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Blue was born in Muncie, Indiana and resides in Weymouth. He's a Silver Lab, and looks kinda brown, so don't ask us why his companion, General Sales Manager Dale Lathrop, named him "Blue."
Most everybody asks if he is a Weimarainer, but he is in fact a Labrador Retriever. He always maintains a pawsitive attitude about his job, even after a ruff day trying to find people who will throw a ball for him. He doesn't bite but he does have a Licker License, and he's not afraid to use it, especially if you smell like peanut butter. Oh, and his favorite car is the Outback waggin'.
Lauri was born in New York and now lives in Plymouth. (Her name is pronounced just like it looks, if you speak Dutch.) Lauri's name has more vowels than anyone on the Planet team (eight) and that's before you factor her middle name (Eileen) for a bonus four. Curiously, her folks left the "e" off of Lauri.
Lauri joined us in 2010, and is one of many women on the Planet team. She is very unlike the typical
Before joining Planet Subaru, Lauri owned an art gallery. She is a self
described "artistic, free-spirited hippy chick." Though she currently commutes in a Subaru Forester, she formerly rode a unicycle and a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 (but not at the same time).
Deb Brewster, Internet Sales Manager, lives in
Plymouth with her husband. Deb holds a Masters Degree in Biochemistry.
Until a promotion to Internet Manager in 2015, she was the #1 volume saleswoman of new Subaru vehicles in New England every year since 2005.
The typical dealership measures salesperson tenure in months; at Planet we measure in decades. Deb joined us in 2003. Prior, Deb owned her own business as a doula helping mothers through childbirth. (Deb really loves to "help people out.")
She has two athletic
daughters who share her love of rowing. We asked Deb to join our team after she bought a Forester to
transport her rowing shell. Now she has a driveway full of Subarus. She is representative of the Planet philosophy of
attracting team members from outside the car business.
Deb drives a Forester.
Scott is a native of Marshfield and still lives there with his two boys, who are seventeen months apart in age, and close enough in size to lead the casual observer to think that they are twins. He insists they never fight. Ever.
Scott has a bachelor's degree in management from Northeastern University. Like so many others on the Planet team, we recruited him from outside the car business so we wouldn't have to break any bad habits. Before joining Planet, Scott worked at one financial company for 23 years, in software support. We predict that he'll be around to help you with your next Subaru, and eventually your kid's car too!
He drives a 2013 Subaru WRX and a ratty old Isuzu Something-or-other that gets his kids to the beach.
Roberta was born in Boston, grew up in Norwell, and now resides in Pembroke.
Before she "did the books" in the Accounting Office at Planet, she "did books" at the Pembroke Public Library. She handled the transition well, but is still getting used to our one-floor building after coming from a workplace with so many "stories!"
Here's a true story: she won her bright red car after entering a mail-in sweepstakes. When she went to pick it up, it had a hood ornament in the shape of a sauce bottle!
Born in Boston, now living in Pembroke, Paul served for 32 years on the Marshfield Fire Department. With so many extinguished blazes behind him, fires are now so intimidated by him that candles blow themselves out when he walks by. He is the only member of the Planet team licensed to drive a real fire engine!
Paul saved many lives during his career as a firefighter and emergency medical technician. Everyone is his family, including his three kids and deceased wife, dedicated their lives to serving the community--all in education or public safety.
Bob was born and raised in Brockton and now lives in Duxbury. He loves
golf even though his scores do not return the affection.
He loves dogs, and misses his Huskie/Australian Shepherd mix who loved to pull sleds full of boomerangs and kangaroos.
Bob has a Bachelors Degree in Electronics from the Wentworth Institute. Before joining Planet in 2006, he sold electronics components. He likes working with Subaru customers much more; they get a lot more excited about Subarus than his former clients did about flux capacitors!
Bob leases a Forester and his wife leases a Legacy.
Anthony lives in Rockland with his wife and four children. He has worked
on Subarus for thirty years and helped open Planet Subaru in 1998. He is Planet's Shop Foreman.
Christa grew up in Florida and now lives in Weymouth. She studied
Interior Design in school. She loves the beach, movies, and fishing. Christa joined Planet in 2005.
