Meet Our Staff

Management

  • Jim McGuane

    Jim McGuane

    General Manager

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    Jim McGuane

    Jim McGuane

    General Manager

    Hire Date 9/13/2006 – Jim joined Mercedes-Benz of Austin in 2006 and now has over 35 years of experience in the Automotive Industry. He actually began his career as a Technician and enjoys the car business. Jim is married and he and his wife Christy have two girls, Megan and Camille. They are all native “Texans”, Jim from Dallas, and Christy from Mount Pleasant, Texas. Megan has been attending Tyler Jr. College and Camille is going to Texas State. In addition to those children they have four dogs that share their home with them. They have two “Westies”, Murphy Lee and Macy Mae, a “Scottie”, Molly Jean, and a “Sheltie”, Romeo. They enjoy boating on Lake Travis, and riding their Harley-Davidson when they can. They all enjoy living in the Austin area, and Jim really enjoys working with all of his great staff, and working for such great owners, the Hardeman’s.

  • Tom Fallon

    Tom Fallon

    Sales Manager

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    Tom Fallon

    Tom Fallon

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 4/1/2021 – Tom is from Tampa, Florida and his favorite thing about Austin, is hands-down, the people. Tom’s been around the automotive industry since 2004 thanks to a love of helping people and solving problems. Anytime he’s not working, Tom enjoys botany (from tending to consuming), golf, mindful meditations, and NFL football–go Buccaneers! At home, Tom also finds some time to play Fortnite on their PS4 with his two children–he’s cautious to note, but he’s actually pretty good!

  • Brian Hart

    Brian Hart

    Sales Manager

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    Brian Hart

    Brian Hart

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 8/10/2020 – Brian is from New Orleans and brought a passion for great food and live music with him to Austin. He’s been in the automotive world since 2005 thanks to the enjoyment that comes from working with and meeting new people. In his free time, Brian enjoys hanging out with his son Elijah, going to church, working out, trying new restaurants, listening to classic rock and jazz, playing chess, and spending time with his family. (Family extends to their two female Weimaraners, Bella & Gabby, too!) One day, he’d like to take his family to Colorado to see all the beautiful sights. Brian’s biggest heroes in life are his parents for making all the sacrifices that they did for him and his brother to be raised properly with good manners, class, and education. FUN FACT: Brian’s favorite song is Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley.

  • Christopher Hirsh

    Christopher Hirsh

    Senior Shop Foreman

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    Christopher Hirsh

    Christopher Hirsh

    Senior Shop Foreman

    Hire Date 7/26/1973 – Chris began working in the service department in 1973 as an entry level tech at the age of 19. He laughs at his inexperience then states that “I could never hire me!” He has been a team leader, shop foreman, and now service manager. Chris’s family tree had its roots in Texas; his grandparents owned “Hirsh’s Drug Stores” in and around Austin from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. Chris’s father was an Army Air Corp hero and gave Chris the education of living all around the USA, Turkey, and Japan. Chris and his wife currently live in Georgetown, and enjoy being home with each other. Sundays are a special opportunity for their children to come up and share Sunday dinner together. The family’s favorite activity……. Going camping at Enchanted Rock!

  • RK Johnston

    RK Johnston

    Sales Manager

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    RK Johnston

    RK Johnston

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 10/8/2020 – RK is an Austinite. He’s been in the automotive world since 1993. In his free time, RK enjoys spending time at the pool and hanging out with his wife and kids. RK and his family enjoy making annual trips to beautiful beachfront in Watercolor, Florida. Here in the city, RK is a fan of meals at Fixe and absolutely loves the culture and people of Austin. FUN FACT: His kids are happy to have a King Cavalier named Truman.

  • Brian Laird

    Brian Laird

    Parts Manager

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    Brian Laird

    Brian Laird

    Parts Manager

    Hire Date 2/4/2019 – Brian was born and raised all over East Texas. He’s been in the automotive business since 2006, and has worked with Mercedes-Benz since 2008 where he always been with the Parts side of the business. In his current position, he jokes that he sort of gets to use his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management as he’s here to help manage some business! At home, Brian has a wonderful wife, two Miniature Schnauzers, and two children–their son that he enjoys watching Marvel and DC movies with, and their new baby girl. In the near future, Brian plans to take his son to Wizard World Comic Con in the Fall as the two of them enjoy getting out to all kinds of Comic Cons! He also watches his fair share of BBC tv, and hopes to be able to visit Ireland, the UK, and Scotland–where his family roots come from!

  • Nick Opinker

    Nick Opinker

    Service Director

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    Nick Opinker

    Nick Opinker

    Service Director

    Hire Date 9/6/2016 – Nick Opinker was just a baby when he opened his eyes in the great state of Indiana. He grew up tinkering on cars with his dad, and so the story goes, he knew he was going to dive into the automotive world.  Nick started out as a technician and worked his way to Service Advisor, Service Manager and Service Director!  He has been with Mercedes-Benz since 1997.  He was the Service Manager with Mercedes-Benz of Plano for 12 years and wanted to hang out with his brother and play on the farm, so he moved up to Wisconsin and worked for Bergstrom Mercedes. Texas called four years later and he moved in with us!  Austin life has him excited to spend more time with his kids & grandkids! He dreams of getting back into Tae Kwon Do.  Nick has a passion for Mercedes and taking care of guests.  His favorite Mercedes is a CL, “not too big, just right.”

  • Brittany Potts

    Brittany Potts

    Parts Manager

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    Brittany Potts

    Brittany Potts

    Parts Manager

    Hire Date: 5/1/2015 – Though she’s not actually from The Lone Star State, Brittany has considered herself as a Texan since high school. She’s been in the automotive industry for over 12 years, and is definitely not a newbie to the auto parts world.  In Austin, Brittany is thankful to be close to her mom and sister, especially as they are her only family in Texas. She also has two adorable APA! rescue cats: Sarafina and Bella, and would love to have the land someday to take in dogs as well. Besides her actual family, Brittany likes to spend a lot of her time with her friends. She spends some nights out with them while enjoying the live music scene and also partakes in some country dancing! Brittany is also a fan of all genres of movies, with Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie being her favorite directors, and “Boondocks Saints” for her all-time, #1 movie. If given the chance, she would really love to use her 4 years of German, and visit Germany (where her grandparents are from), and would also love to visit Australia. FUN FACT: Brittany loves to bake! Not for herself, but to share with her friends, family, and co-workers. She says, and her co-workers definitely agree, “It helps sweeten up the days.”

  • Stu Rosemurgy

    Stu Rosemurgy

    Inventory Manager

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    Stu Rosemurgy

    Stu Rosemurgy

    Inventory Manager

    Hire Date 6/9/1998 – Stuart was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. He and his wife of 35 years were married in Austin, Minnesota, 1100 miles north of Austin, Texas on I35. He has two sons, a daughter-in-law and with a first grand baby, can now be called ‘grandpa’. Stuart started changing license plates at his family’s Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealership asa young boy, and his passion for cars and trucks has continued to be his career ever since. If you see Stuart on the first of the month, he will advise you to check your vehicle’s tire pressure, check your vehicle’s oil level, and take it out to the car wash.

  • Timothy Shook Ⓥ

    Timothy Shook Ⓥ

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Timothy Shook Ⓥ

    Timothy Shook Ⓥ

    Chief Operating Officer

    Hire Date 5/15/2004 – The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man! Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Sales

  • Daniel Azel

    Daniel Azel

    Finance Manager

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    Daniel Azel

    Daniel Azel

    Finance Manager

    Hire Date 7/1/2017 – Dan married his loving wife in 2002, and in July 2017, they moved from California to Austin with their two children. Dan is a former Golf Pro and is enjoying checking out the golf scene in Austin, while also taking time to explore the city. Someday, he plans to complete his goal of visiting each of the 48 contiguous states. Dan has more than half checked off so far!

  • Heath Bracken

    Heath Bracken

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2018

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    Heath Bracken

    Heath Bracken

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2018

    Hire Date 6/25/2016 – Originally from San Diego, Heath has been in the Austin area since 2004. He has a BBA in Finance and Marketing from Abilene Christian University. In his spare time, Heath enjoys working out, riding motorcycles, and has a unique interest in studying military history. He personally has over 50 military history books!

  • Neiko Brown

    Neiko Brown

    Sales Consultant

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    Neiko Brown

    Neiko Brown

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 3/15/2022 – Neiko was born in North Carolina, and raised in Southern Germany! In his free time, Neiko enjoys going to the gym, reading, and exploring the great outdoors. He also enjoys playing video games from time to time, and his favorite would have to be Call of Duty War-Zone on the PS5. One day, Neiko would love to travel to Cairo, Egypt to experience the history, culture, and food. Speaking of food, Neiko believes that nothing beats a good serving of shrimp and grits. His favorite musical artist is Bobby Womack, who happens to be the writer of his favorite song, “If You Think You’re Lonely”. At home, Neiko has an adorable German Shepherd / Lab mix named Koda, and he roots for the Baltimore Ravens! When asked what his favorite Mercedes-Benz model is, Neiko chose the G 550 4×4. FUN FACT: Neiko speaks and writes fluent German!

  • Jerry Carpenter

    Jerry Carpenter

    Sales Consultant

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    Jerry Carpenter

    Jerry Carpenter

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 11/2/2020 – Jerry is an Austin local and he’s been in the automotive field since 2018. When he’s not working, he loves to spend time hanging out with his family and going hunting & fishing. Jerry’s been to both New Zealand and Africa, and hopes to go to Australia next to see the sights and do some fishing. Before joining the team and looking forward to new challenges at Mercedes-Benz of Austin, Jerry worked for Dell.

  • Paul Dillman

    Paul Dillman

    Sales Consultant

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    Paul Dillman

    Paul Dillman

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 8/22/2017 – Paul most recently moved from New Port Beach, CA to Austin in August 2017. He’s been in the automotive sales industry since 2006, and is happy to be a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Austin team. When he’s not at work, Paul enjoys trying as many Austin eateries as he can, as well as cooking up Italian dishes at home. Paul also hopes to find an English Bulldog to take in, soon! When asked if Paul enjoyed traveling, he responded “time traveling,” but he truly enjoys taking trips to Mexico.

  • Tom Fallon

    Tom Fallon

    Sales Manager

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    Tom Fallon

    Tom Fallon

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 4/1/2021 – Tom is from Tampa, Florida and his favorite thing about Austin, is hands-down, the people. Tom’s been around the automotive industry since 2004 thanks to a love of helping people and solving problems. Anytime he’s not working, Tom enjoys botany (from tending to consuming), golf, mindful meditations, and NFL football–go Buccaneers! At home, Tom also finds some time to play Fortnite on their PS4 with his two children–he’s cautious to note, but he’s actually pretty good!

  • Brian Hart

    Brian Hart

    Sales Manager

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    Brian Hart

    Brian Hart

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 8/10/2020 – Brian is from New Orleans and brought a passion for great food and live music with him to Austin. He’s been in the automotive world since 2005 thanks to the enjoyment that comes from working with and meeting new people. In his free time, Brian enjoys hanging out with his son Elijah, going to church, working out, trying new restaurants, listening to classic rock and jazz, playing chess, and spending time with his family. (Family extends to their two female Weimaraners, Bella & Gabby, too!) One day, he’d like to take his family to Colorado to see all the beautiful sights. Brian’s biggest heroes in life are his parents for making all the sacrifices that they did for him and his brother to be raised properly with good manners, class, and education. FUN FACT: Brian’s favorite song is Could You Be Loved by Bob Marley.

  • Chris Hernandez

    Chris Hernandez

    Sales Consultant - AMG Brand Ambassador

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    Chris Hernandez

    Chris Hernandez

    Sales Consultant - AMG Brand Ambassador

    Hire Date 9/14/2012 – Chris Hernandez is from the small town Beaumont, Texas. He loves spending spare time at the green belt and attending to customers. He moved here to Austin in 2008 ready for bigger and better things! Chris proudly graduated from St. Edwards University with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. He once attended the Inaugural F1 race where he found himself to be the happiest. His first job was at a sushi bar where his love for sushi began. He decided to enter the car business because he loves seeing cars and driving cars from magazines. When he’s not watching the unspoken Fight Club, he can be found giving a huge helping hand to the service and sales department.

  • Max Hoffman

    Max Hoffman

    Product Concierge

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    Max Hoffman

    Max Hoffman

    Product Concierge

    Hire Date 4/1/2019 – Max moved to Austin in 2016 and enjoys beating the escape rooms all around town. Max and his wife are recent parents to a wonderful baby boy and are looking forward to everything involved with their new chapter. One day, Max would like to travel to Japan where he finds the culture, food, and classic arcades interesting. Max would also like to take his wife to Thailand. She’d be happiest to pet, play, or ride an elephant, especially if she could pet a baby one, whereas Max is also really interested in the culture there, and would love to get a Sak Yant tattoo. A Sak Yant tattoo is a very unique tattoo that is given to a person by a monk, where the person getting tattooed does not choose the tattoo, but rather the monk knows which tattoo is right for each individual. FUN FACT: Max is thankful for his sister Reva who got him interested in working at Mercedes-Benz of Austin!

  • Dillon Homer

    Dillon Homer

    Sales Consultant

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    Dillon Homer

    Dillon Homer

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 4/19/2021 – Dillon is from the beautiful state of Utah. He’s been in the automotive industry since 2017 and loves helping people while also getting to know them. Dillon spends his free time doing anything outdoors and riding his dirt-bike. (He started motocross racing when he was just five years old!) Dillon also enjoys traveling and his favorite trip to date was either at Seeley Lake, Montana, or Cabo San Lucas for the great food, ocean, and warm weather. One day, he’d like to trace back some family roots and visit Germany to meet some distant relatives. At home, Dillon has a fantastic and loving, 6-year-old boxer named, Shifter.

  • Reva Hope

    Reva Hope

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2019, Top Gun 2020, Top Gun 2021

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    Reva Hope

    Reva Hope

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2019, Top Gun 2020, Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 9/27/2008 – Reva loves being a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Austin team. She is always smiling and willing to help anyone and everyone. Reva’s customers are very important to her and she will make sure they all know that. She strives to be the best in all aspects of her life and likes to tell everyone, “Live in the present, enjoy what life has to offer you, NOW. Make memories and be happy. You cannot get yesterday back, tomorrow is not promised…TODAY is all you have, so make the most of it.”

  • Jesse Jimenez

    Jesse Jimenez

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2016

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    Jesse Jimenez

    Jesse Jimenez

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2016

    Hire Date 9/24/2014 – Jesse was born in Eagle Pass, Texas and moved to Austin in 2001. He has been in the automobile industry since 2006 and familiar with cars since 1996. With over 10 years of experience combined, he brings in a very fresh and exciting experience when purchasing a Mercedes-Benz. His attention to detail and love for cars make it easy to see his passion for his work. But Jesse is also a clown most of the time and loves conversations about anything on the History Channel. Jesse has (for now) a household of 3 which includes Yvette (his wife) and Luna his Weimaraner puppy or dog since she is growing way too fast. He is also a local saxophone player and has been around the music scene in Austin for almost 10 years. He plays at some of our company events with his band “THE BREW” which have a whole array of styles including Salsa, Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B. Jesse also has a long history of mechanics since his father is a master boat technician as well as his brother, who graduated from Wyo Tech Marine. So he kind of knows a thing or two about boats and cars. Jesse enjoys the warm family feeling at Mercedes-Benz of Austin and hopes that you will, too.

  • Jeffrey Johnson

    Jeffrey Johnson

    Sales Consultant

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    Jeffrey Johnson

    Jeffrey Johnson

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 2/1/2021 – Jeffrey is from Baltimore, Maryland. Being from the east coast, Jeffrey’s favorite thing about Austin is that it’s a melting pot city–so many interesting people from all kinds of cultures! He’s been in the automotive sales world since 2011 and the best part of the job is making his clients’ dreams come true. When he’s not working, Jeffrey enjoys rooting for the Baltimore Ravens and Florida State University football teams, traveling, cooking, eating seafood, going to church, and spending time with his friends and family. Jeffrey also finds time to spread love in the community by helping the homeless. If he could invite anyone to dinner, he’d choose Martin Luther King, Jr. Jeffrey also looks up to his grandmother, as she had six daughters to raise and she pushed hard to do a fantastic job at it, too. One day, Jeffrey plans to go to Fiji to see the beautiful beaches there.

  • RK Johnston

    RK Johnston

    Sales Manager

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    RK Johnston

    RK Johnston

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 10/8/2020 – RK is an Austinite. He’s been in the automotive world since 1993. In his free time, RK enjoys spending time at the pool and hanging out with his wife and kids. RK and his family enjoy making annual trips to beautiful beachfront in Watercolor, Florida. Here in the city, RK is a fan of meals at Fixe and absolutely loves the culture and people of Austin. FUN FACT: His kids are happy to have a King Cavalier named Truman.

  • Matt Juron

    Matt Juron

    Finance Director

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    Matt Juron

    Matt Juron

    Finance Director

    Hire Date 9/25/2017 – Matt lived in Tampa, FL from 2002 through September 2017. While there, he attended University of Tampa and received his Bachelors Degree and MBA, and has been working with Mercedes-Benz since 2003. Matt, his wife, and their child enjoy spending time outdoors, exploring the hill country, and finding new restaurants. They love the weather and the people here! Matt is also a fan of college football, golfing, and live music. FUN FACT: Matt LOVES brunch! He’s always game to try a new brunch spot.

  • Ellen Ladermann

    Ellen Ladermann

    Product Concierge/Sales Assistant
    Top Gun 2020

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    Ellen Ladermann

    Ellen Ladermann

    Product Concierge/Sales Assistant
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 10/21/2014 – Ellen grew up on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and attended college in sunny Florida. She then made her way to the big state of Texas in 2008! Although moving to Austin was a really happy moment in her life, her happiest is getting to be a mother to her wonderful daughter Isabelle. She enjoys all types of art, seeing live music, and cooking (especially if it is spicy or includes cheese!) She is a dog lover and one day would love to have a puppy as well as travel to Australia, Bali or India. When she’s not at the coffee bar, Ellen’s favorite thing to do is sit on a beach from sun up to sun down and collect seashells.

  • Elihu Moreno

    Elihu Moreno

    Sales Consultant

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    Elihu Moreno

    Elihu Moreno

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 2/10/2020 – Elihu is from right here: Austin, Texas–y’all. He loves the live music available all in and around Austin, but when it comes to his favorite concert venue… Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO has his heart and the memory of his best live music experience to date. While Elihu is new to the automotive world, he has previously worked in sales and when a friend on the team here told him about the opportunity and growth available within CAG, he knew that it was time for a career change. When he’s not working, Elihu likes to spend time running around the lake and greenbelts with Murphy Obelix, his German Shepard, chowing down for Sunday brunch at Sawyer & Co. in East Austin, listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast on his commutes, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys any time they’re playing. Elihu’s most prominent hero in life is his father. He is a simple and honest person who has always been Elihu’s biggest supporter and is continually the most understanding person in his life. FUN FACT: A big passion in Elihu’s life is visiting National Parks. Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is one of his all time favorites. Elihu will tell you, “There’s this place called Glacier Point that over looks El Capitan and Half Dome Peak. It’s just an incredible sight that never gets old.”

  • Abram  Nunez

    Abram Nunez

    Sales Consultant

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    Abram  Nunez

    Abram Nunez

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 5/9/2019 – Abram was born and raised in Austin and doesn’t think he’ll ever leave–he’s a lifer! He enjoys all of the Austin actives like going on walks and experiencing all kinds of concerts. He’d highly recommend seeing a show at ACL Live. Abram has been in the automotive industry since 2017 and originally got into the car world thanks to his dad. His family are salesmen by nature, and his dad’s been in the business for over 20 years. Automotive sales was an easy choice for Abram. One day, he’d would like to travel the world and start with the UK, which he kind-heartedly refers to as “Europe’s America.” Abram loves all dogs, especially his Pomeranian, Bear. FUN FACT: Even though Abram is an Austinite, he’s a die-hard Patriots fan and has been since as long as he can remember, and he’s enjoyed watching Tom Brady’s career all along the way!

