300+ employees, in 22 locations across Maryland & Pennsylvania create WLR Automotive Group, Inc.
Meet Our Team at The Corporate Office
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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.Email Randall S. Simpson
Vice President of Operations
John represents a perfect example of what it means to grow with a company. In 1994, John started with WLR as an Automotive Technician through the Governor Thomas Johnson High School’s work-study program. In 2000, John was promoted to Managing Partner, overseeing the operations of The Lube Centers in his region.
In January 2020, John was promoted to Vice President of Operations. John is responsible for the operations of all The Lube Centers, The Auto Repairs, The Auto Spas, and The Auto Spa Expresses. He works closely with the Regional Managing Partners to provide support and guidance in the organization. In addition, John partners with Corporate Department Heads and Executives focusing on development and growth of our company, while delivering solutions for our locations. John’s vision for WLR’s growth, combined with decades of experience, ensures that our locations are operating at a professional level to provide top notch customer service. John is also a member of the company’s Leadership Team.Email John Bohn
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 ensure 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 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.Email Michael Allen
Corey provides another example of an employee who moved through the ranks within our organization to become a Managing Partner. Corey originally joined WLR Automotive Group in 2009 as a Technician. Corey eventually became a Location Manager for The Lube Center location in York, PA. Under Corey’s leadership, the York, PA location continued to grow in both sales and employee development.
As of January 2018, Corey is the Managing Partner responsible for overseeing our Lube Center locations in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Corey has a passion for quality and systems, which means that he believes in delivering a high-level of service and experience to every customer.Email Corey Barr
Managing Partner - Mighty Auto Parts of Maryland
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.Email Sandy Grandstaff
In 2019 we were happy to have Alysia become the newest member of our Managing Partner Team! Alysia began her career with WLR Automotive Group in 2010 as a cashier at The Gambrills Auto Spa. During the next four years, her hard work and determination resulted in a promotion to Location Manager. Alysia has always been dedicated to making her location the best car wash in the area. She truly wants each customer to have a positive experience. This along with her sincere leadership qualities are a perfect match for WLR. She will now have an opportunity to bring her understanding and wisdom to all of the car washes under the WLR umbrella. We are proud to have Alysia become the first female Managing Partner on our team.Email Alysia Torres
Acquisitions & Development Director
In April of 2012, Chad was approached by WLR with the opportunity of starting and operating 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.
In July of 2018, Chad was promoted to Acquisitions & Development Director for WLR Automotive Group and a member of the company’s Leadership Team. Chad oversees all acquisitions, new construction and major renovations of the company’s operating locations and real estate investments.
An important role of Chad’s position is to work closely with the President & CEO and CFO to seek opportunities for future investments and company growth.Email Chad Bohn
Human Resources Director
Laura DeGennaro, Human Resources Director, joined the company in 2013. She started her WLR career as a Human Resources Coordinator supporting onboarding and recruitment. In 2015, Laura was promoted to a Human Resources Business Partner, where she provided direct operational and human resources support to our store locations. In addition to the Human Resources Business Partner role, Laura also successfully handled the benefits administration for the company. In March 2018, Laura was promoted to Human Resources Manager.
In January 2020, Laura was promoted to Human Resources Director and a member of the company’s Leadership Team. She works closely with the President & CEO providing leadership, consultation, and strategic direction regarding the company’s Human Resources Management and Office Management functions. Laura worked at a law firm prior to WLR Automotive Group. Her previous experience there has allowed her to develop strong compliance and procedure processes for the Human Resources Department. Along with her valuable experience, Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Shepherd University in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources.Email Laura DeGennaro
Assistant to President & CEO
Since 1998, Pamela has held the position of Assistant to the President & CEO at WLR Automotive Group. While working closely with the President & CEO, she also has the 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 to our company.Email Pamela Grandstaff
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 a Certified 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’s position is to work closely with the President & CEO to use financial data to seek opportunities for future investment and company growth.Email Jacquie Jenkins
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 of the IT Department. As IT Manager, Simon helps manage technology and operational changes across the company.Email Simon Bassett
Scott is a lifelong resident of Frederick County. He joined the WLR team in March 2019. Scott has been in the automotive industry since 1994. He graduated with a Master Technical status through General Motors and he obtained and still holds a Master ASE Automotive Technician certification. Scott utilizes his excellent communication and technical skills on a daily basis here within WLR as his position is to manage and maintain mechanical, electrical, and general maintenance at all of our locations. Scott says “I am applying everything that I have learned throughout the years to accomplish the tasks that are presented to me daily here at WLR, and I LOVE IT!!!”.
Scott is a proud parent of 2 children and in his free time, he enjoys fishing for catfish and musky. Family is important to Scott, he loves to spoil his two nephews and soon to be grandchild!
We’re happy to have you, Scott.Email Scott Montgomery
Business Applications Manager
Josh began working for WLR in 2009 as a top technician. Over the past decade, Josh was promoted to Management and has worked in several Lube Center locations. In April 2021, Josh was promoted to Business Applications Manager and will use his years of in location Point of Sale experience to help improve the experience for the current employees at the Auto Spa and Auto Spa Expresses, The Lube Centers, and The Auto Repairs. Josh is excited to join the Corporate team!
In Josh’s spare time, he spends time with his wife and son Jaxon, who was born during the 2020 Pandemic. Josh also performs standup comedy all around the area.Email Josh Hoyt
Jennifer joined the company in October 2019 as the Marketing Manager. She has a degree in Commercial Design from the College of Art Advertising out of Cincinnati and has over 14 years of experience in marketing. She is skilled in budget oversight, advertising, graphic design, and event coordination. Her education and work history award her the skills to have a full grasp of the marketing process from start to finish.
In her role as Marketing Manager, Jennifer will promote the positive brand that WLR Automotive Group has established, building more awareness and support.Email Jennifer Nugent
Audio & Visual Manager
Brice began his employment with WLR Automotive Group, in June 2010 as a Courier. Over the last several years his role has moved into that of our Audio-Visual Specialist and currently as Department Head for our Audio-Visual Department.
Brice is a self-motivated professional individual with exceptional knowledge of the latest audio and visual components and equipment needed for creating professional and stunning presentations. Brice’s work can be found throughout our company’s website, social media accounts and employee newsletters. He has a keen “eye” for capturing important moments and enjoys putting his passion and creativity into each project.Email Brice Perkins
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. Her goal is to empower employees to grow on a personal and professional level.Email Hilary Petropouleas
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 as 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.Email Kim Ewing