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3501 South Santa Fe
Directions Chanute, KS 66720

  • Sales: (888) 414-8990
  • Service: (888) 401-4860
  • Parts: (888) 402-0728
  • Heavy Truck Service: (888) 239-1749

Meet Our Team!


Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Dick Kelly
    General Manager
    620-431-0100

    Basically the car business has been my whole life, with working in basically every department of the store starting at the age of 14. Soon after getting a degree in business from Pittsburg State University, (where by the way I met my lovely wife Sharon), I found my career right here at Merle Kelly Ford, where over the years I have sold vehicles to and become friends with thousands of great customers. Sharon and I had 4 great kids who have blessed us with 10 grandkids, and our 11th is on the way! I enjoy golfing with my buddies, sports of all kinds, traveling, and barbequing in the backyard. Spending time with all the family is special.

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  • Dan Kelly
    Dealer / Vice-President
    620-431-0100

    Hometown: Chanute, KS


    Dream Vehicle: Ford Mustang GT

    Background: NCCC Associates & KU B.S. Business MBA, Kansas University

    Family: Wife-Janet Son- Andy and his wife Lindsey. Grandchildren- Aubrianna & Ella Jo

    Hobbies, Skills & Interest: Golf & Tailgating

    Favorite Quote
    "It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste." - Henry Ford

    "It's Bad Luck To Be Superstitious" and "Rock Chalk Jayhawk"

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  • Kevin Allan
    Sales Manager

    Hometown:  Ottawa, KS

    Dream vehicle:  1976 Ford Bronco

    Background:  I'm a Kansas State University graduate who has been a teacher and football coach, a hunting lodge manager as well as a real estate agent.  However, the bulk of my professional life has been spent helping people in the boating and auto industry. 

    Family:  I married the love of my life, Jennifer, in 2016 and we have 6 awesone kids between us and 3 grandkids.

    Hobbies, Skills & Interest:  I've been an avid bowhunter for 38 years.  Spending time with family in the outdoors and watching the kids sporting activities, is the best. 

    Favorite Quote:  "It's just persistence.  If you keep on doing the right thing, positive things will happen"  - Coach Bill Snyder

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  • Jeff Lassman
    Business/Finance Manager
    620-431-0100


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  • David Hart
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (888) 414-8990

    On the team since: 2012

    Hometown: Humboldt, KS
    Dream car: Shelby Gt 350

    Background: I attended Humboldt Schools my whole childhood and was super involved in all sports and activities. I carried that passion for sports into my adulthood, going on to coach youth and high school baseball, softball, flag football and basketball. 

    Hobbies, Skills & Interest:
    I like getting out and attending events, especially live music events. If there isn't something going on in the area, I'll be the one to host it. I usually host around 2 live shows at my house per month, but my favorite is our Annual Crawfish Feed. It's become a tradition at my home in Humboldt. Several buddies and I pitch in to import fresh Crawfish from the Southern Coast. Friends and neighbors bring potluck dishes, the fire pit is lit and some of the best entertainers in the area such as Riley Herder & Sky Smeed perform anything from covers to original bluegrass/rockabilly tunes. I also really enjoy time with my grandparents and playing cards, 
    watching my kids play sports, taking them fishing and playing pool. 

    Nickname/s: HeartAttack which I obtained from Fantasy Football League. 


    Favorite Quote: "Darn it, you'll never get the purple heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!" - Grandpa

    Family: I am married to my awesome wife Kaylee Hart and we have two daughters named Kady and Kinley. My daughters are all-stars! They take after their dad, staying active in almost every athletic activity offered. 

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  • Joey Clark
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (888) 414-8990

    On the team since: 2011

    Hometown: Chanute, KS

    Background: I am a born and raised native of Chanute and a 
    CHS Graduate of '94. I grew up being involved in football, wrestling, baseball and track. Chanute athletics has always been important to me and I wanted to share that with my kids. The best way to accomplish that was to suit up and coach! I coached youth football, wrestling, baseball and softball all while my kids were growing up. 

    Hobbies, Skills & Interest:
    I really enjoy hunting, fishing and camping. I like to get away from town and enjoy the quiet country. My kids usually go hunting and fishing with me, especially fishing. Occasionally you'll find me helping my grandpa work cattle and help out on the farm. 

