Meet Our Staff

Management

  • Ray Catena

    Ray Catena

    President

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    Ray Catena

    Ray Catena

    President

    “If you think anything is more important than the customer, think again.
    We have a philosophy here… You take care of your life, your family, your business, and we’ll take care of your car.”

  • Leigh Farrell

    Leigh Farrell

    General Manager

    Leigh Farrell

    Leigh Farrell

    General Manager

  • Matt  Bower

    Matt Bower

    Sales Manager

    Matt  Bower

    Matt Bower

    Sales Manager

  • Steve Chanis

    Steve Chanis

    Sales Manager

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    Steve Chanis

    Steve Chanis

    Sales Manager

    Grew up in Old Bridge just north of this dealership. Married my High School sweet heart and settled in Middletown NJ. I have been a resident of Middletown for over 30 years. Long time employee of the organization. Look forward to helping you with your next purchase.

Sales

  • Anthony Nadino

    Anthony Nadino

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    Anthony Nadino

    Anthony Nadino

    Sales & Leasing Representative

  • Cristal Rojas

    Cristal Rojas

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    Cristal Rojas

    Cristal Rojas

    Sales & Leasing Representative

  • Dennis Smith

    Dennis Smith

    Sales & Leasing Representative

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    Dennis Smith

    Dennis Smith

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    I have been with Mercedes Benz for over 20 years the last 12 years here at Ray Catena of Freehold and I look forward to helping you get the right car for you and your family.

    Dennis

  • Dillon Card

    Dillon Card

    Sales & Leasing Consultant

    Dillon Card

    Dillon Card

    Sales & Leasing Consultant

  • Gary Placona

    Gary Placona

    Sales & Leasing Consultant

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    Gary Placona

    Gary Placona

    Sales & Leasing Consultant

    I have managed multiple companies in the garment center in NYC . With a career change, I have been in the car industry for many years selling high end vehicles, such as Mercedes-Benz. I live in Marlboro with my wife and have three children. I have always had a passion for cars. I look forward to helping you with your next vehicle.

  • George Elghoul

    George Elghoul

    Sales & Leasing Consultant

    George Elghoul

    George Elghoul

    Sales & Leasing Consultant

  • Gina Pantano

    Gina Pantano

    Sales & Leasing Representative

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    Gina Pantano

    Gina Pantano

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    My passion has always been to establish a relationship with my customers.
    As a professional Mercedes Auto Consultant, I strive to create a pleasant working atmosphere for my clients.

    I have been with Ray Catena Mercedes since 2015 and live locally. I have 2 children and numerous hobbies that I share with my friends and family.

    Best Regards,
    Gina Pantano

  • Jack Coffey

    Jack Coffey

    Sales & Leasing Representative

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    Jack Coffey

    Jack Coffey

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    I began my career in the automobile Industry in the 1970’s and have found myself very fortunate to be with a company like Mercedes-Benz, here at our location, for over 40 years. I am married to my wife, Sue. We have one child, Elizabeth and reside here in Freehold. I Enjoy Golfing, watching the NY Giants, and doing a little karaoke.

  • John Farrell Jr.

    John Farrell Jr.

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    John Farrell Jr.

    John Farrell Jr.

    Sales & Leasing Representative

  • Josh Scala

    Josh Scala

    Sales & Leasing Representative

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    Josh Scala

    Josh Scala

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    My path to a career in automotive sales has included an education in business, and careers in both the fitness industry and multiple entrepreneurial endeavors most recently in the restaurant business. My current position in sales has revived my interest in all things related to luxury and exotic vehicles. When I’m away from my desk, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf, cooking, and rooting for the New York Mets. My hope is to continue to learn and grow within the industry and most specifically with Mercedes Benz.

  • Matt Rafla

    Matt Rafla

    Sales & Leasing Representative

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    Matt Rafla

    Matt Rafla

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    I started with Ray Catena selling Mercedes-Benz in 2016. I have been in the car business since 2013. I have always had a passion for Mercedes-Benz and continue to bring that excitement to my clients. I believe honesty and customer service to be very important and look forward to helping you with your car purchase. I live in Toms River with my wife and son, I enjoy cooking with my family and watching hockey with them.

  • Mudassir Ilyas

    Mudassir Ilyas

    Sales & Leasing Representative

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    Mudassir Ilyas

    Mudassir Ilyas

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    I started with Ray Catena early 2020 on the heels of the birth of my first born children, which happened to be twins. Going on my third year here, I am privileged to work at a company where I have been able to learn and grow in the business, working my way  up from a product specialist to a successful salesperson, and being able to provide for my family. Being hit with challenges in lieu of the pandemic, I have been able to remain grounded and drives sales with the support of my managers and peers.

  • Nicholas Castaneda

    Nicholas Castaneda

    Sales & Leasing Representative

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    Nicholas Castaneda

    Nicholas Castaneda

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    I started in this business in 2003, and have been with Mercedes since 2009 in sales. Before my career in the auto industry I studied, and worked in the culinary industry. I still love to cook, but only for friends and family. I’ve always been mesmerized by the Mercedes-Benz brand and their AMG® performance line, and that’s what drove me to car sales. I live locally in Marlboro with my wife and daughter, and always enjoy getting to know all my customers at the dealership, as well as in the community.

