Staff

OWNER

Phil Engs

Phil Engs

President & Owner

Phil was born in Montreal but grew up in St. Catharines and attended Sir Winston Churchill S.S. He graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 and went on to work in the petroleum industry in Brazil & Iran. Phil started CMH AUTO SUPERSTORE in 1993 after returning to Canada. He is happily married to Annie Fortier from Candiac, QC and they have 3 children born in 1998, 1999 & 2002. Phil enjoys travel, boating, skiing, and reading. Phil can speak some Portuguese, French and a bit of Spanish.

SALES

Raymond Blais

Raymond Blais

Sales Manager

Raymond was born and raised in Fort Erie and has been residing in Wellend, ON since 2003. Over the years, Raymond has accomplished quite a bit. He graduated from Niagara College with Honors in Business Accounting. Helped raise his 3 children – Matthew, Sarah and Nicole. Coached Minor League Soccer & Hockey for 10 years and coached a junior golf team in New Likseard.

Raymond starting his career in the automotive industry in 1993 at Nemeth Lincoln Mercury – which is the same building where CMH Auto Superstore is located today! He has 18 years’ experience with Hyundai vehicles, as well as many other makes and models. Customer satisfaction has always been his #1 priority and the reason for his success in the car industry. It was a logical choice to join the CMH team, as they’ve won many awards for superior customer satisfaction and best in class value pricing.

In his spare time, Raymond enjoys golfing.

Dan Cowan

Dan Cowan

Sales Consultant

Dan has been in the automotive business for over 10 years. He spent roughly 4 years as a mechanic. Later he expanded his role into sales and then into sales management. In his spare time, Dan loves working on tech projects at home. Pinball machines, arcade games and even custom motorcycles are just a few things he has worked on. Come see Dan for a no pressure sales experience.

It was after purchasing my BMW at CMH that I knew this would be a great place to work. I enjoy Phil’s philosophy of Customer’s Matter Here.

Ray Edwards

Ray Edwards

Sales Consultant

We moved to the beautiful Niagara Region in 2007, at which time I started to work for Phil at CMH.

Since then we have grown to be one of the largest and most highly reviewed Used Car Dealerships in the Niagara Region.

I am happily married and have a daughter, they also love the Niagara Region.

I have been employed in the automotive business since 1985, holding various positions with dealers in the Golden Horseshoe (Lexus, Toyota & Honda).

The car business has changed over the years for the better, the public is now more educated than ever.

I enjoy meeting and helping people, everyday is different.

My family and I are very avid Blue Jay fans. GO JAYS GO!!! This is our year.

Michael Holder

Michael Holder

Sales Consultant

Mike is happily married to Julia for 15 years. We have 2 wonderful children, Cole and Ella. I have been in the car business for over 20 years, going back to owning several dealerships with my family. I am now happy working for Phil here at CMH. Knowing we have the same objective in giving a great customer experience.

Sam Agostino

Sam Agostino

Sales Consultant

I was born & raised in Niagara, I have resided in Fonthill for the past 25 years. I’m married with 2 adult children & have been employed in retail automotive for 25 years with various manufacturers. I love motor sports, a big F1 fan, fond of classic motorcycles & enjoy off shore fishing. I have coached both minor basketball & hockey. Have a great love and respect for all our lakes and oceans!

Graham

Graham Scholl

Sales Consultant

Graham was born and raised in Niagara and is the oldest child from a family of eight kids. He has five younger brothers and two younger sisters who have all grown up and gone to School in Niagara. He attended the St. Catharines Collegiate SS and completed a diploma program from Niagara College in Recreation and Leisure Services. He then spent five years in North Bay Ontario working and completing his Bachelor's Degree in Physical and Health Education from Nipissing University. After university, he moved back to Niagara and has been working in the Retail Electronics industry both at Future Shop and most recently at Henrys Cameras. For fun, Graham enjoys volleyball, cycling, hiking, and camping. He recently got married to his wife Alicia and they have two dogs named, Riley and Chase

Laureen Lowden

Laureen Lowden

Inventory Coordinator

Laureen has been with her partner Dave for over 15 years. Together they have 3 children, 2 grandchildren and another on the way. Laureen has been in the Automotive industry for a better part of 25 years. She enjoys getting out there and meeting new people on a daily basis.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Leonie Ardell

Leonie Ardell

Finance Manager

Leonie has been with CMH AUTO SUPERSTORE for 6 years and in the industry for over 20 years. She is married with one daughter Heidi, “A CHIP OFF OF THE OLD BLOCK”, who also works at CMH. Leonie is also an avid reader.

Heidi Dickinson

Heidi Dickinson

Finance Manager

Heidi has been employed with CMH for 2 years, she is happily married to Greg and is apparently “A CHIP OFF OF THE OLD BLOCK”. Heidi has previously held positions in the Corporate World as well as having 20 years’ experience in hospitality

Lisa Sanecki

Lisa Sanecki

Finance Manager

Lisa spent 15 years in banking prior to joining Gillespie’s Pontiac/Buick/Cadillac in Welland back in 2001. Remained there as a Financial Services Manager until 2011 when GM shut down the dealership. The last 8 years, Lisa was commuting to Burlington to work with the Paletta Group. Since her 3 boys are active in travel sports, Lisa was looking for an opportunity closer to her home in St. Catharines. She is excited to join the CMH team due to the double bonus of being able to spend more time with her family and working for a dealership with such a strong reputation for customer service. Lisa uses her vast experience in the lending and financial services industry to help make each guests purchase as stress-free and simple as possible.

