The Cilajet Executive Team

We are a team of forward-thinking, industrious individuals who work collaboratively to provide the highest quality customer service, dealer support, product development. Each of our clients receives the collective attention of the entire staff. Our diverse backgrounds, in-depth experience, and wide-ranging talents mean that the right person for any task is always present.

Jaci Warren, President

Jaci Warren created Cilajet because she believed there was a need to make this superior aviation-grade paint sealant protection available to the new car customer. Prior to starting Cilajet, Jaci spent 20 years in the automotive industry as Finance Director, General Sales Manager, General Manager, and Variable Operations Director. She is a graduate of the prestigious NADA Dealer Academy (1999), and Mercedes-Benz Quality by Design in Stuttgart, Germany. Jaci sat on Dealer Advisory Boards for Mercedes-Benz Finance, BMW Financial and AutoNation Financial Services, and was a member of the Volvo National Ad Committee.

Peta Takai, Chief Financial Officer

Peta is a Chartered Accountant and started her career in New Zealand at Ernst & Young in their Corporate Audit Department, which eventually led her to E&Y in New York City, where she joined the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Here she was primarily focused on advising both Private Equity and Strategic buyers on buy-side transactions. Recently, she worked for Buxbaum where she provided interim CFO services and financial management for many companies. Also of note, Peta was elected to be on the finance committee for Pablove, which is a foundation that helps fight child cancer. Peta is excited to be a part of the rapid growth and expansion of Cilajet.  When Peta isn’t busy working, she participates in gravel endurance cycling events all over the world.

Brady Jones, Executive Vice President

Brady started his career in Engineering, and moved his talents into the automotive industry in 2004 in Career Development for the College of Automotive Management. He worked as a trainer and Income Development Manager for automotive dealerships across the U.S. As Executive VP of cilajet, Brady focuses on new market development, agent and dealer training.

Matt Reade, Vice President of Sales

Matt has spent his entire career in the Automotive industry. He has multiple years of experience in sales, F&I and GM positions. Matt took what he learned from retail and pivoted to variable Training and Consulting for dealerships. Matt worked EasyCare where he managed multiple states and territories- including all Sales and F&I Training for a TOP 50 dealer group in the US. Matt’s true goal is to help dealers and agents succeed, and he has brought his experience and passion to Cilajet. Matt currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Kara and daughter. When he isn’t working or spending time with his family – Matt enjoys playing hockey and completing all things physically challenging!

Seiko Kussman, Controller

Seiko is a Certified Public Accountant (CA).  She was raised in Japan and started her career in the US as a bilingual public accountant in a Chicago based CPA firm.  Prior to relocating to California, Seiko had been an accountant for many multinational companies with complex international matters.  What Seiko loves the most being the Controller for Cilajet is that she gets to work with the amazing team members in all of the departments of the company, and is instrumental in guiding the management team. In her spare time, Seiko enjoys traveling and spending creative time with her son.

Lorna Benito, Human Resources Manager

Lorna acquired her BS Degree Major in Accounting from a State University in the Philippines, where she started her career as Executive Assistant and worked for the largest company in the Philippines, the Asian Development Bank (an international organization).  In addition, Lorna has over 12 years in Human Resources.  Lorna enjoys working at Cilajet handling HR and management level responsibilities, such as payroll, insurance, A/P and A/R functions.  She loves nature, handcrafts and enjoys spending time with her family.