Meet Our Team

Lonnie Hunter at Continental Collision

Lonnie Hunter

General Manager

Hire Date: 5/6/2002
Lonnie was born in the beautiful hill country town of Llano, Texas. This fact helps us understand why he loves the outdoors and spending time hunting wild game. His favorite food is Bar-B-Que and the meat he really enjoys cooking is the game that he has brought home from his most recent hunt. His love for the outdoors inspires him to work diligently in his yard to have it perfectly manicured for all to see. Someday he would like to take his family on vacation in Rome. He is very proud and thankful that God has blessed him with a wonderful wife and son, which is evident by all the family pictures that decorate his office. He is also thankful to be working with The Continental Auto Group and believes it is the BEST company to work with.

Scott Branum

Body Shop Manager

Hire Date: 2/14/2022
Scott is proud to call Austin, Texas his hometown. His favorite thing about living here is spending time on the Greenbelt, riding his mountain bike, and checking out new restaurants. Working on cars has always been his passion, which is why he decided to step into the collision repair industry 22 years ago! Mountain biking and riding motorcycles are just a couple of things that Scott enjoys doing in his free time, but he says nothing beats a weekend of fishing in Port Aransas! Scott is always down to grab a bite to eat at Capital Grille, especially if steaks are involved! If he could travel to any destination, Scott would choose Alaska because he would love to take his motorcycle for a ride through the beautiful scenery. FUN FACT: At home, Scott has an African Grey Parrot named Leo!

Mick Stiles

Technician

Hire Date: coming soon!
Mick is a Texan. He was born in Austin, raised in Round Rock, and now lives in Salado. Mick started out as a heavy equipment mechanic in the Marines, and when he got back after the Marines, Mick landed a really cool job working on boats, right down by the water. After that, he went to school, later became an intern at Continental Collision, spent some time away from CC, and now we're happy to have him back! Any time he's not working, he's spending quality time with his family. Mick and his family also have a few pets: a cat named Meow Meow, two dogs named Snarky and Lulu, and one pot-bellied pig named Punky.

Mike Bonham

Blueprinter

Hire Date: 11/18/2019
Mike is a born and raised Austinite. In fact, his parents still live at the same address, just minutes from Continental Collision! Mike went to Dallas Junior College and played some ball there, too! When he came back to Austin in '98, he got right into the automotive body and paint world. Now, at Continental Collision, Mike loves that everyone at the shop is truly proud to be part of the team. He loves the way that he's seen how helpful everyone is and how happy everyone is to be there. When he's not at work, Mike enjoys hunting, fishing, and cooking. He especially loves to cook for his family, and is proud to say that he cooks everyday. Whenever he gets out to travel, he partially chooses the destinations based off of the foodie choices available there. FUN FACT: Mike's dad was in the paint world and once tried to sell paint to Rick at the Collision Center. While we won't disclose whether or not CC bought the paint, we will note that Rick was always grateful to Mike's dad for his willingness and help over the years.
Austin Hansen at Continental Collision

Austin Hansen

QC InspectorTop Gun 2017

Hire Date: 1/6/2014
Austin was born in Dallas, TX – which means he is a Dallas Cowboys fan; it comes with the territory. He enjoys being with his family and his favorite food is anything his wife cooks! Dream travel destinations include Denmark & Austria.
Terry at Continental Collision

Terry Kingsley

Lead Estimator

Hire Date: 8/8/2005
Terry has been in the car business since 1990. His previous experience includes:
-Operations Manager
-Paints Distribution Manager
He enjoys working for CAG because it is “the best company in Austin to work for!”

C.J. Higgins

Estimator
Top Gun 2015

Hire Date: 10/24/2013
CJ was pretty much born in a collision repair shop. Growing up in Indiana, his grandfather and an uncle both owned their own shops where he spent most of his spare time. He began in the Austin market in the late 90’s starting as a parts receiver and working his way up to shop manager. CJ is very happy to be working with CAG because of the great benefits of a large corporation yet it still has that “mom & pop” feel.

