Meet the Sales Staff at Audi Honolulu


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

  • Mike Lofano
    General Manager

    California native Mike Lofano comes to us from a family that's been in the car business for three generations. Growing up in Santa Cruz, Mike embraced the laid back vibe of living in a town where the forest meets the ocean. In his teens he was an avid skateboarder and played guitar in a punk rock band. After pursuing an art degree he found his way to the car business in 1989, it was then, when Mike found a life balance with creating music, art and selling cars.  Now nearly 30 years in the business, Mike has had 15 of them with VW, starting in sales and ending as finance director.  6 years with Mercedes Benz as new car manager and pre owned manager and 9 years with Audi as general sales manager and general manager. "I am devoted to elevating the experience of every customer that walks through the door"    


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  • Vince Leong
    General Sales Manager

    Born in Macau, Vince Leong moved to Hawaii at the age of one. Shortly after graduating from McKinley High School in 1998 he got into the auto sales industry. Prior to Audi Honolulu, he was the General Sales Manager of Honolulu Volkswagen where he lead the store to become number one in sales and customer satisfaction.

     

    With over 17 years in the auto sales industry, Vince aims to bring his passion  for cars and customer service to Audi Honolulu.

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  • Jeff Lee
    Sales Manager

    Native of Hong Kong, Jeff Lee speaks fluent Cantonese and some Mandarin. 

    "Please come by and visit us and experience the Audi Honolulu difference. My staff and I are ready to answer all of your questions and assist in your next Audi purchase. Mahalo!"

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  • Sean Ortiz
    Finance Manager

    Sean Ortiz, who grew up in the islands, attended Saint Martin's University in Washington, where he walked on to the baseball team. He also met his future wife while in school. Soon after graduation they moved home.
     
    Sean has been in sales for the last 12 years, selling everything from cell phones, to gym memberships, to even houses. Sean enjoys working with people on a daily basis. "I love meeting new people everyday"!
     
    He recently became an owner of his very first Audi! He says the Audi Q3 has everything he needs and is a perfect vehicle for his wife and one year old son.
     
    Hobbies include anything active, golf and hanging out with family.

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  • JP Damo
    Finance Manager

    JP grew up on the Island of Oahu and started in the automotive industry a few years after graduating from Radford high school in 2010. He joined the Audi team as a lot technician in 2012 and later moved to our sister company JN Chevrolet where he started his sales and finance career. JP recently got reunited with the Audi Ohana to help in the finance department.

    Hobbies: Cars and Shoes


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  • Tahir Ali
    Finance Manager

    Tahir moved to Hawaii about 8 years ago from Pakistan. He started in the automotive industry 2 years ago and loves to meet new people and share his love and passion for cars. Tahir likes to spend his time off with his wife and two kids, Shaheer and Amber.  He also enjoys playing cricket as a hobby.

     


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  • Brandon Banas
    Technologist

    Born and raised on Oahu, Brandon graduated from Pearl City High School in 2016. Following his lifelong love for cars, Brandon became a lot tech in 2017 at Velocity Honolulu. Working with Audi's almost every day, he further broadened his knowledge towards the vehicles, and became the Audi Technologist in 2018.

    He strives to own an Audi RS5 Sportback later in life, but for now, he'll be spending most of his time saving up and working towards that goal to obtain his dream car. Money may not buy happiness, but it's better to cry in an Audi.


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  • John Deron Ohtani
    Audi Brand Specialist

    John Deron Ohtani, who sometimes goes by John or JD, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii at Queens Hospital. He joined the Audi team in June 2015. John previously worked 13 years in the restaurant industry including lead captain at Alan Wongs for 3 years, Manager at Le Bistro for 4 years, Manager at Tango Cafe for 7 years and Server at MW restaurant for 2 years.
                    
    Hobbies include golf, fishing, host wine/wake tastings, cocktail mixology, social mixers and event promotions.

    From a young age John always loved traveling and was lucky to visit many places.  John has been to Japan, Canada, England, France, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Finland.

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  • Robert Townsend
    Audi Brand Specialist

    Robert Townsend is an Audi Brand Specialist that will help you grasp the true experience and feeling of how nice life is, when being part of the Audi ʻOhana. He became a true Audi fan after owning his first Audi A4 2.8L quattro 5 speed manual transmission back in 2005. Once he felt the sporty handling and performance combined with great attention to detail and luxury, his passion grew for the brand and decided to join the team as a lot attendant/detailer at Audi Honolulu in 2008. Growing up an island boy living here a majority of his life and passing on aloha spirit wherever he goes, "Life is all but a dream".  After two years of becoming familiar with all of the Audi features and functions, management gave him a shot in sales.  He also hosts and runs special events with the Audi Enthusiast Club. During his first year of sales he earned the privilege to attend a new car training launch in Germany which to this day he says, "was the best learning experience of my life".


