AutoStaff

ABOUT US

OUR AMAZING TEAM MEMBERS

Jamie Davis
Jamie Davis
Recruiting & Training Specialist
Dirk Fye
Dirk Fye
Recruiter, Fixed Operations

With 37 years being in the automotive industry, Dirk spent most of his career timeline in the Fixed Operations department. He started as a Service Advisor, got promoted to the Parts Manager, and eventually became the Director of Fixed Operations.

Dirk has been known by his previous employers and colleagues for his strong work ethic and always putting his best foot forward for his team and employer. During his time as the Director of Fixed Operations, he oversaw the daily operations of the entire department, which includes ensuring the department is adequately staffed and with the right people, creating and maintaining a positive experience for the customers, and supporting his team members in their daily duties. Being heavily involved with the Service department’s operation, Dirk is an expert in getting your Service department running at its optimum level.

Elaine Kong
Elaine Kong
Chief Operating Officer

Elaine first joined AutoStaff as an Assistant Recruiter. Being driven by a curiosity to join the business world and with the opportunity in hand, Elaine decided to take on a couple additional projects in other departments to help the company grow, eventually earning the promotion to an Executive Administrator. Fast forward a couple years, after proving her ability in managing different departments and with the expansion of the company, Elaine is now the COO of AutoStaff.

Some of the many projects that Elaine is involved with includes rebranding the company (from Dealer Solutions 360 and TK Worldwide to AutoStaff), writing and updating AutoStaff’s training manuals, handling bookkeeping and accounting, managing website and marketing, onboarding and payroll of team members, and system setups and customizations.

Elaine is a graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her career background includes handling phone calls on automotive leases, human resources, and training and management. Coming from a background with a wealth of knowledge and experience from different departments and industries, Elaine’s next goal is to help AutoStaff become the top automotive recruiting and training company in the country.

Ray Rizzo
Ray Rizzo
Recruiting & Training Specialist

Ray started his career in the car industry in California selling Fords. He advanced in the industry from New Car Sales Manager to General Sales Manager to General Manager of a highly successful Chrysler Jeep Subaru dealership in the North East.

Ray’s knowledge and experience is a great asset not only in helping dealers build an effective sales team but also in helping them increase profits in fixed operations and F&I performance. He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award from Subaru and Chrysler’s Sales Masters Award for Outstanding Sales and CSI.

Ken Caraglio
Ken Caraglio
Recruiting & Training Specialist

After serving his country in the US Army, Ken’s passion for cars drove him to join the automotive industry as a Salesperson. Ken’s dedication to his job often got him rewarded with being the Employee of the Month and Salesman of the Year. He soon moved his way up into management positions and within 20 years, has held both Manager and Director positions within the Sales Department, Finance Department and Fixed Operations Department.

Discovering his passion for training and coaching, he decided to join AutoStaff as a Recruiting and Training Specialist. With the knowledge gained from managing different departments within the dealerships, Ken’s unique insight enables him to operate between departments to develop the team you need.

Matt Wadiak
Matt Wadiak
President

Matt is the Founder and President of AutoStaff with over 35 years of automotive experience. Matt first stepped into the automotive career in his early twenties as a salesperson in a dealership in New Jersey. With hard work and dedication, Matt worked his way up through the ranks from a Salesperson to a Finance Manager, Finance Director, General Sales Manager and finally a General Manager of large volume NY metro stores such as Planet Honda and Paragon Honda.

Although Matt loved being in the dealership, Matt’s passion for training and fulfillment in being part of another human being’s journey to success brought him to join TK Worldwide as a National Recruiter and Trainer, providing recruiting and training services to thousands of dealerships across the country.

With decades of knowledge and experience in hand, he eventually formed AutoStaff. Since then, Matt has been actively helping dealerships across the country recruit and train their staff for success.

Tony Pate
Tony Pate
VP of Recruiting & Training

Beginning as a car salesman in a dealership in Jacksonville, Florida, Tony strived for and succeeded in becoming the Salesman of the Year in his 2nd year of employment. Having sparked his desire to become the best in the business, Tony went on to become the Finance Manager, and soon General Manager and COO of the DAK Automotive Group.

With the knowledge and experience in hand, Tony was requested to and assisted in the launch of the Nissan Leaf for Nissan of North America to 170 dealerships on the West Coast. Tony also had years of experience being the Vice President of Paul Cummings Enterprises, teaching sales and leadership to dealerships across the country and was the Director of the Automotive Division for Jordan Zimmerman for 7 years.

David Walsh
David Walsh
Director of Training

After spending 10 years with the Ford Motor Company, beginning as a District Field Manager and departing as the Franchise Manager, David moved on to become the President of Operations for the Walden Automotive Group where he managed the daily operations of 10 dealerships in Minnesota.

David soon joined MarketWise as a VP of Sales Operations in managing lease portfolios for captive and non-captive finance companies. With the experience under his belt, David became part of the JM Family Enterprises for 16 years and held the position AVP of Training and Curriculum Development providing sales, leasing and leadership training for many of the 177 Southeast Toyota dealers and JM Lexus.

With 37 years of experience being in the automotive industry and almost half of it providing training and development curriculum to dealerships across the country, David is an expert in developing your dream team.

Stephanie Widjaja
Stephanie Widjaja
Director of Recruiting

Stephanie has been with AutoStaff from its humble beginning. Joining in 2015 as the company’s 3rd employee, Stephanie has been integral to AutoStaff’s early success and continued growth. Her expansive background in Marketing, Talent Acquisition and Employee Engagement has been a great asset to our company.

As the Senior Recruiting Manager, Stephanie leads a team overseeing the recruitment efforts for both Variable and Fixed Operations roles, on behalf of our Automotive clients. Her unwavering commitment to customized client service and cultivating candidate talent makes her so great at what she does. She, along with the team, places great emphasis on relationships, not transactions.

Stephanie earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Marketing from the University of South Florida.