Meet The Team

Cars are our passion. They have been from the day we started. It’s the same attitude that drives us to do better every day and fuels our desire to succeed on the track.

Christopher Pfaff
Christopher Pfaff
President and CEO

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Michael Talmage
Michael Talmage
Executive Vice President

Carol  Deacon
Carol Deacon
Chief Operating Officer

Paul Colantonio
Paul Colantonio
Chief Financial Officer

Hans  Bigler
Hans Bigler
Vice President

Corporate Development

Dave Sambrook
Dave Sambrook
VP, Operations and GM of BMW Markham

Dave joined Pfaff Motors in 2001 as Sales Manager for Volkswagen and Audi in the original Pfaff location in Newmarket. Since that time Dave has been General Manager of our Volkswagen and Audi location in Newmarket, Pfaff Audi in Vaughan, Pfaff Porsche in Vaughan, VP of Operations and General Manager of BMW Markham and MINI Markham. Dave is married with 2 children, enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling and running. Dave joined Pfaff Motors in 2001 as Sales Manager for Volkswagen and Audi in the original Pfaff location in Newmarket. Since that time Dave has been General Manager of our Volkswagen and Audi location in Newmarket, Pfaff Audi in Vaughan, Pfaff Porsche in Vaughan, VP of Operations and General Manager of BMW Markham and MINI Markham. Dave is married ...Read MoreRead Less

Paul Hewitt
Paul Hewitt
Vice President, Operations

Daniel Russman
Daniel Russman
Vice President, Operations

Richard Belfer
Richard Belfer
Vice President, Finance

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Drago Farsang
Drago Farsang
Vice President, Information Technology

Marilyn Mazzocchitti
Marilyn Mazzocchitti
Director of Human Resources

Robert Morrison
Robert Morrison
Director of Aftersales

Robert came to the automotive industry by happenstance over 20 years ago, when he answered an ad for a local dealership for a detailer. Two years later, he was an apprentice, and four years later, a licensed tech, and eventually moved up the ranks to Master Technician. During that time, he taught the night release level 3 apprentice program at Centennial College and also wrote technical articles for a few magazines. In 2010, he become a service manager. Robert joined Pfaff in 2013, and in 2015 was promoted to Fixed Operations Manager at Pfaff Volkswagen, and became regional service manager for the Pfaff group in 2017. Originally a resident of Mount Albert and Newmarket, Robert now lives in Toronto and enjoys discovering new restaurants and trying out new recipes at home with his wife. He also loves working with his hands building things - whether it is cars or houses.Robert came to the automotive industry by happenstance over 20 years ago, when he answered an ad for a local dealership for a detailer. Two years later, he was an apprentice, and four years later, a licensed tech, and eventually moved up the ranks to Master Technician. During that time, he taught the night release level 3 apprentice program at Cent...Read MoreRead Less

Chris Leavens
Chris Leavens
Dealer Principal of Porsche of London

Drew Hoffmann
Drew Hoffmann
AVP of Operations, Audi Brand

Drew grew up in Aurora, and was familiar with the Pfaff organization long before joining. He earned his university degree out west, and worked at Mercedes-Benz corporate and retail. He’s a lifelong car enthusiast, who loves the youthful feel of Audi vehicles, and believes that there’s nothing more important in the car-buying process than the test drive.Drew grew up in Aurora, and was familiar with the Pfaff organization long before joining. He earned his university degree out west, and worked at Mercedes-Benz corporate and retail. He’s a lifelong car enthusiast, who loves the youthful feel of Audi vehicles, and believes that there’s nothing more important in the car-buying process than the te...Read MoreRead Less

