Welcome to our Staff Page! 

Below is a picture of many of our Crest Family & friends from Ford Credit and Lincoln Motor Company as we gathered for a celebratory luncheon honoring the President's Award and Ford Credit's 10-year partnership with Crest.

Crest is a team of about 40 employees, some of whom have been with the dealership for over 30 years! Once here, we stick around! There is a special bond among us and that greatly contributes to Crest's success - scroll below to see and meet our wonderful Crest Team Members. 

Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Steve Nathman
    General Manager

    Steve Nathman was once again named a Lincoln Leader of Excellence  for his outstanding customer satisfaction ratings and his impressive performance selling new and certified used cars. Steve has been working at Crest for 30 years and his favorite thing about Crest is "the people - the team I work with." One thing he loves to do outside of Crest: "Golf."

    Customer quote:
    Since our 1974 Ford Pinto, my wife only drove Acura, BMW, or Infiniti. This time she tested an MKZ and was pleased with the performance. Steve put together a deal that was acceptable and we are on our way to a 24 month lease. - Marty from Hamden on

  • Richard Fitzpatrick
    Dealer Principal

    Richard is thrilled that the Lincoln team again won the President's Award for the 4th Consecutive Year and the 11th time overall in 2018. Not only that, but six members of the Crest Family won the highest honor from the Lincoln Motor Company as Lincoln Leaders of Excellence. "They represent the 'best of the best' in the areas of Sales and Client Satisfaction."

    Dick has been at Crest for over 40 years. His favorite thing about the place? "The People." What does he like to do outside of the dealership? Play golf, paint, read the paper, and play with his grandsons. He lives with his wife Elaine in Guilford - they have 5 children.

    Mr. Fitzpatrick, you have developed a great organization and one I would strongly recommend to everyone. Thank you. -James from Hamden, CT

    I can't say enough about the quality and fairness of this dealership starting with Dick Fitzpatrick on down. - a reviewer

    If all car dealers were like Crest, I wouldn't hate buying cars. The experience was so incredible. -another happy customer on

  • Eric Bacon
    Sales Specialist

    Eric was named a Lincoln Leader of Excellence as a Sales Consultant for his impressive new and certified used car sales, and his outstanding customer service ratings! He's been at Crest for 12 years and appreciates the family atmosphere of Crest. When he's not working, Eric loves to ride his Harley.

    Customer quote:
    Eric is outstanding sales person. He is extremely knowledgeable, very prompt and very courteous. If I have to buy again, he is my guy. -Saurabh R from West Hartford, CT

    You're in good hands with Eric Bacon. -Roseceil from Naugatuck, CT

    It's a stress-free well spent time dealing with Eric Bacon.-Doug on

  • Melissa DePalma
    Sales Specialist

    Melissa has been working at Crest for over 5 years. Her favorite thing about the place? "We are one great family." What does she like to do outside of Crest? "Read and play with my dogs. I love my dogs - huge dog person." She had a beautiful baby last winter too - welcome to the world, little one!

    Customer quotes:
    Melissa DePalma...just wanted to take a minute to thank you again for such a great experience in the purchase of our Navigator. It has been 13 years since we bought a new car. Of all the dealerships I spoke to, you were hands down the best. - Aaron A, customer

    I recently purchased a 2016 MKX from this dealership from Melissa and found It be a great experience. It's a small dealership and offered a no pressure sales experience. Some dealerships place too much pressure on employees, so they swarm you when you come in, but not Crest. Melissa took her time with me and was able to get the vehicle in the color combination I wanted from another dealer in CT. Zero percent financing and rebate program were also attractive. I love my new MKX 
    -Denise from Cheshire, CT

  • Julie Fitzpatrick
    Business Development Manager

    Julie wears numerous hats at the Crest from work on the website to helping customers with the in-vehicle technology. She's a fan of the Crest Team - they're a special group - and she's particularly partial to the new Lincoln grille.  

