Welcome to our Staff Page which, like our physical building, is under construction. Fresh photos are coming, slowly but surely, of our terrific team!

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.

  • Sam Badamo
    Pre-Owned Sales Manager
    203-392-1205

    Sam has been working at Crest for 34 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 Cars.com

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  • Eric Bacon
    Sales Specialist
    203-392-1203

    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 18 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 Cars.com

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  • Rene Barranco
    Lot Attendant

    Rene enjoys working at Crest and has been at the dealership for 6 years. He likes everything about his work and we are lucky to have him on our team. When he's not at Crest, Rene goes to the gym, plays sports and spends time with his family.


    Customer quote: Just picked up my new Lincoln Navigator from Crest Lincoln of Woodbridge Rob as usual has been of great help and is very knowledgeable and customer focus Not only did they provided me with the best possible price but also the best possible customer experience! -Pierre

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  • Lennix Cuffy
    Service Concierge
    203-392-1235

    Welcome to Crest, Lennix! Lennix joined Crest in the summer of 2020 and we are delighted to have her on board. Among her many talents, Lennix knits, crochets, rollerskates, and sings. So far, she finds it "interesting meeting different kinds of people" in her work at Crest.


    Customer quote: The service department always treats us as old friends. I recommend Crest if you are in the market for a new or used car, or you need service on your current vehicle. -Patrick from Hamden

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  • Melissa DePalma
    Sales Specialist
    203-392-1211

    Melissa has been working at Crest for about 6 years. Her favorite thing about the place? "We are one great family." What does she like to do outside of Crest?" Go adventuring with her toddler.

    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, cars.com 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

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  • Julie Fitzpatrick
    203-392-1226

    Julie is Dick Fitz's daughter and has been around Crest as far back as she can remember. She now wears numerous hats at the dealership from working on the website to helping customers with their in-vehicle technology. She's a fan of the Crest Team and she's excited about the direction Lincoln is going with its new models and effortless-luxury philosophy. 

    Outside of the dealership, Julie writes/acts/directs and loves being with her guys: her little guy, Fitz, and her big guy, Pete. 

    Customer quote: I have purchased a 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

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  • 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 car.com reviewer

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



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  • Anne Hemingway
    Administrative Assistant
    203-389-7100

    Anne Hemingway has worked at Crest for 38 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 Cars.com

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  • Evelyn Markie
    Administrative Assistant

    Evelyn joined 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

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  • Rob Nathman
    Sales Specialist
    203-392-1202

    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

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  • Steve Nathman
    General Manager
    203-392-1218

    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 35 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 Cars.com


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  • Steve Knox
    Service Advisor

    Steve joined the Crest Service Team at the top of 2020. He likes that at Crest "everyone is friendly and helpful." 

    When he's not working, Steve can be found at the Waterbury Elks Lodge #265. He's an officer there and has been a member for 10 years. Sounds great, Steve. Welcome to Crest.

    Customer Quote: 
    Have been purchasing from and servicing cars at Crest for more than 20 years. Always pleased with the level of attention and service. 
    -Andrew

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  • 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 - every day 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 Cars.com

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  • Carla Pero
    Internet Manager
    203-389-7100

    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 Cars.com

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  • James "Jim" Piasick

    Jim has worked at Crest since 1997. For most of that time, he was a service technician working on the vehicles and has recently joined Mike Pero in the Parts Department, which he is enjoying. His favorite part about working at Crest is the people and his focus is working right now. He's all about his work.


    Customer Quote: We are very satisfied with the service. Good job!

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  • Chantel Recchia
    Office Manager
    203-389-7100

    Chantel has worked at Crest for about 5 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 

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  • Tom Tropiano
    Business/Finance Manager
    203-392-1274

    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 16 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 Cars.com 

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  • Jeff Tymosko
    Service Director
    203-389-7110

    Jeff joined Crest last summer and is smoothly moving into his new role as Service Director here at Crest. He says that 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

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  • 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

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  • Bill Keish
    Sales Specialist
    203-392-1206

    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 Cars.com

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  • Israel Rodriguez
    Service Technician

    Israel "Izzy" has been at Crest for 7 years and really likes the environment at the dealership - "the cool people" at Crest. He plays basketball, rides his segway and shoots 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

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  • Michael Pero
    Parts Manager
    203-392-1238


    Michael has worked at Crest for 36 years. He likes that the parts business becomes more interesting each day as technology in vehicles evolves. No two days are the same. 
    When he's not working, Mike likes to work around the house and be with his family.

    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 Cars.com

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Linda Wynne
    Controller
    203-430-5695

    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 

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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

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The Crest Lincoln Sales Team:


Steven Nathman, General Manager, snathman@crestautomall.com

Sam Badamo, Used Car Manager, sbadamo@crestautomall.com

Richard H. Fitzpatrick, Jr., Dealer Principal, dfitzpatrick@crestautomall.com

Eric Bacon, Sales Consultant, ebacon@crestautomall.com

Melissa DePalma, Sales Consultant, melissa@crestautomall.com

Bill Keish, Sales Consultant, wkeish@crestautomall.com

Rob Nathman, Sales Consultant, rnathman@crestautomall.com

Tom Tropiano, Finance Manager, tom@crestautomall.com
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The Crest Lincoln Business Development Team:

Julie Fitzpatrick, Business Development Manager,  julie@crestautomall.com

Anne Hemingway, Lease Coordinator, ahemingway@crestautomall.com


Hope Peckham, Administrative Assistant, hpeckham@crestautomall.com

Carla Pero, Internet/Billing Manager, carla@crestautomall.com

Chantel Recchia, Office Manager,  cwalker@crestautomall.com

Linda Wynne, Comptroller,  lwynne2000@yahoo.com

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The Crest Lincoln Parts Team:

Michael Pero, Parts Manager, mpero@crestautomall.com

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The Crest Lincoln Service Team:

Jean Ballester, Service Advisor

Lennix Cuffy, Service Concierge 


JT Tanditash, Service Advisor, jt@crestautomall.com

Ray Caple, Lincoln Pickup & Delivery Specialist

Louis Celone, Service Technician

Eric Mercado-Espinal, Service Technician

Anthony Esposito, Service Technician

Nick Foglia, Service Technician

Henry Gibbs, Service Technician

Israel Rodriguez, Service Technician

Michael Ruocco, Service Technician
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Crest Lincoln of  Woodbridge 185 Amity Road Woodbridge, CT 06525 
888-697-1070