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Rick Robinson

Rick Robinson

General Manager

Rick Robinson, General Manager

Hire Date: 10/13/02 

He has been in the car business since 1967, and has been in management since 1987. Rick has experience working in many aspects of body work, including tech and paint. Rick began his career in the car business at the age of 16 painting cars and worked his way up to General Manager.

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!

Continental Collision Center

100%

335 Years Combined Experience

Our team of Gold Class Professionals are factory trained and certified in collision repair.  Continental Automotive Group was voted a 2012 “Top Work Place” by The Austin American Statesman.

 
MEET OUR TEAM
Matt Bender

Matt Bender

Body Tech

Hire Date: 7/25/2005

When asked to write his bio this was his response, “My name is Matt and I like mountain bikes and beer.”  Enough said. 


    Brian Blanchette

    Brian Blanchette

    Estimator

    Hire Date: 4/27/2015

    Brian grew up in Cedar Park and has lived in Texas his entire life. He and his wife are into fitness and running. They are very proud of their baby boy. Brian likes to buy old cars, fix them up and resell them.


      Uri Boyarin

      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.


        Art Cepeda

        Art Cepeda

        Porter

        Hire Date: 10/5/2016 

        Originally from South Texas, Art came to Austin in February 2015 in search of more, and better, job opportunities. Art has a wife and son that he loves to spend time with, especially when they go outdoors to hike! He also enjoys road biking, and on October 1, 2016, Art did a 2 day bike ride from San Antonio to New Bruanfels for MS Awareness. He rode an impressive 70 miles on Saturday and another 40 miles on Sunday – all for a good cause!


          J.P. Christenson

          J.P. Christenson

          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!


            Antonio Espinoza

            Antonio Espinoza

            Production Manager

            Hire Date: 9/15/2011

            Antonio is a go getter with a personality that you can’t help but like. His greatest accomplishment to date is that what he has in life, he did it himself.


              Patrick Frye

              Patrick Frye

              Paint Tech

              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.


                Danielle Garcia

                Danielle Garcia

                Receptionist

                Hire Date: 2/29/2016

                Danielle relocated to Austin from SoCal in 2010. She has been married since 2000, and her husband is an automotive repair technician who specializes in high end vehicle repair. They have three great kids: A son who is 20, and has somewhat followed in his dad’s footsteps, but prefers the cleaner side of the business, so he works as a service advisor in the auto industry and is happily making his own way in life. A daughter, 16, who is super artistically talented, and loves music and make-up as every other teenage girl. And a second daughter, 14, who is thee jokester of their family. She has a heart of gold, and plays softball for her high school and is also on a select team outside of school, so she keeps them busy all year long! Danielle loves the HALOS and the Green Bay Packers, but not as much as she loves spending time with her family! A bucket list item of hers is to attend at least one Packers game at Lambeau Field: Go-Pack-Go!


                  Steve Garcia

                  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.


                    Christian Gaytan

                    Christian Gaytan

                    File Handler

                    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.


                      Jose Guerrero

                      Jose Guerrero

                      Hire Date: 4/12/2013

                      In 1999, Jose moved from Guanajuato, Mexico to Austin, and has no plans to leave! He is married and has three great kids. Jose is a total workaholic and spends a lot of his time away from work, still working! He loves to do work on cars, do odd jobs, and building projects. With the little bit of time that he doesn’t spend working, he likes to go out with his family and friends to local parks.


                        Joshua Hadamek

                        Joshua Hadamek

                        File Handler

                        Hire Date: 7/13/2015

                        Josh was born and raised here in Texas. Which is almost difficult to believe if you talk to him about sports… He is a Boston fan for every sport except for football, which in that case, his loyalty lies with the Cowboys. Josh and his wife have a happy little baby boy who just seems to keep growing. Outside of work, Josh likes listening to country music, fishing, cooking and grilling, and playing softball on the weekends.


                          Austin Hansen

                          Austin Hansen

                          QC Inspector

                          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 (wink & smile)! Dream travel destinations include Denmark & Austria. He’s a believer – dream it, do it.


                            Herminio Hernandez

                            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.


