Meet our Team of Automotive Specialists

At The Porsche Exchange, we have assembled this team with great care. These men and women know the Porsche brand, and they are ready to help you with whatever you may need. Our dealership has been growing for over 40 years, and our team has grown with the times and with the Porsche brand. Come to The Porsche Exchange today, and work with one of our wonderful team members. You can also feel free to reach out to any one of them, read their bios to learn more about that drives them.

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Finance
Sales
Service
Administration
Parts
Management
Bruce Semersky
General Manager
Faris Nijim
General Sales Manager
Bio

It’s really no surprise to anyone that Faris was destined to work for Porsche, 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. He is a respected emeritus member of Porsche Cars North America’s Sales and Marketing Roundtable. When not at The Exchange, Faris enjoys traveling and riding his motorcycles. Sadly, he no longer uses car posters as wallpaper in his bedroom.

Monico Chavez
Pre-Owned Manager
Bio

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.

Edward Vale
Service Director
Bio

Porsche is an iconic brand and I’m thrilled to part of the Porsche Exchange team! It’s rewarding to work for a corporation that shares my progressive and forward-thinking vision, values its associates, supports the execution and management of consistent processes, and takes advantage of my high energy, positive attitude to inspire others, and create a culture that benefits employees and elevates the guest experience. I contribute my success by surrounding myself with a talented team, providing a clear vision, and supporting the philosophy of, your people are your brand. Porsche Exchange future is exciting and I look forward to creating a legendary Porsche ownership experience for our Guest and the many friendships forged along the way!

Michael Bartuch
Finance Manager
Bio

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.

Alyssa Suriano
Business Development Manager / Customer Experience Manager
Bio

Alyssa's love for cars began at a very young age. She and her father used to work on classic cars together. Her family also had sports cars and motorcycles as she was growing up. The enthusiasm for motorized vehicles and speed ran in the family.  Alyssa started her career as a paralegal and eventually moved into the exotic car field in 2020. Her path eventually led her to The Porsche Exchange. Her passion for the Porsche brand is unparalleled.

Vladens Alnis
Parts Manager
Bio

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.

Finance
Rocco Pelletiere
Finance Manager
Bio

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!

Trevor Merrick
Finance Manager / Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
Bio

Trevor has been a passionate Porsche enthusiast since he was a teenager. He began working at the Porsche Exchange in 1993, not too long after that passion was born. He is proud to have personally owned fourteen different Porsche models over the years, including 911’s, Boxster’s, Cayman’s, Cayenne’s and Macan’s. One of the highlights of his career in the Porsche world was getting to visit the Porsche factory in Germany and then driving a 911 on the Autobahn. When not assisting customers in their Porsche journey, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Sales
Steven Craig
Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
Bio

Steven is an Ireland native. He moved to Chicago in 2016. Steven spent the first part of his career performing with bands around Europe and the United Kingdom. He grew up attending rallies on the weekends with his dad and grandfather. Racing also was an integral part of his childhood. Steven started his journey in the automotive industry with Audi. He joined the Porsche Exchange team in 2020.

Peter Jacob
Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
Bio

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
Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
Bio

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.

Paul Michalczyk
Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
Bio

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
Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
Bio

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.

Alex Cook
Porsche Pro
Bio

Alex graduated from Illinois State with a Marketing degree back in 2010 and quickly began following his dream of working in the automotive industry. He has been a part of the Porsche Exchange team since 2016, where he has been dedicated to ensuring that our customers have an exceptional Porsche sales and ownership experience. When he is not helping customers, he enjoys building and driving drift cars, as well as racing motorcycles. 

Sarantis (Sam) Stamatis
Porsche Sales Asssistant
Bio

Sarantis (Sam) Stamatis is a 22 year old who is finishing a degree in economics and finance. He has loved Porsche ever since a young age and has always wanted to work in the car industry in some way. His favorite Porsche is the 964.

Service
Bill Thompson
Shop Foreman / Gold Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Kevin Anderson
Certified Service Consultant
Bio
I have been fortunate in my 24 year automotive service career to work within the Porsche family since 2018 and am now very excited to be part of the team here in 2023! My enthusiasm and love for the brand dates back to childhood. I always had 911 posters on my bedroom walls and played with diecast Porsches along with dreams of one day owning one.  Throughout my career, my goal has always been an elite, client focused experience and relationships built on trust. In my free time, you will often find me at local Porsche events talking cars and connecting with clients that have become friends over the years. I look forward  to continuing my unique brand of client experience and creating new friendships along the way as well!  
Casey Lewis
Assistant Service Manager
Bio

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.

Samuel Romero
Certified Service Consultant
Bio

For over 9 years, Samuel has been a noteworthy leader in the car industry. As a Service Consultant, he shares his vast knowledge of the brand with all of our customers. Samuel is very passionate not only about Porsche, but in continually improving the customer experience here at the Exchange. In his free time, he enjoys soccer and working out. 

