Over 200 Years of Combined European, Asian & Domestic Parts Experience Speaks for Itself


General Manager
Hire Date: 5/1/2015

Though she’s not actually from The Lone Star State, Brittany has considered herself as a Texan since high school. She’s been in the automotive industry for over 12 years, and is definitely not a newbie to the auto parts world. Thanks to being around cars, Brittany has her dream cars 100% picked out: Either a ’69 Chevelle, or a ’53 GMC pick-up! Or, better yet.. Why not both…? In Austin, Brittany is thankful to be close to her mom and sister, especially as they are her only family in Texas. She also has two adorable APA! rescue cats: Sarafina and Bella, and would love to have the land someday to take in dogs as well. Beside her actual family, Brittany likes to spend a lot of her time with her friends. She spends some nights out with them while enjoying the live music scene and also partakes in some country dancing! Brittany is also a fan of all genres of movies, with Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie being her favorite directors, and “Boondocks Saints” for her all-time, #1 movie. If given the chance, she would really love to use her 4 years of German, and visit Germany (where her grandparents are from), and would also love to visit Australia. FUN FACT: Brittany loves to bake! Not for herself, but to share with her friends, family, and co-workers. She says, and her co-workers definitely agree, “It helps sweeten up the days.”

Daniel Arguirre


Front Counter Sales
Hire Date 10/31/2016

Daniel has been an Austin local since 2006. For seven years, Daniel used to commute solely by biking the city, and still rides when he can! He enjoys downtime at home with his girlfriend and their awesome Basenji look-a-like mutt. With Daniel and his girlfriend being quite the Netflix aficionados, he says “If it’s on there, we’ll give it go.” Someday, Daniel would like to visit Big Bend, because it’s one of the biggest National Parks AND it’s in Texas! Win-win.

Jackie Blancas


Hire Date: 5/23/2016

Connie was born in Austin and doesn’t see herself leaving this city anytime soon. She has a loving family of four, with one son and one daughter. Connie is the oldest of four siblings: her two sisters both here in Austin as well, and her brother who is in the military and lives in California. If Connie could travel anywhere, she would love to go to Spain and then travel all over Europe from there. In her spare time, Connie loves reading books, and is quite the Harry Potter fanatic. She loves action movies, and of course all of the Harry Potter movies, and she enjoys listening to some great music. Her favorites are; Queen, The Beatles, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, and Selena Quintanilla. FUN FACT: Connieactually got into cars by accident! She had recently left a job and decided to apply to be a driver for a parts company. She was too young to be a driver for that company, and ended up working behind the counter instead. She’s been in the auto parts industry ever since!

Jackie Blancas


Hire Date: 6/1/2009

She was born and raised in El Paso, TX. Looking for more adventure and opportunities, Jacki decided to follow 2 of her 4 sisters and officially began calling Austin home in 2004. She now has 3 sons who keep her life very interesting and extremely busy, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! In their spare time they like to hang out with the newest addition, a “giant” Chihuahua mix, Marley(another boy), going to the greenbelt, hitting up music festivals, farmers markets, and exploring all that Austin has to offer. One day Jacki hopes to travel the world.

Jacki Blancas


Transfer Driver
Hire Date: 3/12/2012

Lupe has been a WPD driver for almost 5 years and loves working with her coworkers. From Lockhart, TX, she then moved to Austin to attend Crockett High School. True to her Texas roots, she’s a big fan of the Dallas Cowboys and UT Longhorns. She loves spending quality time with her family and loves to barbecue.

John Burke


Hire Date: 8/15/1989

John started at First Texas Honda in 1989, right out of high school, as a delivery driver. After moving up to the warehouse he wanted to get into parts sales. At that time the best option to sell parts was to move to Mercedes-Benz of Austin known as Continental Cars back then. After a short time in the warehouse he was able to move into parts sales on the back counter. Once we established a Wholesale Division he dove right into that and has enjoyed and loved it. Born in El Paso but has lived most of his life in Austin and small surrounding towns. He considers himself a “Country Boy” at heart. Away from work he has a couple small businesses. He is also an avid Speed Skater on In-lines and Quads. He races, referees, and most of all loves to coach. He helps all skaters of all ages better themselves in the sport, not just Speed Skating but Derby too.

