Meet Our Staff - Austin Infiniti Family of Employees
PorterHire Date 6/21/2013
Bio Coming Soon
Detail TechnicianHire Date 7/25/2006
Silvestre is one of the more dynamic technicians in the detail department. After winning the 1976 Pan-American Spelling Bee at the age of eleven, Silvo had a few bright years doing spots for Japanese day-time television. With deregulation in Uruguay, his family's chocolate cookie empire crumbled in the late 1980's, and Silvestre fell on some lean times. He moved to Austin from Lillehammer, France, at the Winter Solstice, 1997. He has been performing 'Bye Bye Miss American Pie' at company picnics since 2006.
Infiniti Parts SpecialistHire Date 3/30/1994
Mike is a natural Austinite, and drives a diesel truck. While attending college classes at night in 1994, Mike started working as a driver for FTH before transferring to Austin Infiniti in 1995. With over a decade of knowledge with the Infiniti car line, Mike enjoys memorizing OEM part numbers and prices in his spare time.
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 5/5/2013
Joe was born in the Philippines, but was raised on the beautiful island of Guam. He lived in California for 8 years before finally calling Round Rock home for the last 12 years. Joe enjoys his free time with his wife and two children, 16 year old daughter Elaisha Jane(EJ) and 11 year old son Jace. He coaches and plays softball two nights during the week and enjoys working out at Planet Fitness. He is a die hard Cowboys fan; therefore his Monday mood depends on Sunday games. Joe is the oldest of 5 siblings who all still live in Guam. Joe has been in sales since he moved to Texas. Joe believes that the best thing about the car business is meeting and getting to know new people and making them not only a customer but a friend.
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 12/13/2004
Tony Anthony was born and raised in Los Angeles and lived in Oahu, Hawaii, for twelve years, before moving to Austin in 1995. He got his start in the car business in Hawaii and has been working car transactions for over two decades. He has a wife and two sons and enjoys spending time with his family and watching professional sports and his kids’ sports. Tony’s hobbies include sports, martial arts, and shooting pool.
Service DirectorHire Date 12/20/2009
Mark Bailey has lived in Texas for a while now but he is a newbie here in the great city of Austin. Something that people might not know about Mark is he is an avid cyclist and he is looking forward to riding the roads here in town. Considering there are thousands of cyclist on the roads in Austin he will fit right in. GO LANCE! Mark has been in the automotive business for over three decades. He worked for for 10 years as a Service Manager and later he went on to be the Fixed Operations Director for Southwest Infiniti in Houston.
Accounts PayableHire date 8/24/2011
Nina ~ A true Austinite!
Nina is a fun, charming, cheerful, friendly, generous, honest, hard working person. Practically any positive descriptive adjective that exists, belongs to her! She loves spending time with her boys; her favorite movie is the notebook; and she loves Italian food. Her favorite celebrity is Sandra Bullock and her favorite sports team is the Texas Longhorns! (Hook ‘Em!). The one thing she is proud of is being the person she is today!
TechnicianHire Date 7/18/2011
Hector is car enthusiast, but more so a drifting enthusiast. His hobbies can be summed up into one word: drifting. He drifts his gray 240SX Nissan but he also has a white one that he drives regularly. His dream car is a 1991 or 1992 Black Skyline GTR. Before coming to work at Austin Infiniti, he worked at a dealership in Round Rock. Outside of cars, he has an interest in Anime and favors the Anime convention that is held in Houston, TX.
Business ManagerHire Date 7/16/2010
Sean has lived all over the United States, starting with Houston, Texas, then moving to Cleveland, Ohio, for a while and then jumped to the west coast to Seattle, Washington. He has been in the car business for 10 years and has sold Infiniti's since 2004. You will be happy to know Sean is the owner of a 2010 Infiniti G37X that he drove across country to get to Austin. He is a newbie here in Austin; Sean moved here June 2010 from Seattle, Washington. His reason for moving is his love of music and food and we think he has come to the right place. Welcome to Austin and our family!
Infiniti Parts ManagerHire Date 11/7/1990
Jeff has the Austin-area little league abuzz with talk as the coach who takes his team to the championship every season. Although the physical prowess with which his own kids excel on the field, or even the line of fathers who ask to be assistant coach (so their own kids can play on Jeff's team) may be considered reasons for his team's winning streak, the true reason for Jeff's success is his education at LBJ High School in Austin. Jeff comes to work each day to sit in his Herman Miller chair.
Tint SpecialistHire Date 6/3/2013
Bio Coming Soon
Suzette 'Suzy-Q' Burrow
Macho Marketing - ConsultantHire Date 1/14/2003
Suzette grew-up in a once little town near Austin, Texas called Dripping Springs. She started working for the Continental Automotive Group at the age of 17 as a receptionist at MBOA. From MBOA she bounced around to FTH and then landed at Austin Infiniti. During her time at MBOA, she met her husband, Andrew Burrow. Today she works as a Marketing Consultant for all 4 dealerships! 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 is an avid reader and was recently excited to learn that public libraries are free! Suzette and Andrew have a chocolate lab named Luke who loves swimming in Town Lake and playing fetch at Auditorium Shores. They just recently acquired a new fun dog, Lexi - a full bred Boxer.
