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Meet Our Butler Kia Staff

Founder & President Chuck  Butler

Chuck started working in the automotive industry when, at the age of 12, he was hired to wash cars at his father’s dealership in Oxnard, California. He’s come a long way since then, but the core principles he learned working his way up through every department of the family business - the importance of providing exceptional customer service, cultivating honest, transparent communication, and working to benefit the community you live in - have served as the foundation for his life’s work.

Chuck studied at Los Angeles Valley College, where he was an All-Conference Water Polo player, and then attended the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned a degree in business administration. After serving in the United States Air Force and attending General Motors Institute, Chuck was named executive vice president and general manager of the Butler Buick dealership in Torrance, California.

It was there that Chuck first met Linda. Three years after their first date (a Neil Diamond concert at the Greek Theatre,) Chuck and Linda were married. The pair bought a Ford dealership in Ashland, Oregon in 1976, and the Butler family of dealerships was born. They now own 4 dealerships in Ashland and Medford. Chuck is also a partner in Steelhead Finance in Medford, a commercial finance company, and CPM Real Estate Services, a property management company with locations in Medford, Ashland, and Grants Pass.

Chuck has served on the boards of the Ashland Community Hospital Foundation (Board President,) the Southern Oregon University Foundation Emeritus Board, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Board President.) In 2017, he was nominated for the 2017 TIME Magazine/Ally Financial Quality Dealer of the Year Award, considered by many to be the most prestigious award in the retail automotive industry, as one of just 49 dealers nationwide selected for “doing it right in their industry and giving back with extraordinary contributions to their community.”

No matter how many honors or accolades Chuck receives, the titles that are most important to him are the ones that he has been working to earn for his entire life: husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor.

Founder & President
Chuck Butler
Co-Founder Linda  Butler
Linda may be in the business of selling cars but it’s people who get her fired up. Maybe that has something to do with the close-knit family she was raised in. As the youngest of four kids growing up in Southern California there was no shortage of companionship. And dreams of becoming a teacher just strengthened the desire to be surrounded by people she could invest in. But it wasn’t long before Linda found herself drawn to a neighbor’s adding machine and realized her strength was in processing details and deciphering numbers. So she enrolled at Cal State University Long Beach where she hit the water with the sailing team and minored in accounting while getting a degree in Sociology. After tagging on classes at UCLA Linda got to work as a CPA. It was while crunching numbers for a living that she met Chuck while picking up a friend at the dealership Chuck co-owned. He was immediately enamored by her waist-length blonde hair and independent spirit. On their first date he took her to see Neil Diamond perform at the legendary Greek Theatre and Linda was smitten. “It knocked me out of the park,” she says. Even so, it took Chuck three years and eight proposals to get her to agree to marry him. Eventually, Linda and Chuck moved to Southern Oregon after a brief stint in Redding. Linda says they were looking for a town with a four year college, a daily newspaper and cultural relevancy. Ashland fit the bill. So, they settled in and went into business together, opening Butler Automotive Group in 1976. When she’s not at one of the group’s four stores Linda’s volunteering her time. Over the years she’s served countless organizations including sitting on the Ashland Community Hospital, Ashland Family YMCA, and Lithia Springs Girls Home boards of directors. She’s been a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, a soccer coach, and continues to give time to committees within her church. And of course she’s spending time with her family which includes four children and five grand kids. She and Chuck love taking the group on their sailboat, "Comme Je Trouve", which, when translated from French means "take it as it comes". But if you ask her what her personal motto is she gets more specific. “Love your people”, she says. “Employees and co-workers, as well as customers and family. That’s what it’s all about for me.”
Linda Butler
Managing Partner Warren  Cooper
You can't miss Warren Cooper, for two reasons: At 6' 5" he towers over almost everyone. And he always has a mischievous smile on his face. Maybe that's because, as an admitted "workaholic", he loves what he does! Warren is a Medford native and Crater graduate who played forward for the Raiders basketball team back when Southern Oregon University was Southern Oregon College. Since he "enjoys business" and has "always had a mind for numbers", he studied accounting, going to work for a CPA firm directly out of school. Warren's lightning-fast computation skills took his career to LTM (now Knife River), then into partnering in two businesses ? a video rental shop and appliance store - where he fell in love with retail. But as fate would have it he wound up in the auto industry. Warren met Chuck Butler in 1978 upon buying his first new vehicle: a Ford Conversion Van. Not only did they strike up a friendship but Warren became a repeat customer when he bought a truck from Butler a couple years later. His friendship with Chuck turned into a position with the company in the late 1980s, then into a business partnership in 1998. In the rare moments when he's not at one of the dealerships, Warren enjoys spending time with Paula, his artist wife of 30 years whom he says he married within a month and a half of meeting. They like to travel and have their sights set on South Dakota's Mt. Rushmore and Alaska. There's also lots of family to attend to: four children and three grandchildren. In his free time, Warren indulges in art appreciation, reading - he especially likes history - and golf, which he says he doesn't play nearly often enough.
Managing Partner
Warren Cooper
General Sales Manager Paul  Hauck
General Sales Manager
Paul Hauck
Service Coordinator Kristan Workman
Service Coordinator
Kristan Workman
Business Manager Dave  Lewallen
Business Manager
Dave Lewallen
Office Manager Patti  Hills
Office Manager
Patti Hills
Tom  King
Tom King describes himself as lucky. Shortly after the Grants Pass native graduated from Medford Senior High School he, like so many other young American men, took steps to register with the draft. The Vietnam War was in full swing and Tom had a feeling his number would be called. But the day he went to register, the draft was abolished. A year later, Tom and girlfriend Marisa tied the knot. They went on to have two girls and a boy. Now their brood has grown to include six grandbabies. Tom describes himself as a "family man" and feels blessed that the whole group has chosen to stay in the Rogue Valley. His home life consists of loved ones, three dogs, a horse, a cat, and 20 acres to take care of. It's a good thing Tom doesn't like sitting still! As for his 30 year tenure in the automotive industry, Tom says he's done it all: mechanics, parts and sales, at which he excelled, earning Salesman of the Year five years in a row. The love of all things car related continues even when he's off the clock. Tom's a huge Nascar fan who identifies with late racing legend Dale Earnhardt. He even shares the Earnhardt's philosophy: Shoot for first, settle for second.
Tom King
HR Administrator Travis  Smith
Office: 541-482-2521
HR Administrator
Travis Smith
Finance Director Rikki  Fraughton

