Gene Heller - Founder
After graduating from El Paso High School in 1947, Gene worked side by side with his father until he joined the service, and in January 1952, Gene was deployed to Korea where he worked as a halftrack mechanic in the U.S. Army.
When his young family returned to El Paso, Gene took over the day-to-day operations of Heller’s Garage (the old Sweeney’s Garage) from his father, Bud. A couple years later, in February of 1956, Gene borrowed $10,000 from a Secor farmer to purchase the Foltz Motor Company and opened his new Ford garage in downtown El Paso (near the theatre).
In the years to come, Gene, his sons, and now grandsons have turned that small garage into one of the largest Ford dealers in the state of Illinois. The Heller Stores now employ nearly 200 people. Well into his eighties, Gene was still here to open the “garage” every morning at 6:30. Gene’s guidance and desire to treat all of his customers as if they were family has enabled his business to thrive for over 60 years.
1929 - 2019
Marty Heller - Dealer Principal
After spending a decade at Heller Ford in El Paso, IL, Marty Heller headed to Pontiac to open the doors of Heller Motors in 1995. This location was founded on the same Heller values: honesty, integrity, respect, and customer service. Marty knows that putting the customer first leads to longevity and loyalty in this business, which is why he constantly strives to go above and beyond the expectations of our clients. When he isn’t in the office, he works in the yard (his therapy, he says), and enjoys spending time with his family. He’s been married for over two decades, and has both a son and a daughter. Marty is proud to operate a business that is very involved in the Pontiac community and supporting local organizations.
Adam Heller - General Manager
A lifetime employee of the Heller Stores, Adam officially joined the family business after graduating Illinois Wesleyan University. Having grown up in the Heller dealership, Adam knows the business through and through, and is happy to apply his expertise to helping you find the vehicle of your dreams. Adam isn’t all business though! He and his wife Jaclyn were married in 2010 and have three energetic children, Halle, Harrison, and Hayden! Outside of his family, he is a sports fanatic, be it the Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, Illini, etc. Chances are, if he is not with his family or finding the car of your dreams, he can be found on one of the local golf courses!
Greg McCandless - Sales Manager
Greg joined Heller Motors after serving in the military. After attending Military Airborne School, the NCO Academy, and serving our country on his deployment to Afghanistan, he was looking for a new challenge and a job he loved. He found that at Heller Motors! He loves meeting new people and the excitement a new car brings to them. On his off time, he can be found in the great outdoors hunting, fishing, golfing, or spending time with his wife Cassie! If he could go back in time, Greg says he’d love to have dinner with General Patton over a slice of pizza!
Jason McKeon - Sales Manager
Jason grew up in Cropsey Illinois and graduated from Prairie Central High School. He started his automotive career in sales in 2006. Jason reminisces that he found great joy helping customers with their transportation needs, and enjoyed seeing the smiles on their faces as they drove off the lot in their new cars. Jason loves that he gets to meet all kinds of new and interesting people daily. Jason married his wife Kimberly in April of 2000. Along with his children, Jason counts Kimberly as the biggest blessing in his life. They have four children together, 3 boys and 1 girl. Jason relates that “over the years I have been in this business I have learned a few very important things - Always be honest. Always give accurate information to the customer - if you don’t know then ask someone who does. And most importantly, always smile. Buying a vehicle is a big, stressful, confusing process for most people. My job is to make the process easier – and even fun!”
Glenn Radebaugh - Sales Manager
Glenn can be found at the sales desk alongside Adam and John. He joined the Heller family in 2008 after graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University! While he enjoys having fun with his coworkers, he is also a very talented sales manager who knows the industry very well. Customers who work with Glenn will tell you that he truly does have their best interests in mind and is very genuine. When he is not here being the entertainment for the day, you can find him spending time with his family. He and his wife, Annie, have two young boys, Charlie and Theo. He enjoys watching the Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks! With Glenn around, we can guarantee there’s never a dull moment here at Heller Motors!
John Warren - Sales Manager
John has worked his whole life in the automobile business, many of them with Hellers. So you can say he knows the ins and outs of the car business pretty well! Along with John having many accomplishments in the car industry he also has many certifications including GM, FCA, Joe Verde, and Lincoln. John is known for providing a fun, hassle free experience for our guests. Customers like coming to John because of his honest and straightforward nature, and the way he makes the car buying experience easy! He loves helping them achieve their goals! When John is not here he loves spending time in the woods hiking, fishing, and playing with his dogs! One day hopes to see the Batmobile or Tuscan Raider Scooter from Star Wars in his garage! With his laid back, yet informational style, John looks forward to making your next purchase easy…..the same way he has for over 20 years!
