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.
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!”
Hire Date 9/12/2018 – Gricelda was born and raised in Mexico and moved to Austin in 1996. Her favorite thing to do in Austin is to walk the trail along the lake downtown. She is looking forward to doing those walks with a dog in the future, and is considering getting a Chow Chow! In her free time, Gricelda likes to watch movies and go for bike rides with her kids. Someday, Gricelda would like to visit France and experience it’s interesting culture, foods, architecture, and for the same reasons, she would also like to visit Rome.
Hire Date 3/14/2011 – Hector was born in the late nineteenth century meow in the wilderness of Canada. He has lived in Chicago, central Tennessee, north meow Texas over the years, and presently the Austin area. He has enjoyed seeing the history of the meow automobile take place and has owned many different types of cars. Hector was awarded CAG top gun in 2012. Meow.
Hire Date 2/6/2018 – Demetra has Greek roots and is originally from Canada. She’s lived all over Canada, and when her husband got a job down here in Austin, they happily went for it and made the move in late 2016. The rest of her family is all back in Canada, so it’s just her and her husband exploring Austin now! Demetra has a travel bug and her most recent trip was to Paris and London. She’s also travelled extensively in Greece thanks to her roots. Demetra has also ALWAYS had a Mercedes-Benz. She loves them with so much passion, and can’t wait to get her dream car, the impressive G Wagon, as early as her next vehicle!
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!
Hire Date coming soon! – Denver was born and raised in Houston. He came to Austin at the beginning of 2018 for a fresh start in life. Now in Austin, Denver’s been enjoying checking out the rivers and getting to go swimming! He originally became interested in European cars thanks to attending car meets and car shows. On his bucket list, you’ll find that he would like to learn to fly a plane, and also race a car on the Nürburgring track in Germany.
Hire Date 2/11/2013 – Fouad has been with Mercedes-Benz of Austin since February 2013. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon. He came to the United States as a student in 1984 and attended UT of San Antonio where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He has been very happily married for 26 years to his wife Sandra, a former attorney, and has two beautiful twin girls, Nadia and Emily. Nadia is named after his mom and Emily after his Uncle Emile. His favorite foods include all things Lebanese and Sandra excels at making these meals, especially tabouli. He loves cycling and makes the 13 mile commute to work on his Surly bicycle once or twice a week. He has been a diehard fan of the world famous Red Devils of Manchester United Football Club since he was a teenager. He loves to travel and looks forward to visiting Stockholm soon!
Hire Date 10/24/2016 – Born and raised in Austin, TX, James has a desire to stay in this city. He spends most of the week working, but likes to get out and enjoy live music whenever possible. He frequents the Continental Club, and loves to listen to all kinds of music from rock to Texas blues! James graduated from Anderson High School and then went on to study at accounting at ACC, and now feels very happy getting to do what he is doing for Mercedes-Benz of Austin. During sport seasons, especially for football and basketball, James roots for the Longhorns! Someday, he would like to travel to places like Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia, where he used to visit often.
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 isle 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 un-mistakable laugh, she has other great assets that contribute to making Mercedes-Benz the company it is today.
Hire Date 10/12/2018 – Alyssa moved from Houston to Austin in 2015 to attend school at Texas State. She later ended up getting her degree in Mass Communications through ASU. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys embroidering hoops, and you can see a sample of her embroidery work on Instagram @thuglifeboutique. She works an average of 10 hours per hoop! Alyssa would really like to become fluent in Spanish mainly due to the fact that her fiancé’s family all speaks Spanish, and she’d love to be able to talk to them more. Her shorter term goal is to get into HR.
Hire Date 3/2/2015 – Andy Boynton is a native Texan, born in Houston. He could identify the make and model of any car on the road before he was 10 years old. Andy attended Texas A&M and while there he began his automotive and management career at Auto Zone. His years at Auto Zone gave him valuable insight about parts and service that serve him well today. Andy has been a Sales Manager/Director for more than 15 years. He and his wife, Nicole, have known each other since middle school. They have two sons and Andy enjoys teaching the boys all about cars. The boys play baseball and lacrosse and can also name any car on the road. In their spare time the family enjoys watching movies, visiting the beach, and working on old cars.
Hire Date 6/25/2016 – Originally from San Diego, Heath has been in the Austin area since 2004. Heath 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 of studying military history. He personally has over 50 military history books!
Hire Date 7/2/2013 – Bonnie has been working for Mercedes-Benz since 2006. She is originally from El Paso, Texas and moved to Austin in 2001. Some of her favorite things include spending time with family, Sunday mornings, live music, and reading.
Hire Date 11/29/2016 – Noah is an aficionado of movies and watches a lot of Netflix and Hulu. He has four dogs who constantly annoy him, but that he, of course, loves regardless. Noah is also a Patriots fan and says, “Everyone hates the Patriots, but at least no one hates me!” Cookie Dough ice cream can always be found in his freezer, and he is fan of the amazing deals that can be found at Walmart when it comes to his favorite frosty treat. Bucket list: EUROPE.
