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Sales/Service Staff


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Management

Michael Childers
General Manager

Michael is originally from Kentucky, consequently he became an avid UK Basketball enthusiast!!  He has resided in Middletown, Delaware for sixteen years.  A graduate of Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and concentrations in Marketing and Management.  He has been with Newark ToyotaWorld twenty-eight years with various positions including; Assistant Service Manager, Parts Manager, Director of Fixed Operations and he currently holds the position of General Manager.

Michael loves to spend his free time with his wife of twenty-one years, his two daughters, one dog and four cats.  He has a passion for taking care of palm trees, which many of you may have seen at our Marrows Road Service location.  He also loves to listen to Country Music and attend concerts throughout the year such as The Zach Brown Band, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley.  On the weekends, when dining out, he often frequents Buffalo Wild Wings in Bear, Delaware, The Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, Maryland, and Catherine Rooney's in Newark, Delaware.  First and foremost, though, when he is at work he is dedicated to making your experience TRULY EXCEPTIONAL!!!

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Matt Riley
General Sales Manager

I have been with the Price Automotive group for over 28 years.  I have held several different positions over the years after starting out as a salesman at Price Dodge right after graduation from the University Of Delaware.  I have been at Newark Toyota World since 2006 as the General Sales Manager. I am a father of 4 and have lived in the area most of my life. In my off time I enjoy spending time with my family and going to all of their events.  I also compete in different sporting events with my family, running local 5K's, sprint triathlons and last year we competed in our first couple of Spartan Runs!

I look forward to meeting you and your family and helping out with all your Automotive needs!


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John Daqui
Pre-Owned Manager

John is a native Delawarean but spent 12 early years living in Southern New Jersey on his family's farms. His career in the auto dealership arena started in July of 1985 after 4 years working for Kinney Shoes. Originally part of The Airport Auto Mall prior to The Price Automotive Group acquiring it in 1986, John has been with our company for 25 of his 31 years in the business holding various positions of sales management in different locations of the Price Group. He has been here at Newark Toyota since 2007 as our Pre-Owned Sales Manager. 

John enjoys spending any spare time possible either poolside in Middletown where he and his family primarily reside or in Dewey Beach where they enjoy a second home. His 2 adult children are both "originals", having attended Caravel Academy from pre-K all the way through high school graduation and are both University of Delaware alums. An avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, John has had season tickets since 1988 and has been tail gating with the same group of crazies at the stadium, several of whom have been long time friends since high school as well as several co-workers.  He enjoys listening to most kinds of music counting Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Journey as favorites and touring the Rehoboth Bay on the family's Yamaha Wave Runners. Favorite places to eat that I highly recommend: Agave on 2nd street in Lewes, DE, Dogfish Head Brew Pub in Rehoboth Beach DE, Kelly's Tavern in Port Penn DE and DiPaulo's Italian Kitchen in Penns Grove just over the bridge in New Jersey. Yes, he LOVES to eat!

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Jim King
Sales Manager

Jim King is originally from New Jersey but has been a Delaware resident for the past 39 years. He has been in the auto industry since 1981 and has spent the last 19 years with Newark Toyota World. Jim's first Toyota was a 1971 Corona and he has been a proud Toyota owner ever since. Jim and his wife Miki love their Toyotas! Jim and Miki love to travel and cruise and are getting ready to celebrate their 44th wedding anniversary. Jim loves animals and has cats, horses and his spoiled English Bulldog Jodie. Jodie and the pets get the best of care at New London Veterinary Center in Newark, Delaware!

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Jeff Ickes
Sales Manager

Local product of St. Marks high school and an Economics/Marketing major at Purdue University. Spent 17 years as a Vice President of wealth management with 3 very well known global investment firms. My background gives me a unique, analytical perspective on how to effectively and inexpensively lease and purchase vehicles. Coincidentally, I have owned Toyota products my entire life. My first car was an '83 Corolla, and after another two corollas, a Camry, a 4Runner, two Tacoma's and a Tundra, recently went bought a Lexus sedan (also made by Toyota). I'm a die hard Philadelphia Flyers fan and have visited all but four US states. I love to go to Sullivan's Steakhouse in Wilmington DE and Brandywine Prime in Chadds Ford, PA.

