Victory Ford Lincoln Staff

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  • Vince Lally

    The opportunity to expand into Chatham arose in 2010 and I was eager to take on the challenge. Victory Ford Lincoln joined the Lally Group on June 1st, 2010. We are now in our great new building with the best built cars in the world to choose from. Of all my years with Ford Motor Company, I've never been as proud of the vehicles on our lot as I am today. The addition of the Lincoln lineup to the Lally Ford family of vehicles has provided us with another opportunity to develop as a dealer. With all of the latest innovations and designs, we are ready to grow the business in the Chatham area.

    With all of the changes at Ford Motor Company, at Victory Ford Lincoln and in the Chatham area, I know that one thing will never change. At the end of the day, customers will go where they are treated the best and feel appreciated. At Victory Ford, we always put the customer first. It's the reason for our success. It has always been that way and will never change.

  • Dr. Issa El-Cheikh
    Controller/Secretary Treasurer

  • Don Leonard
    General Manager

    Don Leonard started in the car business as a service advisor in 1979. In 1981, he became a sales consultant and worked for several years, building strong customer rapport through relationship based selling and treating customers right. Since then, Don has held various positions within the car business including financial services manager, general sales manager and general manager. In 1999-2000, Don achieved National Sales Leader status for Chrysler Corporation.

    Don is proud to have adopted the nickname SPARKY by his teammates many years ago (Named after Sparky Anderson, former Detroit Tigers manager.) Don is still an avid Tigers fan and enjoyed playing in a Tiger Fantasy Camp in 2008. His life long goal is to watch the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs hoist the Stanley Cup for a second time in his life.

    After spending many successful years in a car dealership, Sparky moved on to become a national automotive trainer and traveled extensively across Canada and the United States. He assisted dealerships in process implementation in regards to sales, service and overall customer satisfaction.

    With these experiences and devotion to the car business and customer satisfaction, Sparky is the ideal General Manager.

  • Jeff Ameel
    Sales Manager - 3-Time Summit Award Winner

    Tell us a little bit about you: I was born and raised in Ridgetown, currently live in Chatham, have a daughter and wonderful girlfriend. I enjoy riding my Harley, watching hockey and spending my free time with my family and friends.
    Why I work here: Great owner and fellow co-workers.
    What I Love Most About My Job: Meeting new people and helping them get the perfect vehicle.
    What's your favourite Ford and why: F-150. I love the quiet and smooth ride, the amount of space and comfort.
    Something that people should know about Ford: Henry Ford invented the assembly line and took the car world by storm with the model T.
    The Community of Chatham-Kent is great because: Great schools and activities for kids, the entire community is very friendly wherever you go. :)

  • Justin Oliveira
    Sales Manager

  • Tanya Walters
    Financial Services Manager

    Tanya Walters was born and raised in Merlin and is currently residing in Chatham. She spent 14 years in the Finance Industry in the Chatham area. With her experience and network of contacts, she possesses the right assets as a Financial Services Manager.


    Tanya is happily married to her husband Jeff and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Lillee and Myah. They love spending time together as a family. Tanya also enjoys playing volleyball and traveling to warm destinations.


    Tanya is an authorized representative for Ford of Canada and most of the major banks in Canada. She is committed to making sure all of the details of each purchase are addressed, while ensuring that the specific needs of the customer are priority number one. In addition to financial expertise, she is versed in the benefits of extended warranties, maintenance plans and protection packages to maximize a vehicle's resale value.

  • Sa'id Hammoud
    Financial Services Manager

    Tell us a little bit about you: 23 years old. Married 3 ½ years. Had a baby girl in October of 2013. Love playing soccer, riding my bike, watching movies. The Victory website is a good indicator for these answers.

    Why I work here: Great place, great people, great product. Worth driving from Windsor every day!

    What I Love Most About My Job: Meeting new people and helping them.

    Why you should choose me as your financial services manager: I have a high attention to detail, a sincere care for my customers, and I keep honesty as my number one policy.

    What's your favorite Ford and why: Ford Edge Sport, it's a perfect mix of everything!

    Something that people should know about Ford: Ford is a company that cares about its customers, listens to them, and keeps customer satisfaction at its highest priority. The ultimate recipe for success!

