Meet Our Team - Austin Subaru's Family of Employees

Daniel Allen

Daniel Allen

Service Technician
Hire Date 4/19/2010

Daniel Allen was born in San Antonio and moved to Austin in 2002. Daniel’s dream car is a amphibious, mechanical, life-size Godzilla. In his spare time, Daniel loves to drink bourbon. His favorite movie is “The Lion in the Winter” and his favorite food are nachos! Daniel has two pet dogs who are his best friends, Clancey and Floyd. The happiest time of Daniel’s life was when he was filling out this questionnaire! Most people say growing up in San Antonio is boring, but according to Daniel most people don’t know any fun ways to get in trouble! According to Daniel, one day he was walking in the woods and was suddenly shot with a tranquilizer dart. Everything went black and when he woke up he was wearing a Subaru uniform!
David Arroyo

David Arroyo

Technician
Hire Date 2/4/2014

Bio Coming Soon

Brent Baker

Brent Baker

General Manager
Hire Date 10/12/2009

Brent moved to Austin in 2000 from Amarillo, Texas. He says Amarillo was a great place to grow up, featuring wonderful people and beautiful landscape (as long as you like flat dirt and high winds). He grew up in the car business, which his family was involved in since he was a youngster. He has had many different jobs in a dealership at one time or another, from lot porter to dealer principal. The jury is still out as to whether he has mastered any of them! He is married to Andrea (married up into the trifecta of brains, beauty, and a great personality!), and their home is usually one step away from an asylum with the help of their three teenagers Evan, Caitlyn, and Julian along with their two boston terriers Melvin and Matilda. When not helping out the wonderful clientele of Austin Subaru, you will probably find Brent at the lake with the family or searching in the woods for his ball around one of the area golf courses.
Sarah Barth

Sarah Barth

Service Coordinator
Hire Date 5/23/2013

Born in Austin, raised in Saudi Arabia. Sarah graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a degree in Psychology. She loves to travel, read, and watch old movies. Sarah also loves to watch Castle, Disney movies, and all of the Avengers movies. Sarah loves to cook for other and she considers herself a "foodie". Sarah enjoys hanging out downtown with friends and spending time with her family by the pool. Sarah's favorite aisle in the grocery store is the produce aisle, she loves veggies! The best place she has traveled to would be Pompeii or Dubai. She would love to go to India and everywhere else! Sarah would describe herself as bubble, talkative, energetic and very giggly (try to make her laugh, you will be entertained). She decided to work for the group because her brother Michael has such a great experience as a Product Specialist at First Texas Honda. A surprising thing about her is she was taught how to drive on a golf cart and set free to roam.

Charissa Bass

Charissa Bass

Warranty Administrator
Hire Date 3/21/2013

Bio Coming Soon

James Borden

James Borden

Technician
Hire Date 3/20/2014

Bio Coming Soon

Joel Borrego

Joel Borrego

Service Technician
Hire Date 8/11/1986

Joel Borrego was born in Edinburg, Texas and moved to Austin in 1984. Joel’s dream car is the 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS-396. Mr. Borrego’s family consists of six big brothers, two sisters, his mother, and three daughters. He has twin daughters who live in Round Rock and one daughter who lives in McAllen, Texas. Joel has three grandkids! The happiest time of his life is when he received those twin girls. If Joel could visit anywhere in the world, it would be Australia and Africa. Joel’s first job was at a full service gas station, he would pump gas. He got this job from his brother. Edinburg was a fun place to grow up according to Joel, but very country. Joel decided to work for Subaru because he used to sell gas to First Texas Honda from the gas station he worked at. He also loves cars, so it’s a natural fit! Joel is very proud of his girls, and proud of being a part of the Continental Automotive Group.

Eldon Bryan

Eldon Bryan

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 2/16/2008

He has been involved with the car business here in Austin for over 13 years. He has developed some great relationships with some real nice people. He has worked in all departments Finance, New and Pre-Owned sales. Buying a car should be exciting and easy and comfortable. Just like living here in Austin.
Scott Burkhardt

Scott Burkhardt

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 1/23/2014

Scott Burkhardt was born in beautiful southern California and moved to Austin, Texas in 2004. Once converted to being an Austinite, he didn't listen to his Momma and became a cowboy. He moved from downtown Austin to the wide open spaces of the country. He bought a couple of horses and now is a real cowboy. It is widely known, all around the country, that he is one of the best Disc Golf players who ever played the game (if you doubt this as fact, just ask him). One thing is for sure, he enjoys life to the fullest and enjoys the company of his friends and strangers alike. There are some places he would love to travel when he has a vacation which include: Mexico, Canada, Israel, South America, and Africa. One thing is for certain, when our service customers are visiting with him about their service issues, they will feel comfortable with his "home on the range" demeanor.

Cecil Carrera

Cecil Carrera

Service Writer
Hire Date 12/03/12

In 1989, Cecil Carrera and his wife left the coast behind when they moved from Port Lavaca, Texas to Austin. Cecil has loved joining our CAG and Austin Subaru family since being hired. Prior to selling cars, he worked at Footlocker for 13 years. Cecil and his wife are the proud parents of 2 boys, Justin who is 25, and Jacob who is 12; as well as 2 dogs (Tyson & Otis) and 3 cats (Gilman, Spot, & Hydie). One day Cecil hopes to own his dream car, a Lamborghini, and meet his favorite celebrity, Jean Claude Van Damme.

