Meet Our Team

  • Craig Blacklidge

    Craig Blacklidge

    Managing Partner

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    Craig Blacklidge

    Craig Blacklidge

    Managing Partner

    I was raised in Central Florida and was a Paramedic Firefighter for over 12 years. My favorite hobby was cars and trucks as a kid. I actually had an auto detailing company that led me to being in the automotive retail business. I started in the automotive business in 1996 and I’m a National Automotive Dealers Association Dealer Academy Graduate in 2006. I’m proudly married to my wife Deborah and we have a daughter Taylor who is Pre-Med student. I also have a son Chase who lives in Georgia. My best buddy is my “Morkie” Leo. My favorite thing to do is eat my wifes unbelievable “Italian” heritage food and my relaxation is playing golf.

  • Haz Mutawe

    Haz Mutawe

    General Sales Manager

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    Haz Mutawe

    Haz Mutawe

    General Sales Manager

    I was born and raised in Jordan. I joined the Garber team on July of 2020. I am happily married to my wonderful wife for the past 2 years .

    Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs.

    Hobbies: Cooking & Golfing .

  • Christopher Ofcky

    Christopher Ofcky

    Pre-Owned Sales Director

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    Christopher Ofcky

    Christopher Ofcky

    Pre-Owned Sales Director

    I’ve been in the business for over a decade now across all types of automotive manufacturers, luxury, import and domestic. Used cars are my passion and I love solving each unique problem a customer may have when they come into our store. In my spare time, my wife and I enjoy playing with our Airedale Terrier, Chewie. I’m an avid armchair historian and love documentaries, particularly military history and the World War II period. What I love about working for Garber is that the core values are from the top-down; this truly is the best place to get a great deal and work with great people to do it! I look forward to meeting all of you — you’ll find me right in the middle of the Pre-Owned Showroom so please come and say hello!

  • Anthony Braviere

    Anthony Braviere

    Director of Finance

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    Anthony Braviere

    Anthony Braviere

    Director of Finance

    Originally from Calumet City, IL. I moved to Northwest Indiana in 2005, and started in the automotive industry in 2006. I have worked exclusively with the Chevrolet Brand since then. I am married with twin girls. In our free time we enjoy outdoor activities, sports, running, and working out.

  • Ryan Alberson

    Ryan Alberson

    Dealer Trade Director & GM Certified Product Specialist

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    Ryan Alberson

    Ryan Alberson

    Dealer Trade Director & GM Certified Product Specialist

    Hello friends, I have been with this dealer for 11 years now and I look forward to many more with the Garber Automotive Group. I love to golf and travel around the country to play all the famous courses. The most rewarding part of this job is when clients come back to see me for multiple cars over multiple years building a great relationship. In those cases the sale process is more enjoyable and relaxed on both sides of the desk. Find me on Facebook or Instagram to connect!

  • Rob Parkhurst

    Rob Parkhurst

    Commercial Fleet Manager

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    Rob Parkhurst

    Rob Parkhurst

    Commercial Fleet Manager

    Rob for short, I have been a Northwest Indiana resident my entire life, having graduated from Merrillville High School in 1982. I have been selling Chevrolets in the same location since 1988! My wife of 30 years, Linda, and I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I love hunting and fishing!

  • Gary Goodwin

    Gary Goodwin

    GM Certified Service Manager

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    Gary Goodwin

    Gary Goodwin

    GM Certified Service Manager

    An Indiana University graduate, I have been a Service Manager for 34 wonderful years! I am happily married for the last 38 years, with 2 beautiful children and 2 amazing grandchildren.

