Staff


Click on one of the people below to find out more information.

Dealer Principals

Joe Steet & Steve Ponte
Dealer Principals
315-736-3381 ext. 229

Joe Steet Sr. has been working in the car business his entire life starting at age 11 reconditioning cars for his father and uncle's business, United Auto Sales! He lives in New Hartford with his wife where they raised their two children, Joe Jr. and Carly, who also work in the family business! He loves riding his Harley Davidson with his wife, skiing at Gore Mountain in the winters, and spending time at his camp in Indian Lake in the summers with his family!


Steve Ponte Sr. has been working in the car business for over 30 years! He lives in Herkimer with his wife, where they raised their four children. Steve's son, Steve Jr. also works in the family business! Steve is an avid golfer, having golfed at some of the world's best courses. He loves to spend time with his family, especially with his grandchildren, and taking their family trips to Florida and Disney! 

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Sales Department

Mike Button
New Car Sales Manager
315-736-3381 ext. 225 Fax: 315-736-8721

Mike Button is the General Manager at Steet Ponte Ford and is a longtime employee, having worked here for 12 years! Mike lives in Frankfort with his wife, and has two daughters. He loves spending time with his family, especially his two grandchildren! On nice days, you'll find him driving around town in his favorite sports car. His favorite Ford vehicle is the Ford Mustang! 

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Steven Cater
Used Car Manager
315-736-3381 ext. 224 Fax: 315-736-8271

Steve Cater is a longtime employee of Steet Ponte Ford, you may recognize his last name as his family owned Cater Lincoln Mercury! Steve has 25 years of experience in the car business, and has been working with us for the past 10 years! He lives in Whitesboro with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he loves snowmobiling in the winter, and spending time with his family. His favorite Ford is the Mustang GT! 

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Sean Barry
Sales Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 246

Sean Barry is a Sales Manager at Steet Ponte Ford and has been working with us for a few years! Sean has many years of experience in the Auto Industry, and lives locally in Utica, NY. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife and daughter, and watching and playing Hockey! His favorite team is the NY Rangers. Seans favorite Ford is the F-150. 

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Mel Allen
Sales & Leasing Consultant
315-736-3381 ext. 246

Mel Allen is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford. You may recognize him from Vista Lanes in Whitesboro, which he used to own and bowl in regularly! Mel lives in Whitesboro with his wife, and loves to golf and watch movies in his spare time. His favorite Ford is the F-150!

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Jeff Ambrose
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Jeff Ambrose is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford and just recently started working with us after his passion and love of cars, especially sports cars, led him here! Jeff lives locally in Frankfort, NY and enjoys traveling and seeing new places, live music, cars, and all sports! His favorite teams are the LA Rams, Philadelphia Fliers, and of course, the New York Yankees! His favorite Ford is the Mustang!

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Phil Higgins
Sales Consultant
315-736-3381 ext. 226

Phil Higgins is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford and is a longtime employee of our store! He lives in Oriskany with his wife, and his favorite Ford is the F-150! Phil is a huge sports fan and loves to watch all kinds of sports. He's a huge New York fan, and his favorite teams include: The New York Giants, New York Yankees, and New York Knicks! 

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Tony Hinojosa
Sales Consultant
315-736-3381 ext. 240

Tony Hinojosa is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford! Tony is a longtime employee here; his favorite Ford is the Ford Escape. You'll probably see him driving around town in his own Ford Escape! Tony lives in Whitesboro, and in his spare time, he loves to play pool and volleyball! 

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Rich Josephs
Sales & Leasing Consultant
315-736-3381 ext. 256

Rich Josephs is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford! Rich lives in Oriskany with his wife and kids, who he loves spending time with! His favorite Ford is the Ford Fusion. He's also an avid sports fan, having played basketball when he was younger. He loves to watch football and baseball, and his favorite teams are the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees! 

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Steve Purdon
Sales Consultant
315-736-3381 ext. 239

Steve Purdon is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford! Steve lives in Whitesboro, and loves to work on projects around the house. In his spare time, he enjoys carpentry and landscaping! His favorite Ford is the F-150. 

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Alex Radcliffe
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 248

Alex Radcliffe is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford and is a longtime employee here, having started out reconditioning vehicles, then working in the office, and now as a Sales Consultant! He lives locally, right around the corner in Whitesboro. Alex's favorite Ford is the Ford F-150! 

