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Friendly Acura of Middletown

Owning and servicing a vehicle from Friendly Acura in Middletown has a multitude of benefits. A new, state-of-the-art facility. A drive-in service center. A café and refreshment bar. MyFriendly Rewards. Market-based pricing. All of that is great, but it really comes down to one thing: our people.

But we don’t have just “people”. We have professional product experts whose knowledge, expertise, and (most importantly) friendliness truly make Friendly Acura a unique place. It’s our Friendly Staff that gives us the ability to deliver the type of exceptional customer experience you expect from Friendly.

At Friendly Acura, our goal is to make your ownership and service experience as enjoyable as possible. From the front desk and the sales floor, to the finance office and service bays, we work together as a team every step of the way to ensure you have the absolute best customer experience.

  • Ken  Wyskida

    Ken Wyskida

    General Manager

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    Ken  Wyskida

    Ken Wyskida

    General Manager


    I have lived in the Hudson Valley for the past 39 years and currently reside in Wappingers Falls with my beautiful wife and two children. We are huge hockey and baseball fans (Go Rangers and Yankees!) and spend our free time traveling to see our son’s hockey games and our daughter’s theatre performances.

    I made the transition from big box retail to the automotive retail business in 2006 and spent the first 11 years of my career with the same automotive group. I am honored to now be a part of the most respected automotive group in the Hudson Valley, the Friendly Auto Group, where I look forward to spending the rest of my career learning and growing with the organization.

  • Conrad  Miller

    Conrad Miller

    Sales Manager

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    Conrad  Miller

    Conrad Miller

    Sales Manager


    The thing most people don’t know about me is that I was born in London, England. However, everyone knows I’m a true-blue Yankees fan. Another interesting fact, the first new car I ever bought was a 1990 Honda Accord EX 5-speed with a Champagne exterior and Burgundy interior.

    Since I joined the car business in 2004, I’ve worked exclusively with Acura and Honda, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. If I wasn’t working with cars, though, I’d probably be teaching grammar school.

  • Brad Ackerson

    Brad Ackerson

    Sales Manager

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    Brad Ackerson

    Brad Ackerson

    Sales Manager


    In a nutshell, I’m a car guy, specifically a classic car guy. I’ve been hooked since I was 14 years old, when my dad and I rebuilt a 1972 Mustang from the ground up. (That’s probably when I realized that I was NOT going to be an archaeologist!) One day, I plan to build a car with my own kids, so we can go cruisin’ around car shows on the weekends. Speaking of bucket list items, I’d also really like to go sky diving one day.

    After growing up building things in the garage, construction was a natural choice as my first career. After an injury on the job in 2003, I shifted my focus back to cars and starting working in sales at a local car dealership. Since then, I’ve worked in sales, sales management, and finance in a wide range of dealership. From exotics to luxury, domestic to import, luxury to economy, I’ve worked them all. My aim is to live life to the fullest by taking advantage of every opportunity I get to put smiles on faces, and that’s what drives me at work every day.

  • Ray  Laureano

    Ray Laureano

    Finance Manager

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    Ray  Laureano

    Ray Laureano

    Finance Manager

    I’m a huge Yankees fan, but I love reading (and talking) about all things baseball. When I’m not working, I love to cook and catch a movie or two with my friends.

    I have been in the automotive business since 2005. In 2014, I started working in the Finance & Insurance office, helping customers drive the cars of their dreams.

  • Andrew Curtin

    Andrew Curtin

    Sales Consultant

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    Andrew Curtin

    Andrew Curtin

    Sales Consultant


    I grew up in Pine Bush, NY, graduated from Pine Bush High School, and still love Pine Bush Football! Now I’m a father to 2 beautiful children and a husband to an amazing woman. I love playing with my kids, playing a round of golf, or going to Yankees games in my freetime.

    I’ve been an auto sales consultant since 2014, with previous experience in both domestic and import brands. I pride myself on being honest and building long-lasting relationships with my clients, and I can’t wait to work with you!

  • Joseph  Gil

    Joseph Gil

    Forever On Our Team

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    Joseph  Gil

    Joseph Gil

    Forever On Our Team

    Sadly, Joe passed away on October 30th, 2019. His warm smile, friendly demeanor, and caring heart will be sorely missed at Friendly Acura. He is forever a member of our team. Rest in peace, Joe.

    I returned to the beautiful Hudson Valley from sunny Florida back in 2002, and I’m glad to be home. I enjoy talking sports, playing golf, and driving cars.

    I’ve been in the car business since 1994, and at this dealership since 2005. I love working at Friendly Acura, helping my clients with all their needs. In doing so, I’ve earned Acura’s Gold Master Senior Sales Representative designation. I’m also an Acura Certified NSX Specialist.


