CHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER
While working in the leasing department of a Ford dealership during the 1970’s, Gary Johnson realized that he could combine his love of sales and newfound interest in finance by bringing Houston a new customer-oriented type of automobile leasing. Thus, began the saga of Mobilease in 1980, when Gary and his wife Patty opened up their business doors in a small office on the Katy Freeway. Pursuing known business contacts while constantly exploring ways to create new customers, he ventured on a journey of over thirty years that mixed hard work with a lot of laughter. He remains Chairman of the company and takes great pleasure in watching Mobilease continue to expand under the combined efforts of a new generation.
Over the years, Gary has enjoyed working with and serving at various times on the boards of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Good Samaritan Foundation, and the Post Oak YMCA. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Bank of River Oaks where he is a founding director. In addition, he is a member of the Baylor Angel Network, which provides mentoring and funding to young entrepreneurs.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
John Crafton has been with Mobilease since 1992, and during his tenure he has held several positions including Vice President of Sales and Chief Operation Officer. John is responsible for business development as well as providing the leadership and drive needed to champion the financial results to sustain record performances year after year.
Under John’s management Mobilease is a seven-time winner of the Houston Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work.” He fosters individual uniqueness, creative problem-solving and measured risk-taking.
John graduated from Baylor University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management. As a loyal alumnus of Baylor, John supports the university through endowed giving by helping to fund the habitat for the university mascot, and supports the athletic program.
Currently, John serves on the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors, Goodwill Industries of Houston Board of Directors, Capital One Bank Advisory Board, and the JPMorgan Chase Executive Advisory Board.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Luke Johnson, Executive Vice President and Director of Sales, has been with Mobilease since 1996. A steadfast believer in team building, Luke’s strategic planning and account management leadership ensure that Mobilease consistently exceeds its sales goals. His day to day responsibilities include overseeing new business development, maintaining the current lease portfolio, and directing the remarketing team. Luke comes from a family whose legacy is steeped in the automotive industry dating back to 1921 when the family opened its first Ford franchise in Houston, TX.
He attended Northwood University where he received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Automotive Marketing. After college Luke spent three years as a Used Car Sales Manager for a local dealership before joining Mobilease. Since 2001, Luke has served on the board of directors of the Trotter Family YMCA where his main focus is on fundraising and assisting the Y with its mission to “strengthen the foundation of the community.” If you are not able to find Luke on Friday mornings it is because he regularly attends breakfast meetings with the Whitehall Club.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Peter Johnson, a fourth generation Houstonian, from a family whose legacy is steeped in the automotive industry dating back to 1921. Peter is Executive Vice President of Mobilease Inc. He is also responsible for overseeing and managing all financial aspects of Mobilease. Since 2000, Peter has held a myriad of positions, giving him a unique perspective and breadth of knowledge of all aspects of the leasing business which includes: sales, insurance, accounts receivable and titling. He is able to provide turnkey leasing solutions to a variety of clientele.
After attending Southern Methodist University, Peter returned to Houston to begin his business career at Mobilease. He then received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Houston. An active committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo since 2002, Peter also belongs to the Houston Contractors Association and an active member of The Breakfast Association.
DIRECTOR OF CREDIT
Clyde Takahashi has been the Director of Credit at Mobilease since 2007. He is responsible for the management of credit risk and financial analysis. Clyde also oversees the Accounts Receivable billings, Collections and is the facilitator of the Credit Review Committee. He has been actively involved in the commercial and consumer credit and collections industry since 1975 with over 20 years of retail and consumer credit management experience. His resume also includes ten years of commercial and industrial credit analysis and management experience with General Electric Credit.
Clyde is a graduate of the University of Houston where he is a Century Club Member of the Alumni Association and is active in the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston. Along with his other great accomplishments in life, Clyde is proud to have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.
DIRECTOR OF REMARKETING
Will has been with Mobilease since 2010. With over 36 years in the automotive industry, Will serves as the Director of Remarketing at Mobilease Auto Sales. He oversees all pre-owned vehicle purchases for Mobilease Auto Sales. He is also in charge of reconditioning vehicles for retail sales, disposing of all lease returns, and evaluating future residuals for new and used vehicles. All vehicles that come to us as a trade-in are appraised by Will, who is certified by the state of Texas.
Will has numerous certifications, including the Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals (AFIP) Certification, University of Dealership Management, and other courses focusing on management and pre-owned vehicles. He has been a Houston Livestock & Rodeo Life Member since 1995. Will was able to cross off an item on his bucket list by attending the Monaco Grand Prix in 2012. He is a classic car aficionado and enjoys spending some of his free time attending events that showcase classic vehicles.
