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  • 802 Toyota
    The Staff at 802 Toyota
    (802) 922-9775

    The friendly and experienced staff at 802 Toyota are here for your sales, parts and service needs.

    Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence and our commitment to you! Our departments are staffed with energetic salespeople, managers and experienced, professional business managers. Each of our dedicated employees is eager to share their enthusiasm and knowledge about the Toyota brand and 802 Toyota.

  • Steve Kelson
    Managing Partner
    (802) 391-3457

    Steve Kelson started his career in the automotive industry in 1996 as a lot porter and has since been in several positions on the sales side.

    Steve loves the car business and brings a positive attitude to the workplace every day. His advice to a new Toyota owner is to "take the time to find the perfect car. Ask lots of questions, that's what we are here for, and do some research online to help find your next car."

    Steve is married and they have a son named Smith, along with a chocolate labrador named Louie! Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and friends, either getting to the mountain for a powder day or enjoying some lake time on his boat in summer.

    Be in touch with Steve if you have any questions or concerns about your experience at the dealership. 

  • Kathryn Richardson
    Chief Financial Officer

  • Cat Arnold
    General Manager
    (802) 224-7243

    Cat enjoys running and working out, boating on Lake Champlain, and spending time with her friends and family. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College and previously coached women's basketball at UVM. Cat loves football and basketball and is a NY Giants fan. She would like to check 'going to Super Bowl' off her bucket list one day. If she could have any job for a day she would be a waterslide tester. Cat is married to a guy named Mike, and they have a son named Jordy with another boy on the way. Her favorite places to travel are Southern California, the Caribbean (basically anywhere warm), or any place where there is family. 

    Cat likes working at 802 Toyota because "I really like who I work for and who I work with. The people make all the difference in the world for me."  Her advice to new Toyota owners is to "spend the time at delivery to get to know your car, there are is a lot of technology most people don't even know they have because they want to rush out of here."

  • Shane Clawson
    Sales Manager
    (802) 224-7244

    Shane Clawson started as Business Manager at 802 Toyota in May 2013 and became Sales Manager in early 2018. He enjoys working here because of the simple fact that "the dealerships goal is to make happy customers." Before settling down in New Hampshire, Shane lived in Arizona, California and England. He is a fan of football and enjoys drinking Fiddlehead Mastermind IPA. He can't get enough of Italian food at his favorite restaurant Colatina Exit Ristorante in Bradford, VT. Shane has an adventurous side too. He enjoys riding dirtbikes, four-wheelers and going on vacation. His favorite vacation spot is the US Virgin Islands. Shane loves spending time with his wife and two boys, Bowen and Camden. They have a dog & two cats.

  • Brett Bush
    Sales Manager
    (802) 224-7250

    Brett went to Lyndon State College and previously worked at Heritage Ford. He loves working out, playing basketball, spending time with his family & watching sports with his friends. He is originally from New Hampshire but has been living in Vermont since 2005. If Brett was stranded on a deserted island he would bring a PS4, basketball hoop & basketball. He loves working at 802 Toyota because of the atmosphere here. It's a fun place to work and his fellow co-workers are great to work with. 

  • Samuel Wright
    Finance Manager
    (802) 224-7240

    Sam Wright, a graduate of Paul Smith's College, has worked in the restaurant and construction industries before joining the auto business at 802 Toyota. Sam enjoys spending time at his home with his wife, two daughters, and their cat. 

    Sam's advice to new Toyota owners is "if you ever have questions about the car, don't be afraid to give us a call.  I have a customer from CT who still calls me for help with his Bluetooth years after we met." 

  • Justin Messier
    Finance Manager
    (802) 224-7263

    Justin Messier is a Vermont native and Castleton University graduate that recently moved back to VT after living in Colorado. He plays for a local men's softball team and also enjoys snowboarding, disc golf, and cars. He likes any food off the BBQ and his favorite restaurant is Koto Japanese Steak House. He enjoys working at 802 Toyota because "I believe in the product I sell. Everyone is very friendly and helpful." Justin has a yellow Lab named Zoe!

