Lionel was born in the coastal city of Long Beach, California and was raised locally in Chula Vista. He currently lives in El Cajon. Close to his family, he enjoys spending time with his younger brother who is in high school. He completed graduation at Valhalla High School in 2011 and studied Business at Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College. He came to the automotive industry after working in the cellular telecommunications sector.
Lionel is instinctively dedicated as he describes what brought him to this profession, "..it was an opportunity that was offered to me. I knew it was going to be a challenge, but I agreed to take the next step in life; that is to get out of my comfort zone." