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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

David Mercado

David Mercado | Sales Manager

David speaks fluent Spanish.


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

Matt Tompkins

Matt Tompkins | CPO / Sales Manager

In 2009 Matt joined our family after his unusual start in the car business where he wholesaled Exotic cars for a local Ferrari dealership for a couple years. He was a solid Porsche Salesman, due to his commitment and follow up. In 2010 he became our used Car Director for our Porsche and Audi store until 2016; where he went back to wholesaling Exotic cars for a year, but his true car family called him back to be our Buyer for Circle Auto Group. Due to his ability to source the “right” Porsche’s locally and from all over the country we now have him back at his original desk from 2009 and is now our New and CPO Sales Manager. Except now he spends his free time with his wife and two boys.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: matt.t@circleautogroup.com

Randy Kervin

Randy Kervin | Corporate Fleet Manager

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: randykervin@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

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

Brett Rajotte

Brett Rajotte | Certified Porsche 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. 

Get to know Brett better here 

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: brett@circleporsche.com

Shaun Murray

Shaun Murray | Certified Porsche Sales Professional

Shaun Murray is a local Long Beach resident. Growing up every summer in Long Beach/Seal Beach as a kid, and every Sunday for church. In his early days his parents bought VW Jettas from Circle VW in the late 90s. Shaun just joined Circle Porsche and is excited to be part of such a prestigious brand. Shaun thinks of the dealer as a home more than work, he enjoys sharing his love of exotic and sport cars with his guests. Shaun's favorite Porsche is the 911 Turbo and or Cayenne Turbo. When Shaun isn't at work you can usually find him in Corona Del Mar soaking up the rays, or in Laguna Beach finding new restaurants to try! Shaun truly loves taking care of his clients and making them fill part of the Porsche family! 

Ji Won Kim

Ji Won Kim | Porsche Sales Professional

Ji Won Kim speaks fluent Korean.

Phone: 562.597.3663

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

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

Domenic Macchia

Domenic Macchia | Porsche Service Advisor

Domenic has been with the Porsche family since 1999 and is an absolute Porsche enthusiast. He has personally owned more than his fair share of Porsche’s, everything from starting with a 1967 912 to a 2004 996 GT3. On the weekend he loves to spend his time in the wilderness such as Hiking, camping, off roading and enjoying time with his beautiful family. Come by Circle Porsche and Domenic will always take care of you, and all of your needs.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: dmacchia@circleporsche.com

Neil Parafina

Neil Parafina | Porsche Service Advisor

Enthusiastic about all things Porsche, you can be assured! Neil‘s enthusiastic energy for your Porsche and the brand will shine through.

In just 2 years with Porsche Neil is now a Certified Brand Ambassador.

On his days off you may catch him racing sailboats from Long Beach to Catalina, or surfing at the beach catching the next set of waves. His surf trips abroad have included Costa Rica, Brazil, and Australia. He currently is sailing for a Local Yacht Club and Race Team but also plans to one day sail the globe.

Phone: 562.494.1911 • Email: neilparafina@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