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LEXUS RIVERCENTER
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| Address:  633 W. 3rd St. Covington, KY 41011

Meet Our Staff

 
 
 

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Sales


Kelly Bruner
Used Car Manager
kbruner@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been in the Car business/ with Lexus RiverCenter?

- I transferred to Lexus RiverCenter in June 2013. I have been in the car business with this company since 2001, at our Performance Toyota location. I started as the part-time receptionist answering phones while at college, worked my way up in sales, and ended up making the car business my career!

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

- The people! We have the most amazing staff here! I honestly don't know why you would want to buy a car anywhere else!

What's your favorite Lexus and why?

- The ISF but I also think that the Lexus RX350 is hands down the best SUV you can buy.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-  I spend as much time with my little boy Wyatt as possible. I also love to read, write and I'm trying to learn how to cook. It's not working out so well...
Chris Patterson
New Car Sales Mgr
cpatterson@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been in the Car business?

- I have been in the auto industry since 1996. I was one of the original Sales Managers for Lexus RiverCenter when it opened in the Fall of 2002.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

- We have the best customers in Cincinnati! I have enjoyed building relationships in our community and seeing our great clientele in our dealership.

What do you like to do in your free time?

- I enjoy spending time with my family and my 3 daughters keep me extremely busy. In addition, I like golf, working around the house and enjoying a nice glass of wine.

 
Frank Winstel
Finance Manager
fwinstel@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

- I have been in the auto industry for since 2002 and selling Lexus for the majority of that time.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

- Lexus RiverCenter has such a great reputation in the Cincinnati-area…I love being a part of it!

What do you like to do in your free time?

- I enjoy spending time with my children, watching them play sports and golfing with my wife.


 

 Lynn Hearn

Lynn Hearn
Internet Sales Specialist
lhearn@lexusrivercenter.com
 

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

I joined the RiverCenter team 2 years ago, assisting our Internet Sales Manager.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

I am a bit of a newbie in the car business, (Lexus RiverCenter is my first car gig), but a long time veteran in the people business.  Creating superb customer experience is what I do.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-When I am off the clock, time with family and friends fill my days, particularly in the summer where I like to just hang out by our pool and entertain.

Dave Ritchie
Sales Consultant
dritchie@lexusrivercenter.com



How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-9 plus years at Lexus Rivercenter.

How long have you been in the Car business?  Where did you start?

-34 yrs in the car business.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

- Think I enjoy the freedom to be who I am here at our dealership is probably what I appreciate most.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-In my free time I enjoy working out at Urban Active in Bellevue.  I’m a member of “Kiwanis” in Covington.  I have attended Crossroads Community Church in Oakley since 2002.  In between you can find me on my motorcycle, weather permitting….and sometimes  not permitting.

Kevin Hitchcock
Sales Consultant
khitchcock@lexusrivercenter.com

 

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-I joined the team in May of 2013.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-I have been in the car business since March 2004. I got my start at Steve Castrucci Automotive and after working with Steve for 4 years, I moved to Beechmont Toyota. Most of my time in the car business has been spent in the Business Office.


 

Ryan Schatteman


How long have you been in the Car business/where did you start?

- Since 1998 with a BMW dealership.

 
How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

- October 2013

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

- Meeting new people and working with an excellent staff.

What's your favorite Lexus and why?

- GS350 because it's a great mix of luxury and sport.

What do you like to do in your free time?

- Customize cars and lift weights. 

Bill Zinn
Sales Consultant
bzinn@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-6 years.

· How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-Started at Lexus RiverCenter.

· What is your favorite Lexus and why?

- GS 350.  The sport feel and luxury.

· What do you like to do in your free time?

-I like to hang out with my grand kids.


 

Phil Booth
Sales Consultant
PBooth@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-4 years

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-Been in the car business 35 years, started in Louisville buying and selling high line cars on my own!

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-Professional and friendly atmosphere.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-My favorite Lexus is the SC430, the look is timeless.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-In my free time, I like to travel, watch college basketball and look at cars. Classic high line cars!


 

 

Wesley Adams
Sales Consultant
wadams@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start? 

-I just began my career with Lexus RiverCenter in 2012.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter? 

-Lexus has the best products, technology and luxury that you can buy. We have a very educated clientele that I love working with.  

What do you like to do in your free time?

-I am currently working on my college education. When I'm not studying, I love working on cars and learning more about them.


 

 
Ben Bruner
Sales Consultant
bbruner@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

- 2012

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

- I have been in the car business 8 years, starting with the same group I am with right now (Performance Automotive)

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

- Great product, great customers, great staff!

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

- I drive a Lexus IS250AWD and love the way it handles. In a perfect world, I would love to have a Lexus IS-F (400+HP).

What do you like to do in your free time?

- In my free time, I spend time with my wife and 2 young kids, work on projects around the house and coach my son?s basketball team.


