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Trent Olinger was fresh out of college, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Management at the University of Northern Colorado, when he sought a sales position and embarked on a 19 year career in the automotive industry. He brings a wealth of experience from a variety of franchises, but has spent eleven years with Mercedes-Benz; seven of which have been with Mercedes-Benz of Westminster.
When asked about keys to his success, Trent feels that "interaction is vital," and he genuinely "enjoys the camaraderie of the dealership - working with sales people and clients," but "of course, [he does] have a passion for automobiles."
"Our biggest asset is the team of people assembled at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster. We strive for a high level of success because it is expected. We have confidence in ourselves, our staff, and the dealership. We make every effort to be the best in areas that relate to the business, but we understand the importance of serving our clients because they are our business. That is why we offer free pick up and delivery for our service customers, strive to retain our clients, and promote good will. Because we are not like all the other dealerships, our clients benefit. We are leaders, dominate the market, and think outside the box."
Salem Heller came to Mercedes-Benz Westminster with 21+ years of luxury automotive retail experience. He considers himself a "car nut" and began his career because of his love for cars. Along the way, Salem learned that luxury automotive retail isn't about the cars as much as it is about the people. Customers, team members, vendors, It's the collaborations and interactions that make this business interesting and fun.
One of his favorite things to experience is the excitement a person gets when they get their new car! "It doesn't seem to matter their walk in life, people always get amped. "
"I feel very lucky to be a team member at Mercedes-Benz Westminster, I expect to be giving our clients excellent value and service for many years to come."
Greg Weiler had his first experience with the renowned automotive manufacturer as a young man who rode to school in Mercedes - Benz taxi cabs in Europe. Later on, he began his automotive career in 1991 at the ripe age of 19. Since then, he has spent 9 consecutive years with Mercedes - Benz. His love of vehicles and enthusiasm to learn more has driven him from a sales professional, to the in house S - Class specialist, to the Pre-Owned Internet Director, to being the Pre-Owned Sales Manager here at Mercedes - Benz of Westminster. Since spending eight years with Mercedes - Benz of Westminster, Greg has launched SClass.com and earned his Master Certification.
Greg enjoys promoting the prominent brand because "Mercedes - Benz has never followed trends, but has always been the leader," and encourages his clients to remember that "buying a brand like Mercedes-Benz should be fun and rewarding."
Jared Young has been in the automotive industry for10 years, primarily with Mercedes-Benz. Achieving Salesperson of the Year, Employee of the Month, and Mercedes Benz Master Certification are just a few of his accomplishments. He is now committed to the overall customer experience and sales team progress as a sales manager. Outside of the office, Jared enjoys taking full advantage of the Rocky Mountains through mountaineering and photography.
"Gottlieb Daimler's motto Das Beste oder nichts (The best or nothing at all), influences every choice we make in our quest to provide clients with upmost first class service. Anyone can sell a vehicle once, but earning a client for life is what makes our dealership truly unlike any other. We have an uncompromised commitment to providing quality service, one of the many reasons we have been recognized with the 2010 and 2011 Mercedes-Benz Best of the Best award."
David J. Mullen, III launched his automotive career in 1994 in the domestic market and has only worked for two automobile manufactures over that large time span. David is putting his extensive experience in the Service Department to use here at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster.
David joined the United States Air Force straight out of high school. He trained and worked in Accounting and Finance for the ten years he was on active duty. While he was in the USAF he attended Sinclair C.C. in Dayton Ohio. An auto enthusiast for his entire life, he realized that working with, being around and helping others with the same passion for automobiles was the only career path for him. Since his first day working in a Service Department Dave has always strived to treat everyone better than he would like to be treated by being up-front, honest and trustworthy.
"This is my first time working with a quality, luxury German automaker, and I must say, the words Quality and Luxury should always be used in the same statement as Mercedes-Benz!."
Charlie Billings is a Master Certified Parts Manager who began his automotive career as a parts driver at the age of fourteen in Mississippi. He had over fifteen years experience when he joined the team here at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster in 2006.
Charlie says, "I know I work for the best Mercedes-Benz dealership around because our customers are constantly telling me that we have the friendliest staff and excellent customer service. I agree with them one hundred percent!"
"After twenty one years in this business I have come to realize that there is no better automobile in the world than Mercedes-Benz, I love being able to work with the quality parts on a daily basis."
