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First Texas Honda – Where We Put You First.
Why First Texas Honda?
Hire Date 9/1/2000 – Meet Allen Clauss, the new big cheese of First Texas Honda! He comes to us as our GM after 15 years elsewhere within the company. Allen leads by example and 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, traveling, 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: David, an LSU grad, Kristen, Eden, and Lucy. His first job in the auto business was at a Honda store in California, so this is his career coming full circle.
Hire Date 4/15/2014 – Before his start in the car biz in 1999, Naji was a self-made successful entrepreneur—he owned and operated a handful of sandwich shops and one coffee joint here in Austin. All of that while raising a family of four kids with his wife of almost 20 years!! Naji always says that our GM Allen taught him every thing he knows about the auto business but sometimes we think it might really be the other way around!
Hire Date 9/19/2016 – Ghassan moved to Austin from Jerusalem. He enjoys soccer and is a self-proclaimed ninja.
Hire Date 8/9/2010 – Trudy is back! Trudy is a Service Consultant and is excited to be back at First Texas Honda and working for the Hardemans. When I took this interview, she had only been working here for the second time around for about a week and in that short amount of time she has had numerous previous customers running up to her, just to give her a hug. Trudy has a loving family, she met her hubby many moons ago, when they both worked here for Continental Automotive Group. Trudy has a green thumb and loves to garden on the weekends.
Hire Date 5/28/2013 – Janelle Allen was born in Fairfax, Va. Her favorite travels were Rome and St Lucia, but would love to tour Southeast Asia as well as explore the castles in Europe. She recently moved to Austin with her new husband from Northern Virginia. She and her husband are enjoying exploring Austin’s beautiful parks and local coffee shops. Since moving to Austin they brought home, Socks, their new dog/best friend from the ASPCA and spend their time letting him run their lives and hearts.
Hire Date 2/1/2016 – Ralph was born and raised in Houston, TX. He grew up rooting for all of Houston’s professional teams. He became very involved with basketball at a young age and his idols happen to be Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. He moved to Austin in November 2011 and has loved it since! He loves to collect Blue-Ray movies and of course watch them; he has over 100 movies and counting! He loves to travel on his time off and especially enjoys going to Chicago! It is his favorite city to visit. They have awesome food, sports teams, exquisite tours of the city, beautiful museums to visit, and an awesome skyline!
Hire Date 4/6/2015 – Ana is a smart young lady who graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelors in Food Service Management and an Associates in Baking and Pastry Arts. Although Ana is an Austin native, she has lived in R.I, Maine, and Virginia. She is no stranger to the New England States. Ana and her furbaby Sami (her sweet, loving, adorable maltipoo) have traveled up and down the East Coast but their hearts are deep in the heart of Texas! You can usually find Ana by the sparkle in her eyes or pretty much anywhere on her wardrobe. When she is not working, she is usually… at work! She is a barista by day and Sales Coordinator by “night”. Ana has a warm and friendly personality, she is always smiling and greeting people, being bilingual makes her perfect for her job in the BDC.
Hire Date 11/2/2016 – In 2007, Aaron underwent a radical surgery to have his sense of humor removed and replaced with a second appendix. His ability to heal was hindered due to repeatedly trying to suffocate himself with a pillow after the hospital put the movie, Armageddon, on repeat. When he was released, he vowed to never make a movie as bad as that.
Since then, he has run his own production company, E|H Films, and has won several awards from local film festivals. He enjoys spending time with his pup, Ripley, riding his motorcycle with friends, enjoying a cigar, composing music, watching and studying films both new and old. Except Armageddon…which has no redeeming qualities whatsoever.
Hire Date 8/4/2014 – Rubi’s sweet personality and enchanting smile illuminates an already charming coffee bar here at First Texas Honda. She was born in Mexico and arrived in Austin in 2006. When she is not serving coffee and treats to our customers she loves to go out at night to eat Italian food and see her favorite movie “Twilight” or watch her favorite sports team the San Antonio Spurs play basketball. Her favorite place to visit was Galveston,Texas because she enjoys being close to the ocean. The happiest time of her life was her childhood with her family in Mexico.
Hire Date 6/6/2016 – Scott is originally from Colorado. In his spare time, he keeps up with football, and spends time with his kids. He also enjoys playing FPS and sports video games.
Hire Date 5/4/2015 – Eduardo was born and raised in Austin. He has one cat named Oliver and one dog named Nala. Football is his favorite pastime, and the Dallas Cowboys are his favorite team.
Hire Date 10/5/2015 – Bio Coming Soon!
Hire Date 9/9/2014 – Selah was born in the Texas Hill Country and moved to Austin in 2007. She graduated from Texas State University in 2014 with a degree in Public Relations. She enjoys working with people and has been in customer service for over 7yrs. Outside of work, she spends most of her time outdoors with her husband. She also enjoys cooking, working out, crocheting, knitting and volunteering with Austin Pets Alive (where she worked prior to joining First Texas Honda). Selah normally starts her day with a great cup of coffee, her favorite thing in life, which she now gets in our charming coffee bar at FTH. She also really enjoys a a sweet treat along with her coffee. She has studied dance and martial arts since the year 2000, so best not make her mad. She entertains her fellow BDC employees by juggling (but not accomplished enough for the circus).
Hire Date 2/3/2016 – Jose comes to us with 4 years of automotive experience. He has both a rabbit and a chihuahua, but the two have never met. He likes to spend his time exercising his rights to open carry. In his spare time he likes to go to the gun range to practice. His hobbies include playing video games, going out to eat, working on home improvement projects, and camping in Lampasas with friends.
Hire Date 10/5/2016 – Randy is originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. He has a fiancee named Sandy, and he has two daughters, Valerie and Sophie, who play soccer and flag football. As an active member of the military, he’s also well-travelled; he’s been in the Army National Guard for 15 years now. Tokyo, Japan was his favorite among the cities he got to see. He liked the friendliness of the people, and he enjoyed experiencing Mt. Fuji.
Hire Date 11/2/2016 – Kenneth is originally from Nebraska, but has lived in Austin for 20 years. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies and sports. His favorite teams are the Texans in the NFL and the Cornhuskers in college football.
Hire Date 1/3/2006 – Sean grew up in Center, Texas (northeast of Nacogdoches) and has lived in Austin for eight years. Race cars are Sean’s big interest, although he doesn’t do street racing anymore. His birthday is November 8th, and his favorite vacation spot is Cancun. Sean and his wife have one dog, a Lab-German Shepherd mix named Dusty.
Hire Date 9/13/2016 – David is from North Carolina, and is a huge Tarheel fan. He married a native Texan who convinced him that Austin was the place to be, so they made the move in 2000. His favorite pastimes are having neighbors over for margaritas and watching his daughter’s gymnastics competitions. David enjoys working with people and helping them find what they need. He makes it his goal to exceed expectations every time.
Hire Date 12/1/2016 – Robert was raised in Houston and moved to Austin in 1992 for school. He went to UT for studio art and curatoring, and still keeps art close to him today! For over 20 years, he has frequented the Blanton Museum of Art, and that is also where he previously took some of his classes. Robert’s 20 year old son followed in his footsteps in wanting to study at UT, and takes classes there for mechanical engineering! Robert has worked in the automotive industry for a while, and has held positions such as Technician, Service Advisor, and Parts Manager for some German and Swedish car brands. For the past two years or so, Robert has enjoyed spending his free time performing at open mic nights as a stand up comic, and also wrote jokes for 7-8 years for other comics before he felt he could be up on stage as well. Robert has an awesome dog named Jeff, and three cats, and he likes long walks on the beach, adventure, camping, and traveling!
Hire Date 4/27/2016 – Ross was born and raised in Austin! He has a history in racing, but nowadays, enjoys spending time on the water. When he’s not working, he’s bass fishing with George, his canine fishing buddy. Unsurprisingly, his favorite part about Austin is Lake Austin.
Hire Date 8/15/2016 – Jack is from the north, and when he lived up there, he grew up playing ice hockey. Now in the heat of Central Texas, Jack still plays ice hockey, and is still “really good.” He and his team went to Nationals in 2016! Jack has a cool, old, English Bulldog named Boss, and Boss’ sidekick, Shaft the Chihuahua. Jack’s ultimate dream would be to be able to surf everyday before work.
Hire Date 6/15/2015 – Chris was born in California and moved here from Houston. He is an Air Force brat, so he has lived all over the world. Germany is the most memorable place he’s lived, and he even speaks a bit of the language. Don’t try to make him choose a favorite beer; he likes all of it.
Hire Date 1/14/2003 – Suzette grew-up in a once little town near Austin, Texas called Dripping Springs. She started working for the Continental Automotive Group at the age of 17 as a receptionist at one of our other locations. From there she bounced around to Honda and then landed in our Marketing Department. During her time as a receptionist, she met her now husband, Andrew Burrow. Today she works as a Marketing Consultant for all 4 of our 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.
Hire Date 12/5/2013 – Kenneth’s love for cars has influenced many aspects of his life. His first car purchase experience created the happiest time of his life, his first job was a mechanic, and now his career is repairing and maintaining Honda’s. Kenneth does not have any kind of family but does have a dog (no name or breed). He enjoys watching the Seattle Seahawks, influenced by the fact that he was born in Tacoma, Washington, in person or on television while eating Korean food. He is very proud of the fact that he is self sufficient at a very young age.
Hire Date 11/6/2014 – David was born in Anaheim, California and moved to Austin, Texas when he was 8 years old. He feels very young and hopes to become mature enough one day to have a pet (probably a dog) and responsible enough to take care of him properly. His favorite things to do are play music and be outside (playing sports, camping, or just hanging with friends). Something interesting about David is that he can play 7 different instruments. His dream vacation would be to go to Spain and watch his favorite soccer team, Real Madrid, play in their home stadium. David started with our company at one of our other dealerships but left briefly and now is back with First Texas Honda, he is thrilled to be back with our group.
Hire Date 2/8/2016 – Gilbert was born and raised in Austin. He says the best parts about Austin are the caring people and the vibe that you can’t find anywhere else. In his spare time, he likes to hang out with friends, play ultimate frisbee, and work on his car.
Hire Date 5/24/2016 – David is a native Austinite, and has seen the city he grew up in go through many changes. When he’s not working at Honda, he spends his time enjoying his family life.
Hire 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. Outside of work, Mack takes great pride in his family. He is one true family man.
Hire Date 4/23/2015 – Arick learned to fix cars out of necessity. Now that he knows how to, he’s happy to be in the garage at First Texas Honda. Before he started working in the shop he provided technical support for Ebay. In his spare time he enjoys taking photos and hanging out with his animals “Tubbs” the cat and “Ray” the dog.
Hire Date 2/26/2015 – Pablo was born in Mexico and then moved to New Mexico at the age of 11, where he grew up. When he turned 23 he met his current wife, Angelica Castro and got married in the winter of 1998. They moved to Austin, TX in 2000 where his love of working on cars continued to grow. Pablo started to work at First Texas Honda in 2002, and worked here for 6 years where he learned a lot about Honda vehicles. He then decided to make a change in his life and left for another adventure. He has now returned, and this time to stay! When he is not at work he likes to spend time with his wife and kids (Krystal and Luys). They love to go to parks, bbq’s and outside festivals.
