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  • 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.

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  • 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."

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  • Scott Larrentree
    New Car Manager

    Scott has been with the Gene Messer Auto Group since June 2015. He is a West Texas native. He grew up in Idalou, Tx. He graduated from Wayland Baptist University. He has 2 children, 1 girl and 1 boy, and a beautiful wife that he has been married to for 26 years. Scott loves sports and hiking. He has 3 dogs and 1 cat that his family adopted. His favorite quote is "Live everyday like it is your last, because tomorrow isn't guaranteed!" Scott's favorite VW is the CC for its sporty looks.

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  • 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.

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  • Ronald Thigpen
    Finance 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

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Nathan Stevenson
    Certified Sales Consultant

    Nathan has been with Gene Messer Volkswagen since January 2018. He is originally from Arlington, Texas. Nathan grew up in Arlington and moved to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech University. He graduated in December 2017 and began working at Gene Messer VW. Nathan enjoys being outdoors and taking trips to Possum Kingdom Lake in the summers. Nathan is a certified sales consultant and his favorite VW is the GTI for it's looks and performance.

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  • Daylan Flowers
    Sales Consultant

    Daylan has been with the Gene Messer Auto Group since early 2018. Daylan is a Lubbock native born and raised, Graduating from Texas Tech in 2007 with a degree in Personal Financial Planning. Daylan is heavily involved in the community, he is also a High school Football and Basketball official and loves to play sports and read in his free time. His favorite quote is "Never put a Q without a U". His favorite VW vehicle is his own 2017 Passat SEL .

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  • Lance Evangelister
    Sales Consultant

    Lance has been with The Gene Messer Auto Group since March 2018, and he is originally from New Orleans, LA. Lance grew up all over the south including Georgia, Louisiana, and Dallas, TX. He is a huge fan of boxing and boxes in his spare time for fun, loves meeting new people, and also enjoys fishing. His favorite quote is
    "To see a man beaten not by a better opponent, but by himself is a tragedy." His favorite VW is the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Tiffany Bustos
    Receptionist


    Tiffany has been with the Gene Messer Auto Group since June of 2017. She was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. Tiffany is currently attending school to obtain her BSN in nursing. In her spare time Tiffany enjoys going to the movies and spending quality time with family and friends. A quote she lives by is: "Failure will NEVER overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." ~ Og Mandino

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  • Frank Morales
    Lot Porter


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  • Connie Hall
    Warranty Administrator


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  • Saul Zapata
    Service Manager


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  • Steve Kneisel
    Service Advisor

    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.

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  • Eric Franco
    Service Advisor


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  • Marissa Zapata
    Service Advisor


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  • Mark Mitchell
    Shop Foreman & Master Technician


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  • Tavi Mendez
    Service Technician


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  • Trey Bradley
    Service Technician


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  • Levi Balch
    Service Technician


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  • Nick Adams
    Parts Manager

    Nick has been with Gene Messer VW since July of 2012 and started with the Gene Messer Auto group in the summer of 2007 part time while enrolled at Texas Tech University. Nick is a five-year Volkswagen factory trained parts specialist as well as an ASE certified auto tech. He was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and his hobbies include restoring and fixing classic cars and motorcycles. His favorite VW it's a tie between the first gen GTi or the 60's Karmann Ghia

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  • 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.

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  • Josh Rodriguez
    Shipping and Receiving

    Josh has been with Gene Messer VW as a Volkswagen factory trained inventory associate since August 2017. He was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas and received his bachelors degree from Texas Tech University. Andrew's favorite hobbies are sports and cars. His favorite VW is the luxurious CC.

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  • Harold Young
    Retired Master Tech & Driver


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  • Glenn Minick
    Shuttle Driver


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