Ken Garff Executive Team

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  • Robert H. Garff
    Chairman, Garff Enterprises

    Robert H. Garff is Chairman of Garff Enterprises, Inc.; a Salt Lake City based Corporation founded in 1932. Robert's responsibilities within the community include his service as former Chairman of the Board for Deseret Book Company, and as board member for organizations such as Intermountain Health Care, the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Utah Commission on Volunteers.  Previously, Robert served as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002. 

    Robert has held various community, business and religious leadership positions during his career, including Speaker of the House of Representatives for the State of Utah, former board member of First Security Bank, and former chairman of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. Robert serves today in many positions for the American Cancer Society. The National Advisory Board for the College of Business for the University of Utah recently honored Robert as a member of their prestigious business Hall of Fame.

    Mr. Garff and his wife Katharine have five children and eighteen grandchildren.  They reside in Bountiful, Utah.

  • John K. Garff
    Chief Executive Officer, Garff Enterprises

    John Garff is the CEO of Garff Enterprises, Inc.  He received his Bachelors of Science Degree from the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business and earned his M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

    He currently serves as a board member on the National Advisory Board for the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business. In 2010, John served as President of the New Car Dealers of Utah.

    John resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Amy and their five children.

  • Brett Hopkins
    Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Group

    Brett Hopkins is currently the CEO of the Auto Group for Ken Garff.  Brett has been with the Garff Organization for 14 years and oversees all operations and acquisitions for the company. 

    Prior to joining Garff, Brett was the CFO for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Organizing Committee.  Brett was instrumental in the financial turnaround and success of the 2002 Olympic Games.  Brett oversaw a team of over 500 employees in the area of Finance, Accounting, Risk Management, Procurement, Contract Administration and Logistics.  Brett currently spends time working with the IOC as a "Financial Expert" helping  current and future OCOGs establish solid and reliable Olympic financial plans.  

    Prior to joining SLOC, Brett worked for Convergys as the Director of Finance Europe.  Brett was an ex-patriot based out of Paris, France where we was instrumental in turning a profit in a European business that had lost money for ten consecutive years.

    Brett received his MBA from Arizona State University and his Masters of International Management from Thunderbird.  Brett currently enjoys living in Salt Lake with his wife and four young children.

  • Matthew Garff
    Executive Director Asset Management

    Matthew received his Bachelor of Science Cum Laude in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1999. He received his Masters of Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2004.

    Matthew was put to work early in the car business by his father where he swept dealership floors, mowed lawns and sold his first car at the age of 14. Matthew operated six Ken Garff Ogden franchises where he increased customer satisfaction scores and gained market share and now manages the real estate assets owned by Ken Garff subsidiaries.

    Matthew and his wife, Nicole, have four children.

  • Dax DeRop
    Vice President of Dealership Operations

    Dax grew up in Casper, Wyoming and started his automotive career at a very young age; working his way through junior high and high school pumping gas and working on cars at small independent repair shops. His professional career started in 1989 when Dax moved to Phoenix, AZ and began his employment at Bell Acura while also completing his college education. Over a seven year period, Dax worked in most every Fixed Operation position as well as spent two years in New Car Sales. 

    In 1996, Dax pursued an opportunity to broaden his automotive experience by joining American Honda Motor Company in Torrance, CA. Over a 17 year period, Dax held many Field positions including District Technical Manager in the Acura Service Division, District Parts Manager in the Honda Parts Division, and Assistant Service & Parts Zone Manager in Northern California for five years and South Florida for three years. His last assignment at Honda was as the National Manager of Service and Parts Marketing, in which he was responsible for Fixed Operations marketing and was involved in strategy planning for the Service Division.

    In his role as Vice President of Dealership Operations, Dax oversees a team responsible for setting strategy and executional support for all dealerships in the area of sales, F&I, service, parts and collision center operations.

    Dax lives in Park City, UT with his wife and son and enjoys the outdoor recreation that Utah offers.  

  • Phil Johnson
    Vice President of Business Operations

    Philip currently serves as the Vice President of Business Operations. In this position, Philip leads the operational efforts of an ever growing automotive group.

    After years of working as both the CFO of the Ken Garff Automotive Group, and the de facto VP of Business Operations, Phil is now able to focus his efforts on business operations.Before becoming the CFO of Ken Garff,  Philip worked as a Finance Manager for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Organizing Committee and as a Senior Accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers. 

    Philip is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas, where he earned his MPA from the University of Texas with Cum Laude honors. He received his Bachelors Degree from Utah State University, where he double majored in Accounting and Finance, graduating Cum Laude.

    Philip and his wife live in Bountiful with their three children. He enjoys basketball, reading and spending time with his children.

  • Jim Campbell
    Chief Financial Officer

    Following graduation from Brigham Young University with a Masters of Accounting, Jim worked as an auditor for Deloitte and Touche and became a CPA.  From there he joined American Express where he supported global products and businesses with accounting, reporting, forecasting, and risk management for over 20 years.  In September 2015, Jim accepted the opportunity to become the Chief Financial Officer of Ken Garff.  

    As Chief Financial Officer, Jim directs financial management, accounting practices, and relationships with lending institutions and financial partners.  He also works with the Executive and the Accounting Teams to improve the profitability and efficiency of the Company.

    Jim currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and six children.  In his spare time, he enjoys home improvement projects, traveling, and spending time with his family.