    In October 2013, I helped to form the local country band Backwood Buzz with my buddy Tommy Rodriguez. Today we have 6 members:

    Joey Clark: Vocals
    Curt Collins: Lead Guitar
    Scott Head: Bass Guitar 
    Chase Barnett: Rhythm Guitar 
    Tommy Rodriguez: Drums

    In the short time that we have been together we have managed to put out one demo, gain enough exposure to maintain consistent monthly booking and we are currently writing original material. For now we can be booked to play popular country-rock covers throughout Southeast, Kansas. 

    One word to explain me: Outgoing! 

    Favorite Quote: "Winners never quit and quitters never win." - Vince Lombardi


    Family: I have four children. 
    Troy is my oldest. He is a 2011 Graduate of CHS who went on to use his college wrestling scholarship at Neosho County Community College. Now he is in the Navy and has now made me a grandpa for the second time! 

    Nikki is my second oldest. She is a recent CHS 2014 Graduate and was very successful at softball and golf in HS. She recently married Ross Allen and they gave me my first grandbaby, Ryverli! And she is expecting her second child as well.

    Gage is my second son, he'll graduate from CHS in 2016. Gage wrestles Varsity and likes to hunt, fish and camp. He's a fishing fool and pretty darn good at it! He takes after his dad! *wink wink

    Last but not least, my youngest daughter Kaitlyn. She is in 7th grade, plays volleyball, basketball and is involved in 4H. She loves the outdoors too. Also she is the little comedian of the family! 

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  • Scott Ewen
    Sales/Leasing Consultant
    (888) 414-8990

    On the team since: 2017

    Hometown: Erie Ks.

    Dream Vehicle: 1995 Corvette ZR1

    Background: I've lived in Erie Ks. My entire life. My family owned Ewen Motor Co. a Chevy Dealership since 1923. I've been buying and selling cars since I was 16 so I have been in the car truck business my entire life. Graduated from Pittsburg State with a Bachelor Degree in Business Management - Marketing. 

    Family: I'm happily married to my wife Mary Ewen. We have 3 beautiful children 2 girls Tori and Carlie and our little boy Riley. Oh and I can't forget about our other kids our dogs. Evander, Maddy, and Maggie.

    Hobbies, Skills and Interests
    My family is always number one. I like to go to the lake and go boating, ride jet skis. Deer hunt with my boy Riley when I can. We enjoy riding 4-wheelers also. I enjoy cutting wood and being out in the country. My favorite is watching my little boy Riley play football and basketball.

    Favorite Quote:
    "If You Laugh Think and Cry Then You Have had a Heck of a Day!"

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  • Jim Solander
    Car and Light Truck Shop Foreman
    (620) 431-0100


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  • Derick Kelly
    Service Manager
    (620) 431-0100


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  • Jason Fugate
    Service Shop Adviser
    620-431-0100


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  • Danny Clopp
    Body Shop Manager
    (620) 431-0100


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  • Derek Borjas
    Body Shop Adviser
    (620) 431-0100


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  • Jake Holtzman
    Heavy Truck Manager
    (620) 431-0100


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  • Zoel Lopez
    Marketing Manager

    On the team since: 2017

    Hometown: Anchorage, AK

    Dream Vehicle: 1989 Batmobile

    Background: A former military brat, I've traveled from Alaska to Montana to settle in Kansas. I graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Communication and minor in Marketing in 2009.

    Family: I'm married to Kristen Lopez and we have 3 beautiful, imaginative and energetic girls Karley Hughes, Kyndall and Zoey. We also have our big mastiff Leo and small schnauzer Molly.

    Hobbies, Skills and Interests
    In the down time I like to try to workout so I can eat a lot and not feel too guilty. I'm a pop culture nerd filled with useless information that comes in handy on trivia night. My favorite teams are the KC Chiefs, KC Royals and NCCC Panthers. I take way too many selfies, according to my wife.

    Favorite Quote:
    "In life you'll be forgiven for everything except one thing: being successful."

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 From left to right: Dan Kelly and wife Janet, Dick Kelly and wife Sharon celebrating 50 years in business.
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