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Meet Our Staff

Service

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Rich Brenner
Buick GMC Service Manager
I grew up in Canfield, OH and graduated from Canfield High School in 1985. I currently reside in Hubbard, OH with my wife and 2 children. I’ve been in the automotive business for more than 25 years and have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2000. I have been in the automotive business for a long time, I started out selling cars then went into the finance department and then on to service. I am sure with my years of experience I can handle any or all of your service needs. When I’m not busy helping customers, I enjoy boating, camping, and spending time with family.
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John Fithian
Courtesy Transportation Manage
Biography coming soon.
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Landon McElroy
Service Advisor
Biography Coming Soon!
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JenaLee McGehee
Service Advisor
My name is JenaLee McGehee. I have been in the automotive industry since 2005 and have spent my entire career with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC. I'm a graduate of Springfield Local High School and currently reside in Petersburg with my fiancee and daughter MarLee. When I have free time I enjoy being with my family, drawing and designing scrapbooks.
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Bobby Nagel
Service Advisor
My name is Bobby Nagel. I have worked in the auto industry since 2004, where I have spent the entire time with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC. I am a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School. In my free time I enjoy going to races.
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Chris Rutledge
Quick Service Manager
I grew up and currently live in East Palestine, OH. I’ve been in the automotive business for more than 20 years and have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 1997. I really enjoy meeting new customer and focus on providing great customer service to keep them coming back. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my band, and spending time with my Wife and two kids, Morgan and Clark.
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Corey Sass
Service Advisor
My name is Corey Sass. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC for the past 2 years. I was born and raised in Struthers Ohio where I still reside. I am a graduate of Struthers High School. In my free time, I enjoy playing bocce and watching The Ohio State Buckeye’s football program.
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Matt Shaw
Service Advisor
Biography Coming Soon!
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Jerry Streb
Chevrolet Service Manager
I am a lifelong resident of the Youngstown area, and have worked for the Sweeney Company since 1974. My entire career has been spent in service. I own and drive a 1969 Camaro Alcohol Funny Car for fun, and also enjoy camping with my wife on weekends when we are not at a race track.
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Jerry Taylor
Service Advisor
My name is Jerry Taylor. I’ve worked at Sweeney since 1989, and in the Auto Industry for a total of about 25 years. I’m a lifelong resident of Youngstown, and a graduate of Chaney High School. I still reside in Youngstown with my wife of 22 years, and 3 children. I also attended New Castle School of Trades for Auto Mechanics. I began my career with Sweeney at State Chevrolet as a mechanic. In my spare time I like to watch Baseball, NASCAR and riding my motorcycles.
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Tony Valiquette
Quick Service Manager
My name is Tony Valiquette. I've worked for Sweeney since 2011 but have been around cars all of my life. I graduated from Struthers High School where I played football and basketball. I then attended YSU for 2 years. In my spare time I like to hang out with my family, workout and play football, basketball and golf.
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Jennifer Wellman
Courtesy Transportation Manager
My name is Jennifer Wellman. I started with Sweeney in 2015 but did inventory for the dealerships many years before that. I live South of Columbiana with my husband and our two children. I am a 2006 graduate of Heartland Christian School. In my spare time I enjoy being outdoors and taking our children for nature walks.

Parts

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Jason Bumgardner
Parts Director
My name is Jason Bumgardner. I've been with Sweeney since 1996, and in the automotive industry for a more than 20 years. I grew up in Leetonia, Ohio where I attended High School. I currently reside in Canfield, Ohio. I have one son name Paris. In my free time, I enjoy Golf, Ohio State Football and spending time with my son.
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Matt Fullerton
Parts Manager
I've been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2002. I live in Columbiana, Ohio with my wife Lisa and twin girls Mya and Lily. I attended Columbiana High School as well as Kent State University. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, and watching NASCAR and Formula 1 racing.

Sales

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Derek Snyder
Executive Manager/Partner
I’ve spent my entire life around the automotive industry. I started at my father’s dealerships, Snyder Pontiac Buick GMC in Mercer, PA and Snyder Oldsmobile Pontiac Cadillac in Grove City, PA. I’ve been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2009. I was the Valedictorian of GM Dealership Management Class 229 and also studied at Marian University in Indianapolis. I enjoy facilitating the development of employees and helping provide a world class shopping experience for our customers. In my free time, there's no place I'd rather be than with my family and friends. One of my favorite past times is attending sporting events such as cheering on the Duke Blue Devil's basketball team.
