THE HODGES TEAM

YOUR TRANSPORTATION EXPERTS

Hodges Westside Truck Center is home to upfront and honest people who know the industry inside and out. We provide quality service and assistance for customers wherever they are, whether that’s down the street or across the country.

OFFICE STAFF

Nicole Porreca, Hodges Westside Truck Center Office Manager
Office Manager

Nicole Porreca

Kim Neurock, Hodges Westside Truck Center Office Staff
Office Staff

Kim Neurock

Dawn Faber, Hodges Westside Truck Center Office Staff
Office Staff

Dawn Faber

Office Manager

Nicole Porreca

Nicole Porreca began working part-time with Hodges Westside Truck Center and Ed Hodges Trucking in 2003. She transitioned to a full-time position on the HWTC staff in 2007 and has been with the business ever since. Nicole has handled multiple duties throughout her time with us, moving up from filing and answering phones to handling licenses, titles, and other important finances.

Joined the Hodges team in 2003

Experience: Office administration, vehicle titles, financing

Office Staff

Kim Neurock

Kim Neurock took up part-time hours with Hodges Westside Truck Center before eventually taking a more active role in the HWTC front office, handling accounting duties, managing payroll, and learning new skills each day. As a part of our office team, she feels that everyone truly cares about the customers who walk through our doors.

Joined the Hodges team in 2013

Experience: Accounting, payroll

Office Staff

Dawn Faber

Dawn Faber started at the Elburn dealership before transitioning to the Marengo dealership. She handles filing duties, cost sheets, customer invoices, customer payments, rental truck documentation, and scheduling.

Joined the Hodges team in 2018

Experience: Filing, invoicing, billing, truck rentals

SALES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

Dave Neurock, Hodges Westside Truck Center Sales Manager
Sales Manager

Dave Neurock

Derik Van Hoose, Hodges Westside Truck Center Sales Coordinator
Sales Coordinator

Derik Van Hoose

Tanner Mortensen, Hodges Westside Truck Center Service Writer
Service Writer

Tanner Mortensen

Russ Hodges, Hodges Westside Truck Center Social Media Manager
Social Media Manager

Russ Hodges

Sales Manager

Dave Neurock

Dave Neurock started his sales career in the early 1980s, selling used cars at Marquette Park Chrysler in Chicago. He later worked his way up to finance manager to general manager before leaving to open his own used car dealership. After five years running his business and three years in corporate sales for Korean car manufacturer Daewoo, Dave came aboard the Westside Truck Center staff.

Joined the Hodges team in 1998

Experience: 30 years in automotive sales, corporate sales at Daewoo

Sales Coordinator

Derik Van Hoose

Derik Van Hoose joined our team in 2015, spending roughly one year with the parts department before transitioning into a lead sales position in 2016. He began managing our online inventory and quickly realized his passion for sales. Van Hoose, whose father has been a truck driver for over 30 years, established himself early on with his marketing expertise and success in used parts sales.

Joined the Hodges team in 2015

Education: Elmhurst University

Service Writer

Tanner Mortensen

Marengo native Tanner Mortensen provides customer assistance and ensures all truck jobs are completed safely and effectively. He regularly collaborates with our diesel technicians and service managers to serve a variety of customer and shop needs. Tanner has earned multiple roles at HWTC, including driving the parts truck and working behind the parts counter at our Marengo dealership.

Joined the Hodges team in 2018

Experience: Customer service, parts acquisition, and delivery

Social Media Manager

Russ Hodges

TRUCK SERVICE

Brett Alexander, Hodges Westside Truck Center Service Manager
Service Manager

Brett Alexander

Steven DeMarco, Hodges Westside Truck Center Remote Service Manager
Remote Service Manager

Steven DeMarco

Peter Barrios, Hodges Westside Truck Center Technician
Technician

Peter Barrios

Nick Candre, Hodges Westside Truck Center Technician
Technician

Nick Candre

Elery Dragon, Hodges Westside Truck Center Technician
Technician

Elery Dragon

Mike Massingill, Hodges Westside Truck Center Technician
Technician

Mike Massingill

Nikko Laudicina, Hodges Westside Truck Center Technician and Lead Fabricator
Technician and Lead Fabricator

Nikko Laudicina

Erik Sullivan, Hodges Westside Truck Center Technician and Fabricator
Technician and Fabricator

Erik Sullivan

Bob Pyzik, Hodges Westside Truck Center Reefer Technician
Reefer Technician

Bob Pyzik

Service Manager

Brett Alexander

Remote Service Manager

Steven DeMarco

While serving with the U.S. Army, Steven DeMarco took on multiple responsibilities. He learned vital skills that have helped him transition to a multifaceted role with Westside Truck Center. With over ten years of automotive experience under his belt, he began working in our Parts Department before eventually earning a leadership position in our Service Department.