Hire Date 11/17/2016 – Angel grew up in LA, and moved to Austin in 2013. The kind people here are a refreshing change from LA, and he enjoys the nature and the trees around Austin, as well the potential for growth in and around the city. Angel has two dear pet rats who were named by his girlfriend; Shinobu, who is all black with a white spot on his forehead and a white belly, and Heibi, who is all black with one white paw! Angel loves to play all kinds of musical instruments, and appreciates that they all have something different to offer. He loves to play whatever he can get his hands on, and makes sure to have time for his acoustic guitar. Beside music, Angel also likes to spend time watching and reading anime. His favorite, so far, is Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
Hire Date 11/30/2016 – Andy moved to Austin from Boston, MA a few years ago. He likes playing soccer, and he is a car enthusiast.
Hire Date 9/29/2016 – Stephanie is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. She has a dog named Pluto. Her hobby is working on cars, which played a big part in why she started working with us.
Hire Date 9/5/2016 – Joseph moved here from San Francisco this year (2016) seeking a change. He enjoys the outdoors, of which Austin provides plenty, and he especially likes hiking. He also is a fan of basketball; his team is the Golden State Warriors.
Hire Date 11/27/1996 – Wylane was born in Casa Grande, Arizona. She grew up with a loving family, which is one reason she is such a loving and wonderful person; she misses her family tremendously. She has been married for 44 years to the same delightful mane, Ricky. Together they produced two fine daughters who have grown into beautiful loving mothers. Her whole family has a “God and faith-based life.”Wylane’s perfect weekend would be to be a “Biker Babe” and ride to the Grand Canyon. She is in awe of the views and feels totally humbled by the grandness of the canyon. Wylane moved to Austin in 1997, applied to First Texas Honda, and was immediately hired. It has been a perfect fit; she loves life here, and we are very lucky to have her as a part of our family. When she retires, she wants a Welsh Corgi and wants to do nothing but needlework and cook for her family.
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. He 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. His musical talents have led him play in several bands throughout the years: from rock and roll to country and now Christian rock! Besides his music, Mark enjoys riding motorcycles, watching movies, and spending time with his family.
Hire Date 8/29/2016 – Crystal Conklin was born and raised in Erie Pennsylvania. She relocated to Austin Texas in July of 2016, in search of opportunity and warmer weather! Crystal has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Penn State University. In her free time, Crystal enjoys cooking, working out, and spending time with friends.
Hire Date 5/23/2013 – Carlos was born and raised in Mexico. He came to Austin in 2006, and since has found a passion in drawing and photography! Carlos is extremely friendly, lovely, and energetic. He loves taking pictures of his adorable Shih Zhu, Leo. You can find Carlos in his office sporting his gorgeous smile and great fashion sense!
Hire Date 1/18/2012 – 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. In his spare time he likes to explore Austin, as well as play Texas Hold’em, go to the movies, and spend time with his family. Chris is a big car guy and enjoys racing on the COTA track. 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 who he also considers family. He is a major dog lover, so he fits right in here in Austin.
Hire Date 12/14/2015 – Celenia moved to Austin from LA. Her interest in cars brought her to First Texas Honda. In her spare time, she also enjoys photography, reading (non-fiction is her favorite), and going to live shows.
Hire Date 11/30/2016 – Jon is from Austin, but was raised up I-35 in Waco. He feels at home in the automotive industry as that’s what his family has been a part of for most of his life. Jon spends a lot of time keeping up with his daughter and son, and also spends time running “to keep himself alive.”
Hire Date 3/29/2007 – Brian is a local boy and a Round Rock High School Dragon (class of ’96). He has four kids of his own now, and spends his time outside of work playing board and computer games with the children, particularly Monopoly and Warcraft.
Hire Date 6/21/2016 – Thomas is from Kileen TX. Currently, he is staying busy studying for his IT certification. He spends his spare time working on cars, and on sports, namely, football, soccer, and basketball
Hire Date 2/3/2015 –
I am the stone that the builder refused
I am the visual, the inspiration
That made Lady sing the blues
I’m the spark that makes your idea bright
The same spark that lights the dark
So that you can know your left from your right
I am the ballot in your box, the bullet in the gun
The inner glow that lets you know to call your brother son
The story that just begun, the promise of what’s to come
And I’m a remain a soldier till the war is won.
Hire Date 5/4/2015 – Matthew is half Korean. He has a teenage boy named Rowland and they spend their days watching and playing sports together. They love the Spurs and the Cowboys games the most. They also enjoy camping and fishing together.
Hire Date 4/22/2013 – Andrew Davies loves a good story, great food, and fantastic company. He was born in California, but has meandered his way to Austin, arriving in 2006. He married, Dawn, the love of his life. Together they have a son, Apollo. Andrew’s favorite restaurant is In and Out Burger. He wanted to change careers so he was thrilled to become part of First Texas Honda to learn about auto sales. He is excited to assist our customers and help them find the car of there dreams.
Hire Date 7/20/2012 – Kevin moved to Austin in August 2011 after growing up in Corpus Christi. When asked about how long he plans on living in Austin, his comment was, “I love scooters!!” Great job Kevin. Never change.He loves his job as a BDC/Internet Manager. “My favorite part of my job is that I get to engage in many different aspects of the auto business – a business I never expected to fall totally in love with!”Kevin is a familiar face around the company, and loves to visit with the fine folks of the CAG when given the opportunity. He’s best known for that time he ramped his Vespa off the top of the First Texas Honda parking garage and landed it. Kev Kev!! Totally sick bro!!
Hire Date 12/26/2016 – Erick was born in Venezuela. He’s a musician and in his free time, he plays the drums. He also spends his time in full time ministry helping addicts in recovery.
Hire Date 5/31/2016 – Jesus is from Mexico, and moved to Austin to be closer to his family. In his spare time, he plays soccer and video games, particularly FPS games.
Hire Date 3/25/2013 – Walker, often referred to as the Golden Child, was born in Austin, but grew up in a town called Boerne, just outside of San Antonio. He moved back to Austin to be close to his cousin and best friend KevKev. This worked out pretty well for him, as it was his cousin that recommended him for the position due to their mutual love of things with engines. Walker was adopted by a needy little kitten that keeps him on his toes. If he could, he’d love to make a trip back to Japan to visit friends. It might be a little easier for him to take a trip to Canada though, as he is legally a United States and Canadian citizen.
Hire Date 8/2/2016 – Nicolai is from the Philippines and moved to the US in 2015. When he’s not at Honda, he serves in the Army National Guard.
Hire Date 7/30/1990 – Gary has spent many years with the Continental Automotive Group and has over 30 years of experience servicing Hondas. He has been married for more than 31 years and has two sons. His older son is a senior at Texas A&M, and his younger son is a left-handed pitcher who was drafted out of high school by the Astros organization. Gary, who has always been a big Astros fan, traveled up to see his son play single A ball with the Lexington Legends during one summer. When he’s not working or watching baseball, Gary enjoys riding his motorcycle, hunting, and fishing.
Hire Date 11/6/2015 – Cody was raised in Austin, TX. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and working on cars. His favorite movie is Talladega Nights, and his favorite food is Whataburger. The happiest time of his life was when he got his first car.
Hire Date March 26, 2003 – Lynne was born in Newfoundland, Canada. Her father was in the Air Force so they moved often – lived in Massachusetts and Alexandria, Virginia before moving to San Antonio. Graduating from Roosevelt High School in 1972 & completing BBA at SWTSU in 1974 in 2.5 years, she then worked as an IRS Criminal Investigator and an investigator for Travis County District Attorney’s office investigating financial crimes. Lynne graduated #1 in her class from Federal Law Enforcement training and qualified as sharpshooter in firearms training. She was the first female Criminal Investigator in the Austin IRS offices. She started a CPA/Tax practice, until hired by a client – where she worked for 10 years until they sold the dealership, and then came to work for Continental Auto Group in 2003. Lynne comes from a large family. Her mother has 11 brothers & sisters, so she has 35 1st cousins, 2 sisters, and a brother. She is a proud mother of 2 grown children, Rachel & Richard. Lynne says “best time of my life was raising my kids.” Rachel has her MBA and Richard his BBA & completed firefighter certification. Lynne has an RV and loves to travel & go camping. Her first trip after retirement in a few years, she plans to go back to Newfoundland. Her parents are from upstate New York and she loves to visit there & hopes to spend her summers in the north and winters in Texas.
Hire Date 6/19/1995 – Bio Coming Soon!
Hire Date 7/25/2016 – Jordan moved to Austin from Houston. She went to Texas State with a major in Netflix and graduated at the top of her class. “Visionary,” “a prodigy,” and “inspiring,” are among the words her professors frequently used to describe her. She likes cooking, hanging out with friends and family, and fencing. Her favorite place is Beaumont, TX, because, “It’s just so beautiful,” she says with tears in her eyes, “The view from the refineries is breathtaking.” Her favorite color is sasquatch, favorite gemstone is the ruby, and she is also a Virgo, “which is clearly the best.”
Hire Date 11/8/2016 – Bio Coming Soon!
Hire Date 8/29/2016 – Alejandro moved to Austin from Mexico to finish his education, which is an Associates Degree in Applied Science. He enjoys watching TV in his spare time, particularly comic-inspired ones.
Hire Date 1/27/2016 – Joe moved to Austin in 1994 from San Jose, CA. He and his family have three dogs. In his spare time, he coaches for his son’s baseball team, and also enjoys music and going to live shows. His favorite place to visit so far is Washington DC.
Hire Date 9/20/2016 – Elizabeth grew up Beaumont, TX and received a Marketing degree at Lamar University. She moved to Austin in 2014 seeking adventure and opportunity. She has a wiener dog named Kevin who she enjoys taking to the dog park and kayaking.
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 really wants to be in two places at once.
Hire Date 3/2/2015 – Bill wears a lot of hats around here, but his specialty is helping customers have a truly exceptional experience. He believes buying a car should be an easy and enjoyable experience and that’s what he focuses on providing to all our customers.When he’s not here at the dealership, he’s on the golf course or playing guitar. He and his lovely wife Joan have three grown children and recently became grandparents for the first time! He and Joan are thrilled with their new grandson. Ask Bill what he thinks about working at First Texas Honda and he’ll tell you, “I love this place!”
Hire Date 5/26/2016 – Cassandra’s sister, Kristi, has always had great things to say about working at First Texas Honda, so she got her and their brother, Corey, to start working there as well. Being no stranger to change, Cassandra has lived in California, Oregon, and Texas with a total of 11 years of living in the Austin area. While her first three years of college were spent playing volleyball, she decided to discontinue so that she may focus on her education. Moving around a lot caused her and her siblings (Kristi, Corey and mysterious other brother Erik) to be extremely close, and family is the most important thing to her. Cassandra’s hobbies include memorizing Eminem raps and Disney songs, drawing, watching movies, and baking. She genuinely enjoys talking with new people and can often be seen reading Harry Potter or other book series of that sort.
