Kevin Braker, General Manager
Kevin was born not too far up the road in Carthage Missouri. He did move around a little bit and lived in Lamar, MO, Remington, IN, Roanoke, IL, Indianapolis, IN and finally right here in Rogers. He is a graduate of Roanoke-Benson High School in Roanoke, IL. He has two sisters Karel and Michelle. Kevin is married to his lovely wife Janice and has three grown children. They have two sons Jonathon and Jake and a daughter Kelly.
His Dad is the kind of guy who can fix almost anything so for as long as he can remember, he has been taking things apart and putting them back together just to see how they worked. He advanced to tinkering with cars and found his vocation. He loves cars and working on engines. He is a graduate of Quincey Technical School for Automotive and Diesel Technologies. He's worked in the industry for the last 32 years so he has quite a lot of experience under his belt. He has owned and operated his own shop for a while, he was Service Manager at a General Motors Dealership where he graduated General Motors Manager Training, he managed a successful high performance engine building business and most recently managed a Firestone Store.
Kevin and Janice found, after their youngest graduated, that Indianapolis was not the place that they wanted to continue to live and retire, so the search was on. The criteria were that they wanted to be on or near a lake, closer to relatives, able to find good jobs (Janice is a Nurse), and beautiful topography. In general, just a great place to work and retire. They did a thorough investigation and decided to look at N.W. Arkansas settling on the Rogers area. Janice will be working at one of our local Hospitals and Kevin will take over the Management of The KAR Shop allowing one of the partners, Jack, to slow down a bit.
Kevin has varied interests. He loves music, live or recorded. He's huge into boating and fishing. In fact, that's one of the reasons he picked Rogers, for its proximity to Beaver Lake. He's also a big fan of Motor Sports and Demolition Derbies. We'll introduce him to the one at the Springdale Rodeo Grounds. He also loves playing the board games Acquire and Rail Barron and anything that involves spending time with his family. He is also into grilling and smoking meats.
He has tremendous respect and honor for all veterans. His father-in law, several uncles and son have all served and we thank them for their service. Kevin really enjoys the interaction with customers and, like the rest of us, he doesn't like liars or mean people. We're looking forward to Kevin helping us grow and serve you better for years to come.