Hire Date 6/1/2005 – Rob was born and raised in California and moved to New York at the age of 13. He ended up in the middle of the country in Austin, Texas and has worked for Mercedes-Benz for more than 15 years. He has two beautiful children, two cats, two dogs, and 8 fish. You won’t find him attempting to climb Mt. Everest, his favorite vacation spot is anywhere warm with a beach, but he would rather be boating than doing anything else. As for work, he was selected out of 100 applicants in the country for the Master Guild Award, which is the highest recognition for Mercedes-Benz. We are so proud of him!
Hire Date 4/23/2001 – Andrew spent his earliest days within his mother’s womb, developing the foundation that supports him today. Andrew was educated within the hedges of Rice University, where he found his stride… literally. While attending Rice on a track scholarship, he was awarded ‘All-American’ status 5 times. Graduating circa 1999, he floundered about for two years before finding a home at Mercedes-Benz of Austin. Andrew served his time on the sales floor, where he learned the fundamentals of the business. From there, he used his quick and penetrating intelligence to advance into a finance position, where he developed the many skills required to succeed. Today, Andrew serves as the General Sales Manager, where his experience continues to fertilize and water the seeds of success.
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, she met her husband, Andrew Burrow. From Mercedes, 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.
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.
Hire Date 5/22/2017 – Originally from North Carolina, Jordan is enjoying life in Austin, where it doesn’t snow! He’s a diehard Tar Heels basketball fan and a Panthers football fan. Jordan is very into his sports, and considers football and basketball the two best sports out there. He can also be found playing golf from time to time, but he’ll pass on watching it. The biggest piece to Jordan’s life is his little family of dogs. Jordan has three awesome little dogs, and believes that “Dog Fridays” should be a thing!
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!
Hire Date 4/28/2015 – Juana is from Vera Cruz, Mexico, and has been in Austin for over 20 years now. When she’s at home, she can’t help but stay busy cooking and cleaning, while listening to romantic music. Juana, her husband, and son, like to play and watch soccer together as often as they can. Juana also loves to spend some vacation time visiting her extended family in Tennessee!
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!
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…
Hire Date 11/5/2018 – Cameron was raised in Southern Oregon and headed to Austin for a fresh start at the beginning of 2018. He enjoys hunting and fishing, and the Mueller Lake Pond is a favorite fishing spot of his. Cameron also likes spending his time scuba diving and keeping up with motorsports. Someday, he would love to travel with Southeast Asia being high on list. He can’t wait to experience the culture, taste the food, and scuba dive there, too!
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.
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.
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.
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 CAG Health and Safety Manager for over four 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.
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!
Hire Date 6/28/2018 – Maria was born and raised in Matamoros, Mexico, and she moved to Austin in 2016. In her free time, she likes to go bowling, travel with her family, and spend time with her dog, Frida Kahlo. Someday, Maria would like to travel to and explore Paris!
Hire Date 7/27/2018 – Brock was born and raised in Temple, Texas. He currently goes to Texas State in San Marcos, and is excited to get to work with so many nice vehicles at Mercedes-Benz of Austin. When he’s not at work, Brock likes to go out of town on adventures, and loves to see and experience new cities! Ever since he saw a few photos of New York City and Manhattan, he’s been drawn to the idea of visiting New York, and hopes to check it out in the near future!
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!
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 9 years!
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.
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.
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.
Hire Date 3/25/2013 – Walker, often referred to as the Golden Child, was born in Austin, but grew up in a town called Boerne, just outside of San Antonio. He recently moved back to Austin to be close to his cousin and best friend KevKev. This worked out pretty well for him, as it was his cousin that recommended him for the position due to their mutual love of things with engines. Walker was recently adopted by a needy little kitten that keeps him on his toes. If he could, he’d love to make a trip back to Japan to visit friends. It might be a little easier for him to take a trip to Canada though, as he is legally a United States and Canadian citizen.
Hire Date March 26, 2003 – Lynne was born in Newfoundland, Canada. Her father was in the Air Force so they moved often – lived in Massachusetts and Alexandria, Virginia before moving to San Antonio. Graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1972 & completing BBA at SWTSU in 1974 in 2.5 years, she then worked as an IRS Criminal Investigator and an investigator for Travis County District Attorney’s office investigating financial crimes. Lynne graduated #1 in her class from Federal Law Enforcement training and qualified as sharpshooter in firearms training. She was the first female Criminal Investigator in the Austin IRS offices. She started a CPA/Tax practice, until hired by a client – Maggie’s Heart of Texas Dodge where she worked for 10 years until they sold the dealership, and then came to work for Continental Auto Group in 2003. Lynne comes from a large family. Her mother has 11 brothers & sisters, so she has 35 1st cousins, 2 sisters, and a brother. She is a proud mother of 2 grown children, Rachel & Richard. Lynne says “best time of my life was raising my kids.” Rachel has her MBA and Richard his BBA & completed firefighter certification. Lynne has an RV and loves to travel & go camping. Her first trip after retirement in a few years, she plans to go back to Newfoundland. Her parents are from upstate New York and she loves to visit there & hopes to spend her summers in the north and winters in Texas.
Hire Date 7/25/2016 – Jordan moved to Austin from Houston. She went to Texas State with a major in Netflix and graduated at the top of her class. “Visionary,” “a prodigy,” and “inspiring,” are among the words her professors frequently used to describe her. She likes cooking, hanging out with friends and family, and fencing. Her favorite place is Beaumont, TX, because, “It’s just so beautiful,” she says with tears in her eyes, “The view from the refineries is breathtaking.” Her favorite color is sasquatch, favorite gemstone is the ruby, and she is also a Virgo, “which is clearly the best.”
