Meet The Staff

At Ronnie Thompson Ford we are proud of the quality vehicle's we sell and our dedication to serve the needs of our customers. This is reflected in the amount of repeat business we receive. Whether this is your first purchase with us or one of many that you've had, you can count on our entire dedicated staff to make it the best buying experience possible. At Ronnie Thompson Ford, you aren't just a customer, you're family. We Want You as a Customer for LIFE!!!

Click on one of the people below to find out more information.


Ronnie Thompson
706-515-FORD (3673)

Ronnie started his career in the parts department of another Ford dealership in 1972. After moving on to sales, Thompson left in 1976 to launch his own used-car business. In 1987 he was hired by Riverview Ford as general sales manager and a few years later began buying stock in the company. He became dealer principal in 1994 and rechristened the dealership Ronnie Thompson Ford Mercury in 1996. "By the early '90's we were selling over 100 new and used vehicles a month" Thompson says. The Thompsons designed the new 32,000-square-foot facility themselves, incorporating key TrustMark design cues such as a 40-foot tower bearing the blue oval. "Ronnie worked really hard for a number of years to purchase his dealership - it wasn't passed down through generations. You have to be doing something right to own a thriving dealership after being in the car business for 32 years in the same town. He has a shining reputation for honesty and loyalty, and his employees maintain that reputation by working just as hard as he does to keep customers satisfied.

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Paul is also a native to Gilmer County and has lived in Ellijay, GA his entire life. After short stops at Lockheed, US Post office and the State of Georgia, Paul found his place in Banking from 1974-2012. He and his wife, Diane, have one son, Ryan. His favorite food is All American - The Cheeseburger loaded with everything and served with Onion Rings!!! Mmmm!!! Hobbies: TRAINS. Anything to do with big trains, little trains, toy trains, model trains, well, you get the idea. He especially loves HO gauge and 027. Did you know that HO stands for "half of" "O" gauge trains? So, did he ever put a penny on a railroad track? "No way, I was too thrifty" LOL Perfect Sunday: Church at First Baptist of Ellijay and supper with the family… all vegetables please. Okra, Pinto's, green's, cornbread. Member of the Masonic Lodge. So what has Paul always wanted to do? Ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge railroad. What an adventure!!!

Heath Thompson
General Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

Heath grew up in the car business, so it flows through his blood. A life long resident of Gilmer County, he prefers the simple life - spending time with family, his wife Kristen and his three beautiful daughters Kenley, Khloe and Kamryn. Some of Heath's hobbies include golf, rock crawling and grilling on the Big Green Egg. Few people know that he's a great cook and even fewer know that if he wasn't selling cars, he would head for the ocean and fulfill a lifelong dream of being a Boat Captain... how does that ring your bell? Oh, and his favorite color? BLUE!!! A Ford man through and through.

Jessi Thompson Lofland
Office Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

Jessi is a Gilmer County native that now resides in Woodstock, GA with her husband, Doug, step son Ryan, and 3 dogs.  She enjoys spending her time away from work shopping and with family.  Jessi loves to travel and anything Disney.  She hopes to visit all 50 states and only has 17 more to go.  WOW!!  Her favorite vacation spots are Las Vegas, Disney World, Jackson Hole, and cruises.  Her favorite food is Italian, favorite color is pink, and she has only ever owned a Ford, 12 to be exact.  Her loyalty runs deep!

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Native Gilmer county resident, Trent is a former banker and CPA. Trent loves to hike, travel, mine for Gold and collect coins. Sports: UGA and Braves Baseball. Favorite food: Mexican and make it SPICY!!! Sunday is family time and relaxation. Music tastes range from country to oldies to beach music. Few people know that Trent started the White Christmas Committee in association with the local Lion's club, was President of the Georgia Jr. Chamber and still serves as advisor to this day. Trent is a great guy with a HUGE heart!!!

