The DCG Team

 

Dave Cantin

CEO & Founder

Dave’s career in the automotive industry spans over 20 years. His passion and dedication to exploring innovative sales opportunities led him in…

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Dave’s career in the automotive industry spans over 20 years. His passion and dedication to exploring innovative sales opportunities led him in taking a small local car dealership to become the largest single point car dealership in the world.

Since selling the dealership in 2015, Dave regularly consults on dealership acquisitions for large public and private automobile groups. He has extensive knowledge in analyzing evaluations for dealerships worth and helping negotiate a complete buy/sell transaction. Dave’s specialty is representing platform acquisitions, overseeing multiple dealerships within an individual deal.
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Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-800-722-8621

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Brian Brown

COO - DCG Operations

Brian has 30 years automotive experience focusing on every aspect of the automotive business and dealership operations. He has spent a majority…

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Brian has 30 years automotive experience focusing on every aspect of the automotive business and dealership operations. He has spent a majority of his career working at General Motors at a corporate, regional and field level. He has a proven automotive understanding from a wholesale and retail perspective as it relates to product advertising/marketing, OEM processes, dealership operational processes, variable/fixed strategies, and employee engagement.

He was instrumental in not only developing and executing upon a private equity automotive strategy that established a top-10 privately held automotive company in the United States with over $3.2 billion in annualized revenues, he also led the efforts to seamlessly transition all the dealerships while driving employee engagement and operational/staffing improvements.

Brian’s success is driven by his unique ability to view/understand the business not “as it is” today but “as it needs to be” for success tomorrow. He has an established network of OEM, private equity and dealership contacts to develop and drive future business strategies.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860-318-5152

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Stephen Jones

National Director of Acquisitions - DCG Acquisitions

Stephen Jones is an experienced acquisition advisor with a demonstrated history of success in the automotive industry. Stephen specializes in helping buyers…

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Stephen Jones is an experienced acquisition advisor with a demonstrated history of success in the automotive industry. Stephen specializes in helping buyers and sellers streamline automotive retail buy/sell transactions.

Prior to joining DCG, Stephen was on the investment team at a large private equity firm where he played a key role in the successful acquisition of over 50 dealerships, including two major dealership platforms: Kenny Ross Automotive Group and Prime Motor Group, the second largest automotive buy/sell transaction in U.S. history.

Stephen started his automotive career in Sonic Automotive’s Corporate Development department where he provided key analysis to executive management resulting in the completion of 18 dealership buy/sells. In addition, he supported the real estate acquisitions for Sonic’s EchoPark stores, leading to the opening of 6 fully operational locations in Colorado.

Stephen began his career in public accounting at Grant Thornton where he specialized in financial statement audits and Transaction Advisory Services. He is a licensed CPA in the state of North Carolina.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 917-484-1246

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Woody Woodward

Managing Director - Northeast

William “Woody” Woodward has been in the retail automotive business for over 37 years. Woody has specialized in turning around underperforming dealerships…

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William “Woody” Woodward has been in the retail automotive business for over 37 years. Woody has specialized in turning around underperforming dealerships through improving sales and fixed operations performances, as well as start-ups from ground zero. Through his strong leadership skills and his contagious positive attitude, he has had a successful track record of building great dealerships and improving sales, CSI and profitability. Woody’s understanding of automotive industry and his strategic approach to the business make him an invaluable asset to dealers looking to expand their portfolio of dealerships, improve their dealer operations, or exit the business.
Prior to joining Dave Cantin Group, Woody worked for Prestige Automotive Group based in New Jersey in numerous leadership roles responsible for turnarounds of underperforming dealerships, as well as the opening of new dealerships. Woody also had his own private consultant business practice for over 18 years, working with several large dealer groups, manufacturers, and independent dealers throughout the Northeast focusing on improving dealerships operational performances. He started in the business as a salesman and would grow to be Vice President/General Manager of Inskip Autocenter, which he helped build into one of the most prestigious Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Lexus, and Infiniti dealership groups in the country.
Woody’s goal is to help dealers come together and make the best decisions for all parties involved. Through his experience, reputation, vision and desire, Woody wants to help everybody achieve success.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 401-465-7000