Hire Date 10/29/2018 – Frank was born and raised in Mississippi and moved to Austin in 2018 with his family, all thanks to his fiancée’s job promotion! He had a 6 year old daughter who is a Christmas baby, and an 11 year old son. Altogether, they enjoy watching movies, going to theme parks, and traveling around to visit family in Atlanta. Frank has been in the automotive business since 2012, and is happy to be at Mercedes-Benz of Austin now. In his free time, Frank likes to go to professional basketball, baseball, and football games, as well as play all three sports himself!
Hire Date 7/25/2016 – Edna is a Texas girl, through and through, born and raised. She loves her family, made up of her husband, her four sisters, and her one and only brother. Edna also enjoys cooking from time to time, and claims that she makes pretty tasty ribs! After a short time away exploring other areas of the auto world, Edna is happy to be back with Mercedes-Benz.
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.
Hire Date 7/27/2016 – Bridget moved from Denver to Austin at the beginning of July, 2016. She loves baking, and graduated from Johnson & Wales, College of Culinary Arts, in BPA (Baking and Pastry Arts). Bridget loves dogs, and will be getting a puppy soon! She really enjoys rock climbing, going to movies, and staying up-to-date on working out and her nutrition. FUN FACT: Bridget‘s nickname is “Croissant” due to it being one of her favorite things to make!
Hire Date 3/3/2014 – Jay was born and raised in the ATX. He’s a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky type of guy and he’s also a diehard Cowboy’s fan. He’s been in the car industry for 11 years now, and it all started with a 1970’s Pontiac Firebird. Thanks to that Firebird and a curious passion for cars, Jay was lucky enough to have a close family member of his help him through school to study cars, and here he is with us today! Jay has also been playing pool in the APA League at Slick Willies for 4 years, and even enjoys inline rollerblading just for exercise and fun now- yet he used to compete!
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 14 year veteran of Mercedes-Benz. He is also a part time ninja, with a secret life as Spider Man.
Hire Date 4/2/2018 – Tim was born and raised in Chicago. His fiancée is originally from Texas, and now, he’s come back with her! He’s been enjoying scoping out things in the Austin area, including the Alabama Shake taco from Torchy’s, riding his sport motorcycle down 1431, and can’t wait to get out and hike and swim! Tim’s always liked cars and spent time working on his own, so it felt fitting to get into the automotive industry. We’re glad to have him at Mercedes-Benz of Austin!
Hire Date 5/21/2018 – Jonathan was born and raised in Central Florida. He spent a lot of time in a smaller city called Mt. Dora, north of Orlando. In October of 2017 he and his girl friend moved here to Texas thanks to her getting a job promotion with Apple! Jonathan had also worked for Apple for some time, as well as having a past job where he created video games with EA for 8 years, and all the while, had also grown up around cars thanks to his dad having owned a repair shop. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing pool and anything to do with sports cars, racing, or F1!
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.
Hire Date 5/26/2016 – Cassandra has lived in California, Oregon, and Texas with a total of 11 years of living in the Austin area. While her first three years of college were spent playing volleyball, she decided to discontinue so that she may focus on her education. Cassandra’s favorite hobbies are drawing Disney characters and trying to be like Suzette.
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.”
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 8 years and attended the Universal Technical Institute in Exton, Pennsylvania.
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.
Hire Date 11/18/1991 – When he can get away from the penny-loafing set, Lee takes his ML320 down to the family ranch in Ft. McKavett for some serious off-road testing. ‘There’s nothing like a Mercedes-Benz,’ Lee tells me. And nothing like a mesquite thorn… which is why Lee keeps his spare tire full of air.
Hire Date 7/11/2016 – Juanita moved to Austin from Colorado. She lives with her fiancé and two cats who both came from Austin Pets Alive! In fact, one of her favorite things about working for Continental Automotive Group is how involved we are with APA! and with the Austin community. On the weekends, you’ll find her enjoying an early morning cycling on the road.
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!
Hire Date 9/15/2017 – Kevin has been in Austin forever and loves to look at the unique Austin city skyline. Away from work, he likes to play soccer, basketball, and drive, for both to race and just for enjoyment. Kevin has had his hand slammed in a car door before, but is perfectly okay, and his hand functions normally! Someday, he wants to go to Hawaii to have fun and dance with all the hula dancers!
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.
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.”
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!
Hire Date 7/10/2018 – Stephen was born in Dallas, spent some years in California, and then made it back to Texas in ’96. He’s been in Austin ever since coming back to Texas, and we’re glad he’s here! Stephen enjoys fatherhood and has two children: a daughter in high school who’s a cheerleader, and a younger son who loves to play soccer. Stephen is a car fanatic and enjoys any motorsport that’s out there. He loves to be at COTA, and if he had to pick a favorite, F1 is his motorsport of choice. Stephen has worked in the automotive industry for many years, including working for CarFax, and has also previously worked in sales with our Pre-Owned Sales Manager, Andy Boynton. Fun Fact: Stephen spent 6 years competitive cycling while in California, where he was “trying to become Lance Armstrong, before he was Lance Armstrong”.
