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Managers

  • Bruce  Semersky

    Bruce Semersky

    General Manager

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    Bruce Semersky

    General Manager

  • Faris Nijim

    Faris Nijim

    Sales Manager

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    Faris Nijim

    Faris Nijim

    Sales Manager

    It’s really no surprise to anyone that Faris was destined to work in the automotive industry, given the strong sense of foreshadowing in his early years. His very first word was “car” rather than the usual “mamma” or “dada,” and his childhood bedroom in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was plastered with car posters – Porsches, naturally! After graduating from Notre Dame, Faris spent five years in Italy before moving to Chicago and finally fulfilled his destiny by joining The Porsche Exchange in January 2004. Since working for Porsche, Faris’ passion for the brand has only gotten stronger, and he is a respected member of Porsche Cars North America’s Sales and Marketing Roundtable. When not at The Exchange, Faris enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, even though she has expressly forbidden the use of car posters as wallpaper in their bedroom.

  • Michael Bartuch

    Michael Bartuch

    Finance Manager

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    Michael Bartuch

    Michael Bartuch

    Finance Manager

    Mike began his long career at The Exchange back in 2001 when he started doing F&I work for both Porsche and Audi while they were still located in the same building in downtown Highland Park. This wasn’t his first foray into the F&I industry though, he had been doing F&I for five years previously as well. When both of the dealerships moved to their larger locations on Route 41, Mike became The Porsche Exchange’s dedicated F&I Manager, as well as in charge of overseeing the F&I operations at all of The Exchange locations. Besides loving Porsches, Mike also has a strong passion for motorcycles, he owns a 2013 BMW K1600GTL as well as a custom 2013 Harley Davidson Breakout with a 120R motor. His other hobbies include shooting pictures with his Nikon, and flying his Phantom 4 drone to get great footage of family events and local scenery.

  • Monico Chavez

    Monico Chavez

    Pre-Owned Manager

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    Monico Chavez

    Monico Chavez

    Pre-Owned Manager

    Monico is a graduate of Lewis University with a Aviation Flight Management and Business Degree. As an enthusiast for all things mechanical and a people person, the car business was a sure fit. He started at the Chevrolet Exchange in 2011 and was promoted to Preowned Manager after only a couple of years. With a fine attention to detail, he takes pride in maintaining his Preowned Porsches to the highest standard. Having always had an admiration for the speed and sophistication of Porsches he was excited to begin as a preowned manager for the Porsche Exchange in 2014. In his free time, Monico still enjoys recreational flying, working on his classic muscle car, traveling, and spending time outdoors.

  • Mario Toledo

    Mario Toledo

    Service Manager

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    Mario Toledo

    Mario Toledo

    Service Manager

    Ever since graduating high school, Mario has been immersed in the car business. Most recently you could find Mario working at our sister dealer, The Audi Exchange, where he was the #1 Service Advisor, obtaining off-the-charts CSI scores and turning his numerous customers into dear friends. During his 10 years at The Audi Exchange, he became a fixture of the service department, earning the affectionate nickname “Mr. Mario” by his legions of customers. Mario lives by the golden rule, which is precisely what has earned him his loyal following of customers and fans.

  • Vladens Alnis

    Vladens Alnis

    Parts Manager

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    Vladens Alnis

    Vladens Alnis

    Parts Manager

    Vladens has been a loyal Exchange employee since 2001 when he began working as a Porter at The Saab Exchange. From there he moved to the Parts Counter and then became the Parts Manager. He joined The Porsche Exchange team in 2007 as a Service Advisor and Warranty Administrator. More recenty Vladens has been the Assistant Service Manager here and was promoted to Parts Manager in December 2014. His personal interests include a strong passion for Porsche, as well as motorcycles, skiing and traveling.

Ambassadors

  • Alex Cook

    Alex Cook

    Customer Relations Manager

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    Alex Cook

    Alex Cook

    Customer Relations Manager

  • Chris Barnaba

    Chris Barnaba

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

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    Chris Barnaba

    Chris Barnaba

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

    Chris’s family has been involved with the Porsche brand since before he was born, so suffice it to say, he grew up with the brand. His father has been with Porsche since 1969, and Chris has been following in his footsteps ever since 2006. After Attending NIU, Chris began his career in sales at another Porsche dealer before moving to The Porsche Exchange recently. Chris prides himself on his passion and extensive knowledge of the Porsche brand. In his free time Chris enjoys golfing, racing, and watching his favorite Chicago sports teams.