Mark Castillo

Mark Castillo

Detailer
Hire Date 11/08/12

Meet Mark Castillo. He was born here in Austin Texas and has lived here all his life because he loves it so much! Austin has changed so much since then, but he thinks all the changes are for the better. If he could describe himself, he would say that he is a nice person and tries and help people whenever he can. He likes working at Austin Subaru because it is a great company and all the employees are super nice and he belives that the vehicles here are great in quality!

Ashleigh Chexrier

Ashleigh Chexrier

Driver/Porter
Hire Date 3/13/2014

Bio Coming Soon

Maria Christian

Maria Christian

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 5/06/2013 Maria moved to Austin in 1979 and helped her parents make Jaime's Spanish Village an Austin landmark until 2006. Jaime's was a great family friendly Tex Mex Restaurant that hosted many wonderful U.T. students and their families, local politicos, movie stars and music industry greats. Home of the Margarita Jaime--first one all others are just copies. Maria loves being outside in the sunshine and heads to South Padre every chance she gets. She has 2 bosses (kids) and 3 personal assistants (dogs) at home. She fell in love with FTH the moment she walked into the main showroom after she hit the great coffee bar! She truly cares for the customers that contact our four dealerships and desires to give them the best service and help possible.
Cameron Cottingham

Cameron Cottingham

Service Technician
Hire Date 3/11/13

Randy Crist

Randy Crist

Service Manager
Hire Date 4/15/2010

Randy is an Austinite with a deep rooted love of cars. Though he grew up here, he now is a resident of Buda, the kind who hates traffic. He has built his own car, a Mustang and he likes to shoot some aggression out at the firing range. Randy has been working for Continental Automotive group since 1990.
Dave Cruz

Dave Cruz

Service Writer
Hire Date 7/22/2002

David was born and raised in New York City, although his 18 plus years in Texas have almost completely erased his New York accent. David spends most of his free time with his wife Jan and daughter Jordan. They enjoy tropical beach vacations and recently took an amazing trip to Maui, where David swam with sea turtles. David is also a firearms enthusiast whose interests include shooting, collecting, and repairing various weapons. David has been with the Continental Automotive Group for more than 16 years and began working on Subarus back in 1992.
Ashley Cueva

Ashley Cueva

Sales Consultant
Hire Dare 3/19/2012

After hearing nothing but great things about Austin Subaru, Ashley decided to join the team and take part in the fun! Welcome aboard Ashley! Austin Subaru isn’t her first experience with a car dealership though; she used to be a title clerk assistant at a dealership in McAllen. Back to the beginning, Ashley was born in Corpus Christi but then moved to Austin in December of 2011. Her hobbies include walking on trails, mountain bike riding, kayaking with friends, concerts, and trying new restaurants. No wonder she moved to Austin, those things certainly aren’t available in Corpus Christi. All of her hobbies match up with how her personality can be described: Energetic, Friendly, and Outgoing. When she was growing up, she had a large family, but was the only girl! What fun! In accordance with the Subaru motto, she has an English Bulldog who she can’t live without.
Alejandra

Alejandra "AJ" Curl

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 2/14/2011 Meet Alejandra Curl - She goes by Aj. When asked how long she has been going by AJ she said, “haha, all my life, my parents were really the only ones that could pronounce my name.” She was born in San Diego but didn’t live there long; but long enough to see the panda bears at the San Diego Zoo. She was a big fan of the San Diego Padres baseball team. However, she is definitely a bigger fan of the Longhorn Football team!! She spent most of her life here in Austin. She is happily married and has two kids, a 9 year old and a 5 year old. Her hobbies include salsa dancing and guitar hero, which she claims that she’s an expert - care to challenge her? She has recently improved on her favorite color; she went from black to purple, getting lighter!! Currently she is attending the University of Phoenix to earn a bachelors in environmental science. Welcome to the family AJ!
Kevin Dellarocco

Kevin Dellarocco

Assistant Internet Sales Manager
Hire Date 7/20/2012

Kevin came here in August 2011 after living in Corpus Christi for quite some time. But now that he is here in Austin, he hopes to never leave. He does take occasional short-term trips down to Corpus to visit his family. While he is here in Austin, he spends his time at home with his girlfriend and his grumpy ol’ cat. One of these days, Kevin is going to get a nice little puppy to make his grumpy cat not so grumpy. Kevin enjoys working on cars and playing Tennis. In college, he studied Network Administration, so what better place for a car love to start work? An Automotive Group! On a side note, Kevin is very proud of his old school German cars.

Chrystian Diaz

Chrystian Diaz

Porter
Hire Date 8/14/2007

Chrystian hails from Zacatecas in Central Mexico and has lived in Austin for over 3 years. When asked what he likes most about Austin, Chrystian says “the nightlife.” Clubbing on Sixth Street is a favorite weekend activity for Chrystian, although he explains that he goes out to dance and hang out with the ladies, not to drink. Chrystian is the oldest of four children and enjoys playing soccer with his two younger brothers. He also likes finding new applications to download for his iPhone, as well as watching videos and keeping up with friends on the internet.

Aaron Duncan

Aaron Duncan

Technician
Hire Date 1/30/2014

Aaron Duncan was born in a local hospital right here in Austin, Texas on September 19, 1988. He has lived here his entire life, so far. Aaron really enjoys using his hands not only while working but also while fishing and hunting. Austin is the ideal place for Aaron with our beautiful lakes for fishing and the game in the wild Hill Country. Being the sportsman that he is, he is a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys (he thinks the Cowboy cheerleaders are really good also). He has a dog named Diesel who is a 3 year old Neapolitan Massive and is just his big teddy bear. His love for working on cars was inspired by his fascination with the Shelby Mustang. Aaron would like to meet Carrol Shelby and spend the day with him picking his brain about how he developed the Mustang.