Rikki has moved around a lot for a man who lives in the same town he grew up in – that comes with the territory when you serve aboard a Destroyer in the United States Navy. But Rikki is an Oregonian through and through, and years on the open sea found him ready to move back to the Rogue Valley. Rikki’s time at Butler has been eventful, to say the least. He married the love of his life, Amy, with whom he is raising three wonderful children, and after cutting his teeth as Finance Manager at the dealership level he became the Finance Director for the entire company.

Rikki’s natural rapport with customers is no accident; a self-described “social butterfly,” Rikki looks forward to coming to work every morning because he gets to help people all day. Family man, football fanatic, veteran, and avid fisherman, Rikki is happy to live and work in the region he loves, and we’re happy to have him on our team.

Finance Director
Rikki Fraughton
Office Manager Kat  Gfroerer
Office Manager
Kat Gfroerer
Internet Marketing Coordinator Matt  Mocabee
Office: 541-482-2521
Internet Marketing Coordinator
Matt Mocabee
Marketing & Social Media Asst. Josh Easton
Marketing & Social Media Asst.
Josh Easton

Meet Our Sales Staff

Sales Manager Glenn Terry
Sales Manager
Glenn Terry
Sales Manager Peter  McFadden
Peter has lived in the Rogue Valley on and off for almost 40 years, and we’ve been fortunate enough to count him as a colleague for over a decade. A native Oregonian, Peter is a graduate of Saint Mary’s High School and Oregon State University. Peter is a Renaissance Man in the truest sense of the term: during his collegiate career in Corvallis, Peter co-founded the men’s choir and co-authored a paper that was published in an academic journal. Peter first started working at Butler as a college student, when he took a summer job as a lot attendant. Since then, Peter has worked in sales and finance, and currently serves as a floating sales manager for all four of our dealerships. A dedicated family man and Beaver fan, Peter is an invaluable asset to our company.
Sales Manager
Peter McFadden
Finance Manager Sonya Renee
Finance Manager
Sonya Renee
Product Specialist Chris  Soles
Product Specialist
Chris Soles
Product Specialist Bradley Oliver
Product Specialist
Bradley Oliver
Product Specialist Tom Rhea
Product Specialist
Tom Rhea
Product Specialist Jeania Silva
Product Specialist
Jeania Silva