  • Courtney Amphavanna
    Business Development Manager
    (802) 224-7231

    Courtney Amphavanna enjoys spending time with her family, going on hikes, beach picnics (basically only warm weather activities). She is a born and raised Vermonter, but likes to hibernate in the winter. Courtney loves the road trips she takes with her husband Brian, son Chris and daughter Brielle down the east coast. She hopes to one day travel to Thailand & Laos to explore her husband's culture. If she could do another job for a day she would be a stay-at-home mom, but she doesn't think she could handle it for more than a day. 

    Courtney likes working at 802 Toyota because of "the people. We are a family here and even though we fight like brothers and sisters sometimes, at the end of the day they are my people and I love them." Her advice to new Toyota owners is to enjoy it! Toyota vehicles are very practical and safe vehicles, which is great, but they are also a lot of fun to drive!"

  • Sarah Weston
    Business Development Representative
    (802) 224-7262

    Sarah Weston is a Vermont native & loves coffee. She likes working at 802 Toyota because she gets to work with a great team. she has a partner named Camron, a daughter named Olivia Ann, two kitties named Bagheera and Apollo, & a black lab mix named Shen!

  • Bree Day
    Business Development Rep

    Bree-Anna loves taking her Black Lab/Pitbull mix for walks, or to the dog park, and spending time with her friends & family. She likes traveling to Florida, her favorite restaurant is Sarduccis in Montpelier, and if she was stranded on a deserted island she would bring a tent, filtered water, & a portable shower. She likes working at 802 Toyota because of the great team!

  • David Fields
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7288

  • Phillip Heinz
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7289

    Phillip Heinz has lived in Oregon, Louisiana, Florida & Virginia, and has a Masters Degree in Education. His family's commercial meat farm in East Montpelier has 10 different species of animals! He loves to be on the road with one of his kids just about anywhere, but if I had to pick a destination he would love to be in the Canadian wilderness. If he were stranded on a deserted island he would bring a good pocket knife,  a mirror for survival, and of course a cell phone so I can get a ride home.

    Phillip likes working at 802 Toyota because "the work I do in sales allows me to help other people with their problem or decision making. At the same time, the company gives me the freedom to be my own person and control my own future."

  • Peter Sinclair
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7237

    Peter attended Hesser College in New Hampshire, and, other than Vermont, he has lived in New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Arizona. His favorite place to travel to is the US Virgin Islands and he loves eating pizza! Peter has been a musician since he was 12 years old and in his spare time, he plays guitar in a rock band, while also dabbling in audio/video production. Peter is married, has five children and one grandson.

    Peter Sinclair enjoys working with people and helping them find the right vehicle to fit their lifestyle. He says "there really is a Toyota product for everyone!" 

  • Chris Relation
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7218

    Chris Relation used to be a body builder before being sidelined by injury and his past jobs include sole proprietor for Freihofer's Baking and a chef. He enjoys going to concerts and theme parks with his wife and would love to go to Disney World. His personal philosophy is 'life is not a rehearsal so enjoy every day like it's your last.' Lake George is his favorite place to travel to and, other than Vermont, he has lived in Florida and Montana. Him and his wife have a 4 year old, very spoiled cat named Nikki. He likes working at 802 Toyota because "I really enjoy helping people and genuinely care about helping them in their buying process."

  • Joe Melkonian
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7276

    Joe's favorite place to be is on top of a mountain, looking down on Vermont. He enjoys hiking, good food, and nice people. Joe went to Spaulding High School, but spent 3 years at Barre Technical School. He has a big family and he likes to live everyday free and happy. If he could, he would like to spend a day trying to keep up with professional race car drivers. 

    Joe likes working at 802 Toyota because "I love cars and learning about new design or technology, and really enjoy helping people get what they want. I also love how close we are to the community, I believe I am surrounded by people that care, and I make new friends every day."

  • George Laramore
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7236

    George is from Nashville, TN, and likes to go to church, spend time with his family, and play chess. George has run a hot dog cart in Barre for over 14 years! He has a wife named Kathleen & they have 3 beautiful kiddos - Elijah, Grace Ann-Eva, and Levi Durward. They also have three cats and a dog named Marley. George likes working at 802 Toyota because of his great co-workers!