Sean Sahakian
Sean Sahakian
General Manager of Pfaff Audi Vaughan

Sean comes from an automotive family - his father has worked in the business his entire life, and he started out washing cars when he was 14 years old. He has over 15 years of experience in the auto industry, and always viewed Pfaff as a leader in the performance and luxury space. Sean is a graduate of Georgian College’s automotive marketing program and more recently NADA. Sean lives in Kleinburg and enjoys skiing in the winter months and is also part of the Vaughan/Kleinburg soccer league sponsored by Pfaff Sean comes from an automotive family - his father has worked in the business his entire life, and he started out washing cars when he was 14 years old. He has over 15 years of experience in the auto industry, and always viewed Pfaff as a leader in the performance and luxury space. Sean is a graduate of Georgian College’s automotive marketing prog...Read MoreRead Less

Sarah Hindle
Sarah Hindle
General Manager of Pfaff VW

As a child, Sarah’s father was very involved with the British Empire Motor Club which meant that she spent almost every weekend in the summer at Mosport (now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park). While attending high school, a co op placement with a local dealership grew into a sales position at the young age of 17. Post secondary was the Canadian Automotive Institute at Georgian College for Automotive Marketing and then the University of Western Sydney for her BA in Marketing. Post grad, Sarah was introduced to Chris Pfaff while working as a Fleet Manager for another group, shortly there after she started her now 12 year career with the Pfaff Auto Group. Outside of work Sarah enjoys spending time with her family snowboarding, and relaxing with yoga. She lives locally in Newmarket and speaks fluent French.As a child, Sarah’s father was very involved with the British Empire Motor Club which meant that she spent almost every weekend in the summer at Mosport (now Canadian Tire Motorsport Park). While attending high school, a co op placement with a local dealership grew into a sales position at the young age of 17. Post secondary was the Canadian Au...Read MoreRead Less

Matthew Kilkenny
Matthew Kilkenny
General Manager of Pfaff Porsche

Paul Mirretta-Barrone
Paul Mirretta-Barrone
General Manager of Pfaff Leasing

Paul joined Pfaff in May 2016, having spent the past 25 years in financial services where he held a variety of senior leadership roles in commercial banking and credit. Over the years, he directly and indirectly worked with many automotive dealers across the country and what drew him to the industry, and specifically Pfaff, is the tremendous opportunity for growth and the exciting and dynamic business environment. Paul speaks fluent Italian, lives in Thornhill, and enjoys golfing and snowboard with his two teenage children.Paul joined Pfaff in May 2016, having spent the past 25 years in financial services where he held a variety of senior leadership roles in commercial banking and credit. Over the years, he directly and indirectly worked with many automotive dealers across the country and what drew him to the industry, and specifically Pfaff, is the tremendous opport...Read MoreRead Less

Chris Green
Chris Green
General Manager of McLaren Toronto

Chris Joined Pfaff through the Motorsports division back in 2012 as he competed in the final 2 races of the Porsche GT3 cup series of the season and taking home the win. 2013-14 Chris returned in the roll of Team race driver again for Pfaff motorsports representing the Porsche banner and he became more involved in promotional events across other brands within Pfaff’s banner. Being a great ambassador through Motorsports it was decided that Chris would join the team in a fulltime role as Brand Manager with the McLaren and Pagani brands while still representing Pfaff Porsche in the Canadian GT3 Cup championship. In 2018, Chris assumed his new position of General Manager at McLaren Toronto. Chris is married and enjoys traveling, skiing, running and spending time with friends and family when he is not working or still racing.Chris Joined Pfaff through the Motorsports division back in 2012 as he competed in the final 2 races of the Porsche GT3 cup series of the season and taking home the win. 2013-14 Chris returned in the roll of Team race driver again for Pfaff motorsports representing the Porsche banner and he became more involved in promotional events across other br...Read MoreRead Less

