Meet The Management

Jamie Kinnear

General Manager

Wade Westman

Finance Director

About Wade: I’ve been in the car industry for quite a long time. I like music and helping my friends and family where I can

Phone: (307) 686-3153


Meet Our Sales Team

Dave Brown

Internet Sales Manager

About Dave: Wyoming born and raised. I enjoy selling Platinum’s quality pre-owned inventory. I enjoy watching pretty much any sport and I am a die-hard Wyoming Cowboys fan. I also enjoy watching Denver Nuggets basketball and hope they will make the playoffs sometime in the next 20 years.

Phone: (307) 686-3153


Bryce C.

Sales & Trailer Consultant

About Bryce: Graduated from CCHS, born and raised in Gillette, WY. Sold cars since I was 23 years old. I have two daughters and love camping, hiking, and the lake. I really enjoy sunshine and the beach. I understand selling cars more than most because I have seen it all. I can make buying a car very easy and efficient because I know how to meet your needs. I listen, a very rare gift.

Phone: (307) 686-3153

Jackie Sharkey

Sales & Trailer Consultant

Meet Our Service Team

Ed Hitt

Platinum Full Service Garage 2014-Current
Avalanche Motors 2008-2014
Newcastle Motors (Service Manager) 2003-2008

Certifications / Awards:
ASE Certified
Air Conditioning Certified

Ed moved to Gillette in the 80’s however he considers Gillette his home and calls himself a native.  During his time away from work he enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, working around his cabin, ATV’ing, and on many of the UW home games, you can find him in Laramie using his Green Mountain Grill to tailgate.  He donates his time (and his grill) in the summers to compete in the Smokin’ on the Prairie Charity Cook-Off.  Ed not only works on all makes and models of vehicles but he also repairs trailers, replaces windshields, RV and boat winterization/repair, and some fabrication.  If it has nuts and bolts Ed can fix it!

Sean Leihy

11-year Ford technician who spent the past 4 ½ years with Thunder Basin Ford

Certifications / Awards:
2018 Ford Senior Master Technician
Diesel engine repair and performance

Gas engine repair and performance
Steering and suspension
Climate control

Sean is also experienced installing Roush superchargers and exhaust systems. In his free time, Sean enjoys camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Gage Markve


Thunder Basin Ford

About Gage:
Gage Markve is the newest addition to Platinum Garage.  He grew up on a farm in the Gillette area and graduated from Campbell County High School.  If he’s not working Gage can be found hunting, fishing, riding his motorcycle, or simply enjoying the view from his front porch.  Gage is very family-oriented and spends every possible minute he can with his son.  While Gage’s passion is diesel engines, he enjoys a challenge and is willing to work on whatever may come his way.

Bob Burke

About Bob:

A Campbell County High School Graduate, Robert Burke received his Associates Degree in Automotive/Diesel from Universal Technical Institute while serving as a Motor Transport Operator in the United States Army Reserve.

Both ASE and ATRA Certified, Bob has extensive expertise with both automatic and manual transmissions and is skilled in all aspects of auto repair.  Bob is experienced with both foreign and domestic vehicles and enjoys working on both.

When he is not busy turning wrenches, spending time with his wife and children ranks #1 with Bob.  He also enjoys hunting, shooting, and riding his motorcycle.

With 30 years of experience, Bob’s focus has always been on customer satisfaction.

Meet Our Service Department Advisors

Mandy Wall

About Mandy:

A mother of 5 with 3 grandchildren, Mandy began writing service in 1994 for her dad at a small independent shop in Moorcroft, WY called Williams Auto Repair.  Since that time she has also written service for Thunder Basin Ford in Gillette, WY and Spradley Barr Ford in Fort Collins, CO before coming to Platinum Garage in 2017.

Spending time with her family is at the top of what Mandy likes to do in her free time.  When not with them, she can often be found on the banks of the Powder River with her fishing line in the water hoping to catch a record-breaking catfish or sturgeon.  She also enjoys spending time in her garden, tending to her animals, and working in her yard.

When it comes to customer service, Mandy says “Communication and honesty and the two most important factors in providing superior customer service.”

Tedi Sutherland

About Tedi:

With over 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, Tedi Sutherland is a great asset to Platinum Garage Team.  She began her career detailing cars at an autobody shop in Buffalo, WY and eventually moved into the office where she learned to write work orders and dispatch work.  Tedi spent 14 years at Thunder Basin Ford as both a Senior Master Service Writer and a Certified Service Manager.  She also managed the service department at Chuck Deluxe Harley Davidson for 1.5 years.

Family and friends are very close to Tedi’s heart and she enjoys spending time with them every chance she can.  When she is not working, Tedi likes to spend time in the Big Horn Mountains camping, riding the Can Am, and riding Harley Davidson Motorcycles.  Floating Sand Creek is another favorite past time along with touring the back roads of Wyoming and South Dakota.

When it comes to customer service, Tedi feels “It is imperative to give excellent customer service.”