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Dennis Rathjen
Owner - President

Brian Black
Owner - Vice President

John Rathjen
General Manager

As a graduate of John A Logan College, and Southern Illinois University, John's roots are firmly planted in Southern Illinois.  He worked in the detail department while in college, then started in the sales department in 2007.  When he's not at the dealership, John and his wife, Morgan spend their time raising their 2 sons, Deacon and Baylor. He loves playing basketball, golf, and slow-pitch softball. He also serves on the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Tim Hirsch
New Car Sales Manager

Tim is a life-long resident of Du Quoin, IL where his family has been for 8 generations. He entered the car business in 1991 and joined Vogler in 1997. When he's not selling cars, he's out golfing, trying out a new recipe, and passionately following the St. Louis Blues. He and his wife, Stacy have 2 sons and 2 grandkids, and a Golden Doodle named Lola.

Kern Weshinskey
Used Car Sales Manager

Born and raised in Carbondale, Kern entered the auto industry in 1981 and joined Vogler in 2006. When he's not working, he's playing basketball, cheering the St. Louis Cardinals, and deciding between a vacation to Colorado or Alaska.

Josh Stroud
NAPA/Parts General Manager

Ed Claunch
Floor Manager

A Carterville native, Ed has been in the car business for over two decades. In his free time, the former fireman cheers the Dallas Cowboys, visits unique restaurants, and pampers Piper Ann, his terrier-poodle mix who's so spoiled she thinks she's a person.



WJ Pittman
Finance Manager



Bill Manis
Sales Representative

Bill has a passion for selling the right cars to the right people. Beginning in 1990, Bill has spent his entire career working with Vogler. He also has a passion for classic rock, home improvement, and baking, the last of which his coworkers greatly appreciate.

Joe Steimle
Sales Representative

At over 30 years, Joe's been in the car business longer than some dealerships, and he's still going strong. When he's forced to take a day off, he spends it woodworking, following the St. Louis Cardinals, and wondering why there's all this fuss about retirement.

Greg Wilson
Sales Representative

A resident of Du Quoin, Greg entered the car business at Vogler in 2014. He spends his nights rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, training his lab-husky mix named Steeler, eating too much pizza, and probably doing something that embarrasses his grandkids.

Jesse Cochran

Mitchell Dinn
Sales Consultant

Isaac Norris
Sales Consultant



Rina Tuthill
Office Manager

Lauren Parnell

Cindie Cochran

Kim Ramsey

Joshua Blessing

Alexis Barajas



Alan Kremer
Service Technician

A Du Quoin native and SIU graduate, Alan joined Vogler in 2016 with three decades of automotive experience. The former cook spends his free time eating seafood, enjoying the great outdoors with his kids, and planning his next fishing trip to Canada.

Bob Brewer
Service Technician

Bob joined Vogler in 2013, but the John A. Logan alum has been fixing cars since 1979. He spends his weekends motorcycling down the highway, boating on the lake, and searching for the best rib eye in the state.

Sammy Pleasants
Service Technician

Tom Smith
Service Technician

Born and raised in Du Quoin, Tom joined Vogler in 2017 with 40 years of experience under his belt. When he's not working, you can find him fishing with his grandkids, training his five dogs, riding motorcycles, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals.

Dylan Dearman
Maintenance Technician

A native of the Lone Star State, Dylan joined Vogler in 2017. His personal life involves playing too many video games, following the Baltimore Ravens, idolizing the Ford Mustang, and an unhealthy addiction to chicken nuggets.

Justin Adams
Service Dispatcher

A graduate of Shawnee, Justin entered the car industry in 2006 and joined Vogler in 2013. He spends his free time cheering the St. Louis Cardinals, chowing down on barbeque, and working on his own automotive projects.

Stephen Peterman
Courtesy Van Driver

Steve Lay
Warranty Administrator

Jerry Heidlebaugh
Service Technician

Greg Dunn
Service Advisor

A Marion native, Greg entered the car business in 1988 and has worked with Vogler since 1999. His hobbies include home improvement projects, training his four horses, and driving anything with a turbocharger.

Dave Trost
Service Advisor

With over 45 years of automotive experience, Dave can fix any car because he's seen nearly every car. His hobbies include golfing, fishing, and risking his life by being a Cubs fan in Cardinals country.

Brian Gibbs
Service Manager

With three decades of experience, Brian knows a thing or two about fixing cars. When he's not overseeing our service department, he's hunting, fishing, and flirting with an addiction to Harley motorcycles.