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  • Grant White
    Dealer Principal
    816-630-9700

    Grant White became the dealer principal and part owner of Heartland CDJR in September of 2018. He has been in the automotive industry for a total of 13 years. Prior to automotive his background is in e-commerce sales and digital marketing. Grant has been a resident of Kansas City for 18 years and currently lives in Parkville, Missouri. In his free time you can catch him at the baseball fields and dance recitals for his two kids. Grant is an involved owner who is passionate about changing the way people buy and sell vehicles. He is dedicated to making an impact in the Excelsior Springs community.

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  • Blair Howard
    General Sales Manager
    (816) 630-9711

    Blair Howard is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has over 10 years of experience in the automotive industry. Before joining the Heartland CDJR team, Blair spent the last 7 years at Machen's Ford in Columbia, Missouri. Previously, Blair served 8 years in the United States Air Force and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Park University and an Associate's in Emergency Medicine from Penn State. Blair enjoys spending his free time on his farm with his wife and children as well as serving the community as a paramedic. Blair is passionate about making your car buying experience what it should be - EASY!

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  • Martine Garcia
    Sales Manager
    (816) 630-9702

    Martine Garcia was born and raised in the state of California in the San Fernando Valley. Prior to working in the automotive industry he was a sales consultant for an imaging supplies company. Currently he is a resident of Kansas City, Kansas near the Legends. Prior to working for Heartland he worked at O'Neill Honda and Reed Hyundai where he has been quickly promoted from sales person to finance manager and sales manager. He is a proud father of a 3 year old daughter and loves to spend his free time with her. Martine is a quick learner and has high expectations for himself and others. He truly enjoys helping people get into their dream car.

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  • Lynn Gronniger
    Finance Manager
    (816) 630-9703

    Lynn Gronniger is a seasoned professional in her field with over 26 years of experience. Lynn began in the car business with the brands Pontiac, Buick and GMC where she remained for 15 years. After that, she became the Director of Finance for Northtowne Volkswagon and worked there for 11 years. Lynn completed her degree in court reporting and is an animal lover. In her free time, Lynn likes to spend time with friends, family, her many cats and working out. We are so happy to have Lynn apart of our team; her relationships with a variety of lenders allows her to get a range of credit situations financing. Lynn's dedication to customer service does not go unnoticed and she is a vital piece of our team.

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  • Ken Keith
    Buying Center Director
    (816) 868-6845

    Ken Keith is originally from Beaumont, Texas and went to Lamar University where he got his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He currently lives in North Kansas City and loves the small town feel of Kansas City while still enjoying the entertainment and luxuries that large cities offer. Ken has been in the car business for over 30 years and got his start selling cars. He has worked for Bill Woods Ford, Northtowne Hyundai Mazda Volkswagen, Shawnee Mission Hyundai and Randy Curnow Chevy Buick GMC CDJR. Ken is a professional with extensive experience in various positions in the dealership. He is currently the Director of our Vehicle Buying Center where he leads a team that purchases vehicles from the public. His son is a talented swimmer and in his free time, Ken enjoys cheering him on. If you've got it, we'll buy it - Vehicles, Tractors, ATV's, Campers, Golf Carts etc.

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  • Dru Peregrine
    Marketing Director + Commercial Fleet Sales
    (816) 630-9707

    Dru Peregrine has over 4 years of experience specialized in automotive niche marketing. Her previous experience is in Human Resources and City Government and Planning. Dru grew up in the Kansas City area in Kearney, Missouri. She pursued a bachelor's degree in Marketing at Northwest Missouri State University. She also proudly serves on the Liberty Hospital Foundation's Advisory Board. Dru is passionate about digital marketing. She is also a vital piece of our Business Development Center in which she provides training and support to ensure success for the BDC and Sales Department. When Dru isn't focusing on Marketing she is assisting our staff in implementing efficient and effective processes to help better serve our customers. Dru recently earned certification for Commercial/Fleet Vehicle Sales and has already assisted dozens of business owners purchase New Ram Vehicles for their business through the Stellantis Fleet Programs!