Edward Listander

Estimator
Top Gun 2020

Hire Date: 2/13/2017
Edward grew up in Highland Park, IL and moved to Austin in 1985 after having visited it here, and deciding to stay! He’s been in the automotive industry since he was 17 years old, and has been into paint and body work, trade school, and later became an estimator in 2000. One of Edward’s favorite things to do when he’s not working is to scuba dive! He’s been to Cozumel, Monterey Bay, Lake Michigan, Lake Travis, Reveille Peak Ranch, and is always in search of more great places to dive. Apart from scuba diving, Edward also enjoys spending time with his wife of 20 years, their dogs, and racing around with RC cars!
Hermino Hernandez at Continental Collision

Herminio Hernandez

Customer Service Representative

Hire Date: 12/5/2005
Herminio was born & raised in Mexico and moved to Austin in 1994. During his time off, he enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his children. He is a dedicated family man and this includes his work-family. He started with Continental Collision Center detailing cars nine years ago. His hard work & focus on getting the job done right enabled him to move up to his current profession.

Mary Lewis

Customer ServiceTop Gun 2021

Hire Date: 7/7/2021
Mary is from Floresville, Texas. In Austin, she enjoys the variety of hiking and outdoor recreation that is not only available, but encouraged! Mary fills her free time with music festivals, art shows, and concerts. The Paper Tiger in San Antonio is one of her top venues, and she could listen to The Strokes, Vampire Weekend, The Grateful Dead, and Sales with no end. Kerbey Lane has her favorite vegan breakfast plate and she's always down to venture out across Texas with her friends for both vegan dishes and live music. Mary loves a good cruise vacation and has many fond memories with her family from the port in Belize. Mary comes from a family with four brothers, and they are all her heroes. They are uniquely themselves and her best friends. She loves the way they are full of humor, support, and the way they make it a priority to give back to their community, always trying to leave the world better than they found it – plus there is no one better to play Mario Kart with. If she could have dinner with anyone, she'd choose artist and musician Jake Longstreth to ask about his train of thought when he's painting, and which of his shows is his favorite. Ever since JJ Watt moved to Arizona, she has rooted for the Cardinals. FUN FACT: Mary also has a rat terrier/Schnauzer mix named Charlie.

Mary's Favorite Book: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
``I read this book whenever I feel like I lose purpose or motivation. It reminds me that I cannot control everything and I cannot be everything at once.``

Luis Pena at Continental Collision

Luis Pena

Customer Service Rep

Hire Date: 4/21/2014
Luis was born in Corpus Christi, TX and moved to Austin in the summer of 2001 while attending school in College Station. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife, training muay thai at Pinnacle Training Center, and wasting away as much time as is humanly possible on the couch. He hopes to one day be able to travel and spend a few months in Thailand training muay thai at various gyms around the country. Because he is somewhat masochistic, he is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan.
Isidoro Rodriguez at Continental Collision

Isidoro ``Lo Lo`` Rodriguez

Porter
Top Gun 2011

Hire Date: 12/18/2006
Lo Lo is originally from Mexico. He would describe himself as a fun, outgoing guy who likes to help others when they need it. He loves to spend time with family and cook in his spare time.
Christian Gaytan at Continental Collision

Christian Gaytan

Blueprinter
Top Gun 2021

Hire Date: 1/20/2015
Christian recently moved to Austin, Texas from Brownsville, Texas to make a better life for his wife and two children. The Valley was great but decided central Texas had more opportunity to make a better living. Christian is a simple man that doesn’t have many luxuries, but he does really enjoy playing video games and watching sports on TV or in person. While in his early high school days he dropped out of school to pursue other activities; but, then decided to return to set an example for others that anything is possible if you believe in yourself. He then excelled in Mathematics, Social Studies and Science and graduated high in his class.

Craig Ritchie

Blueprinter

Hire Date 10/16/2014
Craig was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Austin, Texas in 2007. In his spare time, he enjoys playing games, camping, hiking, grilling, and learning new things. His favorite movie is ``Guardians of the Galaxy``. If he could meet anyone ever it would be Carl Sagan. His favorite celebrity is Neil deGrasse Tyson. He has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Einstein. His dream car is a 2001 Nissan Skyline GTR R34. Craig is truly thrilled to be part of our team, making our customers happy.