Meet Our Service Staff

Director, Parts and Service Curtis  Hancock
Curtis has literally spent half his life at Butler Automotive Group. Born and raised in Ashland, he played Center and Middle Linebacker at Ashland High School (he says his team saw just 3 losses in 3 years). Shortly after graduating Curtis started washing cars for Butler. A couple years later, he joined the Army National Guard, service that allowed him the freedom to continue his employment. Along the way, Curtis married Jennifer, a neo-natal intensive care unit nurse. Together they're raising five kids! Curtis describes his clan as a "boating family" and says they love spending time on their houseboat at Lake Shasta. He also adores coaching Ashland Pop Warner football, and being an officer with the Ashland Football Club. And, as if that weren't enough to keep him busy, he and Jen recently took up ballroom dancing. His favorite dance is Tango.
Director, Parts and Service
Curtis Hancock
Service Advisor Scott Thomas
Service Advisor
Scott Thomas
Kia Parts Manager Romy  Cura
Kia Parts Manager
Romy Cura
Service Advisor Todd  Karnbach
Service Advisor
Todd Karnbach
Service & Parts Advisor Paul Verriere
Service & Parts Advisor
Paul Verriere
Technician Adam  Decker
Adam Decker
Technician Luke  Rutigliano
Luke Rutigliano
Technician Alex Dorman
Alex Dorman
Technician Erik Anderson
Erik Anderson
Technician Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams
Lot Professional Vern  Andrus
Lot Professional
Vern Andrus
Detailer June Balagtas
June Balagtas
Janitor Ken  Newman
Ken Newman

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Butler Kia
4950 Crater Lake Ave.,
Medford, OR 97504

Sales: 833-205-7742
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The staff at Butler Kia were AMAZING! I had been taken advantage of by another local car dealership and was paying insane monthly payments. My credit is perfect plus I put quite a bit of cash down, so there is no reason why I should have had that high of a payment. The staff a Butler Kia worked...

- Kathy H., YELP

Comfortable sitting area while waiting for oil change. Great service!

- Shelley Hulce, GOOGLE

Very Happy with our recent car buying experience. Thanks Bradley and Chris.

- Laura Davis, GOOGLE

My Butler Kia experience, from test drive, to sales, to finance, was thoughtful and low pressure. Chris Soles was able to think through roadblocks in our negotiation and move us forward to a satisfactory purchase. In the Business Offce I appreciate Aaron Pounders consideration and personal touch...

- Sharon Ducharme, GOOGLE

I just got a 2016 Kia Sedona today! Chris and Austin were nothing short of amazing. They definately went above and beyond to make sure I could get into the vehicle I wanted and worked so hard on finances that were affordable. I am one happy lady, and a proud new Kia owner!!!

- Sarah Biggs, GOOGLE

Went in for End of Lease process. Vern assisted the process seamlessly. We bought our vehicle. We bought the Vehicle extended service contract! We had the 30 k Service completed. Bought new tires and again were satisfied by the service of Donovan in the office & Matt in the shop! Thanks to our new...

- Colin Covey, GOOGLE

Bradley and Chris were great. Very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. I wasn't sure if they were going to be able to help me get rid of Santander's 29% interest -_- .. They were able to pay off my old loan and get me into a brand new Optima for about the same monthly payments. I would highly...

- Branden Oliver, GOOGLE

Went to look at new vehicles. We Did walk around out side and checked a bunch of vehicles and no salesperson approached us. Went inside and then was asked by a sales person what I was looking for. Told her the cars I was interested in. We walked around again and she answered my questions the best...

- Jeff Buel, GOOGLE

Lifetime oil changes. Great service!

- Vickie Beresford, GOOGLE

Bradley was very attentive and professional from the minute my wife and I came to the door throughout the entire process. He even went the extra mile and delivered our new car to our home within three hours. We love the car and couldn’t be any more pleased with the fast service and with the first...

