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Mike Absher - Dealer Principal
I was born and raised in Marion. Apart from living in New York while in the Army, I've lived my whole life here. I now live south of Marion with my wife, three boys, 4 dogs, a cat and a host of other critters. I started in the car business part time cleaning the shop when I was 12. I started full-time in 1989. I had a sabbatical from 2003-2006 when I founded a software company that sold software to car dealers. I got back into the car business on 2/1/2007 when my wife Cheryl and I purchased Marion Ford Hyundai. We have since purchased other dealerships; Bluegrass Honda-BMW in Paducah KY in 2009, Marion Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-GMC in Marion in 2011, Madisonville Ford-Nissan in Madisonville, Kentucky in 2011 Hyundai of Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau, MO in 2012, and Nissan of Marion in Marion IL 2013. Together, we refer to our group of dealerships as Watermark Automotive Group and you can find out more behind the name at www.watermarkautogroup.com
My only active hobby is playing the trumpet, usually within a brass quintet at First Christian Church in Marion with some friends of mine from high school. I have played the trumpet for 36 years and enjoy it very much. I have some inactive hobbies that I hope to resume someday such as woodworking. I would also like to be on a S.W.A.T. team, but I am past the maximum age. I still dream about that one though and hope that some municipality will waive the age thing for me, especially since I know the theme song so well.
I have three wonderful boys that are active in scouting, fishing, little league baseball, playing with the neighbor boys, digging holes and wrecking ATVs. I am a member of the Marion Community Unit No. 2 Board of Education, and currently I am honored to serve as President of the Board. I am a member of the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH) The Board oversees the operation of many hospitals and other health-care related facilities throughout southern Illinois and employs over 3,000 residents which makes it the second largest employer in our entire region. I am a member of the Marion Rotary Club. My wife Cheryl is a non-practicing attorney. She does a terrific job of guiding the boys through their misadventures and making her fourth boy's life (me) a living blessing.
I’ve asked all our team members to make the effort of writing a bio here so that you can get to know them better. I hope you allow us the time to get to know YOU better. Just like you, we are real people with real lives with a zest for living and the car business. Please come visit us anytime. At Watermark, our real will seal your deal!