After leaving the Marine Corps, Don Primm began selling cars in 1953 when he discovered car salesmen got a free demonstration car! In 1969, he became one of the original Porsche/Audi dealers in the U.S. He has been president of both the Akron Area Auto Dealer's Association and the Ohio Auto Dealer's Association. He has also served on the Porsche dealer counsel. Currently, Don is an advisor for SCORE and sits on the Board of the Victim's Assistance of Summit County.
Michelle began her automotive career filing in the Service Department. During high school summer breaks she worked in Parts then m oved to the office during college. After completing degrees in Finance and Economics at Kent State she became Business Manager, then General Manager. Currently Managing Partner, Michelle is a graduate of the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy. She represents Women Dealers on the NADA Board of Directors and recently was honored by Crain's Cleveland Business as "A Woman of Note."
Hire date: 3/24/1976
Pat has been hanging around Cascade since we first opened in 1969. Having worked in various capacities in every department his current duties include Internet Marketing Manager and selling cars to his extremely long list of previous clients. Pat is a graduate of Walsh Jesuit High School (1978), Miami University in Oxford (1982) and of the NADA Dealer Candidate Academy (1985). He is a former board member of the CASA/GAL Program of Summit County, WKSU Community Advisory Board and is past President of the Akron Area Automobile Dealers Association (now NEOADA). When not at Cascade Pat prefers to spend as much time as possible on the golf course.
Hire date: 1/3/1983
Mike has nine years of experience in sales, with the rest in service. He graduated from Walsh High School and attended Miami University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Mike is an avid fisherman and an amateur soccer player, having played for 20 years.
Hire date: 3/24/1976
Marie, with Cascade since 2008, has worked in the car dealership business since 1988. She is a graduate of Mogadore High School and currently lives in Akron, She's been married for 23 years with two children. She enjoys her pets, four dogs, three birds and a turtle. She is involved with the March of Dimes, "March for Babies" and also spends free time with outdoor activities, swimming, biking, crafts, cooking and baking.
Hire date: 9/2/2008
Chris always greets everyone with positive energy. She is a graduate of Bedford High School. Her family consists of husband, Paul, two children, Kevin and Sarah, and their dog, Patches. A church she frequents is St. Luke's Lutheran.
Hire date: 8/1/2005
Hailing from Germany over 24 years ago, Patricia has been with Cascade since April of 2011. She has been married to her husband, Joel, for 27 years. They have two children, Michelle and Christopher. Her husband is a veteran, having served 20 years in the Army.
Hire date: 4/26/2011
Expertise: Business Management
Shawn Adkins began working at Cascade early in 2013. Although born in Akron, Shawn's family moved a lot due to her father's construction career. He worked on BIG projects like hospitals, malls, and condominium communities in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Florida. She returned to her home town and graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Community Services. Shawn recently graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with an Accounting degree. She has a daughter, Ashley, granddaughter Ava and Sharpeis Tumbleweed and Sadee. Shawn is a member of the American Legion, loves to read and play volleyball.
Janice has been with Cascade for seven years and spent four years as a certified cashier before being promoted to Assistant Office Manager. She attended Cuyahoga Falls High School and Hammel Business College. She resides in Cuyahoga Falls and has two children and four grandchildren. Janice also enjoys gardening, sewing and reading.
Hire date: 5/3/2002
She attended Firestone High School and The University of Akron. She lived in Florida for over 25 years. Beverly is involved with the MDA/St.Jude's Children charity.
Hire date: 8/11/2008
Ashleigh Somerfelt keeps Cascade organized! She is an Honors graduate of Stow High School and attends Akron University. When not studying or working at Cascade, Ashleigh volunteers for the Salvation Army, the Polar Express, and participates in various Stow community and elementary school events. She is a member of Holy Family and alumni of Stow HS Band.
Hire date November, 2013
Dave has been in the car industry since '83, spending all of those years with Cascade. He is a graduate of Walsh High School, and attended Kent State University. In his free-time, he enjoys fishing, golf and traveling. Dave also devotes some of his time to fundraisers including, ALS Society and Alex's Lemonade Stand.
Hire date: 12/10/1983
Matt came up through the sales ranks becoming Audi Brand Manager in 2011. He resides in Green with his wife and kids, owning and operating the Dairy Queen in town.
Hire date: 2/22/1999
Expertise: Audi, Subaru, Mazda certified
The auto industry is in Jason's blood, being the fourth generation of his family in the business. His great-grandfather started the trend by owning a couple of dealerships. Jason graduated at the top of his class from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in1999, and later attended The University of Akron from 2001 to 2003. He has worked for Cascade for 14 years. Aside from his career in the auto industry, he supports the Akron Shriners and is a member of The Masons, lodge #517. Jason currently resides in Cuyahoga Falls.
Hire date: 2/27/2007
Having graduated from John Carroll University in May of '90 with a degree in Political Science and History, Chris fell into the automobile business by selling Porsche and Audi in Cleveland, Ohio. After 18 years of established success in the field, Chris brought his experience and passion for high performance cars to Cascade in September of '08. Chris is a certified sales professional for Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Subaru.
