The Porsche Salt Lake City Team

Our Porsche Team

Let us introduce you to our staff, show you some of our special vehicle offers, and take you through our complete line of new, Certified Pre-Owned and Used inventory. We can help you find exactly what you are looking for. We know your time is valuable. We are sure you will find our website a fast and convenient way to research and find a vehicle that's right for you. If we can be of any assistance while visiting us online, send us an email and we will promptly reply. We look forward to serving you!

 

 

Blake Strong

Blake Strong | Dealer Principal

Blake began his career in the automobile business at age 15 as a wash boy for Dave Strong Volkswagen. Blake graduated from the University of Utah with B.A. degree in Economics in 1981.

After college, he worked as a new car salesman, used car manager, and various management positions in his father's import car dealerships, and was general manager of Dave Strong Porsche Audi in 1990-2002. In 2003, Blake along with his brother Brad, purchased the Dave Strong Porsche, Audi, and Volkswagen dealerships located in downtown Salt Lake City.

Michael D. Baich

Michael D. Baich | General Manager

Michael has been in the Auto Industry for 42 years, all with the Strong Auto Group. He is our General Manager here at Porsche Salt Lake City and Michael's favorite Porsche is the timeless 911. Michael enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with his family.

Email: michael.baich@strongautogroup.com

Jeff Sandstrom

Jeff Sandstrom | Sales Manager

Jeff Sandstrom has been in the auto industry for 20 years. He has been with the Strong Auto Group for over 8 years. He is our Sales and Pre-Owned Manager at Porsche Salt Lake City.  Jeff's favorite Porsche is a 1988 911 Cabriolet, but also loves all vintage 911 Targas. Jeff loves car collecting, cooking, gardening, and historic home rennovation and preservation.

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: jeff.sandstrom@strongautogroup.com

Sherry Lobato

Sherry Lobato | Office Manager

Years in auto industry:  28 Years

Years with Strong Auto Group:  6 years

Department / expertise: Accounting 
Favorite Porsche:  
918 & 911 TARGA
Hobbies:  
Reading/Hiking/Camping

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1345 • Email: sherry.lobato@strongautogroup.com

Penny  Pilley

Penny Pilley | F & I Manager

Years in auto industry: 7yrs

Years with Strong Auto Group: 7yrs

Porsche Certified Since: n/a

Department/Expertise: Finance

Favorite Porsche: 911 Targa

Hobbies: Cooking

Email: penny.pilley@strongautogroup.com

Franz Siep

Franz Siep | Porsche Certified Sales Professional

Years in auto industry: 50+
Years with Strong Auto Group: 32
Department / expertise: Sales
Favorite Porsche: 911
Hobbies: Skiing, Traveling

"I enjoy working for The Strongs because they treat me and my customers fairly. I enjoy selling Porsche products because they are a high quality automobile backed by a reputable manufacturer and a great dealer network."

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: franz.siep@strongautogroup.com

Ted Polevoy

Ted Polevoy | Porsche Certified Sales Professional

Teddy has been Porsche Certified Sales Professional Since 2003. He has been with the Strong Auto Group for over 10 years. His favorite Porsche is the 918 Spyder. Teddy enjoys boating, traveling, motorcyles, hiking and camping, and spending time with his family.

"I love working for the Strong auto group because they believe in honesty, integrity, and transparency: the same values I believe in. I enjoy selling Porsches because I see the passion from the manufacturer, the dealership, myself, and the customer. I know this is the very best product available on the market today."

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1344 • Email: teddy.polevoy@strongautogroup.com

Daniel Eastman

Daniel Eastman | Porsche Certified Sales Professional

Daniel has spent over half of his life with Porsche; as a client, a race car driver, and a lead instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School. All of which led to him being selected as one of seven drivers in the world for the introduction of Porsche's 918 Spyder (prototype). Shortly after, he accepted the position with Porsche Cars as the 918 Client Relationship Manager. Daniel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise about Porsche and looks forward to assisting you with your next purchase.

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1316 • Email: daniel.eastman@strongautogroup.com

Z.A. Konarski

Z.A. Konarski | Porsche Certified Sales Professional

Z.A. has been Porsche Certified since 1985. He has over 30 years of experience in the auto industry and has been with Strong for 24 years. His favorite Porsche is the 911, and his hobbies outisde of cars include traveling, sailing, and spending time with his family.

