Our Incredible Team

With such a low turnover rate, the experience in the Techlantic team is unmatched and will ensure your transaction will go off without a hitch (unless your vehicle includes a hitch of course)
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Damon Lyons

Damon Lyons

Logistics, Sales

Born in Hamilton Ontario, Damon spent his time growing up split between Canada and the United States. Damon graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy at University of Guelph. in 2001, Damon joined the growing Techlantic team as a sales assistant and over the years has ended up leading the European sales initiative.

June da Costa

June da Costa

Finance

June was born in Trinidad and immigrated to Canada in 1971 with her family. June graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy. June found her self gravitating towards finance related positions and became a Certified General Accountant in 1998. June's strong accounting background led her to the position of Controller for Techlantic in 2003. Since then she has overseen the smooth operations of the accounting department.

Margriet van Essen

Margriet van Essen

Finance

Margriet was born in Indonesia. At the age of 10 she moved with her family to the Netherlands. In 1971 she married Tom van Essen. With Tom and her new family, Margriet immigrated to Canada in 1986. The new vehicle export company Tom and Wouter had started was becoming extremely busy, as such Margriet was asked to help in the office for a few hours per week; that quickly became a full-time job.

Michelle Ralph

Michelle Ralph

Finance, Logistics

Michelle was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. Both parents had immigrated from Hannover, Germany to Canada in 1956. During her years of growing up Michelle had visited Germany many times and can casually communicate in the German language. Michelle has gained many skills in the working world but has found her strength in Cost Accounting, Inventory Control and General Accounting. She has over 15 years of General Accounting experience and also over 10 years of experience working in a Manufacturing environment as a Cost Accountant.

Robin Jones

Robin Jones

President, Sales

Born in England, Robin Jones moved to Canada with this family in 1975. Though his interests were great, he truly had a passion for music, spending 5 years as a lead guitarist in a band. In 1994 Robin began his international trade career when he joined the Techlantic team. Robin quickly excelled in his understanding of client needs and his ability to create lasting relationships with dealers. An indispensable member of the team, Robin became the President of Techlantic in 2001.

Tom van Essen

Tom van Essen

Founder, Sales

Tom was born and raised in the Netherlands. From an early age Tom had an enjoyment of the sea, the waves, and sailing. This eventually led him to an Engineering degree as a Naval Architect. After 10 years as a manager in shipyards, Tom moved to Canada in 1986 to join his brother in a new vehicle export company. For nearly 30 years Tom has dutifully served the needs of all the Techlantic customers, establishing long lasting contacts.

William (Bill) Ralph

William (Bill) Ralph

Logistics

William was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at McMaster University. Other areas of study included Anthropology, Psychology, Philosophy and Art History. William has worked at Techlantic since 2002, where his responsibilities have included parts sales, logistics, administration, car sales and customer service.

Wouter van Essen

Wouter van Essen

Finance, Founder

Wouter was born in the Netherlands where he completed his Engineering study as Mechanical Engineer. He immigrated to Canada in 1976 and in 1983 ventured into export of vehicles from Canada to the USA. He rapidly expanded his business with a focus upon Europe.

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