    The Community of Chatham or surrounding area is great because: It is filled with culture, nature, and a beautiful variety of customers whom I get to meet every day.

  • Jay Kelly
    Sales Consultant

    Tell us a little bit about yourself:  I reside in Blenheim with my wife Heather and our daughter Kaitlyn. I enjoy golfing and am a long time member and past employee of the Blenheim Golf Club.

    What I love most about my job:  Meeting new people everyday and helping make their new car purchase an enjoyable experience.

    What is my favorite Ford and why:  I really like the Ford Edge, with its roominess and versatility of an SUV but the comfort and handling of a car it suits all of the needs I like in a vehicle.

  • Ryan Pierce
    Sales Consultant

    Tell us a little bit about you: I was born and raised in Chatham. I'm married with 3 kids, a boy and two girls. In my spare time I enjoy fishing and home renovations. Prior to coming on board at Victory Ford I worked in management in the car rental industry at several locations including Chatham, Tilbury, Leamington, Essex and Sarnia, where I gained hands on experience working with all the major automotive brands and their dealers. I also helped to launch the first corporate car-sharing program in Canada, based at the Union Gas campus in Chatham.
    Why I work here:
    Shared focus on customer service, excellent facilities and top notch product.
    What I Love Most About My Job:
    Helping people find the best car for them and building strong relationships with my customers throughout the community.
    Why you should choose me as your Sales Consultant:
      Coming from a hospitality based industry my focus remains on delivering an excellent customer experience. Based on my prior experience working with other auto brands, I chose Ford because I truly believe we have the best line-up of vehicles and the highest focus on customer service in the industry.
    What's your favorite Ford and why:
    It has to be the F150. With 50 years in a row as Canada's #1 truck it's hard to dispute. However, I really do believe in our full line-up of vehicles and the Fusion is a personal favourite for me to drive. It combines great looks, fuel economy and driving characteristics that strike the perfect balance between comfort and agility.
    Something that people should know about Ford:
      Ford Motor Company is the largest family-controlled company in the world, and has been in continuous family control for over 110 years.
    The Community of Chatham-Kent is great because:
    Chatham-Kent is a community of communities, full of hard working people that all bring something different to the table. Chatham-Kent is also a great place to play outdoors, with lots lakes, rivers, beaches and provincial parks that are great for camping, boating, hunting and fishing.

  • Brandon Leonard
    Sales Consultant

    Tell us a little bit about you: I was born and raised in Windsor and have recently moved to Chatham with my fiancee after commuting to Victory Ford Lincoln for the better part of three years.
    Why I work here: I work at Victory Ford Lincoln because working in the automotive industry is a huge part of my family background, both building vehicles and selling them as well.
    What I love most about my job: The things I love most about my job are the people that I meet along the way. I worked in the restaurant industry for the better part of 7 years and it is very refreshing to be around people and not around my frying pans!
    What is your favourite Ford and why: Hands down the Ford Fusion. It has a perfect combination of style and performance. I absolutely cannot wait to see the all new 2.7L EcoBoost Fusion Sport; hello horsepower!!

  • Mark Jackson
    Sales Consultant

    Tell us a little bit about you: I was born and raised in Chatham.  I have been married to my wife for over 15 years and am the proud father of Lauren and Adam.  My passion for motorsports has allowed me the opportunity to work with amateur and professional teams from go-karts to 10,000 lb monster trucks.  In my spare time I love to ride atv's with my kids. 
    What I love most about my job:
    I love the opportunity to meet new people and help them find the perfect vehicle.  I am proud to represent Victory Ford Lincoln in the many community and charity events the dealership supports. 
    What's your favourite Ford and why?:
    Without a doubt, the Explorer!  The Explorer is the SUV that started the craze - and after 25 years it is still a head turner and a leader in its class.
    Why you should choose me as your Sales Consultant:
    I truly believe in delivering excellent customer service, while being ethical, credible and sincere.  I treat people the way I would like to be treated, and strive to exceed my customer's expectations. 

