Meet The Team

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Hal Johnson
My name is Hal Johnson. My friend George Tichenor and I founded Motorvation Motor Cars in August of 2002. Combined, we have over forty years of experience in the automobile business here in Lexington Kentucky. We take pride in the reputation we have established for ourselves over the past twenty years, and we realize that the support of our community is the key to our future success. We have a deep appreciation for our employees. They are quality people who have made, and continue to make, a tremendous contribution to our business. They understand the importance of treating our customers as they themselves would want to be treated. They go out of their way, to ensure for our customers, that purchasing a vehicle from Motorvation Motor Cars is a pleasant, positive experience. We are proud of them all… Even Aggie.


Donna Davis

A life long resident of Kentucky, I’ve lived in Nicholasville the past 27 years. I’m married and have 2 grown children. I’ve been in the auto industry for the past 12 years, working in the capacity of office manager.

If I can be of any assistance to you as you think of purchasing a car from our dealership, I’d be glad to help.


Frances Barker

Hello my name is Frances Barker and I am the Internet Manager/Title Clerk here at Motorvation Motor Cars. I was born and raised in Western KY, and then I moved to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky. I fell in love with Lexington and the Bluegrass area so after I graduated I decided to make Lexington my home. I love both automobiles and people and I take a lot of pride in my quality of work. Here at Motorvation Motor Cars we strive to sell the highest quality cars and trucks at the lowest “Internet” prices around. I’m proud to help make your car buying experience an enjoyable & exciting one


David Ries

Hi! My name is David Ries. I was born and raised in Lexington, where I attended Tates Creek High School and then the University of KY. In my free time I love rooting for the KY Wildcats. Also, my wife and I just recently had a new baby girl that I love to go home to every night.

The best thing about working at Motorvation, other than being able to help people buy cars at the best prices in town, is meeting very interesting people across the state. So, when you come in to Motorvation Motor Cars and ask for David Ries, you can rest assured you will receive the best service there is.

Thanks Again!


Joe Mays

Hi! My name is Joe Mays, and I am a native of Lexington KY. My longevity in the automobile business has provided great opportunity for me to help people purchase quality vehicles at very reasonable prices. The sole reason for me getting into this business was to educate myself in the automobile industry and to ensure that customers are always treated fairly. So, ask for Joe Mays and I will make it my duty to get you a fair deal every time.


Randy Gazala

My name is Randy Gazala and although I have lived in the Lexington area since 1984. My family is originally from Isreal.

Other than working, (which believe it or not I truly enjoy), I love spending all my fee time with my kids. I work at MOTORVATION MOTOR CARS because of their outstanding reputation throughout Central Kentucky. Here at Motorvation Motor Cars we go out of our way to make the purchase of a car, truck or SUV an enjoyable experience. We offer quality products at vey reasonable and fair prices. I you have any questions concerning the inventory please feel free to give me a call or stop by to visit with me at your convenience. I’ll work hard to earn your business!


Missy Ward

Missy Ward is the host of the “Motorvation Motorcars Show.” Missy brings variety, fun and continuity to the show. Born in Manhattan, she settled in the Bluegrass area for the horses, charm and overall beauty of the area. She went to Georgetown College and UK before landing a career in radio. After 25 years on air, she retired her headphones for a career in real estate. When she isn’t shooting the show, she is a full time Realtor with Coldwell Banker McMahan. She is here to help with your automotive or housing needs! Please give her a call. 859-806-7587.


Thomas Jefferson

Hi, my name is Thomas Jefferson(yes, it really is!) but most people just call me T.J. I have been in the car business for 30+ years (I know what your thinking – I must have started selling cars when I was 3!!! Ha ha)

I am really excited to be part of the Motorvation Motor Cars team. Hal, George and the whole staff believe in what I believe in …. Sell a great product & treat customers with kindness and respect.

When I’m not at work, I like spending time with my wife of 27 years, my 2 daughters & my 3 dogs (who really run the house!)


