Corporate Team

  • Bernie Moreno

    Bernie Moreno

    President

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    Bernie Moreno

    Bernie Moreno

    President

    Bernie Moreno’s distinguished career as a car dealership owner in Cleveland began in 2005 with the purchase of one small, underperforming Mercedes-Benz dealership on the city’s West Side. In just one year, the reborn North Olmsted dealership earned a coveted “Best of the Best” award from Mercedes-Benz and would go on to win that award for 10 consecutive years, something no other Mercedes-Benz dealer has done. Over the years, Moreno would grow his business from a single dealership into an impressive collection of luxury dealerships across several states, and would become the largest volume luxury dealer in the Midwest. In 2015, Bernie Moreno Companies made their first non-automotive acquisition, Hotcards.com, Cleveland’s leading online printing and marketing company.
    Moreno attributes the success of his business to a deeply held belief that the car shopping, buying and ownership experience should be positive and memorable. This belief is shared by all company associates who go above and beyond to provide exceptional client service. For five years, The Bernie Moreno Companies have been named among the “Best Places to Work” by The Plain Dealer.

    Moreno has been widely recognized for his success and contributions to the community. Moreno was named the Distinguished Business Executive of the Year by Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland in 2014, and was named the Hispanic Dealer of the Year at the 2015 Detroit International Auto Show. In 2011, Moreno won the Midwest Region Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Ernst & Young as well as the TIME Magazine/Ally Financial Dealer of the Year Award for the Greater Northeast Ohio Region (one of only 50 dealers awarded annually). He also was recognized as the 2011 Northeast Ohio Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year.
    The Bernie Moreno Companies are committed to improving the social and economic well-being of the communities in which they operate and have a culture of community engagement that includes volunteerism, philanthropy, non-financial support, and the civic engagement of their team members. Moreno himself serves in leadership capacities with many educational and charitable organizations including Cleveland State University (Board chair), Cuyahoga Community College Foundation (Board vice-chair), The Cleveland Foundation, The Greater Cleveland Partnership, Destination Cleveland, Ohio Business Roundtable, Young Presidents Organization, and The Fifty Club of Cleveland. Additionally, at the request of Ohio Governor John Kasich, Moreno served as co-chair of the Opportunity Corridor Inclusion Advisory Committee and as a member of the Governor’s Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations.

    Moreno was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the United States at age five, becoming a U.S. citizen at age 18. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, he began his career in the automotive industry with the Saturn Corporation. Moreno then quickly rose through the ranks to become vice president for New England’s largest automotive dealer, where he was responsible for corporate training, online marketing, and launching new acquisitions.
    When the workday is over, Moreno returns to his home in Westlake, Ohio, for his “most exceptional experience of all”—spending time with his wife and four children.

  • Chris Resek

    Chris Resek

    General Manager - Volkswagen of Streetsboro

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    Chris Resek

    General Manager - Volkswagen of Streetsboro

  • Robert Kistler

    Robert Kistler

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Robert Kistler

    Robert Kistler

    Chief Financial Officer

    Former CFO/Area Controller for Penske Automotive Group, Rob Kistler (BS, Finance and BA, Marketing – The University of Akron; MBA, Finance – Ashland University) brings his financial expertise as Chief Financial Officer for Bernie Moreno Companies.

    Rob progressed to the role of General Manager of Administrative Support Services for Penske’s North American Operations, having spent time assisting in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Southeast Asian operations. At the same time, Penske began a new business venture and created United Auto Group. They immediately began buying up auto dealerships, with the intent to eventually go public.

    Because of his automotive history and experience, Rob was offered (and eagerly accepted) an opportunity to become an Area CFO & Controller of what is now known as Penske Automotive Group.

    Rob joined BMC nearly six years ago, and has been an integral part of the company since. Rob is also a member of the Cleveland Leadership Council, as well as a member the Cleveland Progress Corridor Steering Committee.

    Rob resides in Hudson, Ohio with his wife Mary and their 3 children.

  • Dennis Lafferty

    Dennis Lafferty

    Vice President, Strategic Operations & Community Relations

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    Dennis Lafferty

    Dennis Lafferty

    Vice President, Strategic Operations & Community Relations

    Dennis (B.S.B.A Youngstown State University) joined Bernie Moreno Companies after a 23-year career at the international law firm of Jones Day. Dennis began his career serving as VP of Government Relations for the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce where he was the co-founder of Leadership Cleveland – now in its 39th year.

