The Cilajet Team – [We love customer support!]

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.

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!

Lisa Breeding, Business Development/Client Relations Manager

Lisa’s professional career started in the Aerospace Industry, but quickly realizing her flair for life and passion for people she redirected her focus to specialize in Client Relations. She joined the Cilajet family with over 25 yrs. experience in Sales, Hospitality, HR and Customer Service. Lisa manages the Business Development team and provides hands on support to all Cilajet’s agents and dealers across the United States. Lisa spends her free time traveling, boating, playing in the mud and just having fun with her husband, 5 boys and 2 spoiled mutts!

Gary Okla, Regional Sales Manager

Gary has been in the automotive wholesale and retail industry his entire career. Included in his automotive background are numerous corporate and regional office positions in sales, parts, and service with The Ford Motor Company in Michigan and Colorado, Audi of America in California, and over 20 years in various locations with BMW of North America (U.S. and Canada). Gary has also worked with the Ford Motor Company’s Carlite glass division. His retail background includes working at Chevrolet and Lincoln dealerships in various capacities, and being a former General Manager at two Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover Dealerships in the Midwest. Gary has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Michigan University.

Curt Riddle, Regional Sales Manager

Curt’s professional experience spans more than 20 years in the auto industry including General Manager for the Ken Garff Automotive Group and Regional Sales Manager for AutoAlert. He utilizes his managerial and technical expertise in both the retail sector and in B2B sales with a comprehensive understanding of day-to-day operational scenarios of the dealership environment. This experience has had a positive impact on the personnel and clients he has cultivated over the years. Recently, Curt and his Fiancé Stacey relocated to Raleigh, NC. They enjoy spending family time with their rescue pets, 2 Dogs and 4 cats. Extensive hiking and positive healthy living is their focus.

Rick Margaritov, Aviation, Marine & International Sales

Rick began his career in hospitality management, learning the importance of superlative customer service, brand development, and attention to detail from several of the most acclaimed chefs and restauranteurs in the world. Rick aligned with Cilajet in 2011 to drive the branding, marketing, and sales initiatives throughout emerging global markets, and in the last 5 years has helped with the expansion of Cilajet Aviation Grade, Cilajet Aero, and Cilajet Marine into more than 10 international countries in 5 different continents.

Drew Clinton, Director of Business Development

Drew came to Cilajet after a long career in retail automotive, ranging from auto sales, team leader, finance manager and director, sales manager and general sales manager.  He has many years of training and mentoring experience and shares that experience with our Cilajet partners.  His focus is on maintaining a high level of communication with our clients both in the dealership and partner agencies to promote the Cilajet brand.

Lorna Benito, Controller

Extensive experience in the fields of accounting (financial statements and analysis, budgeting, consolidation, A/P, A/R, acquisition/due diligence) and with 10 years of Human Relations experience. Lorna acquired a BS Degree Major in Accounting from a State University in the Philippines, where she started her career as Executive Assistant and worked for the biggest company in the Philippines, the Asian Development Bank (an international organization). She works closely with Jaci advising on accounting, budgeting, financial reporting, human relations and other administrative matters. She demonstrated history of working with different manufacturing/distributor companies as Accounting Manager.

Jessica Mutschler, Accounting / Administrative

Jessica is a wonderful asset to the team with a long history in the hospitality industry. Growing up in the South Bay region of Southern California, she has also lived in Las Vegas NV, Upstate NY and Nashville TN. She has a love for the outdoors and enjoys spending time at their secluded acreage on the outskirts of Lancaster. Jessica is married and has a boxer named Holley who enjoys spending time at Cilajet headquarters!

Valerie Vidal, Executive Assistant

Valerie joins Cilajet with extensive Executive Assistant, Research, and Project Coordinator experience in various industries (including even as a Magician’s Assistant for Hollywood Magician, Fantastic Fig!). She focuses on supporting Cilajet’s Executive and Sales Teams, as well as our TPAs, agents, and dealerships. Valerie also maintains Cilajet’s databases. Love for automobiles runs in her blood, as her grandfather worked in auto sales his entire life and her mother was an avid Harley-Davidson motorcyclist. In her free time, she likes to attend music concerts and themed parties, travel, discuss philosophy, and spend time with her family and animals. Valerie has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Nicole Dillon, Client Relations

If you call into our corporate office, chances are that you will hear Nicole’s smiling voice! Nicole joins the cilajet team after 10 years of high volume customer service. Nicole spends her days helping to ensure that things run smoothly in the Business Development Department, providing elite client relations support to our agents and dealers, and also managing Cilajet’s amazing “Care Line” of products. Her duties include offering valuable corporate level support to cilajet clients and partners and collaborating with management to ensure that Cilajet’s superior customer service remains unsurpassed. Nicole and her fiancé are the lucky parents of Cilajet’s little three-legged dog, Buster.

Robin Hessler, Client Relations

Robin comes to Cilajet with several years of experience in the Auto Appearance Industry.  Over the years Robin has built strong relationships with dealerships,  Agents, customers and TPA’s . Robin has an extensive background in Customer Service Management .  Follow through and kept promises to customers are her top priority.  Robin enjoys being out at the beach and Country music in her off time.  Proud mom of a 25 year old son.

Carmen Aguilar, Claims Administrator

Carmen began her career in the automotive industry in 1985 when she was certified by I-Car, Mitchell Estimating Systems and ASI providing outstanding service for customers at automotive repair facilities in Southern California. She spent over 25 years in Customer Service with All Insurance Company on ancillary claims. She has proudly raised three beautiful grown children. In her spare time, Carmen is devoted to volunteering for several community organizations including L.A. Animal Rescue and a Veteran’s homeless program in Los Angeles. She also serves on the Steering Committee organizing the annual Puerto Rican Festival and Parade in Bell Gardens and Long Beach, California. Carmen brings her extensive automotive experience, compassion and enthusiasm to support valued Cilajet customers.

Sean Johnson, Shipping

Sean has worked for a diverse range of organizations, including the electronic manufacturing industry, graphic design, and the culinary arts. His varied background has provided the perfect foundation for his Client Relations position at Cilajet. Sean is a literal “Jack Of All Trades” and enjoys putting his many different skills to use in each of our departments. Prior to starting his career at Cilajet, Sean spent over 5 years cooking for various Fine Dining restaurants. He brings energy and passion to each and every department at Cilajet HQ. Sean loves his work and it shows!!! He enjoys playing the drums and cooking in his spare time.

Abbas Alugla, Product Training Specialist

Abbas loves to be up and on the go! He was a detailer for TephSeal for one year. His ultimate passion is automobiles and he has a degree in Automotive Technology. On his free time, Abbas loves taking adventures.