Staff

Executive Team

  • Jack Hanania Sr.

    Jack Hanania Sr.

    Owner/CEO

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    Jack Hanania Sr.

    Jack Hanania Sr.

    Owner/CEO

    A Jacksonville, Florida native, Jack Hanania attended Wolfson High School and Jacksonville College before beginning his automotive career as a salesman in 1983. By the following year, Jack had quickly advanced to become one of the youngest managers in the business at age 25.

    After working in the automotive industry for 18 years, Jack purchased his first dealership, Acura of Orange Park, and founded Hanania Automotive Group. Today, Hanania Automotive Group is a leader in Northeast Florida auto sales and has grown to include two collision centers and 13 brand franchises including Audi, Acura, Buick, Chevrolet, Genesis, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, INFINITI, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Subaru, and Volkswagen. Each dealership offers new and used models as well as vehicle maintenance services.

    With continued growth in sight, the auto group ventured out of the Jacksonville market, opening dealerships in Estero, Florida; Miami, Florida; Chattanooga, Tennessee and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Committed to brand advancement and dealer growth, Jack served as President of the Audi Dealer Advisory Council from 2009-2013, and has also served as President of the Acura National Dealer Advisory Board.

    Jack and his wife Debbie have two sons, Jack Jr. and Mark. The Hanania family are all active members in the local community. Jack is a member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and the Jacksonville Civic Council, where he advises the mayor on various city matters. Jack was a previous board member of the YMCA and currently serves as an executive board member of the Within Reach Foundation and supports local and national charities, including the Mayo Clinic, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, K9s for Warriors, American Cancer Society, Cystic Fibrosis, Dreams Come True, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, United Service Organization, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Blue Angels, Catholic Charities, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Concert on the Green, and River Garden just to name a few. Jack has also helped raise over 10 million dollars for the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

    Hanania is the official Automotive Partner of the Jacksonville Jaguars. As the Jaguars celebrated their 25-year anniversary and the NFL celebrated their 100-year anniversary during the Jaguars v. Saints game in October 2019, Jack served as Honorary Captain and was recognized alongside the first player to be drafted by the Jaguars. Jack believes that the community is the cornerstone of his business and giving back is paramount.

  • Jack Hanania Jr.

    Jack Hanania Jr.

    Vice President

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    Jack Hanania Jr.

    Jack Hanania Jr.

    Vice President

     Jack Hanania Jr. is the Vice President of Hanania Automotive Group. Jack’s first memories of the business starts at 7 years old when he would visit his dad at work and love to help wash cars. Growing up in the car business, his father encouraged him to learn all aspects of the business including parking cars, washing cars, learning the sales process, finance, service operations and parts inventory. Jack has worked in every position in the dealership and takes pride in his ability to teach and mentor other team members. 

    Jack knew from an early age that he had a passion for cars and wanted to continue his father’s legacy here in Jacksonville and in automotive. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School and decided to stay in Florida for college, attending the University of Florida where he received his bachelor’s degree. He most recently graduated from the NCM Dealership academy better preparing him to lead the teams at two recently acquired dealerships, Jack Hanania Buick GMC and Chevrolet. Under his guidance, these locations were recognized as two of the nation’s fastest-growing dealerships for volume, sales, and was awarded the Mark of Excellence for sales and CSI. His results have even received attention from General Motors on a national level.  One of Jack’s proudest accomplishments in his profession is the room for growth and upward mobility he has created for employees at Hanania Automotive Group. Jack takes pride in changing the lives of his employees by not just providing a job, but a career path that propels their professional and personal lives forward.

    Jack lives by two rules; to provide the best customer service possible where the customer is always right, and the second rule is to always follow the first rule. Jack’s dedication to providing exceptional customer service while creating a gratifying workplace for his employees has propelled his success not only at those two stores but the entire group.

    Jack takes pride in the value of his work and the significant impact Hanania Automotive Group can bring to the Jacksonville community. As a locally owned and operated business, Jack is focused on giving back to the community that serves him. Just to name a few, Jack supports K9s for Warriors, Toys for Tots, the Child Cancer Foundation, the Jay-Fund Foundation and many more.  Jack enjoys spending time with his family when he is not at the office or going on hunting trips with his dad and brother but his favorite thing to do is to go deep-sea fishing off the coast of Florida. 

  • Mark Hanania

    Mark Hanania

    Regional Used Car Director

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    Mark Hanania

    Mark Hanania

    Regional Used Car Director

    Mark Hanania is on the Used Car Team at Hanania Automotive Group and the youngest son of Jack Hanania. A local to Jacksonville, Florida, he graduated from Bishop Kenney High School. A recent graduate from the University of Auburn, he earned his degree in Supply Chain Management in 2022.   

