Meet the Staff


  • Chris Freeland

    Chris Freeland


    Chris is a 3rd generation car dealer. His grandfather was a Studebaker and car salesman in Indiana and his father started Harbor Nissan in 1970. In 1993 through hard work and dedication, Chris was able to purchase Harbor Nissan to build what it is today. He attended Northwood University for Automotive Business, and has been involved in the business his entire life. Being a true "people person", it's hard to find someone in Charlotte County that doesn't know him. Chris really enjoys being on the water, fishing, boating and spending time with his family.

  • Debbie Clarke

    Debbie Clarke


    Debbie knows the car business inside and out, having been in the business all of her life. She is a northerner from the Baltimore area and has been living in Florida for the past 15 years.

  • Virginia Byrd

    Virginia Byrd

    Marketing Director

    Virginia is in charge of marketing and advertising and one of the most creative members of the staff. She graduated from Western Carolina University where she was a member of the Phi Mu sorority and received a degree in Professional Selling and Entrepreneurship. She got her ardent love of business from playing monopoly as a child and still has retained that love today. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. She loves fishing, and boating and spending time with her husband and 3 year old daughter Grace.

Customer Care

  • Elaine Cowgill

    Elaine Cowgill


    Lainey was born on an airforce base in California where her father worked. She has spent most of her career in the hospitality industry in California and Florida. She is dedicated to fitness as she loves to run, boat, go to the gym, bike, and is a 2nd degree black belt. That aside she is a very friendly woman who would be gald to help anyone with any problems they have.

  • Sue Denny

    Sue Denny

    Receptionist New

    The first smile and hello as you enter Harbor Nissan. Sue is a very cheerful person who has been with Harbor Nissan for over 5 years. Prior to joining the Harbor Nissan family, Sue spent 10 years as a preschool teacher. She is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and loves to spend time with her 9 year old son.


  • Brooke Racco

    Brooke Racco

    Finance Manager

  • Cody Hansen

    Cody Hansen

    Finance Manager

    A local man who grew up in Englewood, he is an alumni of Lemon Bay High school. Cody was in the restaurant business for 15 years before he decided to make a change. Sports are his thing as he is a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Bucs, Lightning, and Rays. You might also find him on the firing range as he's an avid sport shooter. He has been married for 17 years and has a son that currently attends Lemon Bay.

  • Dan McMahon

    Dan McMahon


  • Sonja Worst

    Sonja Worst

    Finance Manager


  • Andrew Grimm

    Andrew Grimm


  • Chris Bennett

    Chris Bennett

    New Car Sales

  • Heather Hanlin

    Heather Hanlin

    BDC Rep

  • John Wyllie

    John Wyllie


  • Robert Evans

    Robert Evans

    Used Sales Internet

    Robert has spent 12 years in the car business. Moving from sales to internet sales, selling cars is what he is really enjoys. He has lived in the southwest area of Florida for 5 years but has spent time in Nevada and North Carolina.

  • Shea Louis

    Shea Louis

    New Sales

  • Wayne Kass

    Wayne Kass



  • Aaron Kennedy

    Aaron Kennedy

    Pre Owned Sales Manager

    Aaron has had a few different careers before entering the automobile industry including work as a chef and construction. He has also attained the title of pro snowboarder, and two black belts, one in judo and one in Brazilian Ju-Jitsu. Don’t let that fool you though, he has been in car industry for almost 15 years and is very knowledgeable and helpful when it comes to his customers. During his free time he is a dedicated family man.

  • Christopher McCray

    Christopher McCray

    General Manager

  • Clay Gladwell

    Clay Gladwell

    Used Car Manager

    One of the two used car managers Clay has been with company for over 4 years and over 15 years automotive experience. Having his roots here in South Florida, clay really enjoys fishing and riding his motorcycle. Clay is also married and has a wonderful 2 year old boy.

  • Scott Blomquist

    Scott Blomquist

    New Car Salesmanager

    Scott is from Buffalo, NY and graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in business. He is a veteran in the auto industry with 16 years of experience, working in every department at Harbor Nissan. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding everything in the industry. When not at work Scott loves to spend time with his wife and three kids, one of which now attends FSU.

  • Tim Bush

    Tim Bush

    Used Sales Manager

    Another motorcycle lover, you may see him Ray and Clay riding together around town. Tim has a ton of experience with the industry as he has been in it for over 30 years with experience ranging from sales, finance, and management. Tim has also had the honor of serving in our great nations military serving in the Vietnam war. He also has a 24 year old son that is a force recon marine.

  • Tom Bishop

    Tom Bishop

    New Internet Sales Manager


  • Christine Mahnke

    Christine Mahnke

    Title Clark

    A person who loves Massachusetts and Florida she has moved back and forth several times, ultimately deciding to stay in Florida, she has been working Harbor Nissan for a total of 5 years. She has always had a strong love for cars, as she been in the industry for 14 years. When she isn’t doing accounting she spends her time modifying cars and bringing them to car shows.