Hire date: 9/28/2008
Expertise: Audi, Mazda and Subaru certified.
Phillip, who came to Cascade in '93, has been in the auto industry for 25 years. He is a graduate of Coventry High School and is currently continuing his manufacturing training. Aside from his automobile interests, he is a father and a grandfather.
Hire date: 12/30/2010
Jamie has been in automotive sales since 2007 and finds the best part of his work day is when his customers smile in their new car. Jamie also works at U.P.S. and is married with two boys that keep him extremely busy.
Hire date: 11/17/11
Expertise: Subaru Certified
Dave Stewart is obsessed with cars and automotive in general. German engineered cars the most! Dave's vocational training at Maplewood Career Center gave him a high school diploma specializing in auto collision technology. He has an associates degree and automotive mechanic diploma from the University of Northwestern Ohio. His goal is to become an apprentice at Cascade. Dave loves fixing things to make them efficient again, hence his love of watches and time pieces. Dave has dogs, likes to read books and watch movies about the old gangster era.
John began his Automotive career in 1979 spending 13 years in Florida and 12 years with the Greenwald and McIntyre families before joining Cascade. His family consists of his wife, Yolanda, and their two children, Natasha and Alexander. In his free time, he volunteers for Good Neighbor and Catholic charities and is a member of the Towpath Racket Club.
Hire date: 4/10/2002
Expertise: Certified in many areas.
David was traded to team Cascade with our Oldsmobile acquisition in 1992. David sells cars with humor and compassion. He is a graduate of Akron Garfield, attended machinist school, and took basic electronics in the U.S. Navy. He lives Cuyahoga Falls and has an adult son and daughter. In his spare time enjoys gardening, tennis, golf and attends collectible car events.
Hire date: 1/15/2001
Expertise: Certified Subaru, Mazda and Association of Finance Insurance Professionals.
Mark joined the Cascade team a year ago, but has more than 18 years in the auto industry, working in the Cleveland and Akron areas with imported used cars. Aside from his current career, he has 17 years experience as a TV news photographer, having last worked at WJW-TV in Cleveland where he was a two-time Emmy winner. Mark is a former Porsche Club of America member and is the founder of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the BMW Car Club of America. He was also the promoter and founder of the Cleveland German Autofest car show. He is married with one daughter, who just graduated from Montana State University. Mark has also organized multiple automotive fundraising events for Cleveland-based Youth Challenge.
Hire date: 8/2/2010
Mike comes from an Occupational Medicine background and attended Revere High School. He has many hobbies, including tennis, golf, skiing and table tennis. Mike is currently engaged to his girlfriend, Candace. He lives in Akron with his two dogs, a Jack Russell Terrier and a Toy Fox Terrier.
Hire date: 5/16/2011
Expertise: Harris Group Sales Training Certificate, Mazda certified
Jamie Lerch joined the Cascade team September, 2012. Working in our car preparation area part time lets him stay hands on while attending Stark State's Automotive Technician program. Jamie graduated from the Tallmadge/Hudson High School Advanced Automotive Program. He enjoys time spent with family and friends; plays soccer, and listens to rock/metal from the 70's and 80's.
Mike has been with Cascade since 2010. He attended Stark State where he received an Associates Degree in Applied Science. He is married and has a Golden Retriever and two cats. He spends his free time hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors.
Hire date: 9/20/2010
Expertise: Mazda certified, ASE certified
Bill has been with Cascade for ten years, and has worked in the auto industry for 40. Not only is he continuing his development with his career, but also his education at Case Western Reserve University. Bill is married with three children and seven grandchildren. Apart from his career and studies, he devotes his time to Habitat for Humanity and regularly attends St. Paul's Episcopal church.
Hire date: 8/7/2002
Expertise: ASE Certified
Will has been in the industry for 11 years, with experience from various dealerships. He enjoys Top 40 music, including Static Pop.
Hire date: 1/4/2010
George is Cascade's longest serving employee. He started right out of highschool in 1978 and has never looked back. We proudly named our new service wing the "Donaldson Annex" in honor of George's many years of service.
Don is a legend in Summit County service departments. You may have seen him at one of the Clark or Serpentini Stores or at a Montrose Auto Group facility. With 44 years in Automotive, (15 + Cascade) he is an expert at helping customers. Don and Rae Howard attend the 1st Christian Church of Stow and help with homeless families that need a temporary place to stay and nourishment. He has two successful adult children, Scott and Robin.
Started December 2011
A man of devotion, Dick married his high school sweetheart and has been with Cascade since 1969. He is blessed with three children and two beautiful granddaughters. He graduated from St. Vincent and also completed a 4-year apprenticeship program at Goodyear. Dick has an affinity for vintage BMW motorcycles and often donates to Goodwill.
