The Circle Porsche 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 site 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!

 

Eric Ernst

Eric Ernst | General Manager

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: ericernst@circleporsche.com

Derek Uerling

Derek Uerling | Service Manager

Derek is a Porsche enthusiast. Holding an airfram/power plant license, Derek found it a logical move to work for POrsche back in 1988. Once on board, Derek quickly became an ASE/Porsche master technologist and it wasn't much longer before he became a shop foreman. At his 10-year anniversary he became a service manager and has the honor of being an award-winning Top Service Manager over ten times.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: duerling@circleporsche.com

Raphael Borenstein

Raphael Borenstein | Sales Manager

Raphael Borenstein has been with Circle Porsche for 5 years and has a varied automotive industry background including experience in manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and financing. His commitment to product knowledge and easy going nature equates to many referrals and repeat customers. When it comes to a favorite Porsche vehicle, Raphael's purist sensibilities kick in, "As long as it has 3 pedals on the floor." During his free time you can find him at any of the local ice hockey rinks either playing or coaching the sport he loves. As the Circle Porsche Sales Manager, Raphael possesses the expertise and passion to get you in your perfect Porsche.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: raphael@circleporsche.com

David Mercado

David Mercado | Sales Manager

When you need answers to a question related to the Porsche lineup or assistance with a Porsche purchase David Mercado is one of our go-to guys here at Circle Porsche.  As a past Porsche Certified Sales Professional, he keeps busy here at work, but during his off-time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two little girls.  Though David is relatively new to the Manager Postion position here at Circle Porsche, he comes with a very experienced background.  David has been in sales for 12 years and has over 14 years of experience in the automotive industry.  He also notes that his favorite Porsche is the famous Carrera GT.  When you are ready to start looking for your dream Porsche, call or stop by Circle Porsche.  Ask for David Mercado, and let him assist you with your Porsche purchase.

Get to know David a little better here:

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: davidmercado@circleporsche.com

Randy Kervin

Randy Kervin | Corporate Fleet Manager

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: randykervin@circleporsche.com

Billy Theodorakopoulos

Billy Theodorakopoulos | Shop Foreman

Billy Theodorakopoulos joins the Circle Porsche family with over 10 years of experience with Porsche vehicles.  Billy was born and raised in Southern California and started working on cars at just 15 years old.  In fact, he purchased his first Porsche, a 914, at the age of 17.  Billy graduated from the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) with a 4.0 GPA and perfect attendance and is a member of the UTI Honor Society.  He has been ASE Master Certified since 2005 and is currently a member of the Porsche Cars of North America Technician Council.  Since working on cars is more than just a job for him, you’ll find Billy racing on the track in his spare time.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: billyt@circleporsche.com

Steve Chew

Steve Chew | Parts Manager

Steve Chew is one of our most seasoned veterans here at Circle Audi. He has been an important part of the team since we were Circle Imports, over 15 years. Steve has spent his entire career with the Porsche and Audi brands, so his product knowledge goes back over four decades of model lines. Before working with Porsche and Audi, he worked with his father at the family service station in 1965. Steve actually owns a 1962 Porsche 356B (T5) sunroof coupe that he still works on during his free time. When not managing our Circle Audi and Circle Porsche Parts Departments, he enjoys reading, fishing, and traveling with his wife of over 40 years. Steve's extensive product knowledge and experience makes him the perfect choice when looking for answers to all of your parts questions.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: stevechew@circleporsche.com

Marlon Vargas

Marlon Vargas | Retail Parts Counter

Marlon came to Circle Porsche just over 2 years ago with more than 15 years of experience doing what he loves most, working with great cars and great people. He's not just a Porsche fan, but Marlon appreciates all European cars and follows circuit racing and rallying, especially the Volkswagen Racing Cup. He also works on his own cars, upgrading and tuning them, so he knows a thing or two about getting the best performance out of your Porsche with Genuine Porsche Parts and Tequipment items. Marlon's also the most knowledgeable in regards to what's new in the Porsche Design Driver's Selection. So be sure to stop in, and say "hello" to Marlon during you next visit to Circle Porsche. He'll be more than happy to help you with all of your Porsche parts and accessories needs.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: mvargas@circleporsche.com

