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Friendly Acura of Middletown

Owning and servicing a vehicle from Friendly Acura has a multitude of benefits. A new, state-of-the-art facility. A drive-in service center. A café and refreshment bar. A 3-Day Pre-Owned Exchange Program. 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.

  • Colin O'Brien

    Colin O'Brien

    General Manager

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    Colin O'Brien

    Colin O'Brien

    General Manager


    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.

  • Ken Wyskida

    Ken Wyskida

    General Sales Manager

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    Ken Wyskida

    Ken Wyskida

    General Sales 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.

  • Jesse Bowman

    Jesse Bowman

    Finance Manager

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    Jesse Bowman

    Jesse Bowman

    Finance Manager

    I live in Warwick, NY, with my 5-year-old son. When I get a break from working hard, I love studying military history and spending time at the beach with my family in Westerly, Rhode Island.

    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.

  • Allison Stevens

    Allison Stevens

    Business Development

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    Allison Stevens

    Allison Stevens

    Business Development


    I’m a proud parent of three children, and I cherish the time I get to spend with them. In my spare time I enjoy working out at the gym.

    I’ve been in the automotive industry for five years. Previously, I’ve held positions in sales and management. I really like talking to people and getting to know them, so I understand how I can be more helpful!

  • Jeff Donati

    Jeff Donati

    Sales Consultant

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    Jeff Donati

    Jeff Donati

    Sales Consultant

    Shortly after marrying my wife Lauren (who is a local home realtor), we moved to Orange County. That was in 1989, and along with our two beautiful daughters, Carly and Paige, we’ve come to call the Hudson Valley our home. When I want to relax, I take the family out to our favorite restaurant, Westtown Brew Works. Occasionally, I manage to sneak away to get some fishing in. Otherwise, you’ll see me around the neighborhood walking Daphne, my daughter’s annoying cute dog.

    When I think back, I’ve been able to help hundred upon hundreds of people I now call my friends, whether it was repairing and servicing their car or buying a new or used one. Since my first days in the car business in 1983, I’ve met countless new people and forged relationships, many of which have lasted through ’til today, and I can’t wait to meet you!

  • Joseph Gil

    Joseph Gil

    Sales & NSX Consultant

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    Joseph Gil

    Joseph Gil

    Sales & NSX Consultant

    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.

  • 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.

  • Margot Murphy

    Margot Murphy

    Sales Consultant

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    Margot Murphy

    Margot Murphy

    Sales Consultant


    Originally from Long Island, I’ve lived in the Hudson Valley since 1985. My first car was a Dodge Colt, which my dad bought for me instead of the horse I wanted. In my free time, I train dogs…and dog owners.

    I’ve been involved in the auto industry since 1992, when I left my career in airline sales. I’m also proud to say I’ve taught 26 people a very valuable skill: driving stick. (I can probably teach you, too, if you ask.)

  • David Nilson

    David Nilson

    Sales Consultant

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    David Nilson

    David Nilson

    Sales Consultant


    I’m a rare New-York-to-Florida-back-to-New-York transplant who likes his motorcycles fast (but not loud). I’ve got four favorite teams: the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New York Football Giants, the New York Yankees, and anyone playing against the Boston Red Sox.

    I am a proud graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and before entering the car business in 2010, I spent many years working in life and health insurance. I’ve worked with two other import makes, so I’m right at home with the Acura brand.

  • Eddie Vasquez

    Eddie Vasquez

    Sales Consultant

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    Eddie Vasquez

    Eddie Vasquez

    Sales Consultant

    My passion for automobiles and networking with people is what steered me towards the car business. My hobbies are fishing, weightlifting, and playing sports when I have time. I used to play college football for Buffalo State (Safety), and I also am a huge New York Giants fan.

    I’ve never been so excited to work for an organization that prides itself on precision crafted performance. I’ve always been an Acura fan and hope to one day own an NSX. I’ve been in the automotive industry since 2014 and I started out detailing cars. From there I became a shuttle driver and now I have the best job ever — helping people find a vehicle that helps best fit their needs.

  • Kevin Rourke

    Kevin Rourke

    Service Manager

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    Kevin Rourke

    Kevin Rourke

    Service Manager


    I’m a really big sports fan, so when you stop in for service we can talk Jets, Mets, Rangers…I like it all. I also coached youth basketball for over 25 years, so I can even talk hoops. Just don’t get me started on the Knicks…

    My automotive career started in 1981 shadowing a technician. Since then, I’ve worked in both domestic and foreign dealerships as a certified master technician, a certified service advisor, and service manager. If it’s got 4 wheels and an engine, chances are I’ve worked on it.

  • Cameron Brown

    Cameron Brown

    Service Technician

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    Cameron Brown

    Cameron Brown

    Service Technician

    I’ve lived in New York my whole life and enjoy the hiking and biking trails that the Hudson Valley mountains provide. In my free time, my bike, my car, and my girlfriend get a lot of attention. I always try to stay active (but a lazy day every once in a while isn’t the end of the world).

    I’ve been working on cars since 2015, and I’m learning and growing with the new technology as it comes out. I benefited from an automotive tech program I took in high school, and through that program I got the opportunity to work with many foreign and domestic brands, specifically Honda, Toyota, Kia, Dodge and Chevy.

  • Todd Husson

    Todd Husson

    Service Technician

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    Todd Husson

    Todd Husson

    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.

  • Dan Wetrhus

    Dan Wetrhus

    Service Technician

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    Dan Wetrhus

    Dan Wetrhus

    Service Technician


    When I’m not working on Acuras, I love riding quads through the mud, drag racing (legally, or course), and bowling. Believe it or not, I’m actually fairly good at bowling, with three “300” games under my belt.

    In high school, I was an Orange-Ulster BOCES auto tech student. After I graduated, I started at a Honda dealership in 2010, first doing just simple oil changes and tire rotations. But since then, I’ve worked my way up to being a Certified Technician with certifications with both Honda and Acura.

  • Phil Fusco

    Phil Fusco

    Parts & Service Specialist

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    Phil Fusco

    Phil Fusco

    Parts & Service Specialist

    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.

  • Nick Cirelli, Jr

    Nick Cirelli, Jr

    Parts Manager

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    Nick Cirelli, Jr

    Nick Cirelli, Jr

    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.

  • Cely Gamboa

    Cely Gamboa

    Receptionist

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    Cely Gamboa

    Cely Gamboa

    Receptionist


    My full name is Celenia, but I prefer Cely for short. That’s with an “S” sound (like “cellar”), not a “K” sound (like “Kelly”). There are three things that I’d like to do in life; travel, learn, and give back to the world.

    I have a natural curiosity, so I love learning about anything and everything, but if I had to pick a favorite topic, it would be art history. I also love to sing, paint, hike, read, and spend time with those I care about. “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do”.

  • Jose Carranza

    Jose Carranza

    Lot Maintenance

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    Jose Carranza

    Jose Carranza

    Lot Maintenance

  • 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.

  • Dawn Petrolewicz

    Dawn Petrolewicz

    Motor Vehicle Clerk

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    Dawn Petrolewicz

    Dawn Petrolewicz

    Motor Vehicle Clerk


    I currently live in Middletown, and I love spending time with my dog, Brutus. I also enjoy going to the beach, curling up on the couch, and watching soap operas and good movies.

    I started in the automotive business with warranty administration, and I’ve been handling DMV paper work since 1990.