Lance Owen
Sales Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

Lance and his wife Lorri live in Jasper, GA. They have 8 children, Tyler, Sean, Lacey, Kaitlyn, Garrett, Connor, Courtney and Justin. When not at work, Lance loves spending time with his family and being involved in his church. Lance says he can't get enough of good Southern cooking.

F&I Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

Mike is from Ellijay, GA and now calls Jasper, GA home.  He is married to his wife, Alexis, and they have 4 kids, Kara, Krista, Triston, and Carter.  Mike enjoys working out and hopes to open his own gym soon.  He also enjoys golfing, spending time with family, writing and church.  Mike's ideal weekend is relaxing and spending time with his family.

Internet & Marketing Director
706-515-FORD (3673)

Gilmer county native, Chris and his beautiful wife Hope have two daughters, Mallory and Mia. Chris' favorite sports team is the Georgia Bulldogs. Favorite food: ANYTHING SPICY - THE HOTTER THE BETTER!!! Chris enjoys RV camping with his family.  A perfect Sunday: Spirit filled Sermon, time with the family and simply relaxing. Contemporary Christian music is what you'll find him listening to on the radio. Where has he always wanted to go to? AUSTRALIA, mate!!

Service Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

Shawn Carver was born and raised in Fannin County, GA. Married  to his lovely wife Becky, they have two sons, Zach and Brady. Shawn loves to tinker with old cars and old bicycles in his spare time. He loves Italian cooking and listening to Gospel music. Perfect Sunday is seeing someone give their life over to Jesus Christ, then home to relax and love on his family. Secret thing he would love to do; See the Dallas Cowboy's play in Texas Stadium. Private Suite? NAW!!!

Parts Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

Polk County, Tennessee is where Kevin was born, but he calls McCaysville, Georgia home. Married to his sweetheart Vicky. They have 2 daughters Whitley and Brittany. When he's not managing the parts counter at Ronnie Thompson Ford, Kevin enjoys fishing, guns and most sports. His favorite food is fish, but especially locally caught Bass. His favorite color is Blue (despite the fact that he has a VOLS colored shirt on in his profile picture). He enjoys both Gospel and country music and considers a perfect Sunday to be an amazing message at Church, supper with family and just relaxing. Kevin has always wanted to explore Canada.

Quick Lane Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

Born in Blue Ridge, GA, Zach is married to his lovely wife Erin. When not running the Quick Lane at Ronnie Thompson Ford, you will probably find him at a car show or the drag strip. He enjoys old cars, especially old Chevrolet trucks. What??  Favorite food: BBQ. Perfect Sunday: Church, family and anything outdoors. He is a huge country music fan. Zach has a very unique eye for wheels and tires. He can spot brands just looking at the design of a rim or the profile of a tire. Now that is amazing!!

Internet Customer Relations Manager
706-515-FORD (3673)

You would think that Skip should have become an astronaut considering he was born in Cape Canaveral, FL. He kept his feet on the ground and worked in the food service industry for 15 years until fate opened a door and he began a career in car sales, working at Sale Auto Mall in Dalton, GA and now here at Ronnie Thompson Ford. When not working, Skip enjoys quiet time at home with his wife Jennifer and their beautiful daughter Ryan. Reading the Bible and talking about the Lord is something Skip really loves. For fun he is a certified gear head and loves ANYTHING to do with cars. Few people would know he LOVES to Skateboard!!! Hang Ten dude!!!



Bob Handell
Sales Consultant

Chad Jones
Sales Consultant
866-515-3673 (FORD)

Jeff Burroughs

Mario Benitez
Sales & F&I Support

Frank Procell
Sales Consultant

Barry "Curly" Carver
Sales Consultant
706-515-FORD (3673)

Barry is a lifelong resident of Blue Ridge, GA. He is married to his wife Shannon and a father to one son, Steven and one daughter Zoey. When he's not selling cars, you will find him at home with his family, outdoors on his tractor, camping on the lake with family, or watching the NASCAR channel. When he's at work and you see his office full of salesmen, more that likely they are reading scripture. His favorite food is Italian and his favorite guessed it...BLUE!