Hadi Farasat

Hadi Farasat

Sales and Leasing Consultant
Hire Date 2/11/2014

Hungry for education and opportunities this country affords one to build a better life. Hadi was the first of all his extended family to move to the U.S. in 1978. Via a variety of jobs ranging from waiting tables to grading papers and tutoring college students in Math and Physics, he funded his education, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, thus learning the value of perseverance and hard work first hand! In 1986, Hadi started a graphic design and printing company from ground level up, which he still owns and managed till his start at Austin Subaru. Hadi highly believes in multidimensionality, and enjoying all facets of life. Hence, an avid soccer player who would have most probably been picked for the Persian National team had he not moved to the U.S., a trained vocalist in Persian Classical Music, and an ardent fan of politics, history, psychology, and a passionate enthusiast of, as well as a participant in a variety of dance styles, specially the Latin ones. His hobbies include but are not limited to playing soccer, music, dance, reading non-fiction works, and writing poetry when he is in the mood. Hadi lives by the Golden Rule, and believes in building long lasting, mutually fulfilling relationships with people at all levels,and feels very fortunate to have succeeded in doing so throughout his entire career. He asserts, "At the end of the day, it's not about people just doing business with people. It's about building long-term, fulfilling human relationships and partnerships with mutually beneficial outcomes!"

Jason Flores

Jason Flores

Service Technician
Hire Date 7/18/2011

Jason has never actually been in a business working on cars, he usually just worked on cars for friends and family as a hobby. He was excited and grateful when Austin Subaru offered him to job to start him off on his career. He finds the people and the atmosphere to be cool and nice. Austin and Forrest were the ones that trained him and started him off when he first stepped into the shop. He doesn’t drive any fancy car or spend money on racing or drifting though, most of his money goes toward his 2 year old son named Jayden. They love to go to the park together and play/watch sports. As a side hobby, Jason coaches a coach/pitch baseball team for his two nephews.

As said by Roger Matthews, "Jason is a humble and appreciative guy."

Jason Gander

Jason Gander

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 11/7/2013

Born and raised in rural Kansas, Jason Gander left his farmer roots behind when he joined the Navy in 1988. After four years of service he moved to Austin, Texas, where he got married, had a son and embarked upon a long career in restaurant management and wine sales before his dream job at Subaru came along.He enjoys long walks on the beach, fruity rum drinks and pondering the meaning of life while watching the sun set from behind the driver's seat of his fully loaded Outback. He continues to root for the Kansas City Chiefs even though they break his heart on a regular basis, and he's crazy about his wife and son.

Steve Garza

Steve Garza

Finance Director
Hire Date 6/30/2010

Steve has been a local here in Austin since college. He graduated from UT majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. Steve still enjoys rooting for his team in orange along with the 'Boys, the Dallas Cowboys that is. For fun, Steve like to go to the shooting range in his spare time for a little stress relief. His weapons of choice include a shot gun, a rifle and a hand gun. He has those toys on safety and ops for the Call of Duty game when he is enjoying his family. Family life includes a loving wife and three kids. His oldest daughter just started at UT and made the dean’s list her first go around!
Patrick Gonzalez

Patrick Gonzalez

Service Coordinator
Hire Date 1/21/2011

Patrick is a good guy who loves his family. He enjoys taking them to Schlitterbahn on the beach.
Isaac Gray

Isaac Gray

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 10/04/12

Isaac was born in Greenbay, WI and yes he is a Packers fan and owner as are his kids. He has lived in San Diego, Phoenix, Virginia, Philly, D.C., Delaware and Maryland. In the fall of 2004 he met the woman who would become his wife on a campaign trip to Beaumont, TX. After spending the summer of 2005 in Maryland, his wife could no longer stand to be away from the Great State of Texas. That fall his family moved to her hometown of Beaumont with the intent of coming to Austin in a year for Isaac pursue graduate studies at UT. Hurricane Rita upped that timetable and the family came to Austin in January 2006. Isaac found that opposite of what he was told public transportation here is pretty much non-existent so he decided to look for work where the cars are. His family is everything to him and he feels truly blessed by them. Isaac is the only non-native Texan in his family but did get here as soon as he could.

Bryan Hardeman

Bryan Hardeman

Principal
Hire Date 11/2/1978

“All-Wheel-Drive:” that should be Mr. Hardeman’s middle name due to his active lifestyle and admiration for his annual winter family vacations in Colorado. This avid outdoorsman and dog lover looks back with a chuckle on the day he acquired the Subaru brand. “We picked up the Subaru Regional fellas who had just flown in from Denver, and they could not help but laugh at the fact that nearly all of Austin had shut down due to one inch of snow on the ground.” As Southern Texans know, snow is a rarity here, but it just so happened to fall on that particular chilly day in January of 1996. Needless to say, the Subaru Regional Reps decided after this display that there was real potential and need here for the Subaru brand.

Mr. Hardeman is known around the dealership as an all-around nice guy and family man. His family includes his loving wife, Rebecca, and their three children, two of whom (Will and Genny) work at the dealerships taking on day-to-day management. Their youngest (by two and a half minutes), Joy, is attending Mr. Hardeman’s alma mater, UT, in her second year of law school. Mr. Hardeman boasts about how proud he is of the spread here at the Continental Automotive Group and how the average employee has worked for him an incredible 15+ years! “The car business is a people business, and having the right people be a part of our family here is the most important thing, and we have the right people!”