  • Tony Kraatz
    Executive Director of Dealership Acquisition

    Tony attended the University of Utah. His career in business started with First Security Bank in auto loan collections. Early in 1970 he began his automotive experience at Wagstaff Toyota where he worked in sales and finance for 3 years. His first management position started in 1974 as General Manager of Clark Datsun. This responsibility expanded when two other dealership were added to his charge. 

    In 1977 Nissan offered Tony a dealership in St. George, Utah. For the next 13 years Tony owned and operated St. George Nissan, Mazda, Jeep, Volkswagen, and later Chevrolet and Cadillac. 

    In 1990 he moved back to Salt Lake City to manage Utah's largest Honda dealership. He sold his St. George Dealerships in 1992 to become a partner in the Rick Warner Auto Group. He managed a number of dealerships in the Rick Warner Group (Nissan, Honda, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and Nissan). 

    In 1998 Rick Warner Dealerships were sold to the Ken Garff Automotive Group and Tony became a partner. Tony is currently working as Executive Director of Business Development. He and his wife Wendy have been married for 41 years, and have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

  • Michael D. Creer
    Vice President and General Counsel

    Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Utah in 1992.  He received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1995. 

    Michael has particular experience in the automotive, real estate, technology and e-commerce industries, and he has written and lectured on basic business law for technology-based companies. 

    Prior to joining the Ken Garff team in 2007 as Vice President and General Counsel, Michael was a Shareholder and Director of the Salt Lake City, Utah law firm of Ray Quinney & Nebeker P.C. where he served as Vice Chair of the firm's Automobile Dealer Law Practice Group.  He was also a member of that firm's Business Development Committee and its Recruiting Committee.  Michael also served for one year as Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Utah State Bar.  He is currently a contributing member of the National Association of Dealer Counsel.

  • Rick Folkerson
    Executive Director of Community

    Rick received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Utah and a Dealership Management Degree from the General Motors Dealer Academy.

    He developed and launched the Keys to Success and Road to Success incentive based education programs. Both programs influencing almost 300,000 students attending high schools and elementary schools. Rick continues to work with the Ken Garff Dealerships on large community sponsored projects along the Wasatch Front. He currently serves as a board member on the President's Club, as the Army Reserve Ambassador for the state of Utah encouraging and speaking on the benefits of serving in the military and has previously served on the Crimson Club for the University of Utah. He currently leads the Ken Garff Community Relations and Grassroots Marketing team.

    Rick is married to Jennifer Garff Folkerson and together they have two children, Richard G. and Jacob R. Folkerson.

  • Brad Eichers
    Chief Executive Officer, Kornerstone Insurance

    Brad received his Masters of Accounting from Brigham Young University.

    He currently serves as President and CEO of the Kornerstone Insurance group of companies. He is also a partner with Ken Garff Automotive Group. Kornerstone provides F&I products that are sold to automotive customers. They also provide risk management and administrative services to the automotive group.

    Brad resides in Salt Lake City with his wife Brenda and their three children.

  • Mark Boehlen
    Chief Information Officer

    Working as a mechanic to put himself through school, Mark attended Ricks College receiving an Associate Degree in Automotive Small Business Management and Utah State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

    Mark spent time working for the IRS in their CP2000 program and as a Jump Master for Sports Tower franchises before joining the Rick Warner Automotive Dealerships in December of 1993 as an Internal Auditor. 

    Mark completed the NADA (National Automotive Dealers Association) General Dealership Management Program in November of 1997. 

    In 1998 Rick Warner Dealerships were sold to the Ken Garff Automotive Group and Mark began working in the IT Department.

    In 2003, Mark was officially named Ken Garff Automotive Group's Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for all technical aspects of dealerships, including DMS (Dealer Management System), communications, infrastructure and providing technical solutions to help stores run more efficiently. 

    Mark lives in Davis County with his wife Ranae and three children. He enjoys running around the country in a diesel pusher motor home with his family.

  • Jason Frampton
    Market President - Utah

    Jason started in the automotive business in 1984 at Great Basin GMC in Salt Lake City, UT in the accounting department while attending the University of Utah. After graduating cum laude with a degree in finance and a minor in Spanish, he became the full time F&I manager at Great Basin. 

    In 1988, Jason became the F&I manager at Ken Garff Honda. In 1989, Jason went to work for American Financial & Automotive Services of League City, Texas as a district manager. His responsibilities included consulting and training with some of the largest dealer groups in the country. His clients included Red McCombs, Group One, Ken Garff, Larry Miller, and hundreds of other dealership organizations of all sizes. While at AFAS, Jason learned the inner workings of some of the finest F&I operations in the automotive industry. After nearly 14 years at AFAS, including service from 1995 to 2002 as the Divisional Manager over the company's largest division, Jason returned to Ken Garff. 

    In his role as Utah Market President, Jason oversees the regional operations for all of the Ken Garff stores in Utah. Previously, he served as the Vice President of Sales and Finance. He continues to serve on the Executive Committee of Ken Garff and is heavily involved in Dealership Operations.

    Jason and his wife, Shelley, have 4 children. In the community, he is involved with The Utah Down Syndrome Foundation, The Boy Scouts of America, and other youth organizations. He enjoys anything outdoors and counts running the Boston, New York, and Marine Corp Marathons as some of his greatest thrills.