  • James Brown
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7241

  • Savanna Andress
    Sales & Leasing Consultant
    (802) 224-7234

  • Michael Waggoner
    Sales Assistant

    Michael Waggoner has lived in Vermont, Maine, Missouri, Kansas and Minnesota - where he attended college at the University of Minnesota. He worked in the media business for 36 years and the music business along with 5 years booking events for the NFL stadiums. He's very modest about his accomplishments, but click here to read our blog post about the time Michael was inducted into the Kansas City Music Hall of Fame for his long list of achievements in the music business.

    Michael's favorite place to travel to is Nova Scotia, his favorite restaurant is Ladder One, and he enjoys playing guitar & listening to music. He also enjoys everything from traveling, helping various community organizations, meeting new people, to helping people in need. Michael has two sons and two daughters, along with two granddaughters and three grandsons. He also has two dogs: a mix named Stella and a miniature schnauzer named Greyson along with and two kitty cats. Michael likes working at 802 Toyota because working here is like being part of a large and friendly family.

  • Jennifer Smith
    Sales Assistant
    (802) 224-7262

    Jennifer loves cars, guitars and dogs. She has surfed from sea to shining sea and jammed with gods of guitar. Her Toyota truck was stolen just days after she arrived in Los Angeles in 1986 - everybody wants one. 

    Here in Vermont she has a giant poodle names Boris and an adorable yellow lab named Fiona. Music is her key of life and 70's rock sound is her home base. Speaking of home base, she witnessed the 18th perfect game in the history of baseball. 

  • Tim Wheatley
    Parts Manager
    (802) 224-7253

    Tim Wheatley was born and raised in Vermont camping, hunting and playing sports such as basketball, softball, and golf. He sure has some great fun facts about himself; he loves Under Armour, he and his Dad are missing the same tooth, he's never eaten a hamburger, he loves cats, and he's never broken a bone in his body. Oh, and he thinks Magic Johnson is better than Michael Jordon (to name a few). Tim has a knack for remembering numbers, his favorite foods are pizza and waffles, and the best concert he's ever been to was the Backstreet Boys, "I was 12 thank you!" Tim loves working at 802 Toyota because of the joy of helping people out, so come on in and see him today!

  • Phil Lord
    Parts Consultant
    (802) 224-7252

    Phil Lord originally started at 802 Toyota on the sales team in early 2014, he made the switch to a Service Advisor in 2017 and moved onto be a Parts Consultant in 2018.

    Phil's favorite food is General Tso's chicken and his favorite place to eat is Applebees. His first job was stocking coolers and his favorite place to travel to is back to his hometown in New Hampshire. If he could own any car it would be a Nissan GT-R R34. He likes working at 802 Toyota because he enjoys making the customers happy.

    Phil is originally from the Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire but now lives in Montpelier, VT. He has two daughters, Kamryn Paige and Karlee Rayne.

  • Dan Paquette
    Parts Consultant
    (802) 224-7246

    Dan has been married since 1977 and he's not sure why she gets upset when he says that it feels like forever. He has two sons and a daughter. 

    In his free time he enjoys going to car shows with his sons and seeing new bands with all of his children (which helps him get into different genres of music). He has seen Aerosmith twelve times in concert and considers himself stuck in 1970's. Dan loves playing baseball, volleyball and softball. In 2009, Dan got into the Guinness World Records for playing in the Largest Snow Softball Tournament (795 people, 61 teams)! 

    Dan says he likes working at 802 Toyota because of "being able to help people get the correct part to get them going. It's always great to make them happy!"

  • Brent Chase
    Parts Delivery Driver

  • Steven Reese
    Service & Parts Director
    (802) 224-7247

    Steve Reese is a New York native (though he hates to admit it) because he has lived in Vermont for over 30 years. Steve is a talented woodworker. His favorite possession is his table saw which he can be found in his favorite place, his workshop at home or on his bike riding around Vermont. Steve thinks his partner Tina's cooking eclipses anything you can find in a restaurant. He likes working at 802 Toyota because of the top-notch employees!

  • Tessa Harvey
    Service Coordinator

    Tessa Harvey loves to kayak, paint, draw, and hang out with friends and family. She loves to be in the woods, camping, and exploring new places. If she was stranded on a deserted island she would bring a book, a pad of paper, and a pen. She has two cats, and one of them only has three legs. Tessa likes working at 802 Toyota because she likes working with people, and making customers happy!

