WLR Automotive Group Leadership
We always focus on the things we can do to make our customers experience a better one.
It’s more than just words to us; it is the single focus by which we measure our success as a company. Our customers ALWAYS come first. No exceptions.
RANDALL S. SIMPSON - PRESIDENT & CEO
In 1987, Randall along with Steven Ranney founded the company as a single Lube Center. Prior to founding the company, Randall started up and ran several small businesses including a Tire Shop and a Health Club. Randall bought out Steven Ranney’s portion of the business in 2012 to become the sole owner.
Today, Randall oversees all aspects of WLR Automotive Group and is actively involved in the daily operations as well as the future growth of the company. Randall works directly with the Leadership Team and Department Heads to make sure that the vision and goals of WLR Automotive Group are aligned and that our customers are being delivered the best experience possible.
In addition to the automotive group of businesses, WLR Automotive Group is also involved in real estate rentals and development. As the President and CEO, Randall will make certain that WLR Automotive Group plays an active role in participating and giving back to the communities where we have locations.
MICHAEL ALLEN - MANAGING PARTNER
Mike joined WLR Automotive Group through Middletown High School’s work-study program in 1997. It is pretty exciting to see employees move up through the company. Now, Mike has progressed his way through the company as a Managing Partner and part of the company’s Leadership Team. To insure future growth in our company, Mike is developing his employees to provide them the similar opportunities to the ones he has had.
Mike is one of our Managing Partners responsible for overseeing locations for both The Lube Center and The Auto Repair brands. Mike is responsible for keeping the staff focused to keep our locations operating a top level. Daily, Mike motivates his team to make our customers their top priority.
JOHN BOHN - MANAGING PARTNER
John represents a perfect example of what it means to grow with a company. In 1994, John came to the company as an automotive technician through the Governor Thomas John High School’s work-study program. Over 20 years later, John is a Managing Partner responsible for overseeing locations for both The Lube Center and The Auto Repair brands. John also is a member of the company’s Leadership Team.
As Managing Partner, John is responsible for insuring that ourlocations are operating at professional level. John’s goal is to keep customer service as the top priority while growing and molding our management staff for growth and success.
JOHN GAY - MANAGING PARTNER
John joined the company in 2003 as Managing Partner of The Auto Spas. Prior to working with WLR Automotive Group, John worked for 11 years in the Long-term Health Care industry in Montgomery County Maryland. John graduated from Southern University in 1991 with Bachelor of Science degrees in both Long-term Health Care and Business Administration.
As Managing Partner, he serves as a member of the company’s Leadership Team. John serves as the leader of all The Auto Spa locations by providing operational and strategic direction on a daily basis.
SANDY GRANDSTAFF - MANAGING PARTNER
Sandy has been with the company since the beginning. He had previously met the President & CEO, Randy Simpson in 1980 when Sandy was in grade school. When Sandy was in the 8th grade, he worked with Randy for the first time. Sandy left the area and returned when Randy invited him to join his new company.
Since starting with the company in 1987, Sandy has worked wherever the company has needed him. He started as an Assistant Manager at the first Lube Center. Sandy has managed the Fredericktowne Auto Repair and the Columbia Lube Center. In 2005, the President & CEO invited Sandy to become a Managing Partner. From 2008 to 2011, Sandy managed the three Montgomery County Lube Centers.
In 2011, Sandy started our Mighty Auto Parts franchise, Mighty Auto Parts of Maryland. In this role, Sandy manages a team that includes sales and delivery of Mighty Auto Parts. Additionally, Sandy’s team provides full service including training to businesses wishing to use Mighty Auto Parts and inventory management.basis.
WLR Corporate Directors
PAMELA GRANDSTAFF - ASSISTANT TO PRESIDENT & CEO
Since 1998, Pamela has held the position Assistant to the President & CEO at WLR Automotive Group. While working closing with the President & CEO, she also has responsibility for multiple internal operations processes. In addition, Pamela serves as a member of the company’s Leadership Team. Prior to joining WLR Automotive Group, Pamela worked for a law firm based in Rockville, Maryland.
Notable is her 20 plus years of experience as an Executive Assistant. Because of Pamela’s experience, she has been an asset providing organizational and project orientated skills our company.
CHERYL HANES - MARKETING DIRECTOR
Since her initiation into WLR in 2010 as a Marketing Consultant, Cheryl has realized growth within the company to Marketing Manager and now, Marketing Director. As Marketing Director, Cheryl serves on the company’s Leadership Team.
As a graduate of The University of Maryland, College Park and with over 25 years of experience in marketing and advertising, Cheryl leads our campaigns in an effort to bridge the gaps between our business offerings/services and customer awareness. She also takes great pride in extending WLR’s endowment into our neighboring community outreach efforts.
