Our Team

 

Michael W. Absher
Dealer Principal





I was born and raised in Southern Illinois. I grew up in a "car family" on both the maternal and paternal-side as both of my grandfathers and both parents were car dealers. I started working in the shop as a custodian starting at age 12, and worked at the dealership until graduation from high school. I graduated Marion (Illinois) High School and then was admitted to and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point New York with the intention of being a career Army officer. I ultimately left the Academy and the Army voluntarily and returned home. I then enrolled in SIU-Carbondale and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. I worked at the family dealership throughout my college years as a warranty administrator and service writer. Upon graduation, I was employed as Parts and Service Director, sales manager, used vehicle manager until I left the family company in 2003 to start a software firm named DealerWare LLC selling F&I Menu Selling software to car dealerships. We were very successful and this was the wildest ride of my life. We ultimately were endorsed by American Honda and were in the process of rolling out our software to the Honda dealerships nationwide, when our biggest competitor decided to take me out. And so, they did, and I sold DealerWare in 2006 to DealerTrack, Inc. I decided to get back into the business I missed so much and purchased Marion Ford, Inc in my hometown. I have since purchased three other dealerships, in Marion IL, Paducah KY, and Madisonville KY, and that has evolved into the Watermark Auto Group. I have played the trumpet for nearly 38 years, and enjoy every opportunity I get to play in a brass quintet with some friends from high school and college. I also enjoy woodworking, and have lots of cool equipment that is really dangerous, but I never turn on because I am too busy in the car business. I have been married for 21 years to Cheryl, who is a licensed non-practicing attorney. We have three sons aged 16, 13, and 10.I recently retired from service on the Southern Illinois Healthcare Board of Trustees which is the largest employer in our region with 3300 associates. I serve as the President of our local school board, and enjoy lending my time and talents to all organizations that are crazy or desperate enough to want or need my help.

 


 
Jeff Cain
Sales Manager
jcain@watermarkusedcars.com

Jeff has spent most of his life right here in Harrisburg and more than half of it in the car business.
As a proud husband and father of three "busy" daughters, there is not much time left for hobbies!
Jeff's strong sense of community and genuine concern for the customer is the driving force behind his
longevity and success in the car business.
 
Jason Goemaat
Sales Representative
 jgoemaat@watermarkusedcars.com

I have been in the car business for 16 years. When given the time to do so, my wife and I enjoy traveling. We have traveled Route 66 from Missouri to Hoover Dam, been to Hawaii, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and a few other places. My wife likes to "rough it" so we rarely stay at resorts, which is a much different experience. 

With 5 kids...kids are my hobby. Terry & Zach participate in soccer and wrestling. Terry & Caleb are also in Cross Country Track. Annabelle & Madeline are involved in T-Ball, soccer, gymnastics...

My wife is Emily. I have 3 step-sons, Terry, Caleb and Zachary Bethel. I have 2 daughters, Annabelle and Madeline. I also have 2 cats named Cleo & Digglle. 


 
Aryon Legus
Detailer

Aryon was born and raised in Golconda, Illinois and still lives there to this day! We are happy that he chose to work at Watermark Used Cars of Harrisburg, he is a great addition to our staff. He has been working on cars all of his life and takes pride in everything he does. When he isn't detailing vehicles, you will find him welding and working on vehicles at home and most importantly, playing with his beautiful daughter, Gracelyn.