Scott Casselman is a Master Certified Assistant Service Manager who started his automotive career at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster in October of 2003 washing cars. After six months of "hard work and dedication to the business I was granted further opportunity of becoming a Service Advisor, in which I held for four years."
Scott received a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado. He says, "The only way to be successful in this industry is with a trusted relationship between you and your client's. It is vital to make sure that you meet your promises."
"This dealership stands apart from the rest because of our staff. Everyone allows our client's to have the best experience possible in the business."
Rick Nicholas is a Denver native whose varied background includes military service, construction company ownership, computer engineering, and software analysis. He was drawn to the automobile business eleven years ago because of a great salesman. In the five years that Rick has been with Mercedes-Benz of Westminster, he has completed his Master Certification and joined the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals. His primary responsibility is to back up the assets of the dealership with ethical and legal finance products in order to enhance the buyer's ownership experience.
"I like the customer relation part of my job because I can have such a positive effect on the client's perception of the car purchasing experience. We separate ourselves completely from the pack at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster. We incite changes in how a customers perceive us as a dealership team and the relationship we build with them."
"As the best store in the Central Region who offers a top of the line vehicle from the finest manufacturer, we never stop trying to be better for the customer. It's great to be here at Mercedes - Benz of Westminster!"
Eugene Darconte needed a change from the insurance business after 9-11 and began his automotive career eight years ago in New York City. After relocating to Colorado to continue his profession, Eugene ascended into finance for four years in the domestic market before joining the team at Mercedes - Benz of Westminster in February 2009. "[Mercedes - Benz of Westminster] is class act and a truly great place to come to work everyday."
Eugene enjoys the daily variation of helping clients secure the vehicle of their dreams and cites the Golden Rule as a key to his success. In his business, he believes that "when you don't pre-judge and treat everyone the way you'd like to be treated, good things usually happen."
Jeff McDowell believes that to be successful in the auto industry, you need to have a strong relationship with your customers in all aspects of their vehicle ownership. This ranges from the sales experience, to how a car is purchased, and for the servicing of that car for years to come. The customer needs to feel valued and apart of the Mercedes-Benz family. People work hard in life and they deserve to reward themselves for that hard work; with the oldest and most prestigious automobiles in the world.
"I believe that Mercedes-Benz is a brand that will continue to flourish and ensure that they are focused their past, present, and future customers' needs and wants. Mercedes-Benz listens to the feedback of customers and builds upon their desires to provide numerous styles of vehicles to choose from."
Chris Blinkinsoph is a true car enthusiast who loves everything about the Mercedes brand, from the History, Innovation, and especially Motorsports and Racing. He is Master Certified, and celebrating his 10th year with the Mercedes-Benz Brand in 2012. He has previously worked with Mercedes dealers in Florida and California, but has found a good home here at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster since April of 2009.
"I really love it here in Westminster! I look forward to selling Mercedes-Benz at the dealership and raising my family here for many years to come."
Joshua Grimm is a man of many talents. His background includes carpentry, custom home finishes, and Sales/Talent management. Joshua has his Bachelor's Degree in Business. He joined the sales team at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster in 2006 and has proven to be a valuable asset ever since. He currently is Master Certified and was named #1 Salesman of the Year in 2011.
Joshua excels in this industry due to his strong work ethic and his superb ability to build an ongoing relationship with his clients. "This dealership is home and I can't imagine myself working any place else. I believe when people know that you are working with a tight-knit family they will feel like they are doing business with the right place."
Crystal Hopp has risen quickly since she began with the dealership in 2008. Starting as a part-time receptionist, she was soon given the title of Delivery Specialist for the next three years. "The time I spent teaching and helping our clientele understand just how amazing their new vehicle is was very rewarding."
In 2011, Crystal was made an official part of the MBOW sales team and has since earned her Master Certification with Mercedes-Benz. "It is an amazing opportunity to be part of a brand and team that truly cares about our clientele and the reputation we build. Where we excel as a team is being able to provide a world class experience while maintaining an at-home feel. Everyone is welcome here."
Hayley Krushe graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Marketing. After graduating, she found the pace of your average 9-5 somewhat boring. She was approached about a career in the auto industry and decided it was a great way to spend her days with people rather than paperwork. She enjoyed her first year in sales and after a trip to Colorado decided it was time to relocate.
