Brian J. Dennis
Brian Dennis is the Founder and CEO of Dennis & Co. Auto Group, one of the largest auto dealership networks in the Metropolitan New York Region. Originally from Michigan, Brian began his automotive career in dealership sales. He was quickly promoted to finance manager and soon after provided finance consulting to dealerships.
Bob Erickson is Vice President of Performance Management for Dennis & Co. Auto Group. In this capacity, he leads the Performance Management team with Operations, HR, and dealership sales. His responsibilities include providing direction and oversight on vehicle inventory, monitoring customer service, overseeing advertising effectiveness and budget allocation, and forecasting sales volume, revenue, and gross profit. He also oversees employee training and recruiting. Bob has over 19 years of diverse experience in the automotive industry.
Craig Ugrin leads and continues the transformation of Dennis & Co. Auto Group’s rapid expansion strategy. He provides leadership, direction and management in all aspects of our growth and serves as a spokesperson for the organization in the marketplace. More specifically, Craig leads the organization in achieving its vision through design and development of strategic growth initiatives, managing critical partnerships and advancing initiatives aimed at accelerating growth. Areas of focus include Corporate Development, Real Estate Development, Platform Growth and Efficiency, and Industry Outreach and Partnerships.
As Vice President of Operations at Dennis & Co. Auto Group, Alan works closely with the Executive Team and General Management to implement their business plans, focusing on achieving goals via the dealership teams. He also oversees all of the dealerships’ Customer Relations teams. He ensures customers’ satisfaction during both purchasing and ownership experiences. Alan’s experience includes employee training, sales, human resources, operations management, and business administration.
Carmela T. Morello
Carmela T. Morello is Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Team at Dennis & Co. Auto Group. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the centralized Accounting function and for leading a team of Accounting Associates, Controllers, and Office Managers. Carmela trains staff members, reviews and implements new processes to improve her office’s efficiency, and ensures all financial data are reported accurately and on time.
As Director of Human Resources, Jen creates and implements HR strategies and initiatives for the Management Company and Dealerships, building alignment with business strategy. She provides leadership and policy guidance to 400 employees, ensuring maximum labor guidelines and state/federal regulations are followed with maximum effectiveness. Besides talent acquisition, Jen oversees benefits and compensation matters as well as manages staff standards and practices.
Currently Dealer Principal of two of the group’s Stellantis locations, Eastchester Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram and Riverdale Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. Robert’s tenure at Dennis & Co. started in 2005. He has been integral to the group’s success in various roles, including sales manager, finance manager, fixed ops director, and general manager of several locations.
Tony Bonet is Partner and Dealer Principal at White Plains Volkswagen and Unity Chevrolet Cadillac. Over a 25-year career, he has acquired extensive experience in all aspects of dealership management. In his first year, White Plains Volkswagen, won the prestigious Wolfsburg Crest Club Award.
Rafael Castro is the Partner and Dealer Principal of Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Clifton Park. With over 25 years in the auto industry, 20 of those certified with Stellantis, Rafael has held various positions – including sales consultant, sales manager, finance manager, fleet manager, and performance manager.
Justin Dennis is the General Manager & Partner of Maserati of Manhattan, Alfa Romeo of Manhattan, and Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Manhattan.Having served in various positions in the Dennis & Co group, Justin continuously surpasses group records for sales volume and winning multiple manufacturer awards.
Fred Eldik is the General Manager of Volkswagen of Nanuet. In his prior role as Director of the Business Development Center (BDC) at Dennis & Co. he monitored representatives’ activities, responds to management’s requests, and advances BDC’s goals via working cross-functionally with Marketing, IT, and Dealer Support.
Kathy Finn is the Dealer Operator of Buick GMC of Mahwah. She has been in the automotive industry for nearly 30 years; 16 with Fiat Chrysler and the remainder with various dealerships. Kathy has developed a wealth of skills in business development, marketing, sales, and employee training, all areas critical to the group’s financial success.
Frank Pena serves as Partner & Dealer Principal of Infiniti of Coral Gables. Prior to his current role, Frank served as Finance Director, with experience leading finance and strategic teams across multiple locations. An NADA graduate, Frank previously served as a Business Manager and has distinguished himself as a deal expert.
Jason LaLonde currently serves as Operating Partner at Greenwich Ford. In his prior role, Jason served as the group’s finance director. Jason’s wide-ranging career experience spans sales, service, finance, parts, employee development, advertising, digital media, customer retention/growth, and public relations. Jason completed the Ford Certified Dealer Program in Detroit.
Frank Perez is currently General Manager for Dennis & Co. Auto Group’s largest franchise, Eastchester Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. He manages daily operations and leads the management team in overseeing functions such as customer service, financial management, employee motivation, and continuous business growth for the dealership.
Management Key Leaders
Vincent Cotrone is Pre-Owned Retail and Wholesale Director for Dennis & Co. Auto Group. In this role, he is responsible for selling wholesale inventory at auto auctions, buying pre-owned inventory, and handling the logistics of transporting purchased vehicles to Dennis & Co.’s dealerships.
Dawn Dennis is Digital Marketing Director at Dennis & Co. Auto Group. In this role, she plans, implements, and manages the digital strategy for all Dennis & Co. locations. She also partners with the company’s advertising agency to align digital advertising with traditional media, including TV, radio, and print.
Tim Doyle is Dennis & Co.’s Fixed Operations Director, leading parts retail and wholesale operations with a centralized sales and distribution model. With over 25 years of service and parts experience, he works to expand and increase the group’s service shop’s capacity, efficiency, and sales.
Adonai’s primary responsibility as Dealer Performance Manager is the overall efficiency, productivity, and gross profitability of each dealership location. Tracking weekly, monthly and yearly performance, he monitors the fixed operations, variable operations, and CSI across parts, service, and sales. Based on his knowledge and experience in all three departments, Adonai constructs processes and implements ideas to elevate the stores’ general managers in their roles.
As the group’s Finance Director, John leads a team of 12 finance managers across four locations. He and his team assist the general managers to attain their strategic goals. John previously served as a group’s business manager and has distinguished himself as a deal expert.
Patricia McKeown is Comptroller—and part of the Executive Team—at Dennis & Co. In this role, she is responsible for preparing, processing, and transmitting financial statements for three franchised auto dealerships. She also manages a centralized Accounting office of 15 employees, overseeing functions such as cash management and account reconciliation.
Pablo Jimenez is Digital Retailing Technology Manager at Dennis & Co. Auto Group. His primary responsibility is to build and maintain a digital retailing process, enabling the company to conduct completely paperless showroom operations. He is also positioning the company to provide express delivery, online purchasing, and service options for customers in our evolving marketplace.
As Parts Director, Jason focuses on performance in profitability, inventory management, staff morale, and overall departmental growth for all parts departments in the group. He coaches, motivates, and trains parts management, helping them succeed in their roles.
Barry Schaen is Special Administrative Advisor at Eastchester Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram. As the corporate finance expert for the dealership, he is responsible for leading financial planning/strategy, monitoring and reporting on financial performance, reviewing month-end bonuses, and optimizing the company’s pricing models.
Tom joined Dennis & Co. in 2021 within Operations and is responsible for all manufacturer training (sales and service) requirements, identifying additional training opportunities internally and externally, and creating a centralized system for all training materials for use as a reference library for the group.
Nathalie Vasquez is currently Office Manager at Dennis & Co. In this role, she supervises accounting, payroll, and billing personnel in all dealership locations within the company. Her main responsibilities are to ensure that office employees are adequately trained, the office runs efficiently, and work goals are being achieved.