Hire Date 6/4/2016 – “Don’t let your dreams be dreams.” – Shia Labeouf
Hire Date 10/28/2014 – Jaime was born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois. She moved to Austin in September 2013 and experienced the warmest winter of her life. In her free time, Jaime enjoys playing soccer, hiking, watching movies, and doing almost anything active outside.
Hire Date 1/18/2013 – Nicholas is a man of few words. He was born in Canada and not much interesting has happened to him since. He would rather ride a horse than drive a car. He likes to eat BBQ and drink beer while watching the Green Bay Packers, his favorite sports team. Probably will move from Austin soon because he hates the summers in Austin.
Hire Date 11/3/2014 – John has lived in Austin TX his entire life and wouldn’t change that a bit (When he says entire life he means he’s never even been on a plane). Outside of sales, he spends his time with his daughter Avery. Along with sports, music is a passion even involving some DJing & producing. From work to home, he is always making sure the people around him are happy.
Hire Date 10/5/2016 – Jorge is originally from Monterrey, Mexico. He plays classical guitar. He also likes to spend his time reading; he enjoys George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (or, as tv viewers know it, Game of Thrones), and also novels by Dan Brown.
Hire Date 8/7/2006 – Gary has one daughter and enjoys spending time with his family. Bacon-wrapped shrimp is his favorite food, and he loves outdoor activities like camping, bike riding, and saltwater fishing. Gary actually just returned from a vacation in Rockport, where he caught a bunch of redfish. Gary also spends a lot of time cleaning his truck. The truck has a killer stereo system in it, but Gary will probably be deaf by the time he is 45.
Hire Date 7/10/2014 – Gabriel states that being born and raised in Port Arthur, Texas had it’s “draw backs” being both poor and boring. He over came both and now experiences both a rich and exciting life. How many people can say that they have their dream car? Gabriel is one of the lucky few. He has been seen blasting Beastie Boys on his way back from picking up coffee to energize him for his favorite hobby, building custom cars. We all know that life is like a box of chocolates and his is sweetly filled with a wife, two teens (whom he is most proud) and too many pets! Gabriel is happiest when he is with his children. He is described as sarcastic and witty and with pizza being his favorite food, he shows us all what it’s like to be a kid at heart. Oh, that Forest Gump reference was intentional seeing how that’s his favorite movie along with Tom Hanks being his favorite celebrity.
Hire Date 8/20/2016 – Name: Jonathan, a.k.a. “Unknown” (also the name of his car)
Hire Date 7/2/2015 – Kumary was born in Miami, Florida, moved to Austin when she was 8, and was raised in Guatemala. She can speak both English and Spanish, which she says is very useful. She enjoys anything outdoors. Her favorite movie is The Dark Knight and her favorite food is pizza. Yellowstone has been her favorite place that she’s visited so far, and she says it had beautiful scenery and she loved the weather.
Hire Date 8/29/2016 – Dustin was born in San Antonio and lived in Pflugerville and Boerne growing up. He moved to Austin in 2016. In his spare time, he likes playing challenging or competitive video games and puzzles, and watching TV series online with his friends. He likes to tell people that his favorite movie is Spiderman 3, mainly because of the reaction it gets from his friend and fellow IT person, Walker. His favorite grocery aisle is… not. It’s Amazon Prime. One day, he would like to visit Germany and the Netherlands to enjoy the scenery.
Hire Date 11/30/2016 – Bio Coming Soon!
Hire Date 3/6/2010 – Angelica is one of our born and raised Austinites here at First Texas Honda. Angelica delights in hanging out with her friends, family and boyfriend in her spare time. In her previous life, before Honda, she waited tables at an old fashioned malt shop and worked with kids at extend-a-care.
Hire Date 7/11/2016 – Juanita moved to Austin from Colorado. She lives with her boyfriend and two cats who both came from Austin Pets Alive! In fact, one of her favorite things about working for Continental Automotive Group is how involved we are with APA! and with the Austin community. On the weekends, you’ll find her enjoying an early morning cycling on the road.
Hire Date 5/19/2015 – “Rosie” is a mother of three who isn’t your typical mom. She loves piercings and tattoos and if it were socially acceptable, she’d be covered in art. She was born and raised here in Austin and she loves the Texas Longhorns. Sports are her passion. She loves watching football with her family and going for walks along Town Lake.
Hire Date 2/14/1989 – Born in Arkansas, Now lives in Marble Falls.Has two awesome daughters And two cute granddaughters. Golfing is her sport, But reading and antique shopping are her resort. Nicaragua is her favorite place, But ‘Specs’ is her happy space. Shaun Connery is her man crush, And her hair is quite lush. Her favorite time of year is Spring, She likes being at the beach where she can’t hear her phone ring. Sheri cuts peoples hair, She is like a life size teddy bear. She makes Mercedes-Benz great,And is looking for the perfect mate. A tremendous asset in HR, The SL is her dream car. She’s not much different, but can’t be beat, She’s actually a fabulous person to meet.
Hire Date 10/23/2014 – Justin is originally from Corpus Christi, TX. A proud moment of his life was when he graduated from automotive school. In his spare time, he works on cars at home. One day, he would like to visit Tokyo, Japan to experience all the really cool buildings and the Tokyo city life.
Hire Date 12/17/2015 – Jeremy was born and raised in Austin. He has two dogs, Rocket and Captain. In his spare time, he enjoys sleeping. His favorite movie is The Fast and the Furious, but if he could meet anyone, real or fictional, it would be Yoda. Football is his favorite sport, and his team is the Texas Longhorns.
Hire Date 10/21/2016 – Jim is an original Austinite, and he loves living here. He has four grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf.
Hire Date 6/10/2010 – Corbin is from Austin and has been working on cars since 2004. He attended McNeil High School and even worked in the automotive department for 2 years. He likes to go off-roading and when asked if he could travel anywhere in the world where would it be, he responded, “Anywhere with a beach.” On weekends you might find him at his favorite Mexican food restaurant called El Patio
Hire Date 8/24/2015 – Pat was born in Austin, TX and raised in Logansport, IN. He returned to Austin after high school to attend college. That lead to jobs in Portland, OR and Columbus, OH. After traveling to more than half the states on business and making friends from coast to coast, he finally made it back to Austin to settle in. He worked at a family pizza restaurant in Austin where he met his wife Melissa and the people that are still his core group of friends. Pat has two boys, Anthony and Mason, who are both into sports. Pat enjoys time with family and friends, cooking, camping, movies, and anything to do with water. His favorite aisle at the grocery store is the bulk spice section. The best destination Pat has been to is St. Croix, USVI. Australia is at the top of his bucket list. Diving the Great Barrier Reef has also been a lifelong wish. One of the main reasons Pat took his position with CAG is the culture; the leadership and team of coworkers seemed to be what he was looking for.
Hire Date 11/28/2016 – Kacnyca has been in Austin since May 2016, and has been enjoying checking out the food scene here. At home, she likes to cook all kinds of dishes and enjoys playing PS4 games with her husband Paul – her favorite is Destiny. She has a strong love for 80’s songs, though she likes all kinds of music. Kacnyca has been into cars for a while and is comfortable in a dealership setting, so she finds herself very happy to be at First Texas Honda!
Hire Date 9/5/2016 – Paul was born in Bucharest, Romania and lived there ’til he was 5. He also lived in Utah and Houston before he and his wife finally moved to Austin. In his spare time, he loves to play video games with his wife, watch movies (his favorite is Pulp Fiction) and TV shows, and jamming out to music wherever he can get away with it. If he could meet anyone, it would be the late and great Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna. The best time of his life was during his honeymoon, when he and his wife spent three weeks driving up and down the California coastline in a soft top jeep. He says it was pure bliss. He graduated high school at 16 and achieved his childhood dream of getting his Bachelors in Economics two years later. He’s been a high school tudor in the past, and he’s been an automotive photographer for three years. Luckily we happened to be hiring for an automotive photographer, so he quickly found his place here with us!
Hire Date 9/1/2015 – Ryan was born and raised in Austin. Besides working on cars with us, he also raises exotic animals such as tarantulas, cockatiels, and other reptiles. He also likes to spend his time off building road trucks. His favorite movie genres are action, horror, and gore.
Hire Date 10/24/2016 – Cameron is a busy father of three, and originally from upstate New York. In whatever spare time he can find, he likes to play video games that offer a challenge, such as RPGs.
Hire Date 9/30/2015 – Jeff is a long-time Austinite and has been a licensed insurance agent for 7 years. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife, biking, and music. He enjoys helping everyone with their insurance needs and is available at our First Texas Honda location to assist you with your home, auto, boat, motorcycle, life, or other insurance needs.
Hire Date 11/2/1978 – After graduating from UT, Mr. Bryan Hardeman began working in a local, family owned bank. After four years at the bank, he had worked himself up to a loan officer position and felt the sudden urge for change. Mr. Hardeman had always had an interest in Real Estate. Starting off small, he aquired rental properties and, after years of hard work, heard of an opportunity to buy Continental Cars, where, ironically, he had bought his first car. Mr. Hardeman was very interested; even though he had no experience in the car business, he liquidated enough of his properties to be able to buy it in 1978. Mr. Hardeman remembers the great Honda rush of the 80’s, caused by the second embargo on gasoline which bumped gas prices from around 50 cents to about 90 cents per gallon overnight. With this jump in prices, Honda fuel-efficient models became very popular and have been a staple in the car business ever since.Mr. Hardeman is known around the dealership to be 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 two and a half minutes), Joy, is attending Mr. Hardeman’s alma mater, UT in her second year of law school. Mr. Hardeman boasts about how proud he is of the spread here at the Continental Automotive Group and how the average employee has worked for him an incredible 15+ years! “The car business is a people business, and having the right people be a part of our family here is the most important thing, and we have the right people!”
Hire Date 2/17/1984 – Genny was born and raised in Austin, and after earning her degree in Finance and Spanish at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, she returned to Austin to work in investment banking. After two years, she decided to join the family business and has split her time between several of our dealerships. Genny enjoys spending time with her teddy bear of a husband, sweet baby James, and their three dogs. You might recognize her, she’s the girl jogging around the neighborhood, pushing a stroller with one hand and holding two dogs with the other. Her favorite thing in life is James, who comes to the dealership with her almost everyday and loves to smile at everyone that stops by their office to say hi.
Hire Date 9/8/2015 – James’ first day on the job was just one week after being born, making him Continental Automotive Group’s youngest employee ever. He’s been voted “Cutest Employee Ever” and get’s his daily dose of caffeine at First Texas Honda’s coffee bar. He’s been known to crawl over to the accounting office in his free time and sells cars while in his walker. He’ll be the one sweeping the floors, pulling parts and detailing cars during his teens. So say hi!