    Mark started in the family business at 15 years old on the sales team and immediately learned he had a knack for it; quickly creating a loyal client base. He later moved up to sales specialist in 2018, and in his first month, he increased new car sales by 91%. Mark prides himself on his exceptional ability to connect with anyone, no matter their background. He can strike up a conversation on any topic and easily make someone feel like they are a long-lost friend. His talent for relating to people, paired with his ability to be the pioneer for new ideas in automotive have helped drive his success in creating a memorable customer car buying experience with Hanania Automotive Group.     

    In his free time, Mark stays active by volunteering at local food banks and his local Catholic Church. He enjoys brushing up on the current events in Jacksonville, golf, Florida beach days, watching sports with friends and taking his dog to do anything outdoors! 

  • Karma Latasa

    Karma Latasa

    Executive Business Partner

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    Karma Latasa

    Karma Latasa

    Executive Business Partner

    Karma Latasa is the Executive Business Partner at Hanania Automotive Group. Originally from San Diego, California, Karma went to the University of Florida, where she studied veterinary technology with a focus on veterinary dentistry. Karma joined the Hanania team in 2020. She prides herself on superb organizational skills, is rigorously detail-oriented, and creates a warm inviting environment everywhere she goes. Karma is the calm in the storm for her team and is always willing to lead her group through new challenges or trying tasks.  

    Karma is a Disney enthusiast! She loves spending time in the park with her family for a quick weekend getaway. She also dedicates her time to various volunteer opportunities to support military wellness to give back to those who serve.  

  • Shannon Whyte

    Shannon Whyte

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Shannon Whyte

    Shannon Whyte

    Chief Financial Officer

    Shannon started with Hanania Automotive Group in April 2022 as Chief Financial Officer. Shannon graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto in 2006 and continued to earn the Chartered Accountant designation in 2010. Her professional experience includes three years with a large public accounting firm and 12 years in automotive accounting. Shannon was the Vice President, Finance and Accounting for a large dealer group in Canada, consisting of 17 locations.  

    She brings her years of expertise and outside-of-the-box thinking to Hanania Automotive Group to create new efficiencies, streamline accounting processes and identify new growth opportunities for the group. Shannon currently lives in Nocatee with her husband, Greg, and two young sons, Ethan and Nolan. She appreciates the warm weather in Florida and is very happy to call Jacksonville home!

  • David Council

    David Council

    Director Of Sales & Operation

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    David Council

    David Council

    Director Of Sales & Operation

    David Council is the Director of Sales and Operations at Hanania Automotive Group. David started in the automobile industry at a very young age as a sales representative. His love of cars and passion for making customers smile led him to quickly advance to Sales Manager. Later, as Executive Vice President of a publicly traded automotive group, David oversaw the operations of 29 dealerships and focused on creating excellence in all aspects of the business. More of a southern boy, born in Raleigh, North Carolina, and growing up in Oviedo, Florida, David was enthralled when presented with the opportunity to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in 2006! 

    In May 2015, David left his local dealership in Port Richey, Florida to join the Hanania Automotive Group. His professional connection with Jack Hanania started years prior as Jack was David’s mentor early in his career. 

    His zeal to start a tradition of altruistic principles within a small business community led him to Hanania Automotive Group. David’s mantra is “family first” and he applies this truism every day by managing his staff, conducting his business, and building relationships at Hanania Automotive Group. David is the father to a 27-year-old son Dalton who graduated from FSU and lives in Tampa. His hobbies include reading, golf, water sports, hunting and fishing. 

  • Myla Remer

    Myla Remer

    Vice President of Financials/Internal CPA

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    Myla Remer

    Myla Remer

    Vice President of Financials/Internal CPA

    Myla Remer serves as the Vice President of Internal Audit and Accounting and has been with Hanania Automotive Group since August 2019. She is a Florida-licensed CPA with over 17 years of experience in public and private accounting. Prior to joining Hanania’s executive team, she served as Hanania’s external auditor for several years when she was the Audit Partner at the Rosenfield and Company accounting firm in Orlando, Florida. She is known for her creative problem-solving ability and meticulous attention to detail.  

    Remer received her MBA in Accounting with honors from Hawaii Pacific University. She began her accounting career in 2004 with Price Waterhouse Coopers, starting in their Honolulu office, and later transferring to their Irvine, California branch. In addition to her Big 4 experience, she also worked in well-respected CPA firms in Washington D.C. and Orlando, FL.      

    A native of the former Soviet Union, Myla was born in Turkmenistan and attended high school and college in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She once spent an entire year in Siberia, but prefers warm climates. Myla is fluent in Russian and has a Masters in Biophysics from Kharkiv State University.  

