The Award Winning Team at Premier Subaru Branford CT


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  • Robert J. Alvine
    President and General Manager
    (888) 690-6710

    Bob Alvine is the President and General Manager of Premier Subaru.  Bob started the business in August, 2000 with the desire to create a Subaru dealership that would consistently exceed the expectations of customers.  Bob also wanted a company that was active and invested in the community in which it serves. 

    In addition to Premier Subaru, Bob is also President of Premier Kia (Branford, CT), and Premier Subaru Watertown (Watertown, CT).

    Bob is a graduate in Finance from the University of Rhode Island (and a HUGE Rhody Basketball Fan) and has a MBA from the University of New Haven.  Bob started his career in the banking industry and worked in various positions in Commercial Lending and Finance. 

    Bob is active with the University of Rhode Island Alumni Association, The University of New Haven, the Branford Chamber of Commerce (Board Member), the Amity Club of New Haven and other community organizations. 

    Recently, Bob was named to the Board of Directors of the Better Business Bureau of Connecticut and to the Board of Directors of Jane Doe No More.  Most recently, Bob was named to the Advisory Board of the University of Rhode Island College of Business.

    Bob is also Past Chairman of the Subaru of America National Dealer Advisory Board - a position that he cherishes - as he works to help the Subaru brand in the United States.

    Bob is an avid fan and supporter of the University of Rhode Island, and the URI basketball program! Go Rhody!

    Bob has an open door policy at Premier Subaru, so, if you have questions, or simply want to say "hi", please stop up. You can also email him directly or just pick up the phone.  Bob can be heard saying "The Customer is the Reason for Our Existence", so, he would love to hear from you.



    Robert Alvine

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  • David Taylor
    General Sales Manager
    (888) 690-6710

    Day off: Friday


    David has been in the auto industry for 10 years.

    David enjoys spending time with his wife Andrea and working around the farm with his horses, one a recent rescue, a 5 year old morgan named Trinity, and the other,  Delilah, a 14 year old Belgium Cross/ Throroughbred. He also has a Welsh Corgi named Cosmo and some rescue cats for the farm.

    David Taylor

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  • Brad Yardis
    Sales Manager
    (888) 690-6710

    Brad comes to us with extensive experience in both sales and finance and is excited about the opportunity.  Originally from Greenwich, he now calls Fairfield home.  He is the father of four daughters, an avid golfer, and an even more avid Yankees fan. 
    Brad Yardis

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  • Will Petrillo
    Used Car Manager
    (888) 690-6710



    Will Petrillo

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  • Rodney Pomerleau
    Business Manager
    (888) 690-6710

    Nickname: Rod-dizzle

    Day Off: Tuesday

    Rodney has been assisting clients with their financial requirements  purchasing automobiles for over 10 years.  He explores every avenue to ensure that the customer has the best coverage for their new or pre-owned vehicles.

    Spending some time in California, Rodney now calls Clinton, Connecticut home.  Some of his proudest moments were when he served as a Drill Instructor for the U.S. Marines, Semper Fi!

    Rodney loves to surround himself with loved ones, especially his loyal companion, Bentley. He is also an exotic car enthusiast and you can sometimes catch him scratching off a lottery ticket in which he is usually a winner.

    Please contact Rodney any time to discuss additional warranties available for your vehicle.

    Rodney Pomerleau

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  • Jeff Desantis
    Business Manager
    (888) 690-6710


    Jeff Desantis

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  • Joseph Zerbo
    Training Quality Control Manager
    1(800) 411-4551

    Joseph has over 25 years in a retail and customer service background, which makes him a good fit for the new position of Quality Control Manager, working with the sales staff to ensure that you, the customer, have a great experience at our store. 

    A resident of Stamford, Joseph loves Italian food and is a major history buff.  His favorite quote comes from Abe Lincoln who, during the Civil War, when having received complaints about General Ulysses S. Grant drinking alcohol to excess: "Find out what Grant drinks and send a barrel of it to each of my other generals!" 

    Joseph Zerbo

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  • Laurie Anne
    Director of Social Media
    (888) 690-6710

    Laurie Anne is responsible for implementing the Automotive Group's Social Media marketing plan, which includes blogging, creating online presence/ engagement, monitoring, and reputation management. Laurie is a social butterfly in the social media world! 

    Laurie Anne Alvine

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  • Sales Department
    (203) 481-0687


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  • Ted Astarita
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710

    Day Off: Thursday

    Ted joined our team after an extensive sales career, most recently as a mortgage loan originator.  His current position brings him back to the automotive industry where he's spent time in service and sales positions.

    Dedicated to making sure every customer's needs are met and that all of their expectations are exceeded, Ted credits his success in sales to enjoying taking care of people.