  • Dean Christenson

    Dean Christenson

    GM Certified Parts Manager

    Dean Christenson

    Dean Christenson

    GM Certified Parts Manager

  • Steve Carter

    Steve Carter

    Reconditioning Manager

    Steve Carter

    Steve Carter

    Reconditioning Manager

  • Joe Bortz

    Joe Bortz

    Body Shop Manager

    Joe Bortz

    Joe Bortz

    Body Shop Manager

  • Amanda Sykes

    Amanda Sykes

    Director of Customer Experiences

    Amanda Sykes

    Amanda Sykes

    Director of Customer Experiences

  • Isabella Torres

    Isabella Torres

    Accounting Inventory Specialist

    Isabella Torres

    Isabella Torres

    Accounting Inventory Specialist

  • Ursula Cast

    Ursula Cast

    Billing Specialist

    Ursula Cast

    Ursula Cast

    Billing Specialist

  • Brian Gallas

    Brian Gallas

    GM Certified Product Specialist

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    Brian Gallas

    Brian Gallas

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Call me Cousin Brian! I was born and raised in Highland. I have been in the industry for a little over a year. In my free time I enjoy playing golf, Xbox, and running. After about seven years of growth I recently donated over ten inches of hair to Children With Hair Loss.

  • Gabriel Pineda

    Gabriel Pineda

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Gabriel Pineda

    Gabriel Pineda

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Cindy Shone

    Cindy Shone

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Cindy Shone

    Cindy Shone

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • James Walker, Jr.

    James Walker, Jr.

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    James Walker, Jr.

    James Walker, Jr.

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Clarence Allen

    Clarence Allen

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Clarence Allen

    Clarence Allen

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Bob Avalos

    Bob Avalos

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Bob Avalos

    Bob Avalos

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Dave Bennett

    Dave Bennett

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Dave Bennett

    Dave Bennett

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Jordy Lema

    Jordy Lema

    Financial Services Manager

    Jordy Lema

    Jordy Lema

    Financial Services Manager

  • Andre Pineda

    Andre Pineda

    Financial Services Manager

    Andre Pineda

    Andre Pineda

    Financial Services Manager

  • Tom Brown

    Tom Brown

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

    Tom Brown

    Tom Brown

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

  • Peter Surd

    Peter Surd

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

    Peter Surd

    Peter Surd

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

  • Marissa Barbosa

    Marissa Barbosa

    Guest Relations Specialist

    Marissa Barbosa

    Marissa Barbosa

    Guest Relations Specialist

  • Danielle Sutton

    Danielle Sutton

    Guest Relations Specialist

    Danielle Sutton

    Danielle Sutton

    Guest Relations Specialist

  • Yadi Hernandez

    Yadi Hernandez

    Service Guest Relations

    Yadi Hernandez

    Yadi Hernandez

    Service Guest Relations

  • Marty Boelt

    Marty Boelt

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    Marty Boelt

    Marty Boelt

    GM Certified Service Specialist

  • James Gruber

    James Gruber

    GM Certified Service Specialist

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    James Gruber

    James Gruber

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    “Jimbo” – I have been in the automotive business for 41 years, having grown up in an automotive family (my father was a Parts Manager). I have been married for 32 years, and have 2 daughters. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats – all rescues! I love outdoor activities including motorcycling, boating, UTV riding, snowmobiling and fishing. I love spending time with my family and my fantastic group of friends.

  • Anthony Langland

    Anthony Langland

    GM Certified Service Specialist

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    Anthony Langland

    Anthony Langland

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    I have been in the auto industry for 8 years. I started as a Service Porter, and moved up to Service Advisor, within the first year! I enjoy outdoor adventures that my dogs can partake in, as well as hiking, camping, and fishing.

