Meet the Staff at Subaru of Gwinnett


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  • Jennifer Kessler
    General Sales Manager
    678-584-7216

    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.

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  • Eric Fritsch
    New Car Sales Manager
    (678) 475-3500

    Eric has been with the Subaru brand for over 14 years and is extremely passionate about Subaru cars and all that the brand represents. Eric and his wife, Dana, have been married over 25 years and have two children, Amanda and Daniel. Amanda is a special needs teacher at Berkley Lake Elementary and Daniel attends Kennesaw State University. 

     

    Eric enjoys spending time with his family and their two dogs. Kayaking, cycling (both mountain and road), and riding motorcycles are some of the many activities that he enjoys when he is away from his Subaru home. 

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  • Lance Willhite
    Finance Manager
    678-475-3500

    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.

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  • Don Wrobel
    Pre-owned Sales Manager


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  • 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.

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  • Diana Vona
    Finance Manager
    (678) 475-3500


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  • 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.

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  • Nelson Gibson
    Sales & Leasing Specialist
    678-584-7251

    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.

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  • Elizabeth Puckett
    Subaru Sales & Leasing Specialist
    (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.

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  • Adam Anderson
    Sales & Leasing Specialist
    (678) 475-3500

    Adam has a huge passion for cars. Ever since he was a little kid, cars have been a big part of his life. His mom can tell you stories of him being in a car seat and saying the names of all the cars as they drove by. Currently, he drives a Mustang, a Jeep, and very soon a Subaru will join his driveway!


    He has been with Subaru of Gwinnett for 2 years now. He originally started out in our service department as a porter, where he learned to love the Subaru brand. After a year of learning the product and talking with our customers, he knew this was his home and pursued the opportunity to move into sales. He wakes up every day excited to get to work and share the Subaru experience with his customers.

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  • 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. 

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  • Liam Bennett
    Sales and 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.

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  • 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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  • Mike Quigley
    Certified Product Specialist
    (678) 475-3500

    Mike "Q" Quigley joined the Subaru family in March 2013 after spending many years with Volkswagen and Bentley. 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 Vancouver, WA and moved to Atlanta over 20 years ago. Mike and his wife have been together for over 20 years, and have an amazing teenage daughter and a couple of wonderful rescue dogs, Twix the Lab and Belle the Maltipoo. Mike is very involved with Special Olympics and is guardian to an adult cousin who is both an athlete and an inspiration. Mike is always looking to keep shopping simple and fun. He has a great knowledge about Subaru and many other brands. Come see Mike "Q" and experience what makes him a great help and a lot of fun!

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  • Kodi Ricketson
    Sales Concierge
    (678) 475-3500


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  • Herb Hoffman
    Service Director
    678-584-7255

    Herb has been in the automotive industry since 1983, starting as a tech apprentice and moving through the ranks to the position of Service Director in 2003. 

    He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have 3 grown children that have all worked in the automotive business. Herb enjoys making customers happy, playing tennis, and spoiling his grandchildren.

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  • Jill Thurston
    Service Manager
    678-584-7252

    Jill is our Service Manager at Subaru of Gwinnett.  She has been in the automotive industry for 12 years; 11 of those years at Subaru of Gwinnett.  

    Jill first joined Subaru of Gwinnett in 2003 as a receptionist.  She took a leap of faith when she accepted a service advisor position at Subaru of Gwinnett nine years ago and has been helping Subaru customers maintain their beloved Subaru vehicles ever since.  

    Jill has been recognized as a top service advisor in her field by Subaru of America and consistently maintains the highest of customer satisfaction ratings.

    Jill is a portrait artist and mother to one very vocal Maine Coon cat, Piper, her beautiful African Grey, Oliver and her sweet Peach face, Lovebird Pippin.

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  • Alyssa Elery
    Assistant Service Manager
    770-380-9040

    Alyssa has been with Subaru of Gwinnett since 2008, first working as a Parts Delivery Driver and moved up to Service in 2010, working as a Warranty Administrator and Assistant Service Manager.  She has spent time in the sales department as a member of our Concierge team, as a Finance Manager, and now as the Assistant Service Manager.

    Alyssa and her husband, Walter, welcomed their son Harrison in September of 2014 and they have two dogs, Maisy, who frequently visits the dealership, and Betty, who is too rambunctious for work. 

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  • Shaun Feltner
    Assistant Service Manager
    678-584-7255

    Shaun is our newest employee at Subaru of Gwinnett, but he is not at all new to the world of automotive service!  He has worked in the automotive field for 15 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Subaru of Gwinnett service drive!

    When Shaun isn't working you can find him cheering on his beloved Atlanta Falcons or UGA Bulldogs, or spending time with his wife Lesley and their chihuahua's Bailey and Chance.

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  • Kyle Formella
    Service Advisor


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  • Issa Kone
    Service Advisor


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  • Brent Lamb
    Parts Manager
    678-584-7240


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  • Lisa Wilkins
    Parts
    678-584-7240

    Lisa was born and raised in Georgia. She is a passionate football fan; her favorite team is Penn State.

    Lisa has been in the Subaru parts business for over 20 years. She has been with Subaru of Gwinnett since it opened in August 2002. Her parts department is the top Wholesale Subaru Parts Dealer in the state of Georgia.

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  • Summer Smith
    Assistant Parts Manager
    678-584-7241

    Summer has been with Subaru of Gwinnett for 9 years; all of those years spent in the parts department.  She has worked nearly every job within the parts department so she has an abundance of experience to help any customer with his or her Subaru parts needs!

    When she's not working, Summer enjoys spending time with her family and working out in the gym.

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