  • Peter Jacob

    Peter Jacob

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

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    Peter Jacob

    Peter Jacob

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

    At the tender age of five, Peter found his love of automobiles to be somewhat insatiable, collecting and building an inordinate amount of models. His favorites of course, were Porsche. His thirst for knowledge of all types of vehicles continued as he gravitated towards racing bicycles, eventually moving into motorcycles by the age of fourteen. After attending DePaul and Northwestern University, Peter was involved with BMW Motorrad for nearly eighteen years before joining The Porsche Exchange in March of this year. As a lifelong enthusiast, and owner of two previous GT cars, it’s no surprise that he finally feels at home among our Porsche family. Peter’s interests include exploring new restaurants within Chicago, traveling, music, hockey, soccer, and riding any one of his six motorcycles.

  • Nick Kopp

    Nick Kopp

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

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    Nick Kopp

    Nick Kopp

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

    Nick is a graduate of Southern Illinois with a Management and Marketing degree. As a Porsche enthusiast he decided to join The Porsche Exchange in the fall of 2008 and has worked as a Certified Porsche Sales Professional since. Nick lives in Chicago and when he is not at The Exchange he enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending local sporting events.

  • Rocco Pelletiere

    Rocco Pelletiere

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

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    Rocco Pelletiere

    Rocco Pelletiere

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

    Rocco started in the car business as a salesman for the Lynch Auto Group in 1995 and was promoted to finance just a year later. This was Rocco’s beginning in the Porsche world, as Lynch had a Porsche dealership at the time. Rocco then went on work at several other local Porsche dealers before being offered a job at The Porsche Exchange. Rocco has two grown children, one of which is a Senior at U.I.C. who hopes to become a dentist. His other child hopes to become a race car driver. Rocco enjoys boating, golfing and is a season ticket holder for the Chicago Bears. He hopes they can win another Superbowl in his lifetime!

  • David Perkins

    David Perkins

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

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    David Perkins

    David Perkins

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

    David is a graduate of Universal Technical institute with a degree in automotive technology. His goal entering college was to be a Porsche technician, but as it turns out, his career would end up in sales. Having the technical knowledge of what makes a Porsche tick, David can connect on a deeper level with the true Porsche enthusiasts–explaining not only what happens, but how and why. David has been with Porsche since 2011, and enjoys new product launches, along with the trackside training that accompanies them. In his spare time he likes to golf and spend time with friends and family.

  • Paul Michalczyk

    Paul Michalczyk

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

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    Paul Michalczyk

    Paul Michalczyk

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

    Paul is able to say that he truly knows Porsches both inside and out. He began his career at UTI and graduated with a degree in Automotive and Diesel Technology. From there he accepted to Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program (PTAP) and graduated as a Porsche Technician. Paul put that degree to good use for the next seven years at another local Porsche dealer. They admired Paul’s determination and brand knowledge, and offered him a position on their sales team. Paul became a top salesman and continued to work there for seven years before moving to The Porsche Exchange. In his free time, Paul enjoys playing and watching sports, spending quality time with his family and friends, as well as babysitting his three-year-old niece.

  • Michael Semersky

    Michael Semersky

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

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    Michael Semersky

    Michael Semersky

    Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador

    Michael Semersky has been a Porsche enthusiast since he was very young. With his father taking ownership of The Porsche Exchange 1976, he has literally grown up around the Porsche brand. In the past few years, Michael was named one of the Top 100 Porsche Sales Representatives in the world. What he loves most about his job is the happiness that comes from helping someone find the car of their dreams. He prides himself on his passion for Porsche, extensive knowledge of the brand, and exceptional customer service. Michael’s interests include cars, skiing, reading, fitness and motorcycles. He has been happily married to his wife Roxanne since 1997 and in his spare time he enjoys spending quality time with his family and two young daughters.

Service

  • Tony Busuego

    Tony Busuego

    Certified Service Consultant

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    Tony Busuego

    Tony Busuego

    Certified Service Consultant

    Tony is extremely knowledgeable about the German car industry. He began his career back in 2000 as an Audi certified technician. Eight years later he transferred to our sister-store, The Audi Exchange, where he became a valuable member of their team. Tony then decided to expand his knowledge of high-end German automobiles and started working as a certified Mercedes technician. From there Tony decide to bring all of his knowledge and experience to The Porsche Exchange and become one of our Certified Service Consultants. Tony likes to spend his free time with his family and friends, and enjoys travelling with them as often as possible.

