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Over 200 Years of Combined European, Asian & Domestic Parts Experience Speaks for Itself
Hire Date: 10/23/1992
Born and raised in Austin when the population was around 200,000, Trey has seen the city go through a lot of changes. Fresh out of college and looking for work, he started with First Texas Honda as a delivery driver in 1992. With goals of becoming a part of the Austin Police Department, he quickly realized that being in a delivery vehicle for 9 to 10 hours a day was not for him and being a police officer in a patrol car for that amount of time, or longer, was not for him either. Deciding to make a change, Trey tried to move on to other things but was convinced to stay and work in the warehouse at First Texas Honda. For a year he pulled and stocked parts as well as dispatched our drivers until being promoted to front counter sales. Here is where he found a place that he was happy. He liked the interaction with the customers and the thrill of the sale. We started a large wholesale program at First Texas Honda and Trey was asked to be a part of it, (lucky for us) he gladly accepted! For seven years we continued to grow the wholesale program until we started WPD. At WPD, he has done everything from wholesale salesman, aftermarket buyer, Fixed Operations Manager, to now, General Manager. “The last 14 years at WPD have been somewhat of a blur” Trey said, “but I would not have gotten here without the support of my wife and best friend, Wendy, and my two great kids Kaylin and Riley.” In what spare time he has, and if there is water in the lake, he enjoys taking the kids out in the boat on Lake Travis or simply just fishing at the dock.
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.
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!
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.
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.
WPD SOUTH/ WPD SAN ANTONIO
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Hire Date 3/7/2016
“Good day.” Raul grew up in Dallas and moved to Austin in 1999 to go to college. He is now very proud of his daughter who’s attending UT and studying Forensic Chemistry. Raul is a homebody and his past times consist of watching sci-fi films (especially in the Marvel world), and spending time with his family. He is very close with his brother and sister who also live in Austin, and his mom who still lives back in Dallas. Any time that Raul and his family spend together at birthdays, weddings, or any special occasion, is always a blast! He also accidentally got into the automotive world, and 22 years later, he’s still here. “Good day!”
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.
Hire Date: 9/1/2016
Matthew was born and raised in Austin, and once, he left briefly, and got back as soon as he could! He is an outdoors guy, and loves to spend time out at Mt. Bonnell, Town Lake, and Barton Springs, among the many that he frequents. He enjoys running, camping, fishing, and everything else outside! Matthew is quite the history buff, and has a peaked interest in learning about the history during slavery in the US and the civil war. He would jump at the chance to travel, and a few places on his list are: Rome (for it’s history), Paris, New Zealand, Iceland, and Hawaii. FUN FACT: Matthew’s grandparents are both deaf and he has grown up fluently speaking American Sign Language. He plans to go to school to be a professional ASL translator!
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.
Parts Sales Associate
Hire Date: 6/6/2016
Instead of a “welcome to the team” for Krystal, it’s a “welcome back!” Krystal has just returned to us from having spent the last 6 years in San Antonio. Though Krystal is originally from Bryan, outside of College Station, she, and her sweet mix breed puppy Zoey, are happy to be back in Austin. She loves going out to see live music, so she’s definitely in the right place for that again. Krystal has been in the auto industry since she was 19, and she cheers on the Cowboys every chance she gets!
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”
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.
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.
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.
Hire Date 2/20/2017
Quincy was born and raised in Austin, and has no plans on leaving anytime soon! He loves sports, with his favorites being football and basketball, and you can find him rooting for the Dallas Cowboys and the Boston Celtics. Quincy also coaches little league football for the East Austin Broncos! Apart from sports, Quincy also likes playing video games on his PS4, but doesn’t discriminate against any other consoles, and is currently enjoying “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” Quincy has a cool little dog named Max, who is part Beagle and part Blue Heeler, but all awesome.
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.
Hire Date: 4/16/2012
Brad has been working for Wholesale Parts Direct since 2012 and has been in the automotive industry for over 12 years. When not at work he enjoys riding motorcycles, rock climbing, camping, and just about anything outdoors. Some of his favorite things to do in Austin are watch live music and hike around the Barton Springs Greenbelt.
Hire Date: 7/20/12
Tony was born and raised in central Texas. As with any native Texan, barbecuing while hanging out with family and friends keep him busy as often as his free time will allow. Tony started as a delivery driver and after continuously getting promoted to more important delivery routes he was made the North store’s full time dispatcher and lead warehouse employee. As the 2nd oldest of 4 brothers, he has fit perfectly into the WDP family.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Front Counter Sales
Hire Date: 2/6/2015
Patrick started at CAG’s First Texas Honda in 1987! Patrick is married with four children and five grandchildren. Aside from doing house-hold jobs and being an all-around handy guy, Patrick is active in prison ministries in his community. He witnesses to men and helps them change their lives for the better.
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.
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.
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.
Hire Date 2/2/2017
Anthony was born and raised in Austin, and he has no plans to leave besides to travel! He has traveled to Michigan, but wants to see the world. Anthony can’t wait to go to Cancun in the summer of 2017, and hopes to go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, and to Rome to see ancient structures, sometime in the near future as well. Anthony is quite the adrenaline junkie, and has been skydiving, and can’t wait to go base jumping and cliff diving!