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Meet the Sales Staff

A Simple Concept - Hire an expert, save time, hassle and money!

  • Our staff has extensive experience in guiding you through the vehicle purchase or lease process!
  • Corporate buying power: You are buying one vehicle, we buy hundreds every year, who do you think will get a better price?
  • Save time and avoid hassles/pressures: The normal negotiating game is a long and annoying process, what takes you hours to do takes us minutes!
  • Tell us what you are after and we'll use our extensive contacts to search for your ideal vehicle weather it's new or pre-owned! 

Here is a list of our sales staff, please choose from one of them OR click here if you have never worked with anyone at Automotive Search before and we'll connect you with a professional.

Henry Canham

Henry Canham

Partner - Auto Broker
Contact Info
henryc@autosearch.com or 720-382-5412

Bio
I've been in the car business since 1979, 22 of those years at Automotive Search Inc. Born in Michigan, High School & College in Ohio, this Buckeye has been in Denver Colorado for over 35 years. I really enjoy helping clients find the right vehicle for their needs. I've made so many great friends over the years while working in the automotive sales industry, which is really great. I believe we offer a great friendly environment to purchase a vehicle in.

Interests
I enjoy spending time in our cabin in the Mountains, sking, golf & softball. I'm readying my two children for the new economy after they complete college!
Debi Thompson

Debi Thompson

Partner - Auto Broker - Finance Expert
Contact Info
debit@autosearch.com or 720-382-5404

Bio
I'm a Denver Colorado native. I attended George Washington High School and Western State College. My automotive career began in 1973 at George Irvin Chevrolet. Before coming to Automotive Search I was with Murray Motors for 16 years. I believe in the Golden Rule, and that buying a car should be a fun experience.

Interests
I enjoy gardening, knitting, weaving, reading, and fine dining.
John O'Neill

John O'Neill

Partner - Auto Broker - Buyer
Contact Info
johno@autosearch.com or 720-382-5418

Bio
I've had a true passion for cars my entire life. I grew up in Duluth Minnesota, where my first job as a young teen was working in a Chevrolet Dealership. I also worked part time in a clothing store, which shaped my early career choices.

After receiving degrees in Communication and Business from the University of Minnesota, I pursued all facets of the clothing business, including owning a clothing store, repping, designing and merchandising. In my early 50's I decided to switch careers to pursue my true passion,cars. After wholesaling cars independently for a short time, I decided to join Automotive Search in 2000 as a buyer and wholesaler. Now as a partner in Automotive Search Inc, I handle inventory control and management responsibilites as well as being an auto broker. I live in Greenwood Village with my wife Ann, a Kansas Jayhawk fanatic! I have two sons named Kyle and Nick who are currently attending college in Colorado. We have two west highland terriers, named Ozzy and Chilli, that keep our house in constant motion.

Interests
Besides cars, my interests include fitness and reading. Wilbur Smith and Nelson De Mille are my favorite authors.
Tim Travis

Tim Travis

General Sales Manager - Buyer - Dealer to Dealer Sales - Auto Broker - Wholesale
Contact Info
timt@autosearch.com or 720-382-5428

Bio
I'm a Denver Colorado native who attended Denver South High School and Metro State College. I grew up in the Washington Park/Bellcaro neighborhood as my parents and grand parents did prior to me. I played football, baseball & lacrosse in my younger years. I'm also a big fan of our Colorado Professional Sports Teams as well and try to attend as many games as possible. I've been married to a wonderful lady for over 24 years now and we have two beautiful daughters. I have over 20 years experience in the automotive industry. I started my automotive career at a local Honda & BMW dealership, managing the used car department for most of my time there.

At Automotive Search, I believe that we offer a truly straight forward business model, which allows the customer to purchase a vehicle that best suits their needs and budget. We do this without the normal car business interference and pressure, we are able to match clients to vehicles without any brand bias. Selling a huge variety of products & brands which includes cars, SUV's & trucks is not only exciting, but downright fun. I'm proud of the fact that we have on average a 72%-78% repeat and referral client base. This Means we taking care of our clients and their vehicle needs! I really feel fortunate to have developed so many great contacts and good friends in this business over the years.