Angela Campbell - Office Manager
Angela has been working with the Heller family since 1998 and always has a smile on her face! Keeping the office in working order is no easy task, so in Angela’s spare time you can find her in the great outdoors with her family. For almost two decades, she and her family have been involved in the Livingston County Relay for Life and, as a team, have raised well over $90,000 for the cause!
Lezlie Brannan - Business Development Manager
Lezlie Brannan joined Heller Motors in 2009 after spending years in the advertising industry. She enjoys helping customers and ensuring that the sales staff has the tools they need to provide the best service possible. She’s a bit of a statistics nut and enjoys sifting through the numbers behind our business. When she’s not handling the BDC at Heller Motors, you can find Lezlie outdoors, most likely by a pool or on a beach somewhere.
Doug Oliver - Fixed Operations Manager
Doug came to Heller Motors over 10 years ago to have his truck serviced and left with a job. Doug is a friendly, honest guy working for a friendly, honest company, and he is willing to go the extra mile to solve a problem! If he’s not at work and the fish aren’t biting, he will probably be at home with his wife, daughter, and dog!
Jason Fosdick - Service Manager
Jason grew up in Pontiac and has spent the majority of his life working at a dealership. You’ll find him running around the service department, but don’t worry, that’s just part of his job! Despite working a fast-paced job, Jason always has time for his customers and makes sure their vehicles are receiving proper services. Jason is not only Chrysler and Ford certified, he is hands on in the shop daily and can tell you most of everything you need to know about your vehicle! When he’s not on his feet at Heller Motors, he’s probably chasing after his two young kids or out on the golf course!
Joe is a veteran member of our sales team with 24 years of industry experience. He takes care of his clients by being honest and treating them like friends, before, during, and after the sale. His son Jake is the most important person in his life, but he makes sure to include plenty room for his two dogs, Edgar and Kinnica; and of course Harley (his motorcycle).
Having grown up in Pontiac, I was quite familar with the Heller family name my whole life. After moving Bloomington, I started selling cars there before starting my current career at Heller Motors. And I couldn't be happier. My co-workers are great, the dealership is clean and inviting, and I love being part of the great Heller reputation. Let me put my problem solving skills to use finding you your "dream car"!
I have strong ties to the local community, with my parents both being teachers in Pontiac. While not at work I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and our two dogs, Lobo and Bear. I look forward to meeting my next client and hope I can make you a long time customer!!!
Bob grew up just south of Pontiac in Chenoa, married his high school sweetheart, and settled in Pontiac. Along with his two boys, he loves his pet schnoodle Jinx who he spends a lot of his time with! When he is not here helping people find the perfect vehicles, he can be found cooking a delicious meal or playing disc golf. He takes great care of his customers and enjoys meeting and chatting with everyone who steps into our store!
David has worked in the manufacturing industry for 20 years and is also a retired Air Force veteran. He has worked with a large cross section of people which prepared him for working closely with his customers. He believes in a calm, respectful interaction with his clients, treating them like they are the most important person in the world. He enjoys giving them that celebration that comes with bringing home a new vehicle. David believes that raising a daughter facing long term health issues instilled in him more compassion and a stronger embrace for life.
David enjoys working in the garden with his wife, Cynthia, and he's a novice beekeeper. He believes family comes above all, and hopes to have a wheelchair accessible camper someday to take the whole family camping.
After working in corporate electronic sales, Kyle started seeking a change when he found Heller Motors! He loves the family first atmosphere and that everyone is treated with respect and that they want to help in every way possible! He’s been told that he’s easy to talk to and easily relatable! He’s passionate about his family which includes his amazing wife and three children. He loves spending time with his dogs, playing video games with his brother, and singing in church. If you want someone who is willing to do anything to help you, come on in! Kyle is up for any challenge, and his goals to find you the perfect vehicle and for you to leave completely satisfied!
Trevor came to Heller's after his grandfather worked here for 15+ years! He graduated from Normal Community West then enlisted in the army. Trevor served seven years active duty and still is part of the National Guard. He loves the way that everyone at Heller's is treated like a team member, no matter what. His customers appreciate that he makes the shopping experience about them and tries to make everything go as smooth as possible.