Mack "The Main Man" Cansler
Computer WizardHire Date 6/3/2005
Meet Mack, the happiest guy here. He knows everybody, meets everybody, and loves everybody. If you’re ever looking for a smile, this guy has got it! Here is a little bit of Mack’s background. He ranched in the Panhandle of Texas for 20 years. He then owned his own insurance agency for 31 years. During that time he phased into the Automobile business and did that for 10 years. Within the automobile business he was in management for 4 years, sales for 4 years, and internet sales for 2 years and counting. He is currently stationed here at Austin Infiniti, inside the Business Development Center where he is our online chatter for our four dealerships. Outside of work, Mack takes great pride in his family. He is one true family man.
Vehicle Delivery SpecialistHire Date 8/8/2007
Cres is yet another Austin native and graduate of Anderson High. He spends his free time with his two sons and daughter, and is involved with their little league baseball teams. He describes himself as 'Here to raise everybody's spirits.' He enjoys cutting the grass and had to borrow Timothy's John Deere lawnmower last weekend after he yanked the starter cord clean out of his lawn mower.
Angel Chavez Jr.
Infiniti Service ConsultantHire Date 1/24/2013
Angel Chavez does not have a dream car… or maybe he’s just not sure. He was originally born in Chicago, but came to Austin in October 2007. Angel’s dream day would be a starry night on the beach of Chapala, watching Jesus, eating Cabo Bob’s Burritos,and speculating about life and the universe. Back to the real world, Angel is a laid back and flexible person. He is so flexible that it’s hard to understand. When he hungers, he prefers to do his food search on the north end of Whole Foods, where the hot food is. An interesting fact about him is that he is open-minded to just about anything, as long as it doesn't violate his conscience. The happiest time of his life was October 11, 2011… who know what happened then.. maybe it’s a secret.
Alejandra "AJ" Curl
Sales CoordinatorHire Date 2/14/2011
Meet Alejandra Curl - She goes by Aj. When asked how long she has been going by AJ she said, “haha, all my life, my parents were really the only ones that could pronounce my name.” She was born in San Diego but didn’t live there long; but long enough to see the panda bears at the San Diego Zoo. She was a big fan of the San Diego Padres baseball team. However, she is definitely a bigger fan of the Longhorn Football team!! She spent most of her life here in Austin. She is happily married and has two kids, a 9 year old and a 5 year old. Her hobbies include salsa dancing and guitar hero, which she claims that she’s an expert - care to challenge her? She has recently improved on her favorite color; she went from black to purple, getting lighter!! Currently she is attending the University of Phoenix to earn a bachelors in environmental science. Welcome to the family AJ!
Allen 'Big Al' Clauss
Infiniti General ManagerHire Date 9/1/2000
The big cheese of the Infiniti corps, Allen leads by example. He is living proof that you can be straightforward and honest in the car business and still be successful. Born in Los Angeles in the back seat of a Chevy, Allen feels at home around cars. He is a San Diego State University Aztec and has been living in Austin since 1993. His hobbies are reading, travelling, and riding his bicycle. A little known fact: Allen keeps four quarters, his house key, his desk key, the store key, and vitamins in his trousers pocket. He does not use a key ring. Allen has 4 kids and counting: David, an LSU grad; Kristen; Eden; and the newest addition, Lucy.
Corporate Health and Safety DirectorHire 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.
Business Finance ManagerHire Date 3/7/2005
'OK. Life is what happens when you’re not looking.' JW never even planned to be in the car business, but looked around one day and had been a Finance Manager/Director for 20+ years. He has one wife (one of them was REALLY lucky), two kids (grown and paid for), two grandsons (how did that happen?), and enough loose change to support a minor golf addiction.
Infiniti Leasing and Sales ConsultantHire Date 1/18/2012
Meet Christopher Corn. There is a lot to this man. In order to know him and love him, you’ll have to meet him! Otherwise, here is a little bit about him. He was born in the Woodland Hills suburb of Los Angeles, CA and moved to Austin in December 2011. Currently in his spare tim he likes to explore his new dwelling here in Austin, as well as playing Texas Hold’em, going to the movies, and spending time with his family. Chris is a big car guy. If he could have one car in the whole world, it would be the 1967 427 Shelby Cobra. Back to reality, Chris is looking forward to doing some racing at the new track here when it opens. On a more serious note, Chris is a family man. He has an incredible mom, a best friend as a dad, a younger sister, a brother-in-law, two nephews, a niece, three godchildren, and a small group of close friends that he considers family. The only thing he is missing is a dog. But don’t fret, he is a major dog lover and will definitely be adopting one once he settles down here in Austin.
Sales CoordinatorHire Date 5/06/2013
Maria moved to Austin in 1979 and helped her parents make Jaime's Spanish Village an Austin landmark until 2006. Jaime's was a great family friendly Tex Mex Restaurant that hosted many wonderful U.T. students and their families, local politicos, movie stars and music industry greats. Home of the Margarita Jaime--first one all others are just copies. Maria loves being outside in the sunshine and heads to South Padre every chance she gets. She has 2 bosses (kids) and 3 personal assistants (dogs) at home. She fell in love with FTH the moment she walked into the main showroom after she hit the great coffee bar! She truly cares for the customers that contact our four dealerships and desires to give them the best service and help possible.