Sales Consultant
706-515-FORD (3673)

Eddy is a lifelong resident of Ellijay, GA. He is married to his wife Kathy, they have two daughters, Kristy and Heidi. Eddy has been in the automotive business for 40 plus years, including owning a local tire shop. The demands of the tire business were too much for his body so he changed career gears and came to work at Ronnie Thompson Ford. When he is not working, you will find him at home with his family, on the links chasing the little white ball, watching Saturday college football, or reading his Bible.  Oh before we forget, favorite color....yup.....BLUE!!  GO TEAM FORD!!!!



Travis Hughes
Service Technician
(706) 515-3673 (FORD)

Travis was born and raised in Blue Ridge, GA and he and his wife Olivia still call it home. Travis enjoys anything to do with guns and also likes fishing. When asked about his favorite food, Travis says a good Italian dish always hits the spot. Travis has always wanted to visit Wyoming and hopes to get there soon. An ideal weekend is spent relaxing and enjoying a wonderful service at Mt. Liberty Baptist Church in McCaysville, GA on Sunday mornings.

Nick Slone
Service Technician

Rodney Padgett
Service Technician

Service Technician
706-515-FORD (3673)

Darren is a very quiet guy. Born in Ellijay, he is single, so he spends a great deal of time working on cars, going fishing, and listening to any type of music. Sunday's are for resting, relaxing and eating pizza. His favorite color is Red.

Service Technician
706-515-FORD (3673)

Originally from Eatonton, GA, Steven moved to Canton, GA at the age of twelve. He now resides in Ball Ground, GA with his wife Kristen. When not building transmissions, Steven enjoys hunting and riding ATV's. Steven is the all American food lover. A nice big steak always hits the spot.


Office Staff

Beth Mabry

706-515-FORD (3673)

Miss Patsy is a Gilmer county native who logs a lot of miles walking near her home. When she is not working (this lady works too much), she takes the time to curl up with a good book. Baking is a passion (I hear her pound cake is the real deal). Patsy says nothing beats a powerful sermon in Church and lunch at her Mother's home. She loves her country music and finds the color Blue to be calming. Although she adores north Georgia, when you ask her about a favorite place on earth, without hesitation she says "Jackson Hole, Wyoming".


Quick Lane

Felipe Arreaga
Quick Lane Technician

Taylor Nunn
Quick Lane Technician

Jesse Newsome
Quick Lane Advisor

Josh Green
Quick Lane Technician



Parts Advisor
706-515-FORD (3673)

Born in Dalton, GA but has lived in Ellijay since 1982. Married to his wife Jennifer for 9 years and they have two beautiful daughters Lannah and Emma. Curtis enjoys restoring old cars. Some he has restored '66 Plymouth Satellite, '66 Dodge Cornet, '65 Ford Falcon and a'57 Chevy. His favorite food is BBQ Pork. Perfect Sunday: Church and supper with his family and Mom. Favorite color: Red and Pale Yellow. Next on the list: A trip to the mountain west - Rockies and Teton's!!!


Detail Shop

Detail Specialist
706-515-FORD (3673)

Born and raised in Ellijay, Georgia, Billy has deep roots in the automotive business, having been a detailer his entire life. He is married to his lovely wife Becki and between them, they have four children. He loves Mexican food(mild please), classic country music, warm weather and Sunday afternoons watching NASCAR (cheering on his favorite driver, Kasey Kahne #5). He comes from a large, loving family of six brother and two sisters. That's a dang sports team!!! When it comes to automotive detailing, he knows how to "Get the Shine On".



Ronnie Thompson Ford

130 Coosawattee Dr
Directions Ellijay, GA 30540

  • Sales: (706) 276-2777
  • Service: (706) 276-2777
  • Parts: (706) 276-2777


  • Monday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Tuesday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Wednesday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Thursday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Friday 8:00AM - 6:00PM
  • Saturday 8:00AM - 5:00PM
  • Sunday Closed
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