  • Charlene Newton

    Charlene Newton

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    Charlene Newton

    Charlene Newton

    GM Certified Service Specialist

  • Christine Petner

    Christine Petner

    Collision Center Assistant

    Christine Petner

    Christine Petner

    Collision Center Assistant

  • Dave Michalski

    Dave Michalski

    GM Certified Parts Specialist

    Dave Michalski

    Dave Michalski

    GM Certified Parts Specialist

  • Jonathan Boyer

    Jonathan Boyer

    Reconditioning Specialist

    Jonathan Boyer

    Jonathan Boyer

    Reconditioning Specialist

  • Maria Ramirez

    Maria Ramirez

    Facility Concierge

    Maria Ramirez

    Maria Ramirez

    Facility Concierge

  • Craig Blacklidge

    Craig Blacklidge

    Managing Partner

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    Craig Blacklidge

    Craig Blacklidge

    Managing Partner

    I was raised in Central Florida and was a Paramedic Firefighter for over 12 years. My favorite hobby was cars and trucks as a kid. I actually had an auto detailing company that led me to being in the automotive retail business. I started in the automotive business in 1996 and I’m a National Automotive Dealers Association Dealer Academy Graduate in 2006. I’m proudly married to my wife Deborah and we have a daughter Taylor who is Pre-Med student. I also have a son Chase who lives in Georgia. My best buddy is my “Morkie” Leo. My favorite thing to do is eat my wifes unbelievable “Italian” heritage food and my relaxation is playing golf.

  • Haz Mutawe

    Haz Mutawe

    General Sales Manager

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    Haz Mutawe

    Haz Mutawe

    General Sales Manager

    I was born and raised in Jordan. I joined the Garber team on July of 2020. I am happily married to my wonderful wife for the past 2 years .

    Favorite Sports Teams: Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls and Cubs.

    Hobbies: Cooking & Golfing .

  • Christopher Ofcky

    Christopher Ofcky

    Pre-Owned Sales Director

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    Christopher Ofcky

    Christopher Ofcky

    Pre-Owned Sales Director

    I’ve been in the business for over a decade now across all types of automotive manufacturers, luxury, import and domestic. Used cars are my passion and I love solving each unique problem a customer may have when they come into our store. In my spare time, my wife and I enjoy playing with our Airedale Terrier, Chewie. I’m an avid armchair historian and love documentaries, particularly military history and the World War II period. What I love about working for Garber is that the core values are from the top-down; this truly is the best place to get a great deal and work with great people to do it! I look forward to meeting all of you — you’ll find me right in the middle of the Pre-Owned Showroom so please come and say hello!

  • Anthony Braviere

    Anthony Braviere

    Director of Finance

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    Anthony Braviere

    Anthony Braviere

    Director of Finance

    Originally from Calumet City, IL. I moved to Northwest Indiana in 2005, and started in the automotive industry in 2006. I have worked exclusively with the Chevrolet Brand since then. I am married with twin girls. In our free time we enjoy outdoor activities, sports, running, and working out.

  • Ryan Alberson

    Ryan Alberson

    Dealer Trade Director & GM Certified Product Specialist

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    Ryan Alberson

    Ryan Alberson

    Dealer Trade Director & GM Certified Product Specialist

    Hello friends, I have been with this dealer for 11 years now and I look forward to many more with the Garber Automotive Group. I love to golf and travel around the country to play all the famous courses. The most rewarding part of this job is when clients come back to see me for multiple cars over multiple years building a great relationship. In those cases the sale process is more enjoyable and relaxed on both sides of the desk. Find me on Facebook or Instagram to connect!

  • Rob Parkhurst

    Rob Parkhurst

    Commercial Fleet Manager

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    Rob Parkhurst

    Rob Parkhurst

    Commercial Fleet Manager

    Rob for short, I have been a Northwest Indiana resident my entire life, having graduated from Merrillville High School in 1982. I have been selling Chevrolets in the same location since 1988! My wife of 30 years, Linda, and I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and I love hunting and fishing!

  • Gary Goodwin

    Gary Goodwin

    GM Certified Service Manager

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    Gary Goodwin

    Gary Goodwin

    GM Certified Service Manager

    An Indiana University graduate, I have been a Service Manager for 34 wonderful years! I am happily married for the last 38 years, with 2 beautiful children and 2 amazing grandchildren.

  • Dean Christenson

    Dean Christenson

    GM Certified Parts Manager

    Dean Christenson

    Dean Christenson

    GM Certified Parts Manager

  • Steve Carter

    Steve Carter

    Reconditioning Manager

    Steve Carter

    Steve Carter

    Reconditioning Manager

  • Joe Bortz

    Joe Bortz

    Body Shop Manager

    Joe Bortz

    Joe Bortz

    Body Shop Manager

  • Amanda Sykes

    Amanda Sykes

    Director of Customer Experiences

    Amanda Sykes

    Amanda Sykes

    Director of Customer Experiences

  • Brian Gallas

    Brian Gallas

    GM Certified Product Specialist

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    Brian Gallas

    Brian Gallas

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Call me Cousin Brian! I was born and raised in Highland. I have been in the industry for a little over a year. In my free time I enjoy playing golf, Xbox, and running. After about seven years of growth I recently donated over ten inches of hair to Children With Hair Loss.