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 3/1/2013
Maurice Dancy was born in the nearby state of Mississippi but moved to the greater Austin in 2002. He is a lover of Fish & Steak and the movie Saving Private Ryan. Sometimes he wishes he could have saved Ryan... He has a friendly and outgoing personality and is always up for a good laugh. He wishes he could have met his father’s father, but never got the chance. He also wishes to visit Spain sometime, but that shouldn’t take long. His happiest moment in life is the birth of his one and only son.
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 11/21/2005
Born February 12, 1972, even as a young teenager, Akeem has always had a unique sense for business operation. One might argue that his greatest talent lies in business process improvement, and his ability to lead others. His ability to lead others effectively can easily be found in his passion for life. His older brother Randy was the single most influential person in his life. Akeeem attended La Grange High School in La Grange, Texas. He was an outstanding student, and a great track and cross country runner. His favorite subject was science. In particular, he loved biology.
Infiniti Service ConsultantHire Date 9/30/2002
Steve was born in Barbados, one of 7 Donovan siblings. His family moved to Florida in 1958. He started working on cars at his dad’s gas station when he was 13 years old. Later in his life he attended St. Louis University for a year and ended up in Austin after a trip to Mexico in 1973. He moved to San Marcos in 1979, then in 1983 he was selected as Dallas Region Master Technician. This was the same year his son, Derek Dylan, was born. Went on to be Service Manager in San Marcos until 2002 when he joined Austin Infiniti. Steve likes working on everything and enjoys the company of his 3 girls Elise (Lotus), Lorry (Honda), and Cher (My Girl). He particularly loves sunsets and cherry muffins.
TechnicianHire Date 9/12/2002
I wish I could make this up: Bob was one of four back-up punters on the 1984 OU football team. I could make this up: He was born in Arlington, Virginia; He has a wife and son; His favorite movie is Gladiator; He loves 'doing anything after 5:30.' Bob has beautiful and pearly white teeth.
TechnicianHire Date 1/23/1996
Few people do what they love nonstop and get paid for it. Even fewer understand the blessedness of clear water. Austin born, Mike Flemming is master of a little piece of paradise on Lake Austin not far from Hudson Bend. He is a Travis High School alumnus. His two kids and some money go to Texas Tech. Mike Flemming is a car racer. He also water skis more than you do. I wish every Austinite the good fortune of meeting this gentleman.
TechnicianHire Date 8/22/1988
Rich is another local boy, graduating from Manor High. The only time he has been to Manor Downs was when the Grateful Dead played there in 1985. The set list that day opened with a strong Half Step followed by some lackluster Mexicali tracks, followed by one of the best Let it Grow efforts in G.D. history. His interests are fishing, sports, fishing, outdoors, fishing, golf, and more fishing.
PorterHire Date 7/8/2011
Alex Garcia loves soccer! However, he has had to stop playing ever since May 2011. During one of his games he badly injured his tailbone and he wife said that he’s not young anymore and he needs to stop playing. He’s been playing for 30 years! Alex has three children: a son of 16yrs that tried 3 different sports and then found his calling as an XBOX player, a daughter of 13 yrs who is a kickstar, and a 10 year-old daughter who loves to play with their puppy MAX, who is a mix between a German Shephard, Weiner, and Bull Dog.
Service CashierHire Date 5/6/2011
Meet Elizabeth Giral. A wonderful addition to the Austin Infiniti Service Family. She started working here at Infiniti because a friend of hers at our MBOA store informed her of the opening! She absolutely loves it here. Before, she worked in a law firm with mainly women. She says that working with mostly guys is very different; there is not as much drama. She also previously worked in immigration (residency, citizenship) and she still does it every now and then for close friends. She has 4 children. She adores watching her 11 year-old boy play baseball. Her 18 year-old son is about to attend UTSA beginning in the fall, her 17 year-old daughter is happily married, and her 13 year-old son loves to draw. She loves her family, and she loves her job!
PrincipalHire Date 11/2/1978
“The Infiniti brand is all about performance for its hip young crowd,” states the owner, Mr. Bryan Hardeman, of the brand he acquired in 1991. “Infiniti has really come into its own in recent years. To start, there was really only the Q sedan. Now they have great-selling SUV’s, coupes, convertibles, and luxury sedans, all with the standards people expect from a leading Japanese import.”
Mr. Hardeman is known around the dealership as an all-around nice guy and family man above all else. His family includes his loving wife, Rebecca, and their three children, two of whom (Will and Genny) work at the dealerships taking on day-to-day management. Their youngest (by 2.5 minutes), Joy, recently graduated from UT Law School and now works in Washington D.C. Mr. Hardeman boasts about how proud he is of the spread here at CAG and how the average employee has worked for him for an incredible 17 years! “The car business is a people business, and having the right people be a part of our family here is the most important thing, and we have the right people!”
Joy, Will, and Genny Hardeman (Brother and Twin Sisters)
Visionary (Joy) - Managing Partner (Will) - Executive Vice President (Genny)Hire Date 2/17/1984 (Joy)
When she is not making gray skies blue, Joy enjoys enjoying herself. She is a talented dog-whisperer, an avid cyclist, and a sought-after companion. She is chatty too and enjoys a good crossword puzzle or a late evening walk on the Lions Municipal Golf Course with her two puppies, Ellie and Charlie. As one half of the team that joined the Continental Automotive Group on February 17, 1984, Joy has 25 years of automotive industry know-how. She is currently in Washington DC driving a Subaru Outback.
