Staff

  • Jeff Schneider

    Jeff Schneider

    General Manager

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    Jeff Schneider

    Jeff Schneider

    General Manager

    Hire Date 4/5/2017 – Jeff has been in the car business since 2003. He has three wonderful kids, Jack, Gillian, and Reid, with who he loves spending time. Hunting, fishing, and golfing are his other favorite pastimes. He enjoys all things sports and is a Cowboy season ticket holder.

  • Desirae Acosta

    Desirae Acosta

    Accounts Payable

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    Desirae Acosta

    Desirae Acosta

    Accounts Payable

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

  • Alex Altaan

    Alex Altaan

    Sales Manager

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    Alex Altaan

    Alex Altaan

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 05/11/2023 –  Alex loves living in the Dallas area for the city skyline and great restaurants. He’s been working in automotive for some time now, and he enjoys his job because he gets to work with amazing clients and awesome vehicles each day.

  • Emma Anderson

    Emma Anderson

    Assistant Event Coordinator

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    Emma Anderson

    Emma Anderson

    Assistant Event Coordinator

    Hire Date 02/03/2023 – Emma was born and raised in Denton, Texas with her two siblings and moved to San Marcos after high school to attend Texas State University. When she’s not working, Emma enjoys spending time with her golden retriever, Charlie (aka her BFF!). Charlie loves doing everything with Emma like soaking up the sunshine, going on walks, going out to eat, and taking a trip to Starbucks every Saturday for a “pup cup”. Emma also enjoys exploring new parks and trails in Austin, spending a night in the city with her friends, trying new restaurants, and attending as many events as she can at the Moody Center. Emma’s favorite meal is lasagna, especially her mom’s homemade recipe, and her favorite restaurant is Bar Peached because she can enjoy both pork buns and fries. Emma grew up listening to The Chicks and they are her favorite band of all time. She even got to see them perform at ACL Music Festival in 2022! FUN FACT: Emma grew up dancing and playing the violin. While she doesn’t do as much dancing anymore, she can still play some beautiful tunes on the violin!

  • Ana Angel

    Ana Angel

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2021

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    Ana Angel

    Ana Angel

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2015, Top Gun 2021

    Hire Date 4/6/2015 – Ana graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a Bachelor in Food Service Management, she later transitioned to the Automotive industry in 2015 when she was looking for change and growth. Ana believes in treating people the way you want to be treated and uses her positive attitude and sparkly energy to give clients a world-class experience. Ana is bilingual in English and Spanish and is currently teaching her children to be bilingual as well. Ana’s greatest pride was the birth of her first child in July 2016 and the arrival of her twins in December 2018! Two of her favorite Holidays are Halloween and Christmas. Who doesn’t love dressing up in cool costumes and decorating! Every year Ana makes sure she does not miss the trail of lights held in December in Austin, TX. FUN FACT: During a private dinner in Kittery, Maine, Ana served former President, George W Bush. As she poured the wine, she was nervous and overfilled the glasses, but he was so kind that he just laughed.

  • Diego  Arambula

    Diego Arambula

    Express Technician

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    Diego  Arambula

    Diego Arambula

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 03/22/2023 – Diego is from Irving, Texas, and he grew up helping his dad work on his personal cars when they needed maintenance. This inspired him to join the automotive business in 2022, and he’s excited to continue the journey with Forest Lane CDJR! When he’s not busy fixing cars, Diego enjoys spending time with his family and playing soccer with his friends. When it comes to food, his favorite meal is spaghetti and he would eat it every day if he could. Diego’s favorite band is Fuerza Regida, his top pick movie is any of the Cars movies, and his favorite video game is Call of Duty. Diego has done a road trip to Oregon in the past, and he hopes to visit Madrid in the future because that is where his favorite soccer team, Real Madrid, is from. If he could invite anyone to dinner, Diego would choose his favorite soccer player of all time, Cristiano Ronaldo. At home, Diego has 3 pets – 2 dogs, Biscuit and Estrella, and a bird named Kiwi. FUN FACT: The Dodge Charger Wide Body SRT Red Eye is Diego’s dream car!

  • Maria Arellano Jaimes

    Maria Arellano Jaimes

    Accounts Payable

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    Maria Arellano Jaimes

    Maria Arellano Jaimes

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 12/18/2023 – Maria was born and raised in Mexico, and she loves living in Austin for the awesome festivals and beautiful nature scenes to take long walks in. At home, she has a Pomeranian named Princess. FUN FACT: Maria is a huge fan of the Hunger Games movie series!

  • Brandon Ayala

    Brandon Ayala

    New & Used Sales Manager

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    Brandon Ayala

    Brandon Ayala

    New & Used Sales Manager

    Hire Date 2/1/2019 – Brandon is originally from California. He’s been in the automotive industry since 2014. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family – which also includes playing with Luna, his English bulldog! When it comes to sports, Brandon roots for the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Justin Baiko

    Justin Baiko

    Analytics Engineer

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    Justin Baiko

    Justin Baiko

    Analytics Engineer

    Hire Date 03/06/2023 – Justin comes to us from Round Rock, Texas, and this is his first job in the automotive world! His favorite food is pineapple pizza, and if he could travel to any destination, he would choose Space. At home, Justin has 2 dogs.

  • Trey Barstow III

    Trey Barstow III

    Sales Coordinator

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    Trey Barstow III

    Trey Barstow III

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 10/25/2023 – Trey was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. While he loves living in Austin, he’ll always stick to his roots when it comes to sports, as he is a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers. Trey’s favorite restaurant is Raising Cane’s and his go-to order is the box combo, substitute coleslaw for extra sauce, butter on both sides of the bread, and an ice-cold sweet tea. At home, Trey has a shepherd mix named Chester and his favorite movie is The Prestige.

  • Rita Bautista

    Rita Bautista

    Warranty Payables

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    Rita Bautista

    Rita Bautista

    Warranty Payables

    Hire Date 02/20/2023 – Rita was born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Carrollton, Texas. She always had her eyes set on building a career in the automotive industry and she is excited about this opportunity with Forest Lane CDJR! She has been doing photography for 6 years, and in her free time, she enjoys taking pictures for her small photography business. This includes family pictures, portraits, and even car photography. Rita enjoys taking photos of any occasion and building cars with her dad. Her very first car was a 1988 Toyota MK3 Supra that she was able to build and restore with her dad’s help, and he also taught her how to drive a manual. When it comes to food, Rita enjoys trying out new places to eat! She loves sushi, but nothing beats a home-cooked meal by the best cook in the world – her mom. Rita’s favorite place to travel to is southern Oklahoma, and she enjoys visiting their state parks and going on hikes among the pine trees. Rita also loves hitting up the small towns and finding all of the hidden gems they have to offer. FUN FACT: Rita’s favorite Jeep model is the 6-speed manual Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon in the color blue with a lift kit.

  • John Birdsall

    John Birdsall

    Sales Porter

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    John Birdsall

    John Birdsall

    Sales Porter

    Hire Date 2/21/2019 – Bio Coming Soon!

  • Haley Blain

    Haley Blain

    Online Reputation Specialist

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    Haley Blain

    Haley Blain

    Online Reputation Specialist

    Hire Date 1/27/2020 – Haley spent most of her childhood living in New Jersey and Missouri before moving to Austin, Texas in 2013. She joined CAG in 2020 as a receptionist for one of the dealerships and now works for Macho Marketing, the internal marketing agency for CAG! Currently, Haley is attending college to earn her degree in Public Relations. Her favorite thing about Austin is that you can always find something new and cool to do, and there are plenty of yummy restaurants to try. Haley enjoys all kinds of music but tends to gravitate towards songs released before 2010 – music was just better back then. She does love Ariana Grande, however, because there’s no denying her amazing vocals. When asked who her hero is, Haley chose her parents because, despite the hard circumstances they both went through, they always put her well-being first. In her free time, Haley enjoys being with her boyfriend and their two cats, Ducky and Teddy, who are best friends and believe they are in charge.

  • Joseph Brandao

    Joseph Brandao

    Wellness Coach
    Top Gun 2022

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    Joseph Brandao

    Joseph Brandao

    Wellness Coach
    Top Gun 2022

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

  • Dan Boone

    Dan Boone

    Compliance Manager

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    Dan Boone

    Dan Boone

    Compliance Manager

    Hire Date 2/19/2021 – Dan Boone is a third-generation auto industry professional. He is the son of a former Houston car dealer who handled many different makes from the late ’60s to the mid-’90s. Dan has worked full-time in the auto industry since his graduation from the University of Texas in 1985. He has experience in every automotive department and even spent some time with a manufacturer, too. Dan originally joined the CAG team in April of 2004, which gave him the opportunity to move back to the Austin area and to be closer to his Longhorns. During the spring and summer, Dan can often be found at Disch-Faulk field supporting the home team! Dan’s primary goal is customer satisfaction, stating, ‘My job is making my customers happy.’ Dan has worked with many lenders over the years and has developed the relationships and the expertise to help make his customer’s dreams a reality.