Hire Date 2/17/1984 – 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 CR-V.
Hire Date 7/18/1981 – Austin’s own Renaissance Man, William B. is a force to reckon with on the gentleman sporting scene. When he isn’t hustling Hondas like hotcakes or lounging in his salt water pool with his dog, Nash, he is managing the construction of First Texas Honda’s new prime-time location at the Corner of Steck and Mopac. William B. says the future location of First Texas Honda will be one of the country’s largest marquis Honda dealerships of its kind; Truly in a class by itself.
Hire Date 7/7/2014 – Mike was raised in a military family and was born while his father was stationed in Georgia. He finally settled in Austin, Texas in 1999. Here he met his beautiful wife, Jennifer, who together had an equally beautiful daughter, Eleanor. He is very proud of the fact that his family has built a wonderful life together. They have a great home, a dog and living the American dream. His dog is a mixed breed named Bronson “the Wonder Dog”. His favorite car is a Honda. If Mike could meet anyone dead or alive it would be JFK and LBJ, he has a few questions he would like to ask them. When not working or spending time with his family Mike enjoys practicing his martial arts skill in Brazilian Jin-Jitsu (a combat sport and self defense system).
Hire Date 10/13/2012 – Dom is very knowledgeable of the Honda brand. Always wanting to be a mechanic, Dom started his first job as a porter and his parents have serviced their vehicles with Honda for 20 years. Born and raised here in Austin, there is no question of which sports team is his favorite – The Texas Longhorns! During his free time, Dom enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Fast Five and playing basketball. Dom is also the proud owner of a Rottweiler and would describe his own personality as chill and outgoing.
Hire Date 4/26/2016 – Gerry moved to Austin from the central coast of California. He craved an adventure and to put himself outside of his comfort zone. Upon visiting Austin for a weekend he realized this was the best city for him so he decided to move here. He says the best part about Austin is the eclectic variety of food. His hobbies include going off road in his Jeep and riding through the city on his Motorcycle; he likes Motocross, ATV’s, anything to do with riding on two wheels. His favorite type of motorcycle is Ducati. In fact, he rides a Ducati Monster 1100 Evo. He enjoys Spanish music of all kinds, including Reggaeton, Salsa, and Bachata & Merengue.
Hire Date 1/10/2012 – Say hello to Michael! He was born in Germany but moved to Austin when he was 3 years old. Austin is where he calls home. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and watching The Town. If he could escape Austin for a day, he would choose to go to Hawaii and watch a Spurs game with Derrick Rose. Now for the juicy stuff: Michael’s happiest moment was when his Nephew was born.
Hire Date 1/10/2002 – Sergio has pet Tarantulas as work. We were going to try to have one of them in the photo, but she didn’t take to liking that idea. – Sergio’s Manager seems to be deathly afraid of the little spider…
Hire Date 12/20/2016 – Born and raised in Helotes, Texas, Alex moved to Austin for all the great opportunities that this city has to offer. In his free time, he can be found doing a range of things, from reading (business focused books are his favorite) to taking selfies with his beloved dog, Benji. Alex also likes spending time with his family, and he genuinely enjoys getting to help people.
Hire Date 3/13/2014 – Anthony was born in beautiful San Diego, California and raised in the ugly and desolate Midland, Texas. Luckily, for him, he moved to Austin, Texas April 1, 2014 (April Fools!). He immediately joined the awesome team at First Texas Honda. He is right up front at the service entrance, which is good since he loves to be in the “spotlight”. He drives a Honda Civic SI which because of the love for his car inspired him to work at a Honda dealership. He really gets a thrill working out at the gym and can be found there when not at work. He is extremely adventurous thus when he is climbing the forbidden Haiku Stairs in Hawaii or carving the powder snowboarding in New Mexico it creates the happiest times of his life. He has a baby on the way so I’m confident that event will become the happiest time of his life. (Maybe?)
Hire Date 7/27/2015 – The name Kegan is of Celtic origin, meaning small and fiery. Props to Mom on that one; she nailed it. Kegan spent his childhood destroying other children in Taekwondo, rebelling against his parents in an angsty teenage skater phase, and somehow simultaneously as an avid member of the stereotypical ‘nerd’ groups, such as Robotic Design, NHS, and Band Leadership. Originally from small town, Texas, he ventured to Austin in 2014 and does not plan on leaving anytime soon. Over the years, he has taught himself the trumpet and guitar. “There is something to be heard in the spaces between spaces…” he said when asked about his love for music. “It’s the reason that music can seem reminiscent in nature to someone, even if they’ve never heard it before.”
Hire Date 9/17/2015 – Tyler is from Caldwell, TX. His favorite movie is Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. He doesn’t sport. When asked what his favorite aisle in the grocery store is, he said, “Man, you know I like that.” Which could possibly mean he likes all the aisles? If he could meet anyone, it would be Napoleon Bonaparte. If he could visit any place, it would be a three way tie: Germany Israel, and India. The happiest time of his life is the present, because it’s a gift.
Hire Date 3/23/2016 – David was born in Illinois, but he has been living in Texas for over 23 years. Long enough to be called a Texan! He moved to Austin from Houston, where he worked with our Service Director, Tony Pereira, for five years. They made a great team, so Tony jumped on the chance to have him here at FTH. He has 26 years and counting of automotive experience. In his spare time, he likes bowling, basketball, football, and golf when he can get the chance. He and his wife have two boys and a daughter who has passed. His favorite place to visit is the Bahamas. He really enjoyed the nice, cool, blue water and the white, sandy beaches. He is very proud of his family, and of the progress he has made over the years.
Hire Date 8/24/2000 – Craig’s dad owned a Honda dealership in Houston, so Craig grew up learning about Hondas. He has been working in the automotive industry for 29 years, and his wife of 19 years is also in the car business. They have two children and live out in the country with dogs, cats, chickens, and a turtle named Willie. Willie wasn’t named after anyone in particular; he just looked like a Willie. Craig’s hobbies include photography and guitar, and his favorite restaurants are Houston’s, The County Line, and Iron Works. Craig’s relatives came to Industry, Texas, in the 1830s and were some of the earliest German settlers in Central Texas.
Hire Date 4/27/2016 – DJ is from a small town in East Texas. In his spare time, he likes to hang out with his friends and family. He also enjoys playing basketball and making music as an R&B singer!
Hire Date 8/24/2016 – Anna is originally from Oklahoma, and she’s an OU fan (shhhhhhhhh)! She brings with her a wealth of IT experience; she worked in IT for the army for about 11 years. Her hobbies are motorcycles. Together, she and her husband have 4 kids, most of them grown and out of the house. She also houses another unique little resident in her home: a chinchilla named Sunny!
Hire Date 1/31/2013 – Porfirio is the ultimate family man. The happiest time of his life was getting married the second time to his new wife, Erika, then having their twin sons Jacob and Eric. He was born in Brownsville, Texas and moved to Austin in 1985. He also loves his Pit bulldog named Steve. A dream day would be driving his dream car to pick up Morgan Freeman, his favorite celebrity, stopping by General Tso’s for Chinese food then to U.T. to watch the Longhorns.
Hire Date 6/10/2002 – Ms. Jackson was born in Kerrville, graduated from Hayes High School, and lives in Manor with her dream car. She likes to spend free time fixing up this prized vehicle. Julie has not yet taken on the responsibility of pets or houseplants. She is an Aquarius and likes music. The last show she saw was the ‘Hard Luck Heroes’ at Headhunters.
Hire Date 7/7/2014 – Jay started his career with First Texas Honda July 7, 2014, he is a transplant from Buffalo, New York. Currently, Jay is getting used to the weather and surrounding since he is new to the area. He moved down here to be closer to his sister and to start a new chapter of his life. Even though he is 6’8″ and towers over most of his co-workers and customers, he is described by those around him as friendly, outgoing and always willing to help. Outside of doing his profession, Jay is a huge fan of Notre Dame football and enjoys spending time with friends and family. In his spare time, he also likes going to the movies,watching hockey(Buffalo Sabres) and bowling. When he needs a break from the work he likes to travel out to Las Vegas to visit with his parents. No matter where he goes, Jay always brings a smile and a fun-loving attitude.
Hire Date 5/4/1999 – Tonya was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been loyal to her Nebraska Cornhuskers football team ever since. She was raised on a farm where it was quiet and open with no one around for miles. She joined the Navy after high school and traveled to different countries and did two Wes Pacs. She moved to Round Rock, Texas in March 1998. She has two boys and they are the pride and joy of her life. She is divorced but now is in a relationship with a wonderful guy. She enjoys cooking (especially her favorites: prime rib and Italian), going to movies and watching sports. She would love to meet Larry the Cable Guy even though her favorite celebrity is Julia Roberts (explains the reason her favorite movie is “Pretty Woman”). She would be thrilled if she could visit all the Hawaiian Islands. She describes herself as quiet, polite, funny and loves to joke around. She applied for a job at First Texas Honda through a newspaper ad and the experience has been the best thing in her life (except for her children). She is really proud of herself for getting a Honda CR-V and having no car payments.
Hire Date 6/26/2014 – Zackary moved to Round Rock, Texas, in March of 1998 after being born in Overland Park, Kansas. Although he loves living in beautiful Austin, his favorite place to visit is San Antonio, Texas. If he could travel anyplace in the world it would be Japan, which explains the reason he loves watching anime Japanese cartoons while eating a hamburger, his favorite food. Zackary’s happiest time of his life was when he graduated. He also enjoys following the Texas Longhorn football team. His mother, Tonya, has been a valued employee of First Texas Honda since 1999 working in the warranty department.
Hire Date 5/31/2016 – Yuliana was born in Mexico City, outnumbered as the only sister among three brothers! She and her family moved to Austin when she was 8 years old. Playing soccer is her favorite pastime, and she roots for Barcelona. She also enjoys spending her time with her two dogs, Haley and Casper. Her favorite part about living in Austin is getting to explore Town Lake.
Hire Date 10/5/2016 – Bio Coming Soon!
Hire Date 8/13/2016 – Andre is from Palm Springs, which he calls Palm Desert, and everyone else calls Coachella Valley. Opportunity brought him to Austin, and he wanted to work for the largest Honda dealership in the nation. His hobby is sound engineering, and he has recorded for multiple bands. He has a killer Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier named Oscar Bear. His favorite thing to do is make the best deals in the greater Austin area, of course! He is a veteran of the car industry and can’t wait to offer stellar customer service and satisfaction to customers of First Texas Honda.
Hire Date 10/08/2014 – Powell was, in effect, born on Earth when the starcraft landed there. Tami and Lee Keeling found the infant inside the vessel and brought him to their farm in Victoria, Texas. Since he appeared entirely human, the Keelings assumed that the baby was a victim of a cruel experiment. At this time the baby had no super powers. The Keelings named the infant Powell and raised him as their own son. As Powell grew older his Kryptonian body began developing superhuman abilities. After revealing his secret to his childhood friend, Lana Lang, Powell left Victoria to study at Metropolis University. Powell initially used his powers covertly to help people and prevent or thwart disasters. Ultimately, he was forced to use his powers in public to prevent the crash of a NASA space-plane. Thereafter he and his foster parents devised a new costumed secret identity he would adopt when using his abilities in public. They called his new persona “Superman”, the name given him by Lois Lane, a reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet who had been aboard the space-plane.
