. His knowledge of the car business is versatile and he's a key member of the Durango Motor Company team.  Jonathan says he really enjoys his accessories position because it allows him to help his guests make their new vehicle truly unique and personalized with their choice of vehicle accessories. 


    In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys skiing, golfing, and if time permits, flying.  He and his wife have three young children and feel very fortunate to call Durango home!

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  • Brian E.
    Accessories Associate


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  • Jon B.
    Parts Department Manager


    Hello, 

    I am Jon Beck, the Parts Manager at Durango Motor Company.  In 1994, I started in the auto industry as a tech.  Eventually, I worked my way to becoming a Master Toyota tech.  Next, I tried my hand as a service advisor which was completely different than anything I had done.  In 2009, I was given the opportunity to become a parts counterperson and knew that I had found the place where I belonged.  I am a car guy through and through.  I love all aspects of the business.  It keeps me on my toes, and I am constantly learning.  

    I am originally from Aurora, Colorado and moved to Durango in April 2016 to work at DMC.  The Durango area is the perfect place for me to live as I am an avid outdoorsman.  I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking.  The scenery never gets old.  I live in Bayfield with my wife and our two sons.

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  • Justin R.
    Lincoln Service Advisor


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  • Charles R.
    Lead Lincoln Service Advisor


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  • Ben B.
    Controller


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  • Michelle K.
    Inventory Clerk


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  • Audrie M.
    Title Clerk


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