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  • Dan DeLeon

    Dan DeLeon

    General Manager

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    Dan DeLeon

    Dan DeLeon

    General Manager

    Dan has been with The Gene Messer Auto Group since July 2006, and he is originally from Guatemala, Central America. Dan sold Volkswagens there shortly after he graduated from high school for a few years while he attended college. Dan made the decision to move to Lubbock after visiting relatives and left with a positive impression of the city and the people and he took unto the challenge and made Lubbock his new home! Dan started working in sales and performed multiple roles at our store and he has lead the VW Team as general Manager since 2015. He loves everything that is related to VW, he sells them, repairs them, races them, and has owned over a dozen of VW’s and counting! He is devoted to his employee’s success and believes that having strong work ethic and loving what you do dictates the store’s culture and it reflects on the positive experiences that our customers live every day. His favorite quote is “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” His favorite VW is a 1984 MK1 GTI.

  • Jordan Garrett

    Jordan Garrett

    General Sales Manager

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    Jordan Garrett

    Jordan Garrett

    General Sales Manager

    Jordan has worked with the Gene Messer Auto Group since 2008 and has been in Lubbock since he attended Texas Tech in 2006. He is married and has an Alaskan Malamute. He enjoys bouldering, snowboarding, woodworking, and reading. He absolutely hates running but does it quite often. His favorite Volkswagen is a Certified Pre-Owned one and one of his favorite quotes is: “It’s good to set your standards so high that you have to work your entire life to achieve the mark. Winning has never caused someone to lose sleep.”

  • Ronald Thigpen

    Ronald Thigpen

    New Car Manager

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    Ronald Thigpen

    Ronald Thigpen

    New Car Manager

    Ronald Thigpen is our beloved Finance Manager.
    He loves long walks in the rain, margaritas, and Deadpool.
    He started with the Gene Messer Auto Group in 2008.
    He loves talking and meeting new people every day.
    He has 6 kids and a Great Dane. He loves the dog!
    His favorite actor and person is Robin Williams.
    “You’re only given a spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it” -Robin Williams

  • Greg Zavala

    Greg Zavala

    Finance Director

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    Greg Zavala

    Greg Zavala

    Finance Director

    Greg has been in the car business for over 15 years. He is a Lubbock native & has been married for an amazing 20 years. He has an amazing daughter Aleah, son Jeremiah & dog Neville. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his amazing family. His favorite Volkswagen is his wife’s 2018 convertible Beetle. One of his favorite quotes is: “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything” -Back to the Future.

  • Kyle Hind

    Kyle Hind

    Special Accounts Manager

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    Kyle Hind

    Kyle Hind

    Special Accounts Manager

    Kyle has worked for Gene Messer Auto Group for 20 years. He enjoys taking care of his clientele and making new friends who are in need of finding a vehicle. His favorite Volkswagen is a Jetta because it is a great value for the money. His favorite quote is: “You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.” – David Wooderson

  • Ehsan Nemati

    Ehsan Nemati

    VEST (Volkswagen Elite Sales Training) Certified

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    Ehsan Nemati

    Ehsan Nemati

    VEST (Volkswagen Elite Sales Training) Certified

    Ehsan moved to Lubbock in 2012 and has been with the Gene Messer Auto Group since April of that year. He loves soccer and Real Madrid is his favorite team, on his spare time he enjoys watching movies and he’s very passionate about them and can talk to you about classics, their directors and give you all the details about Pulp Fiction! Ehsan takes pride in providing the best possible customer service and likes to be challenged with product knowledge.Ehsan’s commitment to his customers has given him the honor of being one of the top 3 sales consultants for the year for the Gene Messer auto group since 2015. He believes that Buying a car should be a fun process and he’s committed to deliver a great experience to his customers. Ehsan’s favorite VW is the upcoming 2019 Jetta!