John Giral

Paint Technician

Hire Date: 6/30/2021
John was born and raised here in Austin and truly loves everything about it. He made his way to the team here at CCC thanks to his brother, Cesar. John enjoys spending his free time with his family and actually became a first-time father in 2021 to a sweet baby girl, named Luna. In the future he can't wait to take her traveling, but will settle for days together at the park, swimming, and being outdoors. Apart from his family time, John also likes to spend some time with friends and work on his older Chevy Caprice. John really enjoys traveling a lot, too. He has been to some areas of Europe and can't wait to go to Greece and also Lake Tahoe some day. FUN FACT: John used to collect shoes! Now, he dedicates his money to his baby girl.

Silvestre Alvarado

Porter

Hire Date: 7/25/2006
Silvestre is one of the more dynamic technicians in the detail department. After winning the 1976 Pan-American Spelling Bee at the age of eleven, Silvo had a few bright years doing spots for Japanese day-time television. With deregulation in Uruguay, his family’s chocolate cookie empire crumbled in the late 1980’s, and Silvestre fell on some lean times. He moved to Austin from Lillehammer, France, at the Winter Solstice, 1997. He has been performing ‘Bye Bye Miss American Pie’ at company picnics since 2006.Rick has been a member of the Continental Automotive Group since 2002 and enjoys working with this company and its family atmosphere. He also appreciates how they care for their employees and customers. Cars are a passion of his and he is delighted to get to work with them daily!

PJ Cohn

Production Manager

Hire Date: 3/7/2022
PJ was born in Illinois and has been in Austin since the 1980s. He's joyfully been a part of the body shop world since '90 and is ecstatic to be on the team with Continental. PJ has a wonderful wife, four daughters, and one son. Outside of work, PJ loves racing cars! You might run into him at Little River where he's been known to race his '93 Fox-body Mustang – at a staggering 7.90s quarter mile, reaching around 200mph!
Uri Boyarin at Continental Collision

Uri Boyarin

Body Tech

Hire Date: 12/24/2012
Uri was born in Ukraine and moved to Austin in 2001. He prefers to keep to himself and listen to his music while he works. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and son, as well as hiking.

Tristan Shorter

Production Support

Hire Date: 3/22/2021
Tristan was born and raised in West Virginia. He was ready to move as soon as he got out of college there and likes being in Austin now where it's definitely better than WV. Tristan enjoys getting out to play defense in hockey games whenever he has the chance and also loves cooking up all kinds of dishes. One day, he wants to go to Europe (in 20 or so years) and would love to see all kind of places there - he's not too picky.

William Clark

Body Technician

Hire Date: 10/3/2017
William lives on some land outside of north Austin with his wonderful wife. They love being outside of the city where Brucey, their sweet, lick monster, Staffordshire bull terrier, can enjoy roaming around and chasing the locals – deer and chickens. Brucey came to them after the loss of their prior beloved, pitty, Bonnie Blue!

J.P. Christensen

Paint Shop Foreman

Hire Date: 11/21/2005
J.P. has been in the car business since 1987 when he started while in high school. J.P.’s list of credentials include: Detail work, Paint Assistant, Body Assistant, Car Stereos & A Tech Representative for Dupont.
J.P. likes his job and he says that the Collision Center has the best management staff and that this is where the best guys in the business reside!

Uriel Reynoso

Paint Prep Technician

Hire Date: 12/18/2019
Uriel is from Austin. He likes to take his blue nose pitbull, Champion, on walks–especially at Mt. Bonnell. When he's not working, Uriel likes to hang out with his friends and explore all the hiking trails in the Austin area. One day, Uriel would like to go to Dubai and ski and snowboard in their indoor snow park!

