Our Management Team

Our ABE team is committed to serving our community with excellence in value.


Robert Watson, ABE President

Robert Watson - 


Robert has 30 years experience in the paint and body industry. Certified in Nexa, Global, Deltron, CPC, and Matthews, Robert is PPG Platinum Council alumni and an East ONE forum member. Robert is also a Charter member of the Tampa Truth at work CEO Roundtable and Treasurer for the Florida Family Policy Council.

Melinda Drake - 

Executive Assistant

Melinda has had her home away from home at ABE since 1990.  We don’t count the years, but she has over 26 years in the industry and has done everything - Yes everything; she is our go-to gal!  If she doesn’t know – you don’t need to either!

Barbara Crow - 

Accounting Manager, Corporate Offices

Barbara comes to us after years in the Automotive Dealership Industry - a great addition!

Dawn Cheshire, Store Manager

Dawn Cheshire - 

Operations Manager

Dawn grew up in the family body shop business and has been with us now for over 17 years with 27 total years in the industry.  Dawn oversees all aspects of Store Operations while managing the Tampa location on Florida Avenue in Tampa.

Jan Levesque - 

Accountant (Ft. Myers & Sarasota), Ft. Myers

Jan Levesque worked as a Financial Controller for 30 years: 15 years in the food industry and 15 years in the construction industry. Jan has extensive knowledge of numerous diversified software systems. She also owned her own business for several years and worked for H&R Block. Jan is now the Auto Body Express accountant for our Ft. Myers and Sarasota locations.

Mark Hunter - 

Sales Manager, Tampa Store

Mark Hunter has been in the business for over 31 years. He first started in South Africa before immigrating to the United States in 1998. Mark has been with Auto Body Express since November 2015. Mark is the Sales Manager for Auto Body Express in Tampa, FL. 

Brian Sawtelle  - 

Inventory/Purchasing Manager

Brian Sawtelle has been with Auto Body Express since January 2015 and has over 23 years of experience in the PBE industry.  After...

Mitch Courte - 

Operations Manager, Sarasota

Mitch Courte began his career in the Automobile industry in 1981, and has been in the Collision Repair segment for more than 25 years.  His career as a member of a PPG Platinum Jobber includes working in our Ft. Myers and Sarasota markets for over 20 years. He is PPG Certified in EHP, Deltron, CPC, and Delfleet.  Mitch is the Auto Body Express General Manager at our Ft. Myers and Sarasota locations.

Sales Department

Joe Mesiemore, Territory Sales Manager

Joe Mesiemore - 

Territory Sales Manager

Joe has been there, done that and has the T-shirt and Belt Buckle with 21yrs in the business PPG Platinum Certified, Envirobase HP (EHP), Global and Deltron.

James Noguez, Territory Sales Manager

James Noguez - 

Territory Sales Manager

James is our newest Sales team member and after years of envy, he has come to the light of PPG! He has over twenty years in the automotive refinish industry holding every position there is from Delivery to Sales. Certifications in DuPont, Spies Hecker, Glasurit and R-M.

Rolando Fiol, Territory Sales Manager

Rolando Fiol - 

Tech Manager, Brandon/301 Store

Rolando is our Tech Rep in addition to being a Territory Manager.  He has extensive (20+ years) experience in both Solvent and Waterborne platforms.  Not only can Rolando use the products but he can teach your painters how to be better painters.  Rolando is PPG Platinum Certified, Envirobase HP (EHP), Global, Deltron., and presently working on Matthews Delfleet, Commercial Performance Coatings (CPC) and Amercoat, marine coatings certifications.  He can also Bench Press a Volkswagen.

Bruce Burridge

Bruce Burridge - 

Territory Sales Manager, Clearwater Store

Bruce has been in the industry longer than he can count and I know he can count to 40.  He’s been with us over 10 years with a little time out as a Dealership Body Shop Manager.  “I like sheet metal fabrication performance motor sports and stuff that’s just cool!”


Gary Bartle, ABE Paints Store Manager

Gary Bartle - 

Store Manager, Clearwater Store

Gary has over 30 years experience in Body Shop Industry and is certified in all major Brands; PPG, DuPont, and BASF giving him a unique perspective on our Industry. Over the years Gary has developed an Expertise with Spray Guns and Tools with a very strong Technical Background.  Gary also runs our in-house tool repair shop.

Allen Bell  - 

Store Manager, Brandon/301 Store

Alan Bell has been a counterman with Auto Body Express for five years and he's bringing all of his expertise to the forefront and is taking the position as store manager.

Frank Sabella, Store Manager

Frank Sabella - 

Store Manager, Spring Hill Store

Frank started in the automotive body shop supply business working at his father’s paint store in 1976. he has been with ABE a total of fifteen years as a store manager and territory manager. Certified in Deltron, Global and Envirobase PPG lines. He can also tell you about any rock band from the 60’s till today, but don’t get him started!