Our Team

Our dedicated team of experts has a combined expertise that transcends every expectation of the automotive industry.We are small and nimble by design, so that we can walk each client through the selection and buying process efficiently and professionally, resulting in the absolute best car-buying experience.

Garrick Hatfield

With more than two decades of experience in the automobile industry, there are two things Garrick knows for certain: how to provide unbeatable client service, and a car’s true value. He brings countless accolades, including the Automotive Hall of Fame, and an undeniable passion for creating award-winning dealerships and successful team leadership.



Amanda Abbondola

We are proud to have Amanda as part of our team here at Motor Trends of Houston. Amanda brings with her over 10 years of office experience specifically in the Automotive Industry.

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Tonya Abbott

A real go-getter, Tonya's been in the car business for more than 21 years, tackling everything from sales to financing to service. She's efficient, effective and always available to lend a hand. With her jill-of-all-trades know-how, Tonya keeps our engine running at optimum speed.



Lisa Irwin

Lisa has proudly spent the past twenty-five years in the car industry in some way, shape or form. She first started as a body shop estimator, but her other roles include the titles of receptionist, service cashier, and service advisor. Although once she landed in accounting, she knew she had found her ideal home. We are fortunate to have her as an addition to our Motor Trends of Houston accounting team.



Michael James

Serving in the US Marine Corps for more than 11 years provided Michael with extensive opportunities to see the world and meet many different types of people. This is one of the many reasons he’s an invaluable asset to Motor Trends of Houston as manager of our Finance Department, including navigating subprime loans and assisting those with credit issues. Michael firmly believes everyone should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of what their credit report displays.



Mike Mancin

Mike cut his teeth in the automotive industry several decades ago when he began selling heavy duty work trucks prior to making his way into the new-car market. From there, he worked in some of the finest automotive groups in the industry as a general sales manager and used car director. His superpowers are knowing every single detail about our products and helping customers to the nth degree.



Jack McLaren

With over 6 years of automotive sales experience, Jack McLaren knows just how to help his clients find their perfect set of wheels. This former Navy Submariner has a huge heart to help others. One of the ways he enjoys doing so is by being a member of Bikers Against Child Abuse. This worldwide nonprofit is known for creating a safer environment for and protecting abused children. We are thrilled to have him as a part of our team here at Motor Trends of Houston!

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Skyler Payne

Skyler captures all the best assets of our latest vehicles with his camera and keeps our online inventory up-to-date and looking fresh. When he’s not shooting pics with us, he’s out covering live music—snapping bands both independently and for local publications like Byline Houston.



Ronell Ram

With more than twenty years overseeing various operations in the automotive industry, from management to sales, Ronell knows how to help companies succeed. Even more importantly, at Motor Trends of Houston, he keeps clients happy by quickly meeting their needs and answering any sales and product questions as they arise.



Susan Schrier

From Florida to Texas, with more than a decade of experience in the automotive industry, Susan’s wide breadth of knowledge ranges from serving as an accounts payable clerk to the assistant to the owner to an office manager and more. As controller at Motor Trends of Houston, Susan manages all finance and account operations, making sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently.



Caleb Strickland

Caleb is an expert on all things under the hood. From lube tech to maintenance tech to a once line tech, he’s grown his breadth of automotive knowledge throughout his career as a technician. He’s also a certified welder, fitter and fabricator. On the premises, you can find him working hard behind-the-scenes, checking in trade/transport cars, overseeing service shop flow, ordering parts & tires, and overseeing our inventory lot.



Phyllis Szydlowski

Throughout her 28-year career in the Texas automotive dealership industry, Phyllis has helped build and shape service, warranty, and accounting departments into successful entities that create a positive customer experience from start to finish. She works side-by-side with Garrick at Motor Trends of Houston to curate an exceptional inventory of quality used cars.