    During his career, Dennis has played leadership roles in developing the nation’s only tobacco tax dedicated to arts / culture, the site selection and land acquisition for Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena, the expansion of Cleveland Hopkins airport, creation of the Rock and Roll Hall, and served on the Cleveland – Cuyahoga County Convention Facilities Authority and the Cleveland Cuyahoga County Port Authority.

    As a champion of minority inclusion, Dennis developed and served as a founding trustee of The Presidents’ Council Foundation and co-authored “The March 17 Project Report” that led to the adoption of the Cleveland Community Benefits Agreement.

    Lafferty has received a number of distinguished awards including a key to the City of Cleveland, lifetime membership in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, CSU’s In Tribute To Public Service and Crain’s Cleveland Business top 25 Influences.

    At BMC, Dennis maintains liaison with area public, private and non-profit leaders and administers philanthropic initiatives.

  • Tom MacGeorge

    Tom MacGeorge

    VP of Administration

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    Tom MacGeorge

    Tom MacGeorge

    VP of Administration

    Tom (BA, Political Science – Assumption College) is Vice President of Administration for the Bernie Moreno Companies where he oversees the Office of Human Resources, Facility and Risk Management and Corporate Expansion projects.

    Since joining BMC in 2012, Tom has lead the company during its 350% expansion in team member growth, while overseeing corporate expansion efforts that have included 14 construction projects totaling nearly $75M.

    Prior to this role, Tom spent 28 years with the U.S. Secret Service and was part of the Presidential Protective Division during the administrations of President’s George H.W. Bush and William Clinton.

    In 2003, Tom co-founded the Secret Service Jukebox Charity Golf Classic that donated over $100,000 to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital; and is a founding member and past Trustee of the Avon Lake Lacrosse Club (since adopted as a varsity sport by Avon Lake City schools). Tom is currently on the board of directors of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission where he takes an active role in leadership and event participation.

    Tom and his wife, Celeste, live in Avon Lake, OH and have three sons.

  • Anthony Ries

    Anthony Ries

    Vice President - Beachwood Operations

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    Anthony Ries

    Anthony Ries

    Vice President - Beachwood Operations

    Anthony Ries started in the automotive industry as a part time sales consultant at the age of 20. He was going to college full time while selling new and used vehicle to make ends meet. Mr. Ries entire focus was work hard, put your heart in what you do and the payoffs will come.

    After Graduating the University of Akron in 2012 with a Degree in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude), it was time for Anthony to make some very important career decisions. He decided to hold off on law school, to give the automotive industry a fair effort. This turned out to be a very wise business decision.

    After being with the Bernie Moreno Companies, Inc. for two and a half years, this now 28-year-old became the Vice President of Sales. This amazing accomplishment was not luck. Anthony started at Nissan of Streetsboro as a General Sales Manager breaking client satisfaction and sales records. He then was promoted to General Manager of Buick / GMC of Beachwood and took the dealership from a loss to a profit while dealing with an aged and difficult inventory.

    Rewards come to those whom commit, work hard and show loyalty during trying times. But most of all because he was blessed with natural strategic and leadership skills.

    Anthony Ries is married to Sarah and reside in Silver Lake with his newborn son, Copper.

  • Tim Martino

    Tim Martino

    General Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Burlington

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    Tim Martino

    Tim Martino

    General Manager of Mercedes-Benz of Burlington

    Tim joined Bernie Moreno Companies in 2014, serving as Vice President of Fixed Operations at Mercedes-Benz of Burlington. Tim boasts 35 years of automotive experience, 25 of those years in a management role. In that time, Tim oversaw some of the largest and most successful stores in New England. In 2012, Tim received Master Guild Recognition from MBUSA.

    Tim now resides in the North Shore of Boston with his wife Lisa and their two rescue dogs, Buddy and Gigi. His son, Joe, is an avid film fan and video production professional currently relocating to California.

    In his spare time, Tim enjoys travel, food, movies, reading, cycling and mountain biking, and has spent much time riding motorcycles in Europe. When time allows, Tim likes to escape for weekends on his motorcycle and travel through beautiful New England. Tim also likes to cook.