    He now enjoys two Audi vehicles. One is a 2001 Audi A4 project car that he loves and drives on the weekend, and the other is also a fun, sporty, yet great on gas vehicle which is a 2013 Audi A3 TDI. With his free time he likes to attend car meets, DJ, skateboard, free dive, dance, and also attend concerts of all genres. "If you're ready to be part of the Audi ʻOhana and share aloha spirit on the road, come take a test drive and allow me the opportunity to share the knowledge of what it takes to become an Audi".

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  • Frank Quirk
    Audi Brand Specialist

    Living in Hawaii and working with cars have both been dreams of Frank's. Five years ago he moved here from St. Louis, Missouri and quotes he was lucky enough to get a job as an Audi Brand Specialist. He is now truly living his dream and excited to be with Audi. Frank would love to help you find the Audi of your dreams.

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  • Ryan Arcia
    Audi Brand Specialist

    A native of California but raised in North Carolina, Ryan made it to Hawaii in early 2010 and have been in love with it ever since. His professional background is in the Biotech industry. It is his intention to use that technical knowledge to create an informative and smooth experience for our guests. He's lived in Kailua, Manoa, Tantalus, and now the Gold Coast.
     
    At 16 he saw an episode of Top Gear that featured the Audi RS4 and was immediately enamored by it. Shortly after that he was fortunate enough to drive an Audi S8 full out on an airstrip and, needless to say, he will never forget that experience. All of this has brought him here to Audi Honolulu where he could not be happier to join the team.

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  • James Tran
    Brand Specialist

    James became a fan of the brand since he grew up in Makiki and would stroll past the old Audi dealership on South Beretania. Too young to own a drivers license at the time, he turned to his Playstation 2 and experienced his first Audi in the Video game Need for Speed. He now enjoys the same thrilling ride in his own Audi S4. James is hoping to get you into an Audi to share that same excitement he experiences when he got into his Audi. James was born and raised here on Oahu and is a graduate of Roosevelt High School. He has a real passion for sports and shoes. On his free time he keeps active by playing sports or spending quality time with friends and family. 

     


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  • Tam Le
    Brand Specialist

    Tam was born in Vietnam, he and his parents came to Hawaii when he was 3 years old. He has one younger sister (Lynn) who came along 2 years after they arrived in Hawaii. Tam Graduated from Roosevelt in 2007. Tam has been working in the restaurant industry for 10 years before changing his career choice over to sales. He has worked in many different restaurants including Todai, Island Burgers, Chilis, and finally 6 years at Le Bistro.


    In his free time, Tam likes to go to the gym, hang out with his friends and catch a good movie from time to time. He loves to eat so going to a nice restaurant is always a good time. Tam hopes to be able to travel more in the future because the only places he has ever traveled to is Vietnam, Vegas, and most recently Los Angeles. Come down to Audi and let him help you find the perfect vehicle to fit your everyday life.

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  • Caleb Mendonsa
    Brand Specialist

    Born and raised on the East side of Oahu. Caleb graduated from Kalani High School in 2009. He spent seven years in the restaurant industry at venues like Le Bistro, Alan Wong's and Fifty Three by the Sea.

    With his extensive customer service background and love for the Audi Brand, he decided to take the leap into his first job in the automotive industry.

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  • Austin Bigelow
    Brand Specialist

    Born and raised on the Gulf Coast of Texas. With a passion for surfing of 20+ years, and his love for the ocean, this had drawn Austin to his new home on Oahu, Hawaii. Coming from a broken family, Austin was a commercial fisherman, before he decided to serve as an Infantry Rifleman in the United States Marine Corps for one term. After his enlistment he decided a year later to buy his one way ticket with only $1000 bucks cash to his name, two surfboards and a lot of hopes and dreams. After working as a surf instructor and on the Waikiki beach catamarans, four years later here he is working for the top brand in the automotive industry, Audi. With a fine taste in the luxury lifestyle, and cars, helping others any way he can is something he strives for on a daily basis.

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  • William "Billy" Wills
    Brand Specialist

    William's path to Oahu started as a 23 year Texan and then 8 year Floridian.  He continues to enjoy learning and playing Ukulele, guitar, and the djembe drum and has always been influenced by the music from the islands!  An avid surfer and adventure seeker, Billy knew that he would one day live on the beautiful Island of Oahu and continue with the brand he loves the most.  To him, this is THE best life he could possibly live.  As an Exotic and Luxury automobile enthusiast, Billy has always respected Audi's presence on the road. With the Audi brands cutting edge technology and overall love for risk taking, this is THE luxury/sport vehicle that he chose to represent. William looks forward to having the opportunity to assist you in joining the Audi Family! Mahalo!


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  • Max Miller
    Brand Specialist

    Born on Oahu and growing up in Hawaii Kai, Max graduated from Kaiser High School in 2006. He loves spending his free time with family and friends and doing his best to help raise his two lovely nieces. He has spent the last ten years in sales and service industries, working as Inside Sales Manager for CBC Inc. and Range Manager for Hawaii & Waikiki Gun Clubs.

     

    After witnessing the success of his life long friend Robert Townsend, he decided to come and join the Audi Team and build a career as an Audi Brand Specialist.




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