                              Jorge Hernandez

                              Jorge Hernandez

                              Internal Estimator

                              Hire Date: 3/5/2004

                              Jorge has been in the car business since 1992. He has experience in detailing, shipping and receiving, and parts ordering. He says, “Here we have everything there is to like, cool cars!”


                                Dan Herrman

                                Dan Herrman

                                Estimator

                                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.


                                  C.J. Higgins

                                  C.J. Higgins

                                  Estimator

                                  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.


                                    Lonnie Hunter

                                    Lonnie Hunter

                                    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.


                                      Gus Izaguirre

                                      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.


                                        Terry Kingsley

                                        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!”


                                          Gene Larson

                                          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.


                                            Edward Listander

                                            Edward Listander

                                            Estimator

                                            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!


                                              Andres Lopez

                                              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.


                                                Jessie Madrid

                                                Jessie Madrid

                                                Paint Tech

                                                Hire Date: 10/25/2012

                                                Jessie is from Bend, Oregon and has been in Austin here for about 4 years and I came to Austin for work. His favorite car would have to be a Ford Mustang GT 500 King Snake.


                                                  Darrell Mayberry

                                                  Darrell Mayberry

                                                  Body Tech

                                                  Hire Date: 12/18/2001

                                                  Darrell is the tech you see always smiling and every day is a great day. He has 2 grown children who have kids of their own that he gets to enjoy. In his spare time he enjoys fixing up his rental properties he owns, as well as time with family.


                                                    Kyle Metz

                                                    Kyle Metz

                                                    Body Tech

                                                    Hire Date: 1/30/2017

                                                    Bio Coming Soon!


                                                      Pam Meyer

                                                      Pam Meyer

                                                      Estimator

                                                      Hire Date: 8/20/2001

                                                      Pam started in the car business in 1989. She originally started out by delivering auto paint, but likes her job as an estimator because she loves and enjoys helping and working with customers.
                                                      Pam is a fan of Continental Automotive Group because of “the benefits we get and the owners treat their employees unlike any other.”


                                                        Andres Morales

                                                        Andres Morales

                                                        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.


                                                          Cristina Nelson

                                                          Cristina Nelson

                                                          Receptionist

                                                          Hire Date: 2/29/2016

                                                          Cristina was born in Nacogdoches, aka The Oldest Town in Texas! A Texas girl forever, she was then raised in Lake Livingston. Cristina finally made her way to Austin in 2015, and is enjoying life here. She enjoys spending some of her free time out bass fishing, even when it’s just catch and release. Cristina has been married since March 2015, and they are expecting a baby boy.


                                                             Luis Pena

                                                            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.


                                                              Paul Perez

                                                              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.


                                                                Manuel Perez

                                                                Manuel Perez

                                                                Technician

                                                                Hire Date: 10/17/2016

                                                                Manuel moved to Austin over 20 years ago from Mexico City. He loves Austin, and can see himself living here forever. He doesn’t have any free time, because his “free” time is constantly occupied by his favorite things in the world, his children. Manuel likes to spend time cheering on his daughter in soccer, and his son in KICKSTART Karate.


                                                                  David Jaimes-Ponce

                                                                  David Jaimes-Ponce

                                                                  Bodyshop Helper

                                                                  Hire Date: 2/18/2015

                                                                  David was born and raised in Austin, Texas the place he considers to be the best place in the world to live and never wants to leave here. From a very early age he became very infatuated with cars and they are the biggest part of his life. He likes all kinds of cars from old school to new school including attending car shows and Monster truck demonstrations. David hopes to become a body tech before long and work his way up in the body shop.


                                                                    Lisa Ramirez

                                                                    Lisa Ramirez

                                                                    Accounting Manager

                                                                    Hire Date: 1/27/1989

                                                                    Lisa came to Continental Collision Center in 1998. Before coming to the collision side she worked at Mercedes-Benz of Austin as Service Cashier, Automotive Warranties, and Automotive Accounting. She enjoys the everyday challenges of the business and Continental Automotive Group most because of the people!


