Meet the Team

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Edin Escobar
General Sales Manager

Hello, my name is Edin and I have been in the auto industry for 9 years. I have a passion for cars and love being able to help customers' get into their favorite vehicles. I pride myself in being hard working and will always go above and beyond to make sure our customers' are completely satisfied with our customer service.  One thing that really sets us apart from most car dealers is our attention to detail and professional staff that will always treat you like family. Whether you buy a car from us or not, we will make sure your experience at Naperville Italian Autos is the best!

David Nemanik
Sales Manager

Kathryn Zanco
Finance Manager

Hello, my name is Kathryn. September 2019 marked 28 years for me in the automotive industry.  I was in the Army for 9 years. I got out in September of 1991 with the intention of heading back to college in January of 1992. I took a sales job at a Dodge dealership as a "temporary" job and I never looked back!  

I've seen so many changes in 28 years and my experience gives me some unique knowledge.  I truly enjoy working with customers' and making sure they have an excellent experience!

My husband and I love to travel.  I really enjoy working out at the gym, olympic weightlifting classes are my favorite and I also enjoy yoga and pilates! 

Linda Troha
Operations Manager

Tammy Paternoster
Office Manager

Hello, my name is Tammy!  I have been in the Automotive Industry for 44 years.  My father owned several used car lots and his business partner taught me how to do License and Title work at the age of 14.  

I did several other jobs before making the Automobile business my full time career, but I always worked part-time for my Dad and learned all aspects of the business.  My Dad was my true mentor.  I miss him every day, but strive to make him proud. 

I feel that my experience and knowledge of the industry in all aspects and the longevity of my career sets me apart from others. I can handle all situations and resolve matters quickly and efficiently.  I love to train and teach my staff.  Any knowledge that I can pass down is a plus!

When I am not working, I enjoy my home and family.  Love watching movies, going out to dinner with my husband, getting together with my son, and helping plan his wedding which is coming up October of 2020. I am very excited! 

I am very happy to be apart of the Naperville Italian Autos family.  I am devoted to making this an "Awesome Place" to purchase your next vehicle!

Bart Maca
Service Manager

Thank you for your business!  My name is Bart and I am the Service Manager.  I have worked in this industry for 37 years since I graduated highschool.  When I am not working, I love to play pool, watch sports and go fishing. I pride myself on always being honest and fair in order to make our customers' happy!

Cesar Llanito
Parts Manager

Hello, my name is Cesar and I am the Parts Manager.  I have been in the automotive industry for 20 years starting as a Porter and working my way up!  I am as loyal as they come and have spent a majority of my career at one dealership before joining the Naperville Italian Autos Team.  I will always speak my mind and put forth a lot of focus and determination in order to make sure all of my customers are happy!  On my down time, I enjoy visiting my family in Mexico and try to see them once a year. I am a HUGE Cubs and Bears fan, love playing poker and pool when I have time as well as spending time with my family and friends. 

Laura Hecht
Internet Sales & Social Media Manager

Hello, my name is Laura. I have been in the industry since 2013.  I have worn many hats from Sales & Service Cashier to BDC and now Internet Sales Manager. 

Prior to working in dealerships, I was a retail manager for over 7 years and before that I was a Licensed Esthetician.  Never, did I think that I would be working in a dealership, but once you're in - that's it!  I believe working in retail helped with the high quality of customer service I provide and the motivation to always be positive. 

When I'm not working, I am spending time with my family and friends.  I enjoy shopping, trying new restaurants, going to Wisconsin and catching up on my favorite tv shows & movies.  I have 3 nephews and they are my world, so I also try to do special things with them so that we have some great memories to look back on!

I look forward to meeting you! 



Rich Josepher
Sales Specialist

My name is Rich and I've been with Naperville Italian Autos since they were under new ownership.  I have extensive sales and consulting experience, but am relatively new to the auto industry.  You can expect a warm welcome, along with a no pressure approach when working with me!  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends; usually in the great outdoors! 

Eric Mackenzie
Sales Specialist

Hi, my name is Eric and I have been a Sales Specialist at Naperville Italian Autos since May 2019. I've been working in the automotive industry for 3 years, but my love for vehicles started at the age of 5 with my Grandpa.  I worked with dogs for 10 years before making the switch to this industry.  I would love to hear about your dog! On weekends, you can find me disc golfing, biking or hiking.  Other hobbies include coffee, music and craft beer!

Francesco Pasta
Sales Specialist

Hello! My name is Francesco Pasta (I swear this is my real name!) I am new to the automotive industry.  I chose to work at Naperville Italian Autos because working with the Italian brands make me feel close to home!  I have also owned a sandal company for 18 years.  Being a business owner has helped me understand what outstanding customer service really means and I cannot wait to assist you in your search for a new or pre-owned vehicle!

During my free time, I spend a lot of time with my wife and 2 year old son.  I also enjoy soccer, volleyball, mathematic puzzles, wine and visiting my friends and family in Italy!