Patrick Frye

Paint Tech
Top Gun 2021

Hire Date: 10/20/2008
Patrick is a family man with a wife and 4 kids. He was born and raised in Illinois but came to Austin when he was only 18 years of age. He became interested in auto body repair and painting at the early age of 16 when he went to work for a body shop and started learning everything he could about the business. After he moved to Texas he worked for several body shops before we were fortunate enough to hire him at the Continental Collision Center. He was always aware of our great reputation and knew it was the place for him when he had acquired enough knowledge and experience to finally apply. Since he has been here he loves it and we love having him as part of our family. When not working and spending time with his family he really enjoys riding his motorcycle on road trips through the beautiful winding roads of the Hill Country.

Kyle Metz

TechnicianTop Gun 2019

Hire Date: 1/30/2017
Kyle grew up outside of Eureka in Northern California, then lived in the Phoenix Metro area while attending UTI, and then finally settled here in Austin. Kyle enjoys spending time outdoors with his awesome rescue pup, a Rotty mix, Holmes, taking his Jeep or RAM on overlanding excursions, and going for long rides on his Harley. He's been on rides to Oklahoma, Louisana, and his longest trek yet was over through New Mexico and up into Colorado! Kyle enjoys the live music scene of Austin, and can be found scoping out decent rock concerts. The coolest place he's been to outside of the country, hands down, has to be Germany. While there, he was able to enjoy the best meats and cheeses, and even got to take a BMW out on the famous Nürburgring Grand Prix track.

Gus Garcia

Body Technician

Hire Date: 1/21/2008
Gus gets the job done. He enjoys pizza, the Beatles, and petting dogs. On his bucket list, you'll find that he is most looking forward to retirement, circa 2030.
Steve Garcia at Continental Collision

Steve Garcia

Body Tech

Hire Date: 5/10/2005
Steven Garcia is always one to put a smile on your face. He loves working on cars, in fact in his spare time he enjoys working on his custom car. If he’s not working on cars he likes to spend time with his fiancé.
Cesar Giral at Continental Collision

Cesar Giral

Paint Helper
Top Gun 2018

Hire Date: 11/12/2012
Cesar was born and raised in Austin, and graduated from high school right down the road at McCallum! His co-workers call him “a loveable guy,” and they mean it. Cesar radiates goodness. He likes to spend his free time hanging out with his family. They enjoy going to parks, and making special trips to the trampoline parks, for his daughter to enjoy. Cesar was lucky enough to pass down his amazing naturally long eyelashes to his daughter, as well. Someday, he would like to visit Euorpe, especially Italy, in hopes of getting to see all of the interesting architecture there.

Manuel Sanchez

Technician

Hire Date: 1/5/2021
Manuel is from Beeville, Texas and he's been in the Austin area now for over 25 years. He likes to spend his time with his wife and their three children, especially for mountain biking excursions! They've even traveled to Granby, Colorado in search of great mountain biking trails. Manuel's future plans include living closer to the beach, perhaps in the South Padre area. FUN FACT: Manuel and one of his best friends since 6th grade enjoy taking their kids on a beach camping trip every October. Each time, it's become a highlighted memory and is continually one of the best trips to look forward to each year!
GusIzaguirre at Continental Collision

Gus Izaguirre

Painter Helper

Hire Date: 9/19/2016
Gus is a Texas native and definitely has some of that famous Texas pride. In his spare time, Gus likes to work on, wash, and mod his trucks. He has a range of trucks from his 80s classic, to his brand new 2016! Gus also has a son that he loves to spend time with; his favorite being taking him to the park.

Gene Larson

Body Tech

Hire Date: 2/2/2004
Gene Larson is a true family man. His free time is spent with his family, daughters volleyball games/tournaments and time with his wife of 20 years. All the other successes in his life cannot compare to the joy he gets from his family.
Andres Lopez at Continental Collision

Andres Lopez

Body Tech

Hire Date: 8/6/1984
Andres has lived in Austin for 37 amazing years. In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and time with his dog. He also enjoys watching soccer and REAL Mexican food.

Erik Jaramillo

Technician

Hire Date 12/12/2019
Erik was born in Mexico and raised in Austin. He’s currently attending classes at Texas State Technical College to become an auto body technician. Whenever Erik isn’t at work or at school, Erik likes to hang out with friends, go to car shows, and play video games like FIFA or Apex on PlayStation 4. Someday, Erik would like to travel to Italy or Spain, because of how beautiful they are, and who knows! While in Spain, he may just opt to see a Barcelona F.C. soccer match.