Hire Date 7/18/1981 (Will)
Hire Date 2/17/1984 (Genny)
TechnicianHire Date 1/21/2010
Mike Harris hails from chilly Colorado Springs. Mike started working for Nissan right out of high school in 1974 and is now an Infiniti Master Tech. Mike made the switch to working on Infiniti's in 1994. In his spare time he loves to ride his BTX 1800 motorcycle around the beautiful Hill Country. Mike also is a motor airplane enthusiast.
Express Lane TechnicianHire Date 8/18/2011
Nicholas Harris was born and raised in the beautiful city of Austin. Nicholas’ dream car is the Nissan S13 Silvia. His favorite food is Mexican, and if he could meet anyone (dead or alive) that person would be the Texas broadcasting legend Cactus Pryor. The best place Nicholas has traveled to would be the Land of the Rising Sun, more specifically Okinawa. He can be described as outgoing and is happy all of the time. His first job was being a marine in the United States Marine Corps. Nicholas had to spend three months in boot camp to get that job!
Dave 'Super-Dave' Henricks
Infiniti Service ConsultantHire Date 10/23/2000
If we had a soccer team at Austin Infiniti, Dave would not be the coach because the guys around here 'would not need any coaching.' His daughter Kara chose soccer as a sport when she was young, and Dave’s life has never been the same. He now plays twice a week and referees three times a week. Kara is in college and is taking a break from the sport. Dave is a former mechanic turned service writer and says hello to his wife, Michele.
Ulises Flores (Brother), Noe Maldonado (Brother), Maria Herrera (Sister)
Porter (Ulises) - Porter (Noe) - Customer Concierge (Maria)Hire Date 2/19/2007 (Ulises)
Hire Date 3/30/2008 (Noe)
Hire Date 7/26/2007 (Maria)
Ulises nacio en Mexico, Mexico. He has twenty years in the Austin area and three kids. His interests include volleyball, futbol, and time outside. For vacation, he almost always goes to the beach, and Cancun is one of his favorite destinations.
Noe es de Mexico Jefe. Vive en Austin mas de vente anos. Noe tiene dos hijos. Por los Domingos, a el le gusta comer fajitas de carne asada.
Soy de nacionalidad Mexicana. Radique por 20 años en el D.F. Soy casada, tengo dos hijos a los cual amo demasiado. Llegamos a este país mi esposo y yo para poder brindarles un mejor futuro a nuestros hijos. He trabajado muy duro para poder estar donde estoy, pero la vida sigue y tenemos que seguir hacia delante. También, tengo una mascota. Es un perro que se llama 'Taz'. El es muy inteligente y adorable en la casa. Todos lo queremos mucho. El es el bebe. En mis momentos libres me gusta ir al cine, mirar televisión, y tomarme uno tiempo para estar con mi mamá.
Detail SpecialistHire Date 3/17/2006
Jose's favorite day is Friday, and he loves guiding tourists down to Laredo. He has two beautiful daughters. Jose is from Zacatecas, and he has a night job at the state Capitol building writing legislation.
Infiniti Parts SpecialistHire Date 8/22/2002
LBJ class of 1993 valedictorian and varsity football captain, Chris Jackson learned that 'women are different in college' and wishes he could give his diplomas back for a few more years at Central Missouri State and Blinn Junior College in Brenham. He has three babies and eats chicken every Tuesday night. He is distantly related to Dave Henricks, as anyone can see in their 'one mind, two men' teamwork mentality. Keep up the good work, guys!
PhotographerHire Date 10/14/2008
Originally from Mexico City, Oscar has lived in Austin for 24 years and loves the city for its people and (relative) calmness. Oscar’s wife is still in Mexico so he travels there to visit but is kept busy in Austin with his four kids. He enjoys taking the kids to the movies or out to eat or to Zilker Park. Oscar also likes watching soccer and cheers for the Mexican national team.
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 6/17/2008
Species: Car Salesman. Genus: Geekdus Athleta Artis Snoborus (Athletic Geek, Art Snob). Troy was born lucky into a house with electricity and running water in Nebraska, in a town of about 1600 people. On days off work he can be found trail-running at the Green Belt with his dog Kjelsi (pronounced Chel-see, it’s Norwegian) or playing soccer. He would like to be a college professor focusing in Ancient Historical Studies, Linguistics and Symbology. Troy enjoys music like Mastodon, The Melvin's, David Bowie, and The Clash, books and graphic novels like The Walking Dead, and Planetary as well as ancient history and linguistics, and movies (his favorite is The Usual Suspects). 'Gimme the keys you...'
Vannak Van Kong
TechnicianHire Date 1/13/2003
Born in Panom Penh, Cambodia, Vannak is also a talented speller. He has a wife and son. He worked as a security officer when he was a student, and he came to Austin in 1994. He plays volleyball religiously every Sunday.
TechnicianHire Date 6/21/2012
Kris, an Austin native, veered away from this beautiful city for a while and spent some time in Houston. In Houston, Kris attended the University and worked at North Houston Infiniti. Before working at the Infiniti dealerships, he worked as a Tech Apprentice at a local mom & pop shop. Kris’s dream car is the 1967 RS/SS Camaro and his favorite aisle in the grocery store is the Beer aisle. On a more important note, Kris owns a Great Dane named Joker.