  • Jeff Watson
    Sales Consultant

    Tell us a little bit about you: I am originally from Morpeth and now live in Cedar Springs with my wife Lindsay and our two children Kellen and Kendall.  I am a huge sports fan and can often be found in the summer months playing in a local slo-pitch league.
    Why I work here:
    Victory has a great work atmosphere and it is a real pleasure to be a part of it.
    What I love most about my job: I always get a kick out of watching people as they drive away in their new vehicle and seeing the excitement on their faces.
    Why you should choose me as your Sales Consultant: It is my job to put you the customer in the "right" vehicle for you and I take great pride in doing so.
    What is your favourite Ford and why: How could it not be the Ford F150. Just the look of it is enough but when you combine the power and comfort it is easily the most appealing truck out there.
    Something that people should know about Ford: The Ford F150 has now been North America's #1 selling truck for 50 years straight. That is a real accomplishment if you ask me.
    The Community of Chatham-Kent is great because: My family and I enjoy the great parks in Chatham-Kent; almost all of the smaller communities now have splash pads and other great facilities for families to take advantage of.

  • Scott Hill
    Sales Consultant

    Tell us a little bit about you: Chatham has been my home my whole life. I have been married for 31 years and have two grown boys. I am a long time member of the Kent Cloverleaf Conservation Club and enjoy shooting sports.
    What I love most about my job: I enjoy my job here at the nicest dealership in Chatham-Kent. I take pleasure in the process of helping others find the perfect vehicle for their needs.
    What is your favourite Ford and why: The Mustang GT! I love my GT convertible that I have had for almost 20 years.
    Why you should choose me as your Sales Consultant: I offer a low pressure and relaxing experience. I would like to invite you to come in and together we can find the best vehicle for you.  

  • Larry Giordano
    Business Preferred Sales Rep

    Larry Giordano has been in the car business for over 30 years. Each of those years has been spent with Ford. He has had several roles around the dealership including sales consultant, financial services manager and heavy truck sales/manager.


    He is married to Helen and has one daughter.


    Larry loves to spend his free time boating and especially enjoys fishing.

    Larry's message: "I am here to help you through every step of the purchasing process and make sure everything I can do meets and exceeds the customer's standards. It is my goal to make all of my customers for life."

  • Lisa Pickering

  • MerriLee Robertson
    Accounts Administration

  • Shawna Dulong
    Accounting / Business Development Coordinator

    Shawna was born and raised in small town Thamesville, Ontario. She had been a part of the Victory Ford Lincoln family for three years. Shawna enjoys the pleasurable experience of being able to work alongside upbeat co-workers making it a great environment to come to work every day. The thing she loves most about her job is that with every customer we come together to ensure they receive the best experience here with our Ford/Lincoln family.

  • Lori Barwick

  • Sam Sokolowski
    Part-time receptionist

  • Eugene Caron
    Parts Manager

  • Matt Walker
    Front Parts Counterperson

  • Tammy McDowell
    Shipping & Receiving

  • Monica Synard
    Back Parts Counter

  • Randy Bell
    Parts Driver

  • Mark Chappus
    Service Manager

    Tell us a little bit about you: I am a husband, father, motorcyclist, golf hack, softball coach and Detroit Sports fan!
    What I love most about my job: I have been in the automotive industry for 15 years and the last 6 have been with Victory Ford and I am proud to be part of this amazing team. I am here for all your automotive service needs.

  • Peggy Lee
    Warranty Administrator & Dispatcher

    Summit Award winner in the Service Department. 19 years experience.

  • Devin Cammaert
    Warranty Administrator

  • Brian Williams
    Service Advisor

  • Brad McFadden
    Service Advisor

  • Patti Van Den Bossche
    Service Advisor

  • Paul Tate
    Service Technician

    13 years experience.

  • Jason Walter
    Service Technician

    Senoir Technician. 15 years experience.

  • Chris Collins
    Service Technician

  • Matt LaMarsh
    Class A Technician

  • Mike Verkaik
    Class A Technician

  • Johnathan Vethaak
    Class A Technician

  • Nick Tremblett
    Service Technician

  • Josh Hills
    Class A Technician

  • Andrew Carroll
    Class A Technician

  • Jasen Wolf
    Lube Technician

  • Corey Provost
    Apprentice Technician

  • Derick Coffell
    Apprentice Technician

  • Josh Blair

  • Jordan Pateman

  • David Johnson

  • Nathan Malott
    Lot Attendant

  • Dick Koopmans
    Shuttle Driver

  • Owen Stephenson
    Shuttle Driver