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
Hire Date 3/16/2017 – Andrew was born and raised in NOLA, and came to Austin thanks to his girlfriend, and thanks to the work opportunity here. He has been working on cars since 2010 while he was attending high school, and moved on to make a career out of it. Andrew enjoys spending his free time outdoors hiking, shooting and hunting. Every once in a while, he can be found playing Cards Against Humanity with a group of friends.
Hire Date 10/27/2018 – Nestor was born and raised in Mexico, got married, and then headed to Austin in 2011. In his free time, he runs a DJ business where he plays all kinds of EDM and Latin music, including reggaeton. Apart from DJing an working with cars, Nestor enjoys working out and running the trails on Lady Bird Lake. One day, he would love to own and run his own marketing and advertising business.
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.
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, sweet baby James, 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 thing in life is James, who comes to the dealership with her almost everyday and loves to smile at everyone that stops by their office to say hi.
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!
Hire Date 2/17/1984 – Left. When she is not making gray skies blue, Joy enjoys enjoying herself. She is a talented dog-whisperer, an avid cyclist, and a sought-after companion. She is chatty, enjoys a good crossword puzzle, and early morning swims in Lake Austin with her two puppies Ellie and Charlie. She is currently in Washington DC driving a Subaru Outback.
Hire Date 7/8/2016 – Lily Geneva Hardeman is 18 months old and is named after her great grandmother Geneva Hardeman. She loves to spend time with her family, including her cousins James and Margot, and her dog Nash. She likes to swim, play with her toys, go for walks in the neighborhood, play along when “dada” (Will) plays the guitar or piano, and drink milk. Lily enjoys cruising around the dealership, saying hello to everyone, and getting snacks at the coffee bar.
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.
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.
Hire Date 2/28/2017 – Amanda was born and raised in Austin, and also spent a small chunk of her life in Hiro, Tokyo. Amanda also says that she “practically grew up on a sailboat” and loves to go sailing when she can. She still loves to travel, and Europe and Asia are some of her favorite places to be. Another piece of Amanda becoming who she is today, is due to her time as a cheerleader. When she was cheering, she loved getting to travel for competitions, and she won many of them! Amanda also loves cooking and participates in the Annual BBQ Cook-Off in Austin. She also has a very unique Newfoundland and Lab mix dog, Balto, who enjoys car rides and playing around in parks.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hire Date 7/27/2015 – The name Kegan is of Celtic origin, meaning small and fiery. Props to Mom on that one; she nailed it. Kegan spent his childhood destroying other children in Taekwondo, rebelling against his parents in an angsty teenage skater phase, and somehow simultaneously as an avid member of the stereotypical ‘nerd’ groups, such as Robotic Design, NHS, and Band Leadership. Originally from small town, Texas, he ventured to Austin in 2014 and does not plan on leaving anytime soon. Over the years, he has taught himself the trumpet and guitar. “There is something to be heard in the spaces between spaces…” he said when asked about his love for music. “It’s the reason that music can seem reminiscent in nature to someone, even if they’ve never heard it before.”
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!
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.”
Hire Date 10/10/2016 – Amanda is a thrifting champion, a dog mom of two puppers, enjoys fashion and food, and is a nomad of sorts, but is happy to be in Austin at this wonderful dealership, and a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Austin family. She also thinks she’s quite magnificent at accents, but has been told differently by a kiwi himself.
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 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 in his Deadpool themed sports car. He has been accredited to photograph MotoGP for the past three years at Circuit of the Americas, and plans on shooting it each upcoming year as well. Matthew hopes to eventually get into a career of photography for high end automobiles, and sports such as auto racing.
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.
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 8 year 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 house hold of 3 which includes Yvette (his fiancé) 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, whom 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.
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.
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.
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!
Hire Date 9/14/2015 – Jim was a paratrooper in the Army for 13 years and is medically retired. As a disabled vet, he loves driving part-time for Mercedes-Benz of Austin and building customer relations. Jim likes to spend his free time with his family, traveling, and playing and teaching tennis!
Hire Date 7/25/2016 – Rebecca was born in Houston, TX and raised in Bloomington, IN. Go Hoosiers! She graduated from the University of Evansville with her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management in 2014. She made it back to Texas that year and does not plan on leaving anytime soon. As a result of growing up playing basketball, volleyball, and softball, Rebecca is naturally competitive and driven in the workplace. She adds an additional enthusiasm to the Macho Marketing team and is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about social media practices. Rebecca is also the provider of endless belly rubs to her brother-and-sister family adopted dogs, Kenny and Chesney.
Hire Date 1/29/2018 – Green-eyed Thomas was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. On Christmas Eve of 2017, he moved to Austin and soon after, became a part of the team at Mercedes-Benz of Austin. In his free time, Thomas likes dirt biking, snow boarding (when he gets back to snowy areas), and playing video games like Overwatch on his PC. Thomas has been in the automotive industry since 2014, and originally wanted to become a technician thanks to his brother being successful in the field!
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 sea shells.