- Dolores Eugene, GOOGLE

Great place to buy a car

- Eric Gray, GOOGLE

Chris Soles was fantastic to work with very friendly and knowledgeable. Daughter absolutely loves her new car. 100% recommended will definitely be back.

- corrie welch, GOOGLE

Bradley and Chris were fantastic to work with. They made purchasing our daughter a car before she goes off to college a breeze. They went above and beyond by delivering the car to our home the next day in order to surprise her for her birthday. I will go back to see them again on the next round.

- Jesse Atchley, GOOGLE

Bought my kia here will never go to litha again they are rip offs I will recommend butler kia to all my freinds they were great

- Michelle Nelms, GOOGLE

Fast friendly service. Chris, Bradley and Sonya were wonderful.

- John Cole, GOOGLE

We ordered a Telluride of our choice. Up front they told us it would take 6 months. It came in 5. We would like to thank Chris and Sonya. They were both awesome. Highly recommended!!

- Barron's Home Furnishings, GOOGLE

Very professional and yet quiet friendly! The whole team here worked with me to get me into one of their great used cars. They hooked me up with a good deal and amazing service! Even had the car washed while I did the final paperwork! 10/10!

- Christopher, DEALERRATER

Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Codie and the sales team came through when NOBODY else would even give us the time of day. Completely up front, completely honest and completely transparent. Codie went above and beyond to keep us in the loop the entire way to getting approved with multiple calls...

- Steven Rice, GOOGLE

This is the third car we have gotten from Kia and Chris has been so helpful helping us find cars that we can afford and that will work with our daily lives. I definitely recommend buying from here everyone is so nice and helpful here!!

- Madyson Sweeney, GOOGLE

This is not the first car we have bought from Chris and as always the service was superb I would recommend coming here.


Bought my first Kia here, everyone was polite and very knowledgeable. Gave me a great deal that I could afford, Bradley was there every step of the way to help make things go smoothly.

- Robert Folda, GOOGLE

Codie did an excellent job of making sure my Kia Soul was the right fit and took care of all the details, the entire staff was extremely professional, thank you Butler Kia

- Kathleen Garwood, GOOGLE

Awesome customer service. Speak to Bradley for a personable experience. He was always available and worked around my schedule to fit my needs. Definitely recommend Butler Kia!

- andrew ihn, GOOGLE

Came in wanting to get my perfect car and first ever hybrid. I worked with Bradley Oliver who throughout the entire process was knowledgeable, patient, and understanding. They provided every piece of information that I requested, went through all of the financials in a very straightforward manner,...

- Lexie Marie, GOOGLE

Came in wanting to get my perfect car and first ever hybrid. I worked with Bradley who throughout the entire process was knowledgeable, patient, and understanding. They provided every piece of information that I requested, went through all of the financials in a very straightforward manner, and...


I went in looking for a new 2019 Kia Niro on Saturday about 4 pm. I test drove one, (it lacked some features I wanted) and then Bradley Oliver, showed me a 2017 Kia Niro touring edition, that I fell in love with. It’s such a great car w/so many features, I had to go back another day to have him...

- Rich Olson, GOOGLE

I went into Kia hoping to buy/order a 2020 Telluride (the unicorn of the car world). I was greeted by the most energetic car specialist, Bradley Oliver. Knowing that a Telluride SX prestige was basically like trying to hunt down Big Foot, he pointed my in the Hyundai Palisade Limited direction and...

- Brooke W., YELP

Thanks for the memories Bradley

- Julie Denny, GOOGLE

Sept 3. I 've changed some of the things I said in my review ... ## 12 days later I meet with John the General Sale Manager of Butler Ford. He said he talk to the Kia manager so that this would not happen again and said the Ad was confusing . Someone should Redo your ads showing how it all works....

- Steve Anderson, GOOGLE

Bradley is an exceptional car salesman! My fiance had a awful week and with Bradley's help, he got an amazing car and he made it as quick and painless as possible. We went in thinking we were just going to look at the car, and Bradley made sure we didnt leave the lot that day without our new car. I...

- Kaeli Damon, GOOGLE
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