  • Stacey Olmstead

    Stacey Olmstead

    Sales Consultant

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    Stacey Olmstead

    Stacey Olmstead

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 2/13/2012 – Stacey Olmstead was born right here in Austin, Texas. She now lives in a tree house and is a musical prodigy. Stacey has an outgoing, lovable personality and enjoys working with people. Her father, the GM at First Texas Honda, has been with the CAG company for over 30 years. The longevity of numerous employees within CAG has inspired her to join the team. She loves walking on the many Austin trails in her spare time, trying the delicious foods of random restaurants and listening to old records. She does not have any pets, unless you count the Mexican Jumping Beans and creatures in her backyard which is a magical forest. She understands the joys and excitements of purchasing a new car and she loves having the opportunity to share that joy with her clients.

  • Patrick Rodriguez

    Patrick Rodriguez

    Sales Consultant

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    Patrick Rodriguez

    Patrick Rodriguez

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 2/2/2015 – Patrick moved to Austin when he was about six years old and has been here ever since. He’s attending school to earn a Masters in Business Administration. He works full time and goes to school part time. Patrick has two wonderful, hard-working parents, and a very intelligent and gorgeous little sister. He also has a Yorkie named Max that he loves and enjoys spending time with. His favorite activities are anything that have to do with water, especially swimming. One day Patrick will drive a Pagani Huayra and his first stop after he buys it will be Chipotle for his favorite food!

  • Stu Rosemurgy

    Stu Rosemurgy

    Inventory Manager

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    Stu Rosemurgy

    Inventory Manager

    Hire Date 6/9/1998 – Stuart was born in Wausau, Wisconsin. He and his wife of 35 years were married in Austin, Minnesota, 1100 miles north of Austin, Texas on I35. He has two sons, a daughter-in-law and with a first grand baby, can now be called ‘grandpa’. Stuart started changing license plates at his family’s Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealership asa young boy, and his passion for cars and trucks has continued to be his career ever since. If you see Stuart on the first of the month, he will advise you to check your vehicle’s tire pressure, check your vehicle’s oil level, and take it out to the car wash.

  • Stephen S.

    Stephen S.

    Sales Consultant

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    Stephen S.

    Stephen S.

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 8/9/2019 – Stephen is a marketing and sales professional of almost 20 years with a BA in Communication and Media Studies from TCU. His passion for classic European cars has placed him under several restoration projects. Stephen moved to Austin with his family in 2015. When he is not around cars, you will likely find Stephen in the kitchen. Stephen’s dream car is the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster.

  • Jed Schmidt

    Jed Schmidt

    Sales Consultant

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    Jed Schmidt

    Jed Schmidt

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 4/16/2021 – Jed is an Austinite and he absolutely loves it here, stating he “will never live anywhere else!” Jed roots for the Texas Longhorns in any sport. Away from work, you can sum up Jed’s time with this classic bumper sticker line, “I’d rather be golfing.” He once went on a golfing vacation in Scotland, and someday, he’d like to travel throughout Europe, too. Jed enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy, and sons, Austin and Jason. At home, they also have three dogs, Ruby, Tiny, and Rocco.

  • Gerald Shillow Jr.

    Gerald Shillow Jr.

    Sales Consultant

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    Gerald Shillow Jr.

    Gerald Shillow Jr.

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 11/9/2020 – Gerald was born and raised just up the road in Pflugerville, Texas. In Austin, he loves the relaxed and healthy vibe that surrounds all parts of the city, and the amazing weather here! Gerald’s a true car guy who lives & breathes cars and has been fortunate enough to work in the automotive industry since 2015. Away from work, he likes anything to do with cars, real estate, and water sports on the lake! Don’t forget about traveling and trying Michelin star restaurants, too. Eddie V’s is one of Gerald’s favorite steakhouses! He dreams of island vacations – St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands is high on his checked list – and he can’t wait to see Bora Bora someday as well. At home, Gerald likes watching thrillers and other movies that keep his attention while hanging out with his shih tzu, Niko. FUN FACT: Gerald has been coming to Mercedes-Benz of Austin since he was about 8 years old. On Sundays, he would eat an ice cream and look at all of the Mercedes-Benz vehicles!

  • Tony Shine

    Tony Shine

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2019, Top Gun 2020, Top Gun 2021

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    Tony Shine

    Tony Shine

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2019, Top Gun 2020, Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 2/3/2017 – Tony was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and came to Austin by way of Corpus Christi. Tony enjoys all kinds of vehicles, from classics, to sports and luxury cars. He is a former U.S. Marine, and enjoys staying in good health by training with his wife, and their two daughters, who are both amateur body builders. With being new to Central Texas, Tony is happy meeting the kind people, and exploring and sightseeing in Austin. The scenery here also happily reminds him of home.

  • Janette  Ugarte

    Janette Ugarte

    Client Retention

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    Janette  Ugarte

    Janette Ugarte

    Client Retention

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  • Anni Weis

    Anni Weis

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2014

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    Anni Weis

    Anni Weis

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2014

    Hire Date 1/7/2013 – Anni grew up in Midland, Texas and left as soon as she could to attend the University of Colorado. Then moved back to Texas and have been in Austin since 1996. Something that may surprise people is that she has been involved with the Indy Car Circuit since she was a child. Her father was owner of the Hall/VDS Racing Team with partner Jim Hall which allowed her to travel all over the world to the races. She also mentioned that they were building Mercedes-Benz Indy Car Engines. Speed is in her blood which is why her first career was involved with motor sports. With the traveling that she was lucky enough to do, came her love for food. She eventually attended culinary school in Austin. Even though She is not working in a field involved with cooking….it does allow for great dinner parties. Her favorite food that she can’t cook and have to eat out….SUSHI!!! Dance has always been a part of her life as well. She started taking ballet, tap and jazz as a little girl and continue taking classes to this day. It’s the best exercise ever!!

  • Kristina Wright

    Kristina Wright

    Product Concierge
    Top Gun 2019

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    Kristina Wright

    Kristina Wright

    Product Concierge
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 10/1/2018 – Kristina moved to Austin by way of El Paso when she was 10. In Austin, she really likes getting out and running the trails at Town Lake. Kristina currently spends most of her time working, going to school, and studying. She is really looking forward to the day that she graduates and has her degree in Sonography. Kristina also got married in 2018 and can’t wait to travel a bit with her husband before they think of having children. She is hoping that they will be able to travel to Greece, because it’s so pretty and the water is so blue!

  • W.C. Wright

    W.C. Wright

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2013, Top Gun 2014, Top Gun 2015

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    W.C. Wright

    W.C. Wright

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2013, Top Gun 2014, Top Gun 2015

    Hire Date 4/19/2000 – WC Wright has been in the Austin area for over 15 years and has more than 20 years of experience selling cars. He has been working in sales at Mercedes-Benz of Austin since 2000, and his biggest accomplishment so far is that he has achieved being “Salesperson of the Year” multiple times. His goal is to sell 100 cars in three months, and he wants to make purchasing a new Mercedes-Benz the “funnest” experience you have ever had. WC is a pretty energetic personality who doesn’t just want to just be your salesperson-he wants to be your friend. In his free time WC plays tennis (he is better than Ray) and enjoys a good run. He is addicted to Starbuck’s Chai Tea Latte, and if you want to win him over with food “just show me some lobster.”

Service

  • Eddie Aguilar

    Eddie Aguilar

    Service Advisor

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    Eddie Aguilar

    Eddie Aguilar

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 1/2/2018 – Eddie is a born and raised Texan. He moved to Austin from San Antonio right at the end of 2017. Like many Austinites and recent additions to the city, Eddie is excited to check out the live music here. He and his wife have two daughters in college, and they love to spend time together on the weekends. Eddie also loves cooking, and finds inspiration all over the place! He and his wife are looking forward to traveling all over the States when they retire. Eddie is also bilingual, “se habla espanol!”

  • Brayden Clark

    Brayden Clark

    Express Service Advisor

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    Brayden Clark

    Brayden Clark

    Express Service Advisor

    Hire Date 5/22/2021 – Brayden has always lived in Texas and considers himself an Austinite. He used to spend a lot of time doing photography, and outside of portraits, he really enjoyed nature, landscape, and star-trails astrophotography. These days, he spends his free time working on upgrading parts on his vehicle or hanging out with friends. In his recent past, Brayden went zip lining and loved the adrenaline rush. Now, he’s looking forward to going skydiving! In the near future, Brayden would like to adopt a puppy, and a little further down the line, he’d like to travel to other countries, starting out somewhere in Europe.

  • Luis Cuellar

    Luis Cuellar

    Service Advisor
    Top Gun 2021

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    Luis Cuellar

    Luis Cuellar

    Service Advisor
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 9/5/2017 – Luis is a small town boy from Sealy, TX and he’s now enjoying life in the vibrant city of Austin. He went to school in Waco to become a part of the automotive world. Luis decided to leave his small town and come to Austin in search of great hiking, fun nightlife, and exceptional employment opportunities! In his free time, he likes to work on older ’90s/classic Japanese vehicles. Someday, Luis wants to go to Australia to explore “the outback” without things killing him.

  • CJ Hodgson

    CJ Hodgson

    Service Advisor
    Top Gun 2021

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    CJ Hodgson

    CJ Hodgson

    Service Advisor
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 6/4/2019 – CJ was born in Salt Lake City, UT, and moved to southern California when he was five. He stayed in southern California until moving to central Texas in June 2019. So far, the kind people here in Austin have been his favorite thing about his move here. CJ knew he loved working on cars when he was in high school and decided to go to automotive college, UTI. Now, he’s been in the automotive industry for nearly 20 years, and always with Mercedes-Benz. When he’s not at work, CJ loves to spend time with his family, attending sporting events, seeing country music shows, and going for walks with his black lab/pitbull mix, Cody. CJ’s dad was his biggest hero in life and he wishes that he could invite him to one more dinner, as his dad passed away from cancer in 2012. CJ tries his best to live his own life inspired by his dad’s take on life of living each day to the fullest and having no regrets. From many summer weekends of experience, CJ’s top vacation spot of choice is Lake Havasu, AZ. One day, he’d love to travel to Italy to explore the areas and see where his family lineage comes from. FUN FACT: CJ is a big fan of the Los Angeles Angels, Anaheim Ducks, and the Green Bay Packers.

  • Karina Mobley

    Karina Mobley

    Express Service Advisor

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    Karina Mobley

    Karina Mobley

    Express Service Advisor

    Hire Date 1/5/2022 – Karina is from Long Beach, California, and has been in the automotive industry for 12 years due to her passion for cars and helping people! When she’s not working, you can catch Karina doing anything outdoors! Her favorite activities would have to be yoga, hiking. mountain biking, and snowboarding. Additionally, Karina enjoys cooking, attending live music events, and traveling. Speaking of traveling, Karina has done a fair amount of it in her life, but her favorite trip thus far was when she went to Fiji, Turtle Island. In the near future, Karina hopes to travel to Italy because of her love for Italian food! When it comes to sports, Karina roots for her home state, California! Her favorite teams are the Dodgers, Lakers, and Kings. She doesn’t have any pets yet, but she is planning on getting a European Great Dane very soon. FUN FACT: Karina loves all things nature, carbs, and Bruce Lee.

  • Jorge Montoya

    Jorge Montoya

    Service Advisor

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    Jorge Montoya

    Jorge Montoya

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 6/17/2021 – Jorge is from Southern California and since moving to Texas, hands down, he loves the people in Austin. Everyone he meets is so kind and he gets that “family” feeling about the city and surrounding area. Jorge has been in the automotive world since 2000 thanks to a genuine love of cars. In his free time, he enjoys going camping, cycling, playing men’s slow-pitch softball, listening to Rage Against the Machine, watching Adam Sandler comedies, rooting for a range of different pro and college-level sports teams, and spending time with his family – especially playing Mario Kart with his wife and kids. Some of his most fond family memories come from an RV trip to the Grand Canyon, and overall, Jorge’s made it a goal to take them to as many National Parks as he can to build more great outdoor memories together. Jorge is most thankful for his dad who taught him everything he knows and instilled essential core values in him – he’d love to have just one more dinner with both his mom and his dad. FUN FACT: They have some great family pets, too! Two Siberian huskies, Remi and Stryker, a Yorkshire silk terrier, Chewie, and a bunny named Skippy.

  • Nick Opinker

    Nick Opinker

    Service Director

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    Nick Opinker

    Nick Opinker

    Service Director

    Hire Date 9/6/2016 – Nick Opinker was just a baby when he opened his eyes in the great state of Indiana. He grew up tinkering on cars with his dad, and so the story goes, he knew he was going to dive into the automotive world.  Nick started out as a technician and worked his way to Service Advisor, Service Manager and Service Director!  He has been with Mercedes-Benz since 1997.  He was the Service Manager with Mercedes-Benz of Plano for 12 years and wanted to hang out with his brother and play on the farm, so he moved up to Wisconsin and worked for Bergstrom Mercedes. Texas called four years later and he moved in with us!  Austin life has him excited to spend more time with his kids & grandkids! He dreams of getting back into Tae Kwon Do.  Nick has a passion for Mercedes and taking care of guests.  His favorite Mercedes is a CL, “not too big, just right.”

  • Kleber Romani

    Kleber Romani

    Service Advisor

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    Kleber Romani

    Kleber Romani

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 10/1/2020 – Kleber is from Brazil. He’s been in the automotive industry since 2005 and loves working with cars and people. In his free time, Kleber enjoys woodworking, listening to Iron Maiden, and chowing down on meals from Fogo de Chao, Brazilian Barbecue. He loved vacationing in Hawaii and someday, he’d loved to visit a city of his heritage, in Italy. Kleber’s favorite movie is Gladiator, he roots for the Dodgers, and he has a sweet Yorkshire terrier, Lolla.

  • Jesse Ruiz

    Jesse Ruiz

    Service Manager
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2020

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    Jesse Ruiz

    Jesse Ruiz

    Service Manager
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 6/26/2018 – Jesse was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He arrived in Austin at the end of June 2018, with his wife, 3 sons, and they are looking forward to meeting their daughter in October of 2018.  Jesse first got into cars around 2010. He would take his SUVs off-roading, things would break, and he wanted to know how to fix them. Jesse went to automotive school, and has been master multiple times over. Now in the service manager world, Jesse enjoys getting to help his guests and meet new people! When he’s not at work, Jesse likes to be outdoors fishing, hiking, hunting, and off-roading.

  • Brian Smith

    Brian Smith

    Service Advisor
    Top Gun 2021

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    Brian Smith

    Brian Smith

    Service Advisor
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 7/8/2014 – Brian is from and Austin, and yes, “so weird” perfectly fitting in with the slogan of our city. In his spare time, he can be found playing too much golf, hanging out with Baxter, his beagle, chowing down on BBQ, or possibly watching the Dallas Cowboys or Dumb and Dumber. Brian’s dream car is easy: a free one. Brian is most proud of the fact that he’s still alive, and if you ask, he’ll tell you that the tiny town of Woodstock, Vermont is his favorite place among the places he’s been. Brian decided to work here because his “best friend Stuart” told him to do so. Fun Fact: Brian’s first job was refereeing little league baseball.

  • Dan Truong

    Dan Truong

    Express Service Advisor

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    Dan Truong

    Dan Truong

    Express Service Advisor

    Hire Date 9/1/2021 – Dan is an Austinite who has worked in the automotive industry since 2016. He’s continually fascinated about the feelings you get when you interact with cars per the aesthetics and adrenaline that surrounds the field, which Dan notes that it pairs well with his personality. Outside of work, Dan enjoys cycling, riding motorcycles, cliff diving, learning more things about the auto industry, welding, free diving, graphic design, tailoring his clothes, and learning about the latest and greatest camera equipment. Dan also enjoys cooking, with beef tartare being his favorite meal to prepare and enjoy! The cycling culture in Austin is one of his absolute favorite things about being in the city. Some nights, hundreds of people will gather downtown just to cycle as a large group while hanging out with friends and meeting new ones. FUN FACT: Dan’s a fan of American Top Team, an MMA academy that trains in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Dustin Poirier is a true inspiration to him.

  • Wade Wells

    Wade Wells

    Service Consultant
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2019

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    Wade Wells

    Wade Wells

    Service Consultant
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 4/19/1990 – Wade was born and raised in Killeen (Go fighting mighty Kangaroos!) and has been in the car business since 1989. When he’s not helping customers in the Mercedes-Benz service department, Wade enjoys off-road motorcycle riding. Wade and his beautiful wife of more than twenty years have a son who is an avid lacrosse player. His wife loves festive holiday decorations, so they currently have seven Christmas trees around their house.

Administration

  • Amy Beltran

    Amy Beltran

    Service Coordinator

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    Amy Beltran

    Amy Beltran

    Service Coordinator

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  • Desirae Acosta

    Desirae Acosta

    Accounts Payable

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    Desirae Acosta

    Desirae Acosta

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 10/18/2021 – Desirae is an Austinite who loves the food scene here. She enjoys trying new dishes and checking out all of the latest restaurants so she’s grateful that Austin has such a variety of culinary places to go. She also can’t get enough of the live music here, especially when coupled with lovely patio sitting areas and good meals. If she could travel anywhere, Desirae would choose Greece thanks to all of the picturesque images she’s seen of it, and stateside, Desirae is a fan of Colorado. She once went there with her family and her son and they had the best time enjoying all kinds of activities and the wonderful nature. As of 2021, Desirae added a furbaby to the mix, a sweet mini Dachshund named Thunder.

  • Cameron Addington

    Cameron Addington

    Express Technician
    Top Gun 2021

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    Cameron Addington

    Cameron Addington

    Express Technician
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 3/4/2020 – Cameron is from Cincinnati, Ohio. In Austin, he’s a huge fan of the food–especially the BBQ! Cameron has a sweet Mountain Cur Retriever mix, named Kuma. He loves to spend his free time going hiking and playing with Kuma. FUN FACT: Cameron’s favorite movie is Tommy Boy.

  • Hindreen Al Zuhairi

    Hindreen Al Zuhairi

    Recon Technician

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    Hindreen Al Zuhairi

    Hindreen Al Zuhairi

    Recon Technician

    Hire Date 9/3/2019 – Hindreen is from Iraq and loves to spend his free time discovering new places with his family. In Austin, he’s become really fond of the downtown area and enjoys taking his family there. If he could take anyone to dinner, he would always choose his mom and dad. One day, Hindreen would like to travel to Alaska to experience all the vast nature there.

  • Ana Angel

    Ana Angel

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2021

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    Ana Angel

    Ana Angel

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 4/6/2015 – Ana is a smart young lady who graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelors in Food Service Management and an Associates in Baking and Pastry Arts. Ana and her furbaby Sami have traveled up and down the East Coast but their hearts are deep in the heart of Texas! You can find Ana by the sparkle in her eyes or pretty much anywhere on her. Ana was proud to announce the arrival of her first born son on July 1st, 2016. She welcomed her sweet baby boy, Andrew Angel.. look out world!

  • Haley Blain

    Haley Blain

    Online Reputation

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    Haley Blain

    Haley Blain

    Online Reputation

    Hire Date 1/27/2020 – Haley was born in Denville, New Jersey. She lived there for the first couple of years of her life before moving to St. Louis, Missouri for 10 years. Finally, in September of 2013, Haley and her dad made their move to Austin, Texas, and she has loved it here ever since! She joined the company in 2020 as a receptionist for one of the dealerships, and now works for CAG’s internal marketing team, Macho Marketing! Although she’s not 100% set on which 4-year university she wants to attend after community college, Haley knows she wants to earn her Bachelor’s in Communications. In her free time, Haley enjoys relaxing at home, spending time with her loved ones, trying new restaurants, and singing any songs that allow her to belt obnoxiously. Haley’s favorite thing about Austin is how diverse it is; depending on which part of Austin you’re in, you can have a totally different experience! Haley’s hero is undoubtedly her father because of all of the work he put in to ensure she had an amazing life. Ariana Grande is Haley’s idol and by far her favorite vocalist. She even got to see Ariana perform in 2019 at the Sweetener World Tour in Dallas, noting that it was “the most magical experience of her life thus far”. FUN FACT: Haley’s dad and aunt were adopted from different families with completely different ethnic backgrounds, so Haley’s dad’s side of the family is very diverse!

