AutoStaff

ABOUT US

OUR AMAZING TEAM MEMBERS

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.

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.

Tony Pate
Tony Pate
Vice President

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.

Stephanie Widjaja
Stephanie Widjaja
VP of Talent Acquisition

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.

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.

Dirk Fye
Dirk Fye
Recruiter, Fixed Operations

With 37 years being in the automotive industry since 1982, Dirk spent most of his career timeline in the Fixed Operations department; starting as Service Advisor, promoted to Parts Manager within 4 years, 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, and creating and maintaining a positive experience for the customers. Dirk does not waiver in the support of 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. His abilities were recognized every year with CSI awards.

Marie Iraola
Marie Iraola
Executive Assistant

During her term in Kutztown University where she acquired a B.S. in Psychology, Marie already began to hone her customer service skills.

Despite her young age, Marie has experience in multiple client facing industries, with a soft spot for those in need. With these excellent people skills, Marie continues to grow with AutoStaff under the supervision of Elaine, managing its social media and campaign logistics.

She strives to provide exceptional service and help others live more efficient work lives. In her role as Account Manager, she keeps an eagle eye on the management of AutoStaff’s calendar, client files (including sales contracts, client interaction, client notes) as well as facilitating travel logistics for AutoStaff’s trainers at recruiting campaigns.

Marie is dedicated to progressing with AutoStaff in their continued success in the automotive industry.

Renaldo Leonard
Renaldo Leonard
Recruiting & Training Specialist

Starting out in the automotive industry as a Sales Consultant in 1999, Renaldo soon worked his way up to being a Regional Sales Manager with a solid track record, securing key clients and increasing product distribution to grow market share. His talents and abilities earned him the recognition of a 2 times President’s award.

Following his role as a Product Consultant of Cox Automotive, then Enterprise Sales Director of DealerSocket, Renaldo is an expert in inventory management and software solutions, helping and educating others on optimizing inventory and increasing returns.

Renaldo is a General Dealership Management course graduate from NADA Dealer Academy and certified Paul Cummings’ Training Specialist/Director of Content Development. He joins AutoStaff with the goal of sharing and imparting his hard earned leadership experience by training the next generation of car salespersons. As a dynamic, results-driven sales professional with over two decades of experience, Renaldo provides great insights to sales leadership, strategic territory management and analytical skills in highly competitive markets.

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.

Jamie Davis
Jamie Davis
Recruiting & Training Specialist
Kevin Bowie
Kevin Bowie
Recruiting & Training Specialist

Kevin’s impressive 35 years in Automotive began in a Datsun Nissan in Boston, MA.

Following the siren call of the Big Apple, he moved to New York City in the 80’s and worked with one of the largest dealer groups in the country where he achieved Honda Gold Master Status in sales and was quickly promoted to management: F&I, Closer, Trainer, and Desk Manager at the 4th largest Honda dealership in the country.

Returning to New England, Kevin continued to impress in his role as a General Manager for the next two decades, at highly successful Honda dealerships in VT and NH, that perennially achieved Honda’s President’s award.

Kevin now shares his experiences, skills and techniques as a Recruiting & Training Specialist with AutoStaff. He is passionate about personnel training and providing his invaluable insight to dealership operations and various other areas of the automotive industry.

Greg Glenn
Greg Glenn
Recruiting & Training Specialist

Fresh out of high school, Greg journeyed into the car business; spending his afternoons in college as a Service Writer. Upon graduation, he took a sales position with a local Volkswagen dealership and was quickly promoted to Sales Manager.

His talent and drive continued to set him apart as the #1 salesperson for the Chicago District and #2 salesperson in the US following a further move to Cedar Rapids, IA.

Further developing his already impressive toolset, Greg embarked to become a Corporate Trainer. Later, as a Corporate Training Manager, he oversaw 150 Volkswagen dealerships and 50 Porsche-Audi dealerships; training well over 10,000 salespeople and managers.

Headhunted to be the Career Development Manager by Southeast Toyota, Greg continues to recruit and train personnel. With over five decades of experience, Greg is now a part of the AutoStaff team, putting his talents of training and recruitment to good use.