Larry Cardinal


Hire Date: 1/25/2012

Larry has been with Wholesale Parts Direct for a few years now; he started as a hot shot driver, then a dispatcher, and now he is an aftermarket buyer. He’s been in the mechanical and body parts business since he was in high school. Larry loves fishing, camping, racing, and football.

Mina Carter


Data Entry
Hire Date: 12/19/2013

21 years born and raised in Austin, Texas. World traveler by 6 years old. Fell in love with France and learned French. Dream car is a ’67 Impala, which should also hint at her favorite TV show. She has a pet Chiweenie (Dachshund and Chihuahua mix) and enjoys shooting arrows or drinking Belgian beer in her spare time. First generation American, as both parents were born in Europe. Her favorite superhero is Batman.

Pedro Casas


Warehouse Manager
Hire Date: 4/9/2001

Pedro Casas has lived in Austin since 1990 and loves this beautiful city. Originally from Juarez, Mexico, Pedro has been working for WPD since 2001. He and his wife are very proud to have a daughter who is very active in cheer. Pedro supports her efforts to become a professional cheerleader and she may have a good shot since her squad has made nationals twice.

Ana Chavez


Buyer’s Assistant
Hire Date: 6/1/2009

Ana Chavez is originally from California but has been living in Austin since 2007. She has a young daughter who is the light of her life. When she’s off, her and her daughter spend quality time together and enjoy walking along the greenbelt and hiking. Ana loves chocolate and would eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if she could!

Jimmy Gamez


Hire Date: 5/5/2014

Jimmy is a quiet and humble guy. He likes playing with his baby boy and teaching him all about life. He loves sports, especially basketball and football. In 2014 he won the Top Gun Award for his hard work and outstanding performance at Wholesale Parts Direct. His secret in life is that he just doesn’t stop working, he keeps his eye on the prize and keeps moving forward.

Clyde Garner


Parts Sales Associate
Hire Date: 6/1/2010

Clyde has lived in Austin for almost 40 years. All that time working in auto parts stores, machine shops, and garages. He says he is “excited to be part of our ever evolving industry” that’s….”born from the darkness of the old and the madness of the new.” He used the word evolved, yet was educated in Texas?? His hobby for decades has been combining martial arts with weight lifting which has helped him achieve a zen state of “My back hurts!” He also enjoys writing in third-person.

Marco Garza


Shipping/Receiving Clerk
Hire Date: 2/1/99

Marco started at MB of Austin in 1999. He is a very serious person who likes to keep to himself which has made him very good at his job. Once you get to know him though, he will reveal his humorous side and is constantly keeping the attitude upbeat at WPD. Marco was born in northern Mexico and still makes it back home when he can. He loves reading, watching futbol (soccer), and can often be heard saying his favorite catch-phrase, “Hecho en Mexico.”

Thomas Harrison


Parts Delivery Driver
Hire Date: 1/26/12

Thomas was born in Ft. Worth and raised in Arlington. Just close enough to not be considered a “Texas Yankee.” He made the move to Austin in 1988 and started with WPD in 2012 as a delivery driver. He is easy going and a bit of an introvert. His two favorite vehicles that he has owned are a Chevy-powered XJ Jaguar and a Norton 850 Commando. He likes animals, going bowling, and is a serious Hollywood movie aficionado.

Thomas Harrison


Hire Date: 4/3/2017

Craig is originally from St. Joseph, Missouri (a suburb of Kansas City), and moved to Austin area in 2009 because of the schools here. He has a loving wife, Sarah, and daughter, Chloe. Craig has been in the automotive industry since 2001, and is definitely a car enthusiast. He is also a pretty good at playing the drums, and has been playing since he was 16, constantly looking up to Neil Pert. Craig loves cycling and will tell you that the rush after “climbing” a large hill is so worth the hard ride. Craig also has a somewhat secret talent. He thoroughly enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together correctly. It’s something he has been doing since he was a kid, and he enjoys knowing how things work. Someday, Craig wants to go the action figure museum in Oklahoma.