    Dan’s Favorite Book: Raintree County by Ross Lockridge, Jr.
    “Raintree County is a great American novel. James Mitchner spent several pages on it in his biography, “The World is My Backyard.” This book is set before, during, and after the Civil War. It weaves a compelling story of love, youth, heroism, duty, sorrow, freedom, and family. Every moment with this book is a treasure.”

    Dan also enjoys the writings of Craig Symonds – a historian who makes history come alive. From Symonds, Dan would recommend “The Battle of Midway, ” heavy with stories of ingenuity, courage, and sacrifice.

  • Hector  Boone

    Hector Boone

    Sales Consultant

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    Hector  Boone

    Hector Boone

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 09/07/2023 – Hector is a fun, outgoing, country-music-loving guy from Coahuila, Mexico. His journey in the automotive business began in 1987 as an Auto Parts Regional Salesperson for another dealership; fast forward to now, and he is thrilled to be part of the Forest Lane CDJR family! His favorite things about Dallas are the atmosphere, people, sports, and delicious food. His favorite artist is Luke Bryan, and when it comes to food, he’s a huge fan of Texas Roadhouse and authentic Mexican cuisine. The best places Hector has traveled to are San Francisco, CA, Pebble Beach, CA, and St. Louis, MO. In the future, he hopes to travel back to California because of the amazing weather. As for some more favorites, Hector’s go-to movie is Tombstone, his favorite song is “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, he roots for the 49ers, and his favorite CDJR model is the 392 Jeep Wrangler. At home, Hector has an adorable black labrador named Boomer. When asked who his hero is, he chose his father because he did everything to take care of his family. FUN FACT: Outside of work, Hector is an avid sand volleyball player!

  • Aaron Booze

    Aaron Booze

    Master Technician

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    Aaron Booze

    Aaron Booze

    Master Technician

    Hire Date 9/4/2018 – Aaron is from right here in Dallas. He’s been in the automotive world since 1998 and is thankful that working on cars is truly a family passion. Both his father and his brother are also in the business! Aaron’s all time favorite band is Matchbox20 and he roots for the Dallas Stars every time they play. One day, Aaron would like to travel to Rome and see the colosseum, the Flavian Amphitheater.

  • Dylan Booze

    Dylan Booze

    Express Technician

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    Dylan Booze

    Dylan Booze

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 08/30/2022 – Dylan comes to us from Crandall, Texas, and he has been working in the automotive business since 2021 due to his passion for cars! In his free time, Dylan enjoys spending time with his friends and family, and his favorite musical artist is undoubtedly Koe Wetzel. When it comes to food, Dylan will never turn down some good crab legs, and his favorite thing about the DFW area would have to be the diversity of food, culture, and people. When asked who his hero is, Dylan mentioned his grandpa who is responsible for teaching him how to be a man. As for some more favorites, Dylan’s go-to movie is Step Brothers, his favorite song is Hippies and Cowboys by Cody Jinks, the RAM 1500 TRX is his favorite model at CDJR, and he roots for the Green Bay Packers. FUN FACT: If Dylan could travel to any destination, he would choose Colorado for its spectacular skiing slopes!

    Dylan’s favorite book – It by Stephen King

  • Jennifer Bottoms

    Jennifer Bottoms

    Lead Office Manager

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    Jennifer Bottoms

    Jennifer Bottoms

    Lead Office Manager

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

  • Cameron Bourque

    Cameron Bourque

    Master Technician

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    Cameron Bourque

    Cameron Bourque

    Master Technician

    Hire Date 2/1/2021 – Cameron is a true car guy. He even spends his free time playing around with cars and prefers to make performance enhancements and go to the drag strip. Cameron’s favorite travel destination to date was a trip to Colorado where he was able to hike the mountains and visit the “South Park City” of Fairplay, CO. You can likely find Cameron listening to music by artists like Ryan Upchurch and Mac Miller. At home, Cameron loves to take his white and brown pitbull mix, Samson out for walks – almost as much as Samson loves to chase squirrels.

  • Sherry Brock

    Sherry Brock

    Title Clerk

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    Sherry Brock

    Sherry Brock

    Title Clerk

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

  • Paul Buie

    Paul Buie

    Technician

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    Paul Buie

    Paul Buie

    Technician

    Hire Date 10/31/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Suzette Burrow

    Suzette Burrow

    Chief Marketing Officer

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    Suzette Burrow

    Suzette Burrow

    Chief Marketing Officer

    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 where she met her husband, Andrew Burrow. After being a receptionist, she then bounced around CAG, and today she works as the Chief Marketing Officer 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.

    Suzette’s Favorite Book: First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham
    “This was one of the first books I read when I was a new manager. It helped me so much. My only regret is that I didn’t read it sooner.”

  • Lisa Bustos

    Lisa Bustos

    Director of Business Development

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    Lisa Bustos

    Lisa Bustos

    Director of Business Development

    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.

    Lisa’s Favorite Book: Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
    “Top 3 Reasons:
    1. “The first hour of your day matters. A lot.” – Elrod
    2. I credit this book for kicking a bad “snooze alarm” habit
    3. Sage + practical tactics to transform your life, one morning at a time.
    #riseandshine”

  • Emily Callahan

    Emily Callahan

    Social Media Content Creator

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    Emily Callahan

    Emily Callahan

    Social Media Content Creator

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

  • TJ  Cannon Elbert

    TJ Cannon Elbert

    Warranty Administrator

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    TJ  Cannon Elbert

    TJ Cannon Elbert

    Warranty Administrator

    Hire Date 09/26/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Julia Chaparro

    Julia Chaparro

    HR Admin Assistant

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    Julia Chaparro

    Julia Chaparro

    HR Admin Assistant

    Hire Date 01/22/2024 – Julia is from El Paso and moved to Austin in 2017 to be closer to her family. In her free time, she enjoys getting dressed up to go out to eat and take pictures with her friends. Julia has been to Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, and notes it to be the best place she’s visited thus far. In the future, she hopes to hit up Zanzibar, Africa for its beautiful waters. At home, Julia has a cat named Benjamin who is the sweetest lad!

  • Johan Chavez

    Johan Chavez

    Express Technician

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    Johan Chavez

    Johan Chavez

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 09/05/2023 – Johan is passionate about cars and is excited to be part of the Forest Lane CDJR team!

  • Nio Clark

    Nio Clark

    Sales Coordinator

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    Nio Clark

    Nio Clark

    Sales Coordinator

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

  • Debbie Clifton

    Debbie Clifton

    Payroll Specialist

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    Debbie Clifton

    Debbie Clifton

    Payroll Specialist

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

  • Mark Corben

    Mark Corben

    CAG Health, Safety, Maintenance Director

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    Mark Corben

    Mark Corben

    CAG Health, Safety, Maintenance Director

    Hire Date 11/27/2006 – Mark owned his own general contracting business and worked for Mr. Hardeman and the Continental Automotive Group for many years before becoming a full time employee in November 2006. Mark says that during his time as a contractor he noticed what a wonderful company this was, and he wanted to become a part of the team. Mark has been the 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.

  • Yvonne Cortinas

    Yvonne Cortinas

    Accounts Payable
    Top Gun 2021

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    Yvonne Cortinas

    Yvonne Cortinas

    Accounts Payable
    Top Gun 2021

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

  • Sonya Crowell

    Sonya Crowell

    Accounts Payable

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    Sonya Crowell

    Sonya Crowell

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 01/02/2024 – Sonya is from San Diego, California. She enjoys doing Jigsaw puzzles in her free time, and when it comes to food, she’s a huge fan of lasagna. Sonya’s favorite movies are Hunt for Red October and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and she has an adorable pitbull named Bailey.

  • Carlos Cruz

    Carlos Cruz

    Technician

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    Carlos Cruz

    Carlos Cruz

    Technician

    Hire Date 04/14/2023 – Carlos was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas, and has been working in the automotive business since 2018. When he’s not busy fixing cars, he enjoys playing soccer, fishing, attending car events, and traveling. On his bucket list of places to visit, he’s got Europe, Hawaii, and the Bahamas. Carlos loves anything do to with bbq, burgers, and wings, and his favorite restaurant is Pluckers. At home, he has a German shepherd named Max and hopes to get a corgi in the future. FUN FACT: Carlos is a first-generation college graduate in his family!

  • Cici Cruz

    Cici Cruz

    Title Clerk

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    Cici Cruz

    Cici Cruz

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 01/22/2024 – Cici is originally from San Marcos, TX. Her favorite movie is Elf, and in her free time, she enjoys visiting San Antonio to spend time with her friends and family. At home, Cici has a dog named Oscar Jay (aka “OJ”)!

  • Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Inventory Clerk

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    Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Jonathan Cruz Jaimes

    Inventory Clerk

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

  • Josh De Ford

    Josh De Ford

    Graphic Designer
    Top Gun 2021

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    Josh De Ford

    Josh De Ford

    Graphic Designer
    Top Gun 2021

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

    Josh’s Favorite Book: And The Good News Is… by Dana Perino
    “I picked up this book in high school, and it transformed how I viewed pursuing my professional career. Before I had finished the book, I had already accepted my dream position at the time which indirectly jumpstarted a career in freelance graphic design work that paid for most of my college tuition for the next 5 years. Those opportunities all sprouted from “And The Good News Is” giving me the confidence to say ‘yes’ to a rather scary job offer at such a young age.”