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Bobby Stackhouse
General Sales Manager/Partner
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Ed Gainard
Used Car Manager
My name is Ed Gainard. I am the used car manager here at Sweeney Chevrolet. I have worked in the auto industry more than 30 years, and have been with Sweeney since 2004. I grew up in Girard, Ohio and currently reside in Liberty, Ohio with my wife Kathy. I have two Children, Katy (31) and Sean (28). I am a graduate of Ursuline High School in Youngstown, Ohio. In my free time I love spending time with my pets, 3 dogs and 1 cat and watching the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (I have been a lifelong fan).
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Anthony Garono
Sales Manager
I grew up in Canfield, OH and graduated from there in 1993. I still reside in Canfield and have been with the Sweeney organization since March 2005. I was in sales from 2005, 2006 & 2007 and was part of GM Mark of Excellence for all three years. In 2008 I completed F & I school at GM headquarters in Detroit, MI. I was an F & I manager at Sweeney’s until March of 2009 when I was promoted to Sales Manager. In my spare time I truly enjoy spending every second with my twins, Theresa and Anthony. I also enjoy golfing and spending time with family. My mother and my three sisters and their families still live in Canfield, while my brother David lives in Virginia with his family and my younger brother Steven lives in Atlanta.
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Justin O'Hara
Floor Manager
Bio coming soon!
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Frank Perrotta
Sales Manager
I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 1988. As a Sales Manager, I enjoy interacting with customers and finding them the right vehicle to fit their needs. I am a life-long resident of Struthers, OH. I enjoy spending time with my wife, Kathy, and my two sons, Frank and A.J. Frank works at CCA prison in Youngstown, OH and as a part-time police officer. A.J. is a sophomore at The University of Akron where he is studying marketing. My hobbies include traveling, golfing, camping, gardening, and watching sports.
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Joe Pinciaro
Sales Manager
My name is Joe Pinciaro Jr. I’ve been in the Automotive Industry since 2002 and have spent my entire with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC. I am a graduate of Boardman HS and Youngstown State University. I still reside in Boardman with my wife Laney and our 3 children, Gianna, Tony and Dominic. I was a financial adviser for 6 years with knowledge in banking, investments and lending. I have also worked as a Car Salesman and Used Car Manager prior to becoming a Business Manager. I spend my personal time as the President of Boardman Football Alumni Association and a Council Member of Boardman High School Alumni. I also coach flag football for the Boardman Flag Football League.
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Greg Protich
Sales Manager
I was born in Redondo Beach, CA, grew up and live in Austintown, OH. I have more than 10 years of experience in the automotive industry and have been at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2010. In my free time I enjoy biking, golfing, playing basketball and spending time with family.
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Nick Santoro
Used Car Manager
I grew up in Campbell, Ohio and for the last 15 years, my wife, Amy and I have resided in Canfield. I am a father of four and a proud grandpa. My oldest two, Frank and Nicole, both live in Streetsboro. Our daughter Alyssa is a sophomore at Canfield High School and is on the girls golf team and cheerleading squad. Our youngest, Tara is finishing up at the middle school and plays soccer and lacrosse. We have an eight year old granddaughter, Gianna, who loves to swim. I have been in the car industry for over thirty years. I have been with the Sweeney organization since 2015 as the Used Car Manager. I am a member of the GM Mark of Excellence and have attended the NADA Dealer Academy. When I have free time, I enjoy vacationing with my family and quiet weekends at home. I enjoy playing basketball with the kids and am a fan of Nascar and love to watch football.
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Bill Baird
Product Specialist
I grew up in Lowellville, OH and currently live in Poland, OH with my wife, Becky, and 2 girls, Lily and Zoe. I’ve been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2011. Previously, I worked in Environmental Sales and services for 15 years. I’m a very easy-going person to work with, and like to get straight to the point. I was a member of the Poland Fire Department from 1992 to 2009. My free time I like to spend with my family and working on our house. I also enjoy camping and fishing with my daughters. Come see me for the best car buying experience you have ever had.
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Jordan Banks
Product Specialist
I've been in the automotive industry since 2013. Currently, I reside in Canfield, Ohio but I grew up in Dayton. In my free time I enjoy relaxing and spending time with my friends and family. I also enjoy water skiing, tubing and taking my four wheeler out. I also love watching movies.
