Jay is originally from Pittsburgh, PA but his first career in Advertising & Marketing moved him to Columbus, Raleigh, Tampa and then back to Charlotte. In 2017 Jay started his second career in the automotive industry selling Honda’s for 4 years in SC and moved to McKenney-Salinas Honda in March 2021. Not only does he know the Honda product line, he’s owned 8 Honda’s since 1981. He is living now in Ft. Mill, SC
Eddie was born and raised in Gastonia and graduated from Hunter Huss High School. He served in the US Air Force for six years and returned home in 1989 where he is also a Baptist minister. Eddie has been in the automotive industry for 20 years and with our dealership more than 13 years in sales. He enjoys working with people and assisting them find the right vehicle to meet their needs. Eddie has been married for 50 years, has two children and two grandsons at home. In his spare time he enjoys working in the church, helping other people and woodwork.
Lamont is originally from Bronx, NY but grew up in Sumter, SC and has now resided in Mount Holly, NC for the past ten years. He has been in the automotive business for 14 years and what he endears most about his job is helping people find the right vehicle that fits their needs. Lamont is happily married for 17 years and has a eight year old daughter. In his spare time he loves spending time outdoors in his garden, listening to good music, exercising, traveling and attending church.
Luke has been in Charlotte NC for the past 15 years now, but spent his childhood in West Virginia. He has been with us for 3 years now and has a passion for cars and helping people find the one that is right for them. His favorite part of selling cars is getting to experience peoples reactions to all the awesome new technology in cars! Luke is an active member in his church and enjoys going on mission trips and working with others. He also is an avid reader and loves philosophy.
Sal is originally from outside of Mexico City, but has lived in Gastonia for more than 40 years. After selling cars for a few years, he started a small used car operation that is still in operation today. In the 1990’s he brought the Mitsubishi franchise to Gastonia, and then followed Honda. In his spare time, you will find him spending time with family and grandchildren and riding motorcycles all around the states.
Lauren is originally from Gastonia and started working at the dealership part time in high school. A few years after graduating from NC State , she came back to the dealerships to work in the internet department and is now in dealer operations. She is passionate about providing an excellent purchasing experience for customers. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, photography and spending time with her husband and four children. She also loves dogs and has two Dachshunds that make frequent visits to our store. Lauren is also a huge Carolina Panther’s fan.
Jonathan is originally from Desmoines, IA but has been in NC for the past ten years. He has been in automotive sales for the past seven years at our stores. Jonathan enjoys meeting new people and giving his customers an excellent car buying experience geared toward the new way of car buying which is giving outstanding customer service and less gimmicks and less pressure. Jonathan has been married for ten years and has four children. In his off time he loves being involved in the community and coaches baseball and football.
Bobby is a Gaston County native and current resides in Belmont. He has been with our store for eight years and is now a sales manager for our Honda team. He is passionate about working with and meeting new people everyday. Bobby is married with four children and is the proud grandfather to eight grandchildren. In his spare time you can finding watching sports and playing golf.
Steven is a Gaston County native and currently resides in Dallas, NC. He is coming up on his eighth year with the McKenney-Salinas family, starting as a sales consultant. He has three wonderful children, a ten year old son, a six year old daughter and a four year old son. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and coaching his kids in sports. He is also a volunteer member of his local fire department Agriculture Center, and a member of Tryon Optimist Club.
Chris is originally from Gastonia and currently lives in Charlotte, NC. He has been in the automotive industry for over 17 years and has been a part of our team since 1998 starting in sales and is currently our Finance Manager. Chris’s favorite part of his job is getting to meet a variety of new people everyday. He has been married for seven years and has a teenage son. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
Brian is a Gaston County native and has been with our organization since 1992. He started with our Honda team in 1992 and was in the parts department for more than 13 years and now serves as service manager. Brian enjoys working with the public and meeting new people everyday. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his three boys and wife, and also spend time working on his car, a 1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28.
Jasper is originally from Norwood, NC but has lived in Mt. Holly for the past 16 years. He began his career in automotive sales more than eight years ago and has been with organization for four years in sales. It means a lot to Jasper to be able to assist people with such a large purchase and is dedicated to giving the best customer service and experience that his customers deserve. Jasper is happily married for 16 years and has three great children. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and being active in his church’s youth group, praise dance step team and choir.
Kaitlyn is originally from Merrill Wisconsin, but has lived in Gastonia for the past 10 years. She is brand new in the automotive industry, starting from the ground up and learning her way around the service department. Kaitlyn enjoys meeting new people and being challenged with different diagnostic situations everyday. She enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time and is very passionate about animals, music and art. Kaitlyn has been a pescetarian for seven years.
Wes has been in Gastonia his whole life. He started out in the automotive industry as a Service Mechanic in 2003. Wes likes the dynamic atmosphere of working with different people everyday. He has been married for 10 years. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and working on his project car. He also enjoys being outdoors with his family, friends and two dogs and playing golf.
Tammy is originally from Tenessee and has lived in NC for over 27 years. Tammy has been in the automotive industry for 17 years and is currently the Office Manager. Tammy enjoys coming to work everyday and interacting with customers. She enjoys being able to learn new things and grow as a manager. Tammy has been married for 27 years and has one daughter who is about to graduate high school and enter college at The University of South Carolina in the fall. In her spare time Tammy enjoys shopping with her daughter, taking family vacations and attending Elevation Church. Tammy is a volunteer for out foundation Outreach Team.
Celia was born and raised in Gastonia and has worked in the automotive industry for 12 years. Celia has worked in the service department, customer service and currently works in the office. Celia enjoys the interaction with the customers from day to day and the people she works with. Celia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in her spare time enjoys reading, outdoor activities, hiking Crowders Mountain and hanging out with her friends and family.