Genny, Will, and Joy Hardeman (Brother and Twin Sisters)

Genny, Will, and Joy Hardeman (Brother and Twin Sisters)

Executive Vice President (Genny) - Managing Partner (Will) - Visionary (Joy)
Hire Date 2/17/1984 (Genny)
Hire Date 7/18/1981 (Will)
Hire Date 2/17/1984 (Joy)

Geneva Anne Hardeman, one of the future radio voices of Austin Subaru, remembers spending winter vacations in Colorado, navigating the snowy mountain roads in her family’s Outback. Genny got her start in the Continental Automotive Group on February 17, 1984, just two and a half minutes before her sister Joy. Genny was a thespian and tennis star at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School before continuing on to SMU, where she graduated a semester early with a degree in Finance, Foreign Languages and Literature. Genny went to work for Tejas Securities in Austin but was soon recruited into the family business. Genny enjoys spending time with friends on Lake Austin and taking runs around the neighborhood with her two dogs, a Blue Lacy named Charlie and a yellow Labrador named Ellie. Ellie enjoys riding in the Subaru sport utility vehicles; her favorite is the Outback.

Will is an Austin recreationalist: an avid cyclist, triathlete, competitive skier, and outdoorsman who enjoys all the air, land, and water that Austin has to offer. These activities have made Will more in tune with local environmental issues, and in his construction and development focus at the Continental Automotive Group, Will brings with him a strong commitment to preserving Austin’s natural beauty. He is excited about the local expansion of the Subaru brand and thinks that it’s a perfect match for the people of Austin. Will grew up in west Austin and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Joy, a sought-after companion, enjoys a good crossword puzzle and late evening walks on the Lions Municipal Golf Course with her two puppies, Ellie and Charlie. As one half of the team that joined the Continental Automotive Group on February 17, 1984, Joy has 25 years of automotive industry know-how. Those who miss Joy in work mode can check Facebook for the photographic chronicle “A Day in the Office- Kicking Butt and Taking Names.” Joy is currently in Washington DC driving a Subaru Outback.

Freddy Hernandez

Freddy Hernandez

Detailer
Hire Date 8/3/12

This is Freddy Hernandez, and he was born in Houston Texas and moved to Austin when he was 6 years old. In the future he plans to be a great inventor, he wants to create and build innovative products for the future that will help people. He would really like to be like Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin! He enjoys taking electronics apart to find out how they work and also to look into ways that he might be able to improve them. He does not watch much TV, therefore he does not have a favorite celebrity or TV show but he does wish to meet George Washington. His favorite food is Chinese and Mexican food and his dream car is a Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX.

Melissa Holman

Melissa Holman

Office Assistant
Hire Date: 9/9/2013

Melissa Holman was born and raised in Austin. Melissa has witnessed this small college town turn into the tech savy city it is today. In her spare time she enjoys delivering meals to seniors in her community, and also volunteering to help care for and maintain the Ferrel cat population in Austin, as well as working to help eliminate homelessness in our city. If there is one person she would like to meet it would be former President Jimmy Carter. On her bucket list she would like to visit Africa and the islands in the Mediterranean. Favorite movies include "Casablanca" and "To Have and Have Not". A fun fact about Melissa is that she was Team Captain of team "Summer of Love" in the2007 Redbull Flugtag in Austin. Texas. With her wonderful personality she is a great addition to the business office in our Subaru dealership.

Eddie Hummel

Eddie Hummel

Sales Manager
Hire Date 6/3/2013

Eddie Hummel moved to Austin recently to promote his aspiring underground grindcore band "Subierubieroo", where his stage name is All Wheel Drive Edwin. He is the self proclaimed #1 Subaru fan (a hotly-contested title) and will stop at nothing to defend that honor. An interesting fact about Eddie is he once threw a puppy to safety during a nearly tragic San Francisco Touristy Trolley mishap in which he lost his pinky toe. He even has the battle scars to prove it! If anyone should know one thing about Eddie, it would be that he looks smashing in hats.Eddie's hobbies are breakfast, lunch, and dinner - often all at once.

Rachel Keener

Rachel Keener

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 1/9/2014

Rachel is a native born and raised Texan from Bastrop, TX. She loves to travel and has been to Jamaica, Bahamas, Washington D.C., Alaska, and Canada, just to name a few. Her most favorite place to visit has been Disney World, Florida. She has been a total of seven times. She was even married in the Magic Kingdom them park! She has lived in Philadelphia and Phoenix but Austin, TX is still her favorite. Her school goals are to transfer to Texas State University majoring in Accounting. She plans on becoming a CPA. Because of her sweetness and charm she is a wonderful addition to our customer care center.

Ashlee Konopka

Ashlee Konopka

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 4/22/2013

Ashlee Rene Konopka grew up in a small town outside of Albuquerque, NM. She came to Austin in July 2010, leaving behind two great parents and 2 sisters. She loves and misses her family very much. She loves a challenge and likes to work hard to earn what she has. She is intrigued with everything about Austin and can’t wait to get started on her degree in Kinesiology and see where else it will lead her in life. Ashlee started working at First Texas Honda in April 2013 and plans on staying here as long as she can. She is looking forward to seeing where it will take her.