    Gold Status

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

     January 2016

    Acura Recognizes Sales Consultant Joseph Gil, at Friendly Acura of Middletown, With Gold Status

    Middletown, NY, January 1st, 2016 Joseph Gil, a sales consultant with Friendly Acura of Middletown, 3475 Route 6, Middletown, N.Y. 10940, was recently honored by Acura, a division of American Honda Motor CO., Inc., for achieving Gold status in the 2015 Council of Sales Excellence. Joseph Gil was recognized for delivering exceptional client service, while demonstrating high levels of professionalism and sales leadership.

    More than 2,400 Acura sales consultants participated in the program, which encourages and rewards top achievers across Acura’s dealership network, Joseph Gil was one of 349 sales consultants to earn the honor. The Council of Sales Excellence promotes professional excellence and celebrates top achievers who consistently excel in three key performance areas of sales, client satisfaction and professional development.

    Joseph Gil earned membership in the Council of Sales Excellence for the 11th time and achieved Gold status for the 5th time. Joseph Gil is a valued team member at Friendly Acura of Middletown, where he has served Acura owners for 11 years.

  • Samantha Figueroa

    Samantha Figueroa

    Sales Consultant

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    Samantha Figueroa

    Samantha Figueroa

    Sales Consultant

    I’ve lived in the Hudson Valley my whole life. If I’m not at home watching a movie, I’m usually out driving to new places to see!
    Before I started at Friendly, I was a receptionist at a spa for over 6 years, but I really wanted a change of pace. I was actually eyeing a reception job in a dealership but an opportunity seemed like it would never arrived. When I finally did get the chance to come work at Friendly Acura I was ecstatic! Now I can actually say I truly love going to work.

  • Ed Folkl

    Ed Folkl

    Sales Consultant

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    Ed Folkl

    Ed Folkl

    Sales Consultant


    I’m originally from northern New Jersey, but I have now lived in the Town of Wallkill for over 30 years. My wife works at Orange County Community College, and my son is a volunteer firefighter and a paramedic. When my son was growning up, I coached soccer and baseball, and I volunteered with the Boy Scouts. I’m a big fan of a wide variety of different foods, but you can give me a great ribeye steak any day of the week.

    After I graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas, I worked in marketing in the machine tool industry before beginning a career in the auto business in 2010. Because I’m such a people-person — and because I have such a strong appreciation for quality craftsmanship — a dealership like Friendly Acura is a perfect fit for me, and I’m looking forward to helping you find your next car!

  • Joe Geidel

    Joe Geidel

    Sales Consultant

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    Joe Geidel

    Joe Geidel

    Sales Consultant


    Everyone who knows me knows that I’m a passionate Yankees fan, and I root for any football team BUT the Jets. I also enjoy playing a round of golf with my buddies, and my favorite movie of all time is Top Gun.

    I’ve been in the auto business since 1997 with both domestic and import cars, having spent all of that time in Orange County. In fact, chances are that I’ve probably sold a car to someone you know!

  • Ray Irizarry

    Ray Irizarry

    Sales Consultant

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    Ray Irizarry

    Ray Irizarry

    Sales Consultant

    Acura Council of Sales Excellence
    PLATINUM Level

    I grew up in the Hudson Valley, and I happy to still call it my home all these years later. I have a beautiful daughter, and she and I are die-hard fans of the Mets, Bulls, and Da Bears!

    I’ve been in the car business since 2000, but I don’t consider myself a “car salesman”. I prefer “guy on your side” instead, since I love being able to help people in any way I can.

  • "DJ"  Jerome

    "DJ" Jerome

    Sales Consultant

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    "DJ" Jerome

    Sales Consultant


    I’ve always enjoyed Orange County for its beauty. I recently moved to New Windsor with my wife and two daughters, and we love the fact that everything is so close to us. My family is also very happy that I’m at Friendly Acura.

    I started my career in the car business in May of 2017 at a BMW dealership. A few months later, after being introduced to the Acura brand, I drove an RLX, and it was love at first sight. I’m really good with people, and what I enjoy the most is helping my customers find the right car for them.

  • Nick  Cirelli

    Nick Cirelli

    Parts Manager

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    Nick  Cirelli

    Nick Cirelli

    Parts Manager


    I live in Middletown with my beautiful wife. Together, we have 6 young adults, 1 very handsome grandson, an awesome dog, and a fluffy cat. We like going to the beach on our days off. Otherwise, we’re just stayin’ home relaxing by the pool.