  • Kim Saran

    Kim Saran


    Kim has much experience in the automobile industry as she has been in it for 25 years. She has spent almost 7 years here and 8 years at a local Ford dealership, all in accounting. Kim grew up in New York state. She loves to spend as much time with her family as possible.


  • Bill Smith

    Bill Smith

    Parts Manager

    Before being the Parts Manager at Harbor Nissan, Bill was the parts manager at Chrysler for 32 years. He is a family man that enjoys golfing and fishing in his free time.

  • Rusty Alderman

    Rusty Alderman

    Parts Counter

    A man who loves his job and been at it for over 25 years. He can’t see himself doing anything else. He's the guy you'll see for any parts and accessories for your new vehicle.

  • Ty Schulte

    Ty Schulte

    Parts Counter

    A man who is dedicated to his craft, Ty spends most of his time working on cars and at his local church. He spends 7 days a week at the church helping the youths understand religion. In his past Ty served in the Navy for several years. He has also worked in the restaurant industry, Harley Davidson and Ford. He looks to stay here until he retires and continue to help those in need at his church.


  • Chet Grove

    Chet Grove

    Used Sales

    Moving on in his life as a young man from Pennsylvania, Chet graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business. He also has the prestigious position of being a 32nd mason. Chet is one of the most experienced salesmen on our team, having been in the automobile industry for almost 30 years. He is a 3rd generation car dealer, who owned his own car lot for 23 years before joining our team. Prior to that he spent quite a while as a horse dealer. Whether you're driving away or riding away Chet can provide you with all the information you need.

  • CJ Schalch

    CJ Schalch

    BHPH Manager

  • Craig Williams

    Craig Williams

    New Internet Sales

    (941) 286-5849

    Craig joined the Harbor Nissan family after working in the mortgage finance industry for over 10 years, which makes him a perfect person to assist you in financing your new car. He was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota but has lived all over the United States such as Washington, Georgia, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas. He graduated the University of Wisconsin Stout and earned his degree in Engineering. He is highly principled and honest, as well as physically active, he enjoys playing golf, scuba diving, fishing and boating.

  • Greg Lopez

    Greg Lopez

    Used Sales

    (941) 629-1171

  • Jason Gorman

    Jason Gorman

    New Sales

    Jason is a graduate from Virginia Tech with his degree in Business Administration, he came back to Port Charlotte to continue the family tradition of selling cars. Jason enjoys spending time on his boat with his family or snowboarding down mountain sides in Colorado.

  • Lloyd Dennis

    Lloyd Dennis

    (941) 629-1171

  • Michael Homer

    Michael Homer

    Pre Owned Sales

  • Michael Wolfe

    Michael Wolfe


    Mike is a Marine, an Eagle Scout and Outward Bound alumni. Mike knows what it means to protect the interests of others. He comes from a large family. He has been with the Harbor Nissan family for almost 3 years and has worked in every department at Harbor Nissan. His goal is to make sure every customer has full disclosure about the car that they are purchasing and make sure they have the best car buying experience possible.

  • Mike Longo

    Mike Longo

    New Sales

    Mike graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business Administration. Before coming to Nissan, he was in restaurant management for almost 30 years. Business has been a big part of his life but he also loves being outside fishing and hunting. You will always see him with a big smile on his face and a fishing cap on his head.

  • Paul Kendall

    Paul Kendall

    Used Sales

    One of the busiest men you will see, he is always running around trying to help customers. After living in California and Arizona he believes he has found a place in Florida that he can call home. With over 10 years in car sales, he is sure to help you receive your perfect car. In his free time, Paul can be found spending time with his wife, teenage son, and his pets. Be sure to ask him about his pet squirrel.

  • Ray Gates

    Ray Gates


    (941) 629-1171

  • Richard Caracciolo

    Richard Caracciolo

    New Sales

  • Tom Rusch

    Tom Rusch

    New Car Sales


  • Cameron Byrd

    Cameron Byrd

    Service Manager

    (941) 629-1171

    You may recognize the last name, as it is the same as Virginia’s, they are husband and wife. Prior to joining the Harbor Nissan family, Cameron served with the Army National Guard. He has a background in Mechanical Engineering, and Finance. Cameron has spent his entire life in Florida and plans on raising his daughter near the water too. In his free time he enjoys boating, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

  • Maria Carrascal

    Maria Carrascal

    Service Reception

  • Todd Born

    Todd Born

    Recon Manager and Asst. Service Manager

  • Travis Howell

    Travis Howell

    Service Writer

    A graduate of Charlotte High and Florida State with a degree in political science . Travis has been with the Harbor Nissan family for over 3 years with experience in sales, commercial vehicles, and is now one of our most experienced Service Advisors. Travis' goal is to ensure that every one of his customers is given a world class service experience. A dedicated father and husband Travis spends his free time with his wife and children. Travis is currently training to audition for Sports Jeopardy, wish him luck.