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Wyatt Beck
Product Specialist
I grew up in Berlin Center, OH and now reside in Austintown. I am married to my best friend and high school sweet heart and we are blessed to be parents of 2, Bailey and Forrest. I have been with Sweeney since 2015 with 3 years of prior experience in sales with Chevrolet. I take pride in the Chevrolet brand and product with both of my parents, several aunts and uncles and my grandfather all working at the General Motors plant in Lordstown. My biggest hobby is music, as I’ve played guitar for over 12 years now. Along with guitar I also play drums and I lead the Worship Team at my church for Sunday morning Services. If you meet me it won’t take long to find out I am very easy going. I treat my customers the way I would want to be treated at a dealership, without all of the high pressure. I’m here to help you make an educated and informed decision and make sure the car you drive away in is the car that fits all of your needs as well as your budget.
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Mike Boggia
Product Specialist
I grew up in Hubbard, Ohio, where I currently reside. I have been with Sweeney since 1997. I am a GMAC/Ally certified leasing consultant and also sell new and used vehicles. I drive a GMC SIERRA EXT 4X4 to haul my favorite hobby, motocross and supercross, which I currently race. I was national champ in the AHRMA 125 expert class in 1994.
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Bill Bross
Product Specialist
I grew up in Transfer, PA and moved to Hubbard, OH in 1986 when I married my wife, the former Maureen Patrick. I worked at Sweeney's from 2010 until 2013 and recently returned. Prior to selling automobiles, I spent most of my life in the furniture and carpet business. When I'm not working I like to travel, cook, play poker and take care of my home. I look forward to coming to work each day and helping customers find the vehicles they need.
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Mitch Callahan
Product Specialist
I am a lifelong resident of Bazetta Township, Cortland, Ohio. I graduated from Lakeview Schools, and attended Kent State and Youngstown State University. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Jeannette, and she is the Owner/Artistic Director of Jeanette's School of Dance. We are the proud parents of one daughter, Courtney, who resides in Boardman with her husband Aaron. I have more than 20 years experience in the automobile industry having worked as both Sales Consultant and New Car Manager. I am proud to have been the recipient of many customer service awards throughout the years, and I am excited to be working as a Sales Consultant for Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, in Boardman. During my free time I am either working with my wife at our dance school, serving on various committees at our church or attending high school/college football and basketball games.
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Matthew Carothers
Product Specialist
My name is Matthew Carothers; I grew up in Western Pennsylvania in town called Stoneboro and currently reside in Hermitage, Pa. I have been a member of the Sweeney Family since 2015, and previously was a photographer for Lifetouch, and a bartender at the Wynn Las Vegas resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada. I am married to my wife Kelly and together we have a little boy named Owen who is three years of age. I graduated from Kennedy Catholic High School in Hermitage, and later studied at Youngstown state University and ITT Technical institute in Henderson NV in fields of Visual Communications and Network System Administration. My hobbies include spending time with my family, hunting, and watching football and baseball events.
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John Cefalde
Product Specialist
My name is John Cefalde. I've been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2012. I've been a lifelong resident of Austintown, Ohio where I still live with my daughters Kayley and Alaynah . In my free time I love shooting pool, playing softball and playing poker. My favorite part about being in the automotive industry is getting to know new people everyday. I am a straight forward family man.
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Steve Cerny
Product Specialist
I grew up in the Howland and Cortland, Ohio area I currently live in Girard, Ohio. I have been married to my wife Michelle for 15 years now. I am a proud father of two girls both active in soccer, various other sports, drama clubs and church activities. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2016. I have been in the car business for about little over a year now. Additionally, I have over 20 years in the food and beverage industry mostly Managing Concession at the Covelli Centre and Kansas State University. I am avid Chicago Bears fan I try to get to see at least one game a year. The majority of my time is enjoying watching my daughter play sport and rooting them on.
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Lisa Crone
Leasing Manager
I was born and raised in Youngstown Ohio, and currently reside in Mineral Ridge. ​I have been part of Team Sweeney since June of 2012. When it comes to sports, I am a Pittsburgh girl. Pens, Pirates and Steelers. In my free time I love to spend time with my family and friends.
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Amanda Decesare
Customer Relations
Hello! My name is Amanda DeCesare. I began working in the automotive industry on March 2nd, 2015. I live in Columbiana, Ohio and am new to the area. I grew up in Overland Park, Kansas outside of Kansas City and am a graduate of Blue Valley Northwest HS. In my freetime I enjoy reading, traveling, swimming, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.
