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  • Scott Bieler
    President and CEO

    A native of Orchard Park, Scott Bieler began his career with the West Herr Automotive Group in 1975 as a salesman, was promoted to Sales management in 1980, became President in 1997, and has been majority owner since 2000, along with his partners; Brad Hafner, John Wabick and Bill Loecher. Employing over 2,300 people, he has helped grow the company to become the largest automotive group in New York State and the 25th largest auto group in the country.

    Scott's community involvement has been extensive through the years. He is the Vice Chair of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation Board, and co-chaired their capital campaign to build the new Bieler Clinical Sciences Center, Board of Director for Visit Buffalo Niagara and Invest Buffalo Niagara, a member of the Greater Buffalo Racial Equity Roundtable, and is the Chairman of the Contribution Committee for the Ford Friendship Express van donation program. Scott served on the Upstate New York Federal Reserve Regional Advisory Board for 5 years and has also served on the Boards of the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and Hilbert College, where he received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

    Scott's civic efforts have been recognized numerous times; He and Kathy Lasher recently received the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation's Exemplary Citizenship Award, he has been named an Outstanding Citizen by The Buffalo News, received the Canisius College Distinguished Citizen Award, and Roswell Park's Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award, and recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropist through the Association of Fundraising Professionals among other honors.

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  • Brad Hafner
    Chairman

    ***NOTE - the bio below was written by Mr. Hafner. West Herr makes no claims or endorsements about these representations.  Read at your own risk : )***

    MY "BIO"

    BIRTH                    10/14/1928                                        

    DEATH                  ANYBODY'S GUESS

    EDUCATION - QUIT HIGH SCHOOL AND JOINED THE U.S. NAVY IN THE 1940'S (WE WON IN SPITE OF ME)

    CAREER - WORKED FOR FORD FINAL ASSEMBLY PLANT FOR 8 DAYS (THAT WAS 7 DAYS TOO MANY)

    WORKED FOR BELL AIRCRAFT FOR 9 YEARS. TOOK ME THAT LONG TO PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS


    WORKED AT WEST HERR IN SALES FOR "60 YEARS" WHY??? COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING BETTER

     

    ATHLETIC ABILITY - WISH I WAS AS GOOD AS I THOUGHT I WAS

    MARRIED "65 YEARS" - AND THEY SAID IT WOULDN'T LAST


    MY ONE CLAIM TO FAME……

    I HIRED SCOTT BIELER WHEN HE WAS 21 YEARS OF AGE


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  • John Wabick
    Vice President


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  • Bill Loecher
    Vice President


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  • Stan Kicinski
    Chief Financial Officer


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  • Bethanne Hollis
    Vice President of Variable Operations


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  • John "JC" Conciardo
    Variable Director


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  • Jay Galligan
    Vice President of Fixed Operations
    716-926-7073

    Family - Married to my best friend Melanie for 20 amazing years. We have 2 children, JP and Taylor, who's success and happiness are our mission.

    History at West Herr - Started at Ford Hamburg Service in 1994. I have worn many hats including: Warranty Administrator, Appointment Coordinator, Service Advisor, Collision CSR, Collision Manager, Service Manager, Service Director and my current position.

    Interests - Skiing almost anywhere with family and friends. Hosting great events at my house, because my best allocation of time should be spent with the people I care about the most. Podcasts are my guilty pleasure. I also have to mow my lawn 1-2 times per week... my lawn mower is my stress reliever.

    My goals - Inspire through leadership, listen and learn before responding or reacting, and be generous with my time and attention.

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  • Tom Druzynski
    Service Director


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  • Jim Oliveri
    Parts Director


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  • Nate Wintringer
    Director of Technology

    Nate is the leader of our IT/Technology team.  He is responsible for creating the overall strategic direction of the technology infrastructure at West Herr.  He manages a team of IT professionals, all of whom have a variety of specialized skills, to execute the strategic vision across the entire network.