  • Benjamin Jacobi

    Benjamin Jacobi

    VEST (Volkswagen Elite Sales Training) Certified

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    Benjamin Jacobi

    Benjamin Jacobi

    VEST (Volkswagen Elite Sales Training) Certified

    Benjamin has been coming to Gene Messer Volkswagen since 2008 with his own cars. Over time he got to know everyone and it created a job opportunity. He has worked here since May of 2013. Ben has been in Lubbock since 2002 when he transferred his college studies here. He studied Ministry at Lubbock Christian University where he met his wife. They now have 2 kids and maintain connection with the local church community. Ben continues his passion for developing caring relationships with co-workers and clients and enjoys conversing about sports, cooking, and Star Wars. He also drives a Beetle – that is how much of a VW Dork he is! He is VEST Certified and an all around Volkswagen Specialist.

  • Adam Garcia

    Adam Garcia

    Sales Consultant

    Adam Garcia

    Adam Garcia

    Sales Consultant

  • Thomas Hallford

    Thomas Hallford

    Sales Consultant

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    Thomas Hallford

    Thomas Hallford

    Sales Consultant

    Thomas has been with Gene Messer Volkswagen since August of 2016, he is originally from Big Spring Texas. Thomas has lived in many different places across the United States. Thomas Attended South Plains College for his Associates in Business Administration. After which he attended Texas Tech University for his B.B.A in Marketing, and is currently in the Graduate program to earn his Masters of Arts in Mass Communications, Advertising. Thomas is a devoted husband, and father. His favorite quote is “Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory” Gen. George Patton. His favorite VW is the 2018 Atlas.

  • Derek Dewart

    Derek Dewart

    VEST (Volkswagen Elite Sales Training) Certified

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    Derek Dewart

    Derek Dewart

    VEST (Volkswagen Elite Sales Training) Certified

    Derek has been with Gene Messer Volkswagen since May 2017. He is originally from the north Dallas area but moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech. Outside of work Derek enjoys playing with his rescued pit bull puppy, watching sports, playing video games, and attending local car club events. He is also VEST certified with his favorite VW being the Golf R because of it’s performance capabilities. His favorite quote is: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky

  • Araceli Pardo

    Araceli Pardo

    Special Accounts

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    Araceli Pardo

    Araceli Pardo

    Special Accounts

    Araceli has worked with the Gene Messer Auto Group since May 2016. She started out as a part time receptionist moved on to be the full time receptionist and now currently is the Kelley Blue Book Acquisition Manager/Sales professional. She is originally from Laredo,TX but grew up in Smyer and has been living in Lubbock since 2004. She is married, enjoys spending time with her family, her 4 dogs, on her down time she enjoys photography and reading. Her favorite Volkswagen is a manual GTI.

  • Daniel Shank

    Daniel Shank

    Business Development Manager

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    Daniel Shank

    Daniel Shank

    Business Development Manager

    Daniel has been with Gene Messer Volkswagen since July 2016. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Daniel joined the US Navy at 17 years old and he saw many tours over seas on many ships. Most of his Naval career was spent stationed in San Diego, where he raised his 3 daughters. Daniel is a country music and sports junkie so do not be surprised if you run into him at local concerts or sporting events. While working at Gene Messer, Daniel was the first employee selected as Champion of the Quarter. He earned this award for his ability to market himself and the dealership while serving as a member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and as a Lubbock Lion. Daniel’s favorite Volkswagens are hands down, the old school Bug and his wife’s new Beetle.

  • June Williams

    June Williams

    Executive Assistant

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    June Williams

    June Williams

    Executive Assistant

    June has been with the Gene Messer Auto Group since February 2008. She grew up on a farm south of Lubbock and went to Lubbock Cooper Schools for 12 years, getting her high school diploma from Lubbock Cooper. She is married, has 3 children, 8 grandchildren another on the way, and 1 great granddaughter. She loves football and is a Broncos fan. Her favorite VW is her 2014 Routan. She has worked her way up from full time receptionist to Executive Assistant.

