Staff


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  • Geoff Johnson
    Director of Ellsworth Operations

    Geoff is from Carver, Massachusetts and graduated from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School. Geoff worked in the restaurant business for thirteen years in Massachusetts and was general manager when decided to move to a piece of property he owned in Maine. 

    Geoff worked in the auto industry in Maine for four years before accepting an open position at Darling's Honda Nissan Volvo. Geoff's experience in customer service and sales has been an excellent fit for our store and has greatly influenced the success of our team. He has been general manager for 8 ½ years. His great work as General Manager at Honda allowed for the perfect fit as Director of Ellsworth Operations  in 2018.

    Geoff lives on Chemo Pond with his wife. He enjoys spending time with his family and especially the grandchildren. Geoff loves being on the water, traveling, and downhill skiing.

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  • Ryan Pelkey
    General Sales Manager

    Ryan is from Bangor and graduated from Bangor High School where he loved playing football for the Rams. He attended Husson College.

    Ryan enjoys working with people. His love for customer service flourished in the restaurant business when he lived in Florida. He began his career in the sales department at an automotive business when he moved back to Maine. After several years an opportunity became available at Darling's. We are happy to say Ryan accepted the F&I position and was promoted to sales manager soon thereafter. His success led him to a promotion to Chevrolet as General Sales Manager in 2019. Ryan loves being part of the Darling's team and always provides our clients with the best experience possible.

    In his free time Ryan and his family like taking their boat out to area lakes, they love to travel, and Ryan enjoys his annual fishing trip up north with family and friends. He and his family also volunteer with the MaineLyme education/prevention organization and community events.

    Ryan lives in Brewer with his wife and their two children.

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  • Nick Smith
    Finance & Sales Manager

    I have always been a Downeaster born and raised in Surry, Maine. After graduation, I attended The University of Maine, Orono studying business.  I began my career in the restaurant industry in the Ellsworth/Bar Harbor area. The opportunity for growth and stability led me to Morrison Chevrolet in late 2009 where I started as a sales representative.  After 8 years of building relationships with customers, learning the car business and sharpening my sales skills, I took a promotion to Business Manager in 2018. In 2019 my role was expanded as a dual Sales/Finance Manager role.

    Darling's has been great for my personal and professional life as I met my wonderful wife by selling her a vehicle. We kept in touch after the sale and have not left each other's side since then. Our little family has grown since our marriage in 2016 to two cats, 8 chickens and 3 full fish tanks.  I most en-joy my time outside the office hanging with the wifey. We love traveling to warm places, like the Caribbean, date nights, beach days at Newburry Neck and restaurant hopping.

    I love my job and am proud to give back to my customers each day. It is never about the sale at Dar-ling's it is about the customer. My job is more than just the numbers; it is about making sure every customer leaves knowing they are valued from day one.

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  • Ryan Wilson
    Service Manager

    I am a Mainer, born in Carmel, Maine. After graduating, one of my first jobs was for Hannaford Su-permarket and then Maine Distributors. In 2007, a friend asked me if I had ever considered working for Darling's Auto Group. I had always enjoyed customer service and took the chance at something new at Darling's Ford/VW/Audi. I began in 2007 as a VW Service Advisor. I did that for five years and then worked as a Ford TSM for approximately three years. After that I was promoted to the as-sistant Service Manager position for Ford/VW/Audi. In 2017, I was given the opportunity to become the Service Manager at Darling's Chevrolet.

    Outside the dealership, I still call Carmel home with my wonderful wife Victoria, a daughter Avery and a son, Luke. We love spending time at home grilling or cooking over the open fire in the sum-mer, watching sports, playing yard games, four wheeling, and having friends and family over for game nights. I am sports fanatic and route for all of the local New England teams. My true sports love is basketball of which I coached several local recreational and AAU teams. We also dedicate a lot of time and effort to Anah Shriners. I have been a shriner since 2009. I am part of the Anah SMART team and a member of the Anah Funsters. I participate in many parades and other local events as Scooby Doo. We enjoy raising money for Shrine Hospitals and putting smiles on kids' fac-es!