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Matt Johnson
Service Director

I grew up in the Automotive industry starting out pumping gas at my father's gas station at age 15. I would also help him work on cars, however, I did not like it. I enjoyed speaking with our customers and running the day to day business. I began my dealership career at age 20 in West Chester as a Service Advisor. I have worked for several manufacturers and have found that Toyota is one of the top manufactures. I should have known this at age 18 when I purchased my first Toyota truck SR5. I am a family man, So I spend all of my time off spending time with my wife and son. We enjoy going out to restaurant's on the weekend. Our favorite breakfast place is in Hockessin called Drip Café. Our Favorite Pizza joint is Anthony's Coal Fire Pizza in Pike Creek. We enjoy going to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square on the weekends. Overall Newark ToyotaWorld is a great place to work.

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Derrick McKie
Service Manager


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Sales

Chris Delpeche
Product Specialist


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Mark Barto
Product Specialist

My name is Mark Barto and I have had the pleasure and the privilege of working at Newark Toyotaworld for almost 25 years now. During that span I have been so lucky to get to know so many wonderful people and send you all my regards. For those I do not know as well, my family and I love to travel. We have been fortunate to visit France and Ireland, the beaches of the Outer Banks and Florida, and the mountains in Colorado. I also got hooked into taking up golf a couple of years ago and, for those of you who know, I both love and hate the game.

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Edgar Estrada
Product Specialist
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Ajay Bhan
Product Specialist

Ajay Bhan is originally from Media, PA, having graduated from Penncrest High School. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a math and sociology degree. He currently lives in Lincoln University PA with his wife and son.  Ajay owns 15 rental properties, 3 at the beach. 

He has a mortgage and insurance license.  He owns racehorses at Delaware Park and loves to ride horses himself.  He loves tequila and his favorite restaurants are local:  Grain Restaurant, Caffe Gelato, Deer Park Tavern, Claymont Steak Shop, The Green Turtle Sports Bar and Grille, McGlynns of Newark, Timothys of Newark and Home Grown Café.

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Anthony Harris
Product Specialist

Anthony loves music! Especially great singers who passionately and effortlessly hit incredible notes. He also has 2 teenage sons that all share the same middle name as him. No Jr's here! Anthony enjoys speaking with people and making their interaction with him as memorable as possible. An avid gamer of Call Of Duty! Anthony is a true nature buff and an animal lover. He likes many different sports from basketball to Indy to swimming to gymnastics. Wawa in Newark DE is one of his favorite businesses; he's seen them grow from a local dairy store into an icon for convenient stores throughout the tri-state area. They make a great quesadilla.

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Mark Truong
Product Specialist

Mark Truong, born in Singapore and raised in Philadelphia, PA. I have been employed at Newark Toyota World for 10 years and pride myself on my Toyota product knowledge. I also enjoy working on home repairs and recently remodeled my entire house. I have a background speaking Chinese and Vietnamese. I enjoy going to Home Depot in Wilmington DE and Newark DE for my remodeling projects and also enjoy restaurants like Potstickers in Newark DE, El Diablo Burritos in Newark DE and Don Pablos near the Christiana Mall in Newark DE.

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Richard Litz
Product Specialist

Richard was born in Philadelphia. Although I have lived in the Newark area for the past 20 years, I often return to Philly to get my fix on cheese steaks. Jim's at 4th and South is my favorite cheese steak and the hot pastrami and corn beef at Famous 4th and Bainbride is absolutely worth the trip!  After 4 years in the military, I travelled about. I ultimately returned to Philadelphia, where I raised my son as a single parent. Wonderful time in my life.  Life has been good!!! By far my favorite steak is at the Rail at the White Clay Creek golf course.