Joined the Hodges team in 2015

Experience: U.S. Army Veteran (2010-14)

Technician

Peter Barrios

Peter Barrios is a veteran of the U.S. Army and was assigned to the same fleet as a diesel mechanic, Elery Dragon. He earned a leadership position during his service, where he developed his management skills and an undeniable willingness to learn. Peter continuously works on new skills, which has allowed him to take on multiple responsibilities in the shop.

Joined the Hodges team in 2019

Experience: U.S. Army Veteran (2014-17)

Technician

Nick Candre

Newcomer Nick Candre joined the HWTC team with a background in diesel mechanics and prior experience with Honda. He specializes in preventative maintenance and inspections. He also performs brake services in addition to his truck maintenance responsibilities.

Joined the Hodges team in 2021

Education: Diesel Technology, Universal Technical Institute

Experience: Diesel mechanics, Honda

Technician

Elery Dragon

Hometown hero Elery Dragon grew up in Marengo before serving in the U.S. Army. As an infantryman, Elery felt he had few skills he could utilize outside of the military. He soon realized that his learned skills in communication and teamwork were well suited for an automotive career.

Joined the Hodges team in 2019

Education: Diesel Technology, Pike Peaks Community College in Colorado

Experience: U.S. Army Veteran (2014-17), Firestone, diesel mechanics

Technician

Mike Massingill

Technician and Lead Fabricator

Nikko Laudicina

Fabricator Nikko Laudicina came to HWTC with nearly 15 years of experience in the field. As a graduate of the Ford apprentice program, he brings a unique perspective to our dealership. He has a true love for automotive engineering and builds cars in his spare time.

Joined the Hodges team in 2019

Experience: Ford, welding

Technician and Fabricator

Erik Sullivan

Head foreman Erik Sullivan started off as our shop apprentice. He later became a certified mechanic, and later moved onto truck maintenance and repair. Now, he has added diagnostics to his list of skills and repairs everything from engines to emissions equipment.

Joined the Hodges team in 2015

Education: Diesel Power Technology, Kishwaukee College

Experience: Diesel mechanics, MACS AC & Refrigeration, Cummins Mid-range Engine Repair

Reefer Technician

Bob Pyzik

Bob Pyzik joined our team with roughly a decade of mechanical experience, including seven years working on reefer trucks. He also spent 15 years as a spotter for Frozen Foods Express, where he worked alongside a mechanic who taught him about reefer repairs and maintenance. He is responsible for performing routine maintenance and necessary repairs on new and existing trucks.

Joined the Hodges team in 2020

Experience: Reefer mechanics, Frozen Foods Express

PARTS

Mitch Bittenbender, Hodges Westside Truck Center Parts Manager
Parts Manager

Mitch Bittenbender

Ben Fish, Hodges Westside Truck Center Parts Sales
Parts Sales

Ben Fish

Rogelio Carranza, Hodges Westside Truck Center Parts Driver and Technician
Parts Driver/Technician

Rogelio Carranza

Paul Cassata, Hodges Westside Truck Center Used Parts Coordinator
Used Parts Coordinator

Paul Cassata

Mike Carlson, Hodges Westside Truck Center Used Parts Department
Used Parts

Mike Carlson

Parts Manager

Mitch Bittenbender

Parts Sales

Ben Fish

Marengo native Ben Fish joined the Hodges team as a mechanic. He worked in the shop for 13 years, spending two as a service manager. Ben has since transitioned into our Parts Department and has taken on service coordination, subletting, and inventory management responsibilities.

Joined the Hodges team in 2004

Education: Certified Advanced Automotive Technician, McHenry County College

Experience: Refrigeration Handling certificate, Cummins and Bendix Air Brakes courses

Parts Driver/Technician

Rogelio Carranza

Used Parts Coordinator

Paul Cassata

Paul Cassata came to Hodges with a background in automotive OEM. He joined our team as a facilities manager. With his experience manufacturing heavy truck parts, he began focusing on our Parts Department and took on the role of used parts coordinator. Paul hopes to further streamline the business by creating an inventory report that both the Marengo and Bartlett operations can access.

Joined the Hodges team in 2019

Experience: Sales and manufacturing heavy truck parts, automotive OEM industry

Used Parts

Mike Carlson

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