    I love working for Darling's Chevrolet. We are one big service family and we try to give that back to every customer. Family is about trust and care and in a similar way; our daily goal is make a friend with every customer. Vehicle service is more than just a transaction; it is about care and connection with a customer. Feel free to reach out to me anytime. 

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  • Aaron Stevens
    Sales Representative

    I was born and raised in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. After graduation, I took to the slopes working winters at Sugarloaf Mountain and Killington Ski Resort. In the off season I worked at my parents restaurant in Bar Harbor called Bunny's Downeast Restaurant. My customer service skills from both jobs eventually led me Sales Representative at U.S. Cellular in Ellsworth, Maine in 2007.  A much-needed change and a proud introduction to Darling's by a friend led me to start at Darling's in October of 2014.

     

    Ellsworth is where I call home now with my awesome family.  October has been a great month for my family as I married my wife in October of 2015. We added an adopted daughter in 2017 and enjoy our 3 cats Oliver, Penny and Beautrice. We love our family time together and most often can be found at Acadia National Park, hiking, walking and more. When I need some "me" time I love disk golf, watching the Pat's, Celtics, Red Sox or Syracuse University basketball.

     

    I take great pride in how Darling's treats their employees and the great respect they have for their customers. At Darling's we always stand by their customers even after the sale. Feel free to reach out anytime.


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  • Jason Hardison
    Sales Representative

    Raised in beautiful Dedham, Maine I am a proud Mainer.  I chose to serve the United States Marine Corps after graduation. The Marines stationed me all over the world including Okinawa Japan, South East Asia and California. During this time, I received my BA in Economics. I served as Private First Class and ended as Sergeant. I lived in California for a bit and came back home to raise my family in Maine. A friend knew I would fit in perfectly at Darling's and so I found my home at Darling's in 2016.

    My beautiful wife Erin and I married in 2006. We have two awesome daughters, Abigail and Delilah. Outside the dealership, I spend as much time with my family and our little Dachshund, Tootsie. We enjoy adventuring at our friend's camp in Sebec on Lake Onawa or just hanging at home. I also love to hunt, fish, surf and read history books. I am a proud history buff. If history has taught us anything, it is to be kind to others and give back. In this civic-minded fashion, I am a Lion's Club member, a Local Mason, Marine Corps League Bangor Member and proud volunteer at school.

    Being genuine to your fellow man or woman is what I cherish most about Darling's Auto. This town has been kind to me, so with every vehicle it is my responsibility to give back to my community. I truly enjoy taking care of people. There is no greater feeling then walking into work with the people I love doing what I love. Please feel free to reach out anytime.

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  • Paul Fickett
    Sales Representative

    I was born a Downeaster raised in Winter Harbor, Maine. My career has given me many adventures working at Maine beer distributors, a brewery, a media company and landscaping. This gave me my big break and experience to work at Darling's in 2019.

    I call home to Ellsworth now with my three incredible boys, Jon, Kyle and Liam. Away from the dealership, I spend most of the time hanging with my kids. One of our favorite activities is cheering on our New England sports teams: the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox. I also enjoy some quiet time Fishing, Hiking and Hunting at Eagle Lake.

    My goal with every vehicle is to give the best customer service possible. Working at Darling's, I am surrounded by good genuine people who care about each other. This makes it easy to give the same level of respect and kindness to my customers. Feel free to reach out anytime.

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  • PJ Davis
    Sales Representative

    I am a Mainer raised in Sullivan, Maine. I graduated with sports scholarships to several universities, but decided the pay was better to work in the local fishing industry. In my younger years, I worked as a lobsterman and harvested bloodworms. Needing a change of pace and lifestyle, I followed my second passion for vehicles and started at Darling's Auto Parts in 1982. I changed jobs in 1985 be-coming a Part's Manager at Colwell Diesel. Following my earlier roots, I became a Service Manager in 1987 for Morrison's Chevrolet. They seemed to like me at Morrison's and promoted me to a Sales Representative in 1992. In 2004, Chevrolet named me as one of the top sales representative with 406 happy customers. Darling's Auto Group took the Morrison's name 2012 and I could not be hap-pier. Since then I have met many customers, giving me great pride with every sale. 

