Meet Our Talented Team

Cheddar Auto
 

Burt Davidson
Co-Founder, Vice President

I’ve been in the automotive space for 20+ years, and have lived in NE Ohio my whole life. I am a graduate of John Carroll University. I have served as a salesperson, sales manager, general sales manager and used car director in my career. This is by far the most rewarding work I’ve ever done because it allows me to interact with guests every day who have a need to sell their vehicle.

My role at Cheddar is to create the best possible selling experience for our guests. I want to make sure every guest has a transparent, frictionless and speedy transaction. Each and every one of our team members will explain to you, using third party data and facts, the market value of your vehicle. Our team will take the time to answer all your questions, and go over all of your options. Please feel free to email me with anything you need assistance with.

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David Gruhin
Co-Founder, Consultant

Formerly serving as the Director of Technology & Marketing at Cheddar Auto, David now consults on management, platform development, workflow, data analysis and process management as well as digital & traditional marketing strategies for the brand.

David Gruhin has led an impressive career as a digital strategist, marketing director, software developer and process designer at companies including Billboard Magazine & The Hollywood Reporter. He has also collaborated on projects with national brands such as American Express, Delta Airlines, and 1800 Tequila.

In his 8 years working in the automotive industry, David has functioned in many roles including that of General Manager at one of the nation's highest performing Kia dealerships of 2018. He has also been featured in several well-known industry publications, including: Automotive News, Search Engine Land, and Streetfight Magazine, as well as numerous digital marketing case studies, the most recent of which being, Quick Thinking & Bold Action Pay Off For Taylor Automotive Group

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Keanu Kalima
Sales Manager / Vehicle Specialist

With nearly 10 years in the automotive industry, I look forward to helping our guests sell their vehicles in the most informed, transparent, and convenient way possible. In my career, I’ve assisted hundreds of satisfied guests in obtaining the best value for their used vehicles.

As the Cheddar Auto Sales Manager and Vehicle Specialist, I have the opportunity to meet new people daily and ensure they get the best deal possible. My most important consideration for our guests is making them feel comfortable and at home when they walk through our doors, so this means that I am always happy to answer any questions and assist in any way I can.

Zac Tekac
Inventory Manager/Vehicle Specialist

I've been in or around the auto industry my entire life and it's my pleasure to help people that are in need of selling their vehicles. I'm a graduate of Youngstown State University with a degree in business administration.

My role at cheddar is to create a personal buying experience with our customers. I truly enjoy meeting new people that need our services. Each interaction is different and fulfilling in its own way. Please reach out to me with any questions you have and I'd be happy to answer them.

Courtney Schmidt
Guest Relations Coordinator and Partner Support

I am a graduate of Youngstown State University, and my entire professional career has centered around customer-service because I am a textbook people person. I love getting the chance to meet new people every day, and being able to assist them is the most fulfilling part of my work.

At Cheddar Auto, I am responsible for ensuring guest satisfaction and answering any and all questions the guests may have. Maintaining open lines of communication between guests and our team is my priority, so do not hesitate to reach out!

Monica Esenwein
Guest Concierge
I have been in the auto industry for 1.5 years starting out in business development and moving into sales. I have worked in customer service throughout multiple industries and completed graduate studies at Logan University in Missouri. Throughout my career in varies customer service roles, there is nothing like handing someone their keys to their new vehicle or a check for their old vehicle. Sharing the memories of these moments with my guests is one of the best feelings I have had in all the work I have ever done. My role here at Cheddar, as Guest Concierge, is to guide you through the car selling and buying process to make it as easy as possible. I will help you through our process by being transparent with every step we go through and including you in many of those steps. I aim to treat you with the honesty and integrity that each guest deserves and to give you a positive car buying and selling experience.
Andrew Wilding
Guest Concierge
I’ve been in the automotive industry for 3+ years, I also have been a Youngstown resident my whole life. My roles in the industry include sales representative, sales manager, and now guest concierge for cheddar auto. I pride myself on an honest and transparent process here at cheddar. Our goal is for you to have a fun, fast, and friendly experience. Here at cheddar we want to change the negative outlook that comes with buying a vehicle. Please reach out to me through email, text, or phone call if you have any questions!
Mitchell Dolak
Guest Concierge
I have had several years' experience in customer service and sales. I enjoy making relationships with my customers. The most rewarding part of my job is getting to interact and make connections with new people on a daily basis. At Cheddar Auto, I serve as a Guest Concierge. I work to help make the car buying process as easy and stress-free as possible. I aim to help each customer buy their perfect vehicle and make it an enjoyable, memorable experience.