  • Perry Fleming
    Service Advisor
    (802) 224-7256

    Perry Fleming, a Vermont native and graduate of Whitcomb High School, has been working at 802 Toyota since 2010! He loves to spend time in Lake George, NY. His favorite season is mud season, his favorite sport is bowling, and he likes working at 802 Toyota because it comes with a great team.

  • Tony Anjos
    Service Advisor
    (802) 224-7284

    More about Tony will be coming soon!

  • Tim Pratt
    Service Advisor
    (802) 224-7251

    Tim Pratt spent 3 years in Hawaii with the US Navy Submarine Force and then studied to be a Certified Dietary Manager at the University Of Georgia. He was a Chef for 45 years, and also owned 2 restaurants and designed & built multiple restaurants, including a 1.5 million rebuild at Wake Robin in Shelburne, VT! He loves to jet ski at Joe's Pond and smoking his homemade bacon, hams, and fish. He spent 3 years in Hawaii with the US Navy Submarine Force. He has two daughters and a son and he lives with his partner Angela of 18 years and his yellow lab, Lyle, in Berlin, VT.

  • Sarah Lafayette
    Service Advisor
    (802) 224-7233

  • Cole Badger
    Service Assistant

  • Jeff Keough
    Service Assistant

  • Rod Hart
    Toyota ASE Master Technician

  • Pete Boucher
    Toyota ASE Certified Technician

  • Brian Putney
    Toyota ASE Certified Technician

  • Jim Lubas
    Service Technician

  • Joseph Hazlett
    Toyota Certified Used Technician

  • Adam Labatt
    Service Technician

    Adam says "dogs over cats. family over everything." His favorite place to travel to is Maine and he likes to fish & hunt. If he was stranded on a deserted island he would bring fishing tackle, knives, & paracord. He likes working at 802 Toyota because of the good work environment & good people!

  • Rob Taylor
    Service Technician

  • James Dopp
    Service Technician

    James Dopp can be found working on his race car or racing at his favorite place, Thunder Road, on his day off. If he was stranded on a deserted island he would bring a lighter, water purifier & a gun. His favorite food is a steak from The Roadhouse. James has a wonderful girlfriend & a son that means the world to him. 

  • Ben Somaini
    Service Technician

  • Lucas Manchester
    Reconditioning Manager
    (802) 224-7280

    Lucas is a woodchuck (woodchuck = not as rough as a redneck) country boy that wears many hats at the dealership -- from his title as reconditioning manager to maintenance, plowing, and daily hands-on with all the used inventory at 802 Toyota.
    Lucas is a die-hard Red Sox fan and his favorite place to travel to is Fenway Park. Lucas has a beautiful wife Laurie, and three children named Billie, Boston, and John, and a dog named Lexi. 
    If Lucas was stranded on a deserted island, he would bring his family, his dog, and Bear Grylls! When he's not at work, he likes to spend time wheeling, camping and the boat and with the family, or at the race track with his extended family. He likes working at 802 Toyota because he loves what he does and the people he works with!

  • Eric Hickory
    Reconditioning Tech

  • Troy Michaud
    Reconditioning Technician

  • Dustin Somers
    Reconditioning Technician

  • Nate Brien
    Reconditioning Technician

  • Janet Hatch
    Staff Accountant
    (802) 224-7254

    Janet is a Norwich University graduate who has lived in Vermont almost her entire life. She also spent time living in Florida, and she's been involved in the movie theater or video movie business for most of her life! 

    Janet, who says she could spend every day of her life at the beach, loves horseback riding, autumn, watching Norwich University hockey play, and a bowl of popcorn with a good movie!

  • Mitchell Yahna
    Staff Accountant
    (802) 224-7268

  • Alex Drew
    Digital Media Specialist

    Alex, also known as "Stewie", "Drewbie" and "Lex" is a lefty who loves both sushi and Thai Food, although his favorite restaurant is Positive Pie in Montpelier. His biggest fear is the IRS, and if he were a car he'd be the Toyota RAV4, "because I'm efficient, practical and I'm multifaceted." 

    The best concert he's ever been to was the Black Keys, his favorite movie is Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls and his favorite song is Red Red Wine by UB40. If he could travel anywhere in the world it would be to Italy, but his favorite Vermont destination is Morse Farm. 

    Alex loves working at 802 Toyota because he gets to know new people and learn about what excites them in a car, as well as his great coworkers, customers.