As Shop Manager, she "runs the shop," dispatching the repair and maintenance work on all the vehicles serviced at Planet, over ten thousand cars per year!
Steve was born in Hanover and now lives in Plymouth. He camps with his
wife and four kids for a week at a time in a small RV; his wife tells
him that he enjoys these trips.
Steve has spent his entire 30-year career in Subaru parts and helped open Planet Subaru in 1998.
Steve drives an Outback.
Chrissy's duties include preparing the large volume of complicated paperwork required to purchase a car. Chrissy is very conscientious, detailed-oriented, and perfectly suited to the exacting requirements of the position. She joined Planet in 2003.
Chrissy drives a Subaru Impreza.
A Hanover native, Nic joined us in 2009. He leaves the "k" off his name because he doesn't kid around!
Nic joined Planet as a "lot boy" and rose through the ranks because of his warmth, competence, and work ethic.
When he's not serving Planet customers, you'll probably find Nic surfing the frigid North Atlantic waters off the Massachusetts coast. Even in winter!
Dick was born and raised on a dairy farm in Grand Ledge, Michigan, and now resides in Pembroke.
One of several veterans on the Planet team, Dick served for twenty years in the Navy as a jet engine mechanic. Now, as Special Affairs Manager, Dick is our jack-of-all-trades who helps with driving, facility maintenance, and pitching in wherever needed. He could even fix an F4 Phantom fighter jet, if we had one.
He has a degree in Applied Science from Southwestern Michigan College. He still uses his considerable technical skills on a 1951 Case Tractor that he uses to compete in tractor pulls.
Pam Dixon was born in Squantum and now resides in Scituate.
What a fascinating life she has led! As a young woman, she enjoyed a short-lived career as a rally driver until the team car burned up. She raced ocean sailboats too, and aided by the abundance of water, never set one of those aflame. Later, she manufactured marine inboard motor mufflers (or "silencers"), and then co-owned a fleet of commercial fishing vessels. Before joining Planet, she served at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, rescuing and caring for wolves and wolf dogs.
She has four children and nine grandchildren.
As Evening Service Concierge, she is the ridiculously friendly person who cares for your service needs until the dealership closes at night.
Derek Duggan lives in Plymouth and joined us in 1999. He has one daughter, who is the apple
of his eye. When not working on a Planet Subaru, he works on his own.
If you see a blue WRX on Route 3 with fancy wings, wheels, and other performance parts, it's probably Derek on his way to work.
Derek joined Planet in 2004. His blood type is 10W30.
Scotty was born in Fairhaven and now lives in Chestnut Hill. And yes, his last name is Forrester, and he works at a Subaru dealership. It was destiny. Maybe in his next career he can be a park ranger.
We like to brag that you can't be a Purchase Partner at Planet if you ever sold cars before. However, immediately before joining Planet, Scotty did work at another dealership for exactly ten days. He left before his training was complete because he was aghast at the way they conducted themselves. Fortunately for Scotty, he found Planet before he actually sold a car, so we could still bring him on board!
Before joining Planet, he worked in human resources at Boston University for over twenty years. He also served in the Air Force, stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base, where he supported advanced radar technologies.
David Gardner, Purchase Partner since 2006, grew up on the
South Shore and recently purchased his first home in Weymouth. David
graduated from Boston University with a degree in Broadcasting &
took off for Hollywood. He actually lived on the same hill as the
He drives a Forester XT.
James Greene, (that's Greene with an "E"), owns
in JP, where he grew up. He cames to Planet with degrees in Math and
Political Science from Villanova; while there he worked as a Sports
the school's newspaper.
As Business Manager, his duties include finding the best finance options and administering the paperwork when you take delivery of your new car.
James joined us in 2010 and spent his earlier years working for some
Boston's most prominent political leaders, including former Senators Ted
Kennedy and John
and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
James is an avid Boston sports fan. He drives a Subaru
JC was born, raised, and still resides in Weymouth.
He knew as a kid that he wanted to be a technician, and he spent his teen years meticulously tuning engines of all kinds...on dirt bikes, ATVs, and cars.
Nowadays, though, after a day working on your Subaru, he doesn't work on his car because he is so busy with his wife and two little kids. Like the proverbial "cobbler's children with no shoes," JC's own car is now the most neglected in the neighborhood!
