Staff


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Owner

John Hennessy – Owner
Owner

I am one of 5 children.  I am a graduate of Montini High School and Bradley University.  I started in the Automotive industry as a child by going to my Father's dealership, River Oaks Ford in Calumet City.  After 47 years in Calumet City we moved to Oswego in 2009.  None of my siblings ventured into the business.  Why me?  I love people - ask anyone!  I feel the best part of this business is the wonderful people I work with and the great friends I meet every day.

The experience we provide is one that is truly amazing and different than other dealerships.  It is friendly, family driven, and enjoyable!  Please read our reviews - I guarantee you will leave here with a great vehicle, at a good price AND you will be thrilled!  My business is forged by word of mouth and by customers that buy over and over again (the sincerest form of thanks is a referral and I am proud to say we get so many).  One great friend said to me, "John your business is not a transaction - it is a relationship".  That is exactly why I am in this business!

I have served on the prestigious Chicago Automobile Trade Association for 9 years.  The CATA works directly with the Attorney General of Illinois to make sure dealers uphold the highest standards in automotive sales.  To be on the Board, one has to be elected by it's over 400 dealer members.  I was honored to be named Chairman of the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

My hobbies are very simple.  I spend time with my wife and family, play basketball, and decorate for Christmas!  If you have never been to River View Ford's Santa event, please do stop by.  It is a wonderful time to see Santa, get a picture taken, get gifts, and spread Holiday cheer with us.  I hope to meet you someday!  I am always at the Store available to help you or to just say "Hi".

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Management

Jack Daniels
General Manager

I have worked for the Hennessy's for over 20 years.  I followed in my Father's footsteps as he worked for the Hennessy's for over 36 years.  I began working full time the day after I graduated from Elmhurst College.

I live in Plainfield with my awesome wife, two daughter rs and two dogs!  We definitely have dog lovers in my house!  My hobbies include golfing with my oldest daughter and watching my youngest daughter play travel softball.


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James Rodda
Parts & Service Director

I began my Automotive career in 1983 in Hammond, Indiana and never looked back.  I started with the Hennessy family in 1985.  Customer Service was instilled into me and our team from day one!

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my Son Gage, family, and friends.  I enjoy watching sports - especially the Blackhawks and the Chicago White Sox.


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Tom Julian
Sales Manager

I have been working for John Hennessy for over 21 years.  At the start I worked at the River Oaks location that was close to the Indiana border.  I live in Indiana and I drive over an hour each way to be at River View Ford.  Why?  Once our clients experience the Hennessy difference - they get it!  We have many clients from the Indiana area that travel here just because of the way we do business - it really is different from other stores.  By me still living in Indiana, I am able to continue our relationship with them by switching out vehicles with them for service, etc. to save them time and continuing what I believe is excellent Customer Service - which again is the Hennessy difference!

On a personal note, I am honored to be married to the most wonderful woman on the planet.  My wife, Theresa is my best friend.  I enjoy dinners, movies, and concerts with my wife and friends when time permits (also a bit of travelling).  My interests include working out 5 days a week - without exception.  I am a mixed martial arts fan, enjoy a good football game, and am a motorcycle and car enthusiast.

And the alligator wrestling stories about me - are indeed true!

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Culver Watson
Sales Manager

I have been at River View Ford since the day it opened in May of 1991.  I have been the Assistant Used Car Manager, Used Car Manager, New Car Sales Manager and Sales Manager.  I do Appraisals, Dealer Trades and Used Vehicle processing.  I currently process the trade-ins we receive, facilitate Dealer Trades, order Explorers and other vehicles for our inventory, and process incentives.


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Aldo Utria
Sales Manager

I have been in the Automotive business since 2004 - all with the Hennessy family.  I am currently a Sales Manager here.

I am originally from Chicago, but now Plainfield is home.  If you do not find me here, I am at the gym!


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Commercial

Steve Mistina
Commercial Manager

I have been with Ford since 1972 and with Mr. Hennessy since 1981.  I enjoy "spec-ing out" commercial trucks up to 35,000 pounds.

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Sales

Mark Goggin
Sales Professional

My career in the Auto industry started in 2005 when I was a Service advisor for a Buick/Hyundai dealership.  After a little over a year I changed professions and pursued a career in jewelry.   For the next 10 years I worked in high-end jewelry sales and repair.  I worked at or managed several area jewelry stores, including managing Bockman Brothers Jewelers in Aurora.  

I left the life of a jeweler to join the team at River View Ford in 2016 and couldn't be happier.

My hobbies include:

● Wine/mead making

● Leather working

● Martial arts

Awards and recognitions:

● Eagle Scout

● Extraordinary Oswegoen Award

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Jack Boyle
Sales Professional

I am currently a student at Elmhurst College working toward a degree in Business Management.  My family are longtime clients of River View Ford.  We are in one of the dealership's commercials that played at Kendall 11 in Oswego.  I love working here in a family-friendly environment which is what drew me to work here.  I hope to get to know every single one of you personally.