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Rich Zajac
Sales & Leasing Consultant
315-736-3381 ext. 237

Rich Zajac is a Sales & Leasing Consultant and a longtime employee of the Steet Ponte Auto Group! He lives in Whitesboro with his son and their dog. Rich is an avid Football and Baseball fan, and in his spare time, you'll catch him coaching both sports! His favorite Ford is the Ford Fusion.

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Finance Department

Rich Ernst
Financial Services Manager
315-736-3381 ext. 228

Rich Ernst is the Finance Manager at Steet Ponte Ford and has been in the industry for over 15 years, having worked with us since 2006! Rich lives in Marcy with his wife and their two dogs. Rich loves to take advantage of the Upstate New York seasons by snowmobiling in the winters, and boating and fishing in the summers! His favorite Ford is the Ford Raptor. 

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Service Department

David LaForce
Service Manager
315-736-3381 ext. 243

Dave LaForce is the Service Manager at Steet Ponte Ford! Dave has been in the industry for over 30 years as a Senior Master Technician and Service Manager. He lives in Stitville with his wife and son, and in his spare time, he loves to restore old cars, especially anything that goes fast! His favorite Ford is the Ford Mustang. 

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William Goodie
Service Advisor
315-736-3381 ext. 235

Bill Goodie is a Service Advisor at Steet Ponte Ford and is a longtime employee here! Bill lives locally, right around the corner in Whitesboro! In his spare time, he loves riding his motorcycle in the nice weather. Bill's favorite Ford is the F-150!

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Mike Kirk
Service Dispatcher
315-736-3381 ext. 253

Mike Kirk is a Service Dispatcher at Steet Ponte Ford and a longtime employee of our store! He lives in Blossvale, NY, and is a huge baseball fan. You can catch him coaching and playing baseball in his spare time! His favorite Ford is the Super Duty truck.

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Cindi Wilson
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381 ext. 238

Cyndi Wilson is a Service Advisor at Steet Ponte Ford Lincoln and recently started working with us in late 2017! Cyndi lives in Forestport, NY. , and her favorite Ford is the Ford Escape. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her children and family, and playing Bingo with her sister at the Turning Stone! 

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Shy Johnson
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381 ext. 236

Shyneishia, or "Shy" as you'll hear us calling her, is a Service Advisor for Steet Ponte Ford Lincoln! Her favorite Ford is the classic 1968 Ford Gran Torino. Shy lives in Camden, and in her spare time enjoys riding motorcycles!​ 

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Amanda Roache
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381 ext. 227

Amanda Roache is a Service Advisor at Steet Ponte Ford who has been working with us in mid-2017! Amanda lives not too far away in Canastota, NY, with her husband and 3 daughters! In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her family and take care of her horses. Her favorite Ford is the F250 Diesel! 

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Parts Department

Tony Papaleo
Parts Manager
315-736-3381 ext. 232

Tony Papaleo is our Parts Manager at Steet Ponte Ford and has been working at this store since 1992! Tony's favorite Ford is the classic Ford GT. He lives in Deerfield with his family, and in his spare time, you'll find him chasing his two year old around!​ 

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Jack Clark
Parts Associate
315-736-3381 ext. 234

Jack Clark is a longtime employee of the Steet Ponte Auto Group! He lives in Richfield Springs, and in the summer's, you'll find him hosting the Summer Car Cruise In righ in the village of Richfield Springs! His favorite Ford is the Ford Escape. In his spare time, Jack also enjoys DJ-ing!​ 

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Tom DiBrango
Parts Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 244

Tom DiBrango is a Parts Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford. He lives in Remsen with his wife, and enjoys hunting in his spare time! Tom's favorite Ford is the Ford Expedition.

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Mike Day
Parts Consultant
(315) 736-3381 ext. 230

Mike Day is a longtime employee of Steet Ponte Ford and is a Parts Consultant and Parts Delivery Driver! You've probably seen him all over the place in our Parts Truck! Mike lives locally in Deerfield, and is a huge sports fan, especially for Syracuse University, the Utica Comets, and New York Yankees! Mike's favorite Ford is the Ford Fusion.

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