    Outside of the dealership, Julie writes, acts, and gets beaten in cards by her little guy, Fitz, and partner, Pete. 

    Customer quote: I have purchased a 2016 Ford Fusion and my experience in buying a car could not be better. Julie was accommodating in every way...finding what I wanted, making sure it was in top shape, getting a very good price and helping me to meet all the other salespeople and service people. Everyone at Crest is clearly and very obviously interested in making the customer happy. -Bernie from Branford

  • Todd Friedman
    Digital Marketing Director

    Todd has worked with the Crest Team since 2015. He enjoys the family atmosphere of Crest and the opportunity to help create a strong online presence for Crest. When he's not working at Crest, Todd enjoys travel and making rock music. 

    Customer quote
    It is not your usual car dealership experience, it is an absolute pleasure. -Cathy G

  • Evelyn Markie
    Administrative Assistant

    Evelyn just joined us at Crest! She started with us at the top of 2019 and says, "It is a blessing to be a part of the Crest company. It is a peaceful job and a great team. Thank you, Crest Family." 

    When she is not working, Evelyn's passion is cooking - she loves to create good meals and also travel. On Sundays, she teaches Bible School for children between 5-10 years old; she loves that deeply as she is committed to helping people around the world.

    Customer quote: Friendly and reliable service. Honest sales people. -Sean

  • Hope Peckham
    Administrative Assistant

    Hope recently joined Crest and is a welcome beam of light to our team. She says that the job always has something different about it - everyday is different and she likes that. Hope is the mother of 6 kids - our hats are off to you, Hope. We're glad you joined us at Crest!

    Excellent experience! Dealership is very clean, organized and professional. -Joseph J on

  • Carla Pero
    Internet Manager

    Carla Pero has worked at Crest on and off for 30 years. Her favorite thing about the place? "Every day is different. There's always a problem to solve and I like that," says Carla.

    Outside of work, Carla likes to spend time with her family and visit New York City.

    Customer Quote: I would not have my Lincoln serviced anywhere else. They are professional and the service is beyond awesome. Prices are reasonable too. -Catherine G on

  • Chantel Recchia
    Office Administrator

    Chantel has worked at Crest for a 2 years and her favorite aspect of working here is her co-workers.

    When she's not working, Chantel loves to travel!

    Customer Quote: Wonderful place to go to. The environment so homey - welcoming. -David M on Google 

  • Tom Tropiano
    Business/Finance Manager

    Tom was again honored to be named a Lincoln Leader of Excellence by Lincoln Motor Company. He won this honor because of high customer satisfaction ratings given for his superior handling of clients' automotive financial needs. 

    He has been at Crest for 13 years. "It's like a family here. Crest has a warm, family environment." When not at Crest, he likes to be outdoors - swimming and biking.

    Customer quote:
    I can't believe I just purchased my XKR without ever seeing it. Everything was first rate from beginning to end. Tom was great in financing. - Happy in Texas on 

  • Jeff Tymosko
    Service Director

    Jeff just joined Crest this summer! Welcome to Crest, Jeff! Jeff is smoothly moving into his new role as Service Director here at Crest and says that already he likes that "everyone is like one big family and gets along." 

    Jeff is devoted to his family and when he's not working, he likes to take hikes with his daughters and spend time with them and at the gym. 

    Customer quote: Excellent service...excellent staff...professional, courteous, friendly - Margaret from Hamden

  • Jean Ballester
    Service Advisor
    (855) 629-0834

    Jean has been at Crest on and off since 2001 and her favorite thing about working here is the customers. When she's not at Crest she likes taking care of her granddaughter.

    Customer quote:

    Jean is wonderful every time I bring my SUV in for service. I'm so glad she is back. The technicians are honest in advising if an additional service that was requested can wait or not. - Arvis from Hamden

  • Sam Badamo
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager

    Sam has been working at Crest for 30 years. His favorite thing about Crest: "The family atmosphere. I mean why are we here so long - this is family. We're a family." Sam likes to do things with his family family when he's not at Crest - they like to take a cruise in October and sometimes go to Florida - travel is great for them.

