Meet Our Staff

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  • Johanna Ellis
    President
    770.279.3600

    As a third generation automotive dealer, Johanna brings the family into the daily life of a family business. Johanna returned to ACC in 2010, but had grown up visiting and working in the dealership while her mother, Cathy Ellis served as Dealer Principal since 1988.  Johanna's journey away from Atlanta in 1998 led her to several locations, including an internship with MBUSA in Montvale, NJ, and most recently in Memphis, TN.  During this 5 year period in Memphis, Johanna had her first venture into entrepreneurship, as well as the opportunity to work alongside the management staff at the family's automotive franchise there.  All of this experience prepared her to take over Atlanta Classic Cars as President and Dealer Principal in 2015 after her mother's passing.   Johanna and her staff strive every day to carry on the tremendous legacy built by John Ellis IV, founder and grandfather, and Cathy Ellis, since 1975.

     

    Outside of the dealership, Johanna loves to call Atlanta home and is active in the community.  Her passions include raising awareness for various community organizations, including serving on the Boards of Meals on Wheels Atlanta, Goodwill of North Georgia, and Open Hand Atlanta.   She enjoys exploring the wonderful restaurants, music, culture and the active community available in our great city. Johanna looks forward to continued development as an Atlanta business and community leader. 

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  • Bruce Lamb
    General Manager
    770-279-3612

    Bruce Lamb joins the ACC team after an extensive automotive career which began in 1979 He began his work in the industry with Mercedes-Benz USA after returning from active duty with the US Air Force. He remained in active and reserve duty for 22 years. Bruce began his tenure with the Ellis Family in 2002, and is thrilled to be General Manager of Atlanta Classic Cars.

    When he's not at work, Bruce enjoys time spent with his wife Fran, who is originally from Buford, GA. They appreciate fine dining and good wine and  are actively support their local community.

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  • Don Clark
    Wholesale & Sales Manager
    770-279-3634


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  • Steve Fraley
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    770-279-3620

    Steve moved from Cleveland, VA to Atlanta, GA to begin his career in the automotive industry in 1973. From Sales to Management, Steve has experience in many aspects of the industry, as he has been serving the automotive needs of Atlanta for 39 years. In 2008, Steve joined Atlanta Classic Cars as the Pre-Owned Sales Manager.

    Steve and his wife Susan have been married for over 30 years and have three grown children, Stephanie, Laura and Cameron. Steve is an avid racing fan, loves Formula 1 and sports cars. Steve also enjoys playing tennis in his free time.

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  • Jack McCue
    New Car Sales Manager
    770-279-3600

    Jack has enjoyed 38 years in the retail automotive industry with the last 20 exclusively with Mercedes-Benz. He has been in management since 1982, focusing on New and Pre-Owned Sales and Leasing. He enjoys working with our sales staff, and more importantly meeting our customers both new and returning.


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  • Robert Padovano
    Collision Center Director
    770-279-3821

    Bob Padovano joined the Atlanta Classic Cars team in 1984.    His lifelong passion for the automotive industry and it begun at age 6 when he was replacing spark plugs and adjusting values (under supervision of course) alongside his father at his full-service gas station in Long Island, NY.   

     

    Bob has attended over 120 Mercedes-Benz lead courses and seminars.  Time with Mercedes-Benz experts provided him a front seat to knowledge, exciting model changes and continuous technology advancements in the Mercedes-Benz products and the automotive industry.  In 2006 he was awarded Master Guild by Mercedes-Benz for his dedication and passion for the brand.


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  • Eric Palmsteen
    Finance Director
    770.279.3628

    Eric joined Atlanta Classic Cars in 2012 with 18 years of experience in the automotive industry.  Eric takes pride in listening to customers needs throughout the purchase process in order to ensure they feel involved with the buying experience.

    Eric has been married to his wife Sydney since 2005. His hobbies include training his dogs, playing golf, and enjoys dining out with his family and friends. He looks forward to working with you soon.

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  • Scott Sabia
    Parts Director
    678-924-4258

    Scott started his career with Mercedes-Benz in 1980 at a Mercedes-Benz and BMW dealer in Westmont Illinois. He moved to Ga in 1986 and has been with Atlanta Classic Cars ever since. He enjoys playing billiards, Classic Car shows and a variety of outdoor activities.

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  • Kym Schumacher
    Controller
    770-279-3960

    Kym graduated from the University Missouri in 1980 and started working at Larson Allen, LLP, an automotive accounting firm. He started working with the Ellis family in 1981, became a CPA in 1982, moved to Memphis in 1985 and finally came to Atlanta in 1989.

