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68 Waterbury Rd.
Directions Thomaston, CT 06787

  • Sales: (888) 717-9539
  • Service / Parts: (888) 720-1485
  • Parts: (877) 363-2074

Staff


Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

  • Daniel Grosso
    General Manager
    860-283-4304

    I grew up in Torrington CT and currently reside in Bristol with my wife and son.   I have been with Modern Mazda since 2008, and truly enjoy working for a family owned business both past and present.   When I'm not at work I spend all of my time with my son, teaching him how to throw/kick/hit a ball, playing cars and trucks, or just hanging out.  I'm an avid sports fan, and enjoy going to an annual professional football game with friends.  I enjoy spending time with family and friends and vacationing in Rhode Island. 


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  • Mike Belval
    General Sales Manager
    860-283-4304

    I have been with Modern Mazda since 1990.  I reside in Watertown with my wife and 2 wonderful furry children, Storm and Loki.  I always try to satisfy each and every Modern customer.

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  • Crystal Booth
    Sales Manager
    860-283-4304

    I have lived in Connecticut my whole life. I have worked at Modern Mazda since 2013. I have always loved cars, and working with people so working in the auto industry was a perfect fit! On my days off I enjoy spending time with my family including my 2 fur-babies Zoey and Teddy. 


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  • Larry DeMaida
    Product Specialist
    860-283-4304

    I have lived in Waterbury all my life.  I have been in the automotive business for 37 years and at Modern since 2009.

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  • Dani Escarfullery
    Product Specialist
    860-283-4304

    I was born in Connecticut, but spent most of my childhood living in New Hampshire. I've been with Modern Mazda for some time now and I love working here more and more everyday. I'm currently attending school at night so that I can pursue my dreams of becoming an RN. When I'm not at work I spend a lot of my time shopping, hanging out with friends and family, and going on adventures. 


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  • Kim Gelada
    Product Specialist
    860-283-4304

    I was born and raised in Connecticut and have lived in Torrington the majority of my life. I enjoy traveling to different countries and exploring tropical beaches. In my spare time I like to go to the beach, visit different amusement  parks, take wine tours, and spend time with my friends, family, and my cat "The Gizman."


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  • Jose Medina
    Product Specialist
    860-283-4304

    I have lived in CT since 1967 and been in the automotive business since 1984.

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  • Ali Riley
    Product Specialist
    860-283-4304

    My mother named me after Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul Jabbar.  I was born and raised in New Jersey City, but relocated to Boston with my grandmother and spent my high school and college years in Connecticut.  I attended Post University from 1999 -2003 and played basketball while obtaining 2 BA's in Computer Science and Business Management.  I've worked for ABC, MTV Viacom, worked in the mortgage industry and ran my owned marketing consultant business for 4 years. I have spent a lot of time in Altanta, Seattle, Canada and California.  I'm a huge Knicks, Yankees, Rangers and Giants fan. I consider myself a workaholic that works on his days off.  Many people thinks I'm crazy because of that, but I was once told by a mentor  "Poor People Sleep".   In my spare time I enjoyed live comedy shows, trying to eat healthy, snowmobiling in Vermont, networking events, spending time with my nieces and Gods children, driving my muscle car in the Summer, playing piano, basketball, volleyball, watching CNN, Shark Tank, Law & Order SVU, Last Ship, The Big Bang Theory, ESPN:60, MSNBC, History Channels, shopping for vintage pieces and driving my managers crazy at the dealership lol.  I speak some Japanese and currently learning to speak Spanish.


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  • John "Fish" Salmon
    Product Specialist
    860-283-4304

    I've been married since 1978 to the same woman (Karen) and we're more in love now than we've ever been.  I play the drums, love rock music and enjoy working on my home. I also very much enjoy spending time with my two granddaughters Faith and Elizabeth.


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  • Vinny Valenti
    Product Specialist
    860-283-4304

    I am a car buff, in my spare time I enjoy spending as much time in my old Jeep Wrangler as possible. I also enjoy camping as much as possible. Of course I tow the camper with my Dodge truck! 


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  • Ted Vanasse
    Commercial Truck Manager
    860-283-4304

    I have been working in the Commercial & Fleet vehicle sales industry since 2006.  I have worked with customers on Class 1 to Class 8. Before I got into the automotive business I had his own landscaping and construction business. I also previously work at Gowans Knight Co. in Watertown, CT. building fire trucks & police car as well as helping write specifications for them. I have also been a member of The Northfield Fire Company since 1988. I am available to meet with you at your office or job site to minimize your down time finding a new vehicle and keep you working.


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  • Joel Paradis
    Service Manager
    860-283-4304

    I attended Universal Technical Institute for automotive and diesel training. The automotive business has been a great experience and I have been in the industry since 2004. I started in the business as a technician, moved to service advisor, assistant manager and now manager. I grew up in Southington and now live in Plainville with my wife and 3 animals. I thoroughly enjoy working at Modern and strive for every customer to have a great experience.


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  • Marc McAviney
    Mazda Service Advisor
    860-283-4304

    I started working with Modern Motors service department in June of 1995. I am from Cheshire and married to my wife of 32 years. We have 3 beautiful children and 1 amazing granddaughter and 2 granddogs. We take pride in what we do here at Modern.


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  • Amanda Schemenaur
    Service Advisor
    860-283-4304

    I have been in the auto industry since 2008.  I enjoy working with people.  When I am not at work I enjoy traveling, spending time with my family and my dog Rascal.  I love the Summer, especially being by the ocean or my pool.

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  • Heather Willets
    Warranty Administrator
    860-283-4304

    Heather loves spending time with her daughter, going to rock concerts, traveling and photography. She is a huge Mazda fan and owner.


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  • Carmen Vaccarelli
    Dodge Service Advisor
    860-283-4304

    I am a Certified Dodge service advisor and have been working with Chrysler/Dodge since 2004.


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  • Dave DiCarlo
    Parts Manager
    860-283-3135

    I grew up in Waterbury and currently reside in Watertown with my family.  I have been in the automotive business since 1999 and at Modern Mazda Dodge since 2009.  I am the coach of the Modern Mazda Dodge softball team.


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