Hire Date 3/16/2017 – Anna graduated from Texas State with a degree in Sales and Marketing. She loves being outdoors, especially when there’s water involved, and her ideal vacation is anywhere with a beach! Anna is enjoying discovering the city from food to music, and of course, the outdoors! Anna has been in the automotive industry since 2013 and is happy to be a part of the sales team at Mercedes-Benz of Austin.
Hire Date 7/14/1972 – A builder of cars – A writer of songs – A picker of git-tars – A righter of wrongs – A lover of life – One woman and wine – A self-proclaimed legend – In his spare time
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.
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!
Hire Date 3/30/2008 – Noe es de Mexico Jefe. Vive en Austin mas de vente anos. Noe tiene dos hijos. Por los Domingos, a el le gusta comer fajitas de carne asada. Soy de nacionalidad Mexicana. Radique por 20 años en el D.F. Soy casada, tengo dos hijos a los cual amo demasiado. Llegamos a este país mi esposo y yo para poder brindarles un mejor futuro a nuestros hijos. El trabajado muy duro para poder estar donde estoy, pero la vida sigue y tenemos que seguir hacia delante. También, tengo una mascota. Es un perro que se llama ‘Taz’. El es muy inteligente y adorable en la casa. Todos lo queremos mucho. El es el bebe. En mis momentos libres me gusta ir al cine, mirar televisión, y tomarme uno tiempo para estar con mi mamá.
Hire Date 4/12/2018 – David was born and raised in Corpus Christi and moved to Austin in April 2018. He was ready to really start his life, and thought that Austin seemed like an optimal choice. After he’s spent some time getting adjusted to life in Austin, he’s looking forward to participating in Airsoft games and playing pool! David is also a very outdoorsy guy. He enjoys going hiking and can’t wait to try out kayaking in the near future!
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.
Hire Date 2/5/1998 – Glenn Mayhugh has been associated with The Continental Automotive Group for over fifteen years, most of those years spent at Mercedes-Benz of Austin. He moved from Houston as an Air Force veteran after receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. He completed his formal education at St. Edward’s University where he earned his B.A. degree. He worked in the education and mental health fields for several years before a stint as a registered securities broker. Glenn’s love of all things cars led to his twenty three plus years in the automobile field. A forty-year follower of Formula One automobile racing, he and Mary reside in south Austin.Glenn is the star of our new Video Help Section – “1 Minute with Glenn”
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.”
Hire Date 11/19/2014 – Jeff was born in Maryland and moved to Austin in late 2014. He says he is a very complex person. Jeff’s favorite movie is Into the Wild and in his spare time he loves traveling long distance on motor cycle. I’m sure as soon as he gets his dream bike, he will ride it right on over to Yellow Stone; which is the best place he has traveled to! Jeff says the happiest time in his life is NOW! You can blame that on his 2 dogs and his awesome job. He started working with us because he loves this area, and we are happy to have him!
Hire Date 7/14/1997 (Steve) – Steve’s claim to fame is his 4 children, who, from the oldest to the youngest, span 18 years. James graduated from Texas State and is currently enrolled at The University of Texas in Paralegal Studies. Stephanie, currently in high school, is looking forward to attending UT to learn architecture. And Katherine is busy managing her way through grade school. The two main interests in his lives are his children and his work and he couldn’t be prouder of either one!
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.
Hire Date 8/20/2018 – Jasi was born and raised in the Houston area, and has lived in several Texas cities as a military brat. A self-proclaimed “super-chill” and down to earth person, Jasi likes to go hiking, check out swimming holes (the San Marcos river is a top pick of hers), and read. Her favorite book is “Ecotopia” by Ernest Callenbach. Jasi is vegan and enjoys cooking her own meals. Enjoying the outdoors and mossy greenery, Jasi can’t wait to travel. In the US, she is dying to visit Olympic National Park in Washington–which is her favorite from the photos alone! She would also like to visit Japan for it’s scenery, temples, and cuisine, and China’s on her list, as well, for it’s natural karst towers!
Hire Date 12/15/2016 – Evan is a very artistic chap. He dabbles in using many art mediums, including, but not limited to…. digital artwork, miniature drawing, pencil and ink work, and even some sewing! By doing so much art, Evan is constantly pursuing his dreams of comic artwork and writing. He listens to all kinds of metal music, and has even been to a very unique group’s show called Alestorm… (Part of a sub genre of metal called, “Pirate Metal”)! A few years back, Evan walked into his backyard and saw a sky-full of hot air balloons. Now, ever since then, he has wanted to go hot air ballooning!
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.
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.
Hire Date 1/2/2019 – Nick was born and raised in Orange County, CA, and came to Austin for better job opportunities and friendlier people! He got into the automotive industry in 2007 simply because he loves cars. In his free time, Nick likes to be outdoors and go camping, hiking, and fishing. He also has two blue nose pit bulls, Bella and Tank, who accompany him often on walks and getting out on the water to kayak. Someday, he’d like to own his dream car; an E-Series AMG®, and he’d like to–at least–drive the Excalibur SLS.
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.
Hire Date 10/29/2018 – Eric and his family moved from Orange County, CA, where he had worked on Mercedes-Benz vehicles since 2006. Eric and his wife Alicia and their two children enjoy getting out to travel when they can, and beside that, they all generally live day by day. They enjoy traveling so much, that for their honeymoon they went to Bali, and have traveled many places throughout Europe together, too. Overall, Eric is happy to be experiencing life in a new city!