  • Linda Garcia

    Linda Garcia

    Receptionist

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    Linda Garcia

    Linda Garcia

    Receptionist

    Linda has been with Gene Messer Auto Group since December 2016. She was born and raised in Brazil and lived there until her early 20’s. After marrying her husband, who is originally from Lubbock, TX, Linda moved to the U.S. and had 2 children, a boy and a girl now in their teens. Linda loves watching movies with her kids and also spending time outdoors, but her new favorite thing to do is playing with Dayko, the puppy they just adopted. Linda enjoys driving and listening to country music while on the road, and her favorite Volkswagen is the Atlas. She also enjoys reading when she’s home alone. Linda believes kindness and honesty open many doors.

  • Jennifer Zuniga

    Jennifer Zuniga

    Receptionist

    Jennifer Zuniga

    Jennifer Zuniga

    Receptionist

  • Frank Morales

    Frank Morales

    Lot Porter

    Frank Morales

    Frank Morales

    Lot Porter

  • Connie Hall

    Connie Hall

    Warranty Administrator

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    Connie Hall

    Connie Hall

    Warranty Administrator

  • Steve Kneisel

    Steve Kneisel

    Service Manager

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    Steve Kneisel

    Steve Kneisel

    Service Manager

    Steve is married and has five dependents. He also has five grand children. He’s worked at Gene Messer VW since January of 2016 and really enjoys meeting new people. He loves camping, boating, and mowing The Flat Ugly. (What he decided to name his home). His favorite quote is “This too will pass.” His favorite Volkswagen is one that has just been fixed (the right way) at Gene Messer Volkswagen.

  • Eric Franco

    Eric Franco

    Service Advisor

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    Eric Franco

    Eric Franco

    Service Advisor

  • Philip Gentry

    Philip Gentry

    Service Advisor

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    Philip Gentry

    Philip Gentry

    Service Advisor

  • Marissa Zapata

    Marissa Zapata

    Service Advisor

    Marissa Zapata

    Marissa Zapata

    Service Advisor

  • Mark Mitchell

    Mark Mitchell

    Shop Foreman & Master Technician

    Mark Mitchell

    Mark Mitchell

    Shop Foreman & Master Technician

  • Tavi Mendez

    Tavi Mendez

    Service Technician

    Tavi Mendez

    Tavi Mendez

    Service Technician

  • Trey Bradley

    Trey Bradley

    Service Technician

    Trey Bradley

    Trey Bradley

    Service Technician

  • Levi Balch

    Levi Balch

    Service Technician

    Levi Balch

    Levi Balch

    Service Technician

  • Shelton Bryan

    Shelton Bryan

    Service Technician

    Shelton Bryan

    Shelton Bryan

    Service Technician

  • Dougall "Mac" MacDougall

    Dougall "Mac" MacDougall

    Parts Manager

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    Dougall

    Dougall "Mac" MacDougall

    Parts Manager

  • Andrew Soto

    Andrew Soto

    Parts Specialist

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    Andrew Soto

    Andrew Soto

    Parts Specialist

    Andrew has been with Gene Messer VW as a Volkswagen factory trained parts specialist since June 2015. He was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and his father and brother also work in parts and service for the local Gene Messer Auto Group. Andrew’s favorite hobbies are sports, college football and basketball specifically. His favorite VW is the new Atlas.

  • Luis Moreno

    Luis Moreno

    Parts Consultant

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    Luis Moreno

    Luis Moreno

    Parts Consultant

  • Sonny Moreno

    Sonny Moreno

    Parts Consultant

    Sonny Moreno

    Sonny Moreno

    Parts Consultant

  • Harold Young

    Harold Young

    Retired Master Tech & Driver

    Harold Young

    Harold Young

    Retired Master Tech & Driver

  • Glenn Minick

    Glenn Minick

    Shuttle Driver

    Glenn Minick

    Glenn Minick

    Shuttle Driver

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