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 30 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
Sales Manager
Bio

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.

Monico Chavez
Preowned 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.

Mario Toledo
Service Manager
Bio

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.

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.

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.

Tim Fehr
Business Development Manager
Alex Cook
Dealer Customer Experience Manager
Finance
Rocco Pelletiere
Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
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!

Sales
Chris Barnaba
Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador
Bio

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 Porsche. 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
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.

Tony Busuego
Certified Service Consultant
Bio

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 p

Service
Casey Lewis
Certified Service Consultant
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.

Michael Olson
Certified Service Consultant
Martin Delgado
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Alex Escobar
Porsche Certified Apprentice
Dick Gagliardi
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Ron Hauser
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Zlatko Milenkovic
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Mario Moreno
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Nick Tess
Porsche Certified Technician
Bill Thompson
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Brandon Warren
Porsche Certified Technician
Bio

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

Administration
Alex Cook
Dealer Customer Experience Manager
Juana Esparza
Service Concierge
Nikki Stergiou
Loaner Consultant
Crystal Gonzalez
Boutique Specialist
Parts
Jaime Icasiano
Parts Specialist
Jix Icasiano
Parts Specialist
Larry Noble
Parts Specialist
Joe Willems
Parts Specialist
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