    Some Facts About Nate:

    Married with three children.

    Successfully trained and completed a marathon.

    Leads our Team West Herr fundraising efforts each year for the Hospice Walk. 

    West Herr career began in 2007.  

    Prior business experience at M&T Bank.

    Medaille College, Bachelor of Arts in Business Adminstration 
    ITT Technical Institute, Associates of Science in Computer Networking Systems.

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  • Ed Wagner
    Finance Director


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  • Ben Kicinski
    Used Car Director


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  • Paul Balbierz
    Director of Accounting


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  • Matt Lasher
    Marketing Director
    716-926-7060

    Fun facts about me:


    Ambition: To become a good storyteller.


    Personal: Married to Tiffany, and we have four beautiful children together.  They are my 'why'.


    Life before West Herr: Previously worked in sales and marketing roles at Nissan North America in Los Angeles, then left to start an online clothing company selling t-shirts out of the trunk of my car.


    Education: University of Colorado at Boulder - Leeds School of Business - BSBA with emphasis in Marketing and certificate in Entrepreneurship


    Career at West Herr: Started in 2009 - Sales Professional, Finance Manager, Sales Manager, Used Car Manager, Marketing Manager, Marketing Director


    Connect with me:

    LinkedIn

    Twitter

    Facebook

    Instagram

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  • Megan Evans
    Marketing Manager


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  • Brad Gelber
    Social Media Strategist


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  • Cheryl Byrne
    Human Resource Director


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  • Julie Knupfer
    Human Resources


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  • Dawn Ballard
    Human Resources


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  • Felicia Drozdowski
    Human Resources Assistant
    (716) 926-7084


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  • Annette Smith
    Executive Assistant to Scott Bieler


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  • Katie Diamond
    Executive Assistant to John Wabick

    Fun Facts about Me:

    Ambition: To travel to all 50 states with my family, we have 26 down and will add 11 to the total this summer

    Personal:  Married to Tony, and we have three children - two adults out on their own and one teenager still at home.

    Life before West Herr:  After a short stint in property management, I spent a year working in a battered women's shelter as a volunteer coordinator/case manager. After that I moved from Massachusetts to Orchard Park where I spent 22 years working for an insurance company in an administrative capacity.

    College: Fairfield University, Fairfield CT - BA in Psychology

    Career at West Herr:  Started in 2016 - Executive Assistant to John Wabick, Vice President


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  • Kendra Ochal
    Executive Assistant - Variable Directors
    (716) 926-7079

    West Herr:

    While in college in 2005, I had a choice between accepting a position at Blockbuster Video or West Herr.  As you might imagine, I am thankful I choose West Herr! I began working in the service lane greeting customers at our then, Saturn of Orchard Park location.  Throughout my tenure I have worked in 3 different locations as an Administrative Assistant and Inventory Manager.  In 2015, I accepted a position as Executive Assistant and currently support the Variable Directors on the Executive team.

     

    College: Buffalo State College - BS in Art Education, Erie Community College - AA - Liberal Arts

     

    Personal: I am a commissioned artist part time that likes to do a myriad of projects - Pyrography, Stain Painting, Refinishing, Painting, Drawing, Sculpting, Photography. Most recently, I took a MIG Welding Class  - it was amazing!  Aside from creating,  I love to travel - my favorite place so far… Ireland!  One last fun fact is that I am a major country music fan and have seen over 250 country artists perform live!  

     

    My work can be viewed on:

    www.instagram.com/kengcreations


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  • Denise Murphy
    Legal


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  • Bruce Hoover
    General Counsel


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  • Roxanne Carrow
    Business Development Manager


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  • Sherri Callahan
    Project Manager
    (716) 472-7705


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  • Scott Jacobs
    Project Manager
    (716) 541-8837


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  • Mike Reisinger
    Corporate Trainer


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  • Ray Ammerman
    Customer Satisfaction Manager


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  • Brandon Tandoi
    New Vehicle Inventory Manager


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