"After much research I knew Mercedes-Benz of Westminster was the place to be. When you combine a product like Mercedes-Benz with the people that work here you just know this is the place you want to come to everyday. No two days are the same and I get the pleasure of spending my days with great customers in their happiest moments, taking ownership of a Mercedes-Benz."
Win Lewis is devoted to the Mercedes-Benz brand. He has the professionalism and expertise to help guide the clients through the complexities of purchase vs. lease. He wants to make sure the client is comfortable and understands the processes of the ever changing dynamics of car buying decisions. His approach is an honest and straight forward one, giving the client the knowledge to make the best decision for their situation.
Steve Litwin is a Master Certified Internet Specialist with over twelve years of experience with Mercedes - Benz. Since joining the Mercedes - Benz of Westminster team in 2005, Steve successfully entered the 4th Quarter Winner's Challenge for Maybach sales in 2006 at the Maybach Relations Manager.
Steve delights in creating memories for his clients and "most enjoys making it possible for them to acquire a luxury car many dreamed of owning."
"The environment at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster is inviting and I'm proud of the people I work with and for. I pass two other Mercedes-Benz stores on the way to work every day and the additional 30,000 miles per year is well worth the drive. When customers walk in, they feel confidence in this dealership. I hope all the people that I have met will remember me in the same positive way."
John J. Mattis is a former engineer with the state of Rhode Island. John began his automotive career after a move to Florida, where he started off selling domestic vehicles before moving on to Mercedes-Benz and becoming Master Certified. He has thrived in this industry for 23 years; 13 of which were with Mercedes-Benz.
"I like making the client happy, taking care of their needs, and building long term relationships."
My favorite thing to say to a client after they purchase is "welcome to the family" because at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster you truly are part of a family. "It's a pleasure to come to work, to be proud of where you work, and to have a facility set up to help the client with any aspect of their vehicle needs."
Josh Richardson began his automotive career in 2007; he was looking for a change from the European professional basketball scene. After playing abroad for 5 years, he was getting tired of having to leave his family to report for training camp. Although his experience has been mainly in the domestic market, Josh has really come to appreciate what a luxury brand has to offer. "Mercedes-Benz has the best finish on their vehicles - hands down! It is hard to find anything wrong with the product." He started his career with Mercedes-Benz of Westminster in October of 2009 and says, "Neither of the two dealerships I worked for previously, cared about their customers the way that Mercedes-Benz of Westminster does."
Josh graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor's degree in social work in 2003. When he was asked what he thinks it takes to be successful in the automotive industry he responded, "Be honest, be yourself, have fun with the customers. After all, buying a car should be fun - being that you will spend a lot of time in your vehicle."
Jordan Staucet joined the sales team at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster in February 2012 after impressing us with his work ethic. Looking for a career change, Jordan took his job search to the streets - literally. Most would be intimidated by handing resumes to complete strangers on a busy street corner, but Jordan thrived and we saw value in his dedication. Jordan truly enjoys building everlasting relationships with people - both in and out of the workplace. Although new to the car industry, Jordan's passion for luxury automobiles and the sincere genuineness that he shares with everyone around him has helped his success within the organization. Jordan also holds a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing from Arizona State University.
"I am truly impressed by the Mercedes Benz brand and enjoy providing ample knowledge and education to my customers to assist them in making the right decision."
Ryan Vanyi began his nine years of automotive experience as a web developer for a Mercedes-Benz dealership on the east coast. In 2006, he moved to Colorado where he embarked on his new career in automotive sales with Mercedes - Benz of Westminster.
Since joining the sales team, Ryan has received his Master Certification. He has also represented Mercedes - Benz of Westminster in the C-Class Walk Around contest where he won not only the dealership, state, and Central Regional competitions, but then went on to place 4th in the nation out of 22 states.
Ryan enjoys the professional relationship with his clients and works hard to earn their trust. "Customer satisfaction is #1 and we always get it done. We have a supportive staff and great management that stay involved. Everyone gets along and works as a team."
Chuck and his wife are transplanted Coloradans from the San Francisco Bay area. They move to Denver 9 years ago when an opportunity presented itself for her financial practice.
Chuck is a graduate of Cal Berkeley, has a love of performance automobiles (especially German high ?line), and has maintained interest in the automotive industry. "I consider Mercedes to be at the pinnacle of the industry in both design and execution". His off work time is spent walking their dog Bentley and public speaking engagements.