Forrest Laxton

Forrest Laxton

Service Technician
Hire Date 1/27/11

Forrest (previous mentioned above in Austin’s bio) has two cars, an Impreza 2.5RS and a 1982 turbocharged 280Z that he races and attempts to drift (all in due time Forrest, all in due time). His daily driver, the impreza, is named Scooby, and his race car, the 280Z, is called snoopy (because it’s black and white). This dear mentee of Austin is excited to learn ‘the ways of drifting.’ He’s heard a lot about Austin and his reputation and is honored to be under his wing. Forrest is a true Subaru fan, he even has the tattoo on his back to prove it. And he is NOT afraid of the color pink! His dream color combination just so happens to be hot pink with black. Forrest is working toward his business degree in order to accomplish his lifelong goal of owning his own performance shop. Forrest is daring, not afraid to try new things, and is better than Austin at everything.
Lee Laxton

Lee Laxton

Parts Manager
Hire Date 3/16/2007

Lee has an amazing 24 plus years of experience in the car industry. Originally from Bellaire, Texas, Lee moved up to Austin over ten years ago and is sold on the Central Texas quality of life. He has been married to his wife Victoria for more than 20 years and describes her as “the best looking brunette in town.” Lee, Victoria, and their three children are outdoor people who enjoy floating the river during the summer months. Lee recently started golfing more often but has chosen not to include his handicap in this bio.
Jodi Ledford

Jodi Ledford

Title Clerk
Hire Date 3/8/2012

Meet Jodi Ledford. So far, Jodi loves the atmosphere here at Austin Subaru. She didn't always live here in Austin; in fact, she moved here in 1992 after being born in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Jodi can be described as having a friendly personality who loves to make jewelry in her spare time and eat crab on multiple occasions. Although she enjoys working at Austin Subaru, her dream car is a Mini Cooper. Jodi’s life doesn’t revolve around cars though; she is a family gal! She has three daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren. Her happiest moments were watching the births of her grandchildren!
Amy Leffler

Amy Leffler

Service Coordinator
Hire Date 03/29/13

Diana Lespron

Diana Lespron

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 8/6/2004 Diana moved to Austin from Phoenix, Arizona. She has two children, a son and a daughter. When she is not at work she likes to go on evening bike rides or walks with her children. She also likes to dog sit, go to local parks, shop, and to just hang out with her family and dear friends. Diana is always smiling and is a pleasure to work with. Her favorite color changes daily and is based on a variety of different factors.
Levi Lohrman

Levi Lohrman

CAG Austin - IT Director
Hire Date 5/19/2008

Levi is a very happy person that has been working for this company for over 2 years now (he started just 2 days after he graduated from the University of Texas). He is the proud owner his new (well, new to him) Subaru Forester for which he signed the papers for the morning of his interview here. We're not saying that's the reason he was hired, but it definitely didn't hurt his chances. Levi is now the master of all things IT for Austin Subaru, so if you have any computer-related problems, feel free to ask. Oh and don't steal anything from Levi's office... It is frowned upon.
Kathryn Looney

Kathryn Looney

Receptionist
Hire Date 9/9/2013

Kathryn Looney was born in Round Rock and spent her childhood days in the small Hill Country town of Kingsland. She is one of seven children, four sisters and two brothers. She enjoys holiday family gatherings with her siblings, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Kathryn is very athletic, she enjoys running, participating in Krav Maga classes, and playing almost any sport. She participated in cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, softball and track at Llano High School. Her favorite professional team is the Houston Astros and has attended several games. In addition to enjoying sports, Kathryn enjoys travel, her favorite trip was a recent trip with friends to San Francisco. When relaxing, Kathryn likes to watch movies, her all-time favorite is "The Sandlot". Her most rewarding job was her summertime job as a counselor at Camp Doublecreek where she took great pride in helping children and being a positive role model. Her sweet smile will make our Subaru customers feel very welcome.

Pamela Lynn

Pamela Lynn

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 3/28/2012

Say Hello to Pamela Lynn! She brings a fun and outgoing personality to Austin Subaru. She enjoys spending time with her friends, watching movies, and listening to music. One of her favorite movies is the movie Heat and her favorite celebrity is Al Pacino. Despite her love for Subaru, she has a soft spot for a White Porsche Cayenne Turbo! Back in the day, she grew up in Southern California in a relatively large family. She is now proud to call Austin her home. She loves the people and the fact that it’s a friendly state. Welcome Pamela Lynn!
Antonia Maldonado

Antonia Maldonado

Custodian
Hire Date 10/9/2007

For the past three plus years Antonia has used her talents to keep the Subaru showroom beautiful. Antonia has lived in Austin for over 10 years and has been married to her husband Noe for 10 years. Antonia and Noe, who works at Austin Infiniti, have a son in elementary school and a teenage daughter. On the weekends Antonia will spend time in the park and go out to clubs to dance. The family also enjoys traveling to Mexico to visit their relatives.
Gilbert Marrufo

Gilbert Marrufo

Parts
Hire Date 3/3/2014

Bio Coming Soon

John Martinez

John Martinez

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 8/20/2012

John Martinez is a fun, friendly, and outgoing guy. He was born right here in Austin, TX and has lived here ever since. Outside of work he enjoys spending his free time with his family and working out. He has a daughter in the US Navy and a son who is in college and working. He is very proud of his children because they show love and kindness to others. His favorite movie is Facing the Giants and he always enjoys a T-Bone Steak when he can. The happiest moments of John’s life were the births of his children and when he received Jesus Christ in his heart. Favorite Football Team? UT LONGHORNS!!! HOOK ‘EM!

Jim Mason

Jim Mason

Technician
Hire Date 12/16/2013

Bio Coming Soon

Roger Matthews

Roger Matthews

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 4/11/2006

A native to Austin, Roger went to school and raised his family of two sons and two daughters here. His favorite person/wife, Lisa, is an author of ghost stories and loves haunted things. He has been in the Subaru community for over 13 years and is proud to say his sister, mother, and wife ALL drive Subarus. Roger is currently driving a vintage Baja. Mr. Matthews is very active in his church community and loves to read. His favorite color is green and his favorite place to visit is Edinburgh, Scotland. Roger loves to go on trails with his dog Geordie and loves to take day trips and entertain friends and family.
Joel McColl

Joel McColl

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 8/21/2008

A resident of Austin for more than 28 years, Joel McColl has been a member of the Austin Subaru sales team since 2008 and has over 12 years experience in New, Pre-Owned & Internet sales as well as finance. He believes buying a new vehicle should be an exciting and fun experience and is committed to making your experience at Austin Subaru easy and hassle free. Having been the MC/Producer of the O Henry World Championship Pun Off for over 20 years, Joel was the 2007 International Punster of the Year.