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.
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.
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.”
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!
Hire Date 4/24/2015 – Gadiel has many different interests. He loves to draw comics and work with computers. His favorite comic book heroes are Superman and Spiderman. Sometimes he works as a set-up and tear-down hand for different concerts and events around town. He used to play soccer but now he just enjoys watching it in his spare time. He welcomed “Gael,” his sweet baby daughter into the world in 2015.
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 recently 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!
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.
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!
Hire Date 5/23/2016 – Nicholas is originally from Massachusetts, and for the past five years, he has worked for Mercedes-Benz in Georgia. Now in Austin, Nick and his 7 year old cat, Pearl- who is all white with blue eyes and no health issues!- are enjoying the new environment of Central Texas. He has always had a passion for cars.
Hire Date 6/6/2017 – Karl grew up just outside of Cape Cod, MA. He played hockey growing up, which eventually allowed him to play on travel teams in Upstate New York and Minnesota. After this, he attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where he studied English and Media Communications. While attending school he became interested in video production, and began directing his university’s athletics broadcast. As his passion for video production grew, so did his love for travel. He graduated in spring of 2016 and backpacked around Europe before returning with a plan to move to Austin to become a videographer. He and his girlfriend Catherine traveled south, where they eventually adopted their pit bull named Lola. His love for hockey still sticks with him as he coaches children in Austin on his days off.
Hire Date 9/11/2018 – Josiah was born and raised in Houston, and has been in Austin since August 2018. He decided to come down to Austin to be able to attend Huston-Tillotson University, where he is pursuing a degree in Psychology. When he’s not at work or school, Josiah enjoys checking out graffiti art, and playing and watching all kinds of sports. All of his favorite teams are–no surprise–Houston teams! You’ve got the Texans for football, the Rockets for Basketball and the Astros for baseball! He also religiously attends concerts, so he’s hoping that being in Austin won’t get him into any trouble thanks to the abundance of rap and alternative rock shows in the city! Inspired by his mom’s trip photos since he was little, Josiah can’t wait for the day that he gets to visit Greece, following in her footsteps.
Hire Date 10/12/2015 – Clayton got his first job when he was 16, working in his grandfather’s sawmill. Not exactly the most common start for someone who wood later move into IT, but we at CAG are thrilled to our roots that he decided to branch out and leaf that life behind him. After logging countless hours on his personal machine, Clayton moved into the IT field. He started with just a few relatives, but quickly became the go-to computer guy for his entire family tree. Even his old-fashioned grandfather saw the need for someone with his command of the information logging road we call “The Internet,” and gave him the oakay to follow his passion! Clayton is a model IT technician. When we put him on a project, he never stops forest until he’s finished and is rarely completely stumped.
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.
Hire Date 7/23/2013 – Shelby likes cars, cameras, and chameleons.
Hire Date 2/15/2015 – Cody and his wife recently 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.
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.
Hire Date 8/13/2015 – Jeff was born and raised in Southern California. In 2015, he decided it was time for a change of scenery and a career doing what he loves in marketing and design. In his free time, he loves going to the movies, going to comedy clubs, discovering new music, and taking his greyhound, Kiowa, to cool dog parks around Austin. He is proud to part of the CAG family.
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!
Hire Date 2/17/2014 – Jorge was born in Mexico City, and moved to Austin at the age of 14. He attended John B. Connally High School and graduated in 2012, and then went on to attend UTI of Houston where he graduated in September of 2013. Jorge’s favorite car is the SL 63 AMG® and that car is the main reason why he had a notion of wanting to work for Mercedes Benz. Jorge has two pitbulls that he loves very much! In his spare time, Jorge also likes to play guitar and piano.
Hire Date 12/17/2018 – Madeline was born and raised in Austin. In her free time, she likes to read, swim, watch movies, and spend time with her two dogs, Louis the Shih Tzu and Poodle mix, and Kate the Shih Tzu mutt! She’s proud to be part of the graduating class of 2019 from A&M, gaining her degree in Human Resources Development. One day, she would love to get out and visit Greece, because it’s a beautiful place, with beautiful food!
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.
Hire Date 10/9/2018 – David was born and raised in Austin, though he also spent some time studying abroad in Nagoya, Japan a few hours from Tokyo. He got his degree from Texas State with his major in Marketing, and had dual minors, International Business and Japanese. In his free time, David enjoys hiking, being outside, and studying Japanese. One of his biggest dreams is to climb Mt. Fuji, which would be a culmination of things he loves most: hiking and Japan. He’s also been fortunate enough to visit some other countries like, the Republic of Georgia, Mexico, and Germany, and is hoping to visit France next! David also has two dogs in his life, Skippy the mutt, and Cici the miniature poodle. His dad found Cici while at a job site one day, and they searched for her family and home as best they could, but had no luck, and decided to give her a forever home.
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!
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.
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.
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”
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 advisor 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.
Hire Date: 09/03/2013 – Brandon is a true ATX native, though he would love to venture out and visit New Zealand someday. He has an American Akita puppy named Stella, whom he loves very much. Fun Fact: He and his girlfriend have the same birthday; talk about one less day to have to remember!