Infiniti Service ConsultantHire Date 8/7/2006
Nick followed his wife to Austin from Yorba Linda, Orange County, Los Angeles, California, in support of her insurance career. He has four children. His hobbies include RC car racing, fishing, and sleeping on Sundays. In another life he is a popular game show host. Nick recently got some nice props online from some happy customers.
ReceptionistHire Date 5/30/2013
Latoyta was born in Sterling, VA about 20 minutes outside of Washington D.C. She loves animals and has two terrier puppies. She is a die hard soccer fan and used to play for Delaware State University. She moved to Austin in May 2013 and is excited for the Texas heat (So she thinks)!
Sales CoordinatorHire Date 8/6/2004
Diana moved to Austin from Phoenix, Arizona. She has two children, a son and a daughter. When she is not at work she likes to go on evening bike rides or walks with her children. She also likes to dog sit, go to local parks, shop, and to just hang out with her family and dear friends. Diana is always smiling and is a pleasure to work with. Her favorite color changes daily and is based on a variety of different factors.
Cara 'Carebare' Logue
Macho Marketing - Graphic DesignerHire Date 9/23/2011
Cara is an import from Seattle, the red-headed product of a Microsoft employee and a librarian. Since moving here she has really learned to appreciate rain but loves swimming in the puddles Texas calls lakes. Warm fuzzies are dogs, puppies, Subarus & tacos. She is also a very good eater.
CAG Austin - IT DirectorHire Date 5/19/2008
Levi controls earth, wind and water at Autin Infiniti. He is recently married and is a huge fan of his Motorola Droid (you know you want one). Sometimes Levi randomly shuts down our phone system and turns the power off so he has a reason to visit our Taj Mahal of an Infiniti Dealership. If you have any computer-related problems, feel free to ask. Oh and don't steal anything from Levi's office... It is frowned upon.
Camey Gonzales Martinez
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 8/15/2006
Camey has been in the car business since 1994. She has been with Austin Infiniti since 2006. She is married and has 2 boys. She was born in Rockdale, TX, grew up in Elgin, TX, and now lives in Round Rock, TX. She usually stays busy with work and being a baseball/football/basketball Mom. Her favorite thing to do on her off time is to spend time with her boys.
Detail Specialist - HandymanHire Date 9/30/2002
Quando no esta trabajando, Gabriel le gusta descansar. Tiene dos hijos y cree que 'lo bueno es poco.' Su parte favorito del trabajar es 'Make Ready,' pero el espacio para limpiar hace frio en el invierno y calor por el verano.
Network AdministratorHire Date 3/1/2010
Daryl is no stranger to the car industry, and after 15 years of being an outside source for the IT department, he has decided to join the group as an IT specialist. He enjoys spending time with his family when he is not at work. He loves to travel, watch sports, and stay active by being outdoors including time on the lake.
Infiniti Warranty ClaimsHire Date 10/24/2005
When you have a warranty issue with your car and a bitter taste in your mouth, you need a Candy rush. There is nothing slow about this man, who is an avid runner and sports enthusiast. Candy even moves across the service center with a runner's clip. When asked what he does not enjoy, Candy quipped, 'Technicians!' He only slows down on Saturdays while he enjoys the company of his two grandkids.
The Melendez Family (Donato, Cindy, Luis, Ruben Jr., Rueben Sr.)
Shop Maintenance Tech/Billing Clerk/Detail Specialist/Cashier/PorterHire Date 9/23/2010 (Donato)
Hire Date 7/21/2010 (Cindy)
Hire Date 9/26/2005 (Luis)
Hire Date 6/30/2012 (Ruben Jr.)
Hire Date 6/14/2001 (Rueben Sr.)
Donato Melendez was born in Honduras and moved to Austin in 1989. In his spare time, Donato enjoys exercising and going to the park. His favorite food is chi su, a local food in Honduras. Donato has two daughters, Cindy and Michelle. A fun fact about Donato is that he played soccer for the Honduras team, Club Platences. Donato is very proud of being a good father and helping his daughters with their education and a good upbringing.
Cindy came to Austin Infiniti straight out of high school. Cindy is thinking about getting her degree in social work, but at the moment she is undecided. When Cindy is outside of Austin Infiniti's door, she loves to go dancing to Latin music. She also has a Chihuahua named Lillia.
Luis is described by his peers as the hardest working guy at the dealership. It actually took almost two full work days for Luis to have time to answer questions for his bio! Luis is another Austin Subaru employee who came to Austin from Honduras. He and his wife, Ihza, have a teenage son, Carlos. Luis spends his free time downtown and loves Salsa and Merengue dancing. He also enjoys watching MLS games when he has the time.
Meet Ruben. He was born and raised here in Austin, TX. Ruben is second youngest of the 5 Melendez’s here. Ruben Jr. is an outgoing, responsible, and respectful young man who loves to workout and play soccer! With the amount of people that play soccer here at Austin Infiniti, we could probably start our own league! More on Ruben: He has a Labrador/Chow mix named Snuggles. Not only does Ruben love to play soccer, but he also loves to watch it! FC Barcelona is his favorite Futbol team. Something that Ruben is extremely proud of is that he was the first in his family to graduate High School and attend College. Way to go Ruben!