ADMINISTRATION

Kathie Blais

Kathie Blais

Account Manager

Kathie is married to Mike. Together they have 4 children who have blessed them with 8 grandkids & 2 great grandkids. Four and half years ago they rescued a black german shepherd named Sadie. Sadie is their camping buddy and makes friends wherever they go. Kathie started in the automotive business at the age of 12 helping her dad in his repair and mechanical shop. She grew up with a love for cars and still enjoys going to car shows and gazing at the oldies.

Lindsey Benincasa

Lindsey Benincasa

Accounts Payable

Lindsey has been married for 12 wonderful years to her husband Domenic, who owns and operates Rob’s Transmission & Auto Service Inc. They have an amazing son Gabriel, who is their world! Lindsey had worked in the Tourism Industry and made the move to the Automotive/Accounting field 7 years ago, without looking back. When she’s not at work, she helps coach Gabriel’s soccer team and she is his #1 cheerleader at all his baseball games.

Paula Vanderlaan

Paula Vanderlaan

Receptionist

Paula has been happily married to Raymond for 27 years, they have two beautiful children, Ben & Chelsea. Paula was born in Portugal and came to Canada in 1974, grew up in Toronto and moved to St. Catharines in 1992. She worked in the Real Estate industry for 25 years and has been working in the car business for the past 1 ½ years. She speaks fluent Portuguese

Stephanie Ernest

Stephanie Ernest

Receptionist

Stephanie has been employed with CMH as a part time receptionist and now is with us full time since 2017. Stephanie previously work in the banking industry for 6 years. She is married and has 2 beautiful children Alexander and Madison. Stephanie enjoys on her free time playing baseball and spending time with her kids.

SERVICE

Graham MacKay

Service Manager

Graham has worked as a technician for 17 years, and for the last 7 years, has been working in the used car sales industry.

When Graham is not spending time with his wife, son and their three dogs, he enjoys boating, hockey and working on his hobby farm.

Graham is driven to make sure your service needs and requirements are met to his standards. He strides to make your service experience the best that it can be.

Rob Beem

Rob Beem

Licensed Mechanic

Rob has been licensed for over 20 years. Rob is married, they have 2 sons which Rob enjoys mountain & dirt biking with whenever he gets the opportunity. Rob has been happily employed at CMH for over a year, and he does an outstanding job at overseeing the shop.

Dave Turner

Dave Turner

Licensed Mechanic

Dave has been with his partner Laureen for over 15 years. Together they have 3 children, 2 grandchildren and another on the way. Dave has been an Automotive Technician for over 25 years. He has worked at various dealerships and takes much pride in his work.

Blair Yauch

Blair Yauch

Licensed Mechanic

Blair started as a mechanic in 1977 in Alberta working most of the time at Ford dealerships. He then moved to St. Catharines in 1987 and started working at Forbes Ford for a short time and then moved on to Nemeth Lincoln Mercury where he stayed for 20 years until the dealership, which became Day Ford Lincoln, closed in 2007. While working at Day Ford, he obtained his Ford Master Technician status along with his Ford Diesel Certification. He then moved on to Ed Learn Ford for 5 more years until he expanded his horizons and moved on to smaller private shops.chris- He then continued training and obtained his NAPA Autopro Master Technician status.

He has been married for 37 years and has 2 wonderful daughters - both of which are happily married to 2 great son-in-laws. He has 2 fantastic grandchildren and a 3rd one will be arriving in August 2019. Spending time with his family is his biggest priority in my life.

He is glad to be back at 169 Hartzel Rd.

Robert Junior Taylor

Robert “Junior” Taylor

Apprentice Mechanic

Junior is 21 years of age and has been a Registered Apprentice for 2 years. Junior has been employed at CMH for 8 months and has become a valued team player.

Chris Forestell

Chris Forestell

Apprentice Mechanic

Chris was born and raised in Niagara and currently lives on a farm in Vineland. He helps to take care of animals, bees and crops, and now recently maple syrup. He was in the restoration construction business for 7 years until he decided to take on another career path. Growing up working on trucks with his Opa started his interest in the automotive repair field. He has his welding technician diploma from Niagara College which also helps him in the apprentice mechanic position that he has now. In his free time he enjoys fishing, boating, hockey, 4-wheeling, building cars for demolition derby’s and restoring cars.

CLEAN UP

Kelvin Fortier Engs

Kelvin Fortier Engs

Detailer & Lot Maintenance

Kelvin was born in 1998 and attended French High School at Jean Vanier in Welland. Kelvin began studying at Goodman School of Business at Brock University in 2016. He has been working part time at his dad’s dealership since 2012 and continues to work to help finance his university studies. Kelvin helps with driving, and assists the manager with lot organization. Kelvin enjoys skiing, video games and working out. He is fluent in French & English.

Alex Fortier Engs

Alex Fortier Engs

Detailer & Lot Maintenance

Alex was born in 1999 and is in his final year at Jean Vanier (French High School) in Welland before heading to University in 2017. Alex works part time for his dad’s dealership helping with lot maintenance & detailing of vehicles. Alex is actively involved in Sports including travel soccer with Niagara United, as well as volleyball & other High School sports. Alex enjoys sports, hunting and making videos. Alex is fluent in French & English.