Hire Date 7/25/2016 – Rebecca was born in Houston, TX and raised in Bloomington, IN. Go Hoosiers! She graduated from the University of Evansville with her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management in 2014. She made it back to Texas that year and does not plan on leaving anytime soon. As a result of growing up playing basketball, volleyball, and softball, Rebecca is naturally competitive and driven in the workplace. She adds an additional enthusiasm to the Macho Marketing team and is incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about social media practices. Rebecca is also the provider of endless belly rubs to her brother-and-sister family adopted dogs, Kenny and Chesney.
Hire Date 12/2/2016 – Mark transferred to Austin, TX in 2010 where he discovered a passion for the automotive industry. With a background in biology and chemistry as well as global technical sales, Mark loves to create solutions for his new and returning customers at First Texas Honda. When not at work, Mark loves to organize and Chef wine pairing dinners and events with his sweetheart, Kerry, at their local establishment and family business. He also enjoys taking care of Cassius, the German boxer, two rescue cats and grand-dog (Chihuahua), kayaking, playing trumpet or harmonica, and playing hockey at our local area ice rinks. Mark is grateful for his friends, community, and the opportunity to share a fantastic experience at First Texas Honda.
Hire Date 4/22/2013 – Ashlee Renee Konopka grew up in a small town outside of Albuquerque, NM. She came to Austin in July 2010, leaving behind two great parents and 2 sisters. She misses her family very much. She loves a challenge and likes to work hard to earn what she has.
Hire Date 3/2/2016 – Nathan is a Texan, born and raised! After serving his country overseas in the Marine Corps, he came back to Austin, where he met his amazing (now) wife at First Texas Honda. They have a blended family consisting of two dogs, a cat, and two pythons! He also has 2 beautiful children from a previous marriage, Aiden and Emma. He will do anything to help a friend, and is known around the dealership as ‘Captain Injustice’ because he will do his utmost to right any wrongs he may happen across. His resounding laughter and easy going personality have made him a phenomenal resource in finding customers their perfect vehicle since 2010. Also his favorite animal is the dolphin NO JOKE.#FOREAL
Hire Date 8/31/2016 – Tanner was born and raised in Austin. You know he’s definitely in the right place at First Texas Honda, because even in his spare time, he likes to work on cars!
Hire Date 5/30/2013 – Latoya 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 loves the Texas heat!
Hire Date 8/6/2004 – Diana moved to Austin from Phoenix, Arizona. She has two children, a son and a daughter. When she is not at work she likes to go on evening bike rides or walks with her children. She also likes to dog sit, go to local parks, shop, and to just hang out with her family and dear friends. Diana is always smiling and is a pleasure to work with. Her favorite color changes daily and is based on a variety of different factors.
Hire Date 5/15/2000 – Karl is from Kinston, North Carolina, but has called Texas home for over 23 years. Karl served in the US Air Force for 8 years and has been selling cars for over 10 years at First Texas Honda. When not at work, Karl enjoys writing poetry, screenplays, and singing at church. Karl has two wonderful children, Ashton and Alicia.
Hire Date 5/19/2008 – Levi’s first official office was upstairs at First Texas Honda, right next to our main server, our surveillance monitors, and some obsolete computer equipment. He signed the papers on his new (well, new to him) used car the morning of his interview here (a Honda CR-V was his second choice). We’re not saying that’s the reason he was hired, but it definitely didn’t hurt his chances. He is the master of all things IT for First Texas Honda, so if you have any computer-related problems, feel free to ask. Oh and don’t steal anything from Levi’s office … It is frowned upon.
Hire Date 8/25/2014 – In 1985 Ernesto was born in Austin, Texas and loves being an Austinite. He was raised as a middle child and has two sisters one older (head nurse) and one younger currently in nursing school for the same. His mother is from Mexico and father from Laredo, Texas. His nephews, Landon and Noah are the world to him. He has a 6 yr. old 100% pure AKC Chihuahua that is chocolate brown in color and has hazel eyes and she is his “Little Princess”. He also has a Pit Bull named “G”, he is a real stud. He loves his dogs more than life itself. If he could travel anywhere in the world it would be to the French Riviera and the Italian coast. He is a beach bum and one day would love to live by the ocean. Growing up he had always been fascinated by automobiles especially high end super cars, a total car guy. Ernesto loves all sports including the Cowboys (NFL), Spurs (NBA), and the Texas Longhorns all day long. Fitness is a major part of his life and definitely works out often and stays fit. He loves Austin’s night life and all other things there is to do here especially trying out new places to eat, a total food fanatic.
Hire Date 1/7/2013 – Jose was born in Mexico City, Mexico; but, his favorite city is Cancun, Mexico. Jose loves speed and his favorite movie is “Gone In 60 Seconds”, his favorite celebrity is Paul Walker (speed killed him) and in his spare time he loves racing his car. Jose loves his family and is happy when they are happy. He is a very conscience person and feels extremely responsible for any of his actions.
Hire Date 9/12/2013 – David split his time growing up in both Germany and New Hampshire. He even has a dual citizenship. He moved to Austin in 2008 to be closer to family members who lived here. In his free time, he enjoys reading military history and crime novels. He’s traveled to many different places in the world, and his favorite was Rome; there was so much to see and history to learn. After all that traveling, though, he always looked forward to going home to Austin.
Hire Date 12/18/2014 – Erin is an Austin native who migrated back to the city she loves after graduating from Texas State University in San Marcos. She now lives in north-east Austin with her fiance, and they share a house with two dogs (Tootsie, a Pug, and Rosco, a mutt), and several geckos. In her free time, Erin loves to curl up with a good novel, preferably sci-fi or fantasy. She also enjoys watercolor painting, baking, eating good sushi, and going downtown for the occasional show.
Hire Date 6/22/2016 – Andre was born and raised right here in Austin, TX. He likes to spend his time hanging out with friends and family. He also enjoys all types of music, especially R&B and Rap.
Hire Date 12/9/2015 – Samantha was born in Brownsville, TX and raised in Mexico. The happiest time of her life was when she adopted her black/chocolate lab, Superman, and she enjoys spending time with him at the park. She also loves exploring new places to eat. Her favorite food is tacos. Her favorite movie is Breakfast at Tiffany’s staring Audrey Hepburn, who she would have loved to have met. The best place she has ever visited is Thailand, and one day she hopes to visit India.
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.
Hire Date 12/10/2012 – Born in San Juan Rico, Christian Mancheno left behind the beaches and salsa music to move to Austin in 2011. (We told him there were beaches and salsa music in Texas, but he insists it’s not the same). Christian became a member of our Honda sales team thanks to Courtney Blackburn’s power of persuasion – and we couldn’t be happier! Christian’s career in sales started at the ripe age of 7 when he sold hamsters to his schoolmates. When he is not selling cars (or hamsters), you can probably find Christian at home with his fiance and daughter or playing basketball outside. An avid basketball fan and now a resident of Texas, Christian’s favorite sports team is the Dallas Mavericks. A few more of his favorite things include the wine aisle at the grocery store, any kind of italian food, James Bond movies, and Sean Connery. He hopes to one day travel to the French Polynesian Isles and own his dream car.
Hire Date 6/1/2006 – Paul began working in the service department as part of an internship through McCallum High School and later decided to become a full-time employee. His hobbies include working on cars and spending time with his girlfriend. They like to watch movies together, and Paul’s favorite movie is The Bronx Tale.
Hire Date 8/12/2008 – Carlos hunts close to home. After graduating from McCallum High School in 2006, he took a short walk down the street and found a job at the First Texas Honda. He enjoys sports, and was a wide receiver and a forward on the varsity Knight football and basketball squads. His fiancée’s name is Yeimi and their daughter’s name is Yaelly.
Hire Date 3/2/2015 – Terrel is an avid music lover and enjoys listening to all types of music. He’s originally from Elgin but loves Austin very much because of the music scene. He loves football and working on cars. He’s a very handy guy who worked at Home Depot before joining the First Texas Honda team.
Hire Date 10/1/2015 – Kevin moved to Austin from El Paso. He enjoys basketball, and the San Antonio Spurs is his favorite team. He also enjoys kayaking and hanging out with his two year old daughter Olivia.
Hire Date 6/22/2015 – Tim was born and raised in Austin, TX! He has a Honda of his own, and after he heard about his family members’s great experiences purchasing from us, he decided he liked the way we do business and joined our team. He and his wife have one daughter and a pet bunny named Bellatrix. His favorite place that he has ever visited is Maine, and one day he hopes to visit Ireland. If he could meet anyone in the world, it would be Sir Ian McKellen. In his spare time, you’ll find him biking and spending time with family and friends.
Hire Date 5/31/2012 – Meet Dean, the Husband and Father of the McMillan family. Dean was born and raised here in Austin. He started to work here shortly after his wife Hillary received a position as a Honda Product Specialist. Most of his free time is spent hanging out with his wife and their son. They aren’t just a family of 3 though; they also have 3 cats, making them a family of 6! Dean’s first job was at Block Buster. He got that job by walking up to the manager and telling him that he should get hired because he knows more about movies than anyone else on the staff team. Haha…
Hire Date 9/14/2011 – Youngest son of the Mills Clan – Samuel Mills was born in Austin, Texas. In his spare time he enjoys going to raves, ping pong, sun bathing, and disco dancing. His favorite movie is Toy Story. He has a pet parrot named Yoshi. Samuel’s favorite celebrity is OJ Simpson. His favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. His first job was a cashier at Carl’s Jr. He describes where he grew up as cold, desolate, and oh so lonely. He decided to work for the dealership because of his daddy Joe M. He is really proud of the fact that he has eaten 24 hot dogs before. – Hire Date 2/7/2008 – The Father of the Mills Clan – An Austinite since 1974, Joe has been in the automotive repair business for over 30 years. Joe joined First Texas Honda in 1984 as a mechanic/technician and is currently mentor to several technicians. Through hard work and dedication, Joe is proud to have consistently maintained his ASE master technician level of expertise in the automotive field. In his personal time, Joe and his wife of 20 years enjoy taking trips on his Honda Valkyre and spending time with friends and family. They have four sons, two of which are grown and have started families or careers of their own. His youngest son, Sammy, plays various sports for the Liberty Hill High School Panthers. Oldest son Bobby is in his first year at Abilene Christian University studying Psychology. – Hire Date 11/21/2011 – Eldest Son of the Mills Clan – Joseph was born just out side of Austin in the growing city of Leander. In his spare time he likes to read and play video games, as well as write and tell stories! Joseph has a laid back, peaceful and carefree personality. The best place he has traveled to is New Mexico, but he really wishes he could visit London, England. The happiest moment of his life was when he was accepted to college. Way to go Joseph!