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Mark Dwyer

Managing Director - Northeast

Mark has 35 years of progressive management experience in the auto industry with wholesale automotive (Ford Motor Company; field and national level),…

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Mark has 35 years of progressive management experience in the auto industry with wholesale automotive (Ford Motor Company; field and national level), retail dealerships operations – both private and public —as a dealer/owner and GM, and executive management experience as Vice President of an industry-leading digital database direct mail firm. A results-oriented MBA, Mark has proven management skills to bring multifaceted transactions to a successful conclusion.

Past wholesale positions have included Western Region Marketing Manager, National Contest and Incentive Manager, Regional Franchising and Market Representation Manager, Business Management Director. He has been directly responsible for open-point presentations as well as buy-sell manufacturer applications. Mark’s retail turnaround/rehabilitation work as general manager and dealer owner occurred in key market areas in the Midwest, Northwest, Southeast with Ford/Lincoln, CDJR, Kia, Saturn, Hyundai and Subaru franchises.

Mark’s success comes through a management style of building rapport through shared values and measurable performance with a solid industry network of contacts to meet specific needs of buyers and sellers.

Mark is an active volunteer with the Department of Corrections and serves as the Director of Prison Ministries at his local congregation.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 407-792-8160

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Chad Goodson

Managing Director - Southeast

Chad’s career in the automotive industry began in the family business with his father. Growing up in a small town instilled the…

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Chad’s career in the automotive industry began in the family business with his father. Growing up in a small town instilled the values of hard work, commitment and superior customer service. After selling the business, Chad spent five years representing one of world’s the largest automotive manufacturers supporting dealers in the southeast region.

Over the past 12 years, Chad has worked directly with dealers onsite in 49 states (over 30 OEM’s) including every major metropolitan area in the U.S. Chad has a broad view and a deep understanding in all facets of dealer operations, organizational development, performance management, valuations, sales, and service.

In addition to his network and industry knowledge, Chad’s ability to relate to a dealer on a personal and professional level enables him to establish a unique rapport with each dealer, especially when it comes to the consideration of buying or selling a business.
Beyond his professional achievements, Chad overcame the odds and beat throat cancer in 2003. Faith and family are Chad’s top priorities and these values carry over to his treatment of others. As a foster parent, Chad’s proudest moment was adopting Chase and Angelina in 2013—his crowning achievement to date.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 205-369-2423

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Dan Simonson

Managing Director - Southeast

Dan has been involved in the Automotive Space for over 20 years. He has worked on both the manufacturing and the captive…

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Dan has been involved in the Automotive Space for over 20 years. He has worked on both the manufacturing and the captive finance side of the business, having had roles with the Ford Motor Company, Ford Motor Credit, and Mitsubishi Motors North America. He has worked in Mexico City, South Florida, Minneapolis, and the Louisiana/Mississippi markets.  

Dan has also focused in the South Florida independent dealer market, providing wholesale lending for one of the largest floor plan providers. In this role Dan successfully completed one of the largest independent wholesale dealer transactions- a $40M wholesale floor plan line of credit. He has a deep understanding of retail in both the new/used vehicle markets, dealership operations (retail/wholesale), and captive/independent dealer inventory financing.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 954-668-8112

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Tony Karabon

Managing Director - Midsouth

Tony Karabon has over 25 years of experience in the retail automotive industry, having served as the General Counsel for RFJ Auto…

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Tony Karabon has over 25 years of experience in the retail automotive industry, having served as the General Counsel for RFJ Auto Partners, a Top 25 Dealer Group, and The Boucher Group, a top 75 Dealer Group. In these two roles, he negotiated, documented, and consummated numerous buy/sell transactions. He has extensive due diligence and dealership integration experience. Tony also has addressed virtually every manufacturer dealer issue, as well as every legal issue that dealers confront. As a member of the executive management team for these dealer groups, he was responsible for real estate, human resources, insurance, lending and regulatory matters.