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Ken Steen
Product Specialist

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Ken Steen has lived in 5 other States before settling as a homeowner in the Newark DE area. When home projects don't take my time, I go movies at Cinemark Christiana in Newark DE and frequent visits to the Wawa in Newark DE. When "Live" racing seasonally returns to Delaware Park watching the horses race is a favorite pastime. My last 12 years at Newark Toyota World is where the bulk of my time is spent helping guests choose their new or used vehicle.

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Jim Wyatt
Product Specialist
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Jim Wyatt has 3 children that he is very proud of. He has worked for this company for over 27 years and prides himself on helping his customers find a new or pre-owned vehicle. 12 years ago, Jim and his wife moved to Smyrna, DE. Jim and his wife both enjoy outdoor life, fishing, hunting etc. They also enjoy camping and riding motorcycles. Jim currently has a 2014 Harley Davidson Tri-glide and taking it down to the Union Hotel in Port Deposit, MD on a Sunday afternoon. Jim is at the $2.25 Dry Clean Express in Newark DE at least twice a week.  And Jim likes to shop at Cabela's and Dick's Sporting Goods at the Christiana Mall.

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Jeff Turner
Product Specialist

Jeff Turner is a Wilmington DE native. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. He currently lives in New Castle DE with wife. Jeff is an avid animal lover, having a dog and 3 cats currently. Jeff is a classically trained pianist, and played in numerous bands in his younger years. When Jeff is not helping his customers find their vehicle, he likes to relax at home and enjoy microbrews. The Iron Hill Brewery in Newark DE and Deer Park Tavern in Newark DE are his go to places. Feel free to bring your dog in to meet Jeff as Newark Toyota World is pet friendly.

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Delonn Ellison
Product Specialist


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Ken Purdue
Product Specialist


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Mark Chance
Product Specialist


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Aaron Hickman
Product Specialist

My name is Aaron Hickman, and I grew up in Bear, DE. I went to the University of Delaware for college, and now live in Lincoln University, PA. When I am not at work, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, longboarding, and spending time with my baby daughter, Jade. I also love going out to the Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City MD, Deer Park and Buffalo Wild Wings in Newark DE!

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David Walmsley
Product Specialist


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Anthony Santoro
Product Specialist

I was born and raised in New Castle County. Two things my father instilled in me from a young age is, "To get respect, you have to give it!", and "It doesn't matter what you choose to do in life, as long as you choose to be the best at what you do!". I live by those quotes and try to apply them in every aspect of my life. My hobbies include Music Production, Reading, and Photography.  My favorite local restaurants are Deer Park Tavern, Soffritto Italian Grill, and Mcglynns Pub, all in Newark DE.`

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Alex Savina
Product Specialist

Alex Savina, born and raised in Wilmington Delaware. He is a graduate of St. Marks High School, class of 2010. Alex enjoys spending time at the bowling alley, reading, meeting new people, and is an avid Philadelphia Flyers fan. A few places Alex likes to visit are Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City MD, Main Street in Newark DE, and Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix in New Castle DE for a little go-kart action. 

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Bernard Lawrence
Product Specialist

Bernard, a native of Wilmington DE, now lives in New Castle, DE. Bernard likes participating in sports like basketball, boxing and martial arts. He has been in numerous business ventures such as real estate investing, business counseling and power washing. He likes attending live music R&B and Jazz concerts, good soul food and music at Kelsey's in Atlantic City, NJ and going to great restaurants like Washington Street Ale House in Wilmington DE, Iron Hill Brewery in Newark.

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Karen Avallone
Product Specialist

Karen Avallone, born and raised in South Philadelphia, relocated to Delaware in 1989 and is a married mother of three. She has worked at Newark ToyotaWorld since August of 2014. She really enjoys helping customers find the perfect vehicle for them. She is friendly and has excellent people skills. Karen works out regularly, enjoys cooking, music, spending time with friends and family and her mini Labradoodle, , and shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond in Newark DE and Marshalls in Wilmington, DE.