  • Jacki Blancas

    Jacki Blancas

    Billing Clerk
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2020, Top Gun 2021

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    Jacki Blancas

    Jacki Blancas

    Billing Clerk
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2020, Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 6/1/2009 – Jacki was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Looking for more adventure and opportunities, she officially began calling Austin home in 2004. Jacki now has 3 sons who keep her life very interesting and extremely busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! In their spare time, they like to hang out with their “giant” Chihuahua mix, Marley (another boy), going to the greenbelt, hitting up music festivals, farmers markets, and exploring all that Austin has to offer. One day Jacki hopes to travel the world.

  • Jennifer Bottoms

    Jennifer Bottoms

    Lead Office Manager

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    Jennifer Bottoms

    Jennifer Bottoms

    Lead Office Manager

    Hire Date 6/28/1993 – Jennifer was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, but it wasn’t long until she moved to the great state of Texas! She moved to the Austin area her freshman year of high school in her glory days where she was an undercover basketball star. She now resides in Pflugerville, Texas with her husband Keith, daughter Briana, son Keanu and her two interesting cats. In her spare time, she likes to cook and spend time with family. She also likes daydreaming about John Travolta, and one day meeting John Bon Jovi. She loves Italian food and hopes to one day travel to Italy. Her favorite aisle at the grocery store is the produce section and she has a love for chili peppers. Her favorite time of year is Autumn. Although Jennifer and her kids attended the same high school, they still think she’s the coolest mom ever. Aside from her curly red hair and an unmistakable laugh, she has other great assets that contribute to making CAG the company it is today.

  • Joseph Brandao

    Joseph Brandao

    Wellness Coach

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    Joseph Brandao

    Joseph Brandao

    Wellness Coach

    Hire Date 5/2/2022 – Before moving to Austin, Joseph spent his whole life living in Hawaii and California. While he is new to the area, he is very excited to be in Texas for this next chapter of his life! In his spare time, Joseph enjoys all outdoor activities, discovering and trying new restaurants, going to the movies, and traveling to new places with his longtime girlfriend and their two Pomeranians, Grizzly and Milo! One day, Joseph would love to visit Portugal because he is half Portuguese and is very interested in seeing where his grandparents immigrated from. FUN FACT – Joseph is a huge fan of the Las Vegas Raiders and Golden State Warriors!

  • Blake Brenneman

    Blake Brenneman

    Express Technician

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    Blake Brenneman

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 6/10/2019 – Blake was born and raised in Kansas City and moved to Austin in June 2019. If you couldn’t guess already, he’s a huge Royals and Chiefs fan! So far, Blake’s favorite parts of Austin are taking trips to the lake and being outdoors. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, listening to grunge rock and George Strait from the 90s, and checking out as many dive bars as he can find. One day, Blake would like to go skydiving.

  • Josh Bringold

    Josh Bringold

    Parts Specialist

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    Josh Bringold

    Parts Specialist

    Hire Date 8/25/2021 – Josh was born in Germany and raised in Michigan. After getting out of the military, Josh and his wife moved to Japan so she could pursue a teaching job and he could finish his music studies. He went to school for guitar and also knows how to play the trumpet. Josh even spends some of his free time teaching himself how to play piano. His biggest musical influences are blues, jazz, R’n’B, garage rock, folk, and neo soul. He also likes reading, basketball, and video games, like Skyrim and Fallout. Josh and his wife have two dogs – Bootsy, a Catahoula mix and Chloe, a Dachshund and terrier mix. FUN FACT: Josh used to work on movie sets and through the production of LOL he hung out and went to clubs with Miley Cyrus. He also worked on the sets of Scream 4 and Vanishing on 7th Street. For Vanishing on 7th Street, Josh even acted as the photo double for Hayden Christensen – yes, the actor who most notoriously played Anakin Skywalker.

  • Sherry Brock

    Sherry Brock

    Title Clerk

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    Sherry Brock

    Sherry Brock

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 7/8/2019 – Sherry was born in Houston and later spent 21 years out in Big Spring, the “Crossroads of West Texas”. For nearly 30 years she’s been doing title work and accounting. When she’s not working, Sherry likes to spend time with her family, which includes 3 kids, all married, and 7 grandkids. She also likes to play mind games, like puzzles and word puzzles, and watch sports–especially if it’s the Astros, Cowboys, or pro golfers, Tiger and Jason Day. Sherry is also a huge animal person. She currently has Ellie, a Cavachon (a mix of Cavalier King Charles spaniel and Bichon frise). Sherry suspects that Ellie may have more spaniel in her mix, as she’s an extremely playful and energetic little dog!

  • John Burke

    John Burke

    Parts Sales
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2019

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    John Burke

    John Burke

    Parts Sales
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date: 8/15/1989 – John started at First Texas Honda in 1989, right out of high school, as a delivery driver. After moving up to the warehouse he wanted to get into parts sales. At that time the best option to sell parts was to move to Mercedes-Benz of Austin known as Continental Cars back then. After a short time in the warehouse, he was able to move into parts sales on the back counter. Once we established a Wholesale Division he dove right into that and has enjoyed and loved it. Born in El Paso but has lived most of his life in Austin and small surrounding towns. He considers himself a “Country Boy” at heart. Away from work, he has a couple of small businesses. He is also an avid Speed Skater on In-lines and Quads. He races, referees, and most of all loves to coach. He helps all skaters of all ages better themselves in the sport, not just Speed Skating but Derby too.

  • Suzette Burrow

    Suzette Burrow

    Marketing Director

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    Suzette Burrow

    Marketing Director

    Hire Date 1/14/2003 – Suzette grew-up in a once little town near Austin, Texas called Dripping Springs. She started working for the Continental Automotive Group at the age of 17 as a receptionist at Mercedes-Benz of Austin. During her time at Mercedes-Benz, she met her husband, Andrew Burrow. From Mercedes-Benz, she bounced around CAG, and today she works as a Marketing Consultant for all of CAG! If you can’t get enough of her from the informative videos on the web, then you can often find her at Matt’s El Rancho, her favorite Mexican food restaurant in Austin.

  • Cory Busby

    Cory Busby

    Detailer
    Top Gun 2020

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    Cory Busby

    Detailer
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 3/5/2020 – Cory was born in Germany and continued to move around a lot while his dad was in the military. He’s lucky to have spent the majority of his time in Texas, though. At work or at home, Cory loves to detail cars with friends. He also likes to get out and travel, and recently was able to have a fun trip in Vegas. Cory rescued a great dog, Krissy Lynn, a few years ago and enjoys spending time with her. Cory is currently in college studying business and has plans to one day own his own detailing shop.

  • Lisa Bustos

    Lisa Bustos

    BDC Director

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    Lisa Bustos

    BDC Director

    Hire Date 7/24/2017 – Born and raised in San Antonio,  Lisa arrived in Austin in May 2017. She has a BA in Organizational Communication and Sociology, and when she’s not working, she enjoys being with her three dogs, attending film and music festivals, and spending time with family. Lisa is quite the adrenaline junkie, and someday she plans to run with the bulls in Spain! FUN FACT: Lisa was voted class clown in high school.

  • Emily Callahan

    Emily Callahan

    Social Media Content Creator

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    Emily Callahan

    Social Media Content Creator

    Hire Date 11/21/2020 – Emily is from Campbell, California. She loves taking photos, cooking, and could easily eat tacos every single day of the week! Emily’s mom is her hero and she’s thankful that she has shown her how to be strong in every way possible. As a sports fan, Emily cheers for the San Francisco Giants and the Portland Trailblazers. There are a lot of places she’d like to travel with her camera in hand, including Iceland, Thailand, and Greece. At home, Emily enjoys spending time with her two kittens, Willow and Marlon.

  • Ivan Camarillo

    Ivan Camarillo

    Technician

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    Ivan Camarillo

    Technician

    Hire Date 2/14/2017 – Ivan came to Austin in February 2017 after having been in the Marine Corps. for 4 years. With the Marines, they had a hobby shop available, and that is where Ivan learned that he wanted to work with cars. He then went to school at UTI in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Ivan is trying to, and looking forward to, finding a place that he can catch, cook, and eat some wild crawfish. Ivan’s favorite thing to do is to hang out with his kid doing anything from playing soccer, to riding bikes, and watching movies!

  • Jennifer Carrizales

    Jennifer Carrizales

    Inventory Clerk

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    Jennifer Carrizales

    Inventory Clerk

    Hire Date 6/14/2021 – Jennifer is an Army brat who originally comes from Fayetteville, North Carolina. She has been working with vehicle titles since 2013 and may have gotten into the field by luck, but she can say that she truly loves what she does! Jennifer loves watching movies, listening to 80s rock music while cooking, going out for a good Chinese food buffet, and planning a dream vacation to Hawaii – she can’t wait to work on a really good tan! Her favorite movie is The Labyrinth, favorite song is Still Loving You by Scorpions, and her top band picks are Scorpions, Journey, and Stevie Nicks. Jennifer’s hero is her grandmother. She is the one that everyone goes to for everything and she never judges, but will always tell you the truth. Jennifer loves the way she always finds a way to make those around her feel better, whether it’s emotionally or physically. FUN FACT: Jennifer can’t stand eating alone and prefers the company of others when it comes to delicious meals!

  • Pedro Casas

    Pedro Casas

    Parts

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    Pedro Casas

    Parts

    Hire Date: 4/9/2001 – Pedro Casas has lived in Austin since 1990 and loves this beautiful city. Originally from Juarez, Mexico, Pedro has been working for CAG since 2001. He and his wife are very proud to have a daughter who is very active in cheer. Pedro supports her efforts to become a professional cheerleader and she may have a good shot since her squad has made nationals twice.

  • Mario Chan De Castro

    Mario Chan De Castro

    Technician
    Top Gun 2021

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    Mario Chan De Castro

    Mario Chan De Castro

    Technician
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 10/30/2017 – Mario moved around a lot growing up, but considers Austin his home, as he’s been here the longest. When he’s not at work, he’s still out spending time working on and enjoying cars and street bike motorcycles, or playing basketball. Mario has traveled to China, Thailand, Taiwan, Portugal, and some states, but can’t wait to go explore all over Europe. FUN FACT: Mario can juggle!

  • Kamy Chana

    Kamy Chana

    Technician Team Lead
    Top Gun 2014

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    Kamy Chana

    Technician Team Lead
    Top Gun 2014

    Hire Date 9/17/2008 – Kamy is quite talented. He holds the current record for the fastest C-Class engine rebuild using nothing but a five pound hammer and a Philips head screwdriver. He is Indian, born in Kenya, raised in London, and matured in Los Angeles. He followed Jim McGuane from Mercedes-Benz of Beverly Hills to Mercedes-Benz of Austin. Golf is his handicap. He recently sold his S-Class to finance medical school for the youngest of his three children. Of course, he also financed medical school for the other two kids. At least he’s got his health…

  • Ana Chavez

    Ana Chavez

    Accounts Payable/Receivable
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2020

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    Ana Chavez

    Ana Chavez

    Accounts Payable/Receivable
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 6/1/2009 – Ana is originally from California but has been living in Austin since 2007. She has a young daughter who is the light of her life. When she’s off, her and her daughter spend quality time together and enjoy walking along the greenbelt and hiking. Ana loves chocolate and would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if she could!

  • Gabriel Cienfuegos

    Gabriel Cienfuegos

    Brother - Detail Specialist
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2019

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    Gabriel Cienfuegos

    Gabriel Cienfuegos

    Brother - Detail Specialist
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 1/15/1999 – Gabriel has lived in Austin for 14 plus years and has been working with Mercedes-Benz of Austin for the majority of that time. Gabriel and Ebelia, his wife of more than 13 years, have one son and one daughter, so Gabriel spends most of his time working or hanging out with his family. Gabriel likes to go to the park, play volleyball, ride bikes with his kids, and watch Toluca, his favorite soccer team. Gabriel also enjoys cooking, so on the weekends you can often find him drinking Bud Light and grilling fajitas.

  • Jose Cienfuegos

    Jose Cienfuegos

    Brother - Groundskeeper
    Top Gun 2012

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    Jose Cienfuegos

    Brother - Groundskeeper
    Top Gun 2012

    Hire Date 9/2/1997 – Jose is a veteran of Mercedes-Benz of Austin. He grew up in a small town in Guerrero, Mexico, and has lived in Austin for more than 20 years with his wife and three children. Jose’s favorite vacation was when he and his family went to Disney World. Jose enjoys going to church on Sunday, playing volleyball and soccer, and watching the Mexican national team games.

  • James Clark

    James Clark

    Parts Specialist

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    James Clark

    Parts Specialist

    Hire Date 9/30/2021 – James was previously an English teacher in Nacogdoches, out in East Texas. He and his wife have four children and have discovered that empty nest syndrome actually means that you can hear the tv now. In lieu of kids, they have two rescue cats! These days, James spends his free time drawing cartoonish characters, sketching all kinds of things for inktober, painting animals and landscapes with acrylics, and writing poetry and fiction. Stephen King is likely the main reason James is a writer at all, and one of his biggest inspirations overall. One of his goals is to complete writing a novel or two, and someday, he’d like to see Europe’s World War II battleground locations. You’re in for a laugh around this fella, as he is a pun fanatic – an equal opportunity punner, if you will! FUN FACT: James’ favorite movie is True Romance.

  • Nio Clark

    Nio Clark

    Sales Coordinator

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    Nio Clark

    Nio Clark

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 4/12/2021 – Nio is from Houston, and he is a big fan of the energy and the weather in Austin. He’s looking forward to doing whatever he can to help clients make their dreams a reality. Anytime he’s not working, Nio is likely writing and creating music for his artist persona, Nio Sevens. He’s conquered a lot internally over the span of 2020 and is thankful to be able to see himself as his own hero these days. Nio never tires of eating meals like mac & cheese and salmon, listening to Kendrick Lamar, and playing Apex Legends on PS4. He wants to travel to Seattle one day, and believes that the ’08 Phoenix Suns were the best of the best when it comes down to sports teams. Overall, energy is everything to Nio, and he always wants to give out energy at the same level of what he expects in return–reciprocity is mandatory in life.

  • Wylane Clark

    Wylane Clark

    Accounts Payable
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2019

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    Wylane Clark

    Wylane Clark

    Accounts Payable
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 11/27/1996 – Wylane was born in Casa Grande, Arizona. She grew up with a loving family, which is one reason she is such a loving and wonderful person; she misses her family tremendously. She has been married for 44 years to the same delightful man, Ricky. Together they produced two fine daughters who have grown into beautiful loving mothers. Her whole family has a “God and faith-based life.”Wylane’s perfect weekend would be to be a “Biker Babe” and ride to the Grand Canyon. She is in awe of the views and feels totally humbled by the grandness of the canyon. Wylane moved to Austin in 1997, applied to the Continental Automotive Group, and was immediately hired. It has been a perfect fit; she loves life here, and we are very lucky to have her as a part of our family. When she retires, she wants a Welsh Corgi and wants to do nothing but needlework and cook for her family.

  • Nick Cleary

    Nick Cleary

    Technician

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    Nick Cleary

    Nick Cleary

    Technician

    Hire Date 4/8/2022 – Nick is from Hanover, Massachusetts, and has been working in the automotive industry for the past 20 years! His family played a huge role in his decision to start working in the automotive world, as he has many family members that work in this field and share the same passion for cars as he does. When he’s not working, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife named Erin, and his son named Elliot. He also enjoys spending time with friends, camping, fishing, kayaking, playing guitar, and watching movies from the 80’s/90’s. Nick loves everything about Austin, Texas, from the people, climate, the Hill Country, lakes, rivers, food, and music! Nick’s grandfather taught him to be the best version of himself and do the right thing, even if it’s hard. He also shared his passion for cars with Nick when he was very young. For these two reasons, Nick considers his grandfather to be his hero! FUN FACT: Nick has a cat named Nathan.

  • Stephanie Clegg

    Stephanie Clegg

    Level 1 Tech Support

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    Stephanie Clegg

    Stephanie Clegg

    Level 1 Tech Support

    Hire Date 2/15/2022 – Stephanie is from Miami, Florida, and her favorite thing about the Dallas area would have to be how diverse it is! She loves food, so it’s nice to see such a wide variety of cuisines from so many different cultures. In her free time, she loves all things crafting and DIY like making custom tumblers! The best vacation Stephanie has been on thus far was when she and her husband went to Cancun last year to celebrate both of their birthdays (they are only 10 days apart!). She says it was nice to relax on the beautiful beach and meet so many wonderful people after being locked down for so long due to Covid. Cancun was amazing, but Stephanie would definitely love to visit Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain one day! When it comes to sports, Stephanie will always root for her home town’s beloved team, Miami Heat! At home, she has an adorable brindle pit bull mix named Magnus, the biggest, sweetest, 80 pound wannabe lap dog you’ll ever meet! FUN FACT: Stephanie spent her entire childhood living overseas in La Ceiba, Honduras before permanently moving back to the United States for college. Although she wasn’t born there, Honduras watched her grow and will forever be in her heart as her first home.

  • Debbie Clifton

    Debbie Clifton

    Payroll Specialist

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    Debbie Clifton

    Debbie Clifton

    Payroll Specialist

    Hire Date 6/29/1992 – Debbie was born and raised in Texas, and came to Austin in 1984. Debbie has been in the car business since 85′ and is greatful to have been with CAG since 92′. She loves getting to travel around and visit her son, who is a Master Sergeant in the US Airforce. He has been stationed in Germany, Italy, Hawaii, Guam, and Korea, so she has had some great trips while visiting him! Debbie enjoys all of the time she gets to spend with her 5 grandkids, and has very happy memories of getting to watch her oldest grandson play baseball and watch him and his teammates grow up together. The one thing she is looking forward to more than anything, even more than her own retirement, is the retirement of her son from the Airforce, so that he can move back home.

  • Mark Cobern

    Mark Cobern

    Maintenance Director

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    Mark Cobern

    Mark Cobern

    Maintenance Director

    Hire Date 11/27/2006 – Mark owned his own general contracting business and worked for Mr. Hardeman and the Continental Automotive Group for many years before becoming a full time employee in November 2006. Mark says that during his time as a contractor he noticed what a wonderful company this was, and he wanted to become a part of the team. Mark has been the Maintenance Director for many years now. Mark plays the keyboard and organ for a Christian rock band at his church, The Journey. Mark has been into music since he was a teenager and also plays the bass guitar, guitar, and drums. Mark’s musical talents have led him play in several bands throughout the years: from rock and roll to country and now Christian rock! Besides his music, Mark enjoys riding motorcycles, watching movies, and spending time with his family.

  • Kristina Colon

    Kristina Colon

    Service Coordinator

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    Kristina Colon

    Kristina Colon

    Service Coordinator

    Hire Date 5/8/2017 – Kristina was born in New York, then lived in South Florida, and then made it to Austin in early summer of 2017! She had always wanted to move around, and this time, ventured out all on her own. Kristina loves thrifting, and especially thrifting for great movies! She enjoys hiking and is working on getting out around town to discover it for herself. Someday, Kristina would like to go back to school to learn some kind of trade skill!

  • Cesar Cordova

    Cesar Cordova

    Express Technician

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    Cesar Cordova

    Cesar Cordova

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 2/21/2018 – Cesar was raised here in Austin. He had family who worked on cars, so he too got into the automotive industry. Cesar’s only hobby is working!