  • Irene Camacho

    Irene Camacho

    Service Coordinator

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    Irene Camacho

    Irene Camacho

    Service Coordinator

  • Josh Grant

    Josh Grant

    Certified Service Consultant

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    Josh Grant

    Josh Grant

    Certified Service Consultant

    Josh grew up in the northern suburbs and after attending SIU, moved back to the area to start a career in the automotive field. He has always been passionate about the industry and in addition to his experience with service, has also worked exclusively with car audio and accessory sales. Josh has previously worked with other luxury car lines, but is excited to have recently joined the Porsche Exchange team. He is enthusiastic to be part of a brand that emphasizes performance, while maintaining the innovation and commitment that Porsche is known for.  Josh currently lives in the northern suburbs with his wife and two young boys, and enjoys fishing and building Lego models with his children.

  • Casey Lewis

    Casey Lewis

    Certified Service Consultant

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    Casey Lewis

    Casey Lewis

    Certified Service Consultant

    Working in the automotive industry runs in Casey Lewis’s blood, as his father is the Service and Parts Director at our sister dealership, The Audi Exchange. So suffice it to say, Casey has learned from the best. He has spent numerous years in the industry already, and this is his first year as a part of The Porsche Exchange team. He is now thrilled to work alongside a brand that is performance-driven and cutting-edge. When not at work, Casey enjoys hanging out with his dog Hercules, and watching his favorite Chicago sports teams (Bulls, Bears, Cubs and Hawks) play.

  • Martin Delgado

    Martin Delgado

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Martin Delgado

    Martin Delgado

    Porsche Certified Technician

  • Gene Derbick

    Gene Derbick

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Gene Derbick

    Gene Derbick

    Porsche Certified Technician

    • At The Porsche Exchange since 2005
    • A Certified Porsche Technician since 1985

  • Dick Gagliardi

    Dick Gagliardi

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Dick Gagliardi

    Dick Gagliardi

    Porsche Certified Technician

    • At The Porsche Exchange since 1990
    • A Certified Porsche Technician since 1977
    • An automotive technician since 1971

  • Juana Esparza

    Juana Esparza

    Service Associate

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    Juana Esparza

    Juana Esparza

    Service Associate

  • Ron Hauser

    Ron Hauser

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Ron Hauser

    Ron Hauser

    Porsche Certified Technician

    • At The Porsche Exchange since 2001
    • A Certified Porsche Technician since 1989
    • An automotive technician since 1987

  • Zlatko Milenkovic

    Zlatko Milenkovic

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Zlatko Milenkovic

    Zlatko Milenkovic

    Porsche Certified Technician

    • At The Porsche Exchange since 2011
    • A Certified Porsche Technician since 2011
    • An automotive technician since 2008

  • Mario Moreno

    Mario Moreno

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Mario Moreno

    Mario Moreno

    Porsche Certified Technician

    • At The Porsche Exchange since 2004
    • A Certified Porsche Technician since 2004

  • Bill Thompson

    Bill Thompson

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Bill Thompson

    Bill Thompson

    Porsche Certified Technician

    • At The Porsche Exchange since 1992
    • A Certified Porsche Technician since 1985

  • David Tong

    David Tong

    Certified Service Consultant

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    David Tong

    David Tong

    Certified Service Consultant

    David has a been a long-time Exchange employee, beginning at The Saab Exchange back in 1997 as a Service Advisor and then working his way up to Service Manager in 2003. In 2008 David transferred over to the Audi Exchange where he worked until 2015, before moving over to The Porsche Exchange. Needless to say, David knows The Exchange like the back of his hand! He commutes from Chicago, but says it’s completely worth it to work for a great, family-owned organization like The Exchange. David has many friends and family members that have purchased cars from The Exchange, and not just because he works here, but because of how they are always treated with respect and courtesy. When David is not at work he loves spending time with his family and playing golf.

  • Brandon Warren

    Brandon Warren

    Porsche Certified Technician

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    Brandon Warren

    Brandon Warren

    Porsche Certified Technician

    • At The Porsche Exchange since 2008
    • A Certified Porsche Technician since 2008
    • An automotive technician since 2006

Parts

  • Crystal Gonzalez

    Crystal Gonzalez

    Boutique Specialist

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    Crystal Gonzalez

    Crystal Gonzalez

    Boutique Specialist

  • Jix Icasiano

    Jix Icasiano

    Parts Specialist

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    Jix Icasiano

    Jix Icasiano

    Parts Specialist

  • Larry Noble

    Larry Noble

    Parts Specialist

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    Larry Noble

    Larry Noble

    Parts Specialist

  • Joe Willems

    Joe Willems

    Parts Specialist

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    Joe Willems

    Joe Willems

    Parts Specialist

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Porsche Exchange
Porsche Exchange
2300 Skokie Valley Road
Highland Park, IL, 60035 United States
(847) 266-7000
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