    Ted Astarita

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  • Dimitriy Naumovich
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    1(888) 690-6710

    Before he joined our team, Dimitriy also gained experience in both sales and online marketing.  He travels every day to us from Westport to help you find the car you love.  He is always looking to help customers with information.  Ask as many questions as you like - he will find the answers.


    Dmitriy Naumovich

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  • William Polito
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710


    William Polito

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  • Kevon Morin
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    1(888) 690-6710

    Kevon has been quite familiar with the Subaru brand for many years. His background comes from the automotive aftermarket repair sector, having owned an Aamco Transmission franchise in Queens, New York, for 15 years.  He was an operations manager for another franchise chain for three years prior to that, and has experience in automotive sales with Honda as well as 5 years with Harley Davidson Motorcycles and most recently 4 years in business jet sales. There is a common denominator in all these industries.  If you ask the right questions, understand your customer's wants and needs and treat them as you would like to be treated, everything else will fall into place.
    Kevon Morin

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  • Sterling West
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710

    Nickname: Paul
    Sterling West

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  • Dalton Orns
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710


    Dalton Orns

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  • Robert DiLella
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710


    Robert DiLella

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  • Parker Pearlstein
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710


    Parker Pearlstein

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  • Shalee Sanchez
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710


    Shalee Sanchez

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  • Isabella Furlo
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710


    Isabella Furlo

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  • Jim Horn
    Certified Subaru Sales Consultant
    (888) 690-6710


    Jim Horn

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  • Neil Wetmore
    Delivery Coordinator
    1(888) 690-6710

    Neil is a relative newcomer to Premier Subaru of Branford. In the past Neil has worked as a Paralegal as well as a Marine.He lives in East Haven, CT with his wife Roseanne, his cat, Pepper, and his dog, Niko.Neil enjoys cooking, playing piano, and spending time with his wife.
    Neil Wetmore

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  • Paola Vilches
    Delivery Coordinator
    (888) 690-6710

    Nickname: Andy

    Andy has been in the auto industry since 2015, assisting customers in finding the right vehicle for their needs.  She was born in and resides in West Haven.  

    Andy loves to drive her Impreza to Cornwall Park, CT, to take a long hike to the top of the mountain there.  She also bike rides on a regular basis, and loves the outdoors during the winter when she gets to snowboard, snowmobile, cross country ski, and basically teach her friends how much fun winter could be. 

    Paola Vilches

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  • Rita Ruhland
    Internet Sales Manager
    (888) 690-6710

    Day off: Wednesday

    Currently residing in Stratford, Rita got into the car business 14 years ago.  She sincerely enjoys working on-line and works hard to promote the great customer satisfaction Premier offers it's on-line customers. Rita brings a lot of "smarts" to the team and she's a lot of fun and really wants to help everyone!

    Rita and her boyfriend, Jimmie, enjoy their two puggles, Zoe and Ace.  Rita also likes to hang out with her family as much as possible.

    Rita's favorite saying is, "They always can hear you smile when you're on the phone."   

    Rita Ruhland

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  • Brian E. Canell
    Internet Sales Manager
    (888) 690-6710

    Day off: Thursday

    Brian has been with Premier since 2004, starting as a Subaru Certified Sales Consultant before getting promoted to his current position as Internet Sales Manager.  His unbreakable work ethic and dedication made him the perfect choice for a new position at the company in Business Development.  As such, he's responsible for making sure that everyone who contacts our dealership about buying a new or pre-owned vehicle has a great experience here.  Chances are, if you've ever considered a Premier vehicle, you've spoken with Brian.

    He's not your typical car guy, so he's able to empathize with a lot of customers who don't consider themselves "car guys" either.

    The work Subaru and Premier Subaru does with the ASPCA is something that Brian takes to heart.  He has a dog and three cats, all of which are rescues from shelters in Wallingford and Meriden. 

    When he's not busy keeping in touch with Premier's customers, he enjoys acting and singing and has been the lead in several recent plays including productions of Guys and Dolls and Pippin.  He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus - Silver City Council #2 in Meriden. 

    Born and raised in Wallingford, CT, Brian and his wife Jen now reside in Northford, with their two daughters, a dog, and three cats. 


    Friends and relatives of Brian have come to Premier to buy cars from all corners of Connecticut, so he knows it's always worth the drive down! 

    Brian Canell

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  • Margarita Martinez
    Internet Sales Representative
    1(888) 690-6710

    Margarita joined our BDC team in November 2016, bringing with her over 3 years of customer service experience.  She loves to help out customers and strives to ensure every customer is happy and properly taken care of.  She is both a native and resident of nearby East Haven.


    Margarita Martinez

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  • Cailin Williams
    BDC Representative
    1(888) 372-9696

    Cailin has worked before as a BDC Manager at a previous location, and is excited to bring her expertise to the Premier team!  Being caring and friendly with our customers is important.  Her goal is to help you find your perfect vehicle.  