Hire Date Coming Soon! – Carlos is a simple guy from Austin. He likes football and basketball, and actually plays basketball! He used to box as well. He has 2 adorable children that he loves to hang out with. Aside from his great kids, Carlos also has a passion for grilling. I don’t think you can be simpler than that!
Hire Date 10/31/2001 – Joy grew up in Greenview, Illinois, population 750, and came to the University of Texas in 1979. She has one daughter and has been married for many years. ‘To the same guy,’ she adds. Her family is a Boxer family, and their current dog is their third in this breed. She is a dedicated Longhorn fan, evident in the burnt orange SUV and the season tickets. Her favorite player of all time is Earl Campbell. And she is an Aquarius.
Hire Date 8/31/2016 – Edgar enjoys keeping up with the latest motor trade news, and has an interest in all vehicles. He also likes horror movies and hanging out with friends.
Hire 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. He met his beautiful wife here, and together they have 3 kids. The two youngest are twins! 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.
Hire Date 8/13/2015 – Jillian is an energetic, quirky, creative person who loves to spend her free time playing disc golf, going to concerts, playing video games, and working with ceramics. She spent 7 years managing a pottery studio in Round Rock, which she grew to love. As a native Texan, she spent most of her youth at her family’s ranch going hunting, taking the four wheelers out, and looking for peacock feathers. Jillian has a passion for heavy metal, and her favorite band is a tie between a local band by the name of The Sword and Type O Negative. If she could meet anyone, Jillian would love to have met the late Peter Steele of Type O Negative. Jillian has three wonderful “Furbies,” who she considers her children: an 8 month old Papimo puppy by the name of Freya, a black cat named Bagheera, and a Crested Gecko who goes by Gustav (after Jillian’s favorite artist Gustav Klimt).
Hire Date 8/9/2016 – Andrew enjoys hanging out with friends, working on cars, and driving around town. He loves dogs, but is very allergic to them.
Hire Date 7/4/2016 – Jackie was born and raised in Wheaton, Illinois. She has a chihuahua mix and golden retriever puppy that take up most of her time on the weekends. In her free time, Jackie enjoys sudoku, hiking, watching movies, and anything to do with dogs!
Hire Date 11/18/2014 – Natasha is very proud of the fact that she was born and raised in Austin, Texas and doesn’t have any plans to ever leave especially since she is now employed with First Texas Honda, her dream job. Still, her most amazing joy in life was when she had her son. She loves watching him learn and thrive every day. She is so very proud of him. When not working, she is entertained by sewing and crafting or watching her favorite movie “Walk to Remember” then out to eat her favorite foods–Thai or Puerto Rican. Her most exciting adventures were to Hawaii and Puerto Rico and she is looking forward to her next excursion to Africa.
Hire Date 3/30/1995 – Dano, as he is known to the CAG family, grew up in the west Texas border town of El Paso. He graduated from Coronado High School (go T-Bird’s!) and then moved to Austin in search of a less arid climate and the elusive version of Mexican food he’d heard stories about called “Tex-Mex”. He wandered into the original First Texas Honda (on Koenig Lane) a few months later and was hired as a parts delivery driver. Working his way up to parts sales, he then made the move with the parts team to open up Continental Automotive Groups Wholesale Parts Direct in 2001, Wholesale Parts Direct North in 2009, and Wholesale Parts Direct North v2.0 in 2014. The prodigal son has now returned to the parts department of the new First Texas Honda. Dano believes that every dilemma can be improved with a Freebird’s burrito and some 90’s Thrash-Metal music. He commutes into Austin every day from the thriving metropolis of Buda, where he lives with his wonderful wife Michelle.
Hire Date 8/1/20169 – Matt is from El Paso, and moved to Austin a month ago on a whim. He went to Mexico State and majored in Business and Finance. His main hobby is bike riding; he calls his mountain bike his pride and joy. Body building, fitness, and shooting with his bow and arrow are his other hobbies.
Hire Date 3/8/2001 (Thomas) – Hire Date 8/4/1994 (Emilio) – Thomas has been in the car business all his life. His favorite past times are fishing, NASCAR, and spending time with his wife at home and eating her home cooked meals…yum! His son Emilio has worked at First Texas Honda since 1994. Emilio has a couple of hobbies such as riding motorcycles and cars in general. He says that he doesn’t necessarily like working on cars on his own time because he gets enough of that at work but looking at and learning about cars is one of his favorite past times. If he could travel anywhere in the world he said he would go to Egypt to see the pyramids and learn about the history of the country.
Hire Date 8/26/2016 – Lance is no stranger to Austin; he’s lived here two other times before he made his third move back here in August 2016. He made the move from north Idaho, where his two grown sons still currently live. When he has spare time, he enjoys hiking and visiting places with historical value. He is most proud of getting his Bachelor’s degree, and receiving the honor of being named MVP of his high school football team. Shawshank Redemption is his favorite movie, and if he could meet anyone, it would be Van Morrison. He decided to work for our dealership because he knows and trusts the management team. Not to mention, Honda is a fantastic product!
Hire Date 8/27/2008 – Jessica is another native Austinite and graduate of Austin High School. Jessica has two children, ages seven and nine, and a Chow named Oso. She loves music and once sang in an alternative rock band. Jessica still enjoys singing from the audience; she loves live music and is a big concertgoer. A favorite concert memory is when she got to go backstage and meet 311 and the Wu-Tang Clan.
Hire Date 5/28/2012 – Cody was born in San Clemente, CA. As a car person, Cody dreams of some day owning an old school Honda or an 80s Wagon. And his favorite movie? Ya, it’s Fast and The Furious! In his spare time, outside of work, he likes to work on his Honda Civic, play his guitar, or participate in nerdy stuff. Cody is a die hard Honda enthusiast.
Hire Date 8/17/2015 – Tony was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in the very cold country of Winnipeg, Canada. His wife’s name is Chris and they have three grown children: Sammie, Dane and Cecily. Also included in the family are two dogs (Jaxon, a Boxer and Noire, a Pomeranian) and two cats (George and Charlie). Tony’s passion outside of work is sailing. He is an expert sailor, exemplified by the fact that he and his wife’s favorite spots to sail are in Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico aboard their boat, “Makin’ Do”. Regretfully, he will have to settle for Lake Travis for his sailing delight in this area. Tony started his career in the auto service business as an oil change technician at a dealership. Most recently, he has been managing a parts and service operation in a very large volume dealership in Houston, Texas. He brings years of service experience and determination to First Texas Honda which, with his leadership, will allow it to continue the success it has always known.
Hire Date 2/13/2012 – Meet Billy Perkins, a First Texas Honda Technician. In the beginning, Billy was born in Cleburne, TX and moved to Austin in 1993. When he has spare time here in Austin, Billy likes to play the guitar, mountain bike, watch Top Gear, and teach his daughter music. His daughter’s name is Madison. Billy’s favorite days are spent watching Star Wars and eating tacos and pizza. Something you might not know about Billy is that his favorite aisle in the grocery store is Aisle 7.
Hire Date 8/31/2016 – John is an Austin native, and cites the Austin music scene as his favorite part about living in our beautiful city. He keeps himself busy with his four dogs, Jesse, Bella, Chloe, and Beau, and one cat, Thai. In his spare time, he can be found enjoying a game of tennis.
Hire Date 12/12/2016 – Arturo moved to Austin from El Paso in ’99 to work in the automotive industry, and he’s enjoyed being in the business ever since! He and his wife have been together since ’97 and have two wonderful kids. Arturo enjoys baseball, and when he’s not a First Texas Honda, he can be found coaching baseball. He’s even the commissioner at Oakhill Youth Sports Association. Arturo’s favorite thing about Austin, is the people, who are so friendly and welcoming.
Hire Date 01/02/17 – Gregory was born in Austin, and grew up in Manor. He started out driving trucks until 2014 when he began selling cars in Dallas. He moved back to Austin in 2015 for the better opportunities it provides, and because he considers it a great place to raise a family. He has an 8 year old daughter Dayana who he says is his reason for working so hard. He has coached little league football for 10 years, and he enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Longhorns play. He’s also a basketball fan, and the Chicago Bulls are his favorite team. He takes customer service seriously, and he looks forward to meeting you and exceeding your expectations.
Hire Date 2/24/2016 – Blake was born and raised in Austin. He says the best part about living in Austin is that there is always something to do. In his spare time, he likes going to the gym and playing with his two kids.
Hire Date 10/18/2015 – Clayton got his first job when he was 16, working in his grandfather’s sawmill. Not exactly the most common start for someone who wood later move into IT, but we at CAG are thrilled to our roots that he decided to branch out and leaf that life behind him. After logging countless hours on his personal machine, Clayton moved into the IT field. He started with just a few relatives, but quickly became the go-to computer guy for his entire family tree. Even his old-fashioned grandfather saw the need for someone with his command of the information logging road we call “The Internet,” and gave him the oakay to follow his passion! Clayton is a model IT technician. When we put him on a project, he never stops forest until he’s finished and is rarely completely stumped.
Hire Date 7/23/2013 – Shelby is a multi-talented, driven, professional photographer with a passion for all things art and creating. She has had cameras in her hands since she was a child, and hasn’t put them down since. Shelby’s dream is to create a portfolio of the world by traveling to many countries while experiencing their culture.
Hire Date 12/30/15 – Ben is a 5th generation Austinite. He likes racing with his car in his spare time. His favorite place in Austin is Circuit of the Americas.
Hire Date 6/8/1998 – Sylvia is a loving mother of three and wife of Ulises Flores. Sylvia has been with the Continental Automotive Group since 2000 and has many years of experience in accounts payable and receivable. I tell her the company could save money if she didn’t pay the bills, but no one listens to me…. She is a big fan of the soccer ball, likes the color black, large SUV’s, and watching cartoons with her kids. What a delight.
Hire Date 8/13/2015 – Jeff was born and raised in Southern California. In 2015, he decided it was time for a change of scenery and a career doing what he loves in marketing and design. In his free time, he loves going to the movies, going to comedy clubs, discovering new music, and taking his greyhound, Kiowa, to cool dog parks around Austin. He is proud to part of the CAG family.
Hire Date 6/21/2004 – Lorenzo Ray, from Plain Dealing, Louisiana, is THE biggest LSU fan. He loves football and spent time playing tailback in a semi-pro league. (Ask him to see his huge championship ring.) For the past 10 years Lorenzo has also worked at LBJ High School, where he loves getting to know the LBJ football players and following them in their college careers. The players are all over the country and give Lorenzo tickets to come see them play. The baby of ten (!) children, Lorenzo considers himself a family man and goes back to Louisiana often to visit everyone. He has three kids himself, the youngest of which lives here in Austin.