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Internet Sales

Karin Debussy
BDC Internet Sales Manager

Karin, a native of Pompton Plains NJ, was born and raised in the family automobile business, working with her Dad and 3 brothers. A graduate of the University of Delaware with a strong background in customer service and sales, Karin has a great sense of humor and a positive outlook . She enjoys working with customers and making their buying experience a comfortable one from start to finish. An avid animal lover and music fan, Karin spends her spare time going to concerts , attending University of Delaware football games, cooking for her friends and family, going out to Happy Hour to Timothy's of Newark DE and dinner at Taverna Restaurant on Main Street, Newark DE.

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Ruth Jubb
Internet Sales Manager


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Jessica Cioci
BDC Internet Sales Specialist

Jessica Cioci, Born in Delaware where she has lived her entire life. She graduated from Wilmington University with a degree in Elementary Education. Jessica has always been a people person; you will always see her with a smile on her face and a friendly attitude. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, visiting new places and obsessing over cats. Her favorite restaurants in the area are Border Café in Newark, DE and Dunkin Donuts in Newark, DE. She looks forward to speaking with you and assisting you with all of your car buying needs! 

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Lisa Montagno
BDC Internet Sales Specialist

I'm a mother of two great kids!!  Joshua is 15 and Gabi will be 12 going on 20! We spend most of our free time down the shore when able, we love the sun!! I'm from Ridley Park, PA and graduated from Ridley Senior High School in 1984 and still very active with many of my high school friends.  I'm Italian, Spanish and Portuguese and love all of the food that comes with my ethnicity.  I'm always making a big pot of Gravy, yes, I said Gravy for my family on any given Sunday.  My husband Charlie and I love the casinos in Atlantic City, and we travel a lot to the southern states and the islands.  I live in Mt. Laurel, NJ but love to frequent Main Street in Newark after work for some great Nachos at Klondike Kates or Saladworks when I want to be healthy.  I just turned 50 in early July but don't feel a day older than 25!!!!  Life is good!!

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Thomas Rae
Exchange Program Specialist

Tom Rae is a 30-year resident of Hockessin, DE with over 4 years experience selling cars, primarily Lexus'. Prior to this he spent 30 years in restaurant management and franchise sales. An avid golfer and sports fan, Tom especially enjoys dining out with family and friends in the many excellent BYOB restaurants of Kennett Square, PA and Chadds Ford, PA.

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Sharon Arlington
Internet Manager

Sharon is a native Delawarean who graduated from ­­­William Penn High School and went on to attend college at Salem Community College.  She has two daughters and one granddaughter. Her youngest daughter, Amy, also enjoys the Newark Toyota World experience working in the same department.  She works full-time as a legal secretary for a law firm in Wilmington and part-time for Newark Toyota World.  She enjoys vacationing at Walt Disney World and also aboard the Disney Cruise Line and going to Bahama Breeze at Christiana Mall.

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Lidia Hanson
BDC Internet Sales Specialist

Lidia was born and raised in Wilmington Delaware and graduated from Delcastle Vocational High School. She retired from an insurance company after 38 years of service and decided to go back to work and join Newark Toyota World. Her previous experience with customer service is a great asset in helping the customers at Toyota.

She has a son and a daughter. She has one granddaughter and three grandsons and loves spending her spare time with them.  She is also an avid animal lover. She volunteered for Forgotten Cats for about a year and learned all about TNR (trap, neuter and release).

She enjoys vacationing at the beach and eating crabs at the Surfing Crab restaurant in Lewes Delaware.  When she is not at the beach her favorite place to eat is Olive Garden.

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Finance

Brandon Lawson
Finance Director


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Dave Goodwin
Finance Manager


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Finance Manager


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Katie Klingensmith
Finance Manager

Katie Klingensmith: I am born, raised, and currently live with my family in Newark, DE. I spend my time on the little league field and in other activities my three kids have me involved with. We enjoy attending

the Wilmington Blue Rocks games regularly through the summer months and skating at The Pond in Newark, DE or Christiana Skating Center in Newark DE during the winters. We spend as much time as possible in Dewey Beach DE, during all seasons!