  • Yvonne Cortinas

    Yvonne Cortinas

    Accounts Payable
    Top Gun 2021

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    Yvonne Cortinas

    Yvonne Cortinas

    Accounts Payable
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 11/16/2020 – Yvonne is a born and raised Austinite. She loves traveling and has been to nearly half of the US for comic cons and plain fun! She visits NYC every year to visit friends and check out more areas around the city that she didn’t see the time before. Apart from getting to see the rest of the United States, Yvonne would also like to visit Japan and experience the culture there. Yvonne is a big fan of the original Pink Power Ranger and Wonder Woman for how they express girl power and positivity – true heroes. She spends her free time watching WWE, comedy and horror films, enjoying a bowl of fresh fruit with lemon lime salt or a great meal at Red Lobster, and hanging out with her two chihuahuas – Rudy and Bronx. FUN FACT: Yvonne is a true comic con aficionado. She has worked alongside talent agents and celebrities at these events including various members from Power Rangers, Wrestlers, Star Trek, Star Wars, voice actors, and many more!

  • Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Inventory Cleark

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    Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Inventory Cleark

    Hire Date 6/10/2021 – Jonathan is an Austinite who enjoys kicking it with Simba, his Shar Pei/lab mix. His favorite place to get a meal in Austin is hands-down, Sway, a Thai restaurant that should definitely be on your list to check out if you haven’t tried it yet. Most of the traveling that Jonathan’s done has been to see family, however he really enjoyed a trip to Colorado Springs where he vacationed for the sake of taking a vacation. One day, he hopes to add Los Angeles and New York to the list, with the main motivation being art – per movies and museums! In his free time, Jonathan likes to play video games on his PC and Xbox, and his favorite movie is Mad Max Fury Road.

  • Kelvin Cruz

    Kelvin Cruz

    Technician

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    Kelvin Cruz

    Kelvin Cruz

    Technician

    Hire Date 1/3/2014 – Kelvin was born and raised in uptown Manhattan, New York. He cheers for the Yankees, and he loves all different types of music–he would be torn to have to choose only one genre! Kelvin has been working with the Mercedes brand for over 10 years!

  • Maria Cruz De Torres

    Maria Cruz De Torres

    Porter

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    Maria Cruz De Torres

    Maria Cruz De Torres

    Porter

    Hire Date 4/24/2015 – Maria is a sassy lady who loves dancing. She loves her family and often asks her kids to dance with her. She is into horror movies but you’ll never catch her watching a telenovella. She is very excited to be a part of the Mercedes-Benz team because she loves working and keeping busy.

  • Dustin Currywood

    Dustin Currywood

    Technician

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    Dustin Currywood

    Dustin Currywood

    Technician

    Hire Date 8/10/2021 – Dustin is from Inland Empire in Southern California and moved to Austin 2021. Dustin, his wife –a pre-school teacher, and their four boys are excited to explore the Central Texas area. They are enjoying looking around to find a home where they can have some land, horses, free range chickens, and maybe even a pig! Dustin could listen to ’90s alternative all day long, and he never tires of movies like Fight Club and Legend of the Fall. While Dustin doesn’t really have time to golf these days, he used to love it and would dream of playing the courses at either Pebble Beach or Torrey Pines. One day, Dustin plans to get back into sailing lessons and then go sail the Bahamas.

  • Josh De Ford

    Josh De Ford

    Graphic Designer
    Top Gun 2021

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    Josh De Ford

    Josh De Ford

    Graphic Designer
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 6/1/2021 – Josh is from Kingman, Arizona, and proudly roots for the Arizona Coyotes. If Josh’s not doing graphic design projects on the side for fun, you can likely spot him at a hockey game, hiking, listening to podcasts, or testing out a new camera lens. While he doesn’t play any video games, he’ll admit that Flappy Bird was boss. Josh enjoys long walks to the kitchen to happily devour pasta dinners, seafood, and sushi. His favorite song is anything and everything that’s sung by Niall Horan. FUN FACT: Josh grew up in Calgary, Canada. Don’t be alarmed if you happen to hear him drop an “eh” every once in a while!

  • Alison Dollar

    Alison Dollar

    Title Clerk

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    Alison Dollar

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 2/24/2020 – Alison is from Lockhart, Texas and has been in the automotive world since 1977. She originally got into the business because she thought it would be interesting–here we are now, still interested in the automotive world! When she’s not working, Alison enjoys hanging out with her kids and grandkids, cooking, gardening, working out, walking the neighborhood, and playing with her miniature dachshund, Zoe. In Austin, Alison loves that everybody is friendly and that the city is beautiful with plenty to do. Her hero is her Pastor: Pastor Randy Phillips, because he is simply “a good man and an awesome Pastor.” Alison roots for the Texas Aggies and someday she’d like to soak up the beauty of Costa Rica.

  • Samantha Enriquez

    Samantha Enriquez

    Accounting Clerk

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    Samantha Enriquez

    Samantha Enriquez

    Accounting Clerk

    Hire Date 1/7/2021 – Samantha is from McAllen, Texas. She enjoys spending her free time shopping, working out, going on adventures, booking plane tickets, grabbing a bite to eat from Whataburger, playing volleyball, and watching new shows & movies. Samantha also enjoys a broad range of music from artists like country singers George Strait and Brad Paisley, to American rap from Drake, Lil Wayne, and 6lack, to Puerto Rican artists Anuel AA and Bad Bunny. Samantha really loves to travel and in 2019 she almost didn’t come back to the states after visiting Italy! She studied abroad for a summer there and was able to visit Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and The Vatican–she was even blessed by the Pope while riding in a Mercedes-Benz. One day, she wants to experience more cultures and places around the globe, like Spain, Japan, Brazil, and Germany. At home, Samantha has a fanatically ridiculous American bully named Benny. She claims that he’s the most handsome dog who loves cuddles and kisses, and gets mad at her anytime she gets mad at him! FUN FACT: Samantha once climbed a volcano in a dress and sandals – she can do anything!

  • Joseph Espinoza

    Joseph Espinoza

    Level 1 Tech Support

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    Joseph Espinoza

    Level 1 Tech Support

    Hire Date 10/1/2019 – Joseph was born and raised here in Austin. He loves that there is a variety of things to do and that there’s something here for everyone. In his free time, Joseph likes to go trail running through the greenbelts like Barton Creek and play drums per metal and math rock genres. One day, Joseph would like to travel the world starting with the Swiss Alps! Joseph has big dreams and he has a plan to achieve them. He would like to become a successful investor–successful enough to become a philanthropist, to be exact.

  • Aline Ferreira

    Aline Ferreira

    Production Assistant

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    Aline Ferreira

    Aline Ferreira

    Production Assistant

    Hire Date 12/7/2020 – Aline (ah-leen-E) was born in Boston and raised in Austin. This is her first time in the automotive industry and she’s happy to be learning and getting to have a first hand experience with automotive filmmaking. Outside of work, Aline enjoys hanging out with family and friends, singing at karaoke nights, being outdoors, traveling, and playing with dogs & Loki, her African pygmy hedgehog. Aline’s favorite meal is the chicken pesto from The North Italia, and speaking of food – Italy is one place at the top of her travel list thanks to the divine dishes available there. Second on her travel list is Greece, to live out her Mamma Mia fantasies! Around Austin, Aline’s favorite thing is the people. She loves that everyone here has a true love for Austin and keeping it weird. Her greatest inspiration is her brother, Lucas! Lucas stepped up when he was 18 years old and Aline was just 7. Lucas did all he could to take care of her and she is thankful for the great strength and selflessness shown as he put his life aside to help her.

  • Ricke Fletcher Jr.

    Ricke Fletcher Jr.

    Parts Specialist

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    Ricke Fletcher Jr.

    Ricke Fletcher Jr.

    Parts Specialist

    Hire Date 12/29/2020 – Ricke is from Houston, Texas. Ricke and his family moved to Austin in 2010 and have been enjoying the decreased humidity ever since. He’s no stranger to the automotive parts world: Ricke’s been in the business for over 30 years! He literally started working in the automotive world before he was old enough to truly get paid for his efforts while working alongside his family members in the field. We’re glad to have Ricke on our team, and he’s happy to be dishing out all the best Mercedes-Benz parts that Mercedes-Benz of Austin has to offer.

  • Luisa Flores

    Luisa Flores

    Barista
    Top Gun 2018

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    Luisa Flores

    Luisa Flores

    Barista
    Top Gun 2018

    Hire Date 9/21/2006 – Luisa and her husband Jesse have one son and one daughter. Originally from Mexico City, Luisa says that, although she enjoys living in Austin, she loves her country and frequently goes back to Mexico to visit. Luisa also loves cooking and home decorating, so if she’s watching television it’s usually the Food Network or HGTV. Luisa loves learning new things-right now she’s taking classes at ACC to perfect her English. Pretty Woman is her favorite movie, but Luisa also really likes watching scary movies. Even though she has seen all the Halloween movies, that music still gives her goosebumps every time.

  • Ulises Flores

    Ulises Flores

    Groundskeeper
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2016

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    Ulises Flores

    Ulises Flores

    Groundskeeper
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2016

    Hire Date 2/19/2007 – Ulises nacio en Mexico, Mexico. He has been in the Austin area for over twenty years and has three kids. His interests include volleyball, futbol, and time outside. For vacation, he almost always goes to the beach, and Cancun is one of his favorite destinations.

  • Christopher Flynn

    Christopher Flynn

    Technician
    Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2020

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    Christopher Flynn

    Christopher Flynn

    Technician
    Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 11/11/2013 – Chris comes to us from New York City, and he’ll tell you that he loves everything about Austin! While he isn’t into sports, he loves metal music and one of his top venues for it is The Mohawk in downtown. His idol is Sid Vicious, who was a bass guitarist and vocalist (most famous as a member of the Sex Pistols), plainly because he is so awesome. Chris is a Mercedes-Benz veteran of over 20 years. He is also a part time ninja, with a secret life as Spider Man.

  • Stephen Franklin

    Stephen Franklin

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2015

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    Stephen Franklin

    Stephen Franklin

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2015

    Hire Date: 1/21/2010 – Born in the state for lovers, Virginia, Stephen moved to Austin in 1992 and admires the laid back city. A friend of his got him into the car business and he is pretty glad that they did. In Stephen’s down time, he plays the drums and hangs out to no particular kind of music. Stephen comes home to his cute Border Collie mix named Mia.

  • Cassandra Freitag

    Cassandra Freitag

    Lead Graphic Designer
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2019

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    Cassandra Freitag

    Cassandra Freitag

    Lead Graphic Designer
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 5/26/2016 – Cassandra started out as a receptionist for the company but always had one eye on the Marketing department. She has always loved to be creative and enjoyed showcasing her talents in drawing, sketching, and designing.  When given the opportunity, she would volunteer for anything involving Macho Marketing to get her name out there. After two years of working for CAG, a position in the Marketing department opened up. They hired her on as a graphic designer and she has been living the dream ever since!

  • Arriana Gamez

    Arriana Gamez

    Receptionist

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    Arriana Gamez

    Arriana Gamez

    Receptionist

    Hire Date 12/27/2021 – Arriana is from Rotan, Texas, a small dust town in west Texas that you could pass in the blink of an eye! After working in childcare for some time, Arriana recently decided to join the automotive world because she wants to be part of a growing sales business! She has plans to earn her degree in business, as well as a real estate license. When she isn’t at work, Arriana loves rock climbing and hiking around various Austin trails with her pug, Gigi! When asked who her favorite band is, Arriana said, without a doubt, Trans Siberian Orchestra. Food is the way to Arriana’s heart, and her two favorite types would have to be Chinese and Thai. Arriana loves her parents and considers them to be her heroes because of how much they sacrificed to give her the life they wanted her to have. She looks up to her parents and wakes up every morning with a goal to make them both proud. If Arriana could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, she would invite her great grandmother who passed away when she was younger. Arriana says she does not remember much about her, but she knows she had a great relationship with her and would love to be reminded of the memories. FUN FACT: In addition to her pug named Gigi, Arriana has a Black Lab named Tennyson!

  • Martin Garcia

    Martin Garcia

    Express Technician

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    Martin Garcia

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 6/10/2020 – Martin was born and raised in North Houston and was excited to be not only someplace different but to also be close to friends and his cousin, here in Austin. He attended school at UTI and then started his automotive career in late 2017. When he’s not working, Martin likes to go to the gun range, attend car shows, and play racing and shooting games on his PC. (He would recommend Escape from Tarkov for anyone interested in FPS games!) On Martin’s bucket list, you’ll find that he wants to travel to Germany to see the museum and check out the Nurburging track, try hunting from a helicopter, and go skydiving. Martin’s dream Mercedes-Benz has to be either the 2020 model, E 63 S, or the C 63 S… it’s a hard choice!

  • Clyde Garner

    Clyde Garner

    Parts Sales
    Top Gun 2017

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    Clyde Garner

    Clyde Garner

    Parts Sales
    Top Gun 2017

    Hire Date: 6/1/2010 – Clyde has lived in Austin for almost 40 years. All that time working in auto parts stores, machine shops, and garages. He says he is “excited to be part of our ever-evolving industry” that’s….” born from the darkness of the old and the madness of the new.” He used the word evolved, yet was educated in Texas? His hobby for decades has been combining martial arts with weight lifting which has helped him achieve a zen state of “My back hurts!” He also enjoys writing in third-person.

  • Marco Garza

    Marco Garza

    Stocker
    Top Gun 2011

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    Marco Garza

    Marco Garza

    Stocker
    Top Gun 2011

    Hire Date 2/1/1999 – Marco started at Mercedes-Benz of Austin in 1999. He is a very serious person who likes to keep to himself which has made him very good at his job. Once you get to know him though, he will reveal his humorous side and is constantly keeping the attitude upbeat. Marco was born in northern Mexico and still makes it back home when he can. He loves reading, watching futbol (soccer), and can often be heard saying his favorite catch-phrase, “Hecho en Mexico.”

  • Myra Garza

    Myra Garza

    Title Clerk

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    Myra Garza

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 8/17/2020 – Myra is from McAllen, Texas. She has been in the automotive world for nearly ten years and started off working at the DMV and Myra’s dream Mercedes-Benz is surely the G Wagon! Anytime she’s not working, you can find Myra painting, listening to music, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, spending time outdoors, planning her dream vacation to Hawaii/or any island, and hanging out with her fiancé and their dogs–3 chihuahuas and 1 pitbull. (Myra also became the grandma to three chihuahua puppies in 2021!) Myra’s grandmother is her hero and she is thankful to have a very close relationship wit her. As of 2021, Myra is excited to welcome her first child soon and is looking forward to motherhood.

  • Andrew Gibson

    Andrew Gibson

    Alignment Technician

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    Andrew Gibson

    Alignment Technician

    Hire Date 4/24/2015 – Andrew is originally from Savannah, Georgia but was raised in Atlanta. He has three older siblings, two brothers and 1 sister. He lost his hearing when he was six months old due to meningitis, but being deaf has not stopped him from pursuing the things he loves: fixing cars and working out. His first language is American Sign Language, and his second is English. Andrew used to sit behind a computer all day, but found out pretty quickly sitting in a chair for long hours, wasn’t exactly for him. “It drove me crazy!” He found out working on cars was the best choice for him since he likes to be up and about. He has been working on cars for over 10 years and attended the Universal Technical Institute in Exton, Pennsylvania.

  • Dustin "MVP" Giusti

    Dustin "MVP" Giusti

    Level 2 - Senior Tech Support
    Top Gun 2017

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    Dustin

    Dustin "MVP" Giusti

    Level 2 - Senior Tech Support
    Top Gun 2017

    Hire Date 8/29/2016 – Dustin was born in San Antonio and lived in Pflugerville and Boerne growing up. He moved to Austin in 2016. In his spare time, he likes playing challenging or competitive video games and puzzles, and watching TV series online with his friends. He likes to tell people that his favorite movie is Spiderman 3, mainly because of the reaction it gets from his friend and fellow IT person, Walker. His favorite grocery aisle is… not. It’s Amazon Prime. One day, he would like to visit Germany and the Netherlands to enjoy the scenery.

  • Chelsea Gonzales

    Chelsea Gonzales

    Office Manager
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2019

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    Chelsea Gonzales

    Chelsea Gonzales

    Office Manager
    Top Gun 2016, Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 7/6/2015 – Chelsea is a breakfast loving lady from Childress, Texas. Seriously, anything breakfast related, and you’re good in her book! Chelsea has been in the automotive industry since 2015 and got her footings right here with CAG. Having previously worked in retail, she knew she wanted something fast paced and she’s continually grateful that she found and fell in love with CAG. When she’s not working, Chelsea loves to take her two rescue pups (Bandit a long haired Dachshund and Bear the Yorkie) out hiking, enjoying a good cup of tea while soaking up the sun, getting crafty, going fishing, and watching fishing shows like River Monsters and Deadliest Catch. If she could travel anywhere, she would like to visit the Cape Town area of South Africa. A sucker for great scenery, Chelsea’d love to explore all over from safaris to wine country to beautiful beaches. In Austin, Chelsea could rave about so many things, but her favorite has to be that even while the city is forever expanding, it still has an easy-going, small town vibe–plus, great coffee and food! Inspired most by her Marine-Medal-of-Honor grandpa–lovingly dubbed, Papaw Thomas–she’s taken one of his sayings to heart: “Don’t be anyone’s dancin’ chicken,” meaning to only make decisions that feel right and true to you. If she could have dinner with anyone, Chelsea would choose Nicole Lapin, her favorite author. All of Lapin’s books are about empowering women to take control of their life, wealth, and career. Chelsea also makes sure to catch her podcasts and will tell you that her energy and confidence is totally infectious! Chelsea is the embodiment of her favorite song: Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles. FUN FACT: Chelsea loves to stop and read all of the historical makers that she finds!

  • Emilio Gonzales

    Emilio Gonzales

    Express Technician

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    Emilio Gonzales

    Emilio Gonzales

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 6/7/2018 – Emilio was born and raised in Lubbock and relocated to work here at Mercedes-Benz of Austin in early June 2018. He first got interested in performance vehicles in his sophomore year at high school where UTI would make visits. Emilio has been all around Texas and now he’s excited to explore Austin! He likes to be outdoors and play basketball, go fishing, float on the rivers, and explore!

  • Lizet Gonzales

    Lizet Gonzales

    Accounts Payable

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    Lizet Gonzales

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 4/18/2022 – Lizet comes to us from Reno, Nevada, and she has been working in the automotive industry for the past 11 years! Her favorite thing about  Austin, Texas would have to be the selection of good restaurants and live music scene. She loves doing anything outdoors, especially if a beautiful view is included, and her favorite style of cuisine would have to be Thai. When it comes to good music, Lizet’s favorite artists are undoubtedly Pink Floyd, The Doors, and Luke Combs. Lizet’s favorite vacation thus far was when she stayed in a treehouse in Tulum, Mexico, but she would one day love to visit Greece and Italy to experience the history and archaeology. When asked who her hero is, Lizet said her parents because of how hard-working, kind, and inspiring they are.

  • Tiffani Gonzales

    Tiffani Gonzales

    Cash Management

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    Tiffani Gonzales

    Tiffani Gonzales

    Cash Management

    Hire Date 10/3/2019 – Tiffani is from Bristol, Texas of the Dallas area. When she’s not working, she loves to read, do makeup, listen to horror podcasts while playing the Sims 4, and play video games like Zelda, Splatoon 2, and Pokémon. In Austin, she would recommend Kerbey Lane to anyone in the area and enjoys the paddleboarding and kayaking available near Zilker. Tiffani is always down to catch an alternative or hardcore rock music concert at Come and Take It Live. She’s also been out to Pennsylvania to visit family and ending up loving it there. Plus, she got to go hiking in part of the Appalachians! One day, Tiffani plans to go to Japan for the culture she loves that she’s seen through watching Japanese dramas and anime. Tiffani has five pets! Two dogs; Koda and Riley, and 3 cats; Sheba, Cinder, and Dexter.

  • Cody Gonzalez

    Cody Gonzalez

    Level 2 Tech Support

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    Cody Gonzalez

    Cody Gonzalez

    Level 2 Tech Support

    Hire Date 6/4/2018 – Cody is originally from Alice, TX, and moved to Austin in 2009. He has 2 cats, Dexter and Swirl. He enjoys playing racing simulator games, and he plays the synthesizer. Before working at Continental Automotive Group, he was a driving instructor for N.A.S.A. Racing.