    I’ve been in the automotive business since 1980, having worked with an incredible array of makes and manufacturers, both domestic and import.

  • Chris B.

    Chris B.

    Parts & Service Specialist

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    Chris B.

    Chris B.

    Parts & Service Specialist

    I’ve been a certified SCUBA Divemaster since 2010, so I love to be underwater when I’m not on the clock. But my true passion (other than cars, of course) is soccer! I’m a big fan and loyal supporter of the New York City Football Club, and I’m part of the infamous NYCFC Third Rail supporters! When it comes to food, I’m a pretty straight-forward guy, so before you ask, the answer is no. You can NOT put ketchup on a hot dog. (I prefer mine with spicy mustard.)

    Growing up, my family owned a repair shop that serviced Acura and Honda vehicles exclusively. I started working there early on, doing full oil changes at the of 10. From maintenance to racing, we did it all. After my dad retired, I took my talents to a luxury import dealership, where I thrived. Now that I’m part of the Friendly Team, I help manage our extensive parts inventory, I assist as a Service Advisor, and I’m looking forward to helping you in the future!

  • Ed  Hartwell

    Ed Hartwell

    Service Manager

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    Ed  Hartwell

    Ed Hartwell

    Service Manager

    I started out as a young boy wanting to take everything apart to see how it worked, then evolving on to learn about cars from my uncle. It was clear early on I’d wind up seeking a career in the automotive field. My first big decision following high school was to enlist in the United States Army and take on multiple jobs as a power generation mechanic, battalion tool custodian, and wheeled vehicle mechanic. The skills I was taught in discipline, hard work ethic, and time management skills paved the way for getting through college, and onto working full time as a dealership technician in the late 1990s.

    Through the next several years I learned just how critical customer satisfaction is to our success. I adopted a model of transparency and owning responsibility for the work I performed on customer vehicles. Now, it’s up to me and my team in the Friendly Acura Service Department to do what we can to impress you!

  • Naomi F.

    Naomi F.

    Service Advisor

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    Naomi F.

    Naomi F.

    Service Advisor


    I love being outdoors, and my favorite this to do is running. But when the New Jersey Devils or Manchester United are on TV, I’m parked on the couch with a hot pizza! I also enjoy reading novels and watching classic movies (Goodfellas is one of my all-time favorites).

  • Phil  F.

    Phil F.

    Service Advisor

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    Phil  F.

    Phil F.

    Service Advisor

    I have lived in the Hudson Valley all my life and reside in Poughkeepsie currently. I spend a lot of my time outdoors hiking and photographing. I graduated high school with a passion for art and a goal to pursue photography. I have done freelance photography at a professional level for many years. It has allowed me to travel quite a bit around the country. I am an avid cyclist and a big motorsport enthusiast. You can find me at various types of races or car gatherings with my camera.

    I have been in the automotive industry since 2010, first working as a technician at Friendly Honda. From there I moved to a specialty shop focusing on higher end cars such as Chevrolet Corvettes, BMWs, Mercedes Benz, Porsche and Ferrari.

  • Angela H.

    Angela H.

    Service Advisor

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    Angela H.

    Angela H.

    Service Advisor


    Angela is originally from Slate Hill, right down the road from where Friendly Acura is! She’s a self-described truck girl who loves chocolate ice cream, horses, and catchin’ rays on the beach.

    She started her automotive career in 1992 as a service advisor. Car technology has changed a lot since then, but her knowledge of it has not. Her friendly demeanor and vast experience makes her a great asset at Friendly Acura.

  • Pat  Constantine

    Pat Constantine

    Technical Advisor

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    Pat  Constantine

    Pat Constantine

    Technical Advisor


    In my world, my family is first. I have a wonderful wife Stephanie, 4 children, and numerous animals that make my house a home. I enjoy being around them and doing projects on my property. Luckily, I have friends who are always willing to lend a helping hand, as I do the same in return.

    I started with Friendly Honda in the mid 1990’s, and it’s been my home ever since. Being a master “A” tech, my skills have earned me a position as a Technical Adviser for Friendly Auto Group. As cars become more complicated with internal electronics, the modern day auto technician has to be very skilled and well versed with computers as well as standard tools, so I enjoy working with younger technicians and watching them grow with my guidance. I look forward to many more years with this great company, and I’m excited about what our future holds for the Friendly Team.

  • Ryan F.

    Ryan F.

    Service Technician

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    Ryan F.

    Ryan F.

    Service Technician

  • Todd  H.

    Todd H.

    Service Technician

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    Todd  H.

    Todd H.