Prior to entering the retail automotive business, Tony practiced corporate, real estate, and transactional law at Jackson Walker LLP in Dallas, Texas; Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Powell Goldstein LLP (now Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP) in Atlanta Georgia.

Tony holds an accounting degree from Marquette University and law and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tony has two adult children and lives with his wife, Patricia, in McKinney Texas. In his free time, he enjoys golf, biking, and cooking.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 414-940-2639

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George Pero

Managing Director - West

George Pero has a successful track record of over 26 years in the automotive industry covering every facet from retail to wholesale,…

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George Pero has a successful track record of over 26 years in the automotive industry covering every facet from retail to wholesale, and ultimately the remarketing/auction industry.

George started in the car business on the retail side working for a small chain of family owned franchise stores in Southern California. In a very short time, George was able to obtain senior management positions with several reputable franchises advancing his career in retail. Having most recently focused on the wholesale remarketing industry, he launched and developed a very successful on-site mobile auction company, “Auctions In Motion”. After just 6 short years following the start-up, Pero sold his business to a larger auction company with a national platform through a very carefully executed succession plan and exit strategy.

Pero’s accomplishments in growing small to mid-size companies are mostly fueled by creating a positive corporate culture, increasing top line revenue through sales and maximizing efficiencies by controlling costs. What sets him apart is the ability to quickly identify and mitigate risks as well as capitalize on missed opportunities enabling most any company to grow beyond their own expectations as he has most recently accomplished with Corry Auto Dealers Exchange, an auto auction in NW Pennsylvania.

George possesses a tremendous level of understanding and appreciation of the acquisition process having executed transactions while acting for both buyer and seller. Having sat on both sides, he brings a unique approach to the table enabling all parties to cross the finish line with mutually beneficial goals in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 805-390-5700

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Alex Covino

District Manager - West

Alex Covino has established himself in the business world with accomplished track records on both Wall Street and Main Street. Early in…

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Alex Covino has established himself in the business world with accomplished track records on both Wall Street and Main Street. Early in his career, he worked as an equity trader where he was responsible for actively managing a short-term oriented portfolio in a continuously changing market. Alex later took his talent for identifying inefficiencies and trends in the capital markets and applied it to residential and commercial real estate. He worked to build a high-output real estate investment company which helped bridge the gap between the conventional seller and institutional investors.

Alex understands the importance of transactional leadership and its influence on the deal process, and has the ability to align the objectives and needs of all parties into one uniform, mutually beneficial accord.

Alex’s introduction to automotive industry began at a young age in the family business with his father, where he learned the disciplines of hard work and commitment to excellence.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 908-692-3639

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Joe Beaver

District Manager - West

With a career focused on entrepreneurial expansion, Joe Beaver has developed a reputation as an aggressive, energetic marketer focused on bringing success…

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With a career focused on entrepreneurial expansion, Joe Beaver has developed a reputation as an aggressive, energetic marketer focused on bringing success to his customers, investors and partners.

Most recently, Joe served as Executive Vice President with P.Q.L., Inc., (PQL) a commercial industrial lighting company. Driving a nine-time growth in sales, and a five-time growth in personnel, PQL grew from a local lighting company based in Southern California, to a national facilities solutions company. Joe’s focus was not only on growing sales, but also shoring up the infrastructure so that the Company could continue to reach new heights for years to come.

Prior to PQL, Joe served as the co-founder, of Logos Health Systems (LHS), a healthcare technologies company focused on the development of a documentation system (VoiceScreen), allowing surgeons to complete their surgical / procedural documentation within minutes following surgery. Marketed to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, VoiceScreen successfully documented over 8,000 surgeries in its 7 years of usage.

In 1995, Beaver pioneered a new company in the newspaper industry, J.J. Grace, dba AdOut, handling 100% of the ad production of all major newspapers in the Los Angeles area. In 1997, J.J. Grace was named to Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the United States, and AdOut would eventually become the largest newspaper advertising production company in the U.S.

