Meet the Staff at Subaru of Gwinnett

Jennifer Kessler

General Sales Manager

Jennifer is our General Sales Manager at Subaru of Gwinnett. She is an avid sports fan, her two favorite teams being the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Bulldogs. She first joined Subaru of Gwinnett in 2006 as a receptionist and left Subaru to take a Sales Assistant position at our sister store, Infiniti of Gwinnett. She quickly moved into an Internet Sales position at Infiniti and sold cars there from 2007 to 2010. She made the move back to Subaru in April 2010 and has enjoyed being a part of Subaru's incredible growth as a brand over the past 6 years. Jennifer has three sons; Camden, Cooper, and Colton; and a daughter, Ashlynn Claire. Her daughter is diagnosed with a rare condition called Heterotaxy Syndrome, which has led Jennifer to become a passionate advocate for Congenital Heart Defects awareness and rare diseases.

Elizabeth Puckett

Internet Sales Manager
(678) 428-0016

Elizabeth joined the Subaru of Gwinnett family in August of 2014 as part of the Subaru Concierge team. Since then, she has moved into the sales department as one of our Product Specialists.

Elizabeth graduated from Georgia State University with BBA in Marketing. She lives in Buford with her 2 dogs Maddy and Coco, and drives a Subaru Forester.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys a nice glass of wine and spending time with her family. Her brother Jackson has cerebral palsy, which leads Elizabeth to be involved with many non-profit organizations that benefit special needs children.

Diana Vona

Finance Manager

Lance Willhite

Finance Manager

Lance has been with Subaru of Gwinnett since 2010. He was honored with the Salesman of the Year Award for Subaru of Gwinnett in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2012 and 2013, Lance was also recognized with the prestigious title of Subaru Summit Peak Performer.

When Lance isn't working, he loves anything to do with the outdoors and hanging out with his family. He has been married for 16 years to his wife (who loves her Outback) and has a 10-year-old daughter, Emily, and a 13-year-old son, Ethan. Lance's son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2, so he and his wife are strong autism advocates.

Gary Sikes

Sales & Leasing Specialist
(678) 475-3500

Gary has been with Subaru of Gwinnett for 13 years as both a Sales Consultant and a Sales Manager. He has been promoted to Sales Team Leader and uses his experience to guide the Product Specialists. He was honored in 2009 and 2011 with Subaru of Gwinnett's Salesperson of the Year Award.

Subaru of America has also recognized Gary as a Subaru Summit Peak Performer. This title is only given to the top salespeople in each region, and Gary has received this title for every year he has been in sales!

Prior to his time at Subaru of Gwinnett, Gary served our country as a member of the United States Navy. When Gary is not at work, he loves to spend time with his wife, Brittany, and his daughter, Hailey. In his personal life, Gary and his wife both own Subarus. He drives a 2012 Forester while his wife drives a 2015 Outback.

Liam Bennett

Sales & Leasing Specialist
(678) 475-3500

Liam joined the Subaru family in December 2014 after buying and falling in love with his first Subaru Crosstrek in March 2013. He quickly became one of the Top Sellers in the District and has been recognized by Subaru of America as a Subaru Summit Peak Performer, an award only given to those maintaining the highest level of Customer Satisfaction.

He is originally from Boston, MA and moved to Atlanta over 30 years ago. After Graduating College from Georgia State University with a BBA in Management, he worked in Management for Maggiano's Little Italy, owned a Valet Parking Company, and managed Roswell Bicycles for over 10 years. He is very active in the cycling community, supporting many cycling non-profits and hundreds of cycling non-profit benefit events over the years.

He has lived in the North Atlanta area for many years and has a beautiful wife and 2 wonderful teen daughters. When he is not at work he can be found out on the Mountain Bike or Road Bike, watching his daughter play Soccer, or enjoying some time with his family. He is one that likes to sell based on his own personal experience and has owned all models except for the BRZ. He currently drives a 2017 Outback, and his daughter drives a 2003 Forester. He is a huge sports fan! His teams are the Patriots, Falcons, Red Sox, Braves, Celtics, Bruins, and Atlanta United.

Matthew Buckles

Sales & Leasing Consultant
(678) 475-3500

Matthew joined Subaru of Gwinnett team in October of 2017 as a Certified Product Specialist. He has over 8 years of experience with selling Subarus on the west coast.

He was born and raised in Los Angeles before briefly moving out of state to pursue a professional baseball career. Last year he and his wife, Danielle, moved to Georgia and they are enjoying getting to know the area and experience 4 real seasons of weather!

Matthew is an avid sports fan with a deep passion and love the game of baseball. His favorite baseball team is the Los Angeles Dodgers and favorite football team is the Atlanta Falcons.

Nelson Gibson

Sales & Leasing Specialist

Nelson started working for Subaru of Gwinnett in 2012 as a porter for the service department. He worked in service for 2 years, graduating from porter to service advisor in a short time. Working with the cars firsthand in service is what drew Nelson to be passionate about the Subaru brand. He moved to sales in 2014 and loves educating his customers on Subaru's unique design and features.

Outside of work, Nelson spends all the time he can with his family. He and his wife Ashley are high school sweethearts who have been together since 2009. They have 2 wonderful children -- Kayden and Vivian -- and they soak up as much time as they can together! Nelson is a big sports fan: the Falcons, the Hawks and the Chicago Bulls are his top favorites.

Sara Angel

Sales & Leasing Specialist
(678) 475-3500

Sara became a part of the Subaru of Gwinnett family in August of 2015. Prior to joining the automotive industry, she worked in restaurant management where her passion for great customer service really started. After working both as a sales concierge and a sales person at our dealership, she was promoted to be our Internet Manager where she thrives in focusing her energies on the customer service we offer through the web. She is now the Internet Director over two of our company's stores and she continues to expand the Subaru of Gwinnett vision to offer a unique and transparent car buying experience for our customers.

Sara is a Georgia native and grew up in Gwinnett County. She now lives in Dacula and has two little boys- August and Eliot. Her favorite and most important job is being a Mom. You can often find her little ones visiting the dealership and they are just as much a part of our Subaru family. She currently drives a Subaru Outback filled with car seats, strollers, animal crackers, work reports, and occasionally her road bike when she gets the chance to ride. Her hobbies are cycling, remodeling, and seeing her favorite bands perform around town.

Taylor Spicuzza

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Kodi Ricketson

Sales Concierge

Robert Hynson

Certified Product Specialist
(678) 475-3500

Robert has been a part of the Subaru family since April 2013. He quickly became one of the Top Sellers in the District and has been recognized by Subaru of America as a Subaru Summit Peak Performer, an award only given to those maintaining the highest level of customer satisfaction.

He has called Atlanta home for the last 16 years, although he was born in Texas and raised in the Destin, FL area. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State with a degree in Finance. He has a history of racing mountain bikes as well as SportBikes with WERA racing organization. He and his wife (she's originally from Brazil) live in Sugar Hill, GA and have 3 daughters -- ages 1, 5 and 17.

Nowadays Robert enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and boating on Lake Lanier, doing yarkwork and BBQing!

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