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 locally 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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Service Department

John Muraca
Service Manager
(315) 736-3381

John Muraca is the Service Manager at Steet Ponte Ford who just recently joined the team in mid-2019! He comes to us with many years of experience as a Certified Senior Master Technician, so rest assured, he knows your vehicle inside and out! In his spare time, John enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and off roading in his Jeep. John lives locally in Deerfield, NY and his favorite Ford is the Ford Raptor!

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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, having worked here for over 10 years! 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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Cyndi 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 Casino!

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Mike Kirk
Warranty Administrator
(315) 736-3381

Mike Kirk is the Warranty Administrator at Steet Ponte Ford! You may recognize him as he worked for us in the past as well. Mike lives locally in Rome, NY, and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors: camping, fishing, hunting, you name it! His favorite Ford is the Super Duty.

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George Casale
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381

George Casale is a Service Advisor at Steet Ponte Ford who started working with us in late 2019! George lives locally in New Hartford with his wife. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, hunting, and harvesting pumpkins in the fall season! His favorite Ford is the Ford Escape.

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Dan Brown
Service Advisor
(315) 736-3381

Dan Brown is a Service Advisor at Steet Ponte Ford who started working with us in late 2019! He lives locally in Oriskany, and in his spare time he enjoys playing hockey. His favorite Ford is the Ford Mustang!

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Sales Department

Dave Abdou
General Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 229

Dave Abdou is the General Manager at Steet Ponte Ford and recently started working with us in early 2018! Dave is a veteran of the Automotive Industry, and lives locally in Whitesboro, NY with his wife and family. In his spare time, Dave enjoys golfing, running (you can catch him running the Boilermaker!) and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Ford is the Ford Explorer. 

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

Mike Button is one of the Sales Managers at Steet Ponte Ford and is a longtime employee, having worked here for almost 15 years! Mike lives locally in Frankfort with his wife, and has two daughters and three (and counting) grandchildren! He loves spending time with his family, especially his grandkids! 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
Sales 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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Doug Valentine
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Doug Valentine is a Sales & Leasing Consultant who recently started working with us at the end of 2017! He live locally in Whitesboro, NY, and in his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, working on cars, and playing video games. His favorite Ford is the Ford Mustang GT350!

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Sharrone Sofer
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Sharrone Sofer is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford who started working with us in late 2019! He recently relocated to the area from Texas with his wife and now lives locally in Yorkville, NY! Outside of work, Sharrone is a musician, playing all types of instruments from the guitar, to the bass to drums and the trumpet! His favorite Ford is the Ford Explorer.

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

Steve Purdon is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford and longtime employee here! Steve lives locally in Whitesboro, and his favorite Ford is the F-150. Steve is our truck expert, so if you're looking for an F-150 or above, he's the man you'll talk to! In his spare time, he loves to work on projects around the house, carpentry, and landscaping.

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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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Rob DeBiase
Sales & Leasing Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Rob DeBiase is a Sales & Leasing Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford! He started working with us in late 2019, but you may recognize him as he is a longtime employee of the Auto Group having worked at one of our sister stores! Rob lives locally in Deerfield, NY, and enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends when he's not working. His favorite Ford is the F-150!

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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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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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Internet Department

Valerie Rinaldi
Internet Sales Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 250

Valerie Rinaldi is the Internet Sales Manager at Steet Ponte Ford! She started working with us in early 2019 and is the person you will be speaking to when you send in an inquiry on a vehicle on our website! Valerie lives locally in Utica, NY, and in her spare time she likes to spend time with family and friends. She loves taking her 9 year old son to the Utica College Hockey games and Utica FC Soccer Games! Valerie's favorite Ford is the Fusion, which she also drives herself.

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Finance Department

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

Rich Ernst is one of the Finance Managers 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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Sean Barry
Financial Services Manager
(315) 736-3381 ext. 246

Sean Barry is one of the Financial Services Managers 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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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 locally in Deerfield with his family, and in his spare time, you'll find him chasing his toddler 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 right 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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Adam Smith
Parts Consultant
(315) 736-3381

Adam Smith is a Parts Consultant at Steet Ponte Ford who started working with us in late 2018 after having worked for one of our sister stores for a little over a year! He lives locally in Utica, NY, and his favorite Ford is the Ford F-150! In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends.


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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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