  • Jason Jimenez Gonzalez

    Jason Jimenez Gonzalez

    Detailer

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    Jason Jimenez Gonzalez

    Detailer

    Hire Date 4/2/2021 – Jason is from Maryland. In 2016, his family bought land in Elgin and he’s never been happier! In his free time, Jason enjoys playing basketball, detailing his car, spending time with his family, and getting outdoors for hiking and biking. On his bucket list you’ll see that Jason would like to skydive, have a project car, and travel to all 50 states. Jason also has a fun husky named Luna who LOVES the water!

  • Jonathan Gonzalez

    Jonathan Gonzalez

    Tire Technician

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    Jonathan Gonzalez

    Jonathan Gonzalez

    Tire Technician

    Hire Date 5/26/2021 – Jonathan was born and raised here in Austin. He’s a goalkeeper in his Sunday soccer league, and can’t wait for the day he can take a soccer-related trip over to Europe. Jonathan plans to visit Madrid, Spain to see a match at the stadium there, and then hopefully head over to England as well. When he’s not working, he enjoys going for drives throughout the Bee Caves area and anywhere he can find mountains. Jonathan is excited at his potential to move up here with the company. He plans to go to school to become a Master Technician! For the record, Jonathan thinks the Mercedes-Benz GTs are pretty cool.

  • Ken Goodrich

    Ken Goodrich

    Service Department

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    Ken Goodrich

    Service Department

    Hire Date – Ken was born and raised in California, but loves his new home here in Austin. He also loves the San Antonio Spurs! Ken previously work for MB of Beverly Hills, and was happy to explain why he chose to leave California to relocate and work here in Austin: “I admire everything Jim McGuane has achieved with Mercedes Benz, and it’s an honor to work with him again.”

  • Evan Gool

    Evan Gool

    Level 1 Tech Support

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    Evan Gool

    Level 1 Tech Support

    Hire Date 3/21/2022 – Evan was born and raised right here in Austin, Texas, and is very excited to be joining the CAG family! The best thing about Austin, in Evan’s opinion, would have to be how busy the city is and that there is always something exciting happening. In his free time, he enjoys reading sci-fi/fantasy novels and comics, traveling, and playing video games. He plays on both the PS5 and the PC, and his all-time favorite game series would have to be the Dark Souls series. Evan once went on a cruise to St. Thomas in the Caribbean with his family, which he says was amazing, but he would one day love to travel to New Zealand because of its beautiful scenery and interesting culture.

  • Sheri Gordon

    Sheri Gordon

    Infrastructure & Risk Manager

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    Sheri Gordon

    Infrastructure & Risk Manager

    Hire Date 2/14/1989 – Our one-of-a-kind HR gal was born in Arkansas but got to Texas as quick as she could! Sheri has two wonderful daughters, four adorable granddaughters, 2 grand-dogs, and 1 crazy cat, Fred. If she could live anywhere, it would be along a coastline so that she could relax on the beach with her feet in the sand. Sheri offices out of our flagship store and says her dream car is a Mercedes-Benz convertible. With over 700 employees group-wide now, Sheri’s a busy girl but never too busy to keep our CAG crew cared for; it’s what she does best!

  • Laura Granger

    Laura Granger

    Title Clerk

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    Laura Granger

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 6/30/2021 – Laura is from California. She has three senior Chihuahuas: Lolly, Brigid, and Tuna (pictured). Laura moved to Austin on a whim in 2020 with her Chihuahuas and is ever grateful for that decision.

  • Ravon Grant

    Ravon Grant

    HR Specialist

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    Ravon Grant

    HR Specialist

    Hire Date 5/16/2022 – Ravon comes to us from Hardeeville, South Carolina, and she is new to the automotive world. She decided to join this industry because it seemed like a great way to transition out of the military into a civilian career! In her spare time, Ravon enjoys singing, traveling, and visiting her family back home. She loves anything and everything to do with Beyonce, so it’s safe to say Ravon is part of the “Bey-Hive”! Ravon’s all-time favorite song is I Was Here by none other than Queen B herself. Ravon’s favorite restaurant is Mo Mo Sushi, and her favorite thing about Austin would have to be the views of Lake Travis when hiking in the hills. One time, Ravon traveled to Jamaica with her twin sister and cousins, and it is the best vacation she has been on thus far. One day, however, Ravon would love to visit Africa. Ravon’s favorite movie is Love & Basketball, and her favorite sports team is the Seattle Seahawks. FUN FACT – Ravon has a fraternal twin sister named Raven!

  • Scott Grobe

    Scott Grobe

    Technician

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    Scott Grobe

    Scott Grobe

    Technician

    Hire Date 8/4/2021 – Scott is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a place that is nicknamed “The Christmas City”, and relocated to Austin in 2021. He enjoys working on cars in his profession and his free time! He’s been a technician in the Mercedes-Benz world since 2003 and his favorite Mercedes-Benz ever is definitely the classic 300 SL Gullwing.

  • Armando Guerra

    Armando Guerra

    Technician
    Top Gun 2015

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    Armando Guerra

    Armando Guerra

    Technician
    Top Gun 2015

    Hire Date 10/17/2007 – Armando is a native Texan, and he grew up in Goliad. He enlisted in the Marine Corps straight after graduating high school, and partook with the USMC for 4 years. Armando spends most of his time away from work with his beautiful daughter and wife, Amy (who was also his high school sweetheart). Armando also enjoys working out in his free time

  • Hunter Guinn

    Hunter Guinn

    Level 1 Tech Support

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    Hunter Guinn

    Hunter Guinn

    Level 1 Tech Support

    Hire Date 5/18/2020 – Hunter is an Austinite whose favorite thing about the city is the nature. He loves that he can be around the business of the city while still being very close to nature and that he literally gets to see it every day. Hunter’s dad’s side of the family is and has been very involved in the automotive industry, dating back to his great grandfather, and now, Hunter’s getting in on the industry himself. When he’s not working, Hunter likes self-proclaimed “nerd stuff” like playing video games, tabletop games, and fantasy and sci-fi genres. He also likes to spend time with his dog, Jack and going swimming in the summertime. Dick Grayson (aka Nightwing and the Original Robin of the Batman series) is his hero equipped with some qualities that Hunter really admires, especially the way he continually managed to stay optimistic and happy about life despite all the bad things that have happened to him along the way. Lupe Fiasco is Hunter’s favorite artist to listen to, with “Mural” being his favorite song. Hunter also roots for the Houston Rockets. FUN FACT: Hunter grew up swimming competitively and also coached from 16 to 22 years old.

  • Phillip Guzman

    Phillip Guzman

    Senior Content Producer
    Top Gun 2020

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    Phillip Guzman

    Senior Content Producer
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 12/5/2019 – Phillip is from San Antonio, though he grew up in southern Bavaria, Germany. He has a strong passion for creating great videos and photos. In his free time, Phillip likes to write, enjoy good food and music, and spend time with his wife and both of their families. Phillip is always down for a meal with flavor, especially of Italian, Greek, and Mexican dishes. A few top picks for Phillip? His favorite song is Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys, he roots for the San Antonio Spurs, and he’s a big fan of the movie Miller’s Crossing by the Coen Brothers. In fact, if Phillip could invite anyone to dinner, he’d choose the Coen Brothers! In the film world, Phillip is also an admirer of John Cassavetes for the way he chose to invest his own money–made from acting–to create his own really unique independent films. FUN FACT: Phillip and his wife also have three wonderful dogs, Oliver, Arlo, and Hamilton!

  • Mark Haddad

    Mark Haddad

    Loaner Department

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    Mark Haddad

    Mark Haddad

    Loaner Department

    Hire Date 7/1/2020 – Mark is an Austinite who’s been in the automotive field since 2017. He loves the connection that anyone can have to have a car and what they represent to people who own them/see them. Mark is also a supercar reviewer with his own website and following, as well! When he’s not working, Mark is quite the video game enthusiast, as well as a computer and car builder. Around Austin, he loves the rising culture or trendsetters that are continually creating the city’s image for the future. As an automotive guy, one of Mark’s most fond vacations was to the Laguna Cliffs Resort in Laguna Hills, CA. “It was stunning and a must-see for any car lover since the PCH and a ton of car spots are nearby.” One day, Mark would like to go German to test out the autobahn and the Nurburgring Nordschleife race track, as well as get a chance to visit the AMG® center there. Falling right in line with his car-enthusiast lifestyle, his heroes are car people, too! His personal hero is Manny Khoshbin as he started out with nothing and created wealth that amounts to over $250 million, plus he has a likeable personality coupled with great taste in both cars and style. Second, he would have loved the chance to have dinner with the late Paul Walker, who was so much more than his persona on the screen. FUN FACT: Mark also enjoys spending time with his sweet yellow lab, Maggie!

  • Ty Hammonds

    Ty Hammonds

    Corporate Controller
    Top Gun 2019

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    Ty Hammonds

    Corporate Controller
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 10/29/2018 – Ty was born and raised in the small town of Pittsburg, TX. He made his way to Austin to go to school at UT and ended up with a degree in Mathematics. In his free time, Ty enjoys playing basketball, watching movies, and hanging out with his wife, Jaclyn. One of their favorite things to do together is to take their dogs, Lewis the Anatolian Shepherd mix and Riley the Staffordshire Terrier mix, out to go paddling on the lake. One day, Ty would like to travel to Italy, as he minored in Italian. He can’t wait to see the coast, try all the foods, and travel throughout as much of the areas as he can!

  • Jeff Hand

    Jeff Hand

    CAG Insurance Agent

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    Jeff Hand

    CAG Insurance Agent

    Hire Date 9/30/2015 – Jeff is a long-time Austinite and has been a licensed insurance agent since 2009. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys biking, music, and reading. He enjoys helping everyone with their insurance needs and is available at 512-380-7474 to assist you with your home, auto, boat, motorcycle, life, or other insurance needs.

  • Genny Hardeman

    Genny Hardeman

    Owner

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    Genny Hardeman

    Owner

    Hire Date 2/17/1984 – Genny was born and raised in Austin, and after earning her degree in Finance and Spanish at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she returned to Austin to work in investment banking. After two years, she decided to join the family business and has split her time between several of our dealerships. Genny enjoys spending time with her teddy bear of a husband, little James, sweet baby Margot, and their three dogs. You might recognize her, she’s the girl jogging around the neighborhood, pushing a stroller with one hand and holding two dogs with the other. Her favorite things in life are James and Margot, who come to the dealership with her almost every day and love to smile at everyone that stops by their office to say hi.

  • James Hardeman-Hill

    James Hardeman-Hill

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    James Hardeman-Hill

    Hire Date 9/8/2015 – James’ first day on the job was just one week after being born, making him Continental Automotive Group’s youngest employee ever. He’s been voted “Cutest Employee Ever” and get’s his daily dose of caffeine at Mercedes-Benz of Austin’s coffee bar. Now that James has been accepted to preschool, his presence has decreased, but he still attends monthly management meetings to stay up-to-date on dealership operations. He’ll be the one sweeping the floors, pulling parts and detailing cars during his teens. So say hi!

  • Joy Hardeman

    Joy Hardeman

    Twin Sister
    Visionary & Co-Owner

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    Joy Hardeman

    Twin Sister
    Visionary & Co-Owner

    Hire Date 2/17/2984 – Joy received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas in 2005. After going on a leaf peeping cruise with her Grandmother Hardeman in the fall of 2005, Joy was hired by CAG and worked in various positions over the next 3 years. In 2012, Joy received her law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. After law school Joy spent 2 years in Washington DC and was rehired by CAG in 2016. Joy enjoys crossword puzzles, an occasional Peloton class, and selling cars to friends. Recently, Joy sold a Ram truck to a friend with the question, “Did you know we have a Ram dealership in Dallas?” Joy looks forward to playing doubles with her twin sister, Genny, on the local tennis circuit where they go by the name “The Twin Towers.” Joy’s brother Will wants her to be a race car driver. Joy and Will compete under the name “Air Hardeman.” Overall, it’s safe to call her the Joy of all trades.

  • Lily Geneva Hardeman

    Lily Geneva Hardeman

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    Lily Geneva Hardeman

    Hire date 7/8/2016 – Lily is named after her great grandmother Geneva Hardeman. She loves to spend time with her family, including her cousins James, Margot and Reese Hardeman-Hill, and her grandparents. She likes to swim, dance, paint, draw, play dress up, and do gymnastics. Lily offices alongside her dada Will and enjoys saying hello to everyone at the dealership and judging the annual employee Halloween costume competition. She oversees the Continental Cafe and creates seasonal drinks like the Lily Lavender Latte.

  • Margot Hardeman-Hill

    Margot Hardeman-Hill

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    Margot Hardeman-Hill

    Hire Date 5/22/2017 – Margot weighed only 5 lbs on her first day of work. Like her older brother James, she enjoys greeting customers at Mercedes-Benz of Austin’s coffee bar and cruising around the showroom.

  • Penelope Elle Hardeman

    Penelope Elle Hardeman

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    Penelope Elle Hardeman

    Hire Date 4/1/2020 – Penelope (Poppy) is baby sister to Lily and enjoys dancing, laughing, playing with her dog Nash, and being an all-around angel. Poppy likes to do whatever Lily is doing and has inspired drinks at the Continental Cafe including the Poppy Peppermint Latte.

  • Reese Hardeman-Hill

    Reese Hardeman-Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

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    Reese Hardeman-Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

    Hire Date coming soon! – Reese is a sister to James and Margot who enjoys spending her mornings at the gym alongside her parents, Genny and Chris.

  • William B. Hardeman

    William B. Hardeman

    Brother - Managing Partner

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    William B. Hardeman

    Brother - Managing Partner

    Hire Date 7/18/1981 – For some it’s East Coast time, for others it’s West coast time; each day Will resets his watch to Hardeman time. He is known to many at the NADA Dealer Academy as William B. – “The International Man of Leisure.” Over the past few months he has learned that percentages don’t buy you ham sandwiches; dollars do. William B. is a natural green tea connoisseur and also enjoys the raw power of iced coffee during the 3 summer seasons in Austin, Texas. He also has a suave, ever so charming, dark chocolate Boykin Spaniel by the name of Nash.

  • Jason Heimbecker

    Jason Heimbecker

    Level 1 Tech Support

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    Jason Heimbecker

    Level 1 Tech Support

    Hire Date 9/13/2021 – Jason is from Spring Branch, Texas. He’s brand new to the automotive world, but he comes with over 10 years of IT experience! Jason enjoys collecting action figures, making unboxing videos for youtube, and finding all kinds of great pasta dishes – spaghetti, lasagna, tortellini… you name it! Jason also likes playing games like Monster Hunter Stories 2 on his Nintendo Switch and is always down to watch any of Luc Besson’s movies. FUN FACT: Jason spent time traveling through China while learning all about the Ming dynasty.

  • Yish Henderson

    Yish Henderson

    Data Analyst

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    Yish Henderson

    Yish Henderson

    Data Analyst

    Hire Date 12/2/2021 – Yish is a native Texan, born and raised in Dallas. When he isn’t working, you can find Yish reading, watching anime, playing video games on the PC and PS4, or hanging out with his adorable Weimaraner named Tico. FUN FACT: Yish once spent a month in Thailand!

  • Joel Hernandez

    Joel Hernandez

    Express Technician

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    Joel Hernandez

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 5/15/2019 – Joel was born in El Paso, then spent some time in Phoenix, AZ and Jacksonville, FL before making it to Austin in May 2019. He decided to move to Austin for his career and to be close to a few of his friends here. When he’s not working, you can find Joel hanging out with his friends, or out on the paintball fields, making new friends! Someday, Joel would like to travel anywhere and everywhere! He’d like to start with Japan because of the culture there and he’d be excited to get to experience a completely different way of life.

  • Wally Hernandez

    Wally Hernandez

    Roadside Technician

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    Wally Hernandez

    Roadside Technician

    Wally is a veteran roadside technician and says that he loves helping people on the road and that it’s fun to be the hero. Wally spends his free time working out at the gym and also loves to go Tejano dancing. He and his beautiful wife Macaria have been married for over 26 years and live out in Taylor with Angelica, their daughter. Wally says that Angelica is his angel and that she keeps him going. Amaya Restaurant is Wally’s favorite place to eat Mexican food, and Corpus Christi is his favorite vacation spot. There he and his family spend time at the beach and also go deep sea fishing. Now Wally is looking forward to taking his daughter to Disney World.

  • Enrique Herrera

    Enrique Herrera

    Detail Specialist

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    Enrique Herrera

    Detail Specialist

    Hire Date: 1/27/2000 – Enrique’s favorites include Mexican cuisine and cars, which he dabbles in both almost daily. Enrique enjoys cheering on team USA in volleyball and team Cruz Azul in soccer; he is what you would call a fan. Enrique fancies Austin almost as much as Mexican food and he has been a resident here since 1999.

  • Maria Herrera

    Maria Herrera

    Accounting Clerk - Top Gun 2016

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    Maria Herrera

    Accounting Clerk - Top Gun 2016

    Hire Date 7/26/2007 – Maria was born in Mexico City and she has been enjoying life in Austin since the early 2000’s. She’s been working with CAG since 2007, and loves her job. Maria enjoys watching action movies and telenovelas in her spare time. Her family includes her two sons she’s very proud of, as well as her puppy Maltese “Taz.” If she could visit anywhere in the world, she would definitely go to Paris, France.

  • Bill Herring

    Bill Herring

    Loaner Department

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    Bill Herring

    Loaner Department

    Hire Date 9/10/2018 – Bill was born and raised in Austin, though he has also spent a portion of his life in New York City and New Jersey, as well. He attended grad school in NYC and truly enjoyed the variety of the people he met there, and highly values the strong friendships that he made along the way. Bill is happily married to his wife, who is an English and Art teacher in Travis County, and together they have one very talented daughter attending school at Texas Tech! Bill’s proud of his daughter and her passion for creativity, as she fashions free form ceramics and also creates illustrations via pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolors, and oil paint. Bill has loved cars all of his life, and follows motorsports such as F1 and Endurance Racing, especially the Le Mans. In fact, Bill made his way over to Mercedes-Benz of Austin after meeting a (now) co-worker at the local Cars and Coffee monthly event down at the Circuit of the Americas track! Bill’s favorite place that he’s been to so far, has been London, where he was intrigued by the history and the variety of culture available there. He also hopes to someday travel to Nepal for some beautiful mountain climbing, hiking, and trekking!

  • Jonathan Holt

    Jonathan Holt

    IT Director

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    Jonathan Holt

    IT Director

    Hire Date 4/4/2022 – Jonathan comes to us from Corsicana, Texas. His favorite thing about Austin is how much it embraces the music, film, and art scene. While this is his first time working in the automotive industry, he has been working in the IT field for over 8 years! In his free time, Jonathan enjoys backcountry hiking, mountain biking, concerts and spending time with his family. Jonathan says Moody Theater is the best music venue in Austin and dreams of seeing Odesza there. While Austin is known for its great cuisine, Jonathan’s favorite restaurant is The Preachers Son, located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Jonathan and his wife once had the amazing opportunity to spend a week at a private resort called PlayaNix, and he says that is the best vacation he has ever been on. One day, Jonathan would love to do a road trip from Omaha Beach to Berlin and see all of the WWII sites. FUN FACT – Jonathan’s favorite movie is Forrest Gump.

  • Joyce Hornor

    Joyce Hornor

    Office Manager

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    Joyce Hornor

    Office Manager

    Hire Date 7/7/2021 – Joyce was an Airforce brat who lived all over and most recently moved to Central Texas from Louisiana. Around Austin, Joyce is enraptured by the overall diversity of the city. She’s no stranger to the automotive world and has been enjoying her time in the field since 1988. Outside of work, Joyce enjoys spending time with her family and her dogs, going for bike rides, and planning her next trip to the beach with her family. Some of her favorite memories have been made at the beach with them. At home, Joyce revels in quality time with her two dogs, a Malamute and a mutt, Mavs and Penny.
  • Matthew Hudson

    Matthew Hudson

    Photographer
    Top Gun 2019

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    Matthew Hudson

    Photographer
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 10/10/2016 – Matthew was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and lived there throughout his childhood before moving to Austin in 2001. Since then he has grown up an to be an avid automotive enthusiast, with interests ranging from motorcycles to luxury and high-performance cars. Matthew went to school at Baylor University before transferring to go to school for photography at The Art Institute of Austin. Outside of work, Matthew likes to photograph vehicles, concerts, and nature, as well as ride motorcycles with his friends and go to weekly car shows. He has been accredited to photograph MotoGP at Circuit of the Americas, and plans on shooting it every year. Matthew hopes to eventually get into a career of photography for high-end automobiles and sports, such as auto racing.

