Meet the Staff
We are proud of our loyal staff - without them, there would be no Happy Car Sales. Our philosopy has always been, "take care of your team and they will take care of our customers." That's what it's all about - we empower each of these fine people to make good decisions and do the right thing. We hope you'll agree with the personalized service you receive before and after the sale!
The original founder of Happy Car Sales, Rich has one simple principle - "Do the right thing." With over 37 years of business experience, he learned early on that it must be a WIN-WIN situation, so everybody leaves with a smile. Originally from San Diego, Rich has 6 beautiful children and his amazing wife Paula, who keeps him in line. A former collegiate & professional football player, he set numerous records along the way, including one accomplishment in 1985 that has never been duplicated at any level - 5 Field Goals in a single quarter. From his entire family, thank you for allowing our team the privilege of serving you!
As our general managing partner, Louis is responsible for all daily sales operations for HCS. As a resident of South Florida for over 38 years, Louis is very connected to automotive sales industry holding several senior management sales positions with Franchised Dealers, as well as being an owner of several different Buy Here / Pay Here locations. A family man, Louis has 3 children, is an avid Dolphins, Heat, & Marlins fan, enjoys fishing, a fine cigar, and owns several race horses. He resides with his beautiful wife Diane in Boca Raton.
Frank (aka Papa) is the glue that keeps us together, as he handles all of our reconditioning, new facility build-outs, and anything that needs to be fixed/repaired, he's our guy. Frank lives in Miramar with his wife Victoria since coming here from Cuba over 32 years ago. Frank was a member of the Cuba National Water Polo team.
Art is our business mentor, aka "Godfather" of our team, with experience that goes back over 70 years! A native from Chicago, Art has been part of the South Florida landscape for 40 years. Just a wonderful man, Art has a classic car collection that would have Jay Leno seeing envy. A great leader in the Boca Raton community, you'll see Art feeding the homeless, working with underprivileged kids, not to mentioning working out 3 days a week @ YMCA. Art resides with his wonderful wife, Glorianne. Not bad for 93 years young!
Richard is a member of our sales team in Fort Lauderdale, a Bronx NY native, this guy will show you how to make big bucks in the crypto currency market.
Shiva is our location manager in Oakland Park, overseeing all operations. Originally from Tridad, has been a great leader & veteran in the auto industry here in South Florida since 2006. An avid blackjack player, huge Miami sports fan, always has a smile on his face! This man is single & ready to mingle! Drop by Dixie Hwy & Floranda and say hello!
Mike is a 40 year veteran in car business and one of the nicest guys you'll meet! Mike has lived in South Florida for over 20 years migrating from Brooklyn, NY. A team player in every sense of the word, he handles all of our reconditioning for original location at SR84 & Andrews. Affectionately known to our family as "Momma Luke" we're glad to have him part of the team!
Romi leads up our queen swiss army knife, she can do it all from handling all our transactions and bank reconciliation, insurance claims, collections (don't make her mad) - not an easy task. As a fellow business owner, Romi is a huge asset in helping keep things organized and correct. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her surfer husband John and her daughter Reina, who brings her all the joy in the world. We're very grateful to have her on our team - and she's very tough :-)
Corey is one of our sales representatives that works at our Oakland Park sales lot on Dixie Hwy. A native Upstate New Yorker, Corey came to South Florida in 2016 with his lovely GF Susan. An avid wood worker in his spare time, need something built out of wood, he's your guy!
Stephanie is a collections specialist working out of our new corporate office in Fort Lauderdale. Born & raised in South Florida, she resides with her 6 yr old daughter Sarai, who is her WORLD! When not collecting cash for us, she hits the gym, watches movies, and of course, a little (or a lot) of shopping.
T.J. is part of our business development team assisting with online/internet sales & leads. Affectionately called "Pipes" in the office (he doesn't miss many days @ the gym), he has great energy in helping bring net new business to our sales team. Quite the "dancer" as well - this guy knows how to have fun!
Grant manages our towing & REPO acquisitions for all our locations and assists all things mechanical for the SR84 Fort Lauderdale location when not on the road. Proud father of 3, this guy can repair just about anything. He assists our mechanical staff when not towing our vehicles.
Ian is our on-site mechanic and maintenance professional at our Fort Lauderdale location just west of Andrews Avenue on SR84. Very nice & humble man, a recent cancer survivor with a huge heart - we're glad to have him on our team.
Judy just relocated from the North Jersey to head up our legal team. With 20+ years experience as a paralegal, she knows how to get things done. She has 2 beautiful daughters, one that graduated law school with her little sister right behind going into law school - how that's for mom leading the pack. When not @ work, Judy loves to exercise, hit the beach, and hang out with her daughters. This is one TOUGH cookie - make sure to pay your bill on time.
Denise has many talents and oversees our social media campaigns & advertising. From New York originally (and you can DEFINITELY tell), beautiful dog momma to Lolly & Rusty Pop, full of energy, a laugh that you'll never forget, she's a valuable piece of our puzzle helping us in any manner we need her help.
Bo manages our flagship location on State Road 84 in Fort Lauderdale. A veteran of the auto business, Bo relocated to South Florida from Connecticut, loves long walks on the beach, the Yankees, the Patriots, and Michael Jordan (on the bandwagon huh). Go by and say hello today.
Linda is a great veteran in the auto business here in South Florida for 20 years. Originally from Brooklyn, she moved to Florida in 1978, a true Floridian now! During her free time, Linda is an educator for the Humane Society in Broward County and teach chair yoga. And guess, she's a Mets & Jets fan (sorry Dolphins & Yankees).
Alison oversees our corporate office and helps keep things in line for ownership. A native Floridian, she grew up in Fort Lauderdale and is a veteran of the auto business for 30 years - WOW! A huge life-long Dolphins fan, enjoys the beach, dancing and can crack a joke with the best of them.
Rufi was an excellent salesperson for us in Oakland Park, then he moved to Fort Pierce and just received a promotion in December 2021 to manage our newest location in Fort Pierce. He's done an outstanding job with sales and customer service and has earned his new role. One of the most friendly & outgoing people you'll ever meet! Prior to coming to Happy he was bartender for 10+ years and had a love for the car business - now he has his chance to oversee his location in Fort Pierce and we're glad to have him on the team. Originally from Camden, NJ with his outgoing wife Brenda and their 3 young children - come by and welcome Rufi to the Treasure Coast!
Dailee assists in our deal audits and insurance verifications. One of the nicest people you'll ever meet, a Florida native, she lives with her amazing daughter and enjoys the outdoors.
Michael is our Business Director, managing our customers and incoming leads, making magic happen with vehicle sales for our South Florida locations. A dedicated & tireless professional, originally from the Motor City Detroit, has over 25 years of experience. He will make sure each customer leaves with a smile in the vehicle that fits their budget and transportation needs.
Mike handles all of our accounting needs for HCS, not an easy task. Originally from Michigan, Mike resides in Fort Lauderdale for the past 30 years. When not handling our numbers, Mike enjoys fast cars, counting his own cash, and just chilling at home.
An avid Yankees fan, Gerry brings over 13 years of experience in the auto sales industry, takes great pride in putting our customers in the best vehicle as our lead sales professional, and helps with our reconditioning team. Originally from New Jersey, Gerry has been in South Florida for over 28 years and is ready to help any way possible. Ask him about his custom fish tank.