Subaru of Gwinnett Team Members


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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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  • Charles Williams
    Finance Manager
    678-475-3500


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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. We 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
    678-584-7222

    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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  • Jim Heet
    Subaru Sales and Leasing Specialist
    678-475-3500

    After years of various automotive sales experience with other makes, Jim joined the Subaru sales team with the leading Subaru dealership in St. Louis in 2003, and with a transfer was able to join our family here at Subaru of Gwinnett in 2008.

    Subaru of America has recognized him every year since joining the Subaru of Gwinnett team as a Subaru Summit Peak Performer. This prestigious award is given only to the top sales consultants in each region.

    Jim has the unique experience of owning one of the original Subaru all-wheel drive vehicles, a 1976 DL Wagon. Jim now drives a 2011 Legacy 3.6R and his wife Brenda drives a 2010 Forester. Jim has been married for 44 years and has 2 sons, 1 grandson, and a beautiful granddaughter who still live in St. Louis. They have lived all over the country, from Minnesota to Arizona and love to travel to the Caribbean and Mexico for vacations.

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  • Sara Angel
    Certified Product Specialist
    470-848-3038


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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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  • Sebastian Lewallen
    Subaru Sales & Leasing Specialist
    (770) 597-8442

    Sebastian joined the Subaru of Gwinnett family in May of 2015 as a Certified Product Specialist. She has been recognized by Subaru of America as a Subaru Summit Peak Performer, which is an award only given to top sales consultants.


    She studied at Georgia State University in Marketing and Hospitality. She lives in Auburn, Georgia with her 2 year old Australian Shepherd, Harlow, and her 1 year old Goldendoodle, Cedric. She is also a proud owner of a 2015 Subaru Forester.


    When she's not working, Sebastian enjoys going hiking and just being outside as well as curling up with a good book and a nice cup of tea.  

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  • Matthew Walsingham
    Sales and Leasing Specialist
    678-475-3500

    Matthew is one of the few remaining in his family to be born in Atlanta and raised in Gwinnett county. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005 and joined the sales team at Subaru of Gwinnett in 2015. He loves getting to know his clients and determining how Subaru can best meet their needs. 


    Matthew is a pretty typical guy -- he loves playing and watching sports: co-ed softcall, soccer, and flag football. He also plays in his men's basketball church league and spends a lot of his free time at the gym. His favorite thing in the world, however, is music! He plays guitar, and it's not uncommon to see him running around the dealership singing. 

    He became the proud father of August James in 2017, and he is the proud owner of a 2017 Outback that both fits his active lifestyle and keeps his little boy safe.

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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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  • Jody Vaughn
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    678-475-3500

    Jody has been part of the Subaru of Gwinnett family since March of 2017. He recently moved from Pensacola, Florida to be closer to his family. He's been in automotive sales since February of 2015, and he has sold a variety of vehicles, such as Mazda, Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW, and many more. 


    He's a huge sports fan as well! His favorite teams are the Golden State Warriors and the Atlanta Falcons.

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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 Internet 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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