Planet's best Spanish speaker, Matt is of Mexican heritage. He grew up in Austin, Texas. Our service manager, Brett Quinn, met Matt when he worked for the service department of a pool company. Brett was so impressed with Matt's customer service skills that Brett made him an offer he couldn't refuse. And the rest is history.
Matt got his start in the automotive business as a technician, so he knows auto service inside and out.
Matt drives an Impreza hatchback.
Joe was born in Plymouth and lives there today with his wife and three kids: a toddler, a baby, and a golden retriever named Balto.
We first met Joe when he bought a new Impreza hatchback at Planet Subaru. We liked him so much we rescued him from a boring career in property management, and now he has a lot more fun delighting customers the Planet way.
Before the kids arrived, he played drums in a funk and R&B band named "Chowda." Joe cymbalizes the interesting folks who populate our unusual team.
Jamie Kelly grew up in Boston and now lives in Stoughton. When not
turning wrenches, he loves art, especially drawing. He has a chihuahua.
Jamie came to our Planet in 2006. He drives an Impreza WRX Sedan.
Josh still lives in the house in Middleboro where he was born (in the dining room). Family dinners are always special in the King household!
As Planet's Express Technician, he stands at the ready to handle quick services when you need to get back on the road fast with a new headlight bulb, wiper blades, or an oil change.
Josh kindled his desire to work on cars while building dragsters in the family garage with his older brothers.
In his spare time, he loves to go hiking with his rescued pit bull, Oreo.
Dale Lathrop, lives on a lake in
Weymouth and is extremely fond of fishing and catching lobsters. He grew
upstate New York, and he earned an engineering degree from Clarkson
Dale is color blind and owns a Silver Labrador Retriever he named Blue, even though the dog is brown. (You can't make this stuff up). Fortunately, the dog doesn't understand English well enough to get confused.
Since joining us in 2002 as a Purchase Partner, Dale has risen through the ranks because of his character and integrity, for which he thanks his Mom and Dad. Dale was a Subaru die-hard even before joining Planet...over the years Dale and his folks have owned TWELVE (!) Subaru's. He currently leases a Forester.
Rob lives in Pembroke. He loves to watch sports (especially the Red
Sox) with his wife. He also collects sports memorabilia such as
He likes tatoos and has an elaborate jungle scene on his left arm. He came to our Planet in 2000.
Rob owns a Subaru Legacy.
Debbie lives in Plympton. She has one daughter with her husband Eric,
who also works in the automotive industry. She joined Planet right
after we opened in 1998.
She is a member of a local womens' investment club. Debbie is such a sweetie that you would be honored to count her among your friends.
Kurt lives in Weymouth. Kurt first learned how to work on cars in his
backyard, decades ago, as a teen. He is very good with his hands.
Earlier in his career, after earning a degree in Applied Science, he was
a Surgical Assistant in an operating room. When not nursing Subaru's
back to health, you'll find him skiing on the slopes.
Kurt came to our Planet in 2007. He drives an older Outback which purrs like a kitten.
Ryan was born in Boston, grew up in Lowell, and now resides in West Roxbury.
Ryan graduated from Northeastern with a BA in Criminal Justice and he earned his law degree from Suffolk University. After a short, successful career as an attorney, Ryan decided he preferred the collaborative environment at Planet over the adversarial legal profession.
He grew up working hard in his family's restaurant business, which explains why his buddies like to call him "Mak-n-Cheese" or "Big Mak." He also responds to "Mak Daddy," but he prefers Ryan.
Ryan speaks fluent Cantonese with a Boston accent. He also speaks perfect English befitting a attorney, using his language skills as a volunteer attorney for an organization that serves the underprivileged.
The owner of five Subaru's over the years, he currently drives a BRZ; his wife drives a Crosstrek.
Jaime was born in Plymouth, and lives there today, but not without a few voyages in between. On her way to a B.A. in Communication at Bryant University, Jaime spent a semester on the Gold Coast of Australia, an experience she describes as the best four months of her life.
Jaime hails from a family of educators...her mother and two sisters are teachers, and Jaime worked in collegiate admissions before joining Planet.
