205 North Main Street
Directions Branford, CT 06405

  • Sales: (888) 372-9696
  • Service: (888) 391-3570
  • Parts: (888) 604-3597

#1 Premier KIA Team Members

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  • Robert Alvine
    President/General Manager
    (888) 604-3597

    Bob Alvine is the President and General Manager of Premier KIA of Branford.  Bob started the business in August, 2011 with the desire to create a Connecticut KIA dealership that would consistently exceed the expectations of customers.  Bob also wanted a company that was active and invested in the community in which it serves. 

    Bob is a graduate in Finance from the University of Rhode Island (and a Rhody Basketball Fan) and has a MBA from the University of New Haven.  Bob started his career in the banking industry and worked in various positions in Commercial Lending and Finance. 

    Bob is active with the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association, The University of New Haven, the Branford Chamber of Commerce (Board Member), the Amity Club of New Haven and other community organizations. Recently, Bob was named to the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Connecticut and to the Board of Directors of Jane Doe No More.  Most recently, Bob was named to the Advisory Board of the University of Rhode Island College of Business.

    In addition to Premier Kia, Bob also owns Premier Subaru (Branford, CT) and Premier Subaru Watertown (Watertown, CT). 

    Bob is also Chairman of the Subaru of America National Dealer Advisory Board - a position that he cherishes - as he works to help the Subaru brand in the United States.

    Bob is an avid fan and supporter of the University of Rhode Island, and the URI basketball program! Go Rhody!

    Bob has an open door policy - if you have questions, or simply want to say "hi", please stop up. You can also email him directly or just pick up the phone.  Bob can be heard saying "The Customer is the Reason for Our Existence", so, he would love to hear from you.

    Robert Alvine

  • Iris Velazquez
    Executive Assistant/Community Liaison
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    Nickname: Lily

    Iris has joined our team as Executive Assistant and Community Liaison with extensive community foundation and banking experience.   She is courteous, reliable, and understanding, and will always help a customer to the best of her abilities.  She resides in her hometown of New Haven.     

  • Dave Thomas
    Sales Manager, Kia Gallery
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    Dave brings over 13 years of experience in the KIA lineup to Premier.  The West Haven native has previously worked in Milford.  He lives currently in Stratford.  His success comes from his passion for customer service.  When not at work, he spends time with his son, Michael.

    Dave Thomas

  • Frank E. Williams III
    Finance Manager
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    Frank joins our KIA family with over 12 years of experience.  He has spent the last 10 years at a Chervolet dealership in Norwich, and has experience as a Sales Consultant, Internet Manager, Sales Manager and Finance Manager.   Frank is also familiar with the Subaru brand after working with a Subaru dealership in Vernon. 


    Frank is a graduate of Branford High School and attended Mitchell College and Eastern CT State University.  He is the father of three and lives in Branford.  

    Frank Williams

  • Michael Taylor
    Business Manager
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    Mike has been in the car business for over 17 years.  He loves being in the car business and helping out customers.  

    Mike was born in New Haven and lives in West Haven.  He is a Veteran, having served 13 months in Iraq as an infantry soldier.  He also loves sports and is a die-hard New York Yankees fan!  

  • Will Petrillo
    Used Car Manager
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    Will Petrillo

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  • Laurie Anne
    Director of Social Media

    Laurie Anne is responsible for implementing the Automotive Group's Social Media marketing plan, which includes blogging, creating online presence/ engagement, monitoring, and reputation management. Laurie is a social butterfly in the social media world!

  • Sales Department
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  • Nathan Glazewski
    Certified KIA Sales Consultant
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    Day off: Tuesday

    Nathan has not only been with our Kia store for a long time, but he has also worked at our Premier Subaru store as a Subaru Certified Sales Consultant. When Nathan is not at work, you might find him on his bicycle or at the gym. He is also an avid coin and currency collector.

    Nathan Glazewski

  • Cynthia Batick
    Certified KIA Sales Consultant
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    Nickname: Cindy

    Cynthia has been affiliated with Premier KIA since 2012.  Cynthia also has experience and knowledge in the Auto Insurance Industry.  When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her three children.  

    Cynthia Carasone

  • Paul Petruzziello
    Certified KIA Sales Consultant
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    Paul joined our team after being in sales at a used car dealership in the Bridgeport for about 8 months.  Originally from New Haven, he is local to Branford now.   He was originally in the medical field, which is where he learned that he loves to interact with people.  He is the proud father of 3 kids, 2 girls and 1 boy, and a big fan of the New York Yankees.  

  • Perry Gountas
    Certified KIA Sales Consultant
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    Perry Gountas

  • Thomas Holman
    Certified KIA Sales Consultant
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    Thomas joins us with 2 years of experience in both sales and business development at another dealership, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to bring his skills to the Kia Sales Team.  He grew up in Bridgeport, but currently lives in West Haven.  He has served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years, and is a fitness enthusiast and trainer.  

  • Brian Canell
    E-Business Manager
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    Day off: Thursday

    Brian has been with Premier since 2004, starting as a Subaru Certified Sales Consultant before getting promoted to his current position as E-Business Manager.  His unbreakable work ethic and dedication made him the perfect choice for a new position at the company in Business Development.  As such, he's responsible for making sure that everyone who contacts our dealership about buying a new or pre-owned vehicle has a great experience here.  Chances are, if you've ever considered a Premier vehicle, you've spoken with Brian.