  • Bart DeJongh

    Bart DeJongh

    Service Manager

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    Bart DeJongh

    Bart DeJongh

    Service Manager

    Hire Date 08/17/2023 – Bart loves the Dallas area for its beautiful city skyline and awesome restaurants. He has much experience working in the automotive business, and he’s proud to be part of the Forest Lane CDJR team!

  • Mario De La Rosa

    Mario De La Rosa

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2022

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    Mario De La Rosa

    Mario De La Rosa

    Sales Consultant
    Top Gun 2022

    Hire Date 9/18/2018 – Mario is from Brownsville, Texas. He’s been in the automotive industry since 2005 and is thankful to his brother who showed him how to enhance his people skills. From his time around cars, he’s sure that the RAM truck is his ultimate dream car. Outside of work, Mario enjoys running the trails in Plano and spending time with his wife and four kids. He never tires of listening to Coldplay, and Paradise is surely his top track.

  • Joseph Espinoza

    Joseph Espinoza

    L2 IT Specialist

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    Joseph Espinoza

    Joseph Espinoza

    L2 IT Specialist

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

  • Sarah Fairchild

    Sarah Fairchild

    Billing Clerk

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    Sarah Fairchild

    Sarah Fairchild

    Billing Clerk

    Hire Date 04/10/2023 – Sarah is originally from Fullerton, California, but spent some time living in Maine before making her move to Texas. She has previous experience working in automotive sales and is now thrilled to be joining CAG! In her free time, Sarah enjoys going on drives through the hill country and spending time with friends and family. Her favorite food is sushi, but she loves restaurant recommendations and is always open to trying new places. In the near future, Sarah plans to visit Nice, France, and is super excited about that trip! Next on her list is either Japan or Australia. At home, Sarah has 2 cats and 2 dogs. 1 of each is on the older side, but that doesn’t stop them from having lots of energy!

  • Aline Ferreira

    Aline Ferreira

    Videographer

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    Aline Ferreira

    Videographer

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

    Aline’s Favorite Book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz“This is my favorite book because it’s really changed my perspective in life and relationships. I apply it these agreements everyday and since then have become a better version of myself. It’s extremely helpful for personal growth and learning to relieve yourself from negativity in your life.”

  • Cassandra Freitag

    Cassandra Freitag

    Senior Design Strategist
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2019

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    Cassandra Freitag

    Senior Design Strategist
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2019

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

  • Myra Garza

    Myra Garza

    Title Clerk

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    Myra Garza

    Myra Garza

    Title Clerk

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

  • Dustin "MVP" Giusti

    Dustin "MVP" Giusti

    L3 Senior It Engineer
    Top Gun 2017

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    Dustin "MVP" Giusti

    L3 Senior It Engineer
    Top Gun 2017

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

  • Aime Gomez

    Aime Gomez

    Service Advisor

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    Aime Gomez

    Aime Gomez

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 04/04/2023 – While Aime is originally from Fort Worth, her family comes from Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. Her journey in the automotive world began in 2015 and she has always worked for CDJR stores. Aime has also owned 4 different Jeep vehicles and spends most of her free time doing cool stuff with the people in her Jeep Club, so it’s safe to say she’s a true fan of the brand! Other hobbies include working out at the gym, reading, and spending time with her family. If you’re looking for a new Mexican restaurant to try, Aime recommends a family favorite, Los Molcajetes in Fort Worth. Recently, Aime took her son on a road trip from Texas to California as a surprise for his 6th birthday. They hit up multiple national parks, Disney World, Universal Studios, Big Bear Mountains, scenic routes in Nevada, and trails in Arizona. In the near future, Aime hopes to take her Jeep to Colorado and Utah, and one day, she would love to see Italy for its beautiful scenery and historic buildings. Aime’s hero is her father because he has always put his family’s happiness and safety first. She is proud to own her dream Jeep vehicles – a ’21 Jeep Gladiator (lifted with other additions for optimal off-road use) and a ’06 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with a 4.0L engine and manual transmission. FUN FACT: In 2023, Aime is signed up for multiple 5ks and half marathons!

  • Chelsea Gonzales

    Chelsea Gonzales

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

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    Chelsea Gonzales

    Chelsea Gonzales

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

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

  • Lizet Gonzales

    Lizet Gonzales

    Accounts Payable

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    Lizet Gonzales

    Lizet Gonzales

    Accounts Payable

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

  • Harrison Gool

    Harrison Gool

    L1 IT Technician

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    Harrison Gool

    Harrison Gool

    L1 IT Technician

    Hire Date 10/24/2022 – Harrison was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and he is excited to be working for Continental Automotive Group! When he’s not busy working, Harrison’s interests include baseball, playing guitar, and watching movies. His favorite movie of all time has to be none other than Jurassic Park, which he will tell you is the quintessential blockbuster. Harrison also enjoys playing video games and a few of his favorites are Halo, Garry’s Mod, and any of the Spider-Man games. When it comes to sports, Harrison roots for the Houston Astros. FUN FACT: If Harrison could vacation to any destination, he would choose Japan for its fascinating culture!

    Harrison’s favorite book – Moneyball by Michael Lewis

  • Laura Granger

    Laura Granger

    Title Clerk

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    Laura Granger

    Laura Granger

    Title Clerk

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

  • Ashley Green

    Ashley Green

    Warranty Payables
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2017

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    Ashley Green

    Ashley Green

    Warranty Payables
    Top Gun 2012, Top Gun 2017

    Hire Date 12/28/2007 – Ashley grew up in Austin and is currently taking classes at ACC. She wants to be a first-grade teacher and have a really big family (she loves kids). The beach is Ashley’s favorite place to vacation, but, even though she loves the water, she thinks that jet skiing is the scariest thing ever. Ashley has never been outside of Texas but would love to travel. Florida is the place that she would most like to visit, and she wants to be in two places at once.

    Ashley’s Favorite Book: Mark of the Lions series by Francine Rivers
    “It’s spiritual and just very moving.”

  • Phillip Guzman

    Phillip Guzman

    Senior Content Producer
    Top Gun 2020

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    Phillip Guzman

    Phillip Guzman

    Senior Content Producer
    Top Gun 2020

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

  • Jami Hamel

    Jami Hamel

    Graphic Designer

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    Jami Hamel

    Jami Hamel

    Graphic Designer

    Hire Date 09/14/2022 – Jami comes to us from Iowa and is very excited to be joining as a Graphic Designer for Macho Marketing, CAG’s internal marketing agency! When she has spare time, Jami enjoys painting and keeping up with the Iowa Hawkeyes, her all-time favorite sports team. Jami once vacationed in Montana and says it is the best place she has visited thus far; nothing beats Yellowstone and Glacier National Park! As amazing as that vacation was, Jami hopes to one day venture to Egypt so she can check out the beautiful pyramids.

    Jami’s favorite book – The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

  • Ty Hammonds

    Ty Hammonds

    Corporate Controller

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    Ty Hammonds

    Ty Hammonds

    Corporate Controller

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

  • Jeff Hand

    Jeff Hand

    CAG Insurance Agent

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    Jeff Hand

    Jeff Hand

    CAG Insurance Agent

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

  • Joy Hardeman

    Joy Hardeman

    Twin Sister
    Visionary & Co-Owner

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    Joy Hardeman

    Joy Hardeman

    Twin Sister
    Visionary & Co-Owner

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

  • William B.  Hardeman

    William B. Hardeman

    Brother - Managing Partner

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    William B. Hardeman

    Brother - Managing Partner

    Hire Date 7/18/1981 (Will) – William B. 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 William B. more in tune with local environmental issues, and in his construction and development focus at the Continental Automotive Group, William B. brings with him a strong commitment to preserving Austin’s natural beauty. William B. grew up in west Austin and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

  • Lily Geneva Hardeman

    Lily Geneva Hardeman

    Cutest Employee Ever

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    Lily Geneva Hardeman

    Cutest Employee Ever

    Hire date 7/8/2016 – Lily is named after her great-grandmother Geneva Hardeman. She loves to spend time with her family, including her cousins James, Margot and Reese Hardeman-Hill, and her grandparents. She likes to swim, dance, paint, draw, play dress up, and do gymnastics. Lily offices alongside her dada Will and is the creative director of the Lily Pad playroom at First Texas Honda.  She oversees the holiday decor at the Continental Cafe and inspires seasonal drinks like the Lily Lavender Latte.  She also enjoys judging the annual employee Halloween costume competition.

  • Penelope Elle Hardeman

    Penelope Elle Hardeman

    Cutest Employee Ever

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    Penelope Elle Hardeman

    Cutest Employee Ever

    Hire Date 4/1/2020 – Penelope (Poppy) enjoys dancing, laughing, swimming, jumping on the trampoline, playing with her sisters, and being an all-around boss lady.  Poppy likes to do whatever Lily is doing and has inspired drinks at the Continental Cafe including the Poppy Peppermint Latte.  When not bossing her sisters around, you can usually find her in the Lily Pad playroom.

