Staff


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

Dealer Principals

Joe Steet Sr. & Steve Ponte Sr.
Dealer Principals
(315) 736-3381 ext. 229

Joe Steet Sr. has been working in the car business his entire life starting at age 11 reconditioning cars for his father and uncle's business, United Auto Sales! He lives locally in New Hartford with his wife where they raised their two children, Joe Jr. and Carly, who also work in the family business! He loves riding his Harley Davidson with his wife in the summer, skiing at Gore Mountain in the winter, and spending time at his camp in Indian Lake with his family!

Steve Ponte Sr. has been working in the car business for over 30 years! He lives in Herkimer with his wife, where they raised their four children. Steve's son, Steve Jr. also works in the family business! Steve is an avid golfer, having golfed at some of the world's best courses. He loves to spend time with his family, especially with his grandchildren, and taking their family trips to Florida and Disney! 


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Sales Department

Dave Abdou
General Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 229

Dave Abdou is the General Manager at Steet Ponte Lincoln and recently started working with us in early 2018! Dave is a veteran of the Automotive Industry, and lives locally in Whitesboro, NY with his wife and family. In his spare time, Dave enjoys golfing, running (you can catch him running the Boilermaker!) and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln Navigator.

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Mike Button
Sales Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 225

Mike Button is one of the Sales Manager at Steet Ponte Lincoln and is a longtime employee, having worked here for over 15 years! Mike lives in Frankfort with his wife, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He loves spending time with his family, especially his grandkids! On nice days, you'll find him driving around town in his favorite sports car. His favorite Lincoln vehicle is the Lincoln Continental.

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Steve Cater
Sales Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 224

Steve Cater is a longtime employee of Steet Ponte Lincoln, you may recognize his last name as his family owned Cater Lincoln Mercury! Steve has over 25 years of experience in the car business, and has been working with us for over 10 years! He lives locally in Whitesboro with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he loves snowmobiling in the winter, and spending time with his family. His favorite Lincoln is the new Lincoln Continental! 

 

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Mel Allen
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 246

Mel Allen is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln. You may recognize him from Vista Lanes in Whitesboro, which he used to own and bowl in regularly! Mel lives in Whitesboro with his wife, and loves to golf and watch movies in his spare time. His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ.

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Jeff Ambrose
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Jeff Ambrose is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln and started working with us after his passion and love of cars, especially sports cars, led him here! Jeff lives locally in Frankfort, NY and enjoys traveling and seeing new places, live music, cars, and all sports! His favorite teams are the LA Rams, Philadelphia Fliers, and of course, the New York Yankees! His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ.

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Phil Higgins
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 226

Phil Higgins is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln and is a longtime employee of our store! He lives in Oriskany with his wife, and his favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln Navigator! Phil is a huge sports fan and loves to watch all kinds of sports. He's a huge New York fan, and his favorite teams include: The New York Giants, New York Yankees, and New York Knicks! 

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Tony Hinojosa
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 240

Tony Hinojosa is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln! Tony is a longtime employee here; his favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ. Tony lives in Whitesboro, and in his spare time, he loves to play pool and volleyball! 

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Rich Josephs
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 256

Rich Josephs is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln! Rich lives in Oriskany with his wife and kids, who he loves spending time with! His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKX. He's also an avid sports fan, having played basketball when he was younger. He loves to watch football and baseball, and his favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees! 

 

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Steve Purdon
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 239

Steve Purdon is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln! Steve is a longtime employee here and lives locally in Whitesboro. His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ, and in his spare time, he loves working on projects around the house, carpentry, landscaping, and spending time with his daughter.  

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Doug Valentine
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Doug Valentine is a Sales & Leasing Consultant who started working with us at the end of 2017! He live locally in Whitesboro, NY, and in his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, working on cars, and playing video games. His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ.

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Rich Zajac
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 237

Rich Zajac is a Sales & Leasing Consultant and a longtime employee of the Steet Ponte Auto Group! He lives locally in Whitesboro with his son and their dog. Rich is an avid Football and Baseball fan, and in his spare time, you'll catch him coaching both sports! His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ.

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Finance Department

Rich Ernst
Financial Services Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 228

Rich Ernst is one of the Finance Managers at Steet Ponte Lincoln and has been in the industry for over 15 years, having worked with us since 2006! Rich lives in Marcy with his wife and their two dogs. Rich loves to take advantage of the Upstate New York seasons by snowmobiling in the winters, and boating and fishing in the summers! His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ.

