Simi Valley Location 805-527-5265
Oxnard Location 805-485-2441

Meet the Staff of K & J Auto Exchange

Kelly Kolarek - Owner


Growing up in the car business at his parent’s dealership since 1982 Kelly has always gravitated to the business. Kelly has lived in Simi Valley with his wife and son for the last 12 years. Kelly is active in the community serving on the board of directors for the Simi Valley YMCA chapter and was appointed to serve on the Neighborhood Council District #2. Kelly enjoys giving back to the community through many charitable donations and participates in many worthwhile causes. Kelly enjoys boating, waterskiing, dirt bike riding and coaching his son’s soccer and basketball teams.

Monte Bennett - Sales Manager-Simi Valley/Oxnard


Monte Bennett was born in the local Simi Valley Hospital and has lived his entire life in this fine community. He is a wonderful advocate for the community and enjoys attending many local events as both a volunteer and participant. Monte values his family and spends quality time with his four beautiful nieces and nephews as often as he can. Monte enjoys traveling to many new places and exploring whenever he has the opportunity to get away. He enjoys staying active with outdoor activities and multiple sports. Monte has a high degree of customer service and is a perfect match to meet the needs of the K&J Auto Exchange clientele. Monte is a true asset to the company.

Walter Valladares - Sales-Simi Valley


Walter was born in Venezuela and came to the United States in 1979. Walter attended LAVC for a two years degree and holds a degree in Electronics with a minor in Medical Equipment Technology. He went on to California State University Long Beach where he earned a BS degree in Industrial Technology. Walter worked for AT& T for several years and then moved on to the banking industry for 15 years. Walter started his career in car sales in 1995 working for the Keyes automotive group. Walter moved on to work for various dealerships representing a wide variety of brands including Mazda, Isuzu, GMC, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Ford and Dodge just to mention a few. Walter has 4 adult children with his youngest daughter studying at Columbus University, NY where she is pursuing a Masters in Social Work. Walter enjoys playing and watching soccer, baseball and tennis. He’s also a fan of auto racing particularly Formula 1.