"I bought my first Porsche when I was 16 , which was 50 years ago. This is my lifetime hobby, and I've been selling Porsches for 32 years in USA.

 

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: z.a.konarski@strongautogroup.com

Val Kranski

Val Kranski | Porsche Certified Sales Professional

Val has been Porsche Certified Since 2010. He has over 28 years experience in the auto industry and has specifically been with the Strong Auto Group for 18 years. His favorite Porsche is the GT3. Val enjoys gardening and traveling, in his spare time.

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: val.kranski@strongautogroup.com

Alisa Maljanovic

Alisa Maljanovic | Dealer Customer Experience Manager

Years in auto industry: 1
Years with Strong Auto Group: 1
Porsche Certified Since: February 19th, 2017 
Department / expertise: Sales – Dealer Customer Experience Manager
Favorite Porsche: 918 Spyder 
Hobbies: Outdoors, Yoga, Crossfit

 

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1300 • Email: alisa.maljanovic@strongautogroup.com

Ken Shiozaki

Ken Shiozaki | Porsche Certified Service Manager

Years in auto industry: 43
Years with Strong Auto Group: 43
Porsche Certified Since: 1971
Department / expertise: Service Manager
Favorite Porsche: 911 Turbo S
Hobbies: Fishing, Boating

Contact directly at: 801.736.0963

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1342 • Email: ken.shiozaki@strongautogroup.com

Corey Layton

Corey Layton | Porsche Certified Service Advisor

Years in auto industry: 7
Years with Strong Auto Group: 7
Porsche Certified Since: 2007
Department / expertise: Service Advisor
Favorite Porsche: 2007 911 GT3 RS - Orange with Black wheels
Hobbies: Modifying my personal vehicles and watching movies

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1301 • Email: corey.layton@strongautogroup.com

Eric Simpson

Eric Simpson | Certified Porsche Service Advisor

Years in auto industry: 15
Years with Strong Auto Group: 6
Department / expertise: Service Technician
Favorite Porsche: Cayman R
Hobbies: Camping, Golfing, Moto­X, anything outdoors

"Porsche is a very prestigious company to work for. I am always proud to say that I'm a Porsche Service Advisor. It’s very much a lifetime achievement for me. The Strong Auto Group is absolutely the best company I've ever worked for. A great group of people, fantastic/caring owners and management that actually knows your name. It just doesn’t get better in the automotive world."

 

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1306 • Email: eric.simpson@strongautogroup.com

Steve Deppe

Steve Deppe | Porsche Certified Parts Manager

Years in auto industry: 40+
Years with Strong Auto Group: 25
Department / Expertise: ­ Parts
Favorite Porsche: ­ 911
Hobbies: Outdoors, Running, Motorcycles


Contact directly at: 801.736.0962

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1360 • Email: steve.deppe@strongautogroup.com

Alex Kester

Alex Kester | Parts & Accessories

Years in auto industry: 10-15
Years with Strong Auto Group: 11
Department / expertise: Parts Specialist 
Hobbies: Tennis

Alex has been with the Strong Auto Group for 11 years, having worked in different areas at all three dealerships. In his free time he loves playing tennis, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1350 • Email: alex.kester@strongautogroup.com

Michael Bland

Michael Bland | Parts Specialist

Years in auto industry: 3
Years with Strong Auto Group: 2
Department / Expertise: Parts & Accessories
Favorite Porsche: Cayman
Hobbies: The Great Outdoors

"Working with the Porsche brand is simultaneously both challenging and rewarding, each day brings something new. To accentuate a good situation, working with the Strong Auto Group is like working with family."

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: michael.bland@strongautogroup.com

Brett Cook

Brett Cook | Porsche Certified Parts Specialist

Years in auto industry: 15+
Years with Strong Auto Group:
Department / expertise: Parts
Favorite Porsche: Cayman R (Type 987)
Hobbies: Playing with my kids

"Porsche produces automobiles that are the finest examples of pure sports car passion, mixed with the most cutting edge technology. They just keep getting better! The Strong Auto Group cares about their employees, and makes you feel like you are part of the family."

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: brett.cook@strongautogroup.com

Larry Moulton

Larry Moulton | Porsche Certified Master Technician

Years in auto industry: 53
Years with Strong Auto Group: 53
Porsche Certified Since: 1969
Department / expertise: service
Favorite Porsche: 911
Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, family activities

"Porsche stands for racing, performance, and a very exclusive product. I appreciate that, and have enjoyed building my career around those principles. The Strong family is a wonderful group of people to work for. They have lots of long term employees, which says a lot about their loyalty and character."