Mark Peralez

Body Shop Estimator

Hire Date: 3/2/2022
Mark was born and raised right here in Lockhart, Texas. Back in '95, Mark would deliver paint to CCC and he's overjoyed to be a part of the team here now. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, three sons, and his daughter. They love going fishing, hunting, and great BBQ – noting that they love to enjoy ``anything off the pit!`` Mark is also a die-hard Cowboys fan. He knows that one of these years, they'll win a Super Bowl... maybe!

Luis Camacho

Body Tech Assistant

Hire Date: 1/7/2020
Luis is an Austinite and he loves that it's both a calm and an active city. In his free time, Luis likes to personalize and add unique details to his two '88 Honda Civics–anything to truly make them his own! Luis also likes to spend time watching movies, enjoying cookouts, going to parks, and having dinner with his family and his girlfriend. Luis' future plans involve getting a house and buying a new car someday.

Alfonso Galvan

Porter

Hire Date: 8/16/2012
Alfonso has been in Austin since 2005 and really loves cars, especially trucks, and even more narrowed down – his own truck! He likes to watch Mexican movies, and enjoys a good, old Western from time to time. Alfonso loves to spend time with his wife, which sometimes includes going dancing and listening to Tejano and Country music.
Caesar Sanchez at Continental Collision

Cesar Sanchez

Parts
Top Gun 2014, Top Gun 2018

Hire Date: 12/16/2010
Cesar was born in Mexico & has been in Austin since he was 19 years old. He has two sons, one daughter & has been married for eight years. He loves his family very much, and hopes to have another child soon. His favorite sport is soccer, but with any sport, he likes to cheer for who ever is winning! Cesar, himself, is also a great sport and we’re glad to have him on our team.
Paul at Continental Collision

Paul Perez

Paint Tech

Hire Date: 12/1/2008
Paul was born and raised here in Austin, Texas and wouldn’t want to raise his kids anywhere else…but will visit Puerta Vallarta, Mexico any chance he can. Paul is a funny, laid back guy that you would never know he is a NINJA.

Sara Baquero

Customer Service

Hire Date 4/12/2021 – Sara is from Manor, Texas. She spends most of her free time with her son and family, staying active, going on hikes, and seeing new sights while experiencing new things. Sara would be perfectly content to listen to nothing but Luke Combs and would hardly pass up a trip to Chick-fil-a. At home, Sara loves to read books, draw, and hang out with her two dogs, Copper and Chico. One day, would like to visit Greece to see the beautiful beaches and the cycladic architecture.

Andres Morales

Parts Manager
Top Gun 2012

Hire Date: 3/31/2011
Andres is a true car guy. He likes working on cars and learning new things. He likes to see how things are built from the ground up from start to finish. In is time off, he enjoys being around family and staying busy is a must for him.

John Hernandez

Body Technician

Hire Date: coming soon!
John was born and raised here in Austin. He's been killing it in the body shop world since 2007 and gladly came to join the team here at CCC through his pal PJ Cohn. PJ is actually the reason that John got into one of his now biggest passions – racing fox body mustangs. He said he's had up to 12 of them at one time! John knows that it's an expensive hobby, but he still plans to retire someday. In fact, John's preferred work/life balance would be to make enough money in 6 months to take the other 6 off, and then get back at it again. How would he prefer to fill those off-months? Hanging out, swimming and fishing with his two sons, and flyin' down the racetracks.

Juventino ``Juvie`` Sarellano

Paint Helper

Hire Date: 2/8/2010
Juvie has been living the Austin life since 2000. He’s been a part of the auto world for over 20 years, and doesn’t see himself leaving it anytime soon. A big part of Juvie’s life has been his horses. Juvie has raised Quarter horses for as long as he can remember. He currently has three Quarter horses, and partakes in Charrerias or, Mexican rodeos! One of his horses is a beautiful and healthy, shiny coated, black Quarter horse, and a sweet baby Quarter horse named Diamond thanks to a perfect Diamond “star” marking on the horses’ head. When he’s not with his horses or at work, Juvie likes dancing and enjoying Banda and Country music.