Michele Mancine began her career at Mobilease in June 2014 as the Controller. Her credentials include over 28 years of accounting experience in many industries including public education, manufacturing, and insurance brokerage firms.
Michele earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting at Detroit College of Business in 1989 and her Masters of Business Administration degree in Management at Loyola University in Chicago in 2002.
ANCILLARY AND REMARKETING MANAGER
Nathan began his Mobilease career in January, 2008 as Director of Ancillary Services. In 2009, he was promoted to the role of Sales Manager for the leasing department, and two years later his advancement continued when he became the Remarketing Manager. In addition to maximizing the value of vehicles and equipment coming off-lease, Nathan is an account executive to several fleet accounts. He also manages our Total Maintenance Solution program, maintenance management, fuel, and insurance programs. He has over thirteen years of experience in the fleet industry.
In 1998 Nathan graduated with a degree in Communications from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Houston. Nathan is also the Team Captain for the Mobilease annual dodge ball team to benefit the Boy Scouts of Houston.
Carlos Zepeda, a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, has been with Mobilease since 2001. As the Billing / Collections & Risk Manager, Carlos generates and sends all monthly statements and is also responsible for collecting the amounts billed. He makes sure that both past due violations and recall notices are forwarded to the appropriate party. To commemorate his ten years of service with the company, Mobilease presented Carlos with a trip to the destination of his choice. He and his wife decided to spend ten days in Spain.
He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 2011 from the University of Houston. An avid photographer, you will catch Carlos with his camera gear snapping pictures at Mobilease events and in his spare time. A true fan of baseball, he not only continues to watch the sport but plays it as well in his gentlemen’s league. With the completion of the MS 150, he surpassed another milestone of his athletic career.
SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER
As a senior account manager, Jay Hooper’s goal is to develop long-term relationships with her clients through strategic planning, project management, and innovative development of opportunities. With over sixteen years in the leasing industry, Jay has been with Mobilease since 2008. She is the recipient of the 2009 Mobilease Outstanding Service Award and the Most Valuable Player Award in 2008. Jay is also responsible for coordinating Mobilease’s special events such as Pumpkin Patch, an annual fall event where children donate a gently used book in exchange for a pumpkin. The collected books are given to the Texas Children’s Hospital to help replenish their libraries.
She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi with a degree in Business Management.
Having begun his career with Mobilease in September 2011, Shane Jarka is an account executive and is responsible for outside sales and business development. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a degree in Marketing and Management and was a three year letterman and a starting defensive lineman for the Cowboys. While playing for OSU, he was recognized with First Team Academic All Big XII, President’s Honor Roll, Big XII Commissioner’s Honor Roll, and voted onto the team’s Committee of Leaders.
Shane is a member of the Sugar Land Rotary Club and is the current treasurer. The members of Sugar Land Rotary devote their time and resources to improving the community and impacting the lives they touch. Shane is also exploring networking opportunities with the OSU Alumni Association in the Houston area
FINANCE MANAGER / ASSISTANT SALES MANAGER
Sid has been in the Automobile and Powersports business for well over 17 years, and now serves as the Sales Manager for Mobilease Auto Sales. For the past 5 years he worked exclusively in the pre-owned vehicle remarketing business with responsibilities covering purchasing, reconditioning, selling, financing and leasing. He attended the University of Houston Downtown, as well as the Joe Verde Automotive Sales Institute for professional sales training and management.
In his spare time he likes to karaoke with his family, attend car related events, watch football and NASCAR, and hang out with his 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 pet ducks. On Sundays you are sure to find him at The Metropolitan Baptist Church.
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
George Lazaneo has been with Mobilease since 1999. He started as an account executive, was promoted to Remarketing Director and is currently Director of Business Development at Mobilease Auto Sales. George’s responsibilities include serving his portfolio of individual and commercial clients with a focus on pre-owned vehicle leasing. He is also heavily involved in Mobilease’s pre-owned retail program, selling quality pre-owned vehicles to commercial and retail customers.
George graduated from Southwest Texas State and holds a degree in Psychology. His biggest claim to fame is his Texan Elvis outfit that he wears to every Houston Texans game he attends. In 2002 he won the ultimate fan contest and has been attending the games as Texan Elvis ever since. His love for the game does not stop there, George is also a member of a few fantasy football leagues and prides himself on his stat knowledge.
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