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Rick Robinson

Rick Robinson

General Manager

Rick Robinson, General Manager

Hire Date: 10/13/02 

He has been in the car business since 1967, and has been in management since 1987. Rick has experience working in many aspects of body work, including tech and paint. Rick began his career in the car business at the age of 16 painting cars and worked his way up to General Manager.

Rick has been a member of the Continental Automotive Group since 2002 and enjoys working with this company and its family atmosphere. He also appreciates how they care for their employees and customers. Cars are a passion of his and he is delighted to get to work with them daily!

Continental Collision Center

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335 Years Combined Experience

Our team of Gold Class Professionals are factory trained and certified in collision repair.  Continental Automotive Group was voted a 2012 “Top Work Place” by The Austin American Statesman.

 
MEET OUR TEAM
David Gafford

David Gafford

Manager

Hire Date: 1/5/2012

David was born in Lubbock, Texas and was lucky enough to move to Austin, Texas in 1993. He has four kids, 3 boys and 1 girl. He also has 5 grandchildren and 3 dogs. He is very proud of his family! In his spare time he enjoys music and gardening, He also enjoys watching good western movies. If he could meet anyone dead or alive it would be Elvis. The happiest time of his life is when all of his Kids are home! His favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys.


    David Aaron

    David Aaron

    Body Tech

    Hire Date: 2/10/2016

    After getting out of the Army in 1974, David moved to Austin, where he has been ever since. He has enjoyed his time in Austin, but is almost ready to get out of this, now, over-crowded city. He has 32 acres out near Brady, TX, and he can’t wait for that change of pace. David’s dad owned a body shop and was the one who got into cars to begin with. It was required to help out with his dad’s business when he was growing up, and that’s how he ended up with a start to the skills that led him to be a part of the team at our Continental Collision Center.


      Enrique Arellano

      Enrique Arellano

      Paint Tech

      Hire Date: 2/20/2012

      Enrique was born in Tucumcari New Mexico and moved to Amarillo, Texas when he was in the fourth grade. His dad owned a body shop in Amarillo and Enrique became fascinated with the process of rebuilding a damaged vehicle. In his youth he would hangout after school where his dad would pay him to do small body and mechanical work. In that shop is where he received his initial training. (He still believes his father is the best “body” man in Texas). Then, as a young man he would do custom paintwork and restore older vehicles for customers and friends. He loved spending time with the cars so much he didn’t want to participate in sports or other extra curricular activities that took up too much time. He graduated from high school in 2005  and did custom work until he moved to Austin, Texas in 2007.  Enrique immediately went to work for a local motorcycle shop doing custom painting for them.
      That shop was purchased by Continental Collision Center and we were lucky enough keep him as a restoration painter. He really enjoys the quality work required to work on high end cars. The rest of his story is still to be written.


        Hugo Benitez

        Hugo Benitez

        Technician

        Hire Date: 8/18/2016

        Hugo was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico and moved to Austin in 2002 – with no plans to leave! More than anything, he loves playing soccer, and plays on a co-ed team every Saturday, and a men’s team every Sunday. Hugo also watches soccer, and depending on the league, he cheers for LA Galaxy and El Madrid! He also likes to dance, and every now and then you can find him downtown around sixth street. Hugo would love to go Italy to watch a soccer game in Rome, and also hopes to make it out to Barcelona someday. He really has a passion for cars, everyday cars and racecars, and is happy to get to work with them everyday!


          Brian Blanchette

          Brian Blanchette

          Estimator

          Hire Date: 4/27/2015

          Brian grew up in Cedar Park and has lived in Texas his entire life. He and his wife are into fitness and running. They are very proud of their baby boy. Brian likes to buy old cars, fix them up and resell them.


            Jeffery Lewis

            Jeffery Lewis

            Porter/Detailer

            Hire Date: 3/17/2014

            Jeffrey was born and raised in Austin, Texas (home of the Longhorns). He is a fun, easy going, laid back guy who loves pizza or Long John Silvers while watching the Spurs win. He also spends lots of time (spare time) playing video games. His happiest moments are spending time with his family, especially his daughter. If he could meet anyone dead or alive, it would be God. He is thrilled to be a valued member of the Continental family.


              Jennifer Lewis

              Jennifer Lewis

              Customer Service Representative

              Hire Date: 7/10/2015

              Jennifer is a rare, native Austinite. She likes taking her 2 puppies, Thor the applehead chihuahua, and Loki the “chorkie,” over to Zilker and different parks. Away from CAG, Jennifer loves cooking and baking, and when she feels adventurous… She will try following recipes from Pinterest! She says that some of them actually turn out pretty good, and others are “ehhh..” as she puts it. Jennifer also really enjoys watching movies, and Andy’s Ice Cream: which is way too addictive! She would also like to travel internationally, and her top choices are: London, Greece, Australia, and Switzerland, but really anywhere other than Texas. FUN FACT: Jennifer is a part of extreme couponing! Her biggest haul so far has been 27 rolls of toilet paper for FREE!


                Lisa Ramirez

                Lisa Ramirez

                Office Manager

                Hire Date: 1/27/1989

                Lisa came to Continental Collision Center in 1998. Before coming to the collision side she worked at Mercedes-Benz of Austin as Service Cashier, Automotive Warranties, and Automotive Accounting. She enjoys the everyday challenges of the business and Continental Automotive Group most because of the people!


                  Manuel Sanchez

                  Manuel Sanchez

                  Body Tech

                  Hire Date: 10/25/2012

                  Manuel was born in Beeville, Texas and moved to Austin in 1985. Married with two children and two dogs – a Rottweiler and a Boxer, he stays busy. Manuel’s first job ever was working at Wendy’s where he was hired on the spot. In his free time, Manuel enjoys mountain biking, eating locally grown hay-fed animals and seafood and watching scary movies like the Exorcist. If Manuel could meet anyone, living or dead, it would be Mozart although his favorite comedian is Daniel Tosh. The best place he has ever traveled to would be Alaska but would love to one day travel down under to Queensland, Australia – home of the Great Barrier Reef! Manuel decided to work for Continental Collision because he is always looking for new challenges. One thing he is very proud of is his family.


                    Dana Wilson

                    Dana Wilson

                    Body Tech

                    Hire Date: 3/27/2017

                    Dana is originally from California, but just before moving to Austin in 2016, he and his wife spent 12 years in Idaho. When Dana was in his 20s, he took a six month class going over vehicle body repair, and then worked his way from airplane body repair to auto body repair, where he’s been ever since. He and his wife are both in the auto world, and are enjoying living life out of their RV on Lake Travis, as the kids have left the nest! They love boating and water sport activities like water skiing and tubing! When they were leaving Idaho, Dana and his wife took a 6 month vacation where they went to California, and then somehow, ended up all the way in Florida!


                      Continental Automotive Group

                      The Continental Automotive Group Was Stateman’s Top Work Places in 2011 & 2012.

                      What employees say:

                      “Because of the No Haggle policy and our upfront pricing. It is very easy for me to do my job.”

                      “I am respected by my peers, and my managers are willing to listen to any and all of my concerns, answer my questions without hesitation, and coach me through issues I may be having. ”

                      “I represent the finest automobiles that are made.”

                      “They take care of all their employees like no other dealer would.”

                      “They have appreciation dinners and lunches. Taking time off is very easy and not frowned upon.”

                      “Family-oriented with genuine care of the employees from the very top.”

                      If you think Continental Collision Lakeway is the place for you, simply send us your resume: lakeway@continentalcollision.com

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