    My pride extends to my community and family in my home of Ellsworth. I love giving back to my community as a local Shriner, Mason and former Board Chamber member. I am lucky enough to have my wonderful wife, Cindy, a Bengal cat named Arrow, a grown son, Chris, and daughter, Steph-anie, and two granddaughters, Kaylie and Paisley who have given me many new adventures. My son an Air Force Staff Sargent has led me on many visits around the world, including Italy. When I am not adventuring with my family, I am at my second home at the Golf Course, my favorite being Bar Harbor Golf Course. My Darling's adventure is still one of my favorite though.

    Darling's does the little things for its employees and customers. The little things are the things people seem to miss these days it is nice to know there are still people that remember these things. In our world of hustle and bustle Darling's Auto, still stops to remember the small details of caring and community pride that bring people together. In the end, the little things will lead to big things, and big changes in people's lives. Feel free to reach out to me anytime.

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  • Sandy Salsbury
    Finance Business Manager

    For over forty-five years, I have worked, volunteered raised a family and more in the Ellsworth community.  Thirty-two of these years were in the banking industry from 1976 - 2008 starting out as a teller.  Working as a teller was just the beginning as I moved to loans and ended as the VP of Human Resources.  My skills as a banker serviced me well when I started with Morrison's Chevrolet in 2011 as receptionist and eventual Finance Manager at Darling's Chevrolet. 

    For 40 of those years and counting I have had my amazing husband by my side. We have become a family of two kids, two grand kids, a cat named Crawford, three grand cats and three grand dogs. I have also volunteered for many community organizations, most proudly 17 years as an Ellsworth Lioness. Out of the office, I enjoy me time at Bar Harbor Golf Course and family time at our camp on Beach Hill Pond.

    Darling's has been caring for its community since the beginning. It is never about a vehicle, but a person whether an employee or customer. I am proud to work every day giving back to the Ells-worth community, because Darling's cares for me. Feel free to reach out anytime.

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  • Brittany Stanley
    Customer Care

    My story began in Virginia and Maryland but eventually brought me to Maine where I have been now for the last 12 years. My career has led me to many fields with one thing staying consistent, customer service. I have worked in bookkeeping, accounting, banking, the food service industry, administrative assistant, and even a Notary Public.

     

    All of these experiences opened the door for me to become a Customer Care Representative at Darling's. When I am not caring for our customers here at Darling's, I am caring for my four children, three boys and one girl. We spend most of our time at home playing, running to different events, or cuddling up having a movie night.  When I have free time I can usually be found with friends shooting some pool, playing some cribbage, taking photos, and when the weather is warm enjoying the outdoors.

     

    I am proud to call Darling's my second home. Everyone cares for each other at this company, just like family. In the same way, I enjoy sharing this sense of caring for my customers as I do my own family. Please feel free to contact me anytime.


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  • Rebecca Campbell
    Customer Care

    I love providing the best customer experience to my customers. I gained a wealth of knowledge in the customer care field. My work within the up and coming internet department gave me great skills at online customer care. Eventually this experience led me becoming an online Customer Care Representative within the auto industry.

    After thirteen years in this industry I found the perfect job closer to home in customer care at Darling's in Ellsworth. When I'm not focused on the best customer experience I enjoy my time with my wonderful husband. We enjoy the little things like relaxing at home, motorcycling, walking or hiking.  

    I must admit, I love my job. Darling's has a down home family atmosphere with a vision of giving the best customer experience. The experience is based on a shared vision of wanting the best for every customer. It is this experience that I am proud to share with my customer experience. If you have any questions about vehicles feel free to submit an online inquiry or give me a call directly anytime.

