Chris Gennone - Managing Partner & Co-Owner
Chris brings over 40 years of automotive industry experience to the management team of The Stables. Beginning as an apprentice mechanic in a New Jersey Alfa Romeo dealership in the mid-70’s, Chris progressed to a career in motorsports-culminating as a professional driver in IMSA endurance competition-luxury auto sales and eventually started his own marketing-communications business a decade later.
That business became a Tier One supplier to Ford resulting from a close 15 year relationship with Jaguar. Other automotive clients included Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Ford and Ford's Formula One team, Jaguar Racing. The business was sold in 2002 and Chris returned to managing high performance driving events for various manufacturers including Lexus, BMW, Toyota, Audi and, most recently, was Program Director for Jaguar’s Performance Driving Academy and their ALIVE consumer drive events.
During a very diverse automotive career, Chris has been an automotive specialist for Barrett-Jackson, a professional racing driver and instructor, a sales & product trainer for many manufacturers and has been collecting, selling and restoring classic cars and motorcycles for more than 35 years. For more details, visit www.vintageautosportllc.com. Listen to an interview with Chris on Cars Yeah!...www.carsyeah.com.
Chris lives in the North Scottsdale foothills with his wife Janice and their spoiled West Highland White Terrier.
Vince Merlot - Partner & Co-Owner
Pittsburgh native Vince Merlot established his truck tarpaulin business in 1960 and never looked back. More than 50 years later, Merlot Tarpaulin Manufacturing Company http://www.merlottarp.com/ is the leader in the industry with numerous patents that have revolutionized the field. In addition to Merlot Manufacturing, Vince owns and operates a car trailer and truck body manufacturing facility, an engineering company and Oakmont Fox Chapel Auto Sales, a fully licensed Pennsylvania used car dealer.
As a life-long car enthusiast and veteran of many club and track events, Vince uses his five decades of business experience to help guide The Stables around obstacles of which he is most familiar. He is a long-standing member of the Ferrari Club of America, PCA, Corvette Club, Mercedes-Benz Owners Club and many others. Vince's love of cars and all things auto-related is a great asset to The Stables team.
Mike Verrico - Operations Manager
Originally from Connecticut, Mike developed a love of automobiles at an early age. His passion began in his father’s garage where he and his father restored many vintage automobiles. Despite his love of automobiles, Mike's first career was in financial services. Although this presented a promising and rewarding career path, he missed working on cars so he ultimately followed this passion and joined The Stables.
Mike enjoys working with his hands, especially if it involves tending to the fine automobiles housed at The Stables. In his current position, Mike manages the detail shop and leads the team for on site services. He is dedicated, as is the entire Stables team, to satisfying customers and keeping their prized possessions in good health and looking spectacular.
Dustin Hunt - Detailer/Technician
Dustin is an Arizona native who was able to indulge his automotive passion at an early age. He began building motorized bikes, quickly progressing to golf carts and quads and eventually to cars.He worked for several car dealerships as a lot porter and lot manager, eventually becoming responsible for new car inspection and delivery. After gaining valuable experience with OEMs, he made his way to a local independent shop where he apprenticed as a mechanic, attaining ASE certification along the way, and learned much more about the industry. Dustin then progressed to a higher end repair shop in Scottsdale where he began working on and managing more exotic vehicles. Having personally owned more than 100 cars, he currently keeps four-including a highly modified turbo Miata that he drives at various track events. Dustin has always had a passion for racing, building, buying and selling cars. At The Stables, he’s able to indulge his passion on a daily basis.