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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  • Jason M.
    Director of Sales


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  • Nate M.
    Toyota 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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  • 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 last fall. 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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  • Mike O.
    Durango Value Autos 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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  • Josh T.
    Used Car Manager

    Hello, 

    My name is Josh, and I joined the DMC team in October 2017 as a Toyota Sales Consultant.  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 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, and would be happy to answer your questions!

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  • Lynn C.
    Finance Manager


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  • Houston F.
    Finance Manager


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  • Jordan H.
    Finance & Insurance Manager


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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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  • 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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  • Michael B.
    Toyota Sales & Leasing Consultant


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  • Kestrel C.
    Internet Sales Consultant


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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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  • 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 meet 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 were 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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  • Basilio P.
    Toyota Sales Consultant

    Hello, my name is Basilio Padilla. Born and raised in Colorado, I am a father and a husband. I enjoy what I do very much.  Never thought I would, but Durango Motor Company does things differently and it's amazing. I work to provide for my daughter and wife.  DMC is a great place for me to accomplish this. I look forward to a long and healthy relationship with DMC and am grateful for the opportunity.  When I am not working I spend my time snowboarding, wakeboarding, and hanging with the family.


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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 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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  • Cassie K.
    Toyota Sales Consultant


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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 two horses, Nicky and Ellis, along with our two 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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  • AJ S.
    Toyota Sales Consultant


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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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  • 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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  • Brian E.
    Accessories Associate


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  • Eric K.
    Accessories Consultant


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  • Bryan B.
    Service Director


    Hello,    


    My name is Bryan Burns, and I am the Service Director.  I came to Durango from Denver in 2013 when I accepted the position of Body Shop Manager at ABRA Body Shop.  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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  • Jonathan F.
    Toyota Service Manager


    Meet Jonathan Frazier, our Toyota Service 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, Parts Manager, Accessories Manager and now, Service Manager. His knowledge of the car business is versatile and he's a key member of the Durango Motor Company team.  

    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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  • 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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  • Steve K.
    Toyota Service Advisor


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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. 

    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 with friends, skiing, hiking or just relaxing in my backyard on the creek. 

    When I leave our beautiful mountain home, I love to explore new cities and scenery. 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. 

    Sincerely,
    Megan 

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  • Michelle K.
    Title Clerk


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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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