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Debra DePaul
Product Specialist
When you’re born & raised in Youngstown, Ohio I guess you can’t help but have some type of connection to the auto industry with a General Motors plant practically in your back yard. My career in this industry began years ago when I worked for that GM plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Afterward in 2006 I became a sales consultant at Saturn of Boardman. When Saturn was closed by GM, I joined the sales team at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in November 2011. A few of my interests are weight training/personal training, nutrition/wellness, cooking/baking & watching/attending sporting events (I’m a fan of most sports ~ football, baseball, hockey, MMA, and Rugby).
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Frank DiIanni
Product Specialist
Hello! My name is Frank DiIanni. I have been with the Sweeney organization since 2011, however, I've been in the automotive industry since 2001. I grew up in Youngstown and graduated from Cardinal Mooney in 1982. I've lived in Boardman for more than 25 years with my wife Chris and our twin girls Amanda and Kaila and our boys Nico and Phillip. In my free time I like traveling with my wife, watching the Cavaliers and Pirates and most of all, spending time with my family.
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Linda Gabrick
Delivery Coordinator
I have been with the Sweeney organization since 1974 when the Chevrolet dealership was on Wick Avenue. I’m originally from the West Side of Youngstown and graduated from Chaney High School. I was hired at State Chevrolet the day after graduation and have been with the Sweeney family dealership ever since. My husband Ed and I have been married for 33 years, live in Austintown and have 4 boys. I loved every minute of motherhood! I have held several different jobs during my employ, from switchboard operator to Finance Manager and I am currently the Delivery Coordinator/Accessories Specialist/CSI facilitator. I love meeting new people every day and hope that I make a difference in our customer’s positive dealership experience here! I love to cook and also love to read, but my true passion is found in being with family!
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Brandon Gates
Product Specialist
Hello, my name is Brandon Gates. I started with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in 2015, however, I have been in the automotive industry since 2013. I grew up in Pulaski, PA, where I still live today. I am a graduate of Wilmington Area High School. In my spare time I enjoy photography, playing guitar, working on cars and music.
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John Gennaro
Product Specialist
Hello! My name is John Gennaro, I started with Sweeney in 2016 but have been in sales and customer service for many years and have worked for organizations such as AT&T, Verizon and Huntington Bank. I am a lifelong resident of Austintown, Ohio. After graduating from Fitch High School, I attended Columbus State University. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and her son. I also love to golf and bike. I am also a fan of all things Cleveland and Buckeyes!
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Tom Hankey
Digital Platform & Integrated Marketing
My name is Tom Hankey. I've been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2012 and have been in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. I am a graduate of Chaney High School as well as Youngstown State University. I'm a life long resident of Youngstown, Ohio where I still live with my wife Geniene and two sons, Anson and Aidan. In my free time I enjoy playing the drums and sharing baseball and The Boy Scouts with my sons.
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Steve Harper
Product Specialist
Hello, my name is Steve Harper. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2016, however I have been in the automobile industry since 2015. I am a current resident of McDonald,Ohio and also a graduate of McDonald High School. In my spare time I enjoy spending it with my two beautiful children Haylie and Lucas. I enjoy golfing, bowling and watching my Ohio State Buckeyes beat that team up north every year. I also enjoy making people laugh and putting a smile on their face. I am easy to get along with and a joy to be around. I promise to make your car buying experience a very easy and enjoyable one. Customer satisfaction is my ultimate goal.
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Mitch Hulvalchick
Product Specialist
I grew up in Niles, Ohio with loving parents Mike, Karen and a younger brother Dennis who recently passed. I am a graduate of Niles McKinley High School as well as Youngstown State University. I currently reside in Girard, Ohio. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2012. I'm a life-long sports enthusiast, I grew up playing every sport. I was all state in football in High School. In my free time I love cooking, eating out and drinking fine wines. I also enjoy spending time with my friends.
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Julia Keith
Customer Relations
I currently live in Youngstown where most of my family resides. I am blessed to have two sons, one a Marine and one in the Army and two daughters and equally blessed to have 7 grandchildren. Born in Pittsburgh but I am an Army brat and travelled extensively until we settled here in Youngstown in 1969. I am a graduate of The Rayen High School and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Youngstown State University. I have also had the distinct pleasure of working at Sweeney’s with some of the most talented individuals in the automobile industry. My many loves include automobiles from shows to racing and besides my passion for cars I love spending time with family, friends, hiking, biking and camping. I am proud to say that our family’s affiliation with the Armed Forces goes back to the Revolution and I was fortunate enough to continue in my ancestors footsteps as a now veteran of the United States Air Force.
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Paul Kello
Product Specialist
Biography Coming Soon!