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  • Angel Sukeforth
    Team Service Manager

    I am a proud Mainer born and raised in Orland, Maine. After graduating, I followed my passion for vehicles attending EMCC studying Automotive. My career began at Morrison's Chevrolet in 2003 as an Automotive Technician. Then in 2006, I went to the front line of service as Team Service Manager for Darling's Chevrolet.

    I now live in Bucksport with my family of my wonderful husband, 2 boys, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 5 goats, pig and guinea pig. We love cheering on our favorite Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots teams, camping wherever the road takes us, relaxing on our boat at Toddy Pond or driving my 2016 blue Chevrolet Camaro. I also enjoy volunteering as a volunteer firefighter for the Orland Fire Department, Bucksport Little League volunteer and Bucksport Youth Football Volunteer.

    Working for Darling's is more than just working customer service. We are a family that gives back to our community. I am proud to give back this spirit of caring in taking care of service customers. Vehicle service can be stressful and I will do my best to treat everyone just like family with caring and kindness. Feel free to reach out to me anytime.


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  • Mike Ellis
    Team Service Manager

    I have been a car guy since the beginning, growing up in Skowhegan, Maine. After graduating, I at-tended Eastern Maine Technical College for Automotive Technology. Morrison's Chevrolet gave me a chance hiring me as an Automotive Tech. I put my tech skills to work in the front end in 2007 as a Team Service Manager. 

    Outside of work, I spend time at home or enjoying the outdoors. My wonderful wife Theresa, two boys, one dog and two cats enjoy the home life in Bucksport. Our outdoor adventures consist of hik-ing, 4 wheeling and more. I also love Hunting and Fishing at my secret Maine location. 

    At work I am always smiling, I think it has something to do with the great company and customers. Bringing a vehicle in for service can be an anxious experience, especially if you do not know what is going on with your vehicle.  I take great pride in making sure every vehicle is treated like my own, ensuring no details are missed. One thing I promise is to treat you and your vehicle with the upmost care and respect in every visit. Feel free to reach out anytime. 

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  • Matt Rowe
    Lead Counter Person

    I have been a motor head since the beginning growing up in Brewer, Maine. My work has lead me to every aspect of gears from sales to service to parts.  Prior to working at a car dealership, I worked parts and sales at Friend & Friend. I began in 1998 at Morrison's Chevrolet dealership. 

    Darling's is my home now and I love working with all the gears and parts galore as Lead Counter Person.  Eddington is my home now where I enjoy my time with my Suzuki motorcycle and volun-teering with both the local Shriners and Masons. 

    I am most happy when I am on the backroads with my motorcycle or spending time with my work family. I'm lucky to have an incredible team who inspires me every day. Darling's cares about my motor head obsessions, and me. This is what I give back to my customers each day. Feel free to stop by anytime to talk motors, parts and more.

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  • Nick Grant
    Parts Advisor

    Engines and parts have always been a lifelong love. I grew up in Columbia Falls, Maine where I learned the engine world at Hancock County Technical School, studying Automotive Technology. Since then I have worked in Parts for various businesses in the Ellsworth area. I am lucky to have joined Darling's in 2017 putting my parts knowledge to good use with the great team at Chevy. 

    My world turned upside down in the best way in September of 2017 when my wife had twins! My wife Stacey and I could not be happier to have Landen and Elizabeth in our lives, but are still waiting to catch up on some sleep. We live in Sullivan near Flanders pond and can often be found staying close to home with the family. When I do have some free time I'm most often found working on ve-hicles in the garage or making our yard look nice.  Before the kids, I also enjoyed ATVing. Perhaps someday I will get back on the ATV trails.

    People that care is not heard very often in the Auto Industry. At Darling's I have found the most car-ing people, I have ever met. It is a bit cheesy, but at Darling's they know you by name, and that is special. My job is to help customers put their vehicles back together as soon as possible, with the correct parts. If I do not already know you by name feel free to give me a call and talk parts.

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