When not working, Trevor enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children. Family means everything to him and he wants to give them the best life possible. Stop in and meet Trevor today!
Justin came to Heller Motors looking for a great opportunity in the car sales industry! He values the great reputation and endless resources to serve his customers. He’s a high energy team member who pays attention to his customers’ needs. After graduating from Olympia High School, Justin played baseball for Lincoln Land Community College, and recently moved here to Pontiac. He is a lover of everything sports, especially the Cubs and Packers, so if you love talking sports, he’s your guy! He also loves the world of music and enjoying the outdoors. Someday he dreams of parking a ’67 Camaro in his garage.
Born and raised in Pontiac, he knows how to make you feel at home and comfortable with his laid back personality. He has 13 years of sales experience and loves nothing more than seeing the excitement from his customers each and every day! When he is not helping customers find the car of their dreams, he is striving to be the best father he can be to his amazing daughter Landyn! One day, he hopes to have an old school “Rat Rod” that’s loud and can do crazy burnouts in his dream garage. He hopes that one day he will be able to go to Vegas! Stop on in and meet him because he would love the opportunity to get to know you!
Eric joined Heller Motors with a wonderful background in sales. He has and continues to be a low pressure, easy-going sales person. He listens to your needs and tries to help you find your perfect vehicle. We think that is why he is such a great fit for Heller Motors. Eric loves our family-first atmosphere ever since he began buying his vehicles from us years ago. When not at work, Eric enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and kids (including one on the way – congrats!). He loves watching and playing sports when he has the free time.
If you are in the market for a vehicle, give Eric a chance. He will work hard for you and make your buying experience a great one!
Max has been in the auto industry six months before joining Heller Motors in April 2021. He wants to help customers capture the same feeling he had for his 2003 Monte Carlo in their new vehicle purchase.
When not serving the best customer in Central Illinois, Max enjoys watching his Lakers, hanging out with friends or watching movies like "The Other Guys", a personal favorite.
Contact Max today for all you car and truck needs!
Rod has been in the automotive industry as a salesperson for many years now. He moved into the area in 2019 and has really enjoyed the community and helping his customers find that perfect vehicle for them. He loves to help them before, during and after the sale and seeing that big smile on their faces as they drive off into the sunset. His motto is to be friendly and easy to work with as he knows a vehicle is a major purchase in person’s life. His customers love him for his willingness to help and make the buying experience a smooth and efficient one.
When he’s not helping his customers, Rod enjoys sports. His hidden talent is slow-pitch softball today, but his “blast from the past” is his high school sports days playing baseball, basketball and football. He would love to someday be able to own a Ford Raptor, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and a Polaris RZR, while helping his parents retire.
If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle, give Rod a chance. He is certain to help make the buying experience a great one!
Jake Heller- Finance Manager
Jake knew from a young age that he wanted to be in the car business when he would “sell” cars to his parents at the kitchen table. The most rewarding part of his job is helping people make the right decisions on their vehicle purchases, which is exciting for the customers and himself every time! He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan with a Business Administration degree in May of 2015. He’s passionate about being active, especially in CrossFit. When he’s not here, he is most likely spending time with his dog Wrangler or enjoying the outdoors! He’d love to have dinner with his coaching heroes Tom Izzo or Coach K.
Keith Kabureck - Finance Manager
You can find Keith in our finance department working away! When you sit down with Keith, you’ll know that he genuinely cares about you as a customer and as a person. Outside of work, he enjoys volunteering for charitable organizations, visiting historic places, and spending time with his wife - Pamela, daughters, and granddaughter - Audrey and grandson - Jameson!
Ryan Cox - Service Advisor
Matt Milhauser - Service Advisor
Patty Peach-Noonan - Service Advisor
Patty has been working in automotive industry for over 20 years. She loves helping people and understands the importance of customer service and working well as a team to resolve problems. She describes herself as being friendly, helpful & knowledgeable (overcoming the bias of a woman knowing about repairs!). As cliché as it is, her favorite part of her job is simply helping people!
Outside of work, Patty loves spending time with family, friends and really likes to travel. She has been married over 20 years and has two mostly grown children, in addition to a family cat named Floyd. The family likes to spend time relaxing on the water, enjoying quality time in a peaceful place.
If you need service work, let Patty help make your experience a friendly and positive one.
Nate Tissiere - Service Advisor