Rueben le gusta oir musica salsa, meringue, rock. Puede usted encontrarle en la discoteca ‘el Cielo.’ El es de El Progresso, Honduras y tiene vente anos en Austin. Rueben tiene quatro hijos.
Tony Miano Jr.
Infiniti Parts SpecialistHire Date 7/18/2003
Tony was born in Lubbock but grew up in Austin, where he played on the two-time state runner-up Anderson High Trojan Basketball team, coached by the legendary Tyron Johnson. He has been re-hired more times than any other other employee at Austin Infiniti and has experience in every department. His hobby is water sports, and your boy 'goes big' on the wakeboard.
ReceptionistHire Date 8/29/2013
Brooke was born in New Orleans, LA in 1993, but raised in Austin, TX. In her free time she likes to hang out with her family and go dancing. She enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard in 2011 as a combat medic. She plans on going to school to study Cardiac Sonography. If she could meet anybody in the world of her choice, she would pick Luke Bryan. She is extremely girly, except for when it comes to wearing any kind of shoes with heels. You will always find her wearing her cowboy boots. Brooke was lucky enough to see an ad for her job posted, and got on it as soon as she could. Now she loves being a part of the Infiniti family.
Sales CoordinatorHire Date 10/31/2001
Joy grew up in Greenview, Illinois, population 750, and came to the University of Texas in 1979. She has one daughter and has been married for many years. 'To the same guy,' she adds. Her family is a Boxer family, and their current dog is their third in this breed. She is a dedicated Longhorn fan, evidenced in the burnt orange FX35 and the season tickets. Her favorite player of all time is Earl Campbell. And she is an Aquarius.
New Car Sales ManagerHire Date 10/1/2013
Chris Morton. He was born in Wichita, Kansas. Where is that? Probably where Dorothy grew up. When he was older, smarter, and wiser, he moved to Austin (September 2013). Before Austin, he lived in Houston with his parents and 2 brothers. However, he left them behind and brought his beagle, Bella, to this wonderful city. Like most guys here, Chris is into Golf, being lazy, and car shows. But he also likes to eat. Anything in a tortilla is considered delicious to Chris.
Fun Fact: He is an endless supply of trivial useless knowledge.
Sales CoordinatorHire Date 10/24/2013
Bio Coming Soon
Detail SpecialistHire Date 10/25/2006
Jose es de Zacatecas tambien, y el le encanta cantar en Karaoke. El trabaja bien duro, 'como burro.'
TechnicianHire Date 9/19/2011
Meet Joseph Oscar, born and raised right here in the Austin area. According to recent findings, Joseph’s dream day would consist of eating Pho with Chuck Norris while watching Black Hawk Down on the beaches of Hawaii. Joseph is all about shenanigans and loves to laugh. But don’t be fooled; he is committed to his job and has a strong work ethic. After working at a resort with his father, he now works here at Austin Infiniti. His love for cars and his desire to learn more about them is what brought him to the front doors of the wonderful dealership. Mr. Joseph Oscar sure is proud of his achievements in drifting. Each time he goes to the track, he improves! Some day you will be watching him dift on TV!
TechnicianHire Date 5/3/2010
Johnathan, or "Cookie", as he goes by in the shop, drives in everyday from BBQ town Lockhart. He does not mind his drive to work; however, he says it is pleasant and free from traffic. Johnathan loves to play paintball in his spare time when he gets the chance; his gun of choice is a Smart Parts ion. Johnathan got into the car business by taking tech classes in high school and recently graduated from Universal Technical Institute. He loves working at Austin Infiniti and does not mind his nickname.
Business ManagerHire Date 5/31/2012
Meet Kaylyn Passwater, the newest member to our infamous finance team. She came all the way from Georgetown. Although she was born here in Austin, she grew up in Elgin, TX. After graduating High School (a year early!), she decided that she wanted to move back to Austin. Kaylyn has a fun, easy going, and family oriented personality. In fact, most of her spare time is spent with her family: Fiance Brian, Daughter Kaddison, Chihuahua Holli, and Blue Heeler Flank. The birth of her daughter, Summer 2011, was the happiest time of her life. Outside of family, Kaylyn enjoys the occasional kayaking and drawing.
Infiniti Shop ForemanHire Date 1/21/1991
Foreman Mark grew up in a motorcycle dealership and raced motorcycles from 1969 to 2004. Just before retiring from the sport, Mark won the 2002 WERA road championships in the clubman division and finished third in the in the 2003 CMRA lightweight superbike expert race. He jocks a Ducati. Mark and wife, Mary, spend time in Yellowstone, Sonoma, and the Grand Canyon.
TechnicianHire Date 2/22/2006
Adrian hails from Cedar Creek, Texas. He generally flosses his teeth while driving to work on his Ninja Motorcycle. He has two smart and beautiful children. His specialty in the shop is "Motor Work"
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 6/13/2007
Making car deals happen since 2006, Anthony is deep down a true 'family man'. Four kids of his own plus one grandson keep Anthony going. Second to family and work comes late night Law & Order or a good football game, followed by genuine Mexican cuisine.