Craig Stevens

Body Tech

Hire Date: 9/9/2011
Craig made the move to Austin back in 2007 and enjoys relaxing with his 3 children and American bulldog. He enjoys grilling steaks while watching his favorite hockey team, The BLACKHAWKS!
Gilbert Torres Parts Manager at Continental Collision

Gilbert Torres

Parts Manager
Top Gun 2013

Hire Date: 11/3/2003
Gilbert has been in the car business since 1993.
His experience includes: Detail, Buff, Prep, Parts and Shop Foreman.
Gilbert’s favorite part of his job is seeing the before and after of his work, “it never gets old.” He also thinks that the Continental Automotive Group is one of the best companies to work for.

Gilbert Torres Jr.

EstimatorTop Gun 2018

Hire Date: 10/28/2015
Gilbert was born and raised right here in Austin, Texas. He enjoys being with his wife and daughter in his free time and also likes watching the Cowboys, Spurs, and Longhorns.

Caleb Bruggman

Production Support

Hire Date: 9/2/2021
Caleb is from Houston, Texas and was drawn to Austin as it's the Live Music Capitol of the World. Caleb is very musically inclined, so he enjoys strumming a guitar, or listening to someone else do the same. He loves attending Austin's annual ACL Music Festival and The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, is by far his favorite artist. While any place with clear water crashing on hot sand is ideal to Caleb for a vacation, he'l admit that he had the best whiskey he's ever tasted out in Ireland. Caleb spends some of his free time rooting for the Green Bay Packers, rewatching his favorite movie – Tombstone, and playing video games like Rocket League and Call of Duty on his Xbox.

Dan Herrman

EstimatorTop Gun 2016

Hire Date: 7/13/2015
Dan came to Austin in January of 2014 from California. He enjoys a lot of sports and his main teams are: The Dodgers, The Lakers, and The NY Giants. Dan also really likes traveling, and has been all over Europe, and explored around the Marshall Islands (about 500 miles from Guam). He is very happily married as of October 2015, with quite a fun wedding in Vegas! They also have an adorable Boxer named Max. Previously, Dan was an insurance adjuster, and now he has been enjoying working for the Collision Center.

Eduardo ``Lalo`` Gomez

Technician Helper

Hire Date 08/01/2022 - Eduardo, who also goes by Lalo, is a born and raised Austinite who loves anything and everything outdoors. Swimming, biking, hiking, camping, off-roading – you name it, he's there! He's grateful that his girlfriend is also into the same kinds of activities and they can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors together. One his favorite spots around Austin is Lady Bird Lake, classic, and outside of Austin, he'll tell you that Marble Falls is another great spot to check out. Lalo has an FJ Cruiser that he is slowly working on to be the perfect overlanding and off-grid camping vehicle out there. He wants it to be perfect, so he can make it out to all of the states and epic places all along the way. Other than that, Lalo hopes to get a dog someday!

Ezequiel Perez

Technician Helper

Hire Date 07/28/2022 - Ezequiel was born in Houston and raised in San Marcos. Now working in Austin, he notes that he just loves the amount of opportunity available in this city. Ezequiel spends his free time watching car videos and attending all kinds of cars shows and events – an all around car guy! He gets through the days listening to rock music with the Deftones being at the very top of his playlist. On his bucket list, you'll find that he wants to skydive, be fluent in Japanese, and travel – likely starting with Japan.

Joe Barrera

Body Technician

Hire Date: coming soon!
Jose grew up in Brownsville, Texas and made his way to Austin in 2011. He's enjoying the fact that the people are so friendly here! All of his family is back in Brownsville, and while he misses them, he's happily self sufficient. Jose graduated from Texas State with a degree in Chemistry in 2016. He found it was something that he was good at, and it was a very interesting subject! Now, working in the automotive industry, he's happier than ever as cars are something that have been a passion of his for many years.

David Jaimes-Ponce

Technician Helper

Hire Date: coming soon!
Bio Coming Soon!