  • Todd Hume

    Todd Hume

    Technician

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    Todd Hume

    Technician

    Hire Date 1/5/1987 – Todd grew up in the small town of Oakwood, Illinois. He is the oldest of three boys. He started his first job at eight years old and he has never been without a job since. After graduating from high school, Todd moved to Indianapolis to go to Lincoln Technical Institute. While he was there, he earned a degree in Automotive Diesel Truck Technology. While attending tech school, he heard about the booming economy in a weird place Austin, Texas. He took a trip down here to see for himself. He immediately fell in love with Texas. Within 24 hours Todd called back home, told them to pack his stuff and call the movers. He was not coming back. He finally settled in a small town just east of a weird place called Elgin; and it has been his home for the last 30 years. He has a daughter, four sons and six grandchildren. He loves to go camping and fishing with his wife Lisa; when they can manage to get away for a weekend. He likes being behind the camera and has taken over 10,000 pictures. He love dogs especially imported German Shepherds and my Corgi (his lap dog/fishing buddy). After spending a couple years at an independent shop, and a couple years at another import car dealer, he landed at Mercedes Benz of Austin where he has been for over 27 years. He has owned several Mercedes Benz over the years and in addition to his daily driver, he has a 1975 240D that he purchased from the original owner, who had originally purchased it and always serviced it at Mercedes Benz of Austin.

  • Lori Johns

    Lori Johns

    Warranty Manager
    Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2018

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    Lori Johns

    Warranty Manager
    Top Gun 2017, Top Gun 2018

    Hire Date 9/15/1999 – Lori is a native Austinite with a long career in the automotive industry. She spent 17 years with BMW before coming to Mercedes-Benz of Austin over 11 years ago. Lori says that working for Mr. Hardeman is wonderful, and she is very grateful to be working for the best employer in Austin. Lori has been riding motorcycles all her life, and on the weekends she enjoys riding her Harley and going to motorcycle rallies. Lori also spends time at home watching her two favorite television shows: The Biggest Loser and Survivor.

  • Deyanira Juarez

    Deyanira Juarez

    Office Manager

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    Deyanira Juarez

    Office Manager

    Deyanira is from Edinburg, Texas and she’s been in the automotive industry since 2004. When she’s not working, she enjoys painting and trying to keep her two Boxers from destroying anything they find. Her favorite restaurant is Olive Garden, and someday, Deyanira would like to visit Hawaii for the amazing beaches there.

  • Thomas Keele

    Thomas Keele

    Technician

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    Thomas Keele

    Technician

    Hire Date 6/10/2010 – “The details of my life are quite inconsequential… very well, where do I begin?” Thomas is into vintage cars, specifically the pre-1963 rods and customs. In 1982 he started working on vehicles as a hobby. He is a very talented dancer, and you can find him partaking in Rockabilly and swing dancing at clubs like that Continental Club and the Broken Spoke. Thomas is a wonderful father and husband to his lovely wife, Lesley and their 4 year old sweet and rambunctious, daughter. FUN FACT: Thomas is a Texas Tikiphile!

  • Michael Keck

    Michael Keck

    System Administrator

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    Michael Keck

    System Administrator

    Hire Date 3/1/2022 – Michael is from a small town called Defiance in northwest Ohio. He is new to the automotive industry but has been working in the IT field since 2008! Michael’s favorite band is Tool, and he enjoys creating and playing music in his free time. He plays guitar, bass guitar, and even dabbles in EDM a little bit! Michael also enjoys gaming on the Playstation, watching UFC fights, and hanging out with his adorable Australian Shepherd / Dachshund mic named Willa!

  • Kumary Keil

    Kumary Keil

    Sales Coordinator

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    Kumary Keil

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 7/2/2015 – Kumary was born in Miami, Florida, moved to Austin when she was 8, and was raised in Guatemala. She can speak both English and Spanish, which she says is very useful. She enjoys anything outdoors. Her favorite movie is The Dark Knight and her favorite food is pizza. Yellowstone has been her favorite place that she’s visited so far, and she says it had beautiful scenery and she loved the weather.

  • Julie Kelly

    Julie Kelly

    Wellness Coach

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    Julie Kelly

    Wellness Coach

    Hire Date 7/12/2021 – Julie is from the East Coast, New Jersey to be exact! She originally moved to Texas to go to grad school at Texas State, then moved away to Mississippi for a brief 3 years before coming back to Austin in November 2020. In Austin, Julie likes that there is a constant variety of things to do, like the ability to have brunch downtown, hang out on the water, or get lost in the woods – all in the same day. An endless amount of things to do, food to eat, and sights to see! Her favorite movie is a Walk to Remember and her favorite sports teams are the New York Giants and all of the teams at Mississippi State University. In her free time, Julie likes working out, biking, hiking, reading, and playing with her golden retriever/German shepherd mix, Gracie. She gets great fulfillment through finding ways to make fitness accessible and fun for those around her. Overall, Julie is excited to help others with their health and wellness goals. FUN FACT: Her favorite foods (that she misses from New Jersey) are pizza and bagels!

  • Kacnyca Khem

    Kacnyca Khem

    Office Manager
    Top Gun 2017

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    Kacnyca Khem

    Office Manager
    Top Gun 2017

    Hire Date 11/28/2016 – Kacnyca is a native Texan who moved to Austin in 2016. In her free time, you’ll likely find Kacnyca conducting culinary experiments, indulging in video games, or headbanging to rowdy tunes. She is an automotive enthusiast who enjoys living in a city that hosts a variety of motorsport events.

  • Megan Lassiter

    Megan Lassiter

    Accounts Payable

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    Megan Lassiter

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 10/27/2021 – Megan is from California and enjoys spending her free time reading and hanging out with her family. Megan roots for the Denver Broncos and finds time to play Skyrim on her Xbox 1. FUN FACT: Megan also has a sweet cat named Mocha.

  • Rivers Lausen

    Rivers Lausen

    Tire Technician

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    Rivers Lausen

    Rivers Lausen

    Tire Technician

    Hire Date 10/27/2021 – Rivers is from Houston, Texas. He enjoys working with his hands and has loved cars ever since he was old enough to understand what they were. Outside of work, Rivers enjoys hanging out with friends, going wake surfing, playing video games, watching movies and shows, listening to good music, and driving and modifying cars. Rivers’ favorite music artist is no contest – Daft Punk and he’ll tell you that nothing beats a good steak!

  • Jodi Ledford

    Jodi Ledford

    Title Clerk

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    Jodi Ledford

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 3/8/2012 – Jodi is a proud grandmother of 10 grandchildren! She and her husband are very involved with their church, and like to help raise money for charities. She’s most proud of the work she did recently to raise money for the flood victims in Texas. Making jewelry is her hobby.

  • Heather Lindsey

    Heather Lindsey

    Loaner Department

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    Heather Lindsey

    Loaner Department

    Hire Date 8/10/2021 – Heather is from Ft. Worth, Texas. Her favorite thing about being in Austin these days is the overall vibe of the city – it’s so different from anywhere else, and there’s truly nowhere else in Texas like Austin. Heather started out with the automotive industry here with Mercedes-Benz of Austin in 2021 and she’s been finding it both fun and interesting! One of her vacations to date was to Colorado Springs where she was able to wake up each day to beautiful mountains. Someday, Heather would like to visit Japan to experience the different culture, learn more about it, and take in the gorgeous scenery first-hand. At home, Heather has a dog, a cat, and two rats. She states, “rats are cool pets!”

  • Lisa Litchfield

    Lisa Litchfield

    Event Coordinator

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    Lisa Litchfield

    Event Coordinator

    Hire Date 9/20/2021 – Lisa is originally from Seattle, Washington. She may be new to the automotive world, however she’s been a customer of CAG since 2016! After spending nearly 20 years staying home and raising her kids, she was ready to reenter the workforce. Previous to having kids, Lisa had worked in Sales and Marketing for Marriott. With CAG, she is glad to see the same level of dedication to customer satisfaction and product quality, which were both very important to her decision to join the team here. She’s experienced a great transition and is so happy to be a part of the team now. Outside of work, Lisa loves to spend time with her kids, movie nights with the family, day indoors cooking up all kinds of recipes, and getting outdoors to go hiking with her dogs – Jim, a yellow lab who loves playing ball more than anything else in the world, and Gracie Lou, a young French bulldog that loves hiking the trails. After having lived most of her life in the northwest, Lisa can easily say that she is a huge fan of the daily sunshine that Austin brings. Being able to be outdoors every day and enjoy all of the trails and experiences that Austin has to offer is something she is continually thrilled about.

  • Ciara Longoria

    Ciara Longoria

    Receptionist

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    Ciara Longoria

    Receptionist

    Hire Date 8/24/2021 – Ciara is a native Texan and she loves that there are so many places around Austin to check out and have a fun time. One day, she’d love to get out and travel all over the world starting with the beauty of Greece! Ciara’s hero is her mom thanks to the way she has helped her become the person she is today while always being there for her. Ciara’s favorite movie is surely Love and Basketball, and at home, she loves to hang out with her schnauzer/poodle mix, Armani. FUN FACT: If she could invite anyone to dinner, Ciara would invite Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Liz Lopez

    Liz Lopez

    Title Clerk

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    Liz Lopez

    Liz Lopez

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 11/2/2021 – Liz moved to Austin from San Francisco. She enjoys working in the automotive field, as it’s been a positive experience since she’s been a part of it. Outside of work, Liz enjoys watching movies, cooking, cleaning, playing video games like Super Nintendo and Super Mario, finding great spots for Indian food and sushi, and playing around with her pets – Randy and Vern, her two cats, and a bearded dragon named Princes Mushu. Around Austin, Liz likes to relax and take in the scenes at the lakes and rivers. When it comes to travel, Liz would like to visit Machu Picchu, go anywhere that she can see the aurora borealis, and can highly recommend a stay at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico. Liz’s maternal grandmother, Luz Elena, is her hero as she taught Liz how to appreciate everything and work hard. Among amazing females, Liz would invite Cleopatra to dinner if she could sit down with anyone across all of history to be able to ask her how she was so powerful during her era. FUN FACT: Liz has been skydiving and she loves tattoos!

  • Billy Louviere

    Billy Louviere

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2018

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    Billy Louviere

    Billy Louviere

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2018

    Hire Date 6/23/1986 – Billy came to Austin in 1986 from Lake Charles, Louisiana, which he returns to often to visit family and friends. While visiting, he also makes sure to stop and enjoy some of the Cajun cookin’ that you just can’t get here in Austin. In his spare time, Billy enjoys fishing, whether it’s around the Austin area, or down off the coast for some deep sea fishing. He is a huge Saints’ fan and plans on going to New Orleans soon to attend a Saints’ home game! Billy’s been in the automotive business for an impressive 30 years, with 28 of them spent here at Mercedes-Benz of Austin. He really likes working for a family owned business that’s all about Austin.

  • Gigi Lozano

    Gigi Lozano

    HR Specialist
    Top Gun 2021

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    Gigi Lozano

    HR Specialist
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 3/1/2021 – Gigi is an Austinite. She loves how accepting and supportive the community is, especially the way everyone comes together in difficult times. Now at CAG, she is excited for the plethora of opportunities for growth & self-development while also thrilled to be working alongside such a fantastic team. When she’s not working, Gigi likes to exercise, go to dance classes, find great Chinese food places, play some video games like Mario Kart and Just Dance, and explore coffee shops around town with her fiancé. He motivates her by the way he always strives to improve himself and those around him, and the way he inspires her to believe in herself and work diligently toward accomplishing her goals. Together they are planning on getting married in Cancun and hope to visit France and Italy someday. At home, they have two dogs: a great Pyrenees mix named Xena and a cavalier King Charles named Harley. FUN FACT: Gigi teaches Spanish in a class offered to all of our CAG Employees. (Class is at 10 AM on Wednesdays and for anyone interested, you can email Gigi through your work email!)

  • Clayton Main

    Clayton Main

    Data Scientist
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2021

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    Clayton Main

    Clayton Main

    Data Scientist
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 8/21/2017 – Clayton was born and raised in the San Antonio area, and moved to Austin in February 2016. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games on his PS4 and sometimes his PC. He’s really looking forward to Destiny 2! Clayton used to spend a fair amount of time bouldering (indoor rock climbing) at places like Austin Bouldering Project and Crux Climbing Center. His top goal on his bucket list is to go to space, but not as an astronaut, and have “crazy amounts of money” is a close second.  You could say that they go hand-in-hand. FUN FACT: Clayton can type out the first 101 numbers of Pi – from memory!

  • Thalia Maldonado

    Thalia Maldonado

    Billing Clerk

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    Thalia Maldonado

    Thalia Maldonado

    Billing Clerk

    Hire Date 6/7/2016 – Thalia was born and raised in Austin, TX, and she loves it’s weirdness. She likes going out and having fun with her two kids. She also enjoys visiting Port Aransas when she has the chance.

  • Josh Martinez

    Josh Martinez

    Shop Foreman
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2020

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    Josh Martinez

    Josh Martinez

    Shop Foreman
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 1/2/2012 – Josh was born in McAllen, Texas, and has been in Austin since he was 6. Josh enjoys spending quality time with his family and their German Sheppard. If he could have met anyone, he’d have liked to meet Gandhi. Josh has been in the car industry since 97′ and is very happy to chosen this Central Texas Mercedes-Benz dealership to work for.

  • Luzelia Martinez

    Luzelia Martinez

    Accounting Clerk

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    Luzelia Martinez

    Luzelia Martinez

    Accounting Clerk

    Hire Date 10/2/2017 – Luzelia was born and raised in Austin. She has a Labradoodle named Nico. She enjoys going to concerts, and would love to one day travel.

  • Kyle McClellan

    Kyle McClellan

    Tire Technician

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    Kyle McClellan

    Kyle McClellan

    Tire Technician

    Hire Date 4/13/2022 – Kyle was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and he has 11 years of experience working in the automotive world! When he’s not working, Kyle enjoys playing video games (preferably PlayStation and Nintendo), tabletop roleplaying games, and watching various genres of TV shows and movies. He also enjoys listening to music; The Used is his favorite band and his favorite song of theirs is Poetic Tragedy. Kyle’s top-pick vacation he has ever been on was a trip he took to Tokyo, Japan in 2014, but he loves traveling all over the world. Hereditary is Kyle’s favorite movie, as it made a huge impact on him when he first saw it. At home, Kyle has four cats named T’Challa, Jean, Cypher, and HiWay! FUN FACT: Kyle has lived in 3 different countries!

  • Chloe McKenna

    Chloe McKenna

    Production Coordinator

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    Chloe McKenna

    Production Coordinator

    Hire Date 12/10/2020 – Chloe is from Los Angeles, California. She moved to Texas in 2015, and she’s grateful that everyone was so nice and welcoming. She’s been a big fan of cars since she got her first car when she turned 16. When she’s not busy working, Chloe enjoys playing the piano and ukulele, and singing every now and again, too. As of the end of 2020, Spotify told her that her most listened to artists were Blackbear and Dua Lipa. She thinks volleyball is the best sport, she’s always down for a chicken sandwich, and Pretty Woman is her favorite movie because of how much she loves Julia Roberts. Chloe is an animal lover and has two mini Australian shepherds, Jasper and Bailey, as well as a golden retriever/chow mix, named Shandy. At the top of her travel list, you’ll find England and Ireland as that’s where most of her family lineage is from. Chloe is her own hero, because even through many challenges in her path, she always gets through them and doesn’t let them slow her down.

  • Michael Medina

    Michael Medina

    Photographer
    Top Gun 2019

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    Michael Medina

    Photographer
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 9/6/2016 – Michael was born and raised in Brownsville and honestly, feels lucky to have made it out to Austin when he did, in August 2015. While Michael has been in Austin, he has truly become an amazing nightscapes photographer. You may come across him riding his bike at night through the city looking for his next great shot. And Michael’s favorite time to photograph…? In the rain! Michael is an outdoorsy guy, and he can’t wait to get a longboard or a kayak to continue his adventures. FUN FACT: This is first job that Michael ever applied for as a “photographer.”

  • Annica Mendiola

    Annica Mendiola

    Accounts Payable/Receivable

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    Annica Mendiola

    Accounts Payable/Receivable

    Annica is from Elsa, TX and has been in the auto industry since 2016. Her biggest heroes in life are her parents, and she is grateful that they have always stood by her and loved her unconditionally. In her free time, she likes to hang out with her awesome kids Isabella Renee and Olivia Grace, play Duck Hunt on Nintendo, watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding, cheer for the Dallas Cowboys, and listen to George Strait as often as possible. In fact, if she could invite anyone to dinner, it’d be George Strait, and she’d hope for him to sing “I Cross My Heart” for her… Don’t worry, her husband’s cool with it! Annica and her husband met when she joined the Army National Guard at 28 years old. She loved going to Disney World with her family and hopes to get out to Hawaii for the beaches there, someday in the future. Overall, Annica loves to laugh and make others laugh, too.

  • Mario Miranda

    Mario Miranda

    Technician
    Top Gun 2019

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    Mario Miranda

    Mario Miranda

    Technician
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date: 6/21/2010 – Mario is from this great city of Austin and does not plan on leaving it. He likes cars; so working on them was the perfect match. When Mario is not under the hood of a car, he is an avid video game enthusiast; his favorite is Call of Duty, duh. Also, he is kind of busy with his new baby girl named Zoe. She is awesome.

  • Alyssa  Montes

    Alyssa Montes

    Accounts Payable

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    Alyssa Montes

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 10/15/2016 – Alyssa was raised in Austin, and is happy to call it her home. She currently splits her time between working and attending Concordia University with a major in Business. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, spending time with her Pomeranian named Dory, and going downtown.

  • Russell Moore

    Russell Moore

    Parts

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    Russell Moore

    Parts

    Hire Date: 5/13/2015 – Russel was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. He describes himself as shy, friendly, and an introvert. He also has a pretty good sense of humor! In his spare time, he rides his bike and cooks when he’s hungry. His favorite movie is Way of the Gun. If he had to choose a favorite food, it would be a medium-rare rib-eye. His favorite aisle at the grocery store? “The meat aisle, then the ice cream aisle. Oh! Don’t forget the beer aisle!” He is very proud of his daughter, who he says is the best thing he’s ever produced. If he could meet anyone, it would have to be Wyatt Earp, because he wants to get some history and fact check from him. The best place he’s ever visited is his bed at the end of the day. Italy seems like it would be nice, too.

  • Jill Moyer

    Jill Moyer

    Accounting Clerk

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    Jill Moyer

    Accounting Clerk

    Hire Date 11/23/2020 – Jill is from St. Petersburg, Florida and has been in the automotive field since 2005. In Austin, Jill enjoys being at the edge of the Hill Country, which is not a way she expected the area would be. When she’s not working, she loves paper crafting, traveling, hiking, watching the Harry Potter series, listening to Celine Deon, grabbing a bite to eat from Trulucks, and hanging out with her boys! One of Jill’s favorite trips was out to Washington, DC and someday, she’d like to go Hawaii for the best of both worlds: the beach and the mountains! Jill and her boys have four dogs, 1 mini dachshund and 3 dachshund mixes – Lily, Lucky, Angel, and Coco.

  • Gary Nelson

    Gary Nelson

    Express Team Lead

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    Gary Nelson

    Express Team Lead

    Hire Date 10/9/2009 – Gary is originally from Ft. Worth and just moved to Austin. Before returning to Texas, he spent ten years in Colorado and five years in Atlanta. Gary has been married for over 35 years and has four children, who all live here in Austin. When he’s not working, Gary enjoys hanging out with his family.