Phone: 801.531.9900

Randy Yates

Randy Yates | Porsche Certified Master Technician

Years in auto industry: 35
Years with Strong Auto Group: 35
Porsche Certified Since: 1982
Department / expertise: Service Technician 
Favorite Porsche: Carrera GT 
Hobbies: Kart Racing, Boating

"I appreciate everything about Porsche: Its heritage, performance, and design. The best thing about Porsche Salt Lake City is working for an ownership group that truly cares about its employees."

Phone: 801.531.9900

Denis Habibija

Denis Habibija | Porsche Technician

Denis is a Bronze Certified Porsche Technician, and lived in Hannover, Germany from 1993-1998'. During school he worked at Audi/VW dealer as a apprenticeship. He moved to United Sates in 1998, and started working in 1999 for Dave Strong VW as a technician. In 2000 Denis started working for Dave Strong Audi and stayed there for 15 years. In 2015 he moved over to Porsche Salt Lake City, and is still here. In his free time he enjoys being with family, traveling, skiing, and hiking. His favorite vehicle is the 911 997 GT3 RS.

Phone: 801.531.9900 Ext. 1356 • Email: denis.habibija@strongautogroup.com

Scotty Nielsen

Scotty Nielsen | Porsche Certified Service Advisor

Scotty "Too Tall" Nielsen has worked in the auto industry for over 25 years. Scotty has been with the Strong Auto Group for 3 years. He is a Porsche certifed service consultant here at Porsche Salt Lake City. Scotty's favorite Porsche is "of course" the 918 Spyder. "The GT3 is also a ride I wouldn't turn down." His hobbies outside of the work place are "golf, golf, and more golf." He also enjoys Skydiving, and racing karts.

"After spending almost 10 years working with the Audi brand, I found moving up to the Porsche brand, heritage & mystic, an offer I couldn’t pass up on. Like finally winning the lotto! A (excuse the pun) strong sense of family between employees & fellow workers that have been here for a long time (many over 30+ years). An organization that is fair, honest and truly concerned with the customers & employees!"

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: scotty.nielsen@strongautogroup.com

Ron Kunkel

Ron Kunkel | Detail Specialist

Years in auto industry: 35+
Years with Strong Auto Group: 35+
Department / expertise: Detailing
Favorite Porsche: GT2
Hobbies: Motorcycles, boating, all sports

Phone: 801.531.9900

John Cox

John Cox | Warranty Administrator

Years in auto industry: 40+
Years with Strong Auto Group: 15
Department / Expertise: Service
Favorite Porsche: 911 

Hobbies: Fishing, hiking, and family activities

 

Phone: 801.531.9900 • Email: john@strongporsche.com

Josh Strong

Josh Strong | Marketing Coordinator

Years in auto industry: 11

Years with Strong Auto Group: 11

Department: Internet

Favorite Porsche: 2017 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Hobbies: Football, hiking, being with friends and family

Email: josh.strong@strongautogroup.com

Derrick  Johnson

Derrick Johnson | Detail Specialist

Years in auto industry: 30+
Years with Strong Auto Group: 13+ 
Department / expertise: Detailing 
Favorite Porsche: 2017 C4S
Hobbies: Rocking out on the drums, music, cars, and spending time with family

Bailey Ossana

Bailey Ossana | Service Concierge

Years in auto industry: 3

Years with Strong Auto Group: 2

Department: Service

Favorite Porsche: GT4

Hobbies: Photography, Riding Motorcycles, Autocross, Camping

Email: bailey.ossana@strongautogroup.com

McKay  Meier

McKay Meier | Service Concierge

Years in auto industry: 1

Years with Strong Auto Group: 1

Department: Service

Favorite Porsche: 930 Turbo

Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Traveling, Skiing

Email: mckay.meier@strongautogroup.com

Dallin  Meier

Dallin Meier | Lot Tech

Years in auto industry: 3

Years with Strong Auto Group: 1

Department: Sales/Service

Favorite Porsche: 911 Targa GTS

Hobbies: Surf, Ski, Fly-fish, Farming, Hunting

 

Email: dallin.meier@strongautogroup.com