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Sean Barry
Financial Services Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 246

Sean Barry is one of the Financial Services Manager at Steet Ponte Lincoln and has been working with us for a few years! Sean has many years of experience in the Auto Industry, and lives locally in Utica, NY. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife and daughter, and watching and playing Hockey! His favorite team is the NY Rangers. Sean's favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKX.

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Service Department

David LaForce
Service Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 243

Dave LaForce is the Service Manager at Steet Ponte Lincoln! Dave has been in the industry for over 30 years as a Senior Master Technician and Service Manager. He lives in Stitville with his wife and son, and in his spare time, he loves to restore old cars, especially anything that goes fast! His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln Continental.

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Shy Johnson
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381

Shy is one of the Service Advisors at Steet Ponte Lincoln and has been working with us a for a few years now! Shy lives in Camden, NY, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and riding motorcycles. Her favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ!

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Cyndi Wilson
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381 ext. 238

Cyndi Wilson is a Service Advisor at Steet Ponte Lincoln who started working with us in late 2017! Cyndi lives in Forestport, NY. , and her favorite Lincoln is the beautiful Lincoln Continental. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her children and family, and playing Bingo with her sister at the Turning Stone! 

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Bill Goodie
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381 ext. 236

Bill Goodie is a Service Advisor at Steet Ponte Lincoln and is a longtime employee here having worked here for over 10 years! Bill lives locally, right around the corner in Whitesboro, and his favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKC. In his spare time, he loves riding his motorcycle in the nice weather. 

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Neil Levensailor
Warranty Administrator
(315) 736-3381

Neil Levensailor is the Warranty Administrator at Steet Ponte Lincoln! He recently started working with us in late 2018. In his spare time, Neil enjoys anything outdoors related, especially snowmobiling, and ice fishing the winters! Neil lives outside of Old Forge, and his favorite Lincoln is the new Nautilus.

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James Vaughan
Service Scheduler
(315) 736-3381

James Vaughan is the Service Scheduler at Steet Ponte Lincoln! He recently started working with us in late 2018. James lives locally with his family, who he loves spending time with, especially his 3 year old son and grandson! In his spare time, James enjoys fishing and is a very talented motivational speaker! His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ.

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Parts Department

Tony Papaleo
Parts Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 232

Tony Papaleo is our Parts Manager at Steet Ponte Lincoln and has been working at this store since 1992! Tony's favorite Lincoln is the classic Continental. He lives locally in Deerfield with his family, and in his spare time, you'll find him chasing his toddler around!​ 

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Jack Clark
Parts Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 234

Jack Clark is a longtime employee of the Steet Ponte Auto Group! He lives in Richfield Springs, and in the summer's, you'll find him hosting the "Summer Car Cruise-In" right in the village of Richfield Springs! His favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ. In his spare time, Jack also enjoys DJ-ing!​ 

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Tom DiBrango
Parts Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 244

Tom DiBrango is a Parts Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln and has been working with us for a few years now! He lives locally in Remsen, NY with his wife, and enjoys hunting and spending time with family and friends in his spare time! Tom's favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKX.

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Adam Smith
Parts Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Adam Smith is a Parts Consultant at Steet Ponte Lincoln who started working with us in late 2018 after having worked at one of our sister stores for over a year! He lives locally in Utica, NY, and his favorite Lincoln is the Toyota Nautilus. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends!


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Mike Day
Parts Consultant & Parts Delivery Driver
(315) 736-3381

Mike Day is a longtime employee of Steet Ponte Lincoln and is a Parts Consultant and Parts Delivery Driver! You've probably seen him all over the place in our Parts Truck! Mike lives locally in Deerfield, and is a huge sports fan, especially for Syracuse University, the Utica Comets, and New York Yankees! Mike's favorite Lincoln is the Lincoln MKZ.

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Internet Department

Mitch Loomis
Internet Sales Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 250

Mitch Loomis is the Internet Sales Manager at Steet Ponte Lincoln! If you're interested in a vehicle on our website, Mitch is the guy you'll be talking to. He lives locally in Oneida, NY, and in his spare time, enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing basketball. Mitch's favorite Lincoln is the MKZ! 

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