Hire Date – 6/19/2014 – Maile is a level headed, caring, and personable person. She is the mom of an energetic little boy and he keeps her life entertaining. She has a tendency to mother-hen her friends – making sure that they are doing well and helping or encouraging them as much as possible. She has a passion for dance, stating that it is an amazing stress reliever, and tries to enjoy it as frequently as possible. Maybe that’s why she has such a calm disposition. “If it’s meant to happen, it’ll happen. If not, don’t worry. What you are meant to be doing will present itself to you soon.” Some people even tease that she still has an island state of mind-she did grow up in Hawaii after all. Maile believes in working hard and playing hard. She strives to obtain her goals, loves to learn, and remains optimistic throughout life. After she’s earned her days off, she likes to enjoy them by dancing, camping, playing cars with her son, and driving her own car. An Accord, if you’re wondering. When we had asked about it, she smiled and said that “there are very few things that beat an open road”.
Hire Date 5/11/2015 – Kris has a black belt in karate and traveled to Europe to compete in fights. He likes motorcycles and thinks everyone should own one. He’s in a punk rock band called “Back to Back” which was greatly inspired by the band “Black Flag.” Kris is going back to school to study criminal justice because he wants to eventually become a police officer.
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 a Boy Scout leader and is very proud of the fact he has been with the company for 25 years!
Hire Date 5/27/2016 – Elias was born and raised in Austin and has a pit/lab mix named Maddie. He is a car enthusiast; he loves to photograph them and to attend car shows. He enjoys baseball (Boston Redsox) and football (Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns), and his dream is to watch the Boston Redsox take on the Yankees at Fenway Park with his dad. He’s also played baseball himself. The happiest time of his life was every time he walked onto the field knowing his dad was there watching him play.
Hire Date 2/6/2015 – Patrick started at First Texas Honda in 1987 and stayed for 18 years! He left briefly, but now he’s back for more. Patrick is married with four children and five grandchildren. Aside from doing house-hold jobs and being an all-around handy guy, Patrick is active in prison ministries in his community. He witnesses to men and helps them change their lives for the better.
Hire Date 5/5/2008 – Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, Joe joined the U.S. Army after high school and served his country for 10 years. Joe is a dad of seven kids (4 boys and 3 girls), and as if that wasn’t enough he also does a radio show for a Tejano Music station in Austin, Texas and is known in the Tejano industry as “Crazy J”.
Hire Date 10/23/2014 – Trent was born on the Bayou in Lafayette, La. He married his Cajun Queen in 2009 and ever day since then has been the happiest day of his life. He is so proud of her and happily renovated a vintage airstream into a mobile salon for her business. Trent moved to Austin, Texas in 2010 and can now be found hanging out with the wife and their pups, Zydeco and Samson, cooking up some tasty seafood or a delicious Cajun dish while thinking of taking a trip to Thailand. This laid-back friendly guy grew up where everyone focused on enjoying life and having good times no matter what. Trent started working on cars at an early age and knew it was something he loved to do, so as a result he chose it as a career.
Hire Date 1/12/2017 – Bio Coming Soon!
Hire Date 11/1/2016 – Paul is originally from the state of Oregon. The Navy is what brought him to Austin; he was in the Navy for 17 years. He comes to First Texas Honda with 6 years of experience in the car business, and he says he’s happy to be here.
Hire Date 10/22/2015 – Yasha was born and raised in Austin, Texas. He’s fluent in French and some Russian. He spent a year in France and has traveled across Europe (Turkey, Spain, Germany, and the Netherlands). His favorite vacation spot was the island of Kauai where he took a 24-mile sea kayaking trip. He is passionate about the outdoors, cooking, and his cat, Michael Jackson. He won 6th in the nation in Chess and was formerly ranked 1st in Texas. He is classically trained on the piano and has been playing for 16 years. He once saved a van full of people (including himself) in the Netherlands, when the van, parked on a hill, began to roll onto the freeway. He jumped from the backseat and pulled the parking brake. This young hero sums the experience up, “Saved lives, acquired pizza.”
Hire Date 9/15/2016 – Lauren was born and raised Austin. She enjoys all the different, fun things the city has to offer. She likes to spend her weekends having family time with her two kids.
Hire Date 7/5/2010 – Teresa is from a big family and started her life out here in Austin, Texas, and never found a good reason to leave our great city. By far her favorite food is her mom’s one of a kind of peppered steak. Teresa has a seven year old son whom she adores and loves to spend time with. Teresa’s second favorite past time, after her baby boy is dancing, anywhere, anytime, to any music. Teresa WILL cut a rug!
Hire Date 06/01/2010 – Jackie was born in California where she soon ended her west coast fun to be in Austin, TX. She has a dog named Bandit that she likes to take on walks. She enjoys the produce section at the grocery store and going to local pubs and farmers markets! If she won the lottery she would give Sheri money and pay off all of her expenses. Her dream car is an old school Shelby Mustang. She hates doing laundry but enjoys beef fajitas and her step dad’s home cooking. She aspires to one day visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame in North Carolina. With Jackie’s good looks, she often gets mistaken for Popeye’s girlfriend, Olive Oyl. She found her place at Mercedes-Benz of Austin by the fabulous Craigslist and has gone uphill from there! She enjoys football, hanging with friends and is a HUGE NASCAR FAN!Quote by Jackie: “Joy is contagious. Hang around joyful people and there’s every chance you’ll catch it”
Hire Date 9/26/2013 – Gregory Ryan hails from the Rocky Mountain West, but has made Texas his home for the last decade. He married a Texan, which as you know means he married “Texas” says the jovial transplant. His dream car is a 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible, as it was the last model with the suicide doors. But he would only drive one if it had bullhorns mounted on the hood because he likes to stick to the classics. If stuck on a desert island, Gregory would have to have copies of The Brubeck Quartet’s “Jazz At The Colleage Of The Pacific”, Jerry Jeff Walker’s “Viva Terlingua!, Son Volt’s Trace”, Tikiyaki Orchestra’s “Swingin Sounds For The Jungle Jetset”, and anything by Robert Earl Keen. In his spare time Gregory enjoys cooking, grilling, mixing tiki drinks, watching some of his favorite movies (like “Stalag 17”, “O Brother, Where Art Thou”, and “Moonrise Kingdom”), and reading everything he can get his hands on. He has travelled extensively, some of his favorite trips have been to Dominica, Ireland, and Chile because they are all beautiful and the people are fantastic. Gregory brings plenty of experience to the First Texas Honda teams as he has been in the car industry since 2007, all of that time spent at one price, up-front dealerships. One-price dealerships are the only type of dealership where he will work. They allow for a collaborative experience for the customer that works to meet their needs rather than the adversarial relationship fostered at traditional dealerships. Getting a new car should be fast, fair, and friendly–which is what he strives to provide here at First Texas Honda.
Hire Date 1/12/2017 – Bio Coming Soon!
Hire Date 5/8/2015 – Alireza was born and raised in Iran and moved to Austin in 2014. In his spare time, he enjoys relaxing and practicing karate, which he is skilled enough to have won 1st place in a tournament once. The happiest time of his life is when he is spending time with his family and also when he was in school. His first job was in Advertising. California and Turkey are his favorite places to visit so far, and one day he hopes to add France and Italy to the list of places he has been. His favorite sports are soccer, karate, and car racing, and his favorite movie genres are action and karate.
Hire Date 1/19/2012 – Meet David Sanchez. He was born in Brownwood, Texas and moved to Austin with his family in 2009. David, the family man, lives with his wife and two children. He has a daughter named Mia and a son named David (Lil David). He and his family frequently enjoy eating Mexican food as wells as watching the Spurs (well at least David does). When going to the grocery store for the weeks good, David spends most of his time in the Snack aisle. Yes… a lot of people have a weakness for those yummie snacks. Something that David is most proud of is that he went back to school and decided to get his Automotive Technician Certificate.
Hire Date 9/25/2014 – Keith’s life began in Trinidad, West Indies, while his father was stationed there in the Navy. Keith followed in his father’s footsteps and also became a Navy man. Obviously, being raised in and serving in the military, he has traveled to many places, but his favorite is still the United States of America. He moved from Houston to San Marcos, where he lived in a 5th wheel camper and really enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing until 2013 when he bought a home in Buda. The happiest time of his life was when he married his beautiful wife who, bless her heart, has had to “put up” with him. He has two wonderful step daughters who he is extremely proud of, plus four grandkids who also love camping as much as the rest of the family. Included in his family is a spoiled rotten Cocker Spaniel. While serving in the Navy aboard an aircraft carrier he discovered a crack in the landing gear of an aircraft which, if not detected, would have killed the pilot while landing. He received the Navy Achievement Metal for his heroism.
Hire Date 3/10/2010 – Born/Raised in Bastrop, TX. Graduated Bastrop H.S. 08′. Interests: Football, Sport bikes, working on his Chevrolet Silverado, and anything that involves cold beverages.
Hire Date 11/18/2015 – Trevor was born in Austin, Texas. After graduating from McCallum High School in 2014, he went to Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. He stayed there for a year, then decided he missed home, so he moved back to Austin. His favorite sports teams are the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Houston Texans.
Hire Date 5/26/2009 – 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.
Hire Date 5/15/2004 – “we all get 24 hours everyday, it’s what separates us from the animals…”
Hire Date 9/14/2016 – Kevin was born and raised in Shelbyville, Indiana, and grew up in a small family car dealership. He’s always had a love of flying and he turned that into a career flying for the airlines. He and his family moved to Austin in 2010 for two reasons: to escape the gray, never ending winters and for its great business economy. When he stopped flying, he started a small motorcycle touring company which took people on tours, mostly through the hill country. His big passion is riding his BMW GS motorcycle on trips around Texas and the surrounding areas. He hopes to someday tour the Alps. Formula 1 is his favorite sport, and he enjoys watching the races at watch parties with friends. He has a beautiful wife, 2 beautiful daughters who have wonderful husbands, and a son who sings opera. His oldest daughter just presented them with their first grandchild! Kevin and his wife have 2 dogs, a Japanese Chin named Dealer and a white Standard Poodle named Boomer, who get long walks in the park by the lake when time permits. Their best times were when they took the family on a couple of European vacations.
Hire Date 5/4/2015 – Arturo is an interesting guy. He was born in Austin but moved to Chicago and lived there for 25 years where he worked as a mortician. He moved back to Austin and decided it would be fun to work with people who are still breathing, so he came to First Texas Honda! He is very excited to be a member of the team.
Hire Date 8/1/2016 – Jesse is a happily married father of one daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, live music, all things culinary, exercising, and cars. Zilker Park is his favorite place to spend his free time.
Hire Date 9/7/2016 – Shannen moved to Austin from Phoenix, AZ in 2007. She’s an adventurous, outgoing photographer with a corgi name Layla. She’s at her happiest when she gets to experience new things with people she loves. New experiences and opportunities are her favorite pastimes, and she keeps herself busy with dance, hiking, kayaking, working out, and lots of other side projects.
Hire Date 10/12/2016 – Wade is a family man who’s been in Austin for 4 years now. He believes in honesty, and in taking care of customers. In his spare time, he likes working on cars.
