Kjell Schei is the Dealer Principal/ GM of Porsche Irvine, the new Porsche Flagship store for AutoNation and Porsche North America. Kjell was fully responsible for the building of the state-of-the-art Porsche Bellevue store in Washington from the acquisition of the property through construction and grand opening. With that recent prior experience, he was asked in April 2017 to oversee the completion of the Porsche Irvine project.
Kjell has 23 years in the industry; he started his career in the automotive business in the wash pit of the dealership. He has assumed every position in the dealership from porter to Executive Vice President and Partner. Just before moving to Porsche Irvine, Kjell was the GM of BMW of Bellevue for 2+ years where he operated the most profitable BMW store in the AutoNation Group and top 5 BMW stores in the country. He has been with AutoNation for 3 years since the acquisition of Barrier Motors, Inc. in Bellevue. Prior to joining AutoNation in late 2014, Kjell was Vice President and Partner of Barrier Group, LLC. His role was Vice President of Operations for all dealerships operations in sales, service, and parts. He was responsible for ground-up building projects for Audi, Mercedes, and Porsche stores.
Kjell holds a bachelors degree in Finance and Business Administration from Seattle University. Kjell is a graduate of NADA Dealer Academy 1997, Porsche Executive International Dealer Academy 2015, and AutoNation General Manager University 2017. He also holds a Private Pilots license and a Coast Guard maritime 100-ton license. Kjell is married with two grown children and enjoys his free time flying his 1957 de Havilland Beaver float plane and power boating in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.
Veronica has been living with a Porsche 911 in the garage for the last 20 years. Cars include a classic 1973 911, 964 C4, 996 Carrera and 2016 991.
She has 20 years of public relations experience, and an extensive background in consumer relations. Veronica has worked for PR firms as well as in Education and Hospitality.
She loves the classics and has participated in PCA concourse events over the years. She is excited to join the Porsche Irvine team and be a part of introducing Porsche to Central Orange County.
Veronica is a native Californian and a graduate of Pepperdine University. She is married with three teenage daughters and spends her free time in her garden.
Mitchell entered the car industry after graduating from UC Irvine, where he studied business economics and played for the baseball team. He's done just about everything retail-wise in the industry, from Sales Porter, to Internet Director, to Finance Manager, and was previously a Sales Manager at House of Imports Mercedes-Benz. Mitchel's not only excited, but thankful, to be a member of the Porsche Irvine team, and can't wait to see what the future holds.
Frank started his career in the surf, skate and snowboarding industry but soon the automotive industry grabbed his attention, and he has been an enthusiast ever since. With more than 17 years in the luxury and high line automotive brands, Frank has worked with Mercedes and BMW and has now embarked on Porsche. He is excited to be a part Porsche Irvine and counts the lava orange GT3 among his favorites.
A native of Michigan, Sam comes from a family of automotive technicians and automotive factory workers. Automobiles are in his DNA, and he loves Porsche's performance focus.
He started his automotive career as a technician, and achieved master level certification with Mercedes-Benz before moving into a shop foreman position. He then decided he wanted to take on every role in the service department of the dealership, and since mastering all those roles, he's set superior customer service as his goal. Sam has been with Porsche for two decades, and his job is to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
When he's not working, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife and three children on the sunny California coastline, and playing football, softball and baseball. His favorite Porsche is the 997 Cabriolet.
Lee started his career in the automotive industry 20 years ago, at a General Motors dealership in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As his career progressed, so did his love for German luxury automobiles, and he moved to a position with Audi North Shore, where he eventually became parts manager.
After a decade and many accolades there, Lee chose to further his career by accepting the position as parts manager at Audi Newport Beach. But less than two years later, an opportunity came along to manage one of the most iconic brands in the automobile industry-Porsche. Lee jumped at the chance, and looks forward to meeting and assisting customers at Porsche Irvine.
On Sundays, you'll find this huge Formula 1 and MotoGP fan in front of the television, watching the action and cheering on Italian hero Valentino Rossi.
Hamid Baharimehr moved to Southern California from Chicago. He studied Business at Wichita State University and proceeded to work in a fast, upscale environment, assuring clients delight on Luxury automobile financing and Insurance. Passionate about Porsche as a Certified Global Brand Ambassador by bringing your vision into reality. The 911 GTS is one of his favorites.
Michael has always had a passion for cars and thoroughly enjoys assisting his clients in finding their dream Porsche. A true car guy at heart, his preference ranges from muscle cars of the 1960's to German and Italian exotics. The first time behind the wheel of a Porsche, he knew he would be a fan for life.
With more than four years of experience in the automotive industry, Michael takes pride in providing exceptional service to his clients and feels fortunate to work for the best brand in the industry - Porsche. In his free time, he enjoys quality family time, sporting events and surfing in Newport Beach.
Emmanuel Anaim is a Sales Consultant and a Certified Brand Ambassador at Porsche Irvine. He's been a car enthusiast since he was a young boy, and has owned vehicles as varied as a Chevy Nova SS, a Honda CRX, and a Toyota FJ Cruiser. But the first time he experienced the Porsche 911, he immediately became a Porsche fanatic.
He does his absolute best to treat each and every new Porsche owner as if they'd been with the brand since the very beginning, in other words, like family. When he isn't at the dealership, he enjoys going on off-road adventures in his FJ Cruiser, and coaching wrestling at the local high school.
Ming came to work for Porsche Irvine straight out of college, because to him, Porsche represents the pinnacle of automotive performance and history. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, and on his days off, he loves doing high-performance driving events and riding trails on his mountain bike.