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Elie Khoury
Product Specialist
My name is Elie Khoury. I have worked for Sweeney Chevrolet since 2004, but have been in the auto industry for more than 20 years. I live in Boardman with my wife Kerry and children Eli (13) and Zac (8). I was born and raised in Lebanon. In my spare time I like to play volleyball and go to the shooting range. I also enjoy the sun, sand and ocean but will settle for a big raft on the pool. An interesting fact about me is that I can speak 3 languages.
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Gordon Knight
Product Specialist
I have been in automobile sales for 20 + years helping thousands of people with their automobile needs. My family has lived in Poland Ohio for the last ten years. I have 2 boys one attending Poland Seminary High School and the other attending Poland Middle School. My wife works at Fed Ex and my golden lab Holly does nothing but eat and sleep. My family enjoys water skiing and snow skiing together along with all the boys sports. We attend Old North Church in Canfield.
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Ray Ludt
Product Specialist
I grew up in Youngstown, OH and currently live with my wife in Boardman, OH. I have 5 daughters and 3 grandchildren. I have more than 10 years of experience in the automotive business and have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2007. I’m a no-pressure sales person who likes to treat customers like they are family. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my grandchildren, spending time with my family, and watching sports.
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Joshua Macklin
Product Specialist
My name is Joshua Macklin. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2015 but have been in the automotive industry since 2012. I grew up in Columbiana, Ohio and attended Columbiana High School prior to joining the US Marine Corp. I currently reside in New Springfield, Ohio with my wife Sidney and son Austin.
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Robert Malovec
Product Specialist
Biography Coming Soon!
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Dominic Mamone
Product Specialist
Biography Coming Soon!
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Steve Manzo
Product Specialist
Bio coming soon!
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Zac Oros
Product Specialist
Hi. I’m Zachary Oros but everyone calls me Zac. While working at a “big box” store for several years, I discovered that I absolutely loved helping my customers. I began in the automotive industry in 2015, joining the Sweeney team in 2016. For me, being a salesman is what I believe I am meant to do. A 2004 graduate of Hubbard High School, I’ve lived almost my entire life in Hubbard, Ohio until recently moving to Champion, Ohio. In my free time, my favorite thing to do is spend time with my son Izaak, fiancé Brittany and her three children Skylyr, Elisha, and Spencer. I am a huge Cavs, Indians and Buckeyes fan, I also consider myself a pretty good cook and I love trying new recipes. My goal is to help you find the perfect vehicle and enjoy your automotive purchasing experience. I strive to have great working relationships with each and every one of my customers.
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Dan Parker
Delivery Coordinator
I grew up in East Palestine, Ohio and currently live in Youngstown, Ohio. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet since 2006 and enjoy interacting with our customers. In my free time I like to vacation and spend time with family and friends.
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Randall Peters
Product Specialist
Biography Coming Soon!
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Steve Pumphrey
Product Specialist
Hello! My name is Steve Pumphrey. I have been with the Sweeney organization since 2016 but have been in the automotive industry since 2014. I reside in Warren Ohio and am a graduate of Warren Western Reserve HS. I have been married to my wife Marybeth since 1998. We have two children, Steve Jr and Melissa as well as five beautiful grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, helping them with school and sports!
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Chris Ross
Product Specialist
My name is Chris Ross, I've been with Sweeney since 2013 and have worked in sales and customer service for quite some time. I grew up in Columbiana, Ohio and went on to attend Youngstown State University where I attained a 4 year degree in Hospitality Management. In my spare time I enjoy hunting and fishing. I'm a very easy going individual and will do what I can to help others.
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Vera Scarl
Product Specialist
I started with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in 2014 and have been in the automotive industry since 2002. I'm a graduate of Springfield High School as well as the University of Akron. I currently reside in Ravenna, OH with my husband Joseph. I have two children Shawna and Joshua. In my free time I enjoy boating, camping and travel as well as spending time with my 5 grandchildren.
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Lisa Sefcik
Product Specialist
I am originally from Struthers, now living in Austintown. Married to Stephen Sefcik and have three beautiful children Megan, Crystal, and Jack. I started my career at Sweeney in 2015. I enjoy working with people and enjoy what I do. In my spare time I love the outdoors boating, and warm weather activities. I also have a gift basket shop online, that I like to do as a hobby. But, mostly I enjoy family time with my family.