Hire date: 3/15/2006
Eric started as a Domestic Auto Tech in '94 and came to Cascade in '99. He graduated from Marlington High School in Hartville. Eric has a wife of 11 years, Michelle, an 11-year-old daughter, Krista, and a 7-year-old son, Eli. In his free time, he enjoys cycling on the tow path with his family. He has also co-written a comic book and worked in a food bank. Eric attends church in West Akron.
Hire date: 12/1/1998
Expertise: Porsche Gold Miester technician, Audi Expert Level technician
Scott has been a service advisor in cars and motorcycles since '96, with five of those years spent at Cascade. He is a 1992 graduate of Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Scott is married with three sons, Logan, Rider and Beckham.
Hire date: 8/16/2011
Brad is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy's Aviation department, with 13 years of combined experience. Originally from Vermont, he moved to Ohio in 2003. He has worked at Cascade sharpening his skills in all things service.
Hire date: 7/15/2006
Expertise: Subaru and Mazda Master Technician , ASE Master Technician, L1 Advanced Performance Specialist
Aaron has many years of service experience with Cascade. He attended Kent State University where he earned a degree in English, and later frequented the Universal Technical Institute and the Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program. He lives with his girlfriend, Adrienna, and their three cats. In his spare time, he enjoys running, riding motorcycles, including vintage motor scooters, and is a member of Columbus Cutters Scooter Club.
Hire date: 8/11/2004
Walter has been with Cascade since 1995 and has many years of experience in the auto industry on top of those spent here. He is a high school graduate and holds Master Guild Status. Walter is newly married and has two daughters.
Hire date: 8/21/1995
Expertise: Master Guild Status
Darius developed his skill set at the Universal Technical Institute and has completed the Audi Academy. He has been with Cascade since 2003, and has prior experience with other auto companies, including Pep Boys. However, Daryus' talents do not stop at just the auto industry. He also performs with many bands, including Christian-Rock band, A Call to Rise. A talented musician no-less, he plays the drums and percussion, as well as the bass. A devout Christian, he donates his time to being a youth leader for Faith Family.
Hire date: 7/16/2003
Expertise: ASE Certified, Audi and Subaru Certified Technician
Thomas has almost five years at Cascade under his belt, but has worked in the auto field for 25 years. He has earned his high school diploma and has two years of college courses accredited. He has been married to his wife, Debby, for 30 years; she works at the Kent State Library. Together they have two sons, Troy, a machinist, and Karl, who works in security. In his free time, Thomas works with the United Methodist Church as a lay speaker and caregiver to the sick and disabled. He is also a volunteer for the Nursing Home Ministry and a member of the Lockwood United Methodist Church.
Michael Roetzel is a lifelong Akron resident, graduate of Firestone HS and The University of Akron. Before coming to Cascade, Michael accumulated 10 years in Parts and Service with the Bigelow family of dealerships. Besides everything outdoors (snowboarding, hiking, golf) his century home keeps him busy.
Started September 2012
Keeping his mind sharp has always been a priority for Parts Inventory Control Specialist Dick Bauman. Since studying at The GM Institute of Technology, he has also enrolled in many manufacturer training classes. His priorities not only lie in remaining educated in his field, but also as a devoted husband of over 52 years, father of three daughters and grandfather of seven grandchildren. He has worked for Cascade for 15 years. In his free time, he enjoys involvement with his church's Board of Directors and was once a Rotary Club member.
Hire date: 12/15/1997
Expertise: Parts and service, manufacturing.
Eric is a Wholesale Representative at Cascade. He is a Class of '98 graduate from East High School in Akron. He spent most of his life in Akron with a couple detours in California and Arizona. He currently owns a home in Akron that he shares with his Boxer, Daisy.
Hire date: 10/20/2008
A graduate of Streetsboro High School, Debbie has worked in the auto industry since 1989. She has two sons, Corey and Cody, and a granddaughter, Alanna. Debbie lives in Streetsboro. In her free time, she enjoys the company of her family and black lab "Dude."
Hire date: 4/22/2002
Expertise: Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Subaru certified, Member, Subaru Dealer Council
Don has been employed with Cascade for seven years and is certified with Audi, Porsche, Mazda and Subaru.
Hire date: 11/4/2002
Expertise: Certified for all 4 car brands at Cascade
Despite having worked for Cascade for less than a year, Rich has 42 years of experience in the auto field. He is a high school graduate, and is married with 13 stepchildren. Rich has an affinity for the Boxer dog breed, being a proud owner of four and devoting a great deal of his time to Boxer Rescue and other Boxer charities.
Hire date: 6/15/2011
Expertise: Porsche, Audi and Mazda certified, 2 years GM training center, Tech training
Diane is a certified Finance Manager with Porsche, Audi, Subaru and Mazda brands. She has been in the automotive industry for 14 years. She has two children: Michelle, who is currently in the RN program, and Steven, who is currently serving in the Marine Corp. She loves spending time with her two grandchildren, six-year-old Devin and five-year-old Kaylee. She has been working for Cascade for over three years.
Hire date: 4/23/2008