Sales CoordinatorHire Date 3/14/2013
Esmer Ramirez is one of the nicest, quietest and most sincere individuals that you could ever meet! Esmer was born in Alamosa Colorado and moved to Liberty Hill in 1998. She is very family oriented and in her spare time she loves to spend time with her wonderful husband, Jessie, and their 2 children, a daughter and a son. The happiest time in Esmer's life was when she met her daughter for the first time and the birth of her son. She is very proud of her wonderful children and her husband who is a great father. Her favorite actor is Benicio del Toro and her favorite movie is "Serendipity" and she absolutely loves Italian food! The best place that Esmer has traveled is to beautiful Cozumel Mexico; and, she would love to visit Rome and is actually in the process of planning a trip there. At this time Esmer does not have any pets but would love to adopt a Great Dane or Labradoodle.
Infiniti Service ConsultantHire Date 10/28/2004
Born in Stinett, TX, and raised across the southwest, Monte was a professional mechanic for elite motorcycle road racing teams before shifting into service consulting. He continues to do tuning and enhancement work on bikes out of his garage. He has been married eighteen years and has two cats.
Receptionist & Customer ConciergeHire Date 9/15/2012
Bianca is the daughter of Alex Reyes, who has been with Continental Automotive Group for quite some time! Bianca is the eldest of 7 sibling and was born right here in Austin, TX. The happiest time of her life was graduating from high school. When she is not eating Italian food or spending time with her half Boxer/German Shepherd, Nola, she will be cheering on one of her favorite teams, The Texas Longhorns! Hook 'em Horns!
TechnicianHire Date 1/31/2005
Alfredo nacio en El Slavador y tiene 21 anos en Austin. Le gusta hacer 'what he is doing.' He has two daughters.
Service CashierHire Date 9/27/2012
Anabel, the newest addition to the Infiniti Service Family, moved to Austin in August of 2011 from Galveston. One very interesting fact about Anabel is her enthusism for cars; cars have been her passion since she was a little girl. In fact, if she could visit anywhere in the world, she would go to Italy (for the Ferraris and lamborghinis of course!) In her spare time, when she is not working on her car, Anabel enjoys photography and video games. A few of her favorite movies include The Dark Knight, Inception and you guessed it - The Fast and The Furious!
TechnicianHire Date 8/24/2006
Corpus Christi born, Josh came to Austin to increase his exposure to music. Initially into country and western megastars Clay Aiken and Joaquin Phoenix, he discovered the sublime sounds of Grindcore Metal on Red River. This music resonated with him and he soon had a life-sized tattoo of Grandma on his thrashing forearm. Other concert-goers in the crowd appreciate such a loving fist-pump. He has some other sweet tattoos and two cats. Family is a big source of inspiration in his life.
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date: 7/26/2013
Jennifer was born and raised in the US but had the opportunity of a lifetime to move to England during her high school years. She came back to the states in 1999 to attend the University of Texas here in Austin. After graduating, she had a busy career life. She opened her own business, then came to the Continental Automotive Group in 2009 and started at FTH, then joined the Infiniti group August 2013. Jennifer loves to spend time with her parents whom have been married for almost 50 years! She is blessed to have 4 gorgeous sisters. Her twin sister still works at FTH. She loves her cat, Saba!
Accounting - Title ClerkHire Date 2/19/2007
Victoria was born in Pflugerville under the sun sign Aquarius. She has fourteen aunts and uncles on her mother’s side and more cousins than you can count. Victoria is characteristically fun-loving, she likes the beach, the lake, the outdoors. She has one daughter and one son, and her mommy job is also her hobby. Victoria also goes by Valerie, Veronica, Vanessa, or Valentine, depending on her mood.
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 10/29/2013
Bio Coming Soon
New Car Sales ManagerHire Date 9/3/2013:
Jason, a true Texan, is new to town but has always loved Austin. He was born in Waco, grew up in Lake Jackson, TX, but has lived in Houston for the past 20 years. That makes him a gotta-be Texans fan. He has over a decade of experience in the car business, working as a Sales Manager and a Finance Manager. Jason believes that a great customer experience is the key to a successful dealership. He has always loved the Infiniti brand, even before he started in the car business. He has been with his wife for over 15 years and they just had their first child, Ian Alexander. Before the new arrival, Jason and his wife loved to travel (It helps that she works for the airlines).
Rachel and Timothy Shook (Sister and Brother)
Internet Assistant (Rachel) - Director of Marketing and Internet Sales (Timothy)Hire Date 5/26/2009 (Rachel)
Hire Date 5/15/2004 (Timothy)
Rachel enjoys life. She loves to do most things outside (though she is particular about the weather). She most commonly plays Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee, but enjoys the occasional Football, Croquet, Racquetball, Sand Volleyball, and Halo. When she is hungry, her immediate reaction is to get a bowl of cereal or a cup of goldfish. She is also a dog-lover, and if ever she talks to a customer who mentions their dog, Rachel will no doubt invite the dog in for a few pets.
Tim: I room at home with a hot, firm-bodied, Q50 Hybird-driving, blonde attorney and three needy beagles, Diesel, Turbo & Skippy. I have a passion for excellence, multi-tasking, website design, Internet marketing, and animals. Those who know me best would describe me as 'extremely excessive.' Others, including my sister, Rachel, would say I am just plain lucky. And it's better to be lucky than good, any day of the week!
