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Lonnie & Joyce Blackburn started Academy Cars way back in 1982. Lonnie has been the owner since day 1. No one in the business works harder to purchase the right vehicles at the right price to re-sell to his customers. His business philosophy has always been, "Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated." As a man of faith, it is not suprising that The Golden Rule is the basis for his success.


If Lonnie is the heartbeat of Academy Cars, then Joyce is truly the brains of the operation. She is the Business Manager, and so much more. She manages to keep track of everything and everyone and somehow does it all with a smile.

Shane Varner View

F&I Director
Born and raised in Topeka, Ks. I enjoy watching college basketball and spending time with my family. I look forward to helping you find a nicer, newer vehicle you have been looking for!

Debbie Nitsch View

Solutions Provider
Another 20+ years veteran of the auto sales and finance industry, Debbie has excelled in a field traditionally dominated by her male counterparts. She has done so with style, grace, and an easy demeanor that lets her customers know that they are at the right place, doing business with the right person.

Michelle Glavin View

Assistant Office Manager
I was born and raised in the Kansas City area and currently live in Topeka. The best part of my job is assisting the Solutions Providers with making your dreams of a nicer, newer car a reality every day. In my free time time I enjoy spending time with my family and volunteering at various community based nonprofit organizations.

Johnny Snow View

Porter/Lot Attendant
Married to the best gal around for 25 years. My wife, Brenda, keeps me in life along with Jesus, He is my main man. Other than being the best "go to" guy, I enjoy riding my Harley Davidson every chance I get, and watching WWE wrestling.

Steven Waite View

Solution Provider
Steven was born and raised in Kansas, and has spent several years in the Auto Industry. He loves spending time with his kids and watching football games! Go Chiefs!

Johanna Ross View

Born and raised in Topeka Kansas, I came from the Kickapoo tribe of Kansas. When I'm not working I am spending time with my family.

Sheleah White View

Business Development Associate
I was born and raised right here in Lawrence Kansas. I’m a loving mom of four beautiful kids who I adore till the ends of the earth. Outside of motherhood I’m a very fun, caring, and adventurous person.
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