  • Kaylee Jo Nelson

    Kaylee Jo Nelson

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2019

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    Kaylee Jo Nelson

    Kaylee Jo Nelson

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 2/18/2013 – Kaylee’s hobby is collecting hobbies. Including but not limited to, knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, reading, writing, ballooning and singing in the choir. She also loves watching movies with her family, reading comic books, playing puzzle games and losing to her brothers at video games. She’s never bored. She has a love of Japanese culture, be it watching Anime, reading Manga, listening to Visual Kei bands, studying the language, or collecting Asian Ball-Joint Dolls (BJDs) she loves it all! She hopes to visit Japan one day, hopefully with her younger brother.

  • Mai Nguyen

    Mai Nguyen

    Finance Assistant
    Top Gun 2021

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    Mai Nguyen

    Mai Nguyen

    Finance Assistant
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 6/29/2020 – Mai is from San Antonio and now that she’s in Austin, her favorite thing is the massive music scene. She loves being able to say that she lives in the music capital of the United States, coupled with the fact there is so much musical opportunity and so many creative people here, her creativity is sparked daily! With being a big fan of music, her top three bands are Dystopia, Bark Psychosis, and Red House Painters. Mai’s interest and excitement for the car industry came when she learned about the Continental Automotive Group and how innovative the company is. When she’s not working, Mai enjoys reading, making music, cheering for the San Antonio Spurs, learning about different instruments and music software, finding great sushi, and exploring the lakes and rivers with her boxer, Bathcat. Mai also enjoys travel and absolutely loved the breathtaking sights and surreal landscapes of Norway. One day, she hopes to travel to Japan to experience the culture and underground scenes there. Mai’s parents are her heroes for everything they have sacrificed throughout their lives in an effort to provide a better future for her and her brother. FUN FACT: Mai also has two crested geckos, Alabaster and Albatross.

  • Stephanie Nilsen

    Stephanie Nilsen

    Sales Coordinator

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    Stephanie Nilsen

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 2/10/2020 – Stephanie is from Waukesha, Wisconsin–needless to say, she’s a huge fan of the warmer Texas weather! Stephanie loves to work with people, solve problems, and see happy clients, so CAG seemed like the perfect place to be for all of that. While she’s never been out of the US (yet), she absolutely loves to visit New York and take in the incredible theatre shows there. When she’s not at work, Stephanie enjoys cooking & baking, and exploring the Austin area, and beyond! FUN FACT: Stephanie previously worked at Walt Disney World as a Jungle Cruise Skipper.

  • Rebecca Nochez

    Rebecca Nochez

    Receptionist

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    Rebecca Nochez

    Receptionist

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  • Kyle Nuenthel

    Kyle Nuenthel

    Technician

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    Kyle Nuenthel

    Kyle Nuenthel

    Technician

    Hire Date 7/16/2018 – Kyle was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Austin in July 2018 in search of better weather! He became interested in cars when he got one in 2007 and wanted to know how to take care of it on his own. Kyle is looking forward to attending events at COTA as time goes on, especially F1 events. He hasn’t missed an F1 event since he’s been into the sport! Kyle’s also looking into getting out and checking out the music scene in Austin.

  • Rick Olson

    Rick Olson

    Technician

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    Rick Olson

    Technician

    Hire Date 9/1/1994 – Rick grew up in Detroit and is still a devoted Detroit Tigers fan. He moved in Austin in 1984 and began working at Mercedes-Benz of Austin 10 years later. Sailing is one of Rick’s favorite hobbies, and he keeps a sailboat on Lake Travis. Rick has two children.

  • Jackie Orewiler

    Jackie Orewiler

    HR Generalist
    Top Gun 2017

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    Jackie Orewiler

    HR Generalist
    Top Gun 2017

    Hire Date 7/4/2016 – Jackie was born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois. She has a chihuahua mix and golden retriever puppy that take up most of her time on the weekends. In her free time, Jackie enjoys sudoku, hiking, watching movies, and anything to do with dogs!

  • Jose Ortiz

    Jose Ortiz

    Porter
    Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2018

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    Jose Ortiz

    Jose Ortiz

    Porter
    Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2018

    Hire Date 10/25/2006 – Jose is from Zacatecas, Mexico, and has enjoyed residing in Austin since 2006. His favorite restaurant in the area is hands down – Los Potrillos! Jose is a proud father who adores his four children, and his two dogs – Oso (Spanish for bear) and Luna (Spanish for moon). In his free time, you can find Jose singing karaoke to Norteñas songs.

  • Michelle Overton

    Michelle Overton

    Office Manager

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    Michelle Overton

    Office Manager

    Hire Date 6/8/2006 – Michelle grew up just up the road in Georgetown, TX. After graduating from UT, she started with CAG in 2006. She can be found spending her free time with her husband Dano, their baby, three cats, and one goofy little dog.

  • Joe Pacella

    Joe Pacella

    Technician

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    Joe Pacella

    Technician

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  • Jessica Palomares

    Jessica Palomares

    Billing Clerk

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    Jessica Palomares

    Billing Clerk

    Hire Date 6/25/2021 – Jessica was born in Austin and spent her early childhood in Mexico. She’s looking forward to trips down to visit her family and friends in the area of Mexico that she considers home. Austin is just as much home as Mexico though, as they truly go hand-in-hand in her heart. She’s proud to be an Austinite thanks to it being a city that not only accepts, but embraces the color of everyones skin, LGBTQ+ customs, amazing music, unique fashion, pets, wellness, and FOOD! Jessica is thankful to her dad who raised her as a single father, showed her hardworking customs, and to top it all off – he makes the best carne asadas. FUN FACT: Jessica is a huge fan of music, but don’t ask her to pick a favorite song. There are too many to choose from!

  • TK Parson

    TK Parson

    Express Technician

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    TK Parson

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 8/24/2020 – TK is from Lancaster, California. Since moving to Austin, he’s a huge fan of the green landscapes here and how the culture is rich with a lot of things to do. He’s been in the automotive industry since 2017 and he’s glad that he was able to his passion of cars into his career. When he’s not working, TK likes to go hiking, watch movies and hangout with his cat named Prada, play video games like COD, Battlefield, and Need for Speed on his Xbox One X & Nintendo Switch, root for the New York Yankees, and work on his own vehicle. TK’s biggest hero is Vegeta–yes, from Dragon Ball Z. The way that he constantly shows that anyone can turn themselves around and become something better is the main factor, plus, he’s always pushing himself to be the best and overcome obstacles. Some day, TK plans to get out and travel to Italy and Japan. Italy for his family heritage, and Japan because he’s always been interested in the Japanese culture and car scene. FUN FACT: If he could invite anyone to dinner, he’d have liked to sit down with John F. Kennedy.

  • Chayse Pearson

    Chayse Pearson

    HR Specialist

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    Chayse Pearson

    HR Specialist

    Hire Date 3/1/2021 – Chayse hails from Portland, Oregon, and her favorite sports team is definitely the Portland Trailblazers. Around Austin, Chayse loves checking out new restaurants all over the city and going to Lady Bird Lake. She knows she made the right decision to move here thanks to how nice the people are, how great the food scene is, and how incredible it is to have so much live music all around. While she likes to spend time scoping things out around the city, she also enjoys being home with her partner and their three cats: Lola, Daisy, and Poppy. Chayse’s partner is also her biggest hero. She’s spent her career as a social worker, helping kids continually, and every day, Chayse admires her for her kind heart coupled with her hardworking mentality. FUN FACT: Chayse was able to attend PRIDE in San Francisco and it is easily one of her top trips to date!

  • Jacqueline Penna

    Jacqueline Penna

    Personal Trainer

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    Jacqueline Penna

    Personal Trainer

    Hire Date coming soon! – Jacqueline is an Austin OG. The diversity of the people and the food here are her favorite things about Austin, as she believes that the culture here is just something different that you can’t get anywhere else. Jacqueline has been in the fitness industry for over 10 years and she truly has a passion for helping people feel better, get healthier, and be more confident. Jacqueline is also a Pro Bodybuilder and she loves competing. When she’s not working, she loves to play Dance Dance Revolution at the arcade with her husband, travel, and spend time with her family–which also includes her pets: Jack the Lionhead bunny and Max the Guinea pig. So far, Jacqueline’s favorite vacation was spent in Laguna Beach, CA with her husband for their anniversary. If she could invite anyone to dinner, she would invite the Rock! His fascinating life and insight coupled with the promise of good laughs and sound advice put him at the top of her list. FUN FACT: Jacqueline has a twin sister who also lives in Austin!

  • Ashley Pennington

    Ashley Pennington

    Title Clerk
    Top Gun 2021

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    Ashley Pennington

    Title Clerk
    Top Gun 2021

    Ashley is from Houston and the Texans and Astros are forever her two favorite teams. She’s been in the automotive world for a while as Ashley was used to the idea of the car business thanks to her Grandpa, who had owned a few used car lots when she was growing up. She is very close to her family. Ashley misses her Tita who passed away and she idolizes her nana who never gave up, always took care of her family, and always showed unconditional love. Through these examples, Ashley has the best outlook and support for her own children, Liam Ryder and Leila Rose. When Ashley isn’t at work, she likes to be with her kids, play darts, and spend time with her dogs, a cocker spaniel mix, Max, and blind terrier mix, Bella Fred. Ashley likes traveling and loved the time she spent in Puerto Rico, and can’t wait for the day she can go Santorini, Greece! FUN FACT: Ashley is a fan of old school Nintendo/Super Nintendo, Deadpool, and anything and everything Marvel!

  • Gary Peoples

    Gary Peoples

    Runner

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    Gary Peoples

    Runner

    Hire Date 1/6/2014 – Gary was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Crockett High School in Austin in 1979 and attended Southwest Texas State University on a football scholarship, where he played receiver and kick returner. In four seasons, they won three conference championships and back-to-back national championships his Junior and Senior years. He graduated with a Bachelors degree in 1984. He has 3 dogs (boxers) and a green-cheek Amazon parrot, all named after current or former professional boxers. The dogs are named: Sugar–Sugar Ray Leonard, Layla–Layla Ali, M–Money Mayweather and the bird’s name is Tyson. In his spare time he likes to workout, bass fish; and ride his motorcycle.

  • Edgar Perez

    Edgar Perez

    Express Technician

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    Edgar Perez

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 4/11/2022 – Edgar comes to us from Mexico and his favorite thing about Austin is that there are always new things to explore! He has been in the automotive industry for nearly 4 years due to his interest in learning new things and establishing a career. He enjoys all types of music, the Fast and the Furious movie, and hanging out with his friends in his free time. Edgar’s favorite style of cuisine would have to be Japanese, and he would one day love to visit Japan to try their food and experience the culture. Edgar’s older brother is his hero because he taught him the importance of working hard, and if he could invite anyone to dinner, Edgar would choose his mother. FUN FACT: Edgar has a lizard named Spike.

  • Jose Perez

    Jose Perez

    Detailer
    Top Gun 2019

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    Jose Perez

    Detailer
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 6/26/2018 – Jose was born and raised in San Luis, Mexico and moved to the US in 1985. He likes to play and watch soccer when possible. In the future, Jose plans to start his own automotive business, as his son is a technician, and they’d like to be able to work together. One day, Jose would like to travel to Europe!

  • Brittany Potts

    Brittany Potts

    Parts Manager

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    Brittany Potts

    Parts Manager

    Hire Date: 5/1/2015 – Though she’s not actually from The Lone Star State, Brittany has considered herself as a Texan since high school. She’s been in the automotive industry for over 12 years, and is definitely not a newbie to the auto parts world.  In Austin, Brittany is thankful to be close to her mom and sister, especially as they are her only family in Texas. She also has two adorable APA! rescue cats: Sarafina and Bella, and would love to have the land someday to take in dogs as well. Besides her actual family, Brittany likes to spend a lot of her time with her friends. She spends some nights out with them while enjoying the live music scene and also partakes in some country dancing! Brittany is also a fan of all genres of movies, with Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie being her favorite directors, and “Boondocks Saints” for her all-time, #1 movie. If given the chance, she would really love to use her 4 years of German, and visit Germany (where her grandparents are from), and would also love to visit Australia. FUN FACT: Brittany loves to bake! Not for herself, but to share with her friends, family, and co-workers. She says, and her co-workers definitely agree, “It helps sweeten up the days.”

  • Clayton Pryor

    Clayton Pryor

    Level 2 Tech Support
    Top Gun 2020

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    Clayton Pryor

    Level 2 Tech Support
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 10/12/2015 – Clayton is originally from Pueblo, Colorado where he grew up rooting for the Denver Broncos. He’s been in the IT world for over ten years, coupled with working within the automotive industry since 2015. Whenever he’s not working, Clayton enjoys playing video games, voice acting, and hanging out with his wife, son, and two dogs – Gypsy, a great Dane mix, and Willow, a heeler pitbull mix. Clayton’s also a gamer who predominantly utilizes the Nintendo Switch and a PS5. Don’t ask for his favorite game though, as the list of top games is quite long! While he’d love to travel the world (starting in New Zealand) with his wife and son, Clayton will absolutely admit that his favorite vacation to date was the time he proposed to his wife at Disney World – where she said yes and they had a backdrop of fireworks! For obvious reasons that we’re definitely here for, Clayton’s heroes are Spider Man, Robin Williams, and Fred Rogers – check out the link below for some classic Mr. Rogers inspiration. Overall, Clayton is the guy who can spread cheer through an entire room with just one booming laugh and wants to encourage and see the best for all of those around him. FUN FACT: One of Clayton’s dreams is to do a voice over for a video game or animated movie/tv show. We support this dream!

  • Bobbie Pyka

    Bobbie Pyka

    Loaner Department Manager
    Top Gun 2014, Top Gun 2016

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    Bobbie Pyka

    Loaner Department Manager
    Top Gun 2014, Top Gun 2016

    Hire Date 11/1/2011 – Bobbie is from San Antonio, Texas and has lived in Austin since 1994. She loves spending time with her husband, son, and daughter.

  • Shelby Rae

    Shelby Rae

    Photographer Extraordinaire
    Top Gun 2014, Top Gun 2016

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    Shelby Rae

    Shelby Rae

    Photographer Extraordinaire
    Top Gun 2014, Top Gun 2016

    Hire Date 7/23/2013 – Shelby lives in Central Texas with her family and spends her spare time painting, writing poetry, and exploring the outdoors. If you’re new here, she’ll find you soon to take your photo! You can see a sample of her eye here:  Shelby Rae Photography

  • Cody Ramer

    Cody Ramer

    Technician

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    Cody Ramer

    Technician

    Hire Date 2/15/2015 – Cody and his wife moved to Austin from Georgia and bought a house. They are excited to one day build a custom place of their own, but for now they’re just happy to keep it weird here in Austin. They spend their spare time caring for the four dogs that have wandered into their lives and their hearts. One of the dogs was dropped off for a weekend to be watched and ended up becoming part of the family when he was never picked back up! Cody loves working on older model cars as well as newer models.

  • Mariah Ramirez

    Mariah Ramirez

    Sales Assistant

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    Mariah Ramirez

    Mariah Ramirez

    Sales Assistant

    Hire Date 6/4/2021 – Mariah is an Austinite. She’s never been outside of Texas, yet, but has plans to travel to Mexico soon for her first trip outside of the state! Mariah is looking forward to the opportunities available within CAG as well as increasing her chances of meeting all kinds of new people. Away from work, Mariah loves to be outdoors getting as much sun as possible by being out on the water or hitting the hiking trails. Fools Rush is likely her favorite movie, and she spends a fair amount of time these days with her pitbull puppy, Boots. (He has one white “boot” while the rest of his paws are more like slippers!)

  • Andrew Ramos Aguirre

    Andrew Ramos Aguirre

    Detailer

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    Andrew Ramos Aguirre

    Detailer

    Hire Date 2/13/2020 – Andrew is an Austinite. He’s proud to be from the city where there is always something to do! Andrew’s been in the automotive world since 2014 and is happy to be a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Austin family. Whenever there’s a game, Andrew roots for the Longhorns!

  • Jose Rangel

    Jose Rangel

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2013, Top Gun 2014

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    Jose Rangel

    Jose Rangel

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2013, Top Gun 2014

    Hire Date 6/11/2002 – Jose grew up in Del Valle and has been working at Mercedes-Benz of Austin for over eight years. His sister, Sylvia, works in the Accounting department at First Texas Honda. Jose is a huge Cowboys fan (Jason Witten is his favorite player), and he’s looking forward to watching a game in the new stadium. Jose plays in the dealership’s fantasy football league every year and won first place the first year he participated.

  • Hilary Razo

    Hilary Razo

    Title Clerk

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    Hilary Razo

    Hilary Razo

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 11/13/2017 – Hilary is originally from California but moved to Texas 15 years ago. She enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, painting, and crafting! Her family, friends, and community are very important to her! She’s totally obsessed with her Siberian Husky, Apollo! She loves hockey, and her favorite team is the Colorado Avalanche. Her biggest pet peeve is people spelling her name wrong. She loves living in Austin and embracing its weird culture! She also loves live music and being outdoors.

  • Conner Redlin

    Conner Redlin

    Executive Assistant

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    Conner Redlin

    Executive Assistant

    Hire Date 5/24/2020 – Conner is from Pensacola, Florida. Now in Austin, Conner is a fan of the vibrant atmosphere and all of the live music that floods the city. Outside of work, Conner teaches piano in Austin and he graduated from college with a music performance degree in clarinet. He also enjoys getting out to go hiking and exploring, finding great spots for seafood, and hanging out with his English springer spaniel, Sadie. Conner’s favorite movie is The Birdcage starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Dianne West, and his favorite song is What a Wonderful World by Nat King Cole. Conner enjoys traveling and has been to many countries including, England, France, Malawi, Moldova, and Austria, with the most memorable trip being to Paris and London for New Year’s Eve. Conner is thankful for a hard-working family who always did their best to provide an amazing life and so many incredible opportunities for his entire family. FUN FACT: If he could invite anyone to dinner, he’d choose Selena Gomez, “cuz she’s a queen.”

  • Alex Reyes

    Alex Reyes

    Occupational Safety & Health Coordinator
    Top Gun 2019

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    Alex Reyes

    Alex Reyes

    Occupational Safety & Health Coordinator
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 1/22/1990 – Alex is a proud father of six children and happily married to his wife! But his family count doesn’t stop at eight, you can also add two dogs to the mix! He is very proud of the fact he has been with the company for over 25 years!

  • Madeline Rials

    Madeline Rials

    HR Manager
    Top Gun 2020

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    Madeline Rials

    Madeline Rials

    HR Manager
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 12/17/2018 – Madeline graduated from Texas A&M in 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Development. Born in Louisiana, but raised her whole life in Austin, she considers herself a native. In her free time she likes to read, see movies at the Alamo Drafthouse, and try new restaurants. Her goal is to keep CAG as an employer of choice and help employees grow along the way.

  • Meredith Rials

    Meredith Rials

    Billing Clerk

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    Meredith Rials

    Meredith Rials

    Billing Clerk

    Hire Date 12/28/2020 – Meredith is an Austinite whose favorite thing is that there is always something to do! She loves Chuy’s, baking, and hanging out with her dogs, Kate the shih tzu mix and Gomez the yorkie mix. One of her top bucket list items is to visit all of the national parks on a very, very, very long road trip.

  • Oralia Rivas

    Oralia Rivas

    Make Ready
    Top Gun 2020

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    Oralia Rivas

    Oralia Rivas

    Make Ready
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 6/15/2015 – Oralia is from Dolores Hidalgo Guanajuato, Mexico, and moved to Austin in 2006. She loves it here in Austin and spends a lot of her time reading, walking, and running. Oralia has a really big family and they enjoy going out shopping and spending time at the park together. When she can, she likes to back to Mexico for vacation.