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Rick Spokane
Product Specialist
I grew up in Youngstown, OH and now live in Boardman, OH. I started working in the automotive business in 1964. I worked for State Chevrolet (owned by Arthur J. Sweeney) from 1965 to 1971; then returned to the Sweeney family in 2004. I truly enjoy working with customers to help them find the right vehicle. In my free time I enjoy bowling.
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Bob Chaney
Product Specialist
My name is Bob Chaney. I've been with the Sweeney organization since 2017, but I've been in the auto industry since 1997. I am a graduate of Niles McKinley High School, and grew up in Niles. I currently live in Cortland with my children. In my free time I enjoy attending my sons sporting events, going to shooting ranges and dabbling in wine and beer making.
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Steve Bannon
Product Specialist
I joined #TeamSweeney in 2017, but have been in the automotive industry since 2001. I currently live in Poland, Ohio. Growing up, we moved around a good amount because my father was in the Navy, but I have called Poland home for more than forty years. I am a graduate of Poland High School, the University of Cincinnati and the Akron College of Massotheraphy. My wife Jennifer and I have been married for more than 25 years ago. We have two sons, John (23) and Stephen (16). We also have a 4 year old Golden Retriever named Marco! In my free time I enjoy golf and spending time at Stephen's sporting events or travelling to see John. Prior to joining Sweeney, I sold vehicles outside of Pittsburgh and jumped at the opportunity to come home.
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Joe Ludwig
Product Specialist
Biography Coming Soon.

Office

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Stephanie Pozega
Office Manager
My Name is Stephanie Pozega. I'm the office manager for Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, where I have been since 1978. I'm a lifelong resident of Girard, Ohio. In my free time I enjoy reading, the beach, shopping and spending time with my family and friends.
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Mark Blythe
I. T. Director
Originally from the Akron area, I currently live in Howland with my wife, Joyce, my son, Zach and 2 Scottish Terriers. I have held a couple positions at Sweeney’s and after over 20+ years in the IT business, I have recently moved to the IT Department here. We are a billet family for the Youngstown Phantoms and are huge hockey fans. After hockey games, hockey lessons for my son and spending time with our hockey player billet sons, I have little time for anything other than hockey in what little spare time I have.
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Jeneane Culler
Office Personnel
I grew up in East Palestine, Ohio I live in Lisbon, Ohio now with my husband Randy, We have 2 children a son and daughter and have 3 grandkids. I have been with Sweeney since 2007. I enjoy meeting new people and I like to help them and point them in the right direction.
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Annette Infante
Accounts Receivable
I have worked for Sweeney since 2004.
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Jana Schrode
Warranty Administrator
I have worked for Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 1998. I am the dealership's Warranty Administrator. I live in New Middletown, Ohio.
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Laura Shinn
Chevrolet Title Clerk
I have worked for Sweeney since 2011 but I have been around the auto industry my entire life. Both of my parents worked at State Chevrolet before it moved to our current location. I am a lifelong resident of Austintown, Ohio and a graduate of Austin Fitch High School. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and watching football.
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Mary Stark
Accounts Payable
My name's Mary Stark. I have worked for Sweeney since 1992, and have been in the automotive industry for 1985. I live in Austintown, Ohio.
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Judy Zarbaugh
Office Personnel
I have worked for Sweeney since 2000. I currently live in Boardman, Ohio.
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Kaitlyn Leonelli
Human Resources Associate
I am a Boardman, OH native. I will have earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resource Management from Youngstown State University in December 2017. I joined Team Sweeney in March of 2017 as a HR Generalist. Before joining Sweeney, I was an Orientation Coordinator and Peer Mentor at Youngstown State University. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors and being active in the community. I am a member of the Youngstown Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, I enjoy camping, hiking and spending time with friends and family.

Finance

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Dave Vantell
Finance Director
I've been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2009, however I've been in the automotive industry for over 25 years. I currently reside in Poland, Ohio but I grew up in Youngstown. I'm a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. I've been married to my wife, Paulette since 1987 and we have one son. In my free time I enjoy golf and watching sports.
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Ben Basista
Business Manager
My name is Ben Basista, I have been working for Sweeney Chevrolet, Buick, GMC since 2011. I am a graduate of Struthers High School in 2010, where I went on to complete my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University in 2015. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with friends and family and I enjoy golfing in the summer time.
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Ron Cast
Business Manager
My name is Ron Cast. I started with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in April of 2015 but I have been in the automotive industry since 2011. I'm born and raised in New Castle, PA where I still reside and am a graduate of Laurel High School and Pennsylvania Culinary School. In my spare time I enjoy playing golf and working on my 1983 Dodge. A fun fact about me is that I managed restaurants for 13 years prior to entering the auto industry.