Mandeep Mangat
Certified Service Consultant
Bio

I’ve been in the automotive industry since 1995 and originally started my career as a technician, but my passion for customer service pushed me to the Service Consultant role. I’m so thankful to be part of the Porsche Exchange team and love the prestige that's associated with Porsche. I look forward to creating outstanding Porsche ownership for our guests and can’t wait to see what the future brings.

Andrew Ullberg
Certified Service Consultant
Bio

Andrew began his automotive career in 2016 as a Business Development Manager for a local automotive group. He's had a passion for anything with a drivetrain from an early age. On a typical day at the Exchange, you'll be able to find Andrew helping out guests bringing their vehicles in for maintenance. Andrew enjoys watching movies and sports, modifying cars and motorcycles, and hiking.

Christian Ullberg
Assistant Service Consultant
Bio

Christian has always been a car enthusiast for the majority of his life, similar to his father whose been working as a service consultant for 30 years. He has been gradually climbing the ladder over the last few years and has arrived at the Porsche Exchange. He plans to continue on his journey to better the customer experience here at the Exchange and make the Porsche name proud.

Neal Agran
Service Experience Specialist
Bio

Neal is an avid vintage car enthusiast and 20 year Porsche Club of America member.  He is an HPDE instructor and spent several years racing Porsches in sprint and endurance events.  He currently owns a 1987 944 Turbo with which he competes in national and regional concours and can otherwise be found fixing and restoring old cars when time allows.

Ron Bean
Service Experience Specialist
Bio

Ron has owned an air cooled 911 for over 40 years and has been a Porsche Club of America member for 28 years. In PCA, Ron has participated in regional and national Concour competitions as well as auto cross with his classic  911. He has toured the Porsche factory in Zuffenhausen, attended the 24 Hours of LeMans and both Rennsport Reunion 5 and 6. In 2021, Ron’s 911 was part of Luftgekuhlt 7. He is a former business to business magazine publisher in the food industry. Ron’s goal at the Exchange is to exceed guest expectations at every personal contact level.

Richard Day
Service Experience Specialist
Bio

Dick was born and raised in Chicago and has been a North Shore resident for over 35 years.

He spent his career in the healthcare industry, primarily in the medical equipment service segment.

He and his wife own a Boxster S and a Cayenne GTS. Both of their cars are daily driven!

Luis Fraguada
Service Experience Specialist
Bio

Luis' interest in high performance cars started at a very early age. He became a Porsche owner in 1974 and joined PCA (Porsche Club of America) in 1975. Many Porsches have come and gone in his garage, and over 48 years of being faithful to the brand means he could write a Porschepedia based on all the knowledge and experience he's gained. Luis retired in 2009 after spending decades in corporate America focusing on Business Development. He recently came out of retirement to work at Porsche Exchange as a Service Experience Specialist. He refers to his position at Porsche Exchange as his dream job since it combines his passion for the brand and engaging with customers. The love of Porsche is a family affair for Luis, and you can often find him and his eldest son, Luis Jr, racing their cars together on tracks across the United States. Luis’s wife, Vilma, and their three children (two grandchildren) spent many weekends throughout their childhood in Minnesota cheering him on at PCA drivers education, rallies, concourses, and other events, where Luis got to happily share his love for Porsche with the community.

Eric Wilmouth
Service Experience Specialist
Bio
Eric was a physician in Paris, France. Chicago was his dream location to retire and he made it come true in 2021. Eric has owned and raced seven 911s since 1998. He loves sharing his passion for the brand with customers and truly embodies the Porsche spirit.
"Enjoy life, drive your Porsche!"
Jimmy Delatorre
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

Jimmy graduated from Lincoln Tech in 2001. He has experience in body work and restoring classics. Before starting at the Porsche Exchange, he worked for the Audi Exchange for 14 years as a service technician. As much as he enjoys the new technology of all the vehicles, the classics are still his favorite.

Ron Hauser
Gold Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Victor Leon-Zavala
Porsche Certified Technician
Mario Moreno
Gold Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Ethan Thompson
Porsche Certified Technician
Juan Nunez
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

Juan has been with the Porsche Exchange for a couple of years. His light-hearted spirit puts a smile on his colleagues' faces. Juan looks forward to all the GT cars that come through the shop for service.

Zlatko Milenkovic
Silver Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Martin Delgado
Silver Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

• At The Porsche Exchange since 2015
• A Certified Porsche Technician since 2015

Nick Walsh
Porsche Certified Technician
Jesus Campillo
Porsche Certified Apprentice
Bio

Jesus graduated from Universal Technical Institute in 2020. He has been in the automotive industry for 5 years and is excited for what the future holds here at the Porsche Exchange. Jesus' favorite Porsche is the 991 Targa GTS. It has both the looks and the performance!