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Kris Wiley
Finance Manager
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Service

Jessica Bruhn
Cashier


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Jakai Williams
Greeter


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David Mcdannel
Technician


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Mike_Mcdannel
Technician


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Jamar Campbell
Service Manager


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Robert Gamble
Service Shuttle Driver


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Albert Startt
Assistant Service Manager


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Jason Curley
Assistant Service Manager


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Luis Lopez
Assistant Service Manager


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Gabi Jefferson
Assistant Service Manager


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Jim Powell
Technician


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James Heckman
Technician


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Technician


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Technician


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Shuttle Driver


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Technician


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Assistant Service Manager


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Technician


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Brian Mcdaid
Assistant Service Manager


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Jacob Greenwood
Assistant Service Manager

I am a father of a beautiful little girl. I am an animal love and have rescued two pit bulls. I have been a service advisor for 7 plus years. I love to talk about and work on cars, as I grew up working on Mustangs with my Pops.

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Bill Chaffee
Customer Relations Manager


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Jeffrey Sherrod
Assistant Service Manager

MY NAME IS JEFF, I'VE BEEN IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY FOR OVER 16 YEARS, I TAKE PRIDE IN PROVIDING QUALITY SERVICE TO MY CUSTOMERS, I'VE SEEN MANY FACES IN THIS INDUSTRY AND MADE MANY GREAT ACQUAINTANCES, AS A CHILD MY MOTHER ALWAYS EMPHASIZED IN LIFE YOU MUST TREAT PEOPLE THE WAY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED AND I CARRY THAY PHILOSOPHY THROUGH OUT MY LIFE, MY FAVORITE HOBBY IS CUSTOMIZING CARS, MY FAVORITE FOOD IS ANYTHING FROM THE SEA, IM THE PROUD FATHER OF 3 AND I SPEND ALL OF MY TIME AWAY FROM THE WORK PLACE ENJOYING MY TIME WITH THEM, HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!

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Cheryl Gephart
Assistant Service Manager

I have been in the automotive business for 8 years, 4 years of which at Newark Toyota World as an Assistant Service Manager. I enjoy my daily interactions with people helping them maintain their vehicles.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my son, friends, and family. I love Italian food, wine and a good steak! A couple of my many favorite restaurants are Bugaboo creek steakhouse and Capers & Lemons. 

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Michelle Smith
Parts Department

Hi- I am Michelle. I have been in the automotive repair business for over 26 years, 11 of those with Newark ToyotaWorld. My love of cars started in high school and has become my passion. I enjoy meeting new people and helping customers with their automotive needs.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, going to the beach, and spending time outdoors. We also enjoy trying new restaurants. Timothy's in Newark is one of my favorites, and Bugaboo Creek also has a great menu.

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Adam Carsley
Technician


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Technician


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Technician


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Marty Peters
Technician


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Shuttle Service Driver


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Technician


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Technician


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Technician


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Parts

Jason Merckling
Parts Director


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Parts Department


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Parts Department


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Accessories

Kelli Sianni
Accessory Manager

Kelli Sianni, born and raised in Newark, Delaware.  She has been working with Newark Toyota World for over 9 years now.  Starting in the rental department and working her way up to the Accessory Manager.  Kelli loves to travel, spend time with her rescue dog, a Great Pyrenees/Newfoundland mix and go to hockey games, GO Flyers!!  She'd love to help you personalize your new (to you!) vehicle.  Kelli likes margaritas and her favorite local restaurant is Brio at Christiana Mall.

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Reconditioning

Phil Latham
Vehicle Reconditioning Tech


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Brian Pratt
Vehicle Reconditioning Tech


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Scott Ferguson
Vehicle Reconditioning Tech


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Detail

Chris Gannon
Detail Department


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Jose Mercado
Detail Department


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Jesus Alfaro
Detail Department


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Detail Department


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