Meet Our Team

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Joe Papalexis, General Manager

Joe has worked at Yark Automotive Group for 14 years. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family and going to sporting events. Joe's favorite place to be is home with his family. 



Derek Balogh, Sales Advisor

Derek worked at Yark from 2012 to 2014 and returned back in September of 2016. He has been married to his wife, Nikki, for 3 years, and they have an 18 month old son, Carter. Outside of work, Derek enjoys spending time at his family's lake house, on their boat wake surfing and wakeboarding. He tries to spend as much time with his family as possible; he says the one thing he cannot live without is his family. His favorite place to be is on the boat. The weirdest job Derek has ever had is building paver patios. His favorite car is a Nissan Maxima.

Jessica York, Sales Advisor

Mike Knurek, Sales Advisor

Mike has been with Yark Automotive Group for 13 years. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 37 years. His oldest daughter lives in Portland, Oregon and was a Bio-chemist in a research lab in Kona, Hawaii where she met her husband who is an archeologist and produced Mike's wonderful 3 year old granddaughter, Vivienne. His son is a studio musician and runs an Airbnb in North Hollywood, California. Outside of work, Mike reads a lot, golfs, and runs. He completed his third half marathon this year at age 67! One thing he cannot live without is his family and friends. Mike's favorite place to be is Kukio Beach, the Big Island Hawaii. The weirdest job he has ever had was being a bodyguard for Reba McIntire when she played the Lucas County Fair sometime in the '70s. Mike's favorite car is an MGB GT. 



Mike Parks, Service Advisor

Raised in Toledo, Mike has been at Yark Automotive since 2000. In his role at Yark, Mike enjoys meeting and talking to customers and his co-workers. In his free time, he enjoys riding motorcycles and cheering on the University of Michigan and Detroit Lions football. When it comes to cars, Mike's favorite is the Mustang.



Don Espen, Parts Manager

Raised in Bowling Green, Don has been at Yark Automotive since 1991. Since his first job at a Sherwin Williams paint store, Don has worked his way up from a parts drive and advisor at another local dealer, to Parts Manager at Yark. He says it is the best move he ever made! He loves being part of a growing organization and interacting with the people who make it happen. When he isn't at work, Don enjoys traveling with his wife, and spending time with their three daughters and their families. Especially his new granddaughter! He also enjoys cheering on Detroit sports. When it comes to cars, Don enjoys seeing technology evolve over the years. He would love to own a 1963 Corvette Stingray Coupe, Split rear window with Fuel Injection, with the 327 CI and 360HP.


The Alfa Romeo of Toledo Staff is Here for You!

The team at Alfa Romeo of Toledo has the expertise you need when looking for a car! If you have questions about automotive capabilities, performance, financing, parts or service, come talk to our friendly staff and you'll get your questions answered! We've got a well-stocked inventory of new cars and used cars. Visit us today to find a great Alfa Romeo selection in the Toledo, OH, area!

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