  • Primrose Holiday Hardeman

    Primrose Holiday Hardeman

    Cutest Employee Ever

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    Primrose Holiday Hardeman

    Cutest Employee Ever

    Hire Date 4/29/22 – Primrose enjoys being doted over and laughing at her older sisters Lily and Penelope’s antics.  She’s sweet and sassy and is the happiest baby on the block.  She already has several car meetings under her belt and enjoys making the rounds at the dealerships and saying hello to everyone.

  • Genny Hill

    Genny Hill

    Dealer

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    Genny Hill

    Dealer

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

  • James Hill

    James Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

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    James Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

    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 INFINITI’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!

  • Margot Hill

    Margot Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

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    Margot Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

    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 Austin INFINITI’s coffee bar and cruising around the showroom.

  • Reese Hill

    Reese Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

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    Reese Hill

    Reese Hill

    Cutest Employee Ever

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

  • Tiara Hearn

    Tiara Hearn

    L1 IT Technician

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    Tiara Hearn

    L1 IT Technician

    Hire Date 09/18/2023 – Tiara was born in Detroit, Michigan, and spent some time living in Georgia and New York prior to moving to Austin, Texas. Her favorite movie is Groundhog Day and she is a die-hard fan of seafood cuisines, especially crab legs. In 2018, Tiara vacationed in Paris, France where she ate amazing food, met some great people, and toured the Louvre Museum. She also got to see the notable Eiffel Tower, which was an incredible experience in itself. At home, Tiara has a cockatiel named Pico! He is the cutest little bird and has recently begun to pick up phrases such as “Kisses”, “Good boy”, and “You want the kisses”.

  • Jason Heimbecker

    Jason Heimbecker

    L1 IT Technician

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    Jason Heimbecker

    L1 IT Technician

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

  • Connor Henkel

    Connor Henkel

    Assistant Sales Manager

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    Connor Henkel

    Connor Henkel

    Assistant Sales Manager

    Hire Date 02/21/2023 – Connor was born in San Diego, California, and spent some time living in Fredericksburg, Virginia before moving to Texas. He loves the number of places, businesses, and restaurants that are always opening in the Dallas area. Connor has been working in the automotive business for almost 10 years. He has always loved cars and helping people, so he figured “why not make a career out of combining the two?”. Fast forward to now, and he is thrilled to be part of the Forest Lane CDJR family! When he’s not busy delivering awesome experiences to his clients, Connor enjoys playing paintball, fishing, and taking his kids to different parks. When it comes to music, he loves everything from country music to EDM. Connor’s favorite restaurant here in Dallas is San Diego Tacos – they make awesome carne asada burritos that remind him of growing up in California. The best vacation Connor has been on so far was a road trip he took to San Diego with his family during Covid. One day, he hopes to visit Germany so he can experience the lineage aspect, snowboarding, and driving a Porsche on the autobahn. When asked who his hero is, Connor chose his father not only for his military/government service for our country but for how well he did in taking care of his family. He set an example for helping people, growing, and doing everything you can to achieve your goals. If Connor could invite anyone to dinner, he would choose Mac Miller because he loves his music and never got the chance to see him perform live. As for some more favorites, Connor roots for Ohio State and Washington Capitals, his top-pick movie is Tommy Boy, his favorite video games are Call of Duty and NHL on the Xbox, and his favorite CDJR model is the new Jeep Grand Cherokee. FUN FACT: Connor has a beautiful wife named Sarah and three kids – Lilly, William, and Nikolai!

  • Karina Hernandez Gonzalez

    Karina Hernandez Gonzalez

    Sales Coordinator

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    Karina Hernandez Gonzalez

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 5/6/2020 – Karina is from Arlington, Texas. She’s been in the automotive world since she was just 17 years old, and first gained an insight to the industry from her dad who worked for an auto body and paint shop. While she does consider herself a car enthusiast, the real reason she joined the team here at FLCDJR, was because she loved the way the people treated her when she bought her car here! She’s grateful to be in a welcoming place where she also gets to learn something new every day. Outside of work, Karina loves hiking the trails with her friends and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. In the DFW, Karina would encourage you to try a dish called La Parrillada Mexicana from El Ranchito Arlington. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is simply amazing! FUN FACT: Karina’s dream truck is the Dodge Laramie 2500.

  • Maria Herrera

    Maria Herrera

    Accounting Clerk
    Top Gun 2016

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    Maria Herrera

    Accounting Clerk
    Top Gun 2016

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

  • Tony Herrera

    Tony Herrera

    Sales Consultant

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    Tony Herrera

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 03/20/2023 – Tony was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been living in Texas since he was 10 years old. He enjoys spending his free time with his girlfriend and their German Shepherd, Sylvie (aka their “dog”ther). His hobbies also include learning new recipes, building Legos, and taking care of the many plants he has at home. When it comes to food, Tony is a total sucker for anything with peanut butter in it! His dream vacation is a trip to Europe, specifically Spain, Italy, and Greece. FUN FACT: Tony’s favorite model here at Forest Lane CDJR is the Ram 1500 TRX! He loves the way it sounds, drives, and its Baja Truck appearance.

  • Joyce Hornor

    Joyce Hornor

    Office Manager

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    Joyce Hornor

    Office Manager

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

    April Horton

    Accounting Clerk
    Top Gun 2022

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    April Horton

    April Horton

    Accounting Clerk
    Top Gun 2022

    Hire Date 1/29/2020 – April is from Dallas, Texas and loves that there are endless things to do here. If you’re looking for a great chicken fried steak, April will tell you that Po Melvin’s in Irving is the spot! She’s been in the automotive industry since 2017 and has enjoyed all of the different teams she’s had the opportunity to work alongside. Outside of work, April enjoys swimming and barbecuing with family, playing Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch, rooting for the Texas Rangers, online shopping, going to the lake, and hanging out with her two dogs, Hank the basset hound, and Molly the goldendoodle. April is grateful to have such an amazing mom who is her biggest supporter and who she considers as her strong backbone. One of the best trips April ever went on was to Saint Helens, Oregon where she was able to attend the Halloweentown festival which is the location of where her favorite movie (Halloweentown) was filmed! One day, April would also like to travel to New York City during the holidays to see the city all lit up with lights. Her dream car vision includes riding in a Jeep Grand Cherokee L while listening to her favorite Koe Wetzel playlist.

  • Stephanie Houston

    Stephanie Houston

    Parts Specialist

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    Stephanie Houston

    Parts Specialist

    Hire Date 10/20/2022 – Stephanie is from Midlothian, Texas, a little town located just outside of Dallas. She has over 20 years of experience in the automotive world, and she is delighted to be part of the FLCDJR team! In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and she loves visiting the beach whenever she can. Country music will always be a top pick of Stephanie’s, and her favorite model at FLCDJR is the Jeep Grand Cherokee. At home, Stephanie has five pets – one dog and four chickens. FUN FACT: Stephanie has a medical degree, but she prefers having a job with lots of customer interaction!

  • Renee Howard

    Renee Howard

    Service Coordinator

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    Renee Howard

    Service Coordinator

    Hire Date 1/10/2022 – Renee comes to us from Houston, Texas. When she’s not working, she loves spending time with her husband and her friends by playing video games together! Renee and her husband managed to get their hands on a PS5 and they love playing all kinds of games on it. Interestingly enough, they have met many of their friends from all around the world through gaming! If she could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, Renee would invite her mother. She would love nothing more than for her mom to meet her husband and laugh at all of his silly jokes. FUN FACT: At home, Renee has several cats whom she loves dearly.

  • Dylan  Hudson

    Dylan Hudson

    Sales Consultant

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    Dylan Hudson

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 09/04/2023 – Dylan is passionate about delivering impeccable experiences to his clients and helping them find the vehicle of their dreams!

  • Jesus Ibarra

    Jesus Ibarra

    Express Technician

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    Jesus Ibarra

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 06/07/2023 – Jesus was born and raised in Dallas, and he’ll never get over how cool the highways are. He enjoys listening to music, and his favorite movie is All Quiet on the Western Front. Jesus has two dogs named Mateo and Gremlin, who are “mystery mixed”. FUN FACT: If Jesus could invite anyone to dinner, he would choose Nipsey Hussle!

  • Adam  Jackson

    Adam Jackson

    L1 IT Technician

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    Adam Jackson

    L1 IT Technician

    Hire Date 10/12/2022 – Adam is originally from Columbus, Ohio, and has been working in the automotive business since 2019! His interest in vehicles began early on, as he spent a good amount of his childhood in the garage. In his free time, Adam loves exploring national and state parks, and he is well-versed in the Martial Arts world. Many of his evenings include training in Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai! As for some more favorites, Adam loves listening to music by The Weeknd, his top-pick thing about Austin is the food, “The Book of Eli” is his go-to movie, and he roots for the Ohio State Buckeyes. The best vacation Adam has been on was the time he visited the Colorado Rocky Mountains, but he would one day love to visit the Galápagos Islands for their incredible wildlife. If Adam could invite anybody to dinner, he would undoubtedly choose Barack Obama. FUN FACT: At home, Adam has two cats named Mighty and Yhandi!