Scott Elder started working in the automotive industry in the garage of his father's trucking company in
Scott has worked with Mercedes-Benz vehicles for over nine years. He started his career here at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster in 2003 and says that, "Mercedes-Benz of Westminster is by far the finest dealership I have ever worked for in my 17 years in the business! From sales to service everyone understands that creating loyal customers is our first priority."
Linda Konecny fascination with cars began as a teenager. "I could name a car just by looking at its wheels." The passion that she has for automobiles launched her into a position with Mercedes-Benz of Missoula, Montana. She started there in 2002 as a shuttle driver. During that time she was committed to learning everything she could about the vehicles. It wasn't long before she was offered a position with the company as a Service Advisor. "I knew this was the right place for me to be." Linda is currently working on becoming Master Certified through Mercedes-Benz USA. "I love my job. Every day is an adventure!"
As early as I can remember, my family spent several hours in the garage cleaning and polishing the Trans Am for local car shows in Arizona. Weekend after weekend, from one show to the next, we displayed my Fathers pride and joy a 1981 Pontiac Trans-Am. I am the proud owner of that car today after 30 years.
I was given the opportunity to work in the auto industry in 1996, directly out of high school. I was seeking a career that would allow me to become independent. At that time, I had no idea it would become my life. Although I am new to Mercedes-Benz, my career started with a 15 year journey with General Motors. Many things have changed in the auto industry through the years; however, my passion for providing clients with exceptional service has not.
If I have learned anything over the years it is that you never know what might be coming into the service drive. Every client that I meet face to face or on the phone is an opportunity. What I do know is the opportunities are endless. Every day you have the opportunity to make someone's day or correct problems.
I feel that through my career I have accepted new challenges and I always want to move forward to new opportunities. Joining the Mercedes-Benz family, I have reached the pinnacle of the service industry. I enjoy the challenge and look forward to this new chapter in my career.
Noah Chacon is a native of Colorado and a passionate and devoted Denver Nuggets Fan. His most important roles in life are being a great husband and the father of an outgoing daughter. He has been involved with automobiles his entire life and has worked in the industry since 2004. Noah started his career with Mercedes-Benz of Westminster as a Lot Technician. His first promotion was enhancing our website with photographs he had taken of vehicles for sale. Moving up the ladder once more, Noah is now a Service Writer. Working closely with management, he ensures that our Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles are inspected and restored to meet the highest standards before the vehicle is sold.
"I really enjoy what I do here and that makes it easy to come to work everyday. This dealership has provided me with an opportunity to grow personally and professionally. I am excited to see how far I can go with this outstanding team of people."
Bob Benning started in the automotive industry in 1977 as a courtesy driver at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Austin. Since then he has worked with over 20 car lines in four states. Now being employed with Mercedes-Benz of Westminster, Bob feels he has come full circle.
"I can say unequivocally, Mercedes-Benz of Westminster is the finest dealership I have ever worked at. My co-workers are exceptional and the customers are awesome!"
Kim Marstonstarted his 39 year career in the automotive industry due to his love for cars. We are lucky to have Kim as part of the Mercedes-Benz of Westminster team since he joined us in January of 2009. Happily married for 23 years, Kim also likes to spend his time cruising down the open road on his motorcycle.
Bobby Waytshas certainly left his stamp here with Mercedes-Benz of Westminster since joining the crew in February of 2008. Initially attracted to the brand because of the exceptional products, his passion still shines through as he has earned both employee of the month awards and his Master Certification. He says it best; "It's the wonderful people that make coming to work so easy!"
Alisha Walenta joined the team here at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster in January 2012. Before she was given the opportunity of working here, Alisha was an Infant Nursery Supervisor in a childcare. Once she came on-board at Mercedes-Benz of Westminster, she knew that she found where she belonged! Alisha states that "everybody here welcomed me and made me feel like family".
Alisha loves knowing that she is the person each customer comes to, to get them back on the road while their car is being serviced. She enjoys spending time with her family (husband, two sons, and her dog). She also enjoy exercising, camping, and of course, shopping! Alisha is a very happy-go-get-'em kind of person and loves to smile. That being said, Alisha does her best to make every person she comes across smile and brighten their day, at least a little bit!