In 1971, Lydia Duke, of Eupora, Mississippi, married into the car business. Her husband, Eley Duke Jr., and father-in-law, Ray E Duke, operated the 15-employee dealership while she taught 5th grade in the Suffolk Public Schools. In 1989 Eley Jr. lost his battle with brain cancer and a school teacher from rural Mississippi made her entrance into the automotive industry. In 2003, Lydia was named President and Dealer Operator of Duke Automotive. By this time, the business had grown to 45 employees. Lydia Duke is the only female franchised dealer in Hampton Roads and she has made customer service and community service a priority. She has served on numerous boards and charitable committees; past board chair of Paul D Camp Community College, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Obici Hospital Ethics board, Southern Bank Hampton Roads Regional Board, Trustee at Main Street United Methodist church and countless others. Lydia was honored as Suffolk’s 1st Citizen in 2016. She has a great love for her family and especially her grandchildren, being with friends, traveling, and finding time to relax.
Eley has been around Duke his entire life working in every part of the business since a teenager washing cars and pulling weeds. Born and raised in Suffolk he attended Nansemond Suffolk Academy and graduated from Christchurch School in Urbana Va and West Virginia Wesleyan College. He is also a graduate of the National Automobile Dealers Association Dealer Candidate Academy, General Motors Dealer Financial Academy, and other automotive courses. Eley has served on numerous community boards and organizations such as United Way, Ducks Unlimited, Hampton Roads Auto Dealers Association Board and others. He currently serves on the Va Auto Dealers Association Board of Directors, ForKids Board of Directors, a Christchurch School Foundation Board Trustee, and the Main St United Methodist Church Council. Eley enjoys time with family and friends, the islands of the eastern shore, waterfowl hunting, saltwater fishing and the beach. He is married to Nicole and they have 2 children, Parker and “E” IV, plus 2 dogs; George (Great Dane) and Smith (Lab).
Jerry has been with Duke since 1977—you could say he’s seen it all! As a lifelong Cadillac fan, Jerry started his automotive career in high school—checking out the new models after class. After college, Jerry joined Duke, and it’s been a perfect partnership ever since! Jerry holds top honors from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and especially Cadillac. When not here at Duke, he enjoys relaxing, spending time with his friends, and traveling. Jerry is a classic car nut, and loves any classic Cadillac, especially ones with fins! Jerry lives in Windsor, VA with his two cats, Scooter and P.C.!
Stan Bell has been with Duke since 2007 in sales and inventory management. When not at Duke, Stan enjoys playing music, and is the drummer for Canyon Road Band. Stan and his wife, Terry, live in Franklin. They have two children – son, Chris, and daughter, Betsy.
Al joined the Duke team in 2011. He lives in Franklin with his wife, Amy and his 2 daughters. He enjoys spending his free time grilling and hanging out with family and friends. He is also very active in his church, and is involved in many activities and ministries. Al loves to laugh and almost always has a smile on his face.
“Chuck” has been with Duke for over 7 years. When not at Duke, Chuck enjoys spending time drag racing, iRacing, reading and playing video games. He also enjoys science and history. He lives in Chesapeake, has 3 children, and 2 grandsons.
Nick joined Duke in June 2000. He lives in Portsmouth and has over 4o years of on-the-job training! When not at Duke, Nick enjoys fishing, crabbing, and going to the beach. He has 2 sons, Brad & Robbie, and 1 daughter, Crystal. He also has a granddaughter name Kinsley.