    Adam’s favorite book – The Code of Trust by Cameron Stauth and Robin Dreeke

  • Ari Jardine-Hunt

    Ari Jardine-Hunt

    Sales Coordinator

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    Ari Jardine-Hunt

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 05/11/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Dalia Jimenez

    Dalia Jimenez

    Billing/Title Clerk

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    Dalia Jimenez

    Dalia Jimenez

    Billing/Title Clerk

    Hire Date 9/10/2018 – Dalia is a Scorpio who was born in Mexico and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She’s been in the automotive world since 2008 and it was all thanks to her sister-in-law. Dalia loves that she has the chance to learn something new every single day in this position! Outside of work, Dalia enjoys spending time with her family, avoiding the Dallas traffic as much as possible, hanging out with her Australian shepherd/pitbull mix named Suez, and rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. She loves getting to be with her husband and their two children, especially for cookouts together. Every day, Dalia is thankful for her mom. She is inspired by the way she raised six children, single-handedly and always showed her that no matter the situation, never give up. FUN FACT: Dalia’s dream Jeep is a hot pink Wrangler Rubicon!

  • Edwin Jimenez

    Edwin Jimenez

    Service Advisor

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    Edwin Jimenez

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 09/20/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Tiffani John

    Tiffani John

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2021, Top Gun 2022

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    Tiffani John

    Tiffani John

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2021, Top Gun 2022

    Hire Date 4/18/2019 – Tiffani is from Dallas, Texas. She loves how you can do something different in each city of the DFW – however, downtown Dallas is her favorite place to visit. Tiffani’s been in the automotive industry for nearly ten years now and originally got into the BDC when her uncle was the GM of a dealership. Tiffani can also easily tell you that her dream car is surely a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Outside of work, Tiffani  enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing poetry, listening to music like the News Boys, making dinner plans at Benihanas, and taking her kids on adventures just about every weekend. She’d love to travel to Jamaica and Trinidad to see her family there, and also fondly recalls one of the best trips she ever went on was visiting her grandmother in New York. Tiffani was able to experience the mix of cultural cuisines there, such as Caribbean, Cuban, and Indian, and she was able to try out the subways and go shopping, too! FUN FACT: Tiffani’s favorite movie is Coming to America! Classic.

  • Deyanira Juarez

    Deyanira Juarez

    Office Manager

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    Deyanira Juarez

    Office Manager

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

  • Sia Kamalipour

    Sia Kamalipour

    Sales Consultant

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    Sia Kamalipour

    Sia Kamalipour

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 06/14/2022 – Sia is from Dallas, Texas, and has been working in the automotive industry since the early ’90s! He says the best thing about Dallas is that it is a big city with endless opportunities. Sia is a family man, so if he’s not working, he’s likely spending quality time with his loved ones. As for some favorites, Sia loves Mexican cuisine, he roots for the Dallas Cowboys,  and he is a huge fan of all the old rock bands like Pink Floyd and Queen. Additionally, Sia says he always has fun visiting Mexico and hopes to vacation there again very soon. When asked who his hero is, Sia mentioned his son because of how smart and well-behaved he is. FUN FACT: Sia is always super motivated to take care of business and get stuff done!

  • Tommy Kim

    Tommy Kim

    Photographer

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    Tommy Kim

    Photographer

    Hire Date 11/1/2018 – Tommy was born in Korea and raised in Dallas. He made his way to Austin to attend school at UT, where he made some great friendships! Altogether, he and his friends have gone on a road trip and they are all excited to go out on more road trips together. Though, it’ll have to be shorter weekend road trips due to everyone’s class schedules! Tommy recently made his way back to the Dallas area and is excited about this new opportunity with Forest Lane CDJR.  He has no fear of heights and looks forward to fulfilling his skydiving dreams in Colorado, where he can free-fall somewhere truly beautiful. Tommy is also a big fan of live music and attending shows. He listens to a lot of Ariana Grande and attends a show from each tour she does whenever she plays in Texas. FUN FACT: Tommy has an adorable rescue dog named Freya.

  • Kareem Kusez

    Kareem Kusez

    Finance Manager

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    Kareem Kusez

    Finance Manager

    Hire Date 12/31/2022 – Kareem is originally from Orange County, California, and his career in the automotive world began around 2010/2011. Outside of work, he is passionate about meditation and even attends a week-long meditation retreat every other year. When it comes to restaurants, Kareem has really been enjoying JRs Pizza, a local delicacy that happens to have the best burrito in town. He doesn’t listen to a lot of music, but he does enjoy tuning in to the Lex Friedman podcast. Kareem has two dogs and two cats, and his favorite model at Forest Lane CDJR would have to be the redesigned Grand Cherokee because it is beautiful and has a truly exceptional value proposition. FUN FACT: If you ever meet Kareem in person, he will likely talk to you about meditation and breathwork!

  • Lisa Litchfield

    Lisa Litchfield

    Event Coordinator
    Top Gun 2022

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    Lisa Litchfield

    Event Coordinator
    Top Gun 2022

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

  • Malik Little

    Malik Little

    Express Technician

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    Malik Little

    Malik Little

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 12/28/2022 – Malik is from Atlanta, Georgia, and loves the beautiful city skyline here in Dallas. He has always been a gearhead and is excited to be kicking off his journey in the automotive world with Forest Lane CDJR! When he’s not busy fixing cars, Malik is probably playing sports, reading, or listening to music. His favorite artist is Future and his favorite restaurant is American Deli in Atlanta. Malik once visited the Bahamas where he got to swim with dolphins and try amazing new foods. This is his most memorable vacation to date, and one day, he hopes to hit up Dubai to see what life is like on the other side of the world. Malik’s heroes are his uncles because they have instilled great values in him, and if ever given the opportunity, he would love to have dinner with Barack Obama. At the moment, Malik is looking to get a Dodge RT Charger and hopes to get a wide-body Charger at some point down the road. FUN FACT: Malik plays the drums at his church!

    Malik’s favorite book – Monster by Walter Dean

  • Liz Lopez

    Liz Lopez

    Title Clerk

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    Liz Lopez

    Liz Lopez

    Title Clerk

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

  • Ariel Luna

    Ariel Luna

    Accounts Payable

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    Ariel Luna

    Ariel Luna

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 03/27/2023 – Ariel hails from Alamo, Texas. Her favorite part about Austin is all the family-friendly events that are always going on. In her free time, Ariel enjoys trying new restaurants with her husband and their son. Ariel’s hero is undoubtedly her husband because of the work he puts in each day to be the most attentive husband and father. FUN FACT: Ariel met her husband when she was 14 years old! He too works for a dealership in Continental Automotive Group.

  • Clayton Main

    Clayton Main

    Senior Analytics Engineer
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2021

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    Clayton Main

    Senior Analytics Engineer
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2021

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

  • Thalia Maldonado

    Thalia Maldonado

    Billing Clerk

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    Thalia Maldonado

    Thalia Maldonado

    Billing Clerk

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

  • Sommer Marcy

    Sommer Marcy

    Sales Consultant

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    Sommer Marcy

    Sommer Marcy

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 8/31/2020 – Sommer grew up in multiple cities across the US and is thankful to have such an awesome woman as her mom and inspiration. She’s close to her family and would say that home-cooked meals at her sister’s house are better than any restaurant she can think of. In her free time, Sommer enjoys boats, planes, fast cars, all kinds of music, and being in the sunshine. Her travel history includes an amazing trip to Micronesia where she was able to experience exotic marine life. FUN FACT: Sommer’s dream Dodge is the Challenger Super Stock.

  • Carlos  Martin III

    Carlos Martin III

    Level 1 Helpdesk Technician

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    Carlos Martin III

    Level 1 Helpdesk Technician

    Hire Date 06/08/2023 – Carlos comes to us from Jacksonville, Florida. His passion for this business extends into his free time, as his hobbies include building/working on computers, doing automotive photography, and working on his personal vehicles. If he’s in the mood for a more chill day, Carlos enjoys playing video games on his PC and PS5, preferably Final Fantasy VII Remake. When it comes to travel, Carlos has been to Madrid and he looks forward to visiting Dubai one day. FUN FACT: Carlos has a gorgeous Pomeranian named Sweet Pea!

    Carlos’ favorite book – The Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

  • Carlos Martinez

    Carlos Martinez

    Express Technician

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    Carlos Martinez

    Carlos Martinez

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 09/12/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Aubrey McCreary

    Aubrey McCreary

    Web Content Editor

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    Aubrey McCreary

    Aubrey McCreary

    Web Content Editor

    Hire Date 01/23/2023 – Aubrey is from Houston, Texas. Her interests include rock climbing, camping, traveling, and doing anything outdoors. On the other hand, she loves staying home and reading or having a game night with her friends. Aubrey has traveled much in her life, but the best places she’s been to thus far are Switzerland, Greece, and Sardinia. She and her sister have always wanted to visit Japan, and she would love to see Thailand for its incredible food, beautiful beaches, and elephants! Regarding food, Aubrey lives for Beyond Meat Tacos, and her favorite movie is Into the Wild. As for a few more favorites, Aubrey’s top-pick song is Landslide by Fleetwood Mac, and she roots for the USA Climbing Team. While she doesn’t currently have pets, she grew up with 6 dogs at her family’s house! FUN FACT: Aubrey broke her spine in 2021 due to rock climbing, and she says it’s probably the most interesting thing about her!