Jeff Pabst
Jeff Pabst
General Manager of Pfaff Autoworks

Chris Fox
Chris Fox
General Manager of Pfaff Harley-Davidson

Ken Thibodeau
Ken Thibodeau
General Manager Mercedes-Benz Kitchener-Waterloo

Ken studied civil engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on a full hockey scholarship, and was playing pro hockey in Charleston, South Carolina, when he met legendary car dealer and racer Rick Hendrick. Hendrick offered him his first job in the automotive industry, selling cars during the off-season in 1994, and Ken has worked in automotive ever since. Canadian by birth, Ken moved back to Canada in 2015, and joined the Pfaff team in 2018. Passionate about achievement, Ken lives in Kitchener, is fascinated by cars with speed and class, is a loving father to four sons, and enjoys travelling the world with his wife Mary. Ken studied civil engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville on a full hockey scholarship, and was playing pro hockey in Charleston, South Carolina, when he met legendary car dealer and racer Rick Hendrick. Hendrick offered him his first job in the automotive industry, selling cars during the off-season in 1994, and Ken has worked in au...Read MoreRead Less

Matt Rothwell
Matt Rothwell
General Manager of London City Chrysler

Paul  Cullen
Paul Cullen
General Manager of Pfaff Subaru

Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson
General Manager of Pfaff Mazda

Jimmy Vervitas
Jimmy Vervitas
National Brand Manager, Pfaff Reserve

Before spending a year outside away from the company, Jimmy spent almost 15 years with Pfaff, in service, sales, and management roles with Volkswagen, Porsche, and McLaren. During his time as General Manager of McLaren Toronto, he led the team in achieving Global Retailer of the Year status in 2017. Jimmy’s experience, and his passion for classic, exotic, performance, and collectible cars make him the perfect candidate to lead the expansion of the Pfaff Reserve brand, which was established under his watch in 2016. He oversees the operations of Pfaff Reserve at 101 Auto Park Circle in Woodbridge, and is also responsible for the national expansion of the Pfaff Reserve brand national, including our new location in CalgaryBefore spending a year outside away from the company, Jimmy spent almost 15 years with Pfaff, in service, sales, and management roles with Volkswagen, Porsche, and McLaren. During his time as General Manager of McLaren Toronto, he led the team in achieving Global Retailer of the Year status in 2017. Jimmy’s experience, and his passion for class...Read MoreRead Less

Jerome Flanagan
Jerome Flanagan
Fleet Manager of Pfaff Automotive Partners

Mark Swirla
Mark Swirla
Corporate Sales Manager

Scott  Hargrove, #9
Scott Hargrove, #9
Driver

2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Scott Hargrove, from Tsawassen, BC, will drive the full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche GT3 R. The 24-year-old was 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Sprint Driver's Champion, was 2017 & 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Platinum class champion, and is also the winningest driver in GT3 Cup history with 28 victories. Scott also won the 2013 USF2000 championship, and came second in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship. “Pfaff has been involved in motorsports since the 1980s, and is one of the most recognized names in Canadian Motorsports,” said Hargrove. “Several people I look up to in my racing career, such as Scott Goodyear and Richard Spenard, have raced with Pfaff. It’s important to align yourself with like-minded people who are goal-oriented, and the group at Pfaff Motorsports is a perfect fit; they want to win as much as I do.”2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Scott Hargrove, from Tsawassen, BC, will drive the full season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche GT3 R. The 24-year-old was 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Sprint Driver's Champion, was 2017 & 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Platinum class champion, a...Read MoreRead Less

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Zacharie  Robichon
Zacharie Robichon
Driver

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Lars  Kern
Lars Kern
Driver

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Dennis  Olsen
Dennis Olsen
Driver

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Christopher Pfaff
Christopher Pfaff
President and CEO

Steve Bortolotti
Steve Bortolotti
General Manager

Having grown up in a family full of car enthusiasts, Steve was naturally drawn to motorsports from a young age. While he spent most of his childhood and teenage years playing sports, he always felt an affinity for the car business – and racing in particular. When Steve turned 18, with the advice and support of his father, he participated in his first Pfaff track day in his Mazda RX-8 – a car that he eventually turned into a race car which he continues to compete in Ontario Time Attack races. In 2016, with the entire Pfaff Motorsports operation in-house, Steve feels all the pieces are in place to bring home yet another championship.Having grown up in a family full of car enthusiasts, Steve was naturally drawn to motorsports from a young age. While he spent most of his childhood and teenage years playing sports, he always felt an affinity for the car business – and racing in particular. When Steve turned 18, with the advice and support of his father, he participated in h...Read MoreRead Less