    Service Technician


    I’ve been in Orange County my whole life, and I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love football, and I’m a diehard Green Bay Packers fan. I also enjoy hiking various spots in the Hudson Valley and visiting local craft beer breweries.

    As a technician, I have over ten years experience repairing and working with Acura vehicles.

  • Justin C.

    Justin C.

    Service Technician

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    Justin C.

    Justin C.

    Service Technician


    When I’m not hard at work, you can find me with basketball in my hand, about to sink a shot from the wing. I’m a huge Chicago Bulls fan, so you know I love that old school ball. One of my favorite moments was when I met Romeo Santos backstage after a concert one time, and for my money, my there’s nothing better than a hot plate of rice and beans.

    I’ve had a love of everything cars since I was little kid, so I jumped at the opportunity to attend the NYADI College of Automotive and Diesel technology in Queens, NY, right out of high school. I’ve worked primarily with imports, so I’m right at home here at Friendly Acura. My long-term career goal is to be able to open my own shop one day.

  • Dan H.

    Dan H.

    Service Technician

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    Dan H.

    Dan H.

    Service Technician


    The first thing you have to know about me is that I’m one of the biggest New York Rangers fans around. Also, my mom makes the best Chicken Parm on the East Coast, and it’s not even close. When I’m not turning wrenches at Friendly, I’m at home planning for my next trip to Myrtle Beach, playing video games, or playing with my three dogs — Rocco, Ralph, and Rosy!

    I’ve been super passionate about cars since I was a little kid — my favorite Acura is the NSX, of course — and it’s always been a dream of mine to one day run my own workshop. I’m looking forward to helping you keep your Acura in tip-top condition for 100,000 miles and beyond!

  • Dazlyn Gomez

    Dazlyn Gomez

    Sales Receptionist

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    Dazlyn Gomez

    Dazlyn Gomez

    Sales Receptionist


    I am originally from Washington Heights in New York City, but I recently moved to Middletown and I love it! On my days off, I like to relax at home and catch up on the Netflix shows my friends recommend — I’ve got 7 or 8 in my cue right now!

    While this is my first job at a car dealership, it’s not my first job in the car business. Before working at Friendly Acura, I worked for my father’s towing business. My long-term career goal is to work for the narcotics division of the NYPD.

  • Amanda Bornander

    Amanda Bornander

    Receptionist

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    Amanda Bornander

    Amanda Bornander

    Receptionist

  • Jose  Carranza

    Jose Carranza

    Dealership Facility Manager

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    Jose  Carranza

    Jose Carranza

    Dealership Facility Manager

  • Gina  DeLucia Dapp

    Gina DeLucia Dapp

    Office Manager

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    Gina  DeLucia Dapp

    Gina DeLucia Dapp

    Office Manager


    I’ve always been a city girl who loves living in the country. I enjoy singing, reading, puzzles, and a good crime drama. I also enjoy many sports, but I would say NASCAR is my favorite. That said, time with my family is always the best part of my days.

    I’ve been in the automotive field since my High School days, where I took Auto Shop. I helped out at my dad’s shop in the Bronx before settling in at a large dealer group in Westchester. The Friendly Auto Group has a wonderful team of people working for them, and I’m excited to be a part of the Friendly Family.

  • Diana  Cirelli

    Diana Cirelli

    Motor Vehicle

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    Diana  Cirelli

    Diana Cirelli

    Motor Vehicle


    I live locally with my husband, Nick, along with our pitbull Sampson and our cat Mindy. I love singing, sewing, and snow globes. I also enjoy scary movies — The Exorcist is my all-time favorite!

    I’ve been in the automotive business since for over 30 years, having worked as a receptionist, a service advisor, and a title clerk at various points in my career.

  • Colin  O'Brien

    Colin O'Brien

    Director of Special Projects

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    Colin  O'Brien

    Colin O'Brien

    Director of Special Projects


    I’ve been with the Friendly Auto Group since 1998, where I started in the Parts Department at our Honda location, from parts to service, service to sales, sales to finance, and a few odd-jobs in between. I can say that I have been blessed to have chosen such a great organization that understands that their employees are the company’s greatest asset, promotes teamwork, and allows the employee to follow their dreams.

    When it comes to cars, I’m an enthusiast to say the least. If it has wheels and an engine I’m interested in it, and the rarer the better. I enjoy the auto industry all the way through, from design to R&D to the retail end, all of it intrigues me. I collect rare automobiles and motorcycles and thoroughly enjoy the Acura product, especially 1997 Integra Type R and NSX that I currently own.

    If I am not in the office you can find me traveling all around to motorsport events, or staying local and spending time with my family and friends. Some of my personal interests include music, cooking, ballin’, or just some good old relaxing.