JACQUIE JENKINS - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jacquie has been with the WLR Automotive Group since August 2011. Jacquie graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with Bachelor degrees in both Business and Political Science. In addition, she is also certified as a public accountant (CPA). Jacquie’s work experience has included positions in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas.
As the Chief Financial Officer, she participates on the company’s Leadership Team. In her role, Jacquie is responsible for oversight of the company’s financial operations including payroll. An important function of Jacquie position is to work closely with the President & CEO to use financial data to seek opportunities for future investment and company growth.
JOHN MAUCK - HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR
John joined the company in 2010 as the Human Resources Director. Prior to working with WLR Automotive Group, John worked in Human Resources for companies in the hospitality, residential treatment and retail industries. John holds his undergraduate and Master of Business Administration degrees from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. In addition to his education, John is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).
As the Human Resources Director, he serves as a member of the company’s Leadership Team. In addition, he provides the leadership, consultation and strategic direction regarding the company’s Human Resource Management and Office Management functions.
WLR Corporate Department Heads
SIMON BASSETT - IT MANAGER
Simon joined WLR in early 2012 as a Systems Administrator, overseeing the health of the company’s information technology infrastructure. Since joining the company, he has strived to further solidify and grow IT for every aspect of the company. After receiving a promotion to IT Manager in July 2014, Simon assumed the responsibility IT Department. As IT Manager, Simon helps manage technology and operational changes across the company.
JEFFERY KEILHOLTZ - pROCESS & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Jeffery partnered with WLR Automotive Group in 2013. Prior to joining the WLR team, he worked in New York City as a professional writer, political strategist and project manager. He has also taught at the college level. Jeffery possesses a degree in Psychology from American Public University and a Master Statement of Accomplishment in Business Strategies from the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business.
As a writer, Jeffery had success with original works Off-Broadway and has both published and presented internationally with regard to original academic writing and theory. He has also achieved success in sales and has held senior campaign management and strategic consultation roles across the country. As Process & Development Manager, Jeffery serves as senior document control administrator and manages the oversight of cultural development projects and initiatives for the company.
HILARY PETROPOULEAS - STAFF DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Hilary joined the company’s Staff Development department in 2012. She obtained her Bachelor of the Arts degree from Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and has previously held positions in both the Human Resources and Professional Development field.
As Staff Development Manager, Hilary recognizes the importance of a solid training program and strives to provide all employees with the knowledge and tools necessary to succeed. Hilary’s focus is to make Staff Development more than just training; her focus is to empower employees to grow on a personal and professional level.
KRISTI REBOULET - CUSTOMER RELATIONS & Business SYStems MANAGER
Kristi has been part of our company since 2007. In 2010, Kristi led the development of an internal Customer Relations department and became the Customer Relations Manager. Our company prides ourselves on our ability to offer great customer service. The Customer Relations Department, under Kristi’s leadership, embraces their integral role in of creating processes, procedures and standards for addressing customer related items.
Kristi has worked hard to develop, customize and manage a customer solutions software to help improve our timeliness and efficiency in responding to our customers. As our programs have evolved, so too, has Kristi's team and responsibilities. In 2016, Kristi's department took ownership of WLR's business systems, including the customer databases of The Lube Center, The Auto Spa and The Auto Repair.
WLR Investment Group
Chad joined WLR Automotive Group in May of 2012 as the Real Estate Development Manager of the company’s real estate development division, WLR Investment Group, Inc. In January 2013, Chad took over the Facilities Department and helped to reorganize the department. Chad would later return to WLR Investment Group and serve as the Real Estate Development & Acquisitions Manager.
After gaining significant construction experience, Chad decided to own and operate his own construction company where he was able to obtain an appreciation for every facet of operating a successful construction company. In April of 2012, Chad was approached by WLR with the opportunity of starting and operating WLR Investment Group. Chad felt this was a great opportunity to be a part of a proven successful company whose vision is to grow both in locations and real estate. In addition to running WLR Investment Group, Chad is responsible for the day to day oversight of the company’s Facilities Department.
WLR Property Management
Kim joined WLR Automotive Group in February 2010. Kim has brought to the company her administrative, customer service and management experience. Kim’s previous roles included Administrative Assistant and Employment Coordinator.
Today, Kim serves at the Property Manager for the company. When Kim started as Property Manager, she was the sole employee responsible for 80 residential rental properties. Kim has grown her division into nearly 200 residential and commercial units throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Additionally, Kim’s team has grown into a team that includes office and maintenance staff.