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Rick Layman
Business Manager
I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and currently live in Hubbard, OH with my wife, Marianne. I’m a proud father of four children. My oldest daughter is a Paramedic in Pittsburgh and my oldest son is a US Marine now living outside of Pittsburgh. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet for over 5 years. I’m a Truck Marketing Institute Graduate, the designated truck specialist as well as the Certified Corvette Specialist for the dealership. Before coming to Sweeney, I had 25 years of experience in the construction industry. I’ve been a life-long car enthusiast. When I was younger, I would drag race and even attended the Professional Driving School at Kentucky Motor Speedway. Recently, I also attended a performance driving school for the C7 Corvette Stingray in Pahrump, Nevada. In my free time I enjoy watching and attending NASCAR races, golfing, and cheering on the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.
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Mark Malaska
Business Manager
My name is Mark Malaska. I started with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC in 2013. I grew up in Youngstown and am a graduate of Cardinal Mooney HS and the University of Akron. I currently live in Canfield with my wife Shelby and son Benjamin. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family.
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Jake McPhatter
Business Manager
I've worked for Sweeney since 2009, but have been in the automotive industry for more than 15 years. I live in New Castle, PA with my wife Kiley but am originally from Philadelphia, PA. I graduated from Northeast High in 1989 and then went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993. In my free time I enjoy any and everything children and sports. I'm a man that appreciates his family and his life!
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Jim Wilson
Business Manager
I was born and raised in Liberty twp, graduating in 1993. After attending The University of Toledo for two years I returned home to finish up at YSU with a BSAS degree in 1998. I have been in the automotive business since 1999 and have been the Business manager at Sweeney Chevrolet since July of 2008. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Principals

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Doug Sweeney
President
President of Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Truck Company in Boardman. Mr. Sweeney earned his Business Management degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1977. He has graduated from the GM School Of Merchandising and Management and also from Leadership Mahoning Valley in 1989. He has served on the GM National Fixed Operations Dealer Board. The dealerships have won numerous sales and customer satisfaction awards over the years, including the coveted Dealer of the Year Award, GM’s top 100 dealerships in the Nation, for five years, and many GM Mark of Excellence Awards for Chevrolet, Buick and GMC, including all three again in 2015. In 2015 Mr. Sweeney was recognized as a Time Quality Dealer award winner. Chosen by peers, known in the industry as one of the most prestigious, and awarded to Auto Dealers who exceed the norm in both business practices and giving back to communities they serve. He has been active in the retail Automotive business in the valley for 39 years. Mr. Sweeney served on the board of National City Bank, Northeast. He is an elder, past corporate chairman, and member for 46 years of Poland Presbyterian Church, a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Regional Chamber, a YSU Foundation Board member, a past board member of The Better Business Bureau, past Advisory council member of Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, formerly on the board of Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic, former board member of the YSU Penguin Club, a member of United Way Leadership Club and Legacy Society, United Way Campaign Chairperson in 2007-08, past board chairman of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Mahoning Valley, past board chairman of the American Red Cross-Mahoning Chapter, a former Chairperson and Board Member of the Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges fundraising effort in the tri county area and Ohio, past Chairperson of the YMCA of Youngstown’s Partner of Youth Campaign which raises substantial monies for Youth memberships, past president of the former Automobile Dealers Association of Northeast Ohio, past chairman of the Vocational Advisory Committee for the Youngstown City Schools, and a past co-chairman of the Tod’s/Forum Health Children’s Hospital Golf Classic and the American Cancer Society Golf Tournaments, golf tournaments raising substantial funds for the hospital and the Cancer Society. He also served for the American Heart Association as the annual Heart Walk Chairman for the three county area and for the Youngstown Business Incubator as Fund Raising Co-chairman for their five year campaign to raise sustaining funds. Married to Patricia McGovern Sweeney (Mahoning County Health Commissioner) for 39 Years. Three children Alexa (Boardman), Andrea (Columbus), Carolyn (Boston, Ma) and Six Grandchildren. His Hobbies are Bicycling, Boating, YSU and Ohio State Football. He is a member of the Lake Club and a founding member of the Rattlesnake Island Club on Lake Erie. Larger Category Sweeney Family Corporate and Family Gifts controlled and/or given by Douglas Sweeney: Over $300,000 Youngstown State University Over $200,000 Youngstown YMCA and Camp Fitch Over $100,000 The Ohio State University Department of Athletics Poland Presbyterian Church United Way Over $50,000 Boardman Schools Athletic Complex Chevrolet Centre/Covelli Centre Over $20,000 Akron Children’s Hospital Boys and Girls Club Salvation Army American Heart Association Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic Youngstown Business Incubator Poland Schools Over $10,000 Ohio Federation of Independent Colleges Youngstown Symphony(in kind) Auto Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio Charities Joannie Abdu Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital via the Panerathon Red Cross Planned Parenthood Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center Regional Chamber Foundation Stambaugh Auditorium Monday Musical Club Over $5000 Lupus Society of America Muscular Distrophy Association American Cancer Society Ursuline Sisters Butler Institute of American Art This does not include the hundreds of thousands of dollars given to smaller charities and team sports throughout the Mahoning Valley.