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 5/16/2013
Meet Cedric. He loves Golf, The Dallas Cowboys, Golf, his family , and Golf. He can be frequently seen trying to compete with his fellow co-worker, Akeem, for the tightest shirt award. His favorite movie is the Gladiator and his favorite isle in the grocery store is the frozen section. He absolutely loves Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream. He will eat it by the bunchies! The Dallas Cowboys, well they are huge for him. They are everything, but not really because he loves his family more. BUT he is convinced that his Boys are going to the Superbowl again... sometime soon... in the future. And despite how much he talks about golf or the Cowboys.. his family is number 1 in his life. He has a beautiful daughter and a gorgeous wife. And don't forget his dog, Goober!
Chris 'I only date models' Sofia
Macho Marketing - Graphic DesignerHire Date 2/9/2012
yea dith chrith.
Service TechnicianHire Date 8/19/2013
Bio Coming Soon
Infiniti Sales and Leasing ConsultantHire Date 11/21/2011
Justin Teague was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and moved to Austin in August of 2005. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his puppies, running, and exploring the outdoors. His favorite food is home made pizza and his favorite aisle in the grocery store is the cheese aisle! The best place Justin has traveled to is LaFria for a year. Justin has two dogs, one named Olive and the other named Bear. If he could visit anywhere in the world, that place would be New Zealand. A fun fact about Justin that would surprise people is that he runs barefoot. The happiest time of his life is when he gets to spend time with his wife Anastasia. He decided to work for the dealership because he knows several good people working here. Justin is really proud of his pound puppy, Olive, who is doing really well in her training classes!
Office ManagerHire 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.
TechnicianHire Date 2/5/2007
Your man, Tranny, was born in Vietnam and graduated from Connelly High School in Austin. He went to the University of Texas on a scholarship to study engineering and computer science, but dropped out when the material was not meeting his standards of intellectual stimulation. He still studies automotive design and thinks in his sleep about future cars. His favorite website is craigslist.org. Formerly considered an outside shot at this year’s Infiniti Push Off, Tran is coming on strong as a legitimate contender. Odds-makers point to his compact wingspan, high cadence, and mental strength as indicators of good form and safe betting.
Carlos Rocha and Orlando Urbina (Uncle and Nephew)
Technician (Carlos) - Parts Specialist (Orlando)Hire Date 9/12/2002 (Carlos)
Hire Date 9/6/2005 (Orlando)
Carlos was born in Leon, Nicaragua, and came to Austin in 1986. He has over fifteen years in car maintenance. He has some very interesting stories to share and two sons, Matthew and Caleb, to listen to them. Carlos has 'no comment' on Jesus' claim on the pushup title. And as a little demonstration of his CTI (cool and tough index), Carlos went head-to-head with newcomer, Tran, in a friendly competition that lasted a hell of a lot longer than I thought possible.
Asked if he could overcome his uncle Carlos in a pushup contest, Orlando replied 'I already did.' He was born in Leon, Nicaragua, and graduated from Aikens High School in 2005. His car is an M45. Orlando keeps a bench press in his office and can be seen lifting upwards of 350 pounds.
Sales CoordinatorHire Date 7/5/2010
Craig originated from Iowa, but has been in this “everything is bigger” state since 1973 and specifically Austin since 1988. Craig is in love with Austin because of its “laid back atmosphere.” Everyone at Austin Infiniti will be on their best behavior from now on because Craig was in the criminal justice field for 30 years, ranging in titles from police officer to parole officer and was also involved with the federal system. Coming out of retirement or what Craig referred to as his own personal hard time, Craig wanted to do something completely different and we are lucky that he decided to make this his new and exciting venture! Craig is a family man with a loving wife and two grown children, his eighteen year old is starting UT this fall. In his spare time he likes to jog and he use to ride motorcycles, very Robo Cop of him!
Tire Care SpecialistManny – our very own Tire Care Specialist. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and moved to Austin in the Fall of 2008. He grew up mostly in Holyoke, MA and is glad he got out of the cold and into warmer weather. Though I’m sure he wasn’t expecting over 70 days of 100+ degree weather…
His favorite food is anything Spanish OR anything and everything that Ana cooks. Who’s Ana? Ana is his future wife! Way to Go Manny! He also has a daughter named Angelina. Manny has been in the Auto Industry for 4 years now and is proud to be representing Dealer Tire here at Austin Infiniti.
TechnicianHire Date 8/18/1997
Virak comes to Austin from Cambodia by way of Connecticut. An Austintacious dude since 1996, he lives happily with a wife and two children. He loves fixing cars and playing in souped-up cars. His current project is an ’89 Chrystler Conquest. The boys in the internet office look forward to the photos...
TechnicianHire Date 8/2/2010
Nicholas is originally from Armadillo and the only thing he really misses about being there are his family and friends. Nick likes everything about Austin, especially its world famous music scene. Nick likes being a technician because he enjoys working hands-on. When he is not at work you can find Nick playing with his two small kids and two chi-weenie dog mixes.
Service Valet DriverHire Date 8/1/2010
Larry is newly retired from law enforcement, where he worked for the majority of his career as a cop all around the state of Texas, and then the last few years as a jailer. So everyone watch out, Larry can take you down! Not only is he trained for the field, but he also has plenty of experience with children. Larry has 5 grown kids of his own, 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Wow! The man is more than capable for the Service Valet Driver position he loves, and enjoys having fun with the people he works with on a daily basis. To top it all off, Larry is a proud owner of a Scottish Terrier named Broadie.