Nico Maldonado
Apprentice Technician
Bio

I have been here for a year and am proud to say the employees are very welcoming and everyone works as a team. I feel like I can show my full potential here at the Exchange and also experience new challenges to sharpen my skills as a technician. From day one, I felt I belonged here at Porsche and I continue to push the limit of my skills not just to better myself, but also for this wonderful dealership. I can't wait to see what the future holds for me here at the Exchange. 

Alfonso Rodriguez
Apprentice Technician
Matthew Vasquez
Apprentice Technician
Bio

Matthew is from Bayamón, Puerto Rico. He traveled in 2015 to the US and started his education as an automotive technician. Since he was a kid, he always had a love for cars. Matthew worked for an independent shop initially, and when he saw the opportunity to work for the Porsche Exchange, he could not pass it up. Matthew could not imagine a day without working on these breathtaking cars.

Harrison McConnell
Transportation Coordinator
Bio

Harrison’s passion for the Porsche brand started around the young age of six.  Back then, if you had asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would have told you, he dreamt of working for Porsche. 14 years later, his dream became a reality.  Across America, only 20% of workers are extremely passionate about their jobs, Harrison is happy to be part of that 20%.  Having the ability to admire the cars daily, let alone drive them, makes working at the Porsche Exchange so much more than a job. 

Lucas Oates
Loaner Coordinator
Bio

Lucas, who was originally an East coast native, moved with his family to Illinois in 2013. Growing up, he had a neighbor with two 911 Turbos, which is where his first love of Porsche began. He landed his first role at another Porsche dealer in 2020 and is excited to be a part of the Porsche Exchange team! Lucas resides on Chicago’s Northside and enjoys attending Cubs games & the city’s restaurant scene. 

Administration
Christina Dimarakis
Guest Reception
Bio

Christina's passion for cars began from her childhood when she and her dad spent each weekend at classic car shows and racing events. She has always dreamed of working in the automotive industry, and her position at Porsche fuels her passion for cars and enthusiasm for customer service. Chrisitna is currently in school for Accounting and wishes to continue her career here at The Exchange!

Lurans Kambool
Guest Reception
Bio

Lurans has been a part of the Porsche Exchange team since the beginning of 2022. He always strives to make others around him laugh. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 38 years and their cat, Violet. If you're looking for a joke, Lurans has one!

Hayden Stolberg
Guest Reception
Bio

Hayden’s passion for cars stems from his environment of growing up around Porsches and sports cars. He is quite fond of speed and the sound of an engine. The privilege of working in an environment surrounded by these cars everyday is the best part about working at the Porsche Exchange.

Parts
Jamie Icasiano
Parts Specialist
Bio

Jamie joined the team about 10 years ago as a driver and has since moved his way to the counter. He's now a Porsche Brand Ambassador and a cornerstone at Road America Events. Off the clock, you can find Jamie spending time with his family. He enjoys camping and hunting.

Crystal Gonzalez
Boutique Manager
Bio

Crystal joined the Porsche Exchange team in 2016. She is proud to stand behind the Porsche brand and products. She believes our products are the best in the automotive industry and likes to go above and beyond to ensure our customers receive the best service possible. She has been a car enthusiast since she can remember, thanks to her dad. In her spare time, she enjoys driving her 986 Boxster S, spending time with her bunny, and reading.

Jix Icasiano
Parts Specialist
Bio

Jix has been a staple in The Exchange timeline. He has been with the company for over 35 years. When he's not assisting with classic Porsches, you can see him around Chicagoland bowling and cheering on the Cubs and Bears. Go Cubs Go! 

Scott Mao
Parts Specialist
Bio

Being a part of the Porsche community is a thought Scott never would've conceived while growing up wrenching on cars. When he isn't drooling over all of the incredible specs that roll through our renowned dealership, he occupies his time photographing cars and enjoying live music.

Larry Noble
Parts Specialist
Bio

Larry has been with The Exchange since 2003 where he started with Audi. Eventually, he moved over to the Porsche side of the Exchange Family. Larry’s been a car enthusiast since he was a kid, so it’s only natural he ended up being a Porsche Certified Parts Specialist. In his free time, he enjoys going to baseball games, friend/family get-togethers and playing with every dog he can.

Joe Willems
Parts Specialist
Bio

Joe has been in the automotive industry since 2000 and has been part of the Porsche Exchange team since 2007. He has had a huge passion for Porsche since an early age and was hooked when he saw his first 930 with a whale tale! He enjoys spending time with his family, camping, collecting diecast, and taking his 996 on adventurous drives. 

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