Interests
Spoiling my dog a Pug named Guido, playing golf, playing poker, football pools, home improvement projects and building just about anything. I enjoy a vast array of music & concerts from Jazz & Country to Classic Rock-n-Roll. I'm proud to be involved and supportive to my daughters with their sports teams & activities. One of which is a college athlete in Nebraska. My wife & I try to make as many of their games as possible even if it means missing work:)!
Felice Phil Fornaro

Felice Phil Fornaro

Auto Broker/Buyer - Finance Expert
Contact Info
philf@autosearch.com or 720-382-5407

Bio
Hello, Felice is my name which means Happy! This pretty much fits my personality almost all of the time. I was named after my grandfather. Since my given name is not very common in the U.S. and I have so many various pronunciations of it, in my early grade school days for some random reason chose I to go by “Phil”. I am a first generation American and speak Italian fluently. I grew up in Southwest Denver in the Green Meadows/Harvey Park/Bear Valley neighborhoods. Being a first-generation American I learned hard work at a very young age and that strong work ethic has stuck with me my entire life. For that I am grateful. My love affair for cars started at a very young age, I would wear holes in my knees playing with my die cast cars, trucks, and motorcycles. At that time, you could always find me looking at custom car & truck magazines and thought to myself someday, I will have a car featured in one of these magazines. So, with a lot of hard work and dedication, that dream came true in my early 20’s. That is when I had a vehicle featured in 3 different publications. So, in a way my hobby became my career. So, with that my personal & professional life has been spent mostly around cars, I have a span of well over 26+ years in the automobile business. Most recently, prior to coming to Automotive Search I spent 16+ years with the Schomp Automotive. My area of specialty is assisting customers to a true “fit their needs” approach. I feel I make the process super easy and seamless my philosophy is "If the purchase makes sense great, if not we can shake hands and part friends". I feel my customers feel the same based on the testimonials here:http://www.dealerrater.com/sales/Phil-Fornaro-review-88820/ I have been married for 23+ years to my High school sweetheart, Christine & we have two wonderful children. Interests We have Six pet birds! I enjoy spending time with family, Traveling, I also enjoy home improvement projects, riding my Motorcycle, car shows, cruise nights, cooking, BBQ-ing and all things motorized. Just to name a few ~ I'm a true car nut!
Bob Allen

Bob Allen

Auto Broker
Contact Info
boba@autosearch.com or 720-382-4676

Bio
Upon graduating college and not sure of a definite career path I decided to sell cars while looking around for an opportunity and soon realized that the retail automobile business was a good fit for me. I've spent the past thirty years in the automobile business in various capacties, and have greatly enjoyed meeting many co-wokers, and clients over the years. The automobile business has recently been through some difficult and challenging times but several things have not changed, people are still in need of their main mode of transportation. I enjoy helping car buyers as they navigate through the changing and often confusing process of finding the right vehicle for their needs. My background includes national recognition for top sales and customer satisfaction ratings. A background in retail automotive management gives me the skills to handle all aspects of any automotive transaction from start to finish. As a regional manager for a leading provider of technology to dealerships and manufactures gave me opportunies to work with seventeen different automotive brands. Working as an auto broker at Automotive Search Inc. I can draw on many various experiences to make the car buying process easy, transparent and most of all fun! Someday I hope to write a book and share some great stories, experiences and many lessons learned from this unique business. In the meantime feel free to contact me with any questions, needs or wants, I look forward to meeting you.

Interests
I enjoy dogs, bicycling and other outdoor pursuits.
Colleen Tinker

Colleen Tinker

Auto Broker
Contact Info
colleent@autosearch.com or 720-382-5411

Bio
I've spent most of my career in the financial services sector working for Invesco and spent 2 of my 14 years working in the UK. After moving back to the states, I decided I needed a career change and was fortunate enough to be offered a postion at Automotive Search, Inc. Since we don't just represent one manufacturer, I can help my clients find new or late model pre-owned vehicles, with the least amount of time and at the right price. I can promise you, you will be treated with the utmost honesty and integrity and an unbiased opinion. You can go to www.dealerrater.com and read what previous clients have said about their car buying experience. Since I haven't spent my entire career selling cars, you won't experience the pressure sell or the agony of spending eight hours at our dealership, and you just might enjoy the entire experience.

Interests
Raising my teenage sons, knitting, wine tasting, watching football, hiking, Facebooking, loving my yellow Lab, Linkedin, listening to my husband play bass guitar & volunteering at my boy's school and church.
Krieg Failing

Krieg Failing

Auto Broker
Contact Info
kriegf@autosearch.com or 720-382-5401

Bio
I started in the banking and lending industry in 1973. After being on the lending side of things at various banks, I realized that finding the right car at the right price for my clients would be very rewarding and fun. I became an autobroker in 2006, and have really enjoyed matching up vehicles to my clients needs and wants.

Ann and I have been married for 34 years and are very proud of our two daughters. One is an Oklahoma State alum and the other a University of Oregon senior. I'm a past session member at Grace Presbyterian Church and recent President of the Sertoma Club of Littleton.