  • Samantha Lay

    Samantha Lay

    Sales & Leasing Representative

    Samantha Lay

    Samantha Lay

    Sales & Leasing Representative

Service

  • Chris Paserba

    Chris Paserba

    Service Manager

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    Chris Paserba

    Chris Paserba

    Service Manager

    I have been in the automotive industry for 13 years, with three different brands; saving the best for last. I joined the Ray Catena family in 2018 and I take great pride in being part of the most honest, hardworking and customer service oriented group in the world. I absolutely love what I do, and could not imagine working with a more tight-knot group of people. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family, going to the beach, and collecting fine spirits. I am also a huge Devils, Yankees and Giants fan!

  • Marian Luke

    Marian Luke

    Service Advisor

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    Marian Luke

    Marian Luke

    Service Advisor

    I joined the Ray Catena Group this year, prior to here I have spent over 25 years in the automotive industry. Majority of My Career was in NYC. I did have the luxury of moving around the country and continuing my automotive career in San Francisco, St Louis And the Cleveland areas. This experience afforded me the opportunity to expand my knowledge of this amazing industry I love very much. Working for Ray Catena has allowed me to spend more time with my family and doing things I enjoy like reading and cooking.

  • Michael Lonigro

    Michael Lonigro

    Service Advisor

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    Michael Lonigro

    Michael Lonigro

    Service Advisor

    I started in the automotive industry in 2015. I came on board with Ray Catena Mercedes-Benz of Freehold in August 2016 and couldn’t be happier. I have a deep passion for luxury performance vehicles, and take great pride in helping my clients maintain theirs. During my spare time, I enjoy going spending time with family,out with friends and driving my third Mercedes-Benz C 63s!

  • Taylor Negron

    Taylor Negron

    Service Advisor

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    Taylor Negron

    Taylor Negron

    Service Advisor

    I started off in the automotive business when I joined the Ray Catena family in 2013. Working for the best of the best it’s easy to say I love my job and the people I work with. With my spare time I enjoy spending it with my beautiful fiancé and my dog either on the beach or in the woods fishing.

  • Josh Thompson

    Josh Thompson

    Internal Service Advisor

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    Josh Thompson

    Josh Thompson

    Internal Service Advisor

    I have been with the Mercedes-Benz brand for over 12 years working in many departments from our respective branches. I am a tech savvy individual that loves to stay up to date with all the latest technology from the automotive & entertainment industries. I have spent most of my career in the customer service industry and committed to our “Driven to Delight” initiative. My passion for automobiles is not just in passenger cars and SUVs but also in the Motorsports World. When I am not spending time with my family & friends you can catch me at our local race tracks or in front of the tv cheering on my favorite NASCAR and Formula 1 teams.

  • Jeanne Cantillo

    Jeanne Cantillo

    BDC Supervisor

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    Jeanne Cantillo

    Jeanne Cantillo

    BDC Supervisor

    I joined the Ray Catena family in January 2016. Since then I’ve been running the Service BDC office. I take great pride in my job and enjoy working for this Mercedes dealership. It’s important to me that we always make sure your visit here is a pleasant one. I’ve made many friends in the last 7 years and can’t imagine working anywhere else. In my spare time I enjoy weekend getaways to NYC , AC and anywhere in LBI. Looking for a trivia partner I’m it! I could probably answer absolutely any trivia question about Seinfeld or The Office.

  • Debbie, Megan, Erica

    Debbie, Megan, Erica

    Service Business Development

    Debbie, Megan, Erica

    Debbie, Megan, Erica

    Service Business Development

Parts

  • Dave Torres

    Dave Torres

    Parts Manager

    Dave Torres

    Dave Torres

    Parts Manager

  • Liz Holden

    Liz Holden

    Parts Advisor

    Liz Holden

    Liz Holden

    Parts Advisor

  • Gilbert Hernandez

    Gilbert Hernandez

    Parts Advisor

    Gilbert Hernandez

    Gilbert Hernandez

    Parts Advisor

  • Yash Patel

    Yash Patel

    Parts Advisor

    Yash Patel

    Yash Patel

    Parts Advisor

Internet Sales

  • Alana  Reyes

    Alana Reyes

    Business Development

    Alana  Reyes

    Alana Reyes

    Business Development

  • Irene  Halkias

    Irene Halkias

    Business Development

    Irene  Halkias

    Irene Halkias

    Business Development

Product Specialists

  • Robert  Misso

    Robert Misso

    Product Specialists

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    Robert  Misso

    Robert Misso

    Product Specialists

    Since 2011 I’ve been involved with luxury vehicles, starting with Porsche & Audi and now with Mercedes-Benz. It’s my pleasure showing our customers all the technology and features in their new Mercedes-Benz.

Support Staff

  • Peggy Dorr

    Peggy Dorr

    Inventory Control

    Peggy Dorr

    Peggy Dorr

    Inventory Control

  • Lisa, Julie, Stephanie

    Lisa, Julie, Stephanie

    Sales & Service Reception

    Lisa, Julie, Stephanie

    Lisa, Julie, Stephanie

    Sales & Service Reception

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