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, 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 Manager


    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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  • Nate M.
    General Sales Manager

    Hi, I'm Nate.

    "Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life."

    Cars and trucks have always been a passion of mine. From the moment I got my first Hot Wheel, I was hooked. It was a shiny red Mustang that roared louder than all the rest of my cars combined. It never lost a race because I controlled the finish line. It was my dream car.

    I got into the car business in 2008 after spending 10 years in customer service. I have personally bought over 20 vehicles in my life and have helped thousands of people buy their dream cars, work trucks and daily commuters.  It's an adrenaline rush, an exciting and a wonderful experience for both our guests and for us. Most people, however, rate buying a car right up there with getting their teeth pulled. 

    At Durango Motor Company, we aim to change that for the better. Our whole focus is guest enthusiasm. We want to change the perception of the car buying experiences for everyone by offering them a non-commission based sales force that strives and succeeds at finding your shiny red Mustang or whichever vehicle that suits your wants and needs. We offer all of our guests our best price right up front and eliminate the dreadful negotiation and arguing that too often is associated with buying a car.  If you'd like to learn more about our brand promises, you can find more information in the About Us tab.

    If you have any questions about vehicles, financing, leasing or just want to talk cars, let me know.

    -Nate M.

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  • Vanessa H.
    Kia Sales Manager


    I have an awesome two-year-old and a great husband.  I accidentally fell into the car business in 2008.  Sold my first car and loved it.  I've done internet sales, internet management, finance, and sales management.  I want to learn everything about the business and be awesome.  I've been with DMC since May 2016.

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  • Jade L.
    Finance & Insurance

    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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  • Mike O.
    Toyota Sales Manager


    Hello!  


    My name is Mike.  I am the Toyota Sales Manager at Durango Motor Company.  I started with the dealership in June of 2016.  

    I am originally from Meeker, Colorado.  Durango has been my home since 2007.  As a child, I visited Durango and spent my summers here.  I have always loved cars and my answer to "Which car would I own on the lot?" would be different every day.  I enjoy camping and golfing, spending time outside.  

    I play the saxophone and attended college at Boise State.  My wife, Korinne, and I are expecting our third child.  We have a daughter and a son.  Our house is full of pets - two dogs, two cats and a fish.  

    I love what I do and where I work.  Durango is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

    Cell: 970-946-9111

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  • Roy A.
    Toyota Sales Consultant
    970-385-4822


    Hello, 


    I am Roy, a Toyota Sales Consultant at Durango Motor Company.  I am originally from Roatan, Honduras.  I have been in Durango since 2003 when I moved here to attend Fort Lewis College.  My favorite vehicle on the lot is the Toyota Tacoma.  I actually own a Tacoma myself.  I love to mountain bike, ski, camp and raft in this beautiful area where we live.  As a result of growing up in Central America, I now have dual citizenship in Honduras and the US.  One fun thing about me is that I can fly a plane!  We have an amazing small-town community here in Durango, and I love all the outdoor activities that it has to offer.

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  • Travis C.
    Toyota Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello, 


    I am Travis, a Toyota Sales Consultant at Durango Motor Company.  After working in the restaurant industry for three years, I decided to take the opportunity to join the DMC team.  I am loving it!  

    I moved to Durango from Oklahoma in 2014 to be closer to family.  The weather in the Rockies makes it a fantastic place to live.  When I am not working, I enjoy playing softball and spending time in outdoor activities with my friends.  I played college baseball in Oklahoma and am a Sooner fan at heart.  

    My wife and I have a baby girl that joined our family in 2017.  Other members of our family are a poodle named Pudge, and a Calico cat, Diamond, that is an absolute mess!  

    My next truck will be a Toyota Tundra.  It is my dream truck, beautiful in and out.  Stop by and see me if you have any questions about this amazing truck or any other Toyota vehicles!

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  • Jimmy C.
    Toyota Sales & Leasing Consultant

    Hello,

    I am Jimmy, a Toyota Sales & Leasing Consultant, at Durango Motor Company.  I am originally from Lakeland, Florida.  I moved to Durango in 2014.  Just take a look around at the beautiful surroundings and you'll know why I moved to the area.  I already have my dream car, the Toyota Tacoma.  It is the most attractive truck on the market!  My favorite thing to do in Durango is anything that the town has to offer, especially mountain biking.  I am the oldest of five children. My family still lives in Florida.  I have a crazy German Shepherd-healer mix. 

    Please stop by and ask me questions about Toyota vehicles or come in for a test drive!

    Jimmy

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  • Thomas H.
    Toyota Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello,  


    My name is Thomas Haderthauer.  I go by Thomas on account that most people can't pronounce my last name. 

    I was born in Newark, New Jersey.  I was raised in Tucson, Arizona and spent my whole life in the desert. Under the Arizona sun is where I developed my intense love for cars and everything about them. I have built various cars throughout my life and was fortunate enough to have been taught at a very young age. (My mother showed me how to install my first starter at the age of five.) My love for cars grew from there into what can only be described as an obsession. 