Did you know that Joel McColl, during his time as a professional musician, once played in the Sydney Opera House?

Did you know that Joel McColl is an avid golfer with a handicap of 9?

Micah McCurdy

Micah McCurdy

Service Technician
Hire Date 4/22/13

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Micah McCurdy loved Austin so much that he moved here twice! Micah and his wife Emily first moved to Austin in 2009 with their daughter Kalei. While in Austin, he worked for Austin Subaru for 2 years before returning to Denver to finalized his daughter's adoption. During their time back in Denver, his wife gave birth to a girl, Cecilia. He found employment with local, independent Subaru dealerships throughout Denver. The Subaru brand means a lot to Micah and he is very proud to represent not only the brand, but Austin Subaru as well. As Micah would say, "I eat and sleep Subaru!" When he's not selling or tinkering with a Subaru, Micah enjoys cooking with his family and having cinnamon rolls and scrambled eggs every Sunday morning.

Joy Morales

Joy Morales

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 10/31/2001 Joy grew up in Greenview, Illinois, population 750, and came to the University of Texas in 1979. She has one daughter and has been married for many years. 'To the same guy,' she adds. Her family is a Boxer family, and their current dog is their third in this breed. She is a dedicated Longhorn fan, evidenced in the burnt orange FX35 and the season tickets. Her favorite player of all time is Earl Campbell. And she is an Aquarius.
The William Myers

The William Myers

Subaru Shop Foreman
Hire Date 8/3/2000

A long time veteran of Austin Subaru, Billy is the second highest rated Subaru technician in the United States. Billy remembers seeing the 1992 Subaru SVX and falling in love with the car maker. However, it is the cars’ dependability that has kept him hooked. Billy encourages customers to test drive their Subarus in bad weather and says that, if you keep oil and water in a Subaru, it will run forever. Billy currently owns five Subarus and has also given them to both his parents and children. Billy and his wife Keri were married over seven years ago in the famous Little White Wedding Chapel on the Las Vegas strip. They have two children and live on fives acres in Copeland with their horse, Big Dog. Billy has been known to drive his riding lawnmower to the local convenience store.* * video coming soon
Melanie Nickolyn

Melanie Nickolyn

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 10/24/2013

Melanie Nickolyn was born in a small town near Houston. She would visit her sister at college in San Marcos when she was young and would venture to Austin to enjoy the outdoor activities as well as the arts. She fell in love with the city and knew someday she would love to live here. In 2007 she attended Texas State University and upon graduation decided to live in Austin to experience the city lifestyle, including art, music and theater. A great evening for her would be going out to eat Greek food then to the movies to see "300 ", "Cloud Atlas", or "Snatch and "Amelie". With her creativity and enthusiasm for life, she will be a great asset to the customer care center.

John O'Conner

John O'Conner

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 2/15/2002

John is from Galveston, Texas but has called Austin home for over 20 years. John brings 14 plus years of automotive sales experience to the job and enjoys golf, wood working, and restoring cars in his off time. John has been married to the lovely Karen O’Connor for over 30 years and has a son, Timothy and a daughter, Jennifer.

Lonnie Oglesby

Lonnie Oglesby

Parts Specialist
Hire Date 4/23/2002

Lonnie is a native Austinite and Bowie High School graduate who has spent the past eight plus years loving his life at Austin Subaru, a satisfaction he attributes to the great people working at the dealership. Lonnie enjoys playing golf and tries to squeeze in rounds with Lee when not spending time with his beautiful wife and two daughters. Another of the Vegas enthusiasts at Austin Subaru, Lonnie recently returned from a craps and roulette-focused mission in LV. Did he come home a winner??? Lonnie says he would still be in Las Vegas if he was winning.
Benjamin Payne

Benjamin Payne

Technician
Hire Date 11/14/2013

Benjamin Payne was born and raised in Virginia, then moved to Austin, Texas in 2007. While in high school, he was fortunate enough to get to go on a cruise to the Caribbean. It was one of the favorite events of his life. From a very early age he developed a fascination for cars. He especially gets a thrill when he is Rally Racing on the weekend in his 1995 Impreza wagon with 317,000 miles on it. That "bad boy" still runs like a champ. When this Impreza finally wears out, he is going to replace it with his dream car the 2001 Impreza RS coupe with an H6 twin turbo swap. This dedication to Subaru is what inspired Benjamin to want to help our Subaru customers maintain their automobiles. He loves the Subaru brand so much that he has their logo tattooed over his heart. ( Now that is commitment).