Jaime represents the Planet philosophy of attracting professionals, men and women, from outside the car business.
Jaime leases a Subaru Legacy Sport.
Nikki was born and raised in Hawaii and now lives in Bridgewater. She
moved to Massachusetts for the weather. She came to our Planet in 2003.
She brings to Planet a big dollop of Hawaiian sunshine in her smile and cheery manner. She played basketball competively in Hawaii for the Pahoa Daggers.
Nicky drives a Legacy.
Steve Merrill lives in Hanson with his wife, two boys, and a hound dog named Elvis. Just kidding...that would be a good name for a hound dog, but his real name is Charlie.
Steve was quite an athlete: he played baseball, lacrosse, hockey, and even semi-pro football. Fortunate for ailing Subaru's everywhere, Steve ultimately chose auto service over athletics.
When he was 14, he rebuilt a 1969 Dart Custom. Now, after a long day turning wrenches on Subaru's, he goes home and turns wrenches on a 1967 Coronet. "Do what you love and never work a day in your life."
Steve came to our Planet in 2005.
Since opening Planet Subaru in 1998, Jeff has poured his heart into building "your undealership," a sanctuary for team members and customers, free from the shenanigans at the typical dealership.
Jeff is not your typical car guy. He is probably the only vegetarian, tree-hugging car dealer with a Class-A (Large Capacity) License to Carry Concealed Firearms. He energetically supports Special Olympics and the Standish Humane Society. Since 2011 he is a Big Brother/Big Sisters mentor to a young man from Roxbury.
He lives in Milton with his wife and two spoiled cats.
Jeff beams with pride at the special team members he has attracted to Planet Subaru who offer an experience that is so different than the typical dealership. He really believes that the nice guys (and gals) can finish first in life.
John grew up in Virginia and now lives in Milton. He opened Planet Subaru with his brother, Jeff, in 1998. In addition to his responsibilities at Planet Subaru, John also manages our sister store, Planet Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Franklin.
John is a dad to two very athletic boys, adopted from Russia.
Greg bought a vehicle from Planet Chrysler Jeep Dodge and enjoyed the undealership experience so much that he joined the Planet team in 2013!
Greg recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Curry College. He worked his way through school as a detailer, cleaning boats, cars, and planes.
A native of the coastal town of Hingham, saltwater runs through Greg's veins. He loves to boat and sport fish. He never tells fish tales. One time, he caught a 10-foot long striped bass. But just as he was pulling it in the boat, it got away.
Klaire grew up in Whitman and now resides in Hanson on a "compound" of five family homes in a row. Good thing she likes the in-laws!
One of four women who sell vehicles at Planet Subaru, Klaire bought her Planet Forester years before she joined the team. When she was ready to make a career change, she chose Planet because we're "earth friendly, animal friendly, and people friendly."
Away from the dealership, Klaire serves on the board of the Standish Humane Society and has rescued many cats over the years. Asked at one point how she ended up with ten cats in her house, she responded, "Well, I had nine, and then I got one more."
Klaire's hobbies include mountain biking, rock climbing, and organic gardening.
RJ is a Long Island native and now lives in Waltham.
He is a few credits short of his BA in English (with a concentration in Rhetoric and Global Culture) from Binghamton University, where he is diligently completing his degree one course at a time.
He currently drives an Impreza hatchback, the first of four Subaru's he has owned that doesn't have a turbocharger. Now he has a little less fun and a lot fewer speeding tickets.
Before joining Planet, RJ was a wholesale buyer of used vehicles, working at auctions to supply independent dealers with inventory. Like the rest of our Purchase Partners, RJ came to Planet with a passion for Subaru but no experience selling cars.
RJ once lived on a farm in Vermont where he cared for a herd of cows. We promise, however, that he'll never give you any bull!
Brett lives in Rockland with his wife and two darling little boys. Brett is a direct descendent of King Henry VIII (fifteen generations
ago.) Not surprisingly, he graduated from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in History. When he was 19, he
spent a year travelling through Europe. Brett is a born-again
Brett came to our Planet in 2006. He drives a Subaru Legacy wagon.
Nate resides with his wife in Clinton (one of 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts that you may or may not have heard of). He joined us in 1999, shortly after we opened, and has performed a variety of roles at Planet, including Purchase Partner and Business Manager.