Johnny is a sales consultant at Porsche Irvine, and has been in the automotive industry for most of his life. At the age of 26, he moved from China to the United States to study International Business Management at UCLA, and after graduating, he spent over two decades working in sales, manufacturing, and financial roles in China, Japan, Singapore and Italy. He recently moved back to Southern California, and he's happy to be part of the Porsche Irvine sales team.
Born and raised in Queens, New York. I recently relocated to Irvine, California from NY to pursue my dream of a better quality of life after falling in love with the California vibe. I believe in chasing your dreams and hard work. I got started in the automotive world after leaving my full time job in Marketing to pursue my passion for cars as a client advisor with BMW. I have always wanted the opportunity to work for and own a Porsche so I am grateful to be apart of the team here in Irvine. Some of my past favorite cars that I have owned- 240z, Supra, F80 M3, but I currently daily drive a 1991 Acura NSX, manual of course! I would love to someday have the opportunity to own a GT3. Looking forward to spreading my love for cars and providing my customers with an experience unlike anything they've positively experienced before.
Born and raised in Irvine and partially in overseas bases in South Korea for seven years, Aaron is back in Orange County. He quickly became a car enthusiast attending automotive shows around Orange County and starting an owner's club. He has hosted car events including ones affiliated with police departments and thrilled his hobby has turned into a career. He's been in the automotive industry for two years. His favorite part about Porsche is the automotive passion from the community, and he's excited to be part of the Porsche Irvine team.
A Mid-West transplant, Geoff was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Management, my true passion for cars and driving could no longer be held back. This lead me on a 5-year journey in the car business that eventually brought me to Southern California. I am extremely excited to be a part of the Porsche Irvine team and hope to share my passion and enthusiasm for Porsche with every customer.
Born in Atlanta, he moved back to Taiwan at the age of seven and then returned to California in 2011. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Michael has worked for BMW the last five years but is excited to be a part of the Porsche Irvine Team. His favorite Porsche is the Panamera 4s. When he's not working, you can find Michael golfing at one of our beautiful golf courses here in Orange County.
A nurse by trade, she is excited to be a part of the Porsche Irvine team to share her love and enthusiasm for cars and the Porsche brand - her favorite is the Panamera.
Kathleen developed a love for cars at a very young age. Her dad would frequently talk about all the European brands, especially the German ones, and eventually gave her an E30 3-series BMW as her first car.
In her spare time, she enjoys auto-crossing and driving down windy roads, in search of fun and challenging roads. She is happily married to her husband, Allen, and has six awesome children and the best bulldog ever.
Guy has been a Porsche enthusiast since he was 14 years old. He decided to come out of retirement for the opening of Porsche Irvine because of his love for the brand. He is a member of Porsche Club of America and gets a rush driving on the track and doing autocross.
Laura has 15 years of customer service experience and just under 4 years’ experience in the automotive industry. She recently moved over from BMW where she worked for almost 4 years.
Laura loves the outdoors - desert, beach, mountains and spending time with her family.
Mason was born and raised in Seattle, and was struck with the Porsche bug at an early age. After his dad purchased a Cayman S, he was hooked, and knew he wanted to be a part of the legendary Porsche brand.
Upon graduating from college, he decided against pursuing a career in Physical Therapy, and secured a job as a lot attendant at a Porsche dealer. In just six months, Mason worked his way up to service advisor, where he enjoyed representing the brand and interacting with its clients. But after several years there, sunny Southern California called, and he was able to continue working for the brand he'd grown to love.
Throughout his time with Porsche, Mason has become a Porsche Certified Brand Ambassador, as well as a Porsche Classic Service Advisor, and counts the 993 C4S in Guards Red and 991 GT3 RS in Riviera Blue as some of his favorite example of the iconic marque. In his off time, you'll find him playing basketball and filming car videos.
Victor spent the first 14 years of his life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been going to car shows for his long as he can remember. Since his father is an avid Porsche fan, he naturally gravitated toward Stuttgart's handiwork, and spent many hours talking with their owners.
As the years went on, his admiration for automobiles turned into a love of driving, and ever since he passed his driver's test, all he's wanted to do was to be in the driver's seat of a performance machine. Shortly after starting as a lube technician at 17, Victor became an ASE certified technician, and then a shop foreman, before he moved into management.
He began working for Porsche after relocating to Southern California, and he's thrilled to provide customers not only with excellent, trustworthy service, but confidence in their investment. In his off time, he enjoys road racing, and counts the 993 Turbo S and 991 GT3-manual, of course-among his favorite Porsches.
Huu Vuong started his career in hospitality, and worked for the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino for over a decade, where his passion for helping others made the role a natural fit. After moving to Southern California in 2007, he transitioned to the automotive industry as a Service Consultant, and has remained in that role ever since. Taking care of people is what Huu is committed to, and each time he meets a client, he strives to go above and beyond. A true dog lover since childhood, Huu's favorite Porsche is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, because the sporty SUV has the room he needs to take his furry family members Gigi and Roc hiking.
Joseph Perry has been enjoying many years in the automotive industry in various capacities; his Porsche experience began in 2012. Joseph is a passionate automotive enthusiast and is keen on Porsche air-cooled classics, although you may find him out in Borrego Springs driving his 1964 VW Baja Bug. With extensive product knowledge, Joseph can be found speaking with clients about their Porsches and helping them obtain the correct parts. He is engaging and enthusiastic about his family (especially his four children), his colleagues, and the growth of this dealership.