    She is a native and resident of Branford.  She enjoys spending her spare time with her family.  
    Cailin Williams

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  • Office
    (203) 481-0687


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  • Victoria Romsky
    Auto Group Controller/Office Manager
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    Nickname: Vicki

    Vicki has been affiliated with the Premier Auto Group since 2004.  She started as an Office Assistant in our Branford location, and now serves dual roles as office manager for both the Watertown and Branford stores, as well as Auto Group Controller.  Her exceptional attention to detail has been a tremendous asset to the organization.  
    Victoria Romsky

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  • Virginia Augustine
    Title Clerk
    (888) 690-6710

    AKA "Ginny" or "Ethel"

    Ginny was born and raised in East Haven, CT but now resides close by in Branford, CT.  She has 20+ years in automotive accounting, billing and reception.

    She's a mother of 3 grown children and is a grandmother to 7 lovely grandchildren--her pride and joy.

    She enjoys time to herself relaxing.  She also loves cooking, spending time with family and friends, and taking grandchildren for sleepovers on weekends.  She can use those relaxing weekends...after all, her desk is right outside Bob's office.

    She lived in the South for 2 years and loved it there.  She's traveled extensively up and down the Eastern coast .  She hopes her future holds even more adventure!

    Virginia Augustine

     

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  • Peggy Cotto
    Administrative Assistant
    (888) 690-6710

    Peggy is excited to have joined our Premier Office Team.  She is originally from Stratford.  
    Peggy Cotto

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  • Denise Murray
    Administrative Assistant
    (888) 690-6710

    Denise has been a member of our accounting team since June of 2015.   She grew up in Branford and still calls it home.  
    Denise Murray

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  • Lisa Pogwizd
    Administrative Assistant
    (888) 690-6710

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  • Service Department
    (203) 643- 1102


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  • David Harger
    Service Director - Main Shop/Express Lane
    (888) 697-5387

    David Harger is the Director of Fixed Operations at Premier Subaru - all Service and Parts Activities for our award winning dealership report to David,

    David oversees the Service, Parts and Accessories Department, as well as the affiliate "etailer" Subarupartswarehouse.com.  In his role, David oversees all aspects of the sale of Subaru parts and accessories.  He truly cares about making sure that all of our clients are completely satisfied, even personally running a part to a customer when it just "needed to get there".  Prior to joining Premier Subaru, David was involved on both the parts and service areas in a large Hyundai dealership.  His involvement with the Service Department allows him to know what parts to stock so that we can make sure we have the part in stock that your car requires. 

    David is a Certified Parts Manager by Subaru of America and a multiple year winner of the Subaru of America Circle of Excellence Award for Parts Department Excellence.

    When not at Premier Subaru, David is an avid NASCAR fan (he goes to races!) and a very busy father of 3 children!  David is a resident of Middletown, Connecticut.


    David Harger

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  • Scott Collins
    Customer Experience Manager
    (888) 697-5387

    Scott joined our service department after finding success with our sales staff.  Scott is a lifelong West Haven resident.  He has a background in fine jewelry as well as the movie theater business. 

    When not at Subaru, Scott can be found at home with his wife, Ashley, their two daughters, Mackenzie and Alexa, and their two dogs, Cody and Abby. On his free time, Scott enjoys cooking and taking care of the yard. 

    Scott Collins

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  • Elliot Gonzalez
    Service Administrator
    (888) 690-6710


    Elliot Gonzalez

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  • Candice Slatt
    Express Service Manager
    (888) 697-5387

    Candice came on board with us in February 2016 to head up our brand new Express Service.  Originally from Irving, Texas, she now resides in Shelton.  She has 16 years of Express Lube Shop experience, so this is not her first "rodeo" - she can help you with all of your express service needs. 
    Candice Slatt

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  • Brian Lavin
    Assistant Service Manager
    (888) 697-5387

    Brian has been in the automotive industry since 1975.  He has worked at both the corporate and dealership levels in various capacities, as a technician, warranty claims processor, customer relations coordinator, and service director.  He has dedicated himself to providing an excellent service experience, guided by honesty and integrity.  


    Brian grew up in Westwood, New Jersey.  He is now a Guilford resident.  After a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force, he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Bergen Community College in 1974.  He is married and the father of two daughters and grandfather of three.  He is also a lifetime long distance runner.  
    Brian Lavin

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  • Cindy Rinker
    Service Administrator
    (888) 697-5387

    Cindy has been working in different areas of customer service for many years.  It comes naturally to her, as she enjoys helping others.  One of the things that drew her to the company  was Premiers participation in  working with  organizations that help people in need.

     

    Cindy grew up in Branford, a town she loves.  In her spare time she loves to be with her family and friends, riding her bicycle, and the peace of living near the water.