Hire Date 10/6/2010 – David is a huge Austin music fan and has been a part of the local scene for many of his years here. David has been playing in bands since high school and just recently put down his guitar. David says he enjoys modern alternative music most and Emo’s has been his favorite venue over the years. David is also an avid soccer fan, but says his two kids keep him most active. This is David’s second time back with CAG. He was first here in 1996 for 12 years and came back because it is such a nice place to work. He started in the car business back in 1986 as a goffer and cannot see himself anywhere else.
Hire Date 10/5/2015 – Chris was born in Memphis, TN and moved to Austin in 2001. Shortly after graduation from Round Rock High School, he moved to Los Angeles, CA and lived there for 7 years. He then moved to Tucson, AZ and stayed for 4 years. He recently moved back to Austin (August 2015) and joined our team. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the electric guitar, spending time with his family, and mixed martial arts training. He’s most proud of two things: winning two World Championship Martial Arts trophies, and his two daughters, who he says are his life. If he could visit anywhere in the world, he would go to Gold Coast, Australia, where he would go surfing and chill on the beach.
Hire Date 1/15/2014 – Christopher’s life began in Bitburg, Germany. He lived in Europe a total of 7 years and moved to Austin, Texas in January 2014. He is obviously a grass roots Republican being as his favorite celebrity is Republican Ron Paul. Complimenting his love for speed and cars his favorite sport is Formula 1. Christopher has a dog named “Chloe” and a wonderful wife named Miriam. He is an Air Force Vet and was a civilian contractor in Afghanistan working as an MRAP mechanic. This gave him tremendous training for repairing Honda’s.
Hire Date 2/10/2015 – Miriam was born in Germany and lived there for the first 27 years of her life. She loves fast cars, and her dream car is the one that she built! She also likes old cars much more than she likes new ones. While in Germany she worked as a mechanic and a painter. She moved to Austin in 2014 and likes the warm weather here. Miriam also likes spending time at home with her dog Chloe and her cat Carl. Her husband Christopher works here at First Texas Honda as well, so that makes it easy to spend time with him!
Hire Date 9/22/2016 – Bryan moved to Austin in 2015 from Southern California seeking a change of scenery and more opportunity. So far, he’s been enjoying the community and the convenience of living in Austin. He’s worked previously in the medical field in medical device sales. He has a one year old daughter and also a three year old dog. He enjoys basketball, shooting pool, and anything outdoors.
Hire Date 8/29/2016 – Randy is from Round Rock. When he’s not working at First Texas Honda, he likes to hang out at home and watch Netflix.
Hire Date 8/3/2016 – Edgar says, “Waking up early is easy when you like your job.”
Hire Date 8/16/2013 – Tabitha has an incredibly colorful past. She previously taught English in Japan before she found her true calling in alternative dance public performance art. Tabitha found her way to Austin only by chance after her struggles on the road left her travelling dance troupe stranded in south Austin. The Co-op group disbanded over monetary issues as the market at the time wasn’t ready for the wildly wicked moves of the underground dance revolution. Tabitha prevailed by becoming a vegan (something she claims gives her super powers) and focusing her vegan chi into clothing design with an emphasis on salon management. Tabitha quickly became a powerful downtown socialite in the early 2000’s, but she resigned from the lifestyle stating, “I’ve gotta quit the scene before the scene quits me.” Wise words. We’re happy that Tabitha decided to settle down as part of the First Texas Honda family. Tabitha’s favorite anecdote is the time she overdosed on vitamin B12 and pushed over a local vegan food truck in a flushed fit of nutritionally enhanced rage – Tabitha recalls their customer service was, “entirely and utterly tragic.” The owner of the truck is now out of business. He has made a full recovery with no plans to reopen citing, “fear of retribution.”
Hire Date 10/7/2010 – Now what you need to know about Adriana Torres is that she used to be a hot blooded professional with exceptionally high standards in the realm of professional video gaming. Originally she was thinking about going pro in her budding Soccer career straight out of high school, but later found her calling playing video games at a competitive level. Her stunned soccer sponsors were not available for comment.. She won so many gaming trophies that her family had no more garage space and were forced to park on the street. She has since sold the trophies and moved on with her life to look for her next conquest. Adriana found an opening here at First Texas Honda and seized the opportunity for a good challenge working in the intense world of automotive accounting where she could use her awesome focus and memory to succeed. On her free time Adriana hones her dancing abilities (currently she’s developing her Latin and Tejano styles) and hangs out with her funny, energetic seven year old daughter Elaina. Elaina was the honored recipient of the “23rd Annual Continental Automotive Group’s Wittiest Child Award” last August and is favored to win again this year! Adriana and Elaina are both members of Chocoholics Anonymous, but have not attended a meeting in the last six months…the two are also known as the “devious duo” by their close friends and family.
Hire Date 8/17/2006 – Bob lived in Amman, Jordan, for two years during his childhood but otherwise grew up outside of Washington DC. He soon realized what he was missing in Texas and moved to Austin in 1974. He obtained a degree in radio, film, and television from UT (the same thing Levi studied at UT) and loves watching and making movies. One of his short films was actually included in a KLRU program and played on television. If he had to make a list of his favorite movies it would include The Godfather, Dr. Strangelove, and Lawrence of Arabia. Bob also enjoys cycling and spending time with his wife Susan, a theatrical costume designer. Bob has lots of interesting facts about his relatives: he had two great, great (plus lots more greats) grandaunts who were hung during the Salem Witch Trials and also has family who came to Austin in a covered wagon in 1852.
Hire Date 1/16/2012 – Catherine Tran was born here in Austin, Texas and enjoys crafting, reading, baking, music, and helping people! An avid vegan, she believes that “When you consciously make the decision to save a life, you are a hero. Mother nature provides us a way to live simply and peacefully.” Catherine is a fan of spicy foods and Josh Groban stating, “His voice and passion permeate to the heart.” Finally, Catherine wishes for “more peace and love throughout the world because without these, living would mean nothing, it’s what beautifies the world.”
Hire Date 7/15/1999 – David was born in Vietnam but moved when he was two months old. Originally from southern Vietnam, Frank moved to the US in 1984 and lived in Minnesota and California before settling in Austin in 1997. Frank worked as a mechanics teacher in Vietnam and quickly found his way into the automotive industry after moving to the US. He has been working on Hondas since 1994 and has served customers at First Texas Honda for many years. Frank loves Japanese gardens and enjoys working in his own garden, where he grows vegetables and various plants and flowers. Frank has a brother and sister in Austin and has traveled back to Vietnam twice to visit his family there.
Hire Date 9/3/2015 – Morgan is from Dallas and has been raised in Texas all his life. He has a wife and two kids (a boy and girl) who he enjoys spending time with. Pho is his favorite food. His favorite place he’s ever visited is Bay St. Luis, Mississippi. His favorite sport is driving, and his knowledge of cars is what drew him to working for First Texas Honda.
Hire Date 4/2/2015 – Emily was born and raised in Austin only briefly living in Waco while attending Baylor University. She loves animals of all species owning multiple cats, a Lab named Tippy, a Uromastyx named Remus and a 75 gallon fish tank. In her free time, Emily loves to curl up with a good book, play video games and spend time with her family.
Hire Date 7/5/2010 – Craig originated from Iowa, but became a naturalized Texan as soon as possible after moving to the state in 1973. Before coming to the Dark Side, Craig was employed in the Criminal Justice field for 37 years. Craig has been married to the same woman for a very long time and has 2 grown daughters, a grandson, and a granddaughter! In his spare time, Craig enjoys movies, going out to eat, reading, exercising, and spending time with his family.
Hire Date 8/1/2016 – Jorge was born and raised in Costa Rica. He moved to Austin when he was in his teens and went to St. Edwards, where he played soccer. He still plays every Sunday to this day, and his favorite team is Real Madrid. He’s even watched a match in Madrid, Spain, which he says is his favorite place because of the architecture and culture. He has two kids – a son and a daughter.
Hire Date 8/13/2015 – Jose likes cars, especially working on his own car, and shoes.
Hire Date 7/7/2015 – Well known as a Vortex of Efficiency, Matt is a former tennis pro born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. He has a wife, 2 kids, and 2 labs named Stella and Champ. His favorite vacation spot is Monte Carlo and one day, he hopes to visit St. Tropez. In his free time, he enjoys golf and football (his favorite team is the Broncos). His energetic and positive personality makes him an enjoyable person to be around.
Hire Date 8/25/2016 – Larry is from Austin. He is a fan of football and basketball, and his teams are the Cowboys and the Spurs respectively. He also enjoys spending his time outdoors.
Hire Date – 11/1/2010 – Sean began his life with his mother in San Jose, California and ventured to Austin, Texas in 2007. He really loves living in Austin and enjoys doing everything that the city has to offer whether music, arts, clubs or activities outside. His favorite movie is “Pulp Fiction” and favorite food is Indian. He has one of the best pets ever, his English Bulldog. The sports teams he likes best are from one coast to the other coast; they are the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants. His favorite time of his life is 5 o’clock every day.
Hire Date 7/1/2010 – Ty likes ice cream and fishing. He was born and raised here in Austin, Texas and now has a son who he is very proud of. In fact, Ty’s happiest moment of his life was the birth of his son. Despite his love for Shrimp and the movie Good Fellas, he rarely takes part in them both at the same time. Ty can be described as a laid back sort of guy.
Hire Date 5/19/2014 – Jason moved to Austin from San Antonio looking for a change of scenery. He enjoys the outdoors, culture, and all the fun stuff to do here. He also likes Tex Mex and fishing in his spare time.
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.
Hire Date 7/30/2001 – Jack Wright moved to Austin from Louisiana back in 1995. He started with First Texas Honda in 2001 and has been a loyal, dedicated and valuable employee for our service department . His customers enjoy the experience of working with him during the process of servicing their vehicle. Although Jack loves Texas, he is still a huge LSU fan. When not working, Jack enjoys spending time with his wife, Soonee, and their three children and of course watching LSU football.
Hire Date 2/3/2014 -Roderick was born in Austin, Texas and has never left except for college and traveling. He went to Texas State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. As a young man, his father inspired him to travel and experience the world. He has traveled to eleven countries and three continents. When not at work, Roderick enjoys running with his girlfriend at Town Lake.
Hire Date 5/28/2015 – Carlos is a basketball player who also loves rap music. He likes to rap and his favorite rapper is Jay-Z. He is an animal lover even though he doesn’t own any animals of his own. He also is super into cars and driving. A good night out for Carlos is spent having fun with friends playing video games at home or at Dave and Buster’s.
Hire Date 1/6/2014 – Alyssa is originally from El Paso, Texas, but she moved to Killeen in 2004. It wasn’t until June 2013 that Alyssa found her way to Austin! Alyssa’s hobbies include shopping, shopping, shopping, and….shopping! Alyssa also has a darling two year old Yorkie who goes by the name of Nala. She says she’s enjoying her time here and that,”I can already tell I’m going to love it!”
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