    Over the years Kym has played a lot of golf, coached and officiated quite a few soccer games, rode at lot miles on motorcycles and bicycles and broke a few bones along the way. He has been married over 30 years and has raised two daughters who both graduated with honors from the University of Georgia.

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  • Ewell Shuff
    Service Director
    770-279-3825

    Ewell has been in the car business since 1990, and has studied the industry well before then. He attended West Virginia Tech where he majored in automotive technical training for Ford Motor Company.

    Ewell considers himself a lucky man to have married his best friend from high school, Rocksand, with whom he has a teenage son Mason. When not enjoying his work in the automotive industry, he spends his time fishing, cooking, and spending time with family.

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  • Nash Solanki
    New Car Sales Manager & AMG Director
    770-279-3686

    Nash Solanki has been working for Atlanta Classic Cars since 2003. He has a great passion for Mercedes-Benz and special interest vehicles. With a background in mechanical engineering from GA Tech, he fits right in. 


    When not at work, he spends time with his family. He also enjoys building and restoring cars, as well as building race engines. 

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  • Levi Lewis
    Finance Manager
    770.279.3662


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  • Ben Ajani
    Pre-Owned Sales
    770-279-3674

    Ben Ajani has been in the Luxury automobile industry since 1995. He joined Atlanta Classic Cars in 2003 and is Mercedes Benz Master Certified.

    Ben lives in Lawrenceville with his wife and two sons. He is very active in his local church and has been a member since 1997. He enjoys sports, music and spending quality time with his family.

    Give Ben a call to experience customer service SECOND TO NONE !!!

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  • Jesse Cannon-Wallace
    New Car Sales
    770-279-3680

    Jesse started with Atlanta Classic Cars in 2003 as a Delivery Specialist--teaching new owners about their new cars. She became a salesperson in 2004 with extensive product knowledge from hundreds of deliveries! This knowledge has led to a number of regional and national awards with Mercedes-Benz USA for vehicle presentation. Her goal is to have happy and informed clients that can get the most our of their vehicles.

    In the last few years, Jesse has been very involved with the European Delivery Program through Mercedes-Benz. She has picked up several vehicles in Germany and arranged trips for clients. Jesse is also featured in the European Delivery Video on the Mercedes-Benz Website!


    Please call or e-mail Jesse to help you find the Mercedes-Benz of your dreams! Find her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter as BenzBlogger.

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  • Teresa Chandler
    Internet Sales
    770.279.3656


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  • Nathan Day
    Internet Sales
    770-279-3622

    Nathan is a native Georgian. He graduated from Buford High School, and the University of Georgia.  While in the United States Marine Corps he served in Desert Storm.

    He began his automotive career with Mercedes-Benz in 2003 in Charleston, SC.  He returned to GA in 2011 and joined Atlanta Classic Cars in 2016.

    He takes immense pride in sharing with his customers his love of cars and the caliber of technology and performance in Mercedes-Benz products.

     His other interests include golfing, gardening and all types of motorsports.

    He resides in Flowery Branch, but maintains his ties to Athens, visiting there for his favorite sites, music and UGA football.

     

     

     

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  • Nick Despo
    Pre Owned Sales
    770.279.3654


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  • Alvin Downer
    Internet Sales
    770-279-3658

    Alvin joins the Atlanta Classic Cars team with 6 years of automotive sales and 5 years of advertising sales experience. He has always had a passion for cars and the Mercedes-Benz brand.

    Originally from Jamaica, Alvin moved to the U.S. 30 years ago, and has lived in Georgia for 11 years. He and his wife, Demeres, have been married for 5 years. He enjoys traveling, cooking with family and loves Jerk chicken & Reggae music. He is a member of the Holy Bethel C.O.G.I.C Church in Lawrenceville.

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  • Dan Evers
    Pre-Owned Sales
    770-279-3644

    Dan Evers was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and has called Atlanta home for 26 years. He currently resides in Historic Brookhaven, where he enjoys golf, tennis, and playing with his golden retriever, Nick. Dan is new to the car business, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to sell the finest automobiles in the world. He has always had passion and respect for Mercedes-Benz design and engineering.

    Dan would love the opportunity to earn your business, and show you why buying your Mercedes-Benz from Atlanta Classic Cars will be one of the best decisions you ever make. Come by and say hello!