    Aubrey’s favorite book – Lanny by Max Porter

  • Chloe McKenna

    Chloe McKenna

    Production Coordinator

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    Chloe McKenna

    Production Coordinator

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

  • Sindy Medrano-Santos

    Sindy Medrano-Santos

    Receptionist

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    Sindy Medrano-Santos

    Sindy Medrano-Santos

    Receptionist

    Hire Date 01/16/2024 – Sindy loves living in Dallas for the vibrant culture, beautiful city skyline, and amazing food. She’s looking forward to learning and growing her career with Forest Lane CDJR!

  • Annica Mendiola

    Annica Mendiola

    Accounts Payable/Receivable

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    Annica Mendiola

    Accounts Payable/Receivable

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

    Annica’s Favorite Book: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
    “It made me realize nothing is impossible.”

  • Dana Menace

    Dana Menace

    Sales Consultant

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    Dana Menace

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 6/1/2021 – Dana is originally from Indiana. He’s been in the automotive industry since 2002 and enjoys being in the field. Outside of work, Dana loves to travel! Miami was one of the top spots he’s visited and would say that thanks to the people there. One day, Dana would like to go out of the country to beachy places like Costa Rica. Around the DFW area, Dana loves that there are so many great places to grab a bite to eat. He’d recommend Kitchen + Kocktails, a unique comfort food restaurant that offers an assortment of fried foods, waffles, and all of your Southern faves. FUN FACT: Dana roots for the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Fernando Mendoza

    Fernando Mendoza

    Technician

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    Fernando Mendoza

    Technician

    Hire Date 11/06/2023 – Fernando has always been passionate about cars and the mechanics of how they work. He’s thrilled to be part of the Forest Lane CDJR team and looks forward to expanding his skillset and working with a supportive team! When it comes to Dallas, Fernando loves the beautiful city skyline and awesome restaurants.

  • Jaime Mesa

    Jaime Mesa

    Express Technician

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    Jaime Mesa

    Jaime Mesa

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 12/19/2022 – Jaime is from Irving, Texas, and he has wanted to work in the automotive business since he was a child. His hobbies include spending time with friends, playing video games, and listening to music. Jaime will never turn down a good chicken sandwich, and his favorite song is La Rife by Cano de Cali. At home, he has an adorable dog named Osita and a turtle named Kira. FUN FACT: Jaime’s dream car is the 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 with a black exterior and red interior!

  • Christy Morgan

    Christy Morgan

    Sales Coordinator

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    Christy Morgan

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 05/01/2023 – Christy is an Austin native, and she spends much of her free time traveling and finding new restaurants to try. She loves Mexican food, and she will tell you that SXSW is the place to be for concerts. Christy has been to New Orleans and hopes to go on a site tour of all the countries in Europe one day. She roots for the Dallas Cowboys, her favorite song is Last Night by Morgan Wallen, and “Power” is her go-to TV show. At home, Christy has an apple head chihuahua named Mamas! FUN FACT: If Christy could invite anyone to dinner, she would choose Marilyn Monroe.

    Christy’s favorite book – Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst

  • Jill Moyer

    Jill Moyer

    Accounting Clerk

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    Jill Moyer

    Accounting Clerk

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

  • Darren Nero

    Darren Nero

    Shop Porter

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    Darren Nero

    Shop Porter

    Hire Date 06/13/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Michelle Overton

    Michelle Overton

    Office Manager

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    Michelle Overton

    Michelle Overton

    Office Manager

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

  • Jessica Palomares

    Jessica Palomares

    Billing Clerk

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    Jessica Palomares

    Billing Clerk

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

  • Joseph Pekar

    Joseph Pekar

    Sales Manager

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    Joseph Pekar

    Sales Manager

    Hire Date 12/01/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Fernando Pena

    Fernando Pena

    Sales Consultant

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    Fernando Pena

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 4/27/2022 – Fernando is from Durango, Mexico, and his favorite thing to do outside of work is shopping! As for his favorites, Fernando loves Mexican food, his top pick artists are Chalino Sanchez and Beto Quintanilla, he roots for the Dallas Cowboys, and he loves the Ram TRX. One day, Fernando would love to travel to Egypt so he can visit the infamous pyramids they have there. At home, Fernando has a black cat with a white stripe on his head whose name is Zorrillo, which translates to “skunk”! FUN FACT: Fernando speaks Mandarin Chinese!

  • Jason Pena

    Jason Pena

    Sales Consultant

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    Jason Pena

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 08/01/2023 – Jason is originally from Plano, Texas, and he has been working in automotive since 2021. When he’s not here delivering stellar experiences to his clients, he enjoys kicking back with a good video game like Final Fantasy. Jason’s favorite meal is bento boxes, and when it comes to music, he can’t get enough of Coheed and Cambria. One day, Jason would love to visit South Korea to experience the vibrant culture, and if he could have dinner with anyone, he would choose Tim Burton. At home, Jason has a dog named Venus!

  • Cody Penna

    Cody Penna

    Fixed Operations Director

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    Cody Penna

    Fixed Operations Director

    Hire Date 5/28/2012 – Cody was born in San Clemente, CA. As a car person, Cody dreams of someday owning an 80s Wagon. And his favorite movie? Ya, it’s Fast and The Furious! Outside of work, he likes to work on his own car, play his guitar, or participate in nerdy stuff.

    Cody’s Favorite Book: Leadership Strategy and Tactics: Field Manual by Jocko Willink
    “A practical guide with real-world examples to apply to actual situations we face in life.”

  • Ashley Pennington

    Ashley Pennington

    Title Clerk
    Top Gun 2021

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    Ashley Pennington

    Title Clerk
    Top Gun 2021

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

  • John Phan

    John Phan

    Sales Consultant

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    John Phan

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 02/20/2023 – John grew up in San Jose, California, and made his move to Texas in 1998. He has been working in the automotive industry since 2018 and is excited to be part of the Forest Lane CDJR family! John is an absolute “phan” of books and traveling … and, as you can see, he’s guilty of goofy puns. Mediterranean food has been an obsession of his lately, and if given the opportunity to vacation to any destination, John would love to revisit Greece. What is John’s favorite model at CDJR, you ask? As a veteran, he’s gotta go with the Jeep Wrangler. FUN FACT: At home, John has a cat named Riley!

  • Mace Pitman

    Mace Pitman

    Inventory Clerk

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    Mace Pitman

    Inventory Clerk

    Hire Date 12/28/2023 – Mace enjoys playing his guitar, visiting bookstores, and reading whenever he gets the chance. When it comes to music, his favorite band is Def Leppard and his top pick artist is Bob Segar. Mace’s favorite movie is Lord of the Rings, and in the future, he would love to travel to Greece and Italy to experience the beautiful scenery, spectacular landscapes, and iconic historical monuments. FUN FACT: During his teen years, Mace raced Motocross in Arizona!

  • Faith Qualls

    Faith Qualls

    Service Coordinator

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    Faith Qualls

    Service Coordinator

    Hire Date 03/09/2023 – Faith is from McKinney, Texas, and this is her first time working in the automotive business. She wanted to find a new career path that allows her to be customer service oriented, so this seemed like the perfect fit! Faith’s favorite part about the DFW area is simple – it feels like home and it’s super convenient. Her hobbies include watching The Office, thrift shopping, and painting. Faith loves attending any concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, and her favorite meal would have to be crab legs. Hawaii is definitely the best place Faith has traveled to thus far because she loves cliff jumping and snorkeling. In the future, her goal is to renovate a school bus so she can travel across the country. Faith’s favorite movies are psychological thriller movies, anything made by Christopher Nolan, and anything that features John Cusack. Her favorite song at the moment is “Say It” by Maggie Rogers, and she roots for the University of Texas sports teams. At home, Faith has an adorable dog named Paisley who is her absolute favorite!

    Faith’s favorite books – The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald, and The Help by Kathryn Stockett

  • Michael Ramey

    Michael Ramey

    Parts Specialist

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    Michael Ramey

    Parts Specialist

    Hire Date 02/20/2023 – Michael was born in San Antonio and moved to Victoria at a young age. Finally, around 1999/2000, he moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area and hasn’t looked back since! He loves the infinite amount of activities and opportunities that lie in Dallas. Michael has been in and out of the automotive business since 2008, and over the past few years, he has been working in parts departments making a career for himself. In his spare time, Michael enjoys taking time to rest, unwinding at a local lounge, and catching a movie with his friends. He also loves the little joys in life, like catching up with a friend at Starbucks. Michael’s favorite musical artist is Harry Chapin and loves listening to his song “Taxi and Sequel”. If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, Michael recommends Campisis Italian Restaurant and their delicious sampler plate. Michael’s favorite vacation thus far was a trip he took to visit his friend in 2022. In the future, he hopes to visit Germany and Japan for the interesting culture and amazing food. As for some more favorites, Michael’s favorite movie is Jungle Cruise, he roots for the Green Bay Packers, and his favorite CDJR model is the Hellcat Durango.