  • John Gadd

    John Gadd

    CEO, Hotcards

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    John Gadd

    John Gadd

    CEO, Hotcards

    An entrepreneur since his first neighborhood landscaping company at 10 years old – John has founded and co-founded multiple companies in the software, print and marketing industries. Currently, John is the President & CEO of Hotcards – an online design & printing company, which became part of the Bernie Moreno Companies in 2015. Hotcards has 50,000 customers Nationwide and printed over 10 billion square inches of paper last year. Throughout his career, John served as strategic counsel to C-level executives at Fortune 300 companies, and frequently speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, marketing, culture, technology and mentorship. He serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters Northeast Ohio, The Chagrin Education Foundation, The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, also serves on the Marketing Advisory Committee of The United Way of Greater Cleveland, Co-Chairs the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County Advocacy Council, was past Co-Chair of Cleveland Rocks New Years Eve 2014/15 – and was named to Crain’s Cleveland prestigious 40 under 40 class of 2014, as well as Printing Impressions 20 under 40 class of 2014.

  • Dominic Cinalli

    Dominic Cinalli

    Corporate Pre-Owned Director

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    Dominic Cinalli

    Dominic Cinalli

    Corporate Pre-Owned Director

    Former General Sales Manager at Ganley Nissan-Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Dominic has extensive knowledge of the automotive industry serving the greater Cleveland area for the last 16 years.

    Much of Dominic’s drive has stemmed from his 30 years of being a completive soccer player – soccer is a great sport that you can have great individual and “team” successes. He has also previously owned a local bar/restaurant in the Cleveland area that he and partners purchased from failing owners rebuilt and sold years later.

    Dominic has now been with Bernie Moreno Companies since 2008 and has held various different positions within the company. In 2015 he ran a successful wholesale operation selling over 3,000 units. With a new focus on keeping more quality vehicles for our clients, Dominic’s new role as Corporate Pre-Owned Director will be focused on increasing pre-owned sales and offering more ‘Safe and Affordable’ cars at a ‘Worry Free Price’ to the greater Cleveland area.

    Dominic, when not working, enjoys all that the city of Cleveland has to offer: great restaurants, sporting events, fundraising, and when the weather permits, the chance to get out and enjoy riding his Harley or boating.

  • Ralph Stawicki

    Ralph Stawicki

    Director of Marketing

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    Ralph Stawicki

    Ralph Stawicki

    Director of Marketing

    Ralph, a Berea native, has always had a taste for competition and cooperation. He participated in many athletics as a teen and became a part of many prestigious organizations thereafter, including the Stag Club, a fraternity including the likes of Ohio’s own John Glenn.

    Ralph (BFA, Art – Muskingum U.) spent his early career as a graphic designer and marketer for the AllTell/Windstream/Berry Corporation, and soon found himself experience social media marketing for the first time as part of Time Warner Cable Media.

    Ralph began with Bernie Moreno Companies (then Collection Auto Group) in 2013 as part of the burgeoning marketing department. He spearheaded the social media marketing program, taking the company’s total follower base from 4,500 to 360,000-and-ground in under 3 years. Ralph also spends his time designing and implementing creatives for all digital areas for BMC.

    Ralph, a man with interest in automobiles and James Bond, is also an advocate for the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Ralph is now married to his wife Jen with two children, Madison and Zach. They live in Strongsville, Ohio.

  • Sean Weaver

    Sean Weaver

    Director of Business Development

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    Sean Weaver

    Sean Weaver

    Director of Business Development

    Sean is the Director of Business Development for the Bernie Moreno Companies where he coordinates all relationships and budgets for the companies key strategic partners and vendors.

    Sean first started with the company as a summer intern in 2015, and since then he has progressed into various positions throughout the company.

    With his limited free time, Sean enjoys boating, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Beyond the items listed above, he also currently holds a private pilots license and owns/operates a startup video software company.

  • Helder Rosa

    Helder Rosa

    Vice President – Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted

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    Helder Rosa

    Helder Rosa

    Vice President – Mercedes-Benz of North Olmsted

  • Christopher Studor

    Christopher Studor

    General Manager – Porsche of North Olmsted

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    Christopher Studor

    Christopher Studor

    General Manager – Porsche of North Olmsted

  • Dan Ricci

    Dan Ricci

    General Manager – Cleveland Motorsports

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    Dan Ricci

    Dan Ricci

    General Manager – Cleveland Motorsports

  • Bob Laughton

    Bob Laughton

    Executive Manager – Airport Infiniti

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    Bob Laughton

    Bob Laughton

    Executive Manager – Airport Infiniti

  • Michael Thomas

    Michael Thomas

    General Manager for INFINITI of Akron

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    Michael Thomas

    Michael Thomas

    General Manager for INFINITI of Akron