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  • Robert Goodwin
    New Car Sales
    770.279.3676


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  • Ralph Hardie
    Sprinter Sales Manager
    770-279-3670

    Ralph was raised in San Diego, California and moved to Duluth in 1982. He has been in the automotive business for 40 years with his career starting as a porter leading in to sales management with auto, truck and commercial vehicles. He became a leading sales expert with Sprinter when Mercedes-Benz received the franchise in 2010. He has achieved SSE status with GM for over twenty years (SSE-Society of Sales Executive, GM's top 5% "club").

    Ralph's family includes his wife of 38 years, Kim, 2 Sons, and now 2 grandsons Lex Ellis and Harrison Jon, all of whom live here in Duluth and keeps him busy! His hobby includes golf, tennis, and UGA football. Go Dawgs!

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  • Bob Holton
    New Car Sales
    770-279-3632

    Bob Holton has lived in Gwinnett County since 1984 and has been in the ACC family since 2003. He and his wife Candy have been married since 1979, and have raised three great kids who have blessed them with eight grandchildren.

    Bob has over 30 years of automotive experience--6 years as Finance Manager, 8 years as Sales Manager, and 9 years as General Sales Manager and General Manager. He truly enjoys the relationship building that only comes from working with the customer. Come in and experience the difference of dealing with experience.

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  • Daniel Huang
    New Car Sales
    770.279.3692


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  • Nick Karaca
    Pre-Owned Sales
    770-279-3640

    Nick has been in automotive business for over 20 years and started at Atlanta Classic Cars in 2006. Nick is Master Certified with Mercedes-Benz and always enjoy taking care of customers.

    Nick lives in Cumming with his wife and daughter. He went to college in South Florida and has a degree in business and accounting. When he's not at work, Nick loves to spend time with his family and play tennis.

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  • Danny Kim
    Pre-Owned Sales
    770-279-3650


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  • David Phillips
    New Car Sales
    770-279-3642

    David Phillips is Master Certified and has been with Atlanta Classic Cars since 1999. He really enjoys Mercedes Benz and has been in the Luxury Automotive industry over 25 years. Superior customer service is his goal and the most important asset he has are his customers.

    David has been the president of his homeowners association since 1998 and really enjoys working in the yard and all that goes with it. He is also an active member of the Buckhead YMCA. With the help of Atlanta Classic Cars, he supports Camp Twin Lakes every year.

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  • Bo Planin
    New Car Sales
    770-279-3618

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  • Greg Rabideaux
    Pre-Owned Sales
    770-279-3652

    Greg has been in the automobile business for 20 years and with Atlanta Classic Cars since 1996. Greg has been salesman of the year for 19 out of 20 years in the car business and has led the entire in Mercedes-Benz annual pre-owned sales more than 10 times. His true passion is taking care of his clients. His extreme professionalism and attention to every possible detail has helped him create a very loyal customer base.

    Greg's other passions include golf (scratch golfer), yard work, and spending time with his family and friends.

    Give Greg a call to experience the ULTIMATE in Mercedes-Benz customer service.

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  • Tony Roman
    New Car Sales
    770-279-3646

    Tony has been with Atlanta Classic Cars since 1991.  He enjoys snow skiing, fine fashion, and spending time with his family and friends.

    Give Tony a call to experience the absolute best in customer service!

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  • John Swinwood
    New Car Sales
    770-279-3664

    John has been with Atlanta Classic Cars since 2014.  He has lived in Gwinnett since 1977.  He attended Parkview High School and West Georgia College.  

    He and his wife Debbie have been married for 27 years and have 2 children.  His son is a junior at Georgia Southern University and his daughter graduated from Georgia Southern University and now works for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in the pediatric intensive care unit. He enjoys spending quality time with his family and is an avid outdoorsman. 

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  • Bruce Wile
    Internet Sales
    770-279-3672

    Bruce has been selling Mercedes-Benz in the Atlanta market for more than 20 years, and is a Master Certified Sales Consultant. Bruce has been working with Internet sales for the past 12 years.

    Bruce now lives in the Grayson area with his wife Beth and three children Melissa, Brian, and Rachel.

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  • Joe Williams
    New Cars Sales
    770-279-3648


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  • Dong Yoon
    New Car Sales
    770-279-3626

    Dong has been in the automotive industry since 2006. He is very active in the Korean community and brings his expertise to Atlanta Classic Cars.  He loves football, fishing, baseball and hiking.  Dong lives in Lawrenceville with his wife and 3 kids.