    Michael’s favorite book – Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

  • Mark Ramos

    Mark Ramos

    Parts Lead
    Top Gun 2022

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    Mark Ramos

    Parts Lead
    Top Gun 2022

    Hire Date 10/6/2021 – Mark is from Fort Worth, Texas and has been in the automotive world since 2013. One of his favorite vacation spots on the planet is Cancun, Mexico. In his free time, Mark roots for the Saint Louis Cardinals and enjoys kicking back with his three huskies.

  • Justin Ray

    Justin Ray

    Title Clerk

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    Justin Ray

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 02/20/2023 – Justin is from the southeast area of Texas, and he has been working in the automotive world since 2019. In his free time, he enjoys reading, painting miniatures, and playing video games (preferably Baldur’s Gate 3). Justin’s favorite musical artist is Amon Amarth, and his top-pick meal is crawfish etouffee. If he could travel to any destination, Justin would choose Germany to experience the beautiful scenery. As for a couple more favorites, Justin is a Lord of the Rings fan and his favorite song is The Empyrean Phoenix by Dimmu Borgir. FUN FACT: At home, Justin has an adorable German Shepherd named Ella!

  • Hilary Razo

    Hilary Razo

    Title Clerk

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    Hilary Razo

    Title Clerk

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

    Hilary’s Favorite Book: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
    “I liked this book because she keeps it real, I found this book is very relatable. Marie gives you tools to achieve goals, make better use of your time, and handle criticism better. She delivers it in a way that really clicked with me and I still use some techniques she offered in the book in my day to day life.”

  • Alex Reyes

    Alex Reyes

    Occupational Safety & Health Coordinator
    Top Gun 2019

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    Alex Reyes

    Alex Reyes

    Occupational Safety & Health Coordinator
    Top Gun 2019

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

  • Viviana Rivera

    Viviana Rivera

    Sales Coordinator

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    Viviana Rivera

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 01/03/2024 – Viviana comes to us from Houston, Texas, and her favorite thing about Austin is paddleboarding and taking in the amazing views from the lake. When she has free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family. Viviana has been to Cancun, Mexico and notes it to be the most beautiful vacation she’s been on thus far. FUN FACT: Viviana is an avid longboarder!

  • Edu Rodriguez

    Edu Rodriguez

    Sales Consultant

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    Edu Rodriguez

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 06/19/2023 – Edu comes from the small town of Farmersville and has been living in Dallas since 2014. He’s been working in automotive since 2019, and he’s excited to be continuing the journey with Forest Lane CDJR! In his free time, Edu enjoys fishing, playing baseball with his Sunday league, and doing virtually anything outdoors. You can also find him hanging out with his two dogs – Pluto, a Dane/Catahoula mix, and Luna, a German shepherd. When it comes to food, Edu will never turn down an invitation to a good Mexican restaurant. FUN FACT: Edu was named after a Brazillian soccer player who played for Monterrey Nuevo Leon, his family’s hometown. The chances of you meeting another person with his name are slim to none!

  • Jackie Romero

    Jackie Romero

    HR Specialist
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2016

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    Jackie Romero

    HR Specialist
    Top Gun 2011, Top Gun 2016

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

  • Joanna Romero

    Joanna Romero

    Title Clerk

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    Joanna Romero

    Title Clerk

    Hire Date 12/20/2022 – Joanna is a native Austinite, and she has been working in the automotive industry since 2021 because she loves learning new skills and having a challenge! When she’s not busy working, you can find Joanna creating art and designing her own clothing. Being a passionate artist, Joanna loves expressing herself through art and loves how prominent the art scene is here in Austin. Her favorite musician at the moment is Omar Banos (aka CUCO), and her top-pick song from him is “Caution”.  When it comes to food, Joanna will never turn down some good pizza, and she enjoys playing Minecraft and Little Big Planet on the Xbox and PlayStation. When asked about her favorite vacation, Joanna mentioned a recent trip she and her significant other took to Universal Studios in Florida, and says they had a fantastic time! Next on her list of destinations to visit? Hopefully Roswell, New Mexico to experience year-round jaw-dropping sightings of lights. One of Joanna’s favorite movies is Pulp Fiction! FUN FACT: Joanna’s favorite soda is Dr. Pepper, and her favorite colors are pink and light purple.

    Joanna’s favorite book – The Dinner by Herman Koch

    “This is a murder mystery type novel that I finished in a span of roughly 3 days. It was too good to put down!”

  • Hugo  Sanchez

    Hugo Sanchez

    Parts Specialist

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    Hugo Sanchez

    Parts Specialist

    Hire Date 08/28/2023 – Hugo enjoys living in the Dallas area for the beautiful city scene and awesome restaurants. His favorite part about working at Forest Lane CDJR is the supportive culture.

  • Jasmine Sanchez

    Jasmine Sanchez

    Sales Coordinator

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    Jasmine Sanchez

    Sales Coordinator

    Hire Date 01/30/2023 – Jasmine was born in Victoria, Texas, and she began working in the automotive business due to her curiosity about the scheduling aspect of it. She used to work as a receptionist and has a ton of experience running schedules, so she is excited to see what her new position with CAG will bring. In her free time, Jasmine enjoys reading, going to the movies, and spending time with her dog, Jasper, who is grumpy and acts like a grandpa but is only 4 years old and a true cutie. Being that she has two younger brothers, she’s also into video games and loves playing on the PlayStation with them. When it comes to music, Jasmine has been a die-hard Taylor Swift fan (aka a “Swiftie”) since she was young and looks forward to seeing Taylor in concert in March 2023! Jasmine’s favorite type of cuisine is Asian food, and her favorite meal would have to be the vermicelli bowl from Pho Hoang. A few years ago, Jasmine went to Tennessee and stayed in a cabin up in the mountains with her family and friends, and says it was the best destination she has been to thus far. Switzerland is definitely at the top of her list of places she wants to visit in the future. When asked who her hero is, Jasmine chose her dearest friend who she has known for half of her life. Despite some hardships her friend experienced, Jasmine has gotten to see her grow and better herself, and it means a lot to have had her in her life for so many years. As for some favorites, Jasmine’s top-pick movie is Super 8, her two favorite songs are “Cool Cat” by Queen and “Lovesong” by The Cure, and she roots for the Dallas Cowboys. FUN FACT: Jasmine is an open book and will answer any question with honesty, so don’t let her initial shyness fool you! She is also thrilled to be part of the CAG team.

  • Trinity Sanders

    Trinity Sanders

    HR Administrative Assistant

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    Trinity Sanders

    Trinity Sanders

    HR Administrative Assistant

    Hire Date 05/22/2023 – Trinity is from Pflugerville, Texas, and she loves Austin for its diversity and delicious food. While the automotive business wasn’t part of her original career plan, she is excited to be part of CAG for the positive work culture and opportunities for growth! When she’s not busy working, Trinity enjoys spending time at the Domain, kayaking/tubing on Barton Creek, playing Mortal Kombat, and finding new restaurants to eat at. She’s a huge fan of Drake and will never say no to some good chicken tikka masala from Tarka Indian Kitchen. Recently, Trinity went on a cruise with her boyfriend and her family to visit Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and the Bahamas. One day, she hopes to visit Greece. Trinity’s heroes are her parents because they have always had her back in everything she does, and if she could invite anyone to dinner, she would choose Keke Palmer. As for some more favorites, Trinity’s top pick movie is Forrest Gump, her favorite song is Been Like This by Doja Cat, and she roots for the UT Volleyball team. At home, Trinity has 3 cats who are all named after TV show characters – Buffy, Kyo, and Barney. FUN FACT: Trinity graduated from Lamar University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. She also played D1 Volleyball during her time there!

    Trinity’s favorite book – Atomic Habits by James Clear

  • Jim Schankel

    Jim Schankel

    Billing Clerk

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    Jim Schankel

    Billing Clerk

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

  • Ray Schwartz

    Ray Schwartz

    Express Technician

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    Ray Schwartz

    Ray Schwartz

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 08/02/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Tiger Shamout

    Tiger Shamout

    Express Technician Apprentice

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    Tiger Shamout

    Tiger Shamout

    Express Technician Apprentice

    Hire Date 06/27/2023 – Tiger is originally from Jordan and he has been working in automotive since 2021. He enjoys this business because it is rapidly evolving and the growth opportunities are endless. Tiger’s favorite hobby is riding sportbikes and he loves listening to Migos, particularly their song “Fight Night”. When he’s hungry, the first thing that pops into his head oftentimes is homemade Russian salad. His favorite thing about the Dallas area is the lively atmosphere, and if he could travel to any place, he’d visit Germany because they have an incredible work ethic. Tiger will tell you that his family is always #1, and when asked who his hero is, he chose his father because he has a solution for everything. Tiger has a dog named Bully and his dream car is the Dodge Ram TRX!

