Meet Our Team


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

Manager

Joe Papalexis, General Manager
General Manager
419-842-7896


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Sales

Derek Balogh, Sales Advisor
419-842-7934

Derek worked at Yark from 2012 to 2014 and returned back in September of 2016. He has been married to his wife, Nikki, for 3 years, and they have an 18 month old son, Carter. Outside of work, Derek enjoys spending time at his family's lake house, on their boat wake surfing and wakeboarding. He tries to spend as much time with his family as possible; he says the one thing he cannot live without is his family. His favorite place to be is on the boat. The weirdest job Derek has ever had is building paver patios. His favorite car is a Nissan Maxima.

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Jessica York, Sales Advisor
419-842-7506


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Jack Moses, Fleet Salesperson
419-842-7707


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Ben Swonger, Sales Advisor
419-842-7517


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Mike Knurek, Sales Advisor
419-842-7697


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Service

Tyrone McCluney, Detail Manager
419-842-7902


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Mike Parks, Service Advisor
419-842-7842

Raised in Toledo, Mike has been at Yark Automotive since 2000. In his role at Yark, Mike enjoys meeting and talking to customers and his co-workers. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles and cheering on the University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football. When it comes to cars, Mike's favorite is the Mustang.

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Parts

Don Espen - Parts Manager
419-842-7868

Raised in Bowling Green, Don has been at Yark Automotive since 1991. Since his first job at a Sherwin Williams paint store, Don has worked his way up from a parts drive and advisor at another local dealer, to Parts Manager at Yark. He says it is the best move he ever made! He loves being part of a growing organization and interacting with the people who make it happen. When he isn't at work, Don enjoys traveling with his wife, and spending time with their three daughters and their families. Especially his new granddaughter! He also enjoys cheering on Detroit sports. When it comes to cars, Don enjoys seeing technology evolve over the years. He would love to own a 1963 Corvette Stingray Coupe, Split rear window with Fuel Injection, with the 327 CI and 360HP.

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