  • Javier Rivera

    Javier Rivera

    Sales Coordinator

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    Javier Rivera

    Javier Rivera

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 6/1/2021 – Javier is from Houston, Texas. Now in Austin, Javier loves the cultural melting pot here, coupled with so many unique personalities, plus all of the outdoor sceneries. (And let’s not forget about the food!) While he is new to the automotive world, Javier feels that he has found an amazing opportunity with CAG and can’t wait to grow here. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, working out, cooking, finding great spots for Vietnamese food, and spending quality time with his friends and family. Javier’s parents are his role models as they moved from Mexico and persisted to do everything they could to give their children a better life. He’s down to catch live music at just about any venue, at just about any time! Javier enjoys traveling and was able to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Mexico. One day, he would like to travel to Australia to see the beautiful nature as well as the Australian Open Tournament for tennis! FUN FACT: Javier previously spent 8 years as a hairstylist!

  • Jesse Rodriguez

    Jesse Rodriguez

    Detail Assistant Manager
    Top Gun 2011

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    Jesse Rodriguez

    Jesse Rodriguez

    Detail Assistant Manager
    Top Gun 2011

    Hire Date 1/19/1999 – Originally from Mexico City, Jesse moved to Austin more than 15 years ago and enjoys living here because there are nice people and not too much traffic. Jesse worked for Mercedes-Benz of Austin, moved back to Mexico, and then re-joined the dealership about ten years ago. Jesse and his wife Louisa, who also works at the dealership, have one son and one daughter. In his free time Jesse likes to watch soccer (especially the Mexican national team) but doesn’t play anymore because of an ACL injury that sidelined him. Cancun and Miami are Jesse’s two favorite vacation spots, and his favorite restaurants are Pappadeaux and Pappasitos.

  • Erbey Romero

    Erbey Romero

    Maintenance Coordinator

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    Erbey Romero

    Erbey Romero

    Maintenance Coordinator

    Hire Date 4/7/2021 – Erbey is an Austinite who loves the people here more than anything else. He enjoys being a team player and keeping up the facilities so the rest of the teams at CAG can do their best. He applies a passed down piece of wisdom from his dad every day: any and everything has a way to be accomplished. When he’s not working, Erbey enjoys riding his motorcycle, listening to live music, eating oysters from Captain Benny’s, and putting his family first – “happy wife, happy life” is his motto! He also enjoys listening to The Beatles and no longer plays video games, thanks to the fact that he can no longer beat his kids. Erbey would like to visit Spain someday, definitely to check out the food scene. At home, Erbey and his family have two dogs: a feisty little yorkie named Harley, and the friendliest pitbull, Gucci.

  • Jackie Romero

    Jackie Romero

    HR Specialist
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2016

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    Jackie Romero

    Jackie Romero

    HR Specialist
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2016

    Hire Date 06/01/2010 – Jackie was born in California where she soon ended her west coast fun to be in Austin, TX. She has a dog named Bandit that she likes to take on walks. She enjoys the produce section at the grocery store and going to local pubs and farmers markets! If she won the lottery she would give Sheri money and pay off all of her expenses. Her dream car is an old school Shelby Mustang. She hates doing laundry but enjoys beef fajitas and her step dad’s home cooking. She aspires to one day visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame in North Carolina. With Jackie’s good looks, she often gets mistaken for Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl. She found her place at Mercedes-Benz of Austin by the fabulous Craigslist and has gone uphill from there! She enjoys football, hanging with friends and is a HUGE NASCAR FAN! Quote by Jackie: “Joy is contagious. Hang around joyful people and there’s every chance you’ll catch it”

  • Israel Saldana

    Israel Saldana

    Valet

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    Israel Saldana

    Valet

    Hire Date 10/31/2019 – Israel is an open-minded and versatile human being who was born and raised here in Austin. He’s been vegan since February 2018 and the biggest and most noticeable benefit has been the amazing increase in energy! With all of that energy, he likes to skateboard (he would recommend the Northeast Metro Park in Pflugerville) and he’s a DJ who also loves to make music. He gets his musical inspiration from all kinds of genres! Israel’s future plans include becoming an entrepreneurial billionaire, possibly by way of real estate, and then live in the mountains!

  • Connie Sanchez

    Connie Sanchez

    Parts Sales
    Top Gun 2020

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    Connie Sanchez

    Connie Sanchez

    Parts Sales
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date: 5/23/2016 – Connie was born in Austin and doesn’t see herself leaving this city anytime soon. Connie is the oldest of four siblings: her two sisters both here in Austin as well, and her brother who is in the military and lives in California. If Connie could travel anywhere, she would love to go to Spain and then travel all over Europe from there. In her spare time, Connie loves reading books and is quite the Harry Potter fanatic. She loves action movies, and of course, all of the Harry Potter movies, and she enjoys listening to some great music. Her favorites are; Queen, The Beatles, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Selena Quintanilla. FUN FACT: Connie actually got into cars by accident! She had recently left a job and decided to apply to be a driver for a parts company. She was too young to be a driver for that company and ended up working behind the counter instead. She’s been in the auto parts industry ever since!

  • Manny Santamaria

    Manny Santamaria

    Technician

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    Manny Santamaria

    Manny Santamaria

    Technician

    Hire Date 1/10/2022 – Manny is from California. He moved to Austin in January of 2022 in search of lesser congestion, a better way of living, and nicer people. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, listening to all kinds fo music, hanging out with friends, and trying new foods. Manny was able to travel throughout Europe and would recommend visiting Madrid, Spain if you would like to visit one of the coolest places! Manny’s upcoming goal is to buy a house here in the Austin area. FUN FACT: Manny loves to ride sport bike motorcycles. After a crash in 2021, he’s taking a break!

  • Ernest Santillan

    Ernest Santillan

    Courtesy Driver
    Top Gun 2020

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    Ernest Santillan

    Courtesy Driver
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 4/11/2019 – Ernest enjoys watching sports like basketball and football in his free time. He can also be found spending quality time with his family and kicking back watching movies. Ernest is thrilled to be a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Austin team!

  • Jim Schankel

    Jim Schankel

    Billing Clerk

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    Jim Schankel

    Billing Clerk

    Hire Date 7/12/2021 – Jim in from Cypress, Texas. Outside of work, he’s big into being outdoors for activities like cycling and camping. His most fond travel memories come from a Hawaiian cruise he ventured.

  • Caitlyn Seymour

    Caitlyn Seymour

    Service Coordinator
    Top Gun 2019, Top Gun 2020

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    Caitlyn Seymour

    Caitlyn Seymour

    Service Coordinator
    Top Gun 2019, Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 12/28/2016 – Caitlyn was born in Austin and is in love with the live music scene here. She listens to any and all kinds of music, from Country to EDM to Rock, and has been to over 100 concerts! In her spare time, Caitlyn loves to hang out with her boyfriend, Andrew and her son, Rowan. They are foodies who typically spend time together at home or going to the park so Rowan can play. Pool days and walks with their dogs – a German shepherd named Drogo and a dachshund named Minnie – are also popular. Prior to COVID-19, Caitlyn’s Sundays were made complete by catching the latest flicks at the Alamo Draft House.

     

  • Danny Singer

    Danny Singer

    Accounting Assistant

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    Danny Singer

    Danny Singer

    Accounting Assistant

    Hire Date 6/14/2021 – Daniel is from San Antonio, TX and now in Austin, he’s become a big fan of the different activities you can do here. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys spending time with friends, listening to Cole Swindel, getting a bite to eat from Trattoria Lisina, rooting for the San Antonio Spurs, and watching all of the Marvel movies. Daniel once spent a month in Romania and can’t wait to travel again, perhaps back to Europe to explore more areas. If he could have dinner with anyone, Daniel would have chosen author Wayne Dyer for excellent conversation. Other than that, Daniel’s hero is his dad, his favorite song changes by the day, and one day soon, he hopes to get a dog.

  • Carlos Solorio-Benitez

    Carlos Solorio-Benitez

    Detail Specialist
    Top Gun 2021

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    Carlos Solorio-Benitez

    Carlos Solorio-Benitez

    Detail Specialist
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 10/3/2000 – Carlos spends a lot of his time working at Mercedes-Benz of Austin, but almost an equal amount of time (or so it seems) at the gym working out. He likes to help out his co-workers when needed, and likes listening to music throughout the day. Carlos also likes to spend time with his family and enjoys soccer!

  • Kevin Steppler

    Kevin Steppler

    Technician

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    Kevin Steppler

    Technician

    Hire Date 10/27/2017 – Kevin moved to here from Sonoma, the beautiful wine country, of Northern California. Thanks to the economic opportunity here, he and his wife decided Austin was a better fit for them! Kevin and his wife have two sons and they enjoy going hiking, seeing movies, cooking, and bicycling together. When it’s just Kevin and the boys, they have fun playing golf, too! Kevin also enjoys to spend time out riding sport bike motorcycles, and says he wants more in the future! Someday, he would like to travel all over the globe.

  • Jeffrey Tang

    Jeffrey Tang

    Level 2 Tech Support

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    Jeffrey Tang

    Level 2 Tech Support

    Hire Date 7/5/2017 – Jeff has lived in Austin for his entire life, aside from that one time when he was born in Arizona. He likes board games, card games, and video games. He’s a soccer fan and a Liverpool F.C. supporter. So far, he’s been to Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia, and one day, he’d like to visit Europe.

  • Baleigh Thiessen

    Baleigh Thiessen

    Service Coordinator

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    Baleigh Thiessen

    Baleigh Thiessen

    Service Coordinator

    Hire Date 9/13/2021 – Born and raised in Kansas, Baleigh made a few major decisions in her life when she moved to Austin in August of 2021 to pursue both getting married and buying a home! She fills her free time with going to the movies, seeing all kinds of concerts, and finding great places for Mexican food. Some day in her future, Baleigh would love to tour through Europe, specifically Scotland for the scenery, culture, and the fact that one of her favorite shows was filmed there – aka Game of Thrones! At home, Baleigh has two sweet dogs who love walks and dog parks: Mac a rescued whippet and border collie mix, and Charlie, a lab/Catahoula/Australian shepherd mix. FUN FACT: Baleigh has been labeled a “karaoke star” from her friends and family. Now, the question is… is it for her voice? Or her personality? You’ll have to attend karaoke with her to find out!

  • Joy Tilley

    Joy Tilley

    Accounts Payable

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    Joy Tilley

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 3/1/2021 – Joy is from Boulder, Colorado. She worked for CAG previously, and she can easily say that she missed the automotive industry and is happy to be home. When she’s not working, Joy likes going hiking, biking, walking, gardening, and having water balloon fights with her boys. She’s a fan of music and highly recommends catching a show at Red Rocks in Golden Colorado if you have the chance. She loved taking her boys skiing in Colorado when they were young, and now, Joy’s got her eye on trips to two very different locations: Hawaii and Alaska. At home, Joy has quite the zoo! She has 2 dogs, Juliet & Sage, a cat named Bo, a 25-year-old African Gray parrot named Buddy, and coming soon… fish for her garden pond! FUN FACT: Joy once built a 6’x12′ playscape for her boys and a wedding cake in the same week!

  • James Tillman

    James Tillman

    Shop Foreman
    Top Gun 2016

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    James Tillman

    Shop Foreman
    Top Gun 2016

    Hire Date 1/5/2000 – James loves off-shore fishing and heads to Port Aransas, Texas, to fish for snapper, tuna, and shark whenever he has a chance. James also enjoys a good glass of wine, and the California wine country (specifically, Sonoma and Napa Valley) is another one of James’s favorite vacation spots. Originally from New Braunfels, James has enjoyed making his home in Austin for more than twenty-eight years.

  • Scott Tinney

    Scott Tinney

    Finance Manager

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    Scott Tinney

    Finance Manager

    Hire Date 12/23/2015 – Scott is a new addition to Austin, and is enjoying the change from his previous Southern California life. He has been in the car industry for over 30 years, and has spent the majority of that time with Mercedes-Benz. Scott graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont- Go Cats! In his free time, Scott likes to enjoy the outdoors, go Big Game hunting, and enjoys just about any kind of fishing.

  • Sirfoss Toaiva

    Sirfoss Toaiva

    Level 1 Tech Support

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    Sirfoss Toaiva

    Level 1 Tech Support

    Hire Date 1/24/2022 – Sirfoss is originally from Hawaii, but moved to Colorado in 2014. After spending a fair amount of time living there, he decided to make his move to Austin, Texas at the end of 2021! Although he is pretty new to the automotive industry, Sirfoss is very interested in it and hopes to get more involved. He enjoys working out, and his favorite thing about Austin would have to be the beautiful exploration sites and the food scene. When asked what his favorite food is, Sirfoss was torn between sushi and Thai cuisine! One day, he would love to visit Japan because it is home to his favorite flower, the Cherry Blossom! While he’s there, he would love to explore the beautiful scenery and learn more about the culture… he says their tattoos have an interesting history! FUN FACT: Sirfoss’ favorite sports team is whichever Kevin Durant is playing on!

  • Noelia Torres

    Noelia Torres

    Internal Auditor

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    Noelia Torres

    Internal Auditor

    Hire Date 5/16/2000 – Noelia is a Virgo, so she doesn’t lie and she doesn’t embellish. A consummate accountant, she is from Robstown, Texas, graduated from Texas State, and has lived in Austin for nine years. She works out regularly and describes her style as straightforward. She takes the TV show Ghost Whisperer quite seriously and is overcoming an unfounded fear of non-physical spirits.

  • Shannon Tursam

    Shannon Tursam

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2017

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    Shannon Tursam

    Parts Specialist
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2017

    Hire Date 4/11/1996 – Shannon has been working in the car business for over 25 years, and all but two of those years, have been spent with Mercedes-Benz of Austin. Shannon was born and raised in Houston, then lived in Orlando for a few years, and then moved back to Texas where he has called Austin home now for more than 30 years. Shannon likes to barbecue, and is an all around great cook in the kitchen; he’s not afraid to try a new recipe or use an old one that’s been handed down from his family through the years. Shannon is a history buff, so he loves visiting museums, and he also enjoys attending air shows and traveling. He has been to Germany, France, Mexico, and 21 different States including Hawaii, and is hoping for an opportunity to visit England and Ireland in the future. Shannon also enjoys cycling when he gets a chance FUN FACT: Shannon, his wife, and their two boys had their fifteen seconds of fame on the today show to start off 2021!

  • Emily Upton

    Emily Upton

    Sales Coordinator

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    Emily Upton

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 4/2/2015 – Emily was born and raised in Austin only briefly living in Waco while attending Baylor University. She loves animals of all species owning multiple cats, a Lab named Tippy, a Uromastyx named Remus and a 75 gallon fish tank. In her free time, Emily loves to curl up with a good book, play video games and spend time with her family.

  • Renee Velasco

    Renee Velasco

    Sales Coordinator

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    Renee Velasco

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 5/15/2017 – Renee moved to Round Rock from El Paso in 2010, and her favorite part about living in the area is all the friendly people. She has one dog–a husky named Nanook–and one cat–Shania. Reading, drawing, and listening to music are her favorite things to do in her free time, preferably with a cup of coffee in hand.

  • Danielle Villegas

    Danielle Villegas

    Receptionist

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    Danielle Villegas

    Receptionist

    Hire Date 9/30/2021 – Danielle was born in California, moved to Texas in ’07, and currently resides in Kyle, TX. She graduated from UT in May 2021 with a degree in economics, and a minor in business – naturally, she is a huge UT fan and always roots for the Longhorns! Remarkably, her favorite color is orange, too. Around Austin, Danielle enjoys swimming, learning new things, exploring different cultures, and trying new restaurants and foods. One day, Danielle would like to go on a road trip through the United States, but one of her favorite forms of travel would have to be cruises. She loves to see different places and will tell you that some gorgeous locations include the Bahamas, Belize, and Venezuela.

  • Ben Vinger

    Ben Vinger

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2020

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    Ben Vinger

    Ben Vinger

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2020

    Hire Date 1/14/2019 – Ben grew up wake surfing and snowboarding in Reno, NV, and headed to Austin in April 2017 for more job opportunities and a better economy. He’s always been a car guy and is fond of all kinds of racing, the F1 and performance car world, and keeping up with cars in general. Ben’s also quite the adrenaline junkie and one day, he’d like to give wingsuit base jumping a shot. Apart from his work with CAG, Ben is also a videographer–and a foodie–and his youtube channel (@sirbenv) combines both of those facts! He draws a lot of inspiration from Bach, Bobby Flay, Bowie, and Warhol.

  • Grace Watson

    Grace Watson

    HR Specialist

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    Grace Watson

    HR Specialist

    Hire Date 12/1/2020 – Grace is from Bastrop, Texas. With an interest in learning and growing in the HR field, Grace was eager to join the team here at Continental Automotive Group. She’s excited at the learning aspects in her position that will help her tenfold in life! When she’s not working, Grace enjoys shopping, listening to live music, trying great Mexican restaurants, finding things to do in Austin and discovering new adventures. Grace went on an amazing cruise vacation to Cozumel, Mexico & Progresso, Mexico and can’t wait for her next one! She’s hoping to go to either Alaska or the Bahamas on her next cruise vacay. Grace is a Texas sports fan who cheers for the UT Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys. At home, Grace has a sweet furbaby named Lacey, an aussie/lab mix.

  • Donavan Weaver

    Donavan Weaver

    Express Technician
    Top Gun 2021

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    Donavan Weaver

    Donavan Weaver

    Express Technician
    Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 1/6/2021 – Donavan is from Dallas, TX. Thanks to a love of cars while he was growing up, Donavan was eager to learn about working on them after watching his neighbor work on his own racecars. He’s thankful to be at Mercedes-Benz of Austin where he can pursue his true passion. When he’s not at work, Donavan enjoys exploring Austin, going biking and canoeing, checking out local breweries and distilleries, trying new food places (especially for Cajun Seafood), listening to Kid Cudi, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. Donavan’s parents are his heroes for showing him how to survive in the real world and he’s continually grateful for them. One day, Donavan would like to travel to Dubai to see the different landscapes and architecture. FUN FACT: Donavan is left-handed!

  • Catalina Wells

    Catalina Wells

    Title Clerk

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    Catalina Wells

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 4/27/2021 – Catalina is from Copperas Cove, Texas. With previous work experience in a titling role for an insurance company, she felt like getting into the title side of things within the automotive industry would be a good move for her. When she’s not working, Catalina enjoys watching movies, eating seafood, listening to The Weeknd, and rooting for the Chiefs! Her husband is her hero as he truly works harder than anyone she knows, though she’d gladly invite Keith Urban to dinner if she could choose anyone. One of her best vacations was spent in Florida, and one day she’d like to go to Hawaii.

  • Morgan White

    Morgan White

    Title Clerk

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    Morgan White

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 6/28/2021 – Morgan is from Michigan. Here in the Austin area, Morgan enjoys spending time with her dog Oliver, and two cats, named Merlin and Firefox. One day, she’d like to make a trip to the Netherlands to visit her friends who live there.

  • Chris Wood

    Chris Wood

    Booker Warranty

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    Chris Wood

    Booker Warranty

    Hire Date 10/25/2012 – Chris joined the Mercedes-Benz of Austin team in 2016, after having worked for a sister-store, Wholesale Parts Direct. Chris was born in Houston and raised in Central Texas. He enjoys attending metal shows in Austin, and all over the rest of Texas, too! Chris also loves watching movies, and his favorite place to catch them is none other than… the Alamo Drafthouse’s! He has a sweet 8 year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Bandit, and even though Bandit is 8 now, he still acts like a puppy. If Chris could travel anywhere, he’d love to visit Finland. He says that the Finnish language and their music really strike an interest chord for him, and he can’t wait for his chance to go.

  • Katie Wotipka

    Katie Wotipka

    Accounting Assistant
    Top Gun 2018

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    Katie Wotipka

    Accounting Assistant
    Top Gun 2018

    Hire Date 9/22/2016 – Katie is from Austin. Her favorite part about living in our beautiful city is the live music scene. In her spare time, she likes to read, and her favorite genre is fantasy. She has a dog named Dante and a cat named Ava.

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