    Cindy Rinker

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  • Lisa Hartshorn
    Service Administrator
    (888) 697-5387

    Nickname: LeeLee


    Lisa has over 20 years of administrative experience under her belt, including as a scheduler for over 15 years.  She has excellent interpersonal skills and is great with customer service.  

    Lisa grew up in Milford, but lives in Orange.  She is a CERT Team Member for the Town of Orange for over 8 years, a Women's Auxiliary Member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department for over 6 years, and a part-time State of Connecticut Security Guard, licensed for over 13 years.  
    Lisa Hartshorn

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  • Colleen Hickey
    Service Concierge/Loaner Car Agent
    (888) 697-5387

    Nickname: Lena

    Day off: Friday

    Colleen, a lifelong resident of Guilford, went to Aurora University in Chicago with a major in Political Science and double minor in English and International Studies.  She feels this definitely helps her interacting with customers. 

    She loves to travel and experience new adventures.  When she's not at work, chances are you'll see her at a concert.  She is also a huge Chicago Blackhawks and FC Barcelona Fan! 
    Colleen Hickey

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  • Martine Raes
    Service Administrator
    (888) 697-5387


    Martine Raes

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  • Kim Carleton
    Service Administrator
    (888) 690-6710


    Kim Carleton

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  • Parts Department
    (203) 643-1103


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  • Gregg Mattison
    Parts and Accessories Director
    1(866) 938-4113


    Gregg Mattison

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  • Shaun Daly
    Assistant Parts Manager
    (866) 938-4113

    Nickname: Slim

    Shaun is originally from Branford, but now calls North Branford his home.  He is new to the automotive industry but has a total of 12 years of customer service.  He has also owned and worked on 32 of his own vehicles, and has extensive knowledge in the accessory aspect of the parts department. 

    Shaun Daly

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  • Greg Nelson
    Parts Consultant
    (866) 938-4113

    Greg has been in the car business for 40 years.  He has always been fascinated with internal combustion engines since he started fixing lawn mowers at the age of 12.  He originally trained with GM, and we are excited to now have him as a member of the Subaru family. 

    Greg is from Olympia, Washington originally and now lives in West Haven.  HIs hobbies include music and cooking. 
    Greg Nelson

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  • Rachael Kudej
    Internet Parts Consultant
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    Rachael joined our parts department as an Internet Parts Consultant, after 10 plus years in the industry as an auto mechanic.


    Rachael's love of automotive started from a very young age.  "My dad owned a garage when I was growing up in Colchester and I worked there.  This is where my passion for Automotive took off."  Rachael took automotive and machine tool classes in school and then worked at a local shop in Norwich.  

    Rachael loves making good relationships with her customers and helping out in any way that she can.  She also restores old cars and trucks as a hobby, and loves going to car shows and races.  

    Rachael Kudej

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  • Johnny Rodriquez
    Dispatcher

    If you have brought your car in for service and got it back all washed up, Johnny is the man to thank!   Johnny, who is a resident of New Haven,  is a proud father of two.  In his past time, Johnny works on his vintage Toyota....which has the coolest paint job you EVER saw!   You know when Johnny brings the Toyota to work....Bob is drooling all over it!
    Johnny Rodridguez

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  • Don Touchette
    Technician


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  • John-Philip Hynes
    Technician

    John-Philip has been with Premier Subaru since 2011. He grew up in Clinton, and still resides there. JP is very passionate about his family, animals and action sports.

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  • Ismael Cotto
    Technician

    Ismael is one of our Technicians here at Premier Subaru. He is orginally from Puerto Rico and now resides in Meriden, CT.

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  • Josh Serrano
    Technician


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  • Luis Sanchez
    Technician

    Luis is from New Haven.  He came on board with us after completing both his technical High School and Stars certifications.  He is a hard worker and an easy going person.  He tries to be as meticulous as possible, so you can be assured that your car is fixed right the first time.

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  • Wesley Piche
    Express Technician

    Wesley is from East Haven.  He came on hoard with us after going to PCI for Automotive Training.  He is willing to help you out as much as he can, so we make certain your express service work is done right.

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  • Elijah Diaz
    Technician


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  • Terry Utterback
    Technician


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  • Ken MacDonald
    Technician


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  • Kodia "Cody" Yard
    Technician


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  • Steve Moore
    Technician


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  • Chris Fitch
    Technician


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  • Troy Brown
    Technician


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Premier Subaru is proud to lead the country in corporate responsibility.  Premier Subaru is proud to employ a diverse group of individuals who promise to exceed your expectations at every turn.  Premier Subaru's diversity has been recognized by Subaru of America on a national basis.  Please allow us the opportunity to earn your confidence in our organization.  Our team is ready to assist you at any time.

If you wish to recognize employees that have exceeded your expectations, please look for our Employee Achievement Award Brochures throughout our store.
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