Hire Date 11/23/2016 – Lindsay was born and raised here in Texas and can’t imagine life any other way. She has three beautiful daughters and their favorite thing to do together is to go shopping! Lindsay is a big Dallas Cowboys fan and she hopes to be able to attend a game in the future! Someday, she would also love to visit Bora Bora, because it’s so, so beautiful.
Hire Date 5/30/2001 – Alex grew up on a ranch in Mexico and has lived in Austin for more than nine years. He and his wife Ana have been married for over ten years and have two sons, plus a daughter! Alex says that his wife is very excited to have another girl in the house full of boys. When he’s not working Alex is usually with his family at the park or watching movies. Toluca is his favorite soccer team.
Hire Date 12/3/2018 – Kevin was born in Denver, CO, and then raised all over the place, including Washington, Argentina, Montana, and then Fredricksburg where he spent 8 years before landing in Austin. Kevin attended college at Rocky Mountain College in Montana on a basketball scholarship, but hasn’t quite finished up school yet, as he isn’t set on what he’d like to do. He had begun studying aviation, but is working on a new plan for his life. Though, someday, he would love to finish learning to fly so he can fly over Antarctica. In his free time, he likes to go to the gym (and he also works there outside of Mercedes-Benz of Austin), go hiking, play basketball, and go to music festivals. He is hoping to attend Tomorrowland in the summer of 2019. In early 2019, he’ll be adding to his list of places he’s been, with checking off Prague, Amsterdam, and Berlin!
Hire Date 9/18/2017 – Swen and his wife moved to Austin from Southern California. He graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and he has been in the automotive industry for over 25 years. Swen is fluent in German – fitting that he works with German cars! When he lived in California, Swen had been the president of the Simi Valley Youth Soccer League, and was a licensed soccer coach for collegiate level teams. When he’s away from work, Swen enjoys bird watching, camping, or spending time with his family at the beach. Occasionally, as time permits, he also enjoys automobile restoration!
Hire Date 4/15/2017 – Gurjap is happily living his “American Dream” here in Austin. He and his beautiful wife hope to find a small house here, and make Austin their home to build their life in. Gurjap isn’t a hipster, but truly loves old muscle cars and old school cruiser motorcycles! Whenever Gurjap isn’t home with his wife or at work on Mercedes-Benz vehicles, he’s working on himself – at the gym! Gurjap competes nationally in fitness competitions and has won in both Wisconsin and Illinois!
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! When she’s not working or over at concerts, she can often be found hiking with her two German Sheperds, Sam and Katy. Caitlyn can’t wait for the day she gets to visit the beautiful beaches and clear waters of Greece, the extraordinary and mysterious sight of the pyramids in Egypt, and Palau for it’s incredible Jellyfish Lake. Caitlyn also loves everything about make-up! From doing her own, to her friends’, and even just buying make-up, she loves it all.
Hire Date 1/16/2018 – Brad is a born and raised Texan who made it to Austin in early 2018. He has been a long time Mercedes-Benz enthusiast, hailing back to the first time that he saw an ad for the 1955 gullwing 300SL and fell in love with the car and the brand. Still today, in Brad’s eyes, you can’t choose a better dream car than the ’55 300SL. Away from work, Brad likes to hang out at the lake, spend time with his family, and travel as much as possible. Brad and his wife would love to visit Rome and Israel to immerse themselves in the history and the culture of both places.
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.
Hire Date 5/15/2004 – “we all get 24 hours everyday, it’s what separates us from the animals…”
Hire Date 3/1/2018 – Kevin has been in Austin since he was just 4 years old! Now, he has a wife and daughter, that he enjoys taking road trips with, and two cats, and two dogs! He loves to travel with his family, and one of their go-to spots is South Padre. It seemed natural for Kevin to get into the automotive world, as both his dad and grandfather had worked with cars-in either service or sales-as long as Kevin can remember.
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.
Hire Date 9/17/2018 – Garrett was born and raised in Long Island, NY, though his upstate accent doesn’t always come out! In May 2018, Garrett followed a member of his family down to Austin, and is glad he did. Having been working in the car dealership world with positions ranging from sales to BDC, he’s happy to be working on the service side now. Garrett is a huge car guy, and is into sporty cars, many kinds of racing, and plans to get his own car out on the track at COTA soon! In his free time, Garrett likes to do outdoorsy stuff, like camping and “hammocking”, where he enjoys hanging out and swinging beneath the trees! Two items on his bucket list are to own a Mercedes-Benz GT R, and possibly even open up a chop house restaurant.
Hire Date 7/19/2017 – Kori was born in Daphne, Alabama, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Destin, Florida. Despite growing up mostly in FL, she’s an Alabama football fan, and always will be! RTR! Kori graduated from Collegiate High School in 2013 with an AA Degree. A few years later in May 2016, she packed up and moved to Austin in hope of better opportunities and a fresh start. Kori’s major in college is Marine Biology thanks to her complete love of anything and everything in relation to the ocean. Kori’s world here in Austin is made up of her sweet husky puppy Kairi, and her two cats, Kleo and Jedi.
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!
Hire Date 8/17/2017 – Steven is from Elgin, but enjoys working in Austin. In his free time, he plays guitar, and especially likes playing classic rock. Steven would like to visit England one day to see his favorite soccer team play!