    Myla is an avid orchid collector and owns over 200 orchids, which she individually hand-waters every day! Myla also enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling with her husband, her two boys and her standard poodle, Lulu. 

  • John Keester

    John Keester

    Director of Fixed Operations

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    John Keester

    John Keester

    Director of Fixed Operations

    John Keester is the Director of Fixed Operations at Hanania Automotive Group. He started with Hanania Automotive in high school 21 years ago and worked as a porter. John worked his way up from a porter, to a service advisor, then to service manager and now the Fixed Operations Director. He prides himself on his knowledge and willingness to jump into action when technicians or service advisors need a helping hand on the floor. Having been in that role allows him to create processes and incorporate new policies knowing the details of the aftersales operation. 

    John is proud to be a part of the monumental progress and positive change that Hanania Automotive has experienced over the past two decades. He still believes in the family culture of the Hanania team. One of his personal goals is to have a dealership of his own. A local in Jacksonville, Florida, John enjoys spending his free time unwinding by the pool in a lounge chair on a hot summer day.  

  • Garnet Ramsundar

    Garnet Ramsundar

    Regional Used Car Director

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    Garnet Ramsundar

    Garnet Ramsundar

    Regional Used Car Director

    Garnet Ramsundar, Ram, graduated from JM&A School of Business providing him with complex knowledge of the automotive industry. He is currently the Regional Used Car Director, leading a newly appointed used car team here at Hanania Automotive Group. Ram recently joined Hanania Automotive in September 2022. He has spent the past 25 years in the used car department, overseeing 43 dealerships and managing $100 million of assets.

    Ram brings his intricate negotiation skills, in-depth knowledge of automotive acquisitions, and a drive to continuously break the glass ceiling of expectations to the Hanania team. Ram is dedicated to mentoring those around him and helping to develop the careers of his managers. He takes pride in his ability to build up those around him and create a stable foundation for his team to grow.  

    Originally from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Ram joined the Navy and today is a proud U.S. Navy veteran after serving 8 years. He was a fireman on the damage control team. Ram is a Gulf War veteran and was awarded the Battle E. Medal of Excellence during his service. Ram’s love for the sea did not end after his military career and is an avid deep-sea fisher. He loves any chance to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Florida and the Caribbean. 

Management

  • Nadi Malek

    Nadi Malek

    Executive General Manager, Acura of Orange Park

    Nadi Malek

    Nadi Malek

    Executive General Manager, Acura of Orange Park

  • Debra Canter

    Debra Canter

    General Manager, Miami Acura

    Debra Canter

    Debra Canter

    General Manager, Miami Acura

  • Stephan Gronberg

    Stephan Gronberg

    Audi Jacksonville

    Stephan Gronberg

    Stephan Gronberg

    Audi Jacksonville

  • Ross Erler

    Ross Erler

    General Manager Audi, Orange Park

    Ross Erler

    Ross Erler

    General Manager Audi, Orange Park

  • Charles  Smith

    Charles Smith

    General Manager, Volkswagen of Orange Park

    Charles  Smith

    Charles Smith

    General Manager, Volkswagen of Orange Park

  • Jack Hanania, Jr.

    Jack Hanania, Jr.

    General Manager, Jack Hanania Chevrolet

    Jack Hanania, Jr.

    Jack Hanania, Jr.

    General Manager, Jack Hanania Chevrolet

  • Mitch Morton

    Mitch Morton

    General Manager, Hyundai of Orange Park & Genesis of Orange Park

    Mitch Morton

    Mitch Morton

    General Manager, Hyundai of Orange Park & Genesis of Orange Park

  • Colby Peterson

    Colby Peterson

    General Manager, Westside Hyundai

    Colby Peterson

    Colby Peterson

    General Manager, Westside Hyundai

  • Bryan Seagraves

    Bryan Seagraves

    General Manager, INFINTI of Orange Park

    Bryan Seagraves

    Bryan Seagraves

    General Manager, INFINTI of Orange Park

  • Lou Tilahun

    Lou Tilahun

    General Manager, Hanania Mitsubishi

    Lou Tilahun

    Lou Tilahun

    General Manager, Hanania Mitsubishi

  • Mark Villella

    Mark Villella

    General Manager, Porsche Pittsburgh

    Mark Villella

    Mark Villella

    General Manager, Porsche Pittsburgh

  • Ali Ansari

    Ali Ansari

    General Manager, Subaru of Orange Park

    Ali Ansari

    Ali Ansari

    General Manager, Subaru of Orange Park

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Jacksonville, FL 32244

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