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  • Alexus Lynch
    Internet Manager
    (816) 630-9719

    Alexus Lynch was born and raised in Kansas City. She has 5 years of experience in the automotive industry and began her career at Thoroughbred Ford. Since then she has worked at Northtowne Hyundai, and both Nissan stores in Tiffany Springs and Legends. Alexus is a driven and detail oriented professional with high expectations for herself and others. She is a mother to her daughter, Zariah and enjoys spending all of her free time with her and her husband Xavier. Alexus is passionate about transforming the Business Development Center and developing a hybrid team. We are happy to have her apart of our team.

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  • Rena Carmickle
    Internet Manager
    (816) 630-9718

    Rena Carmickle is a new face in the automotive industry and to the Heartland team. Rena is a born and raised Kansas City native and raised 2 girls and 2 boys here in the Northland. Her previous work experience has landed her in a variety of customer service oriented positions due to her positive attitude, caring persona and upbeat personality. Rena is excited to start her journey in the car business and developing her current position into a long term professional career. She consistently surpasses the expectations of her customers and works hard to create synergy between the Business Development Center and Sales Staff. We are thrilled to have Rena Carmickle apart of our team.

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  • "Red" Justin Morgan
    Product Specialist
    816-630-9708

    Justin Morgan, named "Red" by his friends and family has been in the automotive industry for 11 years. For those 11 years he has been dedicated to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram product knowledge. Red was born and raised in Kearney, Missouri and currently lives in Excelsior Springs. Prior to the automotive industry, Red worked for the Kansas City Star. In his free time he enjoys going off-roading with his wife of 25 years in his Jeep Wrangler and cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs.

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  • Mark Richardson
    Product Specialist
    (816) 630-9721

    Mark Richardson is originally from Nebraska and currently lives in Kansas City with his wife. In 2005 Mark joined the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division. He helped train cadets at WestPoint and was sent on 2 deployments to Afghanistan before leaving the military in 2011 after 6 years of service. Mark travelled and lived in many cities and states after his time in the military including New Mexico, Arizona, North Carolina, Colorado and Michigan before settling down in Missouri. Now he is happily married and devoted to his church and church community and is even currently trying to learn Portuguese. Mark is an eccentric individual with a lot to offer. He feels privileged to be able to give people the ability to buy transportation to better their life. Mark knows from personal experience that for someone trying to find their path and build their life that a mode of transportation is vital. He loves his position at Heartland because it gives him the opportunity to serve people.

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  • "The Mayor" Jordan Waters
    Product Specialist
    (816) 630-9722

    Jordan Waters was born, raised and currently lives in Orrick, Missouri. Prior to working for Heartland he worked for Ford Motor Company for over 7 years. In 2019, Jordan was elected Mayor of his small town, Orrick, MO. Jordan truly enjoys selling cars because it is both rewarding and exciting to be apart of such an important purchase for people. In Jordan's free time he enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family.


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  • Trey Hubbard
    Product Specialist
    816-630-9720

    Trey Hubbard is originally from South Carolina but has lived in Kansas City for several years. He received a bachelor's degree in English from Kansas University and has been in the car business since 2013. Trey began his career at Northtowne Volkswagen and then worked for our sister store, Heartland Chevrolet where he was quickly promoted from the sales floor to finance where he remained for 4 years. He is passionate about his family and enjoy's cooking in his free time.

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  • Rick Suppes
    Product Specialist
    (816) 630-9705

    Rick Suppes is a Kansas native and currently lives in Overland Park, Kansas. Before returning to Kansas, where he was raised, Rick spent time in Kentucky, Illinois and Colorado. He has over 25 years in the automotive industry focused on vehicle sales. He has experience with a variety of car brands including Toyota, GM and Mazda. Rick is a proud father to 1 daughter and enjoys spending his free time cheering on his Kansas City Chiefs!

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  • Dalton Fuller
    Product Specialist
    (816) 630-9709

    Dalton Fuller is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and currently lives in Riverside. Dalton is new to the sales side of the automotive industry. His prior experience is with the Van Keppel Company as a diesel mechanic. Dalton is excited to start his career in sales due to his passion to help people! In his free time he likes to spend time with his bulldog mix puppy, Rocky. Dalton also likes spending time with his friends and family and considers himself a people person. We are excited to have Dalton apart of our growing team!