Interests
Skiing, travel, reading and watching any of our Denver Sports Teams. Church and community service through Sertoma.
Mike Mulhern

Mike Mulhern

Auto Broker
Contact Info
mikem@autosearch.com or 720-382-5410

Bio
I came to Automotive Search Inc in July of 2011 after 35 years in the car business as the Fleet, Lease and Brokerage Manager for Landmark Lincoln on south Broadway. Formerly Kumpf Lincoln-Mercury, which was founded in 1919, Landmark merged with Kumpf in December of 2004. I started with Kumpf in August of 1976, becoming Vice President and General Manager of it's sister independent leasing company (Kumfco Auto Lease) in 1994 and held that position until the merger. I have always enjoyed helping my clients find the right exceptional vehicle for their needs and at the right price for their budget.

I'm a Denver native who attended George Washington High School. I graduated from Colorado University in 1975 with a B.S. Degree in business and marketing. I earned All-Big honors in golf as a freshman, was captain of the team in 1975, and earned Academic All-American honors in 1972-1975.

I'm a past president of Strategic Connections Inc., a past president of the Diamond Hill Optimist Club, past 12-time Club Champion and former Director of the Vally Country Club.

My wife Ellen, who is the Labor & Delivery Nurse Manager at Denver Health Medical Center, and I will soon celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary. We are both active in our church, South Suburban Christian Church, where I am an Elder. Our older son Matt will be transferring to Colorado University in the fall of 2012.

Interests
I enjoy golf (when my back is good), biking, travel and coaching/cheering my younger son John (18), who is the All-Conference Center Fielder for Arapahoe High School.
Gretchen Born

Gretchen Born

Auto Broker
Contact Info
gretchenb@autosearch.com or 720-382-5420

Bio
I have lived in Colorado over thirty years, and every day I'm still held captive by it's beauty, perhaps that stems from having been born and raised in Bettendorf, Iowa, and attended college at North Dakota University in Fargo, North Dakota. What I do know... is that I feel fortunate to call Colorado my home.

After two decades in the automotive industry, and holding numerous positions, including management, Director of Financing and Leasing as well as sales for various dealers in the Metro Denver area, I decided it was time for a new adventure. I moved to a higher elevation... Aspen. It was there that I have spent the last 10 years working for the City of Aspen Police Department as their Supervisor of Community Safety. During my stay in the Roaring Fork Valley, I was fortunate enough to have served on the Pitkin County Incident Management Team. In a myriad of roles, including Incident Commander, Logistics Chief and Liaison Officer. The team managed planned events including ESPN's X Games, the Pro Cycling Challenge and numerous dignitary visits. The IMT also established and coordinated emergency response to critical incidents, ie. wild fires, plane crashes and flooding, etc...

Most recently I moved back to Denver, and with the encouragement of friends and family, I have decided to make Automotive Search Inc. my new home. I am committed to making the automotive purchasing experience a fabulous one, providing you with all the information to make an informed decision, and always making sure to never loose sight of the most important element, that your expectations are met. It is here that I will find my delight in servicing you as your automotive broker.

Proficiencies
Laughter and Fun...So Let's Have a Lot of it!!!!
Craig Nelson

Craig Nelson

Auto Broker - North end of town
Contact Info
nelsonwindows@yahoo.com or 720-480-5419

Bio
Lived in Colorado for the past 35 years, married with 2 children, advocate for foster children and currently a foster parent. Being a high school soccer Referee is also a big part of my life. Ran a window & siding company for 25 years. Excited to start the next chapter of my life in the auto industry. I've been a representative with Automotive Search Inc. for over 2 years now specializing in the North end of town. It is my pleasure to give individual attention to each customer and find the right vehicle for their needs.

Interests
Hiking and running with my dogs, fly fishing, spending time with my family.
Ken Lanier

Ken Lanier

Auto Broker
Contact Info
kenl@autosearch.com or 303-524-5976

Bio
Three time Super Bowl participant, Ken Lanier, was nicknamed "The Rock On the Right Side" for a lot of reasons: he's the formidable guy you can count on. During his career, he started 178 consecutive games and was voted team captain for the 1989 Bronco Super Bowl Team. Ken retired in 1994 after fourteen years in the NFL, including one year with the Los Angeles Raiders.

That being said, this world-class athlete retired in 1994 to pursue two of his favorite things: helping people and selling automobiles. Put the two together and you've got a wonderful opportunity to have "The Rock on the Right Side" Ken Lanier, find just the right auto for you!.

Interests
Bowling & Traveling.
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