RKM Management

  • Rob Kauffman Rob Kauffman Owner & Chairman
    RK Motors, LLC
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    Rob Kauffman is the Owner & Chairman of RK Motors, LLC. Additionally, Rob is also a founding principal of Fortress Investment Group, a NYSE listed global fund manager, and is responsible for their European operations. However, he has always had a significant interest in all things automotive, motorcycling and racing related. In 2006, he decided to create what would become RK Collection LLC with the goal of creating an enterprise which would produce some of the nation’s best restored and most sought after muscle and collectible cars. In addition to RK Motors, LLC, Rob also has a significant interest in the world of NASCAR as the co-owner of Michael Waltrip Racing in Cornelius, NC.

  • Joseph Carroll Joseph Carroll President & C.E.O.
    RK Motors
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    Joseph Carroll is the President & C.E.O. Of RK Motors, LLC. Joe has had an infatuation with American classic cars that began when he was a young child and received a Hot Wheels of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Orbitron as a gift. Joe developed a love for Mopar muscle cars after he purchased his second car at the age of 17: a 1968 Dodge Coronet R/T. Joe began restoring cars in his early 20's and was the founder and creator of Best of Show Automotive, which redefined how classic cars were retailed in the United States. Based on their mutual love of classic and high performance cars, Joe teamed with Rob Kauffman to create RK Motors, LLC.

    Joseph.Carroll@RKMotorsCharlotte.com

  • Donald Berard Donald Berard Sales Manager
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    Don comes to RK Motors with 37 years of experience in the automotive industry. In addition to regional and national management for companies such as Hooker Headers, Koni America, and Bilstein Corporation, Don also has an extensive background in operating retail automotive franchises. He worked as both General Manager and Operations and Managing Partner for Ford and Chrysler dealerships. Don has received honors and certifications from NADA, Honda Council of Leadership, Pontiac Master Salesman Guild, and Ford 300-500 Masters Club and was the founder of the Taurus SHO Club.

    Donald.Berard@RKMotorsCharlotte.com

    (704)773-4648

  • Tony Klein Tony Klein Acquisitions Manager
    RK Motors
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    Tony knew from a very young age that he wanted to be involved in the Classic car industry. Fresh from the family dairy farm in Iowa, Tony set off for Laramie, WY to acquire specialized training from WyoTech. Directly out of school, he began restoring investment grade muscle cars in a two man shop, gaining knowledge of all aspects of restoration. Since his recent move to Charlotte, Tony has been enjoying doing exactly what he set out to do: work with classic cars and others that love them as well.

    Tony.Klein@RKMotorsCharlotte.com

  • Gerry Notara Gerry Notara VP of Operations
    RK Motors
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    Gerry joined RK Motors Charlotte as Vice President of Operations after holding several positions with BMW of North America. As part of the team that introduced the MINI name to the North American market, his experience with sales, marketing, distribution and dealership development offers a unique insight into the complexities of the classic car marketplace. Gerry graduated St. Clair College with a degree in Business Administration, though cars have remained a lifelong passion. An avid Ford enthusiast, his first personal automotive project was the restoration of 1971 Mach 1 Mustang.

    Gerry.Notara@RKMotorsCharlotte.com

  • Jeff Spiegel Jeff Spiegel Marketing Director
    RK Motors
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    Jeff has an extensive background in marketing and advertising strategy and brand campaign development and implementation. Throughout his career he has spearheaded various online marketing strategies and fully integrated marketing/communications programs within a variety of industries, including entertainment. His in-depth background includes major brand development in a variety of business and consumer markets. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His passion for all things with motors and speed, especially cars and motorcycles, brought him to RK Motors and the Charlotte area. Originally from the North he is living the dream of working in the motorsports industry and a much longer and warmer motorcycle riding season.

    Jeff.Spiegel@RKMotorsCharlotte.com

Sales Department

  • Donald Berard Donald Berard Sales Manager
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    Don comes to RK Motors with 37 years of experience in the automotive industry. In addition to regional and national management for companies such as Hooker Headers, Koni America, and Bilstein Corporation, Don also has an extensive background in operating retail automotive franchises. He worked as both General Manager and Operations and Managing Partner for Ford and Chrysler dealerships. Don has received honors and certifications from NADA, Honda Council of Leadership, Pontiac Master Salesman Guild, and Ford 300-500 Masters Club and was the founder of the Taurus SHO Club.

    Donald.Berard@RKMotorsCharlotte.com

    (704)773-4648

  • Sarah Tucker Sarah Tucker Title Clerk
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    Sarah grew up in Upstate NY where her father restored antique foreign vehicles and race cars. She fondly recalls being driven in his favorite car, a 1960 Morgan. Having worked in car dealerships since moving to North Carolina in 1995, she is a highly valued contribution to the RK Motors crew.

    Sarah.Tucker@RKMotorsCharlotte.com

Accounting Department

  • Julia Harrison Julia Harrison Accounting Clerk
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    Julia has lived in the Charlotte area her entire life. She graduated with a BA in Accounting from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. Julia has a growing appreciation for racing and classic cars. She regularly attends the NASCAR All-Star race and loves being able to view the "works of art" that are in the showroom here at RK Motors Charlotte.

Marketing Department

  • John Gibson John Gibson Content Specialist
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    Before coming to RK Motors Charlotte, John was heavily involved in the motorsports industry. Originally from Springfield, Missouri, John moved to North Carolina in the summer of 2005 to be closer to NASCAR country. It was here he found his niche in the publishing arena as he spent time as the Technical Editor for both Stock Car Magazine and Circle Track Magazine, and most recently the Editor for OneDirt.com. When he is not writing about the classic cars that sit in our showroom, he can be found behind the wheel of his super late model that his family-owned team competes with on the east coast.

  • Josh Leatherwood Josh Leatherwood Content Specialist
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    Born into a family of gearheads that participated in early NASCAR racing, Josh was always very close to cool cars and the fond memories that accompanied them. Not surprisingly, he bought his first muscle car, a notorious 1973 Camaro Z28/RS, one day before he passed his North Carolina driver’s test; and his second muscle car, a 1968 Camaro SS, right after he turned 18. In 2006, the Appalachian country boy relocated to a restored textile mill in Charlotte’s historic arts district to complete his degrees in Sociology and Psychology. Today, Josh is very passionate about anything that’s old, made of metal or has a motor. And he spends most of his free time at car shows, air shows, railroad exhibits, motorsports events and expanding his industrial photography portfolio.

  • Jeff Thomas Jeff Thomas Imaging Specialist
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    Growing up just north of Charlotte in Greensboro, NC, Jeff found an interest in anything that would give him the opportunity to be creative at an early age. Be it art, music or photography, the medium never really mattered. The desire to turn this passion into a career led him to attend NCSU where he studied graphic design and photography and began an obsession with bold lines and impactful design - an obsession clearly shared with the designers of the cars that enter the RK Motors Charlotte showroom. While Jeff appreciates the aesthetic value of each automobile that arrives at RK, he feels there is an undeniable awesomeness in the classic muscle cars of the late '60s and early '70s.

  • James Helms James Helms Photography/Video Specialist
    RK Motors Charlotte
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    From an early age in Texas and later Charlotte, North Carolina, a heavy diet of comics, science fiction along with an intense passion for cars, planted a seed that began to fuel an interest in visual media. Picking up a camera as a teenager and later studying graphic design at UNC Charlotte, laid the groundwork for James to combine his passions.