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  • Renea Pankau
    Office Manager
    816-630-9741


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  • Ashley Bellemore
    Title Clerk
    816-630-9740

    Ashley Bellemore is from and currently lives in Excelsior Springs. Before getting into the car industry she was working as a customer service representative for Citi Bank for over 10+ years. She has been in the car business for nearly 3 years and focuses on title work. She enjoys the fast pace environment, the customer interaction, & the energy that the Heartland team brings. In Ashley's free time she enjoys spending time with her teenage son and husband of almost 14 years. Ashley is eager to keep growing in her career and we are so happy to have her apart of our team.

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  • Cassie Rounds
    Warranty Clerk
    (816) 630-9706

    Cassie Rounds is from and currently lives in Lathrop, Missouri. Cassie is new to the automotive industry and this is her first experience in the car business! Before Heartland, she was working in a salon as a licensed hair stylist. Cassie has been doing hair since 2012, and even though she's a full time Warranty Administrator here at Heartland CDJR, she still loves to do hair and makeup in her free time. Cassie has her license in Cosmetology from Paris II Cosmetology School. She enjoys the fun and upbeat atmosphere in the dealership as well as learning new skills. She also enjoys spending time with my family and playing with her niece. Cassie plays guitar, and is very involved in the local car community. She helps run a couple different car clubs, as well as attend car meets and shows, and goes out to the races!

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  • Tony Acock
    Service Manager
    (816) 630-9714


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  • Joe Solowoski
    Service Writer
    (816) 630-9712


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  • Jeff Wathen
    Shop Foreman
    816-630-9701

    Jeff Wathen is originally from Riverside, MO and now lives in Vibbard, MO with his wife for 30+ years. Jeff has 25+ years of experience and is an ASE master technician. He previously worked at Van Chevrolet and Westfall O'Dell. Jeff truly enjoys helping people and working on vehicles. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids on their Veranda as well as racing of all kinds, watching classic movies and working on muscle cars.

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  • Justin Brawley
    Technician
    (816) 630-2200


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  • Jordeah Grosko
    Technician
    (816) 630-2200


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  • Aaron Looper
    Technician
    (816) 630-2200


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  • Aaron Crazybear
    Technician
    (816) 630-2200


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  • "JD" James Ellis
    Technician
    (816) 630-2200


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  • "Fish" Mark Hess
    Parts Manager
    (816) 630-9717

    Mark Hess better known as "Fish" started in the car business during the Summer of 1976. He worked for Dean Brothers Lincoln Mercury in Lincoln, Nebraska for $1.65 an hour until the minimum wage was increased to $2.10. Fish went into the parts department in the fall of 1979 as a parts counterman. Fish spent the most time during his career at Shawnee Mission Kia Hyundai where he worked for 16 years in Merriam, Kansas. Prior to that he spent 9 years at Dick Edwards Auto Plaza in Junction City. Fish has been with his woman known as "Minnow" for 18 years. Together they like to spend time at his cabin at Milford Lake. In his free time he enjoys riding his motorcycle, fishing, and spending time with his daughters and grand children. Fish is a hard worker and natural leader. His experience and deep knowledge of the Parts Department is notable and we are happy to have him apart of our team.

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  • Dave Moorhead
    Parts Specialist
    (816) 630-9723


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  • Dylan Smith
    Vehicle Photographer
    (816) 630-2200


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  • Alex McGill
    Lot Manager
    (816) 630-2200


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Join Our Team - We're Growing! 
Email your resume to grant@heartlandcdjr.com.

Small Team with a Big Mission
Heartland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is new to the Excelsior Springs community and the Kansas City automotive market. We welcomed new ownership in August of 2018 and have turned this sleepy hidden gem into a volume dealership full of fresh faces, new ideas and dreams to expand. Heartland CDJR is grateful to be apart of a close knit and supportive community in Excelsior Springs, MO and have enjoyed getting to know the needs of our new clientele. Our leadership team is passionate about changing the way vehicles are bought and sold and is very hands on with our staff's professional development. We know that a happy staff makes happy customers and we want everyone to enjoy being at Heartland Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Diversity and Inclusion
We believe there is a place for everyone here at Heartland. We currently have team members in a variety of positions each with a unique skill set. Our tagline is "Nice People Buy From Nice People" and we firmly believe that. All nice people are welcome to be apart of our team!

Live your Best Life
- Receive Partially Paid Health Insurance
- Competitive Pay Hourly and Salary with Bonus's Available
- Flexible Schedule
- Understanding Leadership Team
- Opportunities for Advancement and Promotion
- Great Work Environment and Company Culture