K itty Van Bortel grew up in her father, Howard’s Chevy dealership in Palmyra, NY at a time when he was the largest Corvette dealer in the world. In 2013, when Kitty purchased a Chevrolet franchise, she knew she wanted to carry on her father’s legacy by once again selling and servicing Corvettes under the Van Bortel name. In 2016, Van Bortel purchased Turner Automotive. Much like Kitty, Bill Turner had a deep rooted connection to Corvettes. Bill started Turner Automotive in 1972, and his only objective was to become the best in the Corvette business. His dealership in Victor, NY soon became the go-to location for Corvette enthusiasts nationwide. The purchase of Turner Automotive by Van Bortel consolidated the knowledge and business of two successful people. After five years of hard work and dedication, Van Bortel has put together a team of world-class Corvette specialists, creating the premier destination for all Corvette wants and needs. The combination of treating Corvette customers like family and providing top notch service, has led to Van Bortel becoming the largest and most respected Corvette dealership in New York state.
MEET OUR STAFF
Corvette Sales & Marketing
Matt was one of the first members to join the Van Bortel Corvette team in 2013. He used his Marketing Degree from RIT to help spread word of the new Van Bortel speciality division, and was a key component to building the Corvette department from the ground up. Not only is he the lead Corvette salesperson, he is also in charge of marketing and advertisements. Matt is dedicated to helping each customer find the perfect Corvette, and is passionate about ensuring a buying experience that is as easy and unforgettable as possible. Matt is both a Corvette enthusiast and a proud Corvette owner of a 2008 Jetstream Blue Coupe.
Jon has over 20 years of dealer automotive experience. He is committed to providing all of his customers exceptions customer service and will help make your Corvette buying experience one to remember. He joined Van Bortel in 2015 and looks forward to working with you!
Corvette GM Certified Service Writer
Glen is your go to contact to schedule any service work for your Corvette or any Corvette service questions.
ASE & GM Certified Master Corvette Technician
John is a highly qualified GM Technician with over 25 years of experience! His knowledge about Corvette mechanics in conjunction with his experience and his attention to detail is what makes him one of the best technicians around. John treats every Corvette he touches as if it were his own and his focus and commitment to providing the best service possible for every customer makes him stand above the rest. John far exceeds the level of excellence expected from technicians, whether he is working on performance Corvettes built for the track, Corvettes straight from the lot ready to be taken home, or anything in between!
ASE & World Class GM Certified Corvette Technician
Aaron joined Van Bortel in 2016 as our second dedicated Corvette technician. Aaron attended the Universal Technical Institute and he has earned his GM World Class Certification. Only 1,100 people in the United States have the highest ranking GM Certification, and Van Bortel Corvette is proud to have a technician with this title on the team. Aaron is also a racing enthusiast who works on multiple performance vehicles, including a national champion team and a winning track prepped Corvette. Aaron has the level of knowledge and experience necessary to work accurately and efficiently on Corvettes.
Corvette Detail Technician
Steves adoration for vehicles stemmed from one of his first memories as a child of him riding in his father’s 1967 Camaro. Steve’s Corvette career began in 2004 at Turner Automotive, where he stayed until Van Bortel purchased the business. Steve then became part of the Van Bortel Corvette crew, and today he is the department’s main detailer and a Corvette salesman. Steve excels at both providing customers with a great buying experience, and ensuring the Corvettes looks as good as they did the day they were shipped out of the factory. Steve is also an NCRS member and currently owns a 1979 and 2007 Corvette.
ASE & GM Certified Corvette Technician