In every organization that Joe Beaver has been a part of, his infectious energy and enthusiasm have set the tone for success.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 805-490-0445

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Scott Worthing

Managing Director - Midwest

Scott Worthing is a dedicated professional possessing over thirty years of successful experience in the automotive industry focusing on dealer lending. For…

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Scott Worthing is a dedicated professional possessing over thirty years of successful experience in the automotive industry focusing on dealer lending. For the first 20+ years, Scott worked for Mercedes-Benz Financial in a number of Senior Management positions.

From a successful career with captive for Mercedes-Benz, Scott moved to commercial banking, continuing to expand his background in the dealer space for two large regional banks; M&T Bank and SunTrust Bank. After leading a successful team of Dealer Relationship Managers in the Mid-Atlantic, Scott was then approached to open an expansion market for the Bank in Chicago where he enjoyed much success working closely and establishing relationships with many dealers throughout the Midwest market.

The passion Scott has for the automotive business is driven from his appreciation for the entrepreneurial spirit that comes from the innovative approach dealers have for their business. He prides himself on working closely with dealers and understanding their business and individual goals they have for themselves and their family.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 908-692-3639

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Stephanie Licata

Director of Marketing Operations

With nearly two decades of combined management and leadership development experience, Stephanie is a multi-faceted strategist and organizational development professional, with sub…

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With nearly two decades of combined management and leadership development experience, Stephanie is a multi-faceted strategist and organizational development professional, with sub specialties in marketing and marketing operations. She deeply understand organizations from every angle: from managing mission, vision and messaging to streamlining operations, delivering training, and helping individuals and teams succeed. Stephanie has worked in a variety of industries creating business and team growth including marketing, technology, media training and development, human resources, education, public relations, non-profit and beyond. Stephanie has a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Professional Coaching Certificate from New York University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 914-715-1668

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Michelle Amodio

Marketing Communications Manager

Michelle spent 12 years in the tech sector writing about IP communications, call center/CRM services, IoT/M2M, green technology, automotive technology, and alternative…

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Michelle spent 12 years in the tech sector writing about IP communications, call center/CRM services, IoT/M2M, green technology, automotive technology, and alternative power. After working in the B2B tech market, she started focusing on helping other businesses with quality content and social media engagement. She holds a bachelor degree from Endicott College and several social media marketing certifications from Northwestern University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 609-473-0923

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Diane Solaja

Operations Coordinator

With over 15 years experience, Diane has a combined business expertise with a unique edge to work in a variety of industries….

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With over 15 years experience, Diane has a combined business expertise with a unique edge to work in a variety of industries. From operations, event planning, editing, corporate communications, along with heading several successful start-ups, Diane has a unique collective of knowledge, where her innate aptitude for logistics, management and technology gently collide with an immense ability for detail and creativity. Her passion stems from caring deeply about her work and making the people around her feel good about their end result. Her goals are achieved at the success of her clients.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 732-642-5992

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Dina Cantin

Director of Philanthropy

Dina is a philanthropist, television personality and design professional who has always driven by a steadfast spirit of giving. For over a…

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Dina is a philanthropist, television personality and design professional who has always driven by a steadfast spirit of giving. For over a decade, Dina ran Project Ladybug, an organization she founded in 2007. The mission of Project Ladybug was to bring financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families.

Under Dina’s direction and as a result of her unwavering commitment, three funds were established at St. Joseph’s Regional Hospital in Paterson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York and at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Under Dina’s leadership, PLB also provided hands on programming right to the hospitals; bringing joy to a place that was often a symbol of suffering. Dina is a master at forming strategic partnerships and leading successful fundraising efforts. Her passion and dedication helped to raise over two million dollars that went to directly aid children with cancer.

Dina’s inspiration to give back was ignited by filling her most rewarding role: mother to her daughter, Lexi who has followed in Dina’s footsteps by leading a life defined by giving. Dina is excited to see the difference that DCG can make by donating 5% of every deal commission to local charities fighting childhood cancer.

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