George Tichenor
In March of 1968 I went to work at Louisville Motor Ford in Louisville, KY. Then in 1970 I went to work for Town & Country Ford as their new car manager. In 1982 I moved to Lexington and went to work at Don Jacobs Used Car Center. There, I served as general manager until I opened Motorvation Motor Cars in October 2002. Our business philosophy is simple….we treat our customers as we ourselves would want to be treated. We put ourselves in your shoes!


Bob Milks

Hi I’m Bob Milks, the senior service technician here at Motorvation. I am an ASE CERTIFIED MASTER TECHNICIAN. I have been servicing cars here in the Lexington area for over a decade almost all with Jim and Hal! My job here at Motorvation is to recondition cars for sale and keep your vehicle in top condition, whether you bought it here or not! Come in and check out our service department and vehicles for sale…you won’t beat the value!!!


Mark Micatrotto

Hi,
I’m Mark Micatrotto and I am originally from Cleveland Ohio. I spent twenty years in the restaurant business before deciding on a new and different career. I have always loved automobiles and dealing with people so deciding to go into the automobile business was an easy decision to make. I had personally purchased two automobiles from Motorvation Motor Cars and was impressed with the quality of people and the ease of doing business so I knew it would be a comfortable place to pursue my career in sales. You will not find a friendlier and more knowledgeable group of people anywhere so when you’re in the market for another car, truck or SUV please come visit me at Motorvation Motor Cars where prices are Motorvating.


Steve Aguilar

Motor Trends “Man of the Decade” Steve Aguilar is a ten year seasoned veteran of the Lexington area Car Wars. “Aggie” as he is known by his legions of fans and customers, takes a laid back, no hassle approach to helping you buy a vehicle. So adept is he at discerning your needs and wants, it is like he is able to read your mind and figure out what you want to buy.

Being independently wealthy, and not really needing the money is Aggie’s secret to success according to many of his clients. “He is just so low key and never pressures you to buy like other lot lizards” said a repeat customer, leaving Motorvation in her new car. “To say he is a pillar of integrity is like saying redwoods are big trees” said another favorite client.

So do yourself a favor, stop by Motorvation Motor Cars and see what the fuss is all about. Don’t stress, buying your new car will be a very pleasant experience in an open friendly atmosphere.


Jeff Payne

I’m Jeff Payne and I am originally from California. I was originally in the business of wine making, however eventually all that sunshine got the best of me so I decided to move to Kentucky to pursue my true love Horses! I had even less success in the horse business than I did in the grape business so now I am pursuing my third love in life….the automobile business!

I have known Hal and George for a long time and I appreciate the way they do business. We go out of our way to offer our customers the very best prices on top quality pre-owned cars & trucks. We make certain that purchasing a vehicle is a pleasant experience for all of our customers and friends. I would love to have the opportunity to earn your business. Please feel free to give me a call or stop by for a visit at your convenience!


Roy Gillispie

Hello I am Roy Gillispie. I am from Georgetown, Ky by way of Louisiana, Philippines, Mississippi and California. (Air Force Brat) When I am not helping people with their automotive needs, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with my family, playing Golf, and large mouth bass fishing.

I believe that buying a new car or truck should be fun and exciting. Please allow me to earn your business. I think you will be surprised to see how pleasant a car buying experience can be at Motorvation with my assistance.

Thank You!!


Brian Stokes

My name is Brian Stokes. I am very excited to be here at Motorvation. Having worked in the Lexington area for 20 years I feel that I have the knowledge and experience to help you get the best vehicle at the best terms for you. I understand the needs and desires of my customers and will work hard for you to make sure that you are treated with courtesy and respect that you deserve. I look forward to working with you and getting to know you. I’ll assure you that we will make every effort to insure that your buying experience is the “BEST” that it can be! Our goal is to make you a customer for life here. So, please come in to see me and let me prove to you that buying a car is not always a bad experience.

On a personnel note, I am originally from Rockcastle County. I am married and have (4) daughters. I attend Southland Christian Church. I love UK football and basketball plus am an avid motorcycle rider in my spare time.