    Tiger’s favorite book – The Art of Negotiation by Tim Castle

  • Timothy Shook

    Timothy Shook

    Chief Operating Officer 🌱📚

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    Timothy Shook

    Timothy Shook

    Chief Operating Officer 🌱📚

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

    Timothy’s favorite book: The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael Alan Singer

  • Sean Sousa

    Sean Sousa

    Cash Management
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2022

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    Sean Sousa

    Sean Sousa

    Cash Management
    Top Gun 2018, Top Gun 2022

    Hire Date 1/22/2018 – Sean moved to Austin from Massachusetts along with some of his friends in 2012. When he’s not working, he enjoys hanging out with his family, bowling, watching movies, and catching up on tv shows. He’s also a big sports fan, and his favorite teams are the Patriots and the Celtics.

  • Eric  Steyer

    Eric Steyer

    Junior Analytics Engineer

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    Eric Steyer

    Junior Analytics Engineer

    Hire Date 06/26/2023 – Eric is from Ames, Iowa. When he’s not busy working, you can find him golfing or attending various sporting events. During college, Eric played on the Iowa State basketball team and still roots for the Iowa State athletics teams. He’s also a St. Louis Cardinals fan! FUN FACT: Eric’s favorite destination to visit is Hawaii.

  • Hannah Swayn

    Hannah Swayn

    Hiring Specialist

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    Hannah Swayn

    Hannah Swayn

    Hiring Specialist

    Hire Date 09/28/2023 – Hannah is thrilled to be joining the CAG team. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her two dogs – a chug named Ziggy and an Australian Shepherd/Husky mix named Granola. She loves alternative music and her favorite artist is Halsey. When it comes to food, Hannah’s favorite restaurant is The Melting Pot because their cheese fondue is undeniably one of the best things in the world. FUN FACT: Hannah is part of a band called Wicker! Check out some of their music, you won’t be disappointed!

  • Ben Tidwell

    Ben Tidwell

    Delivery Specialist

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    Ben Tidwell

    Delivery Specialist

    Hire Date 02/16/2023 – Ben was born in Ottawa, Canada, located in the southeast region of Ontario. He moved to Texas at a young age and hasn’t left since! Ben began working in the automotive industry in 2015, and he enjoys attending car shows/meets whenever he can. His hobbies also include playing piano and guitar, and spending time with his girlfriend, friends, and family. Ben has an adorable miniature Goldendoodle puppy named Toby, with whom he also loves to hang out with. As you can see in Ben’s photo, Toby is the goodest boy in the whole wide world. When it comes to food, Ben loves Mediterranean and Venezuelan dishes. For Mediterranean food, his top two picks are Afrah and Spitz, and for Venezuelan, his favorite place is Lucy’s Bakery in Lewisville. Ben wants to travel around the whole world! His goal is to hit up every beautiful place in the United States, and in the future, he hopes to visit Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Latin America, Japan, and more. FUN FACT: Ben’s favorite models at CDJR are the Jeep Wrangler 392 and the Grand Wagoneer!

  • Noelia Torres

    Noelia Torres

    Internal Auditor

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    Noelia Torres

    Internal Auditor

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

  • Francisco  Trevino

    Francisco Trevino

    Service Advisor

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    Francisco Trevino

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 08/03/2023 – Francisco is passionate about cars. He loves coming to work each day to work with the FLCDJR team and to assist his clients with all of their vehicle’s servicing needs.

  • Kha  Trieu

    Kha Trieu

    Sales Consultant

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    Kha Trieu

    Sales Consultant

    Hire Date 11/03/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Emily Upton

    Emily Upton

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2017

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    Emily Upton

    Emily Upton

    Sales Coordinator
    Top Gun 2017

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

  • Renee Velasco

    Renee Velasco

    Sales Coordinator

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    Renee Velasco

    Sales Coordinator

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

    Renee’s Favorite Book: Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
    “This book changed my life! While reading this book I was able to gain a new perspective on tackling my dreams and goals. I have always made some excuse to put off on getting my goals/dreams done, but after reading this book I learned that everything is figureoutable.”

  • Jesse Villarreal Jr

    Jesse Villarreal Jr

    L2 IT Specialist
    Top Gun 2019

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    Jesse Villarreal Jr

    Jesse Villarreal Jr

    L2 IT Specialist
    Top Gun 2019

    Hire Date 7/3/2019 – Jesse is from Palmview, Texas and he gets a kick out of fixing computers, phones, and tablets in his spare time. He also enjoys spending time with his family, listening to music like Nickelback or Mariya Takeuchi, playing video games like Apex Legends on his Xbox One, biking and weight training, playing board games, and cheering for Monterrey’s soccer team. His favorite movie is definitely Interstellar, simply because Murph let him go. If he could, Jesse would eat the tacos and baked potatoes from Taco Rico every day. One day, Jesse plans to travel to Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines for some true Asian cuisine and culture!

  • Donovan  Washington

    Donovan Washington

    Express Technician

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    Donovan Washington

    Express Technician

    Hire Date 09/07/2023 – Bio coming soon!

  • Eli Washington

    Eli Washington

    Service Advisor

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    Eli Washington

    Eli Washington

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 10/31/2022 – Eli is from Chicago, Illinois, and he was offered his first automotive job in 2019. Fast forward to now, he has not looked back and is delighted to be part of the Forest Lane CDJR family! When he’s not busy working, you can find Eli shooting hoops at the basketball court, and he is always down to go out for sushi. As for some favorites, Eli’s top-pick movie is Den of Thieves, “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson is his favorite song, his dream CDJR vehicle is the Dodge Charger, his favorite PlayStation games are Call of Duty and 2k Sports, and he roots for the Cowboys and Mavericks! If he could travel to any destination, Eli would choose Dubai so he can check out the luxurious architecture. When asked who his hero is, Eli undoubtedly chose his mother because of how much adversity she has overcome in her life. FUN FACT: At home, Eli has an adorable pitbull named Sincere!

    Eli’s favorite book – Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

  • Jessica Watkins

    Jessica Watkins

    Inventory Clerk

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    Jessica Watkins

    Inventory Clerk

    Hire Date 9/16/2019 – Jessica loves the sense of community in Austin; the embrace of being strange and different all while living happily. Her mom lives in New York City and Jessica loves to travel to visit her and the vibrancy of NYC as often as she can. She says there are so many options of things to do–plus, she’s a huge fan of the show Broad City, and it’s always fun to find another location that they used in filming there! Jessica also got to fulfill one of her bucket list items in 2018. She got to meet a sloth and hang out with it for an hour! Dream come true!

  • Catalina Wells

    Catalina Wells

    Title Clerk

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    Catalina Wells

    Title Clerk

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

  • Jade Wilds

    Jade Wilds

    Service Advisor

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    Jade Wilds

    Service Advisor

    Hire Date 06/12/2023 – Jade is from New Mexico, and she’s been working in the automotive business since 2022. Her favorite book is The Giving Tree, and she spends much of her free time drawing.

  • Katie Wotipka

    Katie Wotipka

    Accounting Assistant
    Top Gun 2018

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    Katie Wotipka

    Accounting Assistant
    Top Gun 2018

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

  • Ruben Ybarra

    Ruben Ybarra

    Shop Porter

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    Ruben Ybarra

    Shop Porter

    Hire Date 10/10/2023 – Ruben has been working in the automotive world since 2022 due to his passion for cars. He loves the DFW area for its diversity and wide range of fun activities. Ruben’s favorite restaurant is a Tex-Mex place called Ojeda’s, and Yellowstone National Park is on his bucket list of places to travel.

  • Julie Young

    Julie Young

    Accounts Payable

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    Julie Young

    Accounts Payable

    Hire Date 03/06/2023 – Julie is originally from La Verne, California, and she loves riding her bike and glass fusing when she’s not working. She once got to see Elton John perform at the Hollywood Bowl and says it is the best concert she has been to thus far. Julie’s favorite vacation was a trip she took to Sanibel Island before the hurricane hit, and she one day hopes to visit Iceland so she can see Aurora Borealis up close.  Julie’s favorite thing about Austin is definitely the Wizard Academy – she has gotten to watch it grow over the last several years and tries to donate her time/money as often as possible. FUN FACT: At home, Julie has two adorable dogs – a Shorkie and a Toy Poodle!

    Julie’s favorite book – Loving Someone with ADHD by Susan Tschudi

  • Marc Zaha

    Marc Zaha

    Master Technician

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    Marc Zaha

    Master Technician

    Hire Date 9/17/2018 – Marc has been an automotive technician since 2009. He first got into the field thanks to the simple fact that vehicles are interesting! Marc works for fun and knows that his dream car is clearly a ’70 Dodge Charger, black on black. Marc also enjoys kicking back to watch horror/sci fi movies with his couch potato labrador, Harley. FUN FACT: Marc has 13 tattoos – so far – and his favorite one might just be the grease monkey he has on his arm. (Don’t tell the others!)