Staff


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  • Jim Buzzetta, Dealership Principal

    Jim has operated Mercedes-Benz of Huntington since its inception in 2001 and has spent 25 years in the automotive industry.  He grew up in Smithtown and graduated with a Finance Degree from the University of Vermont.  Jim is a second generation car dealer, and his family also operates Competition Subaru of Smithtown, Competition BMW of Smithtown, Competition Infiniti of Smithtown, and Mercedes-Benz and Sprinter of Smithtown. Jim takes pride in the management and employee team that he has assembled at Mercedes-Benz of Huntington and believes strongly that treating employees well ensures that they have a long career with the dealership. Customers appreciate developing a long term relationship with dealership staff, so happy employees results in happy customers.  Jim lives on the water in Oyster Bay.  He enjoys golf, watersports, skiing, traveling, fine food and wine. He has three sons and a golden retriever named Charlie.  His oldest son James works in the service department following his graduation from Hofstra.  His middle son Daniel is a student at Arizona State and is the army national guard.  His youngest son Christopher is in high school at Kellenberg Memorial High School.  Jim is a member of the Huntington Crescent Club, Cove Neck Tennis Club and the Sagamore Yacht Club.

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  • Bill Dodge, General Manager

    Bill began selling Dodge (for obvious reasons) in 1973, and then Mercedes-Benz in 1974. Bill is a lifer having spent over 36 years with the Mercedes-Benz brand and in 2010 30 years with The Competition Automotive Group. He has been with Mercedes-Benz of Huntington since opening in December of 2001. Bill lives in Centerport with his wife Suzanne, who is a Registered Nurse and works at Huntington Hospital. Bill is personable, friendly and loves to play golf.

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  • Dennis Scheller, General Sales Manager

    Dennis has been with Mercedes-Benz since 1997 & joined Mercedes-Benz of Huntington in 2003.  In 2011, Dennis was honored to be invited into the Master Guild & visited the factories in Germany to celebrate the Mercedes Benz 125th year anniversary. In his spare time, Dennis enjoys spending time with his wife & two daughters. He also is a die hard fan of the NY Knicks & NY Giants & studies Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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  • Jeff Frankel, New Car Sales Manager


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  • Paul Baltazar, Pre-Owned Sales Manager


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  • Spence Mannion, Finance Manager

    Spence has been with Mercedes-Benz of Huntington since our inception in 2001. Spence lives in Huntington and is a NASCAR fan. He loves representing the best vehicles in the world, Mercedes-Benz.

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  • Ken Melendez, Finance Manager - Fluent in Spanish!

    Ken joined Mercedes-Benz of Huntington in 2010 and brings 22 years of automotive sales experience, 13 of those with the best product in the world Mercedes- Benz. He resides in Long Beach, NY where he is the President of the Board of the Co-op he lives in with his wife Alicia. Ken and Alicia welcomed their first grandchild this year. In recognition of his fund raising and volunteer work with The American Cancer Society, Ken has been chosen as the recipient of the Hope and Courage Award winner for 2011. Besides selling wonderful automobiles he enjoys golf, concerts and walks on the beach.

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  • Jim Gustaw, Service Manager

    Jim Gustaw has been a member of the Competition Auto Group since 1983.  Jim was the Shop Foreman  from 1990 until 2001 when he moved to the Mercedes-Benz of Huntington branch as the service manager.  Jim is the Proud father of two, Angela (also in the automotive industry) and  James a 7 year veteran of the Metro Las Vegas Police Dept.. Jim enjoys the outdoors; fishing and hunting along with being a New York sports fan.

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  • Jon Gabel, Parts Manager

    Jon has been with Mercedes Benz since 1995, joining the Competition Auto Group in 2000. He enjoys spending his free time with his daughters and playing sports.

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  • Charles Cohen, Sales Consultant

    I have been selling cars for over 22 years. I'm married with two great children. Soccer is a big part of my life. I speak French fluently, love to travel and spend time in Manhattan.

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  • Dave Bank, Sales Consultant

    I have been with Mercedes-Benz of Huntington for 13 years and in the automotive industry for more than 30 years. I am married with two sons and a daughter. I play golf, softball, football and love all other sports!

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  • J.R. Iwanycky, Sales Consultant


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  • Brian Haney, Sales Consultant

    Brian is from Smithtown, NY and has a Bachelors degree from Stony Brook University. He's been with Mercedes-Benz of Huntington for more than 10 years and enjoys what he does very much. Cars have always been his passion. When he's not selling cars, he makes time to enjoy the beach or a round of golf.

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  • Tom Caccavale, Sales Consultant

    Tom joins Mercedes-Benz of Huntington after 15 years with a different luxury brand. Prior to that, Tom was the owner of a commercial leasing company based here on Long Island. Golf is his passion and is also an avid N.Y. Met fan.

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  • Steve McCloskey, Sales Consultant

    Steve has been in the automotive business for 20 years.  He has 10 years of experience with Mercedes-Benz which he believes is the best vehicle in the world. He's very excited to become a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Huntington family.  In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his boys.

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  • Evan Retzkin, Sales Consultant

    Evan is new to the automobile industry, but comes in bringing his extensive background in customer service and sales. He is extremely enthusiastic about the Mercedes-Benz brand and has been an avid car enthusiast his entire life.  Some of his hobbies include photography, playing tennis, and watching boxing and MMA.

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  • Steve Verras, Sales Consultant

    Steve Verras comes to Mercedes-Benz of Huntington with 12 years of car business knowledge.  Prior to that, Steve managed some of Manhattan's largest real estate companies.  A resident of Port Washington, Steve's hobbies include golf, fishing, and spending quality time with his family. 