                                                                      Martin Rodriguez

                                                                      Martin Rodriguez

                                                                      Detailer

                                                                      Hire Date: 8/26/2016

                                                                      Martin’s life started out in Port Isabel, and from there, brought him to Brownsville, and finally to Austin in May 2016. He is happily married with four kids and 1 miniature poodle! He and his wife decided to move to Austin so his wife could teach at the schools up here, and they are very pleased with that decision. Martin and his family enjoy visiting the rivers, driving around town, playing volleyball, and BBQing almost every Sunday! Eventually, after the last two kids move out, he and his wife would love to get to travel more. And someday, hopefully sooner than later, Martin would like to go back to school to finish degree in Criminal Justice!


                                                                        Isidoro ``Lo Lo`` Rodriguez

                                                                        Isidoro ``Lo Lo`` Rodriguez

                                                                        Porter

                                                                        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.


                                                                          Cesar Sanchez

                                                                          Cesar Sanchez

                                                                          Detail Foreman

                                                                          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.


                                                                            Danny Santos

                                                                            Danny Santos

                                                                            Body Technician

                                                                            Hire Date: 10/20/2016 

                                                                            Danny’s been in Austin all his life, and he admits, he’s a lifer! His main hobbies include watching any and all sports, and playing some, mostly basketball, as well. Like a true Texan, you can find him rooting for the Spurs and the Cowboys any day of the week. Someday, Danny would really like to go skydiving. While many people are afraid of heights, he feels that he’s different in that aspect, and believes that there would be nothing that he couldn’t do after conquering a jump out of a plane. FUN FACT: Danny’s friends call him Batman, and they have been for so long that his friend’s 5 year old doesn’t even know him by any other name! Nananananananananananananananana, BATMAN.


                                                                              Craig Stevens

                                                                              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

                                                                                Gilbert Torres

                                                                                Part Manager

                                                                                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.

                                                                                  Gilbert Torres Jr.

                                                                                  Parts

                                                                                  Hire Date: 11/3/2003

                                                                                  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.


                                                                                    Jason Vogel

                                                                                    Jason Vogel

                                                                                    Technician

                                                                                    Hire Date: 6/8/2016

                                                                                    After spending his entire life in Southern Illinois, Jason and his parents moved to Austin in 1986. He has worked in body shops for over 20 years, and enjoys what he does. Jason has 3 kids, ages 22, 11, and 5, plus 1 grand baby! Jason and his family’s new hobby of taking their camper out on the road has been an awesome experience. Last month, they took it to the coast, and have plans to take it to Big Bend and some other places, closer to Austin. Jason simply loves life, and he lives it!


                                                                                      Christopher Williams

                                                                                      Christopher Williams

                                                                                      Body Tech

                                                                                      Hire Date: 3/30/2015

                                                                                      Christopher is a single dad of two. He loves his son and his daughter very much. He and his family have been living in Austin since 2011 and they are enjoying all Austin has to offer. Christopher is very excited about his job. Cars are his passion and he is very knowledgeable about them. He is proud to be a part of the Continental Collision team and loves his job.


                                                                                        Victor Zevallos

                                                                                        Victor Zevallos

                                                                                        Body Tech

                                                                                        Hire Date: 1/2/2015

                                                                                        Born in the beautiful city of Lima, Peru, Victor decided to start calling Austin, Texas his home in 1990 and has brought his love for Salsa music and energetic personality with him. He is very proud to be a good father to his children and can often be found lingering in the candy isle at the store, wondering what kind of chocolate to pick up next. It’s not a surprise that Victor loves traveling back to Peru to visit. Have you seen the beaches? Stunning! Although Peru is an amazing place to visit, Victor hopes to eventually start traveling around Europe. Belgium is the chocolate capital of the world after all.


                                                                                           
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                                                                                          What employees say:

                                                                                          “Because of the No Haggle policy and our upfront pricing. It is very easy for me to do my job.”

                                                                                          “I am respected by my peers, and my managers are willing to listen to any and all of my concerns, answer my questions without hesitation, and coach me through issues I may be having. ”

                                                                                          “I represent the finest automobiles that are made.”

                                                                                          “They take care of all their employees like no other dealer would.”

                                                                                          “They have appreciation dinners and lunches. Taking time off is very easy and not frowned upon.”

                                                                                          “Family-oriented with genuine care of the employees from the very top.”

                                                                                          If you think Continental Collision is the place for you, simply send us your resume: austin@continentalcollision.com

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