    Customer quote:
    I brought my girlfriend's MKZ into the dealership for maintenance, asked Merle (the saleswoman who we bought the MKZ from) if there was any 2009 black MKS' and she said she JUST got one in (exactly how I wanted it... black on black, fully loaded with chrome rims)... We took it for a ride, and I ended up buying it. Merle, Sam the Sales Manager, and Tommy Tropiano were all fantastic. I wouldn't buy a car anywhere else... Although I was always a Cadillac guy, I absolutely love my MKS. -Joe on

  • Nate Collins
    Service Advisor

    Nate has worked at Crest for 19 years! And what does he love about the place? "The people." In his spare time, Nate enjoys coaching middle school basketball.

    Customer quotes: 
    Always a great experience! Nate and team are the best! -customer Mary S

    Since way back in the 60's when my father purchased cars to when I have purchased cars from Crest, it has always been a pleasant experience to deal with such lovely people. Keep up the good work. -Davey on

  • Jennifer Czajkowski
    Service Concierge

    Jenn just joined the Crest team at the top of 2019 and we're delighted to have her on board! In terms of how she likes the job, she says, "I love my job." When asked what she specifically loves about it? "Being able to help the customers."

    Outside of working at Crest Service, and in addition to family activities, Jenn is crafty: she's a baker, she crochets and she beads!

    Customer quote: 
    Excellent service and outstanding service personnel.
    -Robert S

  • Tony Esposito
    Service Technician

    Tony has been working at Crest since '83. This year he again was named a Master Technician by Ford Motor Company an honor recognizing his excellence as a Service Technician at Crest.

    Tony loves his Fridays off and going boating when it's just him and his wife out on the water.

    Customer Quote: The Crest Service Department is the best around. They are very accommodating and helpful every step of the way. -Louis P on Google

  • Dennis Fitzpatrick
    Service and Prep Support

    Dennis worked at Crest for over 20 years, even when Crest was at 84 Whalley Avenue in New Haven. His favorite thing about the place is the "people - we're an extended family." Outside of working, Dennis likes to listen to music, see friends, read magazines and hang out.

    Dennis is taking a hiatus from his Crest work but we love having his picture up here to remind us of his upbeat spirit around the dealership and his care for customers and his Crest teammates.

    Customer Quote: The Crest Service Department is the best around. They are very accommodating and helpful every step of the way. -Louis P on Google

  • Henry Gibbs
    Service Technician

    Henry has been working at Crest for 2 plus years. His favorite things about the place are the guys he works with and that he loves what he does: working on cars. "I love what I do." 

    Customer Quote: The Crest Service Department is the best around. They are very accommodating and helpful every step of the way. -Louis P on Google

  • Anne Hemingway
    Lease Coordinator

    Anne Hemingway has worked at Crest for 36 years. What she likes most about working at Crest is "the atmosphere and my fellow employees."

    When she's not working, Anne likes to go to concerts and spend time with her family.

    Customer quote: Excellent experience! Dealership is very clean, organized and professional. -Joseph J on

  • Bill Keish
    Sales Specialist

    Bill Keish was once again recently dubbed a "Lincoln Leader of Excellence" for his impressive new and certified used car sales, and his outstanding customer service ratings! He has been at Crest for almost 30 years. His favorite thing about the place is, "How we all get along - we work well together." Outside of Crest he likes to "take long walks, garden, and work on little construction jobs - handyman stuff."

    Customer quotes:

    ...The sales team is awesome, we have purchased many cars from William Keish. -Gregory C from Hamden, CT

    Excellent service, customer communication - and also excellent and very professional sales representation by Bill Keish. -Raymond from Stratford on

  • Rob Nathman
    Sales Specialist

    Rob Nathman has been at Crest for 24 years. He started on the Lincoln-Mercury side, then became Sales Manager at our Jaguar store, and is back to being with Lincoln full circle! What does he like about Crest? The people. What does he like to do when not selling Lincolns? Travel. Thanks, Rob! 