 
 
               

Service and Parts Managers
 
Justin Lyman
Service Manager
jlyman@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-Since June 2004.

How long have you been in the Car business?  Where did you start?

-Been in the car business almost 8 years and started here!

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-The technology on the new cars is always fun to play with! Seeing the cars and talking to people about what they really like about their car.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-LFA (duh!) As of right now it is the pinnacle of Toyota technology in street legal form.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-Spend time with my son, reading up on cars, photography and study the art of manliness.


 

Kris Cones
Parts Manager
kcones@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-Since the opening in 2002.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-Over 20 years. Started as a part time Lot Tech at one of the company’s Toyota dealerships.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-The people I work with.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-The LFA. It fits what I always felt, defines a true luxury car, not so much the “sportiness,” but the exclusivity.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-Read or watch anime.


 

Rick Keitz
Parts Specialist
rkeitz@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-8 years. Started in 2004.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-Since 1975.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-Dealing with great product, great co-workers and customers.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-The LFA because of its looks. It is sleek and sporty.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-Going on ATV trips to the mountains of Tennessee.


 

Tom Pitstick
Parts Specialist
tpitstick@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-4 years.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-4 years at Lexus RiverCenter.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-Working with the Technicians.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-The RX350…drove one in the snow with no problem.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-I like to grill out in the back yard.


 

Service Staff

Mike Masse
Assistant Service Manager
mmasse@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

- I have been a Service Advisor at Lexus River Center since we opened here in the Fall of 2002.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

- I have been in the car business since Feb. 1998. I started as a lot tech with the Lexus Store of Lexington. I have worked for Lexus ever since.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

- I like working with a great customer base, and getting to work with a great product on a daily basis.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

- My favorite Lexus is the GS series. It has always had great styling and performance.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-I like to spend time with my wife and two boys. We enjoy doing anything outdoors -- boating, camping, fishing. I also enjoy sports. I am a huge UK   basketball fan.


 

Katie Funke
Assistant Service Manager
KFunke@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-I started at Lexus RiverCenter a little over five years ago as an Assistant Service Manager.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-This is my first time in the automotive industry and has been a great experience this far.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-The best part of working at Lexus RiverCenter is having the opportunity to meet so many different people and building strong relationships with my customers. I have developed so many great relationships with my customers which has helped make my job rewarding.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-My favorite Lexus would have to be the GS. I love the look and feel of this stylishly classy sports sedan. It is my goal to own a GS one day!

What do you like to do in your free time?

-In my free time I like to go out and try new restaurants with my husband, go camping, work on my house and attempt to be crafty!


 

Bob Snyder
Assistant Service Manager
rsnyder@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-I have been here since October 2012.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-I have been working in the automotive field for 17 years and started at Stillpass Honda.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-It is a very professional environment. The employees are great and the clients are phenomenal.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-The SC430 because of the timeless design.

What do you like to do in your free time?

-I enjoy having fun with my 7 year old son and 4 year old daughter.


 

Heather Clendening
Assistant Service Manager
hclendening@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-I started in September 2012.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-This is my first job in the car business.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-The people and the Lexus vehicles are amazing. Lexus really is the Pursuit of Perfection.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-The ISF because what's not to love about the power?!?!

What do you like to do in your free time?

-Daydream about driving a Lexus!


 

Darrell Johnson
Service Greeter / Service Administrator
djohnson@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?  

-9 Years.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start? 

-Started here at Lexus Rivercenter when we first opened.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter? 

-Representing the Highest Quality Products and the Highest Quality Dealer Network to the Highest Quality Clientele is what makes for  the Highest Quality Experience in the Industry!  

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

- I am honored to drive any of the Lexus vehicles.  It is a pleasure to drive them all.   

What do you like to do in your free time?

-Spending time with family plus working/playing on the farm.


 

Alyssa Schomaker
Assistant Service Manager
aschomaker@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-I started in April 2013.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-I studied Automotive Technology my 2nd year of college, and have been in the business since 2013.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-There is a very fun, relaxed, yet very professional environment here. I also enjoy working with all the luxury vehicles.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-My favorite Lexus is the LFA because until I started working here, I've never seen one. I love the exotic look!

What do you like to do in your free time?

-In my free time I like to work on cars, go to car shows, drive my car, etc.


 

Joe Addison
Cashier
jaddison@lexusrivercenter.com

How long have you been at Lexus RiverCenter?

-I have worked here since August of 2012.

How long have you been in the Car business? Where did you start?

-This is my first job in the car business.

What do you like most about working at Lexus RiverCenter?

-I like representing the greatest car brand on the planet. Our Service Department team is awesome to work with and we all do our part to provide great customer service.

What is your favorite Lexus and why?

-My favorite Lexus is the GX460. I like the versatility this vehicle provides as a luxury sport utility. It's roomy and that's important for someone who is 6'4".

What do you like to do in your free time?

-In my spare time I like to take my son Benjamin to the park, laser tag and sporting events.


 

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