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  • Amara Duckett
    New Car Inventory Specialist
    770-279-3614

    Amara came to Atlanta Classic Cars in 2010 working part-time assisting the Accounting Department. In 2011 she was promoted to a full-time position as the New Car Inventory Specialist. This job ensures that when customers visit Atlanta Classic Cars, they have the best selection of vehicles to choose from. She enjoys negotiating dealer trades, building relationships with vendors, as well as working closely with the sales team to provide customers with the exact vehicle they are looking for!

    When Amara is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband Tommy, son Colton, their two dogs and one cat. She thoroughly enjoys the performing arts and previously danced professionally with The Southern Ballet Theatre. Her other hobbies include photography, cooking, and being with family and friends.

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  • Ben Guerry
    Product Concierge
    770-279-3624


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  • Conner Vorpahl
    Product Concierge
    770.279.3668


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  • Jackson Barron
    Service Consultant
    770-279-3807

    Jackson has been in the automotive industry since the age of 18 and joined the Atlanta Classic Cars family in 2014. He was born in Georgia and could not imagine calling anywhere else home. 


    When not at work, Jackson enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include --gardening ,fishing ,hunting and Jeeping. He considers himself a lucky man because he is married to his best friend, Courtney with whom he has 2 amazing children, Eleanor and Parker. 

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  • Kim Harward-Cates
    Service Consultant
    770-279-3792

    Kim has been affiliated with Atlanta Classic Cars since the early 70's. Her father started with the Ellis family when the dealer opened in Decatur. When she was fifteen she started her customer service career working at dry cleaners after school and on the weekends. During her college years she worked for the Athens Mercedes-Benz dealer in the service department. She graduated from Georgia State University in 1987 with a degree in Business Management and shortly afterwards went to work at a dealer.

    After 10 plus years working in the service industry Kim came back home to Atlanta Classic Cars. She married her wonderful husband on Leap Day in 1996 and 2 weeks later, started working for Atlanta Classic Cars. In 2000, she had her son Connor who is a gear head too! Kim enjoys what she does and says she has the best clients anyone could ask for. Her customers are her extended family and she is now starting to take care of their now adult children's cars. See you in the lane soon!!!

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  • Christy Hicks
    Service Consultant
    770-279-3831

    Christy has been in the automotive industry since 1987 and has been at ACC since 2004.

    She has 3 Yorkshire terriers and 1 Shihtzu that keep her busy.  She enjoys boating and loves going to car races.

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  • John Kim
    Service Consultant
    770-279-3783


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  • Lionel Ledlum
    Service Consultant
    770-279-3809


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  • Elaina Renz
    Service Consultant
    770.279.3790


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  • Bobby Waites
    Service Consultant
    770-279-3335

    Bobby's love of cars lead him into the automotive business. He began servicing Atlanta Classic Cars customers in 2006. He is also Master Certified with Mercedes-Benz.

    Bobby enjoys snowboarding, playing tennis and volunteers his spare time with the homeless pet foundation.

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  • Kim Padovano
    Office Manager HR
    770-279-3962

    Kim began her career with Atlanta Classic Cars in 1981 as the Service Cashier.  She now applies her knowledge and experience as Atlanta Classic Car's Office Manager and H.R.  she takes pride in working for an organization that values their employees and couldn't imagine calling anywhere else "home".

     

    Kim loves to spend time with her husband Robert, who is also a long term employee of Atlanta Classic Cars.  They have a very full life outside of Atlanta Classic with their 5 grandchildren and hobby farm of mini horses, goats, pigs, rabbits, dogs and cats.  They feel very blessed to have such a fulfilling career and a busy happy home life.  

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  • Laureen Quinn
    Executive Assistant
    770.279.3698


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  • Pang Adamson
    Client Care Representative
    770.279.3694


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  • Michelle Hopewell
    Customer Care Representative
    770.279.3823


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  • Abby Johnson
    Client Care Representative
    770.279.3334


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  • Deisi Landeros
    Client Care Representative
    770.279 3346


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  • Linda Yang
    Client Care Representative
    770.279.3338


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  • Susan Yang
    Client Care Representative
    770.279.3684


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  • Angela Yeo
    Client Care Representative
    770.279.3341


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  • Ashley Lachhman
    Marketing Assistant
    770.279.3354


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  • Betsy Brogan
    Massage Therapist

    Betsy gives complementary massages on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8am-noon while you wait for your vehicle to be serviced.

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