    He's not your typical car guy, so he's able to empathize with a lot of customers who don't consider themselves "car guys" either.

    The work Subaru and Premier Subaru does with the ASPCA is something that Brian takes to heart.  He has a dog and three cats, all of which are rescues from shelters in Wallingford and Meriden. 

    When he's not busy keeping in touch with Premier's customers, he enjoys acting and singing and has been the lead in several recent plays including productions of Guys and Dolls and Pippin.  He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus - Silver City Council #2 in Meriden. 

    Born and raised in Wallingford, CT, Brian and his wife Jen now reside in Northford, with their two daughters, Grace, born in 2013, and Charlotte, born in 2015. 

    Friends and relatives of Brian have come to Premier to buy cars from all corners of Connecticut, so he knows it's always worth the drive down! 

    Brian Canell

  • Rita Ruhland
    Internet Sales Manager
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    Day off: Wednesday

    Currently residing in Stratford, Rita got into the car business in 1998.  She sincerely enjoys working on-line and works hard to promote the great customer satisfaction Premier offers it's on-line customers. Rita brings a lot of "smarts" to the team and she's a lot of fun and really wants to help everyone!

    Rita and her boyfriend, Jimmie, enjoy their two puggles, Zoe and Ace.  Rita also likes to hang out with her family as much as possible.

    Rita's favorite saying is, "They always can hear you smile when you're on the phone." 

    Rita Ruhland

  • Margarita Martinez
    BDC Representative
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    Margarita brings to our BDC Team over 3 years of customer service experience.  She loves to help out customers and strives to ensure every customer is happy and properly taken care of.  She is both a native and resident of nearby East Haven.
    Margaret Martinez

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  • Virginia Augustine
    Title Clerk

    AKA "Ginny" or "Ethel"

    Ginny was born and raised in East Haven, CT but now resides close by in Branford, CT.  She has 20+ years in automotive accounting, billing and reception.

    She's a mother of 3 grown children and is a grandmother to 5 lovely grandchildren--her pride and joy.

    She enjoys time to herself relaxing.  She also loves cooking, spending time with family and friends, and taking grandchildren for sleepovers on weekends.  She can use those relaxing weekends...after all, her desk is right outside Bob's office.

    She lived in the South for 2 years and loved it there.  She's traveled extensively up and down the Eastern coast .  She hopes her future holds even more adventure!
    Virginia Augustine

  • Andrea Esposito
    Parts & Service Accounting
    (203) 315-2050

    Andrea operates with us as an administrative assistant, and an accountant assistant.  She lives in East Haven, her native town.  She really enjoys working at Premier Subaru because it is a nice positive atmosphere where the people are warm and friendly.  She loves spending time with her family and friends - she has a twin sister and a younger brother.  Her favorite time of year is summer - she likes to go for walks and spending time at the beach.
    Andrea Esposito

  • Karysma Potts
    Administrative Assistant
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    Karysma has both experience in the office and in sales.  Like her name, she definitely has charisma :)!  She is excited to be joining the Premier automotive team.  

    She is a native and resident of Meriden, and has two boys named Damari, 7, and Deyus, 2.  Her favorite color is Purple.   

  • Service Department
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  • Carl Field
    Service & Parts Manager
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    Carl is our Service and Parts Manager.   He has over 20 years experience in the auto industry, the last five with KIA.  He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy, specializing in submarines.  

    Carl Field

  • Lindsey Stamp
    Assistant Service Manager
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    Lindsey has a B.A. in History and an M.S. in education from Southern Connecticut State University.  She is a native and resident of Guilford and is excited to be a part of the team at our new KIA facility!  

    When not assisting you with your service needs, Lindsey spends time with her two rescue dogs, Sophie and Finley, and her rescue cat, Liam. Her favorite animals are otters - "nothing cheers you up like an adorable otter photo."  She is also a coffee aficianado, and loves trying new flavors and roasts.  
    Lindsey Stamp

  • Danielle Hanson
    Assistant Service Manager
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    Danielle has extensive customer service experience and training, having worked with Apple prior to starting with us here at Premier.  

    Danielle was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska.  She loves coffee, and when she is not at work, she can be found making art or hiking with her dogs.  

  • Lisa Ingles
    Service Administrative Assistant
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    Lisa is an administrative assistant in our service department.  She wants to make certain that your visit to our service department is as efficient as possible.  

    She resides in East Haven and was a psychology major in college.  She likes to spend quality time with friends and family.  She loves animals, the Liverpool Football Club, and traveling. 
    Lisa Ingles

  • Richard Rooney

  • Parts Department
    (203) 315-2080

  • Gregory McLaughlin
    Assistant Parts Manager
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    A native of Shelton and current resident of Branford, Greg went to Gateway Community College for Automotive; he is currently there again to further his education and finish his college degree.  When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his family.  His goal one day is to own his own classic restoration shop. 
    Gregory McLaughlin

  • James Nassar
    Parts Associate
    1(888) 376-2406

    Now with our parts department, James has previous experience as a Kia technician, so not only does he know Kia's exclusive parts and accessories inventory but he also has a very good understanding on how all of the parts of your vehicle work together.  He is very friendly and approachable.  He is also a Wallingford native and resident.James Nassar

Premier KIA in Branford, Connecticut, has some of the best employees in the business! They are determined to exceed your expecations and understand that selling a car is only the beginning of a long relationship.