Unlike dealerships, KEM SOUTH is a team environment.
Technicians are encouraged and empowered to help and support their co-workers rather than compete for work. Why is this important? We believe this philosophy gives the customer the benefit of all our Techs knowledge to efficiently diagnose even the most obscure malfunction or failure, rather than allow your vehicle to be swallowed in a stuck technician's black hole of delay or worse yet, a parts replacement guessing game. Each member of our team was specifically recruited for a needed skill in the shop to provide an overall exceptional customer experience.
FOUNDER AND OWNER
As the Grandson of the prolific German Impressionist, Steffen Wolfgang Thomas, Charles has channeled his creative legacy through mechanics since childhood. After graduating from Dekalb College and the Ford Asset Program in 1987, he settled into his Ford dealership career specializing in gas drive-ability work. In 1993, Georgia Tech Basketball All Star and later NBA professional. Tom Hammonds invited him to join Above the Rim Racing where they ran the first Original Outlaw Street class, then later NHRA pro-stock car. In the years that followed, Charles joined Rick Jones, of RJ Race Cars to run NHRA pro-stock truck. Although he was racing for about 10 years, he still maintained his dealership position and continued his Ford Factory training and certifications including Ford Diesel Certified Technician in 2003 and the highest level of Ford Certification the Ford Senior Master Technician Designation in 2010.
In 2011, after 26 years with Ford, Charles combined his factory and racing experience to form KEM South. A very hands-on Owner, he takes the time to get to know and understand each customer's needs and recommend the right solution for that individual, business ormunicipal entity.Even outside the shop he's still about anything fast — cars, trucks, and boats. He also likes to travel, surf, wing shoot, and salt water fish.
As a dealership veteran of nearly 30 years, Randy brings parts and service management expertise for the Ford, Dodge and Jeep brands. Randy's extensive knowledge and long term industry connections give us the edge at the wholesale level so we can pass value and selection on to you.
Randy is an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and also enjoys football and relaxing with his family.
Sandi not only has 10 years of Ford parts and customer service experience, she is the oil that keeps the KEM South machine running smooth.
Outside the shop Sandi is an avid baker and cook which keeps all our Techs and customers sweet as pie. She also enjoys time with her family and everyone’s favorite dog Lucy.
With 28 years of Ford dealership experience, including certification as a Ford Diesel Technician, Tim is the most seasoned Tech in the shop. Specifically sought out for his proficiency and knowledge of the brand, Tim is an invaluable resource for efficient diagnosis and repairs.
Tim attended the Ford Asset School and Broward Community College simultaneously, graduating from both in 1990. He attends continuing education classes frequently to stay current in the field. Tim enjoys his work and the challenges is provides. On his off time, Tim enjoys woodworking and spending time with his family.
Julio has 12 years Ford Dealership experience and has participated in Ford Factory Diesel Training. Julio’s attention to detail and commitment to neatness in his work and in the shop area, allows us all to shine.
Julio is into recreational basketball, kayaking and spending time with his young family.
Prior to joining KEM South, Mike ran and operated his own custom hot rod shop Murder Creek Customs. Mike is a master fabricator and creative problem solver. He brings his passion for restoration into every repair job he performs.
Mike still enjoys custom hot rod work and takes on select projects in his free time.
Will worked for Ford 4 years and received Ford Factory Diesel Training. Although Will is still young in the trade, he has proven to be a quick study.
Will is a former Orvis guide and serious bird hunter, guiding hunts at area plantations on the weekends. He is also a member of the local Masonic Lodge.
Conveniently located on Edwards Road between State Roads 83 and 16 in Monticello, Georgia, our 9,000 square foot facility features a 2 acre fenced lot, video surveillance, three fixed lifts, one four column mobile lift, Ford and Dodge Factory tools, 24 hour key drop, and comfortable waiting area with complimentary WiFi and beverages.