Clem joins Performance Motors team

Ronnie Clem is the newest member of the Performance Motors family at the Elkins location on Harrison Avenue. The Chevrolet dealership also has a location on Pennsylvania Avenue in Parsons.

“We are extremely happy and fortunate to have Clem as our new service director at our dealership,” said Patrick Darlington, general manager and co-owner of Performance Motors. “With 27 years in the automotive industry, he definitely brings experience and passion to our team.

“Our customers should feel very confident that our service department can provide great service for all makes and models with Ronnie at the helm,” Darlington said.

Clem said he’s enjoyed making a living in the automotive industry for more than a quarter-century because it’s a constantly evolving field.

“There is something different every day at work, so it never gets boring,” Clem said. “And I love working with people.”

Clem has certification levels in Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jeep, Subaru and Toyota.

Although Clem has been working at Performance for just more than three months, he said he is very satisfied with his new position and management, including co-owners Christy Hines and Darlington.

“Christy and Pat are great to work for because they want to grow this business,” Clem said, “and they want their staff to grow with them, too.”

Besides being passionate now about all things Chevrolet, Clem loves everything about baseball. In fact, he has been coaching baseball for more than 20 years. He was the assistant baseball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan for six years; coached American Legion for eight years; was head coach at Lewis County High School for two years; and currently is the assistant baseball coach at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Clem has three children and four stepchildren. He and his wife, Ann, are empty-nesters now, enjoying their time together in Buckhannon.

Performance Motors’ Elkins location can be reached by calling 304-637-0000 and the Parsons location can be reached at 304-478-2831. Additional information is available at