Edward Huerta


Parts Delivery Driver
Hire Date: 9/27/14

Edward was born and raised in Austin and is a true Longhorn fan. He is married and has a wonderful family. He enjoys spending his free time time with his family and friends. He also likes to go out to the movies and has a passion for motorcycles and muscle cars. Edward’s dream vehicles are a 1964 Chevy Impala and a Harley Davidson 1200 Sportster.

Louie Kelcher


Hire Date: 6/5/2014

Louie is a retired football player who loves cars. He is originally from Beaumont Texas but loves Austin. He and his wife are very proud of their children. Louie is a member of the board of directors of the San Diego County Unit of the American Cancer Society and other organizations and he was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame.

Marleni Mojica


Hire Date: 1/2/2017

Marleni moved from Mexico to Austin in 1998. In her free time she likes to go to Zumba with her friends, cheer for UT whenever they play, and loves to spend time going out to eat and going to movies with her family. Marleni loves her two kids very much, her daughter, and her Maltipoo, Mia. Her favorite food ever is enchiladas!

Russell Moore


Hire Date: 5/13/2015

Russel was born and raised in Lubbock, TX. He describes himself as shy, friendly, and an introvert. He also has a pretty good sense of humor! In his spare time, he rides his bike and cooks when he’s hungry. His favorite movie is Way of the Gun. If he had to choose a favorite food, it would be a medium rare rib eye. His favorite aisle at the grocery store? “The meat aisle, then the ice cream aisle. Oh! Don’t forget the beer aisle!” He is very proud of his daughter, who he says is the best thing he’s ever produced. If he could meet anyone, it would have to be Wyatt Earp, because he wants to get some history and fact check from him. The best place he’s ever visited is the bed at the end of the day. Italy seems like it would be nice, too.

Michelle Overton


Office Manager
Hire Date: 6/8/2006

Michelle grew up just up the road in Georgetown, TX. After graduating from UT, started with Wholesale Parts Direct in 2006. She can be found spending her free time with her husband Dano, their three cats and one goofy little dog.

Robert Owen


Hire Date: 10/24/2016

Robert was born and raised 50 miles North of NYC, then moved to Abilene, TX in 1983, then spent 07′ to 15′ in Denton County, and finally got to Austin in September of 2016. Robert worked in Abilene from 1983 to 2007 doing aircraft maintenance for the Airforce. After retiring from the Airforce, he spent eight years working at an autoparts store, and now feels right at home with CAG’s Wholesale Parts Direct Team. Robert and his wife ultimately made the decision to move to the Austin area to be close to their daughter, son-in-law (who previously worked for CAG), and their two sweet grandchildren. Robert and his wife are looking forward to retiring in a handful of years, and they are looking forward to doing more of what they want and spending more time with family.

Mark Sheffield


Hire Date: 9/12/2016

Originally from San Diego where he met his sweetheart, he move to Texas in 1990 with his wife. He coached an Austin boys soccer group called NASA Soccer League. His favorite hobby is doing repos, and enjoys being a grandparent with his wife to their only grandson. They have a lovable Chihuahua named Lucky.

Brandon Shelton



Hire Date: 12/15/2008

Brandon has been working with cars since 2002. He loves everything having to do with cars and would love to own as many as possible, but his favorite type of car is a Camaro. He likes all models of Camaros. His world revolves around his two children, the reason he works so hard. He played all types of sports while he was growing up and loves baseball, hockey, and football. He received the Top Gun Award from Continental Automotive Group in 2014 for all of his hard work.

Jose Torres


Front Counter Sales
Hire Date: 5/1/2009

Jose was in the warehouse for 5 1/2 years and now moved up to part salesman. He was born in Oceanside, California raised in the city of Escondido, California. His favorite type of music is rap and the artist he listens to the most is Warren G. Some of Jose’s hobbies are playing basketball, football, and paint balling. On the weekends he just likes to relax and go fishing.