    I moved to Durango in 2010 and fell in love with the town immediately. I first came into Durango Motor Company in 2013 and love the company.  The best price philosophy and the relaxed atmosphere drew me in immediately. I became friends with the associates and began playing slow pitch softball on the company team.  I really started seeing the culture that surrounded the place and how it was more of a family than a place of employment. I decided to come to work for DMC in July of 2017 and couldn't be happier.  

    I would love the opportunity to show you how the experience I have had with this company changed my life for the better and truly altered my perception of the car buying experience.

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  • Martin S.
    Toyota Sales & Leasing Consultant

    Hi!

    A South African native, I immigrated to the United States to become a U.S. citizen in 1978.

    I have been serving Toyota guests in the Four Corners area for the last 14 years.

    Being an avid motorcycle enthusiast year round, I ride both Harley Davidsons and BMW R1200GSA's.

    I sincerely believe that a satisfied guest is a returning guest, and I do my best to achieve a positive experience and relationship with each individual I serve.

    Sincerely,

    -Martin

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  • Josh T.
    Toyota Sales & Leasing Consultant


    Hello, 

    My name is Josh, and I am a Toyota Sales Consultant at Durango Motor Company.  I joined the DMC team in October 2017.  I came to the Four Corners area from Englewood, Colorado.  The small-town life is what brought me here.  Hiking and enjoying the outdoors are some of my favorite things to do.  

    I have two boys.  They are fifteen and six years old.  We do not have any pets (too much hair).  I am a singer, drummer and beatboxer.  

    The 2018 Toyota TRD off-road 4Runner is an amazing vehicle.  The craftsmanship that goes into every Toyota is incredible, and the resale value is high.  

    I love meeting new people, so come in and check out an amazing Toyota.  I would love to answer your questions!

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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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  • Bob S.
    Service Manager


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  • Jon B.
    Parts 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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  • Josh J.
    Toyota Service Manager


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  • Amber K.
    Toyota Service Advisor


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  • Bryan B.
    ABRA Body Shop Manager


    Hello,    


    My name is Bryan Burns, and I am the ABRA Body Shop Manager.  I came to Durango from Denver in 2013 when I accepted the position at ABRA.  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 are expecting a baby girl in 2018.  I have a cat named Daisy and three chickens.

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  • Matt B.
    Car Wash


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  • Ben B.
    Controller


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  • Megan A.
    Marketing Director

    Hello!

    I'm a North Dakota native and graduate of The University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I continued my education at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. After several years in Fashion and Beauty Public Relations, I decided to bring my marketing talents back to the family business. I've been in Durango since Durango Motor Company opened in August 2012. 

    You could say that I grew up in the car business. In fact, my father Mike Aus became a GM Technician in Bismarck, North Dakota the year I was born. I've had the unique privilege of growing up with our dealership family and seeing the ins and outs of a Best Price philosophy dealership. 

    I love living in the mountains and spend most of my free time spending time with friends, skiing at Purg, hiking or playing on the Animas River. During the fall and spring you'll find me on the soccer fields around town as a Pre-K soccer coach for Durango Parks and Rec or playing in the adult leagues. I've been lucky to get involved with many of our local non-profits, and currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Women's Resource Center

    When I leave our beautiful mountain home, I am an avid traveler and love exploring the World. If given the chance, I will likely talk your ear off about three of my favorite places: Norway, Spain and Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I bleed green and gold for my all-time favorite team, the Green Bay Packers. 

    I look forward to meeting you and working with you. The best part of my job as Marketing Director is getting to meet our guests and members of the community, while representing a company that is very near and dear to my heart! 

    Take Care, 

    Megan 

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  • Katherine M.
    Marketing Associate
    970-385-4822


    Hey there! 

    My name is Katherine, and I am originally from Whitehouse, Ohio (a tiny town, right outside of Toledo). I moved to Durango in August 2007 to attend Fort Lewis College. While attending Fort Lewis College, I double majored in Art and Business. After graduating in 2010, I had the opportunity to work at a few different jobs, or as I like to call it, the Durango Tango, I found I was most passionate about marketing.   What I like most about my job, is that I am able to use both of my degrees and stay in this town I love so much. I am also a social butterfly, and absolutely love being able to represent our company, while being out in the community. 

    In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends. I look forward to meeting and working with you.  

    Thank you, Katherine

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  • Lisa N.
    Digital Marketing Associate


    Hello!   


    My name is Lisa, and I grew up in Columbus, Ohio.  My husband and I moved to Durango in 2001 because we were tired of the precipitation and humidity of the Midwest.  We had no idea how much we would love living in the mountains of Colorado!  

    I studied Marketing and Finance at Miami University.  That is where I fell in love with the sport of hockey.  I have twin boys and a daughter that keep me busy the moment I get home.  My son plays hockey on the PeeWee travel team for Durango Youth Hockey.  We love to travel around the state for hockey tournaments.  My family enjoys skiing and cycling as well.  

    Over the past few years, I have become actively involved with fundraising at my children's school.  I am so proud to be a part of the Durango Motor Company team that is actively involved in our community and supports many of the organizations that are an integral part of this area.  

    Please stop by and let me know if I can help.  I look forward to meeting you! 

    Lisa

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