In his spare time, he is an amateur astronomer and member of the International Dark Sky Association. He drives a Subaru Outback 3.6R Special Appearance Package, and his wife leases a Forester.
Matt grew up on the beach in Marshfield, surfing in the frigid North Atlantic waters near his house. Now he lives in Hanson.
As a younger man, he was an Emergency Medical Technician. He's a warm guy but knows how to stay cool under pressure.
Matt originally joined us in 2007, but briefly left for another dealership in search of "greener pastures." He discovered that there is only one Subaru undealership, and when Planet's growth opened up a new position, we welcomed him home to all his friends.
David was born in Needham and
now lives in Norfolk. He drives past a lot of other dealerships every
to work at Planet because of the special way we do business.
He wanted to be a doctor when he grew up. He has the warm, endearing, competent manner of a medical professional, so we think of him as our Doctor of Automology.
The craziest thing he ever did was
to spend a summer in Greece and Italy spending the proceeds from the sale of the 1979 Datsun 310 that his dad had bought for him.
He has three kids. His two favorite hobbies are bike riding and cooking, and the size of his belly is determined by which one he spends more time on. (He says the cooking is winning right now).
Dave joined us in 2009. He leases a Legacy.
Travis is originally from Florida and now lives in Boston. He is an
owner of Planet Subaru and helped open the dealership in 1998. As
Un-Controller, he supervises the accounting and office teams. He has a
B.S.B.A.degree from the University of Central Florida.
He has an identical twin brother, Trevor, that freaks us out when he visits from Florida because it's like we're seeing double!
Bonface lives in Taunton. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, Bonface's
journey to Planet Subaru was long and inspiring. He came to the United
States in pursuit of the "American Dream." He joined Planet in 2006.
The mens' and womens' marathon world record holders hail from Kenya, so when Bonface joined the staff, the amateur running team was thrilled to hear that they would have a Kenyan. Alas, Bonface is an excellent technician but not much of a runner.
Bonface drives a Subaru Outback.
Eric was born in Hanson and now resides there, but with many different addresses in between. He grew up in Ft. Myers and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science.
Before joining Planet, he was a personal trainer. He built and sold a small chain of fitness franchises. With a resting heart rate of 55 and the ability to bench press 300 pounds, he is the only Planeteer who can help you shrink your car payment and your waistline at the same time!
Corey Warren, Sales Operations Manager/Subaru Guru, built a
home with a
big garage in Hanson to store his babies: a Subaru Legacy GT Spec B and
grew up in Hampton, Virginia, and graduated from
Virginia Tech. He later became a Rocket Scientist. (No kidding, he
once worked for NASA). He joined our team in 2004 and is well
regarded for his knowledge of cars and his sense of humor.
Brian lives where he was born, in East Bridgewater. As a teen, he cut his teeth on auto repair when he blew the engine in his Mercury Cougar and his mobility depended on figuring out how to install a new engine.
Brian graduated from the New England Institute of Technology with a degree in Automotive Science. He has been working on Subarus exclusively since 2005.
Amy grew up in Halifax and now lives in Hingham. Before coming to Planet, Amy was a Pharmacy Technician so she knows how important it is to sweat the details. Also, she is very good at counting small things.
Amy adopted a cat, Hocus Pocus, from the Standish Humane Society. She also has a Boxer/Lab mix and a Basset Hound.
Amy leases a Tangerine Orange Crosstrek.
Rob was born in Hingham and still lives there almost four decades later.
He began working on cars professionally at age 17 and never stopped. He wears his passion for cars "on his sleeve," literally: he has tattoos of pistons, spark plugs, wrenches, and exhaust pipes on his arms!
This mild mannered professional loves working with his hands; off duty, he plays drums in a rock band.
Rob is married to Amy Webster, Planet's Service Administrator.
Max lives in Rockland with two vocal Siamese cats. He grew up in
Quincy. He drives a WRX sedan.
With a last name starting in Y, he was always the kid at the end of the classroom roll call (and now the last member on our team roster here). But as a Planet Parts Professional, he'll be first in your heart.
Max came to our Planet in 2008.