  • Gabriel Pineda

    Gabriel Pineda

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Gabriel Pineda

    Gabriel Pineda

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Cindy Shone

    Cindy Shone

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Cindy Shone

    Cindy Shone

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • James Walker, Jr.

    James Walker, Jr.

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    James Walker, Jr.

    James Walker, Jr.

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Clarence Allen

    Clarence Allen

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Clarence Allen

    Clarence Allen

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Bob Avalos

    Bob Avalos

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Bob Avalos

    Bob Avalos

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Dave Bennett

    Dave Bennett

    GM Certified Product Specialist

    Dave Bennett

    Dave Bennett

    GM Certified Product Specialist

  • Tom Brown

    Tom Brown

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

    Tom Brown

    Tom Brown

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

  • Peter Surd

    Peter Surd

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

    Peter Surd

    Peter Surd

    Commercial Fleet Product Specialist

  • Marissa Barbosa

    Marissa Barbosa

    Guest Relations Specialist

    Marissa Barbosa

    Marissa Barbosa

    Guest Relations Specialist

  • Danielle Sutton

    Danielle Sutton

    Guest Relations Specialist

    Danielle Sutton

    Danielle Sutton

    Guest Relations Specialist

  • Isabella Torres

    Isabella Torres

    Accounting Inventory Specialist

    Isabella Torres

    Isabella Torres

    Accounting Inventory Specialist

  • Ursula Cast

    Ursula Cast

    Billing Specialist

    Ursula Cast

    Ursula Cast

    Billing Specialist

  • Yadi Hernandez

    Yadi Hernandez

    Service Guest Relations

    Yadi Hernandez

    Yadi Hernandez

    Service Guest Relations

  • Marty Boelt

    Marty Boelt

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    Marty Boelt

    Marty Boelt

    GM Certified Service Specialist

  • James Gruber

    James Gruber

    GM Certified Service Specialist

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    James Gruber

    James Gruber

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    “Jimbo” – I have been in the automotive business for 41 years, having grown up in an automotive family (my father was a Parts Manager). I have been married for 32 years, and have 2 daughters. I have 3 dogs and 2 cats – all rescues! I love outdoor activities including motorcycling, boating, UTV riding, snowmobiling and fishing. I love spending time with my family and my fantastic group of friends.

  • Anthony Langland

    Anthony Langland

    GM Certified Service Specialist

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    Anthony Langland

    Anthony Langland

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    I have been in the auto industry for 8 years. I started as a Service Porter, and moved up to Service Advisor, within the first year! I enjoy outdoor adventures that my dogs can partake in, as well as hiking, camping, and fishing.

  • Charlene Newton

    Charlene Newton

    GM Certified Service Specialist

    Charlene Newton

    Charlene Newton

    GM Certified Service Specialist

  • Christine Petner

    Christine Petner

    Collision Center Assistant

    Christine Petner

    Christine Petner

    Collision Center Assistant

  • Dave Michalski

    Dave Michalski

    GM Certified Parts Specialist

    Dave Michalski

    Dave Michalski

    GM Certified Parts Specialist

  • Jonathan Boyer

    Jonathan Boyer

    Reconditioning Specialist

    Jonathan Boyer

    Jonathan Boyer

    Reconditioning Specialist

  • Maria Ramirez

    Maria Ramirez

    Facility Concierge

    Maria Ramirez

    Maria Ramirez

    Facility Concierge

  • Jordy Lema

    Jordy Lema

    Financial Services Manager

    Jordy Lema

    Jordy Lema

    Financial Services Manager

  • Andre Pineda

    Andre Pineda

    Financial Services Manager

    Andre Pineda

    Andre Pineda

    Financial Services Manager

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