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Eddie Medina
Sales Professional

I am a young bilingual speaker that lives in the Community.  I am ambitious and assist all in the dealership as well as the clientele.  I am in the Sales Department.  I have just been recognized and awarded by the Chicago Auto Show Executive Committee, received the Employee Excellence Award and am ready to assist you here at Hennessy's River View Ford.


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Pattie Coldwate
Customer Care Specialist / Sales

I joined the Hennessy family at River View Ford in January of 2018.  I lead our Customer Care Department in making sure all of our clients from Quick Lane, Service, and Sales are getting the quality care they deserve.  I am also available to discuss the options for upgrading a current vehicle to a replacement vehicle - new or pre-owned from River View Ford. 

I was born in Aurora and currently live in Montgomery with my two beautiful daughters, Brittany and Allison.  I previously worked in childcare for 23 years - everything from being a lead teacher to managing a childcare facility.  In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and taking care of my pets.

I look forward to working with you while you are visiting our dealership.


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Administration

Paul H. Firlit
Secretary Treasurer

I graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana.  I hold a CPA certificate and have worked for the Hennessy's for over 28 years.

I am married with four grown children and am the Grandfather of four.

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Karyn Firlit
Billing & Title Clerk

I have been with River View Ford for two years.  I handle the vehicle billing, titles, and accounts receivable -  just to name a few.

 

Outside of work, I enjoy playing volleyball and soccer and anything else active. I also love to travel to places near and far.


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David Roberts
Accounts Payable Clerk

I joined the River View Ford team in August of 2014.  I am a lifelong Ford enthusiast.

My wife Lori and I are residents of Naperville.


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Melissa Ibarra
Accountant and Office Manager

I recently joined the River View Ford Family and am beyond excited to start this journey.

 

I am born and raised in Aurora, IL and I am a first time Mom to an 8 month old baby girl.  I enjoy spending time with family and making memories with my little girl.


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Internet

Edie Hebert
BDC / Internet Director

 I am originally from a farm in Northern most Minnesota.  I previously Supervised outside Construction crews for Ameritech for 17 years.  I have then been 23 years in the automobile industry.  I loved Sales for 15 years and then migrated to the BCD.  I am an expert at several databases by now!  I am currently the BDC/Internet Director for River View Ford and I love it!  My work environment is incredible.  I am extremely busy but John Hennessy is so inspiring it is always a pleasure to be here.  He cares so much and knows all of his Sales and Service clients - as it should be - but rarely is.  This is an amazing dealership to work with. 

I have 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.  I have an amazing actor, a dedicated dancer, an awesome green belt in Kung Fu, and a "hockey is my life" player.  So, I am very busy and very happy.  I love to cook and bake and I sew one-of-a-kind amazing baby blankets in my free time.  I have a lifelong love of horses and volunteered at Danada Farms in Wheaton for 14 years.  I do recordings for the blind when time allows.


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Rich Voight
Internet Sales/ Sales Professional

I have been with the Hennessy family since 1999.  I love working at Riverview Ford in the Internet Sales Department.  We have a no pressure environment.  My Customer Satisfaction score is always in the upper 90% and I maintain high Customer Retention because my clients know I am going to be transparent and always here for them when they need me.

 

My hobbies include kayaking, fishing and hiking with "Buddy" my dog who I rescued last year.  Buddy is totally my best friend.  He is always happy to see me when I arrive home.

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Craig Holsman
Internet Manager

I began selling Fords in January of 1995.  I have been doing Internet Sales since 1998.  I have 18 years of being the #1 Car Salesman for Ford Motor Company in the Region.

 

I am the proud Father of four children.  I have been happily married for 23 years.  I am also the proud owner of a 2015 Mustang GT.

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Finance

Jeanne Brown
Finance Director

I started in the car business when I was a Junior in High School.  I have been with the Hennessy's since 2001. 

I love to travel and also love to spend time with my two dogs.  I have two children.  My daughter lives in Indiana and is a School Psychologist.  My son lives in California and is a Software Engineer.


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Gary Leathers
Finance Manager

I am 55 years old and a lifelong resident of Montgomery, Illinois.  I graduated from Aurora West High School in 1980.  I have spent 31 years in automotive Sales.  26 years have been at River View Ford in Sales and currently Finance.

 

I enjoy wood working and metal work in my free time.


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Quick Lane Management

Jesse Cepeda
Quick Lane Manager


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Quick Lane

Cody Garcia


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Jacob Little


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Juan Torres
Quick Lane Tech


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Frank Pasqua
Quick Lane Technicians


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Daniel Cherven
Quick Lane Technicians


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Jose Ortiz
Quick Lane Technician


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Curtis Valone
Quick Lane Tech


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Nicholas Fowler
Quick Lane Tech


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Matt Colegrove
Quick Lane Tech


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Service Advisor

Morgan Sleezer


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Jason Barker
Service Advisor


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Mike Graham
Service Advisor


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Service

Christopher Mihalski
Service Technician


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Keenin Hall
Service Technician


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Mike Myers
Service Tech


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Greg Fox
Service Technician


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Gerardo Machado
Service Technicians


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John Poe
Service Tech


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Matt Hill
Service Technicians


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