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.
Hire Date 11/24/2017 – 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.
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.
Hire Date 1/2/2019 – Brandon has always loved cars, and is always keeping up with the most current models. He plays tennis, but is finding himself participating more in sport shooting these days. He likes all kinds of shotgun sports, like skeet shooting and trap shooting, and is even on the UT Shotgun Sport Recreational Team. Brandon and his girlfriend hike at the Greenbelt almost every weekend, and next, they’d like to add a dog to their relationship to join in on the adventures! Brandon is also a Texan, and doesn’t plan to ever leave The Lonestar State.
Hire Date 6/23/1994 – Originally from Houston, Ray has been loving life in Austin for over 30 years and has been serving customers at Mercedes-Benz Benz for the past 17 plus years. Ray’s hobbies include tennis and waterskiing.
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.
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.
Hire Date 2/25/2015 – Originally from Burbank, California, born and raised, Ivan started his career with Mercedes-Benz in 2010, and then he moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 2013 to continue his career. He enjoyed it for the most part but really couldn’t handle the extreme cold. So in his search for warmer weather, he landed here in Austin. Ivan had been here many times on vacation and loves this city. He also loves the outdoors and especially loves music, all kinds actually. He thinks Austin is the perfect place for such a passion.
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.
Hire Date 4/11/1996 – Shannon has been working in the car business for over 20 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 25 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
Hire Date 10/31/2018 – Rafael was born in New Jersey and grew up in several places thanks to being a military brat. A little while later in 2005, he landed in Texas and decided to stay. Rafael was also in the military, more specifically, Logistic 92Y in the Army. He misses the time that he spent in living in Dallas, because the car scene was huge, they had great food, and the city all seemed so up to date! Now in Austin, he’s conveniently located just about 45 minutes from all of his family. When he’s not working, Rafael likes to work on his own cars, and currently has 5 of his own!
Hire Date 2/8/2017 – Dustin grew up in the Capital of the Pelican State aka, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and graduated in 2012 from LSU! He knew he was interested in working with cars after he and his dad restored an old truck together. When he’s not working, Dustin enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing, as well as searching for a good shrimp po’ boy here in Austin. He dearly misses his sweet Rotty, Sadie, who is back home in Baton Rouge. Someday, Dustin would love to go skiing in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.
Hire Date 5/11/2018 – Shayne was born in Memphis, Tennessee, then spent time growing up in California, and then made it over here to Texas! He’s enjoyed his life in each place, but is not a huge fan of the Texas heat that we’re subject to! Shayne really enjoys scuba diving and has been able to go dive in both Cancun and Cozumel, all thanks to a family vacation when he was younger. Someday, Shayne would really like to own his dream car, an AMG® C 63! However, any AMG® would do!
Hire Date 3/22/1999 – An Austin native, David began his career with Mercedes Benz of Austin in March of 1999. He takes great pride in making happy cars and happy customers! “Saving the world one Mercedes-Benz at a time.”
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!!
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.
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.
Hire Date 10/8/2018 – Trey was born and raised in Houston and moved to Austin in 2015 to attend Texas State and pursue Photography. In high school, Trey played varsity water polo and they played their big games here at UT! He is a car enthusiast and he enjoys modding cars, and will hopefully be able to collect cars one day. Trey enjoys spending his free time out taking photos and loves to take long exposure photos. One day, he would love to own his own photography business with a focus in portraiture. Trey first got into photography thanks to his grandma, as she gave him his first camera when he was a child. FUN FACT: Trey is a third, which is why he goes by Trey!
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.”
Hire Date 1/2/2012 – Dieter was born and raised in Germany, and came to Austin in 2007. He admits that when he was growing up in Germany, things were really tough after the war, but, altogether, growing up has also been the happiest time of his life. Dieter’s dream car is a Mercedes Benz 190SL, and with good reason too! He loves traveling, and his favorite place he’s been so far has been Montego Bay. New Zealand is his top pick for places to visit next. Here in Austin, Dieter’s favorite area is simply enjoying the Hill Country. If Dieter could have met anyone, he’d have really, really loved to meet his mother. Regarding family though, Dieter has his loving wife, four children, and a cat, yet- he is especially proud of his children and the sheer fact that “They made it.” Fun Fact: Dieter’s first job was installing car radios, and he loves listening to Operetta’s!
Hire Date 4/27/2015 – Willie has been living in Austin since 2000 and he absolutely loves it here. He’s a “Jayhawker,” originally from Kansas. He retired from a long career at Samsung. When he’s not working, he’s playing golf or spending time with his family. He has two adult children he’s very proud of.
Hire Date 5/30/2018 – Oscar was born and raised in New York City, though he’s also lived in DC for 3 years. He joined the military when he was 18 and stayed in for 5 years. He met his wife, Maria, in College Station, Texas. Oscar and his wife enjoy watching movies of any genre at the theatre. They currently live in Jarrel with their two dogs, an eleven year old Black Lab named ROFL, and a 5 year old Rat Terrier named Riley. Someday, Oscar would like to take a tour of all the major race tracks in the world, including Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore and Silverstone Circuit in England. Oscar also hopes to learn his native language Nahuatl, which is also historically known as Aztec, and is indigenous to Mexico and El Salvador.