Jeff Pieratt

Jeff Pieratt

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 11/19/2011

Jeff was born in Ft. Worth, wishes he had a Lamborghini Murcielago, moved to Austin in 1975, and loves to play golf. But wait that’s not all! His favorite food is his grandmother’s Sunday fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy. YUM! Jeff lives a pretty easy, laid back, and funny life. He has four children and his happiest moments are when he gets to spend Thanksgiving with his entire family. A true family man. He is proud of his children because they have become good, responsible, successful, family-oriented adults who love their dad.
Esmer Ramirez

Esmer Ramirez

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 3/14/2013
Ashley Reed

Ashley Reed

Office Manager
Hire Date 1/16/2006

A country girl from Mt. Pleasant, Ashley moved to Austin to play softball at St. Edward’s University. After graduation, Ashley continued playing in various slow-pitch leagues and eventually met her teammate Lonnie. Ashley has a chihuahua named Frito and loves to barbeque brisket and ribs. She is also an excellent craps player and tries to make it up to Las Vegas two or three times a year.
Roy Reyes

Roy Reyes

Sales Manager
Hire Date 9/8/1998 (Roy)

Roy is a native Austinite, born and raised in and around the Austin area. Most of Roy’s time is spent working, playing guitar, traveling, or hanging out with his family. Roy’s hobbies include barbequing, guitar, model cars, and saltwater fish. His favorite restaurant is Eddie V’s and his favorite vacation is now the white sandy beaches of Destin, FL. You can find Roy at 24 Hour Fitness at least 3-4 days a week.

Ricardo Reyes

Ricardo Reyes

Detailer
Hire Date 10/9/2007

Ricardo is originally from Santa Rosa de Lima, a small town in eastern El Salvador. Ricardo has lived in Austin for more than eight years and says that he and his family enjoy it much more than Houston, although they often return to Houston to visit relatives. Ricardo and his wife have two teenagers, a son and a daughter. Ricardo’s hobbies include fishing and other outdoor activities, and he likes to take weekend camping trips with his family. Ricardo enjoys family vacations to Schlitterbahn and says that they have a great time.
David Rice

David Rice

CAG Network Administrator
Hire Date 5/9/2013

Hey, David was born and raised in the Midwest, been here since 2010, and has no plans on moving back North. Austin was like love at first sight; the music and weather are his favorite things about this city. He enjoys DJing, Gaming (PS3 and PS4), bowling and shooting pool in his free time.

Daniel Rodriguez

Daniel Rodriguez

Service Technician
Hire Date 4/2/2007

Originally from El Salvador, Daniel has lived in Austin for over 12 years. He appreciates the small-town feel of the city and all the fun activities that Austin has to offer. Daniel has more than five years of experience working on Subarus and describes the cars as nice and easy to fix. When not working in the Service Department, you can find Daniel on the soccer field playing for his team, Liverpool.
Gerson Rodriguez

Gerson Rodriguez

Detailer
Hire Date 4/19/2010

Gerson is from El Salvador and is super friendly! He loves his Honda, which he works on himself. Gerson plays soccer in his spare time. On his free days, Gerson spends time with his family and watching sports.
Narciso Ruiz

Narciso Ruiz

Service Technician
Hire Date 12/13/12

Narciso Ruiz was born and raised in Los Angeles, California where he resided until he was 19. He then decided to join the US Army! In 2003, Naciso was deployed to Iraq for 13 months and then again in 2008 for 15 months. When Narciso was finished bravely serving our country, he moved his wife and 5 children to Austin, Texas. During his spare time, Narciso enjoys being handy around the house and breeding "American Bully's". He actually owns 7 American Bully’s that he loves showing at competitions. However, the one thing Narciso enjoys most of all is seeing his kids happy

Luis Saucedo

Luis Saucedo

Sales and Leasing Consultant
Hire Date 3/3/2014

Luis was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, but was lucky enough to become a Texan in his adulthood. He is easy going and loves life. He is a complete family man, being a dedicated husband to his lovely wife, Sandra, and a wonderful father to his two daughters: Abri and Audra. Because he is such a love-motivated man, he serves a local Church by being a speaker and musician. When not working, churching, or familying, Luis really enjoys playing basketball -- whether it's a "pick-up game" or church league, he will be there competing. His favorite car is the 2011 Subaru WRX, which is what inspired him to want to sell the Subaru product. His philosophy, based on the simple quote "the choices you make today, will be the future you create," is something that will help with the selection process for his customers.

Paige Schnurbusch

Paige Schnurbusch

Service Cashier
Hire Date 2/3/2014

Paige was born and raised in Cocoa Beach, Florida. She recently moved to Austin this year. She is currently attending the University of Central Florida online for a bachelor's degree in Health Administration. She loves to cook, paint, and is an active snowboarder. Paige travels to Utah once a year to hit the slopes. She has two dogs, a Shiba Inu and a Border Collie mix, that keep her busy and entertained. Paige knew Austin Subaru was a perfect fit for her after falling in love with her STI.

Glenda Shaw

Glenda Shaw

Cashier
Hire Date 8/3/2010

Glenda came from Midland, Texas to live in Austin, a second time, in the summer of 2000. Glenda has worked in the car business for more than 10 years in the Service Department, where she managed the service office and was the assistant to the service manager. Her family includes her husband of over 34 years, 3 grown children, and 7 fabulous grandchildren. Relaxation on the weekends is all about visiting local points of interests, going to a movie, trying out a new restaurant or just staying at home reading the latest novel.
Timothy Shook

Timothy Shook

Director of Marketing and Internet Sales
Hire Date 5/15/2004
Jose Luis Snyder

Jose Luis Snyder

Photographer
Hire Date 7/24/2007

Beginning at his dad’s service shop in Mexico, Jose has been around cars all his life. In his free time he races remote control cars and owns a Nitro RC car that can reach 70 miles per hour. Jose also enjoys bowling and playing pool with his friends. Although he’s a pretty good pool player, Jose says that he only uses his skill to take peoples’ money “sometimes.” Photoshop art is another of Jose’s many talents.
Danny Sosa

Danny Sosa

Sales and Leasing Consultant
Hire Date 8/1/2013

Danny was born in Brownsville Texas to a large, loving family and he moved to Austin in 1998. He has 4 older brothers and one older sister. His parents were great in instilling love of one's family to him since day one and for that reason he has a very close tight knit family. Danny is married to a wonderful, beautiful, smart, funny and talented wife named Shannon who also happens to be his best friend; they have a daughter named Olive who is also very smart and beautiful! He also has a cat named Chazz and a dog named Scooter. Danny loves to do outdoor activities and would one day love to go backpacking across Europe.