    Customer Quotes: The Crest Group is a professional organization which knows their business. -Anthony Patti

    I have always had a good experience at Crest, whether purchasing a vehicle or servicing one. The sales staff and financial people are wonderful, as well as the people in the service department. -Liza

  • Michael Pero
    Parts Manager

    Michael has worked at Crest for over 30 years. He likes that no two days are the same. Each day comes with new challenges and he gets to speak with and meet very interesting people.

    Customer Quote: I would not have my Lincoln serviced anywhere else. They are professional and the service is beyond awesome. Prices are reasonable too. -Catherine G on

  • Israel Rodriguez
    Service Technician

    Izzy has been at Crest for 4 years and really likes the environment - "the cool people" at Crest. He plays basketball and likes to shoot hoops when he's not working.

    Customer Quote:
    The Crest Service Department is the best around. They are very accommodating and helpful every step of the way. -Louis P on Google

  • JT Tanditash
    Service Advisor

    JT was named a Lincoln Leader of Excellence as Crest's Service Advisor for two consecutive years. His care for his customers and attention to the maintenance of their vehicles is exemplary. 

    JT has been at Crest for 30 years. At Crest, "they treat you like you're family." 

    When he's not at work, JT bowls duckpins - he loves to bowl duckpins.

    Customer quote: I have been buying vehicles (both new and used) at Crest for almost 20 years. I have never had anything but five star experiences throughout these dealings. Everyone who works at Crest has proven to be competent, organized, empathetic and above all, honest. -customer on

  • Linda Wynne

    Linda has worked at Crest for over 40 years ("time sure flies!") 

    The thing she loves most about Crest is the feeling of family...and in her own words: "we've all been through so much over the years...I don't know what I would do without my Crest Family...especially Dick Fitzpatrick!  The ladies in our offices do everything so well, it's astounding.  I can count on Jeff, Mike, Steve, Sam, Rob, and Jim in the Ford store for anything.  I think we mesh well... When not working, I love spending the time with my pups and riding around just looking at the beautiful Oregon scenery. Would really love to drive a Jag around some of these mountain and coastal roads!  When it's rainy (not as much as it used to be), I do a lot of reading."

    Customer Quote: Wonderful place to go to. The environment - so welcoming. 
    -David M on Google 


Below is a full list of the wonderful employees at Crest.

Come on in and meet us, and if you'd like to leave us a review, click here: Crest Reviews


The Crest Lincoln Sales Team:

Steven Nathman, General Manager,

Sam Badamo, Used Car Manager,

Richard H. Fitzpatrick, Jr., Dealer Principal,

Eric Bacon, Sales Consultant,

Melissa DePalma, Sales Consultant,

Bill Keish, Sales Consultant,

Rob Nathman, Sales Consultant,

Tom Tropiano, Finance Manager,

The Crest Lincoln Business Development Team:

Julie Fitzpatrick, Business Development Manager,

Anne Hemingway, Lease Coordinator,

Hope Peckham, Administrative Assistant,

Carla Pero, Internet/Billing Manager,

Chantel Recchia, Office/DMV Specialist,

Linda Wynne, Comptroller,


The Crest Lincoln Parts Team:

Michael Pero, Parts Manager,

The Crest Lincoln Service Team:

Jean Ballester, Service Advisor

Jennifer Czajkowski, Service Concierge

Nate Collins, Service Advisor,

Andy Swepston, Service Advisor

JT Tanditash, Service Writer,

Ray Caple, Lincoln Pickup & Delivery Specialist

Louis Celone
Eric Mercado-Espinal
Anthony Esposito
Nick Foglia
Henry Gibbs
Alex Ortiz
James Piascik
Israel Rodriguez
Michael Ruocco
Crest Lincoln of  Woodbrige 185 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT 06525