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Andrew Marangoni
Andrew Marangoni
Engineer

Andrew has been enthralled by motorsport since before he was tall enough to reach the pedals in his first kart. A hands-on, problem-solving engineer who thrives in fast-paced, high pressure environments, Andrew is an automotive mechanical design engineer by trade who spends his free time wrenching on his hot hatch and ’68 Chevrolet. Having attended the University of Toronto for both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering Degrees, Andrew is fixated on delivering maximum performance from himself and his team on any given race weekend.Andrew has been enthralled by motorsport since before he was tall enough to reach the pedals in his first kart. A hands-on, problem-solving engineer who thrives in fast-paced, high pressure environments, Andrew is an automotive mechanical design engineer by trade who spends his free time wrenching on his hot hatch and ’68 Chevrolet. Having a...Read MoreRead Less

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Thomas  Blam
Thomas Blam
Strategist

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Kevin  Mazur
Kevin Mazur
Data Analyst

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Gary  Penission
Gary Penission
Crew Chief

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Corey Whiteman
Corey Whiteman
Technician

Corey Whiteman is entering his first year working with the Pfaff Motorsports team, and will be bringing the team sound support on both the front & back end. An accomplished driver as well as car builder at the grassroots level, and world-renown chassis setup expert in the radio controlled car racing world, Corey is looking to transfer skills learned in different motorsports disciplines into our growing team. “Racing is a sport that doesn’t change. Weather its bicycle racing, r/c car racing, karting, or endurance racing, it is still the ultimate test of human machine so processes need to be in place to ensure we give our drivers the best equipment every time they go on track. That is what Corey will be part of helping us execute across all 4 of our cars, and I am excited for his processes thoroughness to pay dividends” said Steve Bortolotti, Manager of Pfaff Motorsports.Corey Whiteman is entering his first year working with the Pfaff Motorsports team, and will be bringing the team sound support on both the front & back end. An accomplished driver as well as car builder at the grassroots level, and world-renown chassis setup expert in the radio controlled car racing world, Corey is looking to transfer skills lea...Read MoreRead Less

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John Paul Dias
John Paul Dias
Technician

Like everyone else on the team, John Paul’s interest in motorsports goes back to when he was a little boy. In his high school days, he was already involved in automotive industry, doing co-op terms at a small shop and participating in automotive class as much as possible. From there, he started building his first car, which progressed into a drag car; from there he went onto racing it in a series which he won six years in a row – all while getting his automotive technician license. John Paul has worked for Pfaff Porsche as a Porsche technician for the past seven years, and was part of the Pfaff Motorsports team in 2013. He’s excited to be back with the team for 2015 and can’t wait to compete for the championship. Like everyone else on the team, John Paul’s interest in motorsports goes back to when he was a little boy. In his high school days, he was already involved in automotive industry, doing co-op terms at a small shop and participating in automotive class as much as possible. From there, he started building his first car, which progressed into a ...Read MoreRead Less

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Christopher  Clark
Christopher Clark
Pit Stop Specialist

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Paul Flak
Paul Flak
Fuel

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Bryson  Cook
Bryson Cook
Fuel

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Andrew  Stittle
Andrew Stittle
Pit Stop Specialist

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Colten  Rybuck
Colten Rybuck
Tire Specialist

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Anthony  Cesario
Anthony Cesario
Tire Specialist

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Sam Myers
Sam Myers
Spotter

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Bill Miller
Bill Miller
Spotter

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Jordan  Lenssen
Jordan Lenssen
PR & Photography

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Bob Zabek
Bob Zabek
Truck Driver

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