The Team

  • Trip Jacobs

    Trip Jacobs

    Co-Founder

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    Trip Jacobs

    Trip Jacobs

    Co-Founder

    Trip began his career in the auto industry when he joined the family business in 2006. After almost 10 years, he left to try something new. He became the store manager for a Tesla store in Chicago. He led the store for over two years, eventually taking it to become one of the Top 10 performing Tesla stores globally in Q4 2016. He left Tesla to rejoin the family business in 2017, and co-founded Current Automotive in 2018. Trip is a pilot, he currently flies a Diamond DA40.

  • Joe DiMaggio

    Joe DiMaggio

    Director of Customer Experience

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    Joe DiMaggio

    Joe DiMaggio

    Director of Customer Experience

    Joe has been surrounded with cars for as long as he’s been working – his first job was detailing cars in high school. Later, he was a District Manager for General Motors and eventually joined Tesla in 2012. He spent six years working his way up to lead the delivery teams for the Midwest and later California. He came back to Chicago to join Current Automotive in early 2019 to continue helping folks go electric. Joe currently drives a Model 3, and enjoys fitness, good food, and summers in Chicago.

  • Kevin Barker

    Kevin Barker

    EV Expert & Team Lead

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    Kevin Barker

    Kevin Barker

    EV Expert & Team Lead

    Kevin joined Current in 2019 and now leads our sales team. He was with Tesla prior to joining our team. He enjoys fitness, spending time with his son, and mixing a few beats occasionally as a DJ on the side. Kevin drives a Tesla Model 3 and is Current!

  • Joe Kotz

    Joe Kotz

    Electric Vehicle Buyer

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    Joe Kotz

    Joe Kotz

    Electric Vehicle Buyer

    Joe joined Current in 2020 and sources all of our electric vehicle inventory. Joe is a Navy veteran and has been all over the globe. After his time in the military he began selling vehicles. Once he mastered that aspect of the business he transitioned into buying inventory. In his free time he enjoys all things motorsports, and traveling as much as possible.

  • Lida Ruiz

    Lida Ruiz

    Electric Vehicle Specialist

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    Lida Ruiz

    Lida Ruiz

    Electric Vehicle Specialist

    Lida found her home at Current in 2019 after more than 18 years in the automotive industry. In addition to her role helping our customers find the perfect EV, she single-handedly photographs all cars for Current and for three other stores in our family auto group. She loves all photography, though, and still loves to shoot the occasional wedding! Lida is passionate about environmental friendliness and loves to help people Get Current! When not at work she loves spending time with her daughters, her dogs and coffee!

  • Stuart Burkhart

    Stuart Burkhart

    Electric Vehicle Specialist

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    Stuart Burkhart

    Stuart Burkhart

    Electric Vehicle Specialist

    Stuart is a car enthusiast and recent graduate from the College of DuPage. He has a passion for electric transportation and green energy that has been fostered through his education. Stuart loves baseball and spends his free time with his family and friends. He was first exposed to electric vehicles when he bought one from Current Automotive last year. Stuart daily drives a Kia Soul EV.

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