Ethan Ross
Sales Specialist

Hi, my name is Ethan and I am new to Fiat of Naperville.  I have been in the industry for less than a year, but was exposed to it at a young age due to a family full of car enthusiasts! I have always been eager to work in this industry and am so happy to join the Sales Team!  When it comes to cars, I can hold a conversation with anyone and being a people person, I will always try my best to suit the customers' needs.  I look forward to meeting you!



Felipe Aguinaga
Service Advisor

Felipe here! I have been a Service Advisor at Naperville Italian Autos for 3 years and in the industry for 7.  During my free time, I work on cars & motorcycles and spend time with my friends & family and traveling. Something that sets me apart from most is my dedication to the field and providing the best customer service possible. 

Andrew Price
Service Advisor

Hi, my name is Andrew!  I have been a Service Advisor with Naperville Italian Autos for 2 years. Before working here, I was in college.  I am dedicated to providing the best customer service and communicating with my team to ensure a great visit and understanding of our services to all of our customers'.  Whenever I have some free time, I enjoy playing basketball, and attending sporting events and concerts.

Jake Finley
Service Technician

Hi, my name is Jake and I have been in the automotive industry for 4 years. Before I decided to become a technician, I did web development and graphic design. Having a positive attitude and keeping calm under pressure are some qualities that set me apart from others.  During my free time I love to play the guitar in my band, study music and travel. 

Orlando Pastore
Service Technician

I have been working in the auto industry since 1968 and have always had a passion for cars.  I began as an apprentice at a local dealership at the age of 12 in Italy.  I have always been drawn to vehicles and quickly learned that I was passionate about fixing them as well as returning them to happy customers'.  

I have always thought of myself as a problem solver and enjoy the challenges of pinpointing problems and finding the solutions.  I take a lot of pride in everything I work on and strive for excellence in my work. In my free time I enjoy hunting, restoring vintage cars and spending time with my 6 grandchildren.

Ricky Peralta
Service Technician

Hello!  My name is Ricky.  I have been in the automotive industry as a Technician for 13 years.  While in highschool. I was in trade school to become an automotive technician.  I see myself as a funny guy with a good attitude and have a great attention to detail as well as going above and beyond for all of my customers'. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my kids, watching sports and cooking.

Mike Schonder
Service Technician

Hello, my name is Mike and I have been with Naperville Italian Autos for 6 years.  I have always worked in the automotive industry, before I became a Technician I was an automotive detailer.  I think being a detailer and having a love for vehicles (not just my own), makes me pay huge attention to detail. When I'm not working, you can find me at the gym, working on cars or detailing them as well as spending time with my friends and family.

Jonathan Vazquez
Service Technician

Hello, my name is Johnathan.  I have worked as Technician for over 12 years  Before I decided to make the switch I was a forklift driver for a warehouse and I also was a quality control inspector for automotive parts. I am very proud of the job that I do. I pay close attention to the vehicles and treat the customers just likes family and friends.  Not only do I work on Fiat, Alfa and Maserati. You can bring any make/model vehicle and I can fix it!  

I used to enjoy action sports such as skateboarding and snowboarding, as well as riding my Harley and customizing vehicles. As of lately, I spend most of my time with my family and 2 year old daughter, Sofia. 

David Davis
Service & Sales Porter

Hello, my name is David. I have been with Naperville Italian Autos for 3 months and am currently going to Universal Technical Institute to become a Service Technician.  Prior to working in the auto industry, I volunteered at Swamp Creek Dairy for the past five years. I really enjoy working and am not afraid to get dirty! When I am not at work, I am either in school, hunting, racing 5hp go-carts, or fishing.

Sam Mendoza-Padilla
Service & Sales Porter

Chris Mentzer
Service & Sales Porter

Hello, my name is Chris! I am a porter here at Naperville Italian Auots.  I am fairly new the industry - however, my family members have worked in dealerships which made me want to be apart of it!  I am a people person and am always working my hardest to make sure the lot and vehicles are clean and ready for their new owners. On my free time, I really enjoy fishing and playing basketball!

Carmen Orea
Service & Sales Porter

Hi, my name is Carmen.  I am a Sales & Service Porter and have been part of Naperville Italian Autos for 2 years and in the industry for 29.  Before working in this industry I was a Chef! My family and religion is very important to me and I look forward to going to Mexico once a year to visit.  When I'm not working I like to watch baseball and go to church. I will be retiring in a year and a half and can't wait to begin a new chapter of my life!



Dottie Daliege
Assistant Office Manager

Hello, my name is Dottie!  I have worked in the automotive industry for 5 years.  Before making the move, I worked in operations for an airline. I love life and try my best not to sweat the small stuff.  I enjoy making people smile!  I love to bake, cook, travel and spend every free moment with my family!

Laurie Wellman
Sales & Service Cashier

Hello!  My name is Laurie and I have been working in the automotive industry for 5 years.  Prior to being in this industry, I spent some time working in medical records, being an account specialist and I even ran a pet hotel!

I pride myself in the level of customer service I provide to our guests.  I go above and beyond to make sure their experience is pleasant and every interaction begins and ends with a smile.

In my free time, I enjoy going to concerts and classic arcades.  I love to read and watch entirely too many scary movies!  I look forward to meeting you!

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