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  • Connie Werner, Sales Consultant

    Connie is a transplant from Texas to Long Island.  She was in the luxury car industry in Houston and is thrilled to be representing the Mercedes-Benz of Huntington family. Her children are her pride, and when she's not at work, she enjoys spending time with loved ones, cooking, fishing, exercising, and rooting for her Houston sports  teams. Go Texans!

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  • Tom Aveni, Sales Consultant

    Tom has had a successful career in marketing and design while living in Manhattan for years before moving back to Long Island where he grew up. He then worked in the luxury car industry for four years before recently joining Mercedes-Benz of Huntington and is very excited to be part of this respected group. He has a lifelong passion for automobiles, innovative technology and music.

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  • Jerry Ricca, Sales Consultant


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  • Michael Cavaliere, Sales Consultant

    Michael has been in the luxury car business for four years now and takes great pride in what he does. He's been happily married for 25 years and has three loving boys. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and traveling.

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  • Leonardo Anglin, Sales Consultant

    Leonardo has been in the automotive industry for five years now and absolutely loves what he does. He was born and raised in Long Island, where he raises his three wonderful boys now. When he's not selling vehicles, he enjoys spending time with his boys, watching and playing basketball and football, and working out.

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  • Anthony Mastroianni, Pre-Owned Sales Consultant

    Anthony has been in the automotive industry since 1975. Before settling on Long Island, he lived and traveled all over the country. Anthony comes to Mercedes-Benz of Huntington with 7 years of experience at Volvo and previous experience as a factory representative for Jeep Corporation. On his free time, he enjoys boating, fishing, cooking, and spending time with his wonderful family: his wife, his two daughters, and his new grandson.

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  • Jonathan Jacobs, Pre-Owned Sales Consultant

    Jonathan has been selling luxury cars since the young age of 20.  He's an avid car enthusiast and absolutely loves what he does. When he's not at work, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his 6 year old daughter, Elayna.

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  • Steve Young, Asst Service Manager/Foreman


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  • George Gonatas, Shop Foreman


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  • Ron Kraham, Service Consultant

    Ron Kraham has parlayed a childhood love of cars into a lifelong career. He began his career in Brooklyn, working and managing in a repair shop. He went on to own a Goodyear Tire & Auto Center on Long Island before coming to Mercedes-Benz of Huntington in 2001. With over 35 years of experience in the car business, Ron has found his niche at Mercedes-Benz of Huntington. He lives in East Northport with his wife, a teacher in Greenlawn and his daughters.

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  • Eric Grobert, Service Consultant

    Eric Grobert has been in the automobile industry since 1988 and has been with Mercedes-Benz of Huntington since our inception in 2001. Eric enjoys spending time with his wife and two beautiful children.

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  • Tom Palmero, Service Consultant


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  • Klint Papadelias, Service Consultant


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  • James Buzzetta, Jr., Service Consultant

    James is a business graduate of  Hofstra University and has been in the car business since a young age.  Outside of work, he's a car enthusiast who enjoys track days, fun car cruises, and spending time with his girlfriend Olivia.  James is enthusiastic about helping customers with their automotive repair needs and strives to do his best in customer satisfaction.

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  • Randy Arnegger, Service Advisor


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  • Terri Melanson, Business Office Manager

    Terri Melanson has worked in the automotive industry for the past 24 years. "I'm proud to say I've been employed with Mercedes-Benz of Huntington since our doors opened in December 2001. It's wonderful to be a part of a caring, successful team.

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  • Ana Zizzo, Accounting

    Ana has been with Mercedes-Benz of Huntington for eight years.  She handles the dealer trades at the dealership and enjoys interacting and doing business with other Mercedes-Benz dealerships. She makes sure that our customers get the vehicles that they want! She is happily married and loves spending time with friends and family!

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  • Lori Machansky, Internet Sales Assistant

    Lori is a graduate of the University at Albany Business School with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Management and a minor in Communications. She's excited to use the knowledge and skills she learned from school at Mercedes-Benz of Huntington. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family (especially her three nephews and one niece), spending time outdoors, going on hikes, reading books, and listening to records.

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  • Justin McCue, Service Cashier/Marketing & PR Intern

    Justin is a transplant from New Jersey to Long Island. He is also a full time student at Hofstra University studying for a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations. He is thrilled he gets to combine the skills he's learned in school so far, with his passion and lifelong love for cars (especially Mercedes-Benz!) for this internship experience. Besides his internship here, he also works here as a Cashier for the Service Department at night. Our customers can go to him after service hours to drop off or pick up their car from service! In his spare time, he likes to be with family and friends, go to the gym, and spend time at the beach in the summer.

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  • Jordan Haas, Product Concierge

    Jordan has been a part of the Mercedes-Benz of Huntington family for three years now and absolutely loves what he does. He has had a passion for cars his whole life, and now uses that passion to educate others. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports, going out to eat, and hanging with friends.

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  • Michelle Sutherland, Customer Care Sales Coordinator

    Michelle enjoys being part of a great organization! When not working, She volunteers as a Firefighter in East Farmingdale and has a great sense of pride to be able to help the community and assist other communities as well!

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  • Kimberly Caldwell, Customer Care Service Coordinator

    Kimberly is extremely passionate about helping people, and she looks forward to putting her skills to the test in this position. She's an avid car enthusiast, and loves both driving vehicles and learning everything she can about them.

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  • Natalia Calixto, Customer Care Service Coordinator

    Natalia is new to the Mercedes-Benz brand, but has been in the customer service and automotive industries in the past. In her spare time she loves being with her daughter and spending time with her family.

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