CARS Executive Management Team

The Capital Automotive team has been assembled to provide a unique balance of automotive, real estate and capital markets expertise. As a whole, the management team has over 90 years of experience in the automotive, retailing, finance and real estate fields.

Jay M. Ferriero
President & Chief Executive Officer

jfJay M. Ferriero joined Capital Automotive in February 1999 as the Company’s Director of Acquisitions.  Mr. Ferriero has thirty-eight years of experience in commercial, automotive dealership and real estate finance.  Prior to joining Capital Automotive, from 1994 to 1999, Mr. Ferriero served as a First Vice President Loan Group and National Accounts Manager at Comerica Incorporated, a leading financial institution serving the automotive retail industry.  At Comerica, Mr. Ferriero was responsible for managing the auto dealer lending offices in Florida and Illinois, and had nationwide responsibilities for managing multi-bank credit facilities for some of the largest auto consolidators.  From 1991 to 1994, Mr. Ferriero was Senior Vice President and Senior Lending Officer at Comerica Bank & Trust, overseeing all lending activities. Since 1980 and prior to 1991, Mr. Ferriero’s experiences included managing commercial loan processing operations, restructuring problem loans, and originating commercial and auto dealership loans.  Mr. Ferriero serves as a member of the Business Advisory Council for the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, where he is a graduate with degrees in Finance and Sociology.

Jay Ferriero may be contacted via e-mail at: jferriero@capitalautomotive.com
Direct: (703) 394-1319
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Tamara C. Darvish
Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

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Tamara C. Darvish joined Capital Automotive in April 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer. Tamara has over thirty years of experience in retail automotive and banking experience. Prior to joining Capital Automotive, from 2015 to 2017, Tamara served as Chief Operating Office and Executive Vice President at Pentagon Federal (PenFed) Credit Union, the 3rd largest credit union in the United States. At PenFed, Tamara spearheaded efforts to grow assets by billions and was responsible for leading national branding, customer experience, and an newly created indirect lending operations among many other responsibilities. From 1984 to 2014, Tamara was President and Executive Vice President at DARCARS Automotive Group, where she grew the family to over $1 Billion in annual sales and over 30 auto dealerships, overseeing all aspects of the organization and leading a team consisting of over 2,000 employees. Tamara has been recognized by Washington Business Journal as “Woman Who Means Business” and named “100 Leading Women in North American Auto Industry” by Automotive News, to name a few honors. Tamara is a graduate of Northwood University where she received a BS in Business Administration and a Doctorate of Laws.

Tamara C. Darvish may be contacted via e-mail at: tdarvish@capitalautomotive.com
Direct: (703) 394-1323

Catherine Potter
Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel

CARS-Catherine P WEBCatherine Potter joined Capital Automotive in September 2000, and currently serves as the Company’s Corporate Secretary, Senior Vice President and General Counsel.  Ms. Potter has more than 25 years of experience as a corporate and real estate attorney, and currently serves on the Company’s Investment Committee.  Prior to joining Capital Automotive, she worked as Corporate Secretary and Assistant General Counsel for ORBCOMM Global, a satellite communications firm.  Previous work experience also included her time as an associate at the law firms of Sheppard Mullin in San Diego and Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, Arizona.  She also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Innovative Decisions, Inc., a data analysis and IT consulting firm located in McLean, Virginia.

Ms. Potter received her undergraduate degree from Miami University, and her JD and MBA from the University of Virginia.  She is a member of the District of Columbia, Arizona, California, Florida, and New Jersey Bars, and is an in-house counsel member of the Virginia Bar.

Catherine Potter may be contacted via e-mail at: cpotter@capitalautomotive.com

Erica B. Powers
Senior Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Accounting Officer

CARS-Erica P WEBErica Powers joined Capital Automotive in 2000.  She manages all of the accounting and financial reporting for the company and assists in the Finance function.  She initially served as Assistant Controller and then Controller of the Company.  Prior to joining Capital Automotive, Ms. Powers served for three years as Controller of Fortress Mortgage, a start-up mortgage company owned by The Fortress Group, a roll-up of home builders.  Prior to Fortress Mortgage, she was a Senior Accountant and Consultant within the Mortgage and Structured Finance Group of KPMG.

Ms. Powers graduated with a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.S. in Accounting from The American University.

Erica Powers may be contacted via e-mail at: epowers@capitalautomotive.com

Christopher J. Sokira
Senior Vice President & Director of Portfolio Management

CARS-Chris S WEBChristopher J. Sokira joined Capital Automotive in June 1998 as a Staff Accountant.  As our Senior Vice President and Director of Portfolio Management, he is responsible for overseeing day-to-day management of our real estate assets as well as the underwriting of new real estate investments.  Prior to joining Capital Automotive, Mr. Sokira worked as a Staff Accountant at U.S. Home Corporation.

Mr. Sokira graduated from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a B.S. in Industrial Management and received his M.S. in Accounting from Binghamton University’s School of Management.

Christopher Sokira may be contacted via e-mail at: csokira@capitalautomotive.com

Roger Stattel
Senior Vice President & Director of Finance

Stattel 15LRRoger Stattel is the company’s Senior Vice President and Director of Finance who handles the capital markets effort for Capital Automotive.  Prior to joining the company in 2016, he was the Director of Finance at DRA Advisors LLC, an investment advisor specializing in real estate investment and management.  During his 11 years at DRA, Mr. Stattel handled property level financing for the company’s real estate investments as well as corporate level debt and preferred equity facilities associated with two public to private LBO’s. Before DRA, he was with the real estate practice at Ernst & Young.

Mr. Stattel graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a MBA in Finance and Economics.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in Accounting and Finance and is a CPA.

Roger Stattel may be contacted via e-mail at: rstattel@capitalautomotive.com