Kathy Swenson

Kathy Swenson

Sales Assistant
Hire Date 4/13/13

Kathy Swenson was born in Okinawa, Japan and moved to Texas when she was 15 years old. She grew up in North Austin where she still resides. Kathy has 3 children and has been married to her husband for 17 years. Kathy has one grandson and a granddaughter that will arrive in August of this year. When not at work, Kathy spends her time with her family attending soccer games and participating in the mowing business that her husband and children started 7 years ago. She became part of the Subaru family because Alli Walker told her about the position. Kathy is so thankful for this truly fabulous job.

Juaquin Trejo

Juaquin Trejo

Quick Lube Tech
Hire Date: 8/29/2013

Bio Coming Soon

Craig Valashek

Craig Valashek

Sales Coordinator
Hire Date 7/5/2010 Craig originated from Iowa, but has been in this “everything is bigger” state since 1973 and specifically Austin since 1988. Craig is in love with Austin because of its “laid back atmosphere.” Everyone at Austin Infiniti will be on their best behavior from now on because Craig was in the criminal justice field for 30 years, ranging in titles from police officer to parole officer and was also involved with the federal system. Coming out of retirement or what Craig referred to as his own personal hard time, Craig wanted to do something completely different and we are lucky that he decided to make this his new and exciting venture! Craig is a family man with a loving wife and two grown children, his eighteen year old is starting UT this fall. In his spare time he likes to jog and he use to ride motorcycles, very Robo Cop of him!
Ralph Vurgich

Ralph Vurgich

Sales Consultant
Hire Date 03/04/13

Ralph was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Laurel, Maryland between Washington DC and Baltimore. It was a great area to grow-up in, having the mountains and the beach within an hours drive. He moved to Austin in August of 2000 with his now ex-wife and his son. Currently he lives alone with his Dalmatian, Champ. Ralph enjoys going to the lake or the pool on a nice hot day. He also likes to travel, cook, and watch the Redskins beat the Cowboys! Ralph used to work as a Systems Analyst and has a very diverse background. He has been in the car business for about two years now. Welcome to the team!

Alli Walker

Alli Walker

Accounting Clerk
Hire Date 3/31/2011

Born in Dallas, Tx, she has lived in Houston, Portland, OR and Phoenix, AZ, before moving to Austin when she was 5. Her and her family have sailed in the Caribbean, once in the British Virgin Islands, and once at St. Lucia and the Granadines. She has been married almost a year and they have 3 guinea pigs: Popcorn, Cylde, and Paskal. They would like to travel to Okinawa and the rest of Japan, or Australia/New Zealand, or just anywhere. They really enjoy Fredericksburg as well. She graduated from Texas State University with a Studio Art w/All Level Teacher Certification BFA. She was also pretty good at foil fencing in college and took it 3 semesters. In her spare time she cooks, bakes, sews, paints, draws, plans hers gardens, plants in said gardens, and researches different crops to grow in Texas weather. She would love to go to A&M for a horticulture degree. And she gets her name misspelled all the time.
Ira Williams

Ira Williams

Parts
Hire Date 12/9/2013

Ira was born in an igloo in Fairbanks, Alaska. He had a brief excursion overseas then to California and eventually landed in Austin, Texas in 1972 where he finally thawed-out from his childhood in Alaska. He really loves the fact that he is warm pretty much year round. Probably one reason He enjoys playing golf so much. He is quite the family man since he has a beautiful wife and 7 kids. The children range in age from 27 years to 2 years old. Meeting his wife and the birth of his youngest child, Annabelle, was the happiest time of his life. (Wonder how the other 6 feel about that?). The thing that he is most proud of is having served 12 years in the military. Ira is quite a sports enthusiast following his favorite teams: Texas Longhorns,Oklahoma City Thunder, Atlanta Falcons, and the Atlanta Braves.

Sean Williams

Sean Williams

Service Advisor
Hire Date 11/01/10

Sean was born in San Jose, California and moved to Austin in 2007. He has an older brother and a younger sister and an Old English Bull dog that he really loves. He has a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday type of personality and his favorite sports team is the 49ers and the Giants; and he does not have a favorite celebrity. You will typically find Sean in the cereal aisle at the grocery store. His favorite food is Indian food and his favorite movie is Pulp Fiction. A fun fact about Sean is that he is also a double agent. The happiest time of his life has always been 5 o’clock!

Jesse York

Jesse York

Ownership Concierge
Hire Date 11/27/2006

This photo is from Jesse’s earlier days, when he was the hard partying and wildly talented drummer in the world famous heavy metal band Mania. Incidentally, it was about that time and a result of those skills that earned Jesse the nickname that stays with him today "The War Machine"

Jesse moved to Central Texas in 1981 and now calls San Marcos home. He follows Nitro Funny Car Drag Racing and collects movie memorabilia from the Golden Age of Hollywood. Jesse also enjoys football season and live music.

If you ever have an obscure question about a certain Subaru model, find Jesse, who is a national Subaru walk-around champion. Jesse says that the Subaru brand is a true state of mind and he loves representing it. He appreciates both to the go anywhere capability of the vehicles and also the shared sensibilities that Subaru customers have of caring about the well-being of Mother Earth.

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