Kas Chanklin

Kas Chanklin | Porsche Service Advisor

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: kas@circleporsche.com

Teresa Saavedra

Teresa Saavedra | Service Coordinator

Teresa Saavedra has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years and has been a part of the Circle Porsche team for over 4 years. She has held almost every position in a service department including cashier, receptionist, service associate, service advisor, assistant service manager, administration manager, business development center administrator, guest relations, and warranty administrator. She also gained extensive experience from working at a body shop for many years in various capacities. Assisting our Service Department is definitely Teresa's expertise due to her career background. Give her a call to schedule a service appointment for your Porsche today!

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: teresa@circleporsche.com

Michelle Larsson

Michelle Larsson | Certified Brand Ambassador

Michelle Larsson is celebrating 25 years with the Circle Automotive Group! Her first new car purchase, a 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet Wolfsburg Edition, lead to a career selling Volkswagen cars in 1985. This experience allowed her to easily move into selling Audi and Porsche cars; in fact, Burt Ohlander was her Porsche Mentor in 1989. As an owner of a 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 herself, she has been a member of the Porsche Club of America (PCA) for the last 7 years. Michelle represents the PCA's Orange Coast Region and enjoys driving her 911 on and off the track. She has been a Sunset Beach resident for over 30 years and enjoys boating, kayaking, and swimming during her free time. If you want to have a conversation with a real Porsche expert, come and meet Michelle!

Get to know Michelle a little better here:

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: mlarsson@circleporsche.com

David Nidess

David Nidess | Certified Brand Ambassador

David Nidess is our true Long Beach native. He's been working on his tan here in Long Beach for almost 25 years. David is one of our Certified Brand Ambassadors and has been selling Porsche cars since 1994. He has been part of the Circle Porsche Sales Team since September of 2012. He prides himself on being a Long Beach resident and loves meeting new people from all over this beautiful city, especially fellow Porsche fanatics. As a big Porsche fan himself, David considers his favorite Porsche to still be a 993 Turbo S. He's stuck true to the Porsche brand over the years and believes that Porsche continually changes the standard of all other sports cars, sedans, and SUVs.

Get to know David a little better here:

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: davidnidess@circleporsche.com

Darrin Ellis

Darrin Ellis | Certified Brand Ambassador

Darrin Ellis may be relativity new to Circle Porsche, just being here for a little over 2 years, but you would never know that once you sit down with him. Darrin is the perfect salesman to help your find your dream car, if we do not happen to have it on our lot at the time. Attentive to your needs, Darrin will go the extra mile to make sure your buying experience is as good as your driving experience will be in a new Porsche. 

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: darrin@circleporsche.com

David Farnell

David Farnell | Certified Brand Ambassador

Ex British Race Car Driver. He's as close to an International Man of Mystery as you can get. Having lived in France, Switzerland, England, Austria (where he was a ski instructor), and now resides in Sunset Beach, CA. He is extremely car knowledgeable and truly enjoys selling Porsches.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: david@circleporsche.com

Joseph Grimaldi

Joseph Grimaldi | Certified Sales Professional

Originally from Queens, New York Joe graduated from the University of Nebrask and has been a Porsche owner for 10 years. Currently, Joe drives a 2012 911 4GTS and 2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, with the 911 being his favorite Porsche within the model range. Joe has had a true passion for Porsche, long before being part of the Porsche Brand for a little over two years and loving every minute of it. Previously Joe played professional ice hockey for 9 years before retiring in 2015. Feel free to pick Joe's brain about anything related to Porsche.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: joseph@circleporsche.com

Brett Rajotte

Brett Rajotte | Certified Sales Professional

Brett is the newest member of our family here at Circle Porsche. His first Porsche was a 1957 356A and has had the “Porsche Bug” ever since. Along with the 356A, Brett has owned both the 964 and 996 versions of the 911 model. Since starting his career in sales, Brett’s focus has always been about taking care of his customers. He spent several years specializing in highline/luxury vehicles and considers his previous clients more friends than customers. When not at work you’ll find Brett and his wife routing on one of their 3 daughters at their sporting events. 

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: brett@circleporsche.com