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Alexa Sweeney Blackann
Vice President
Alexa started her career with the Sweeney organization in 2004. She has been trained in Sales, Service, Accounting, Finance, and Marketing and she is GM Certified to help clients navigate the sales and service process. Alexa has a BSBA in Marketing from YSU and is a Poland Seminary High School graduate. She currently resides in Poland with her husband, Josh, and their four children. Alexa is a Board Member of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and the Better Business Bureau. In 2013, Alexa was honored as a “25 under 35” award recipient, recognized for her commitment to work and community.

Business Development

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Ryan Case
Internet Sales Manager
I am originally from Austintown, OH and I graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration in 2004. I also earned my Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) Certification in 2004. I have been with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2004. I am currently the Business Development & Internet Sales Manager and I direct daily operations for our Business Development Center, as well as data and information management. I enjoy spending time with my wife Melissa, our daughter Colette, and our two dogs. In my spare time I enjoy golfing, and spending time with family. I also am a die-hard Cleveland sports fan.
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Christopher Anderson
Social Media Director
Hello! My name is Christopher Anderson. I have been the Social Media Director at Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since January of 2012. I grew up in Hubbard, Ohio but currently reside in Boardman with my amazing wife Sarah and our spoiled rescue dog Wilbur. I am a Youngstown State University graduate with a Summa Cum Laude BSBA in Marketing Management. I am currently working on my Master of Business Administration. In my free time, I enjoy watching college and professional football (specifically the New England Patriots and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish) and keeping up with current events. I also enjoy volunteering with some of the many amazing charities in the Valley. In 2016 I was honored to be selected as one of the Mahoning Valley's 25 Under 35 awards.
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Steve Barrass
Business Development
Hello! My name is Steve Barrass. I have only worked for Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC since 2015, but I have worked in the automotive industry since 2011. I grew up and still live in Austintown, Ohio with my five year old son Caiden. I attended Austintown Fitch High School and the University of Phoenix.
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Stephanie Cook
Business Development
Bio coming soon!
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Kelley Jenkins
Business Development
My name is Kelley Jenkins. I am a lifelong resident of Youngstown Ohio, having grown up in the city and graduated from South High School. I have three children - Jemel, Amyah and Kayden. I love to spend time with my children, shop and watch movies.
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Sue Kaden
Business Development
I was born and raised in the Mahoning Valley and now reside in Poland, Ohio with my husband. We have two sons and three wonderful grandchildren. I enjoy reading, crochet and spending time with my family.
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Dan Larocca
Business Development
Bio coming soon!
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Tawnya Padilla
Business Development
My name is Tawyna Padilla and though I'm new to the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC organization I have worked in customer service and sales for more than ten years. I grew up in New Castle, PA but I currently reside in Struthers with my husband, Emmanuel and our six sons and our dog. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and watching football!
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Shaina Parish
Business Development
Bio coming soon!
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Ryan Racketa
Business Development
Bio coming soon!
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Amanda Savitts
Business Development
My name is Amanda Savitts. I've worked in the auto industry since 2014, the entire time spent with Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC. I'm a graduate of James A. Garfield High School and Maplewood Career Center. I currently live in Girard with my fiancee and two kids Levaeh and Xavier.
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Andrea Sciola
Business Development
My name is Andrea Sciola, I've been with the Sweeney organization since 2017. I have been in customer service and management since 2002. I am a lifelong resident of Poland, Ohio and am a graduate of Youngstown State University. In 2018 I will be going to the Bahamas to marry my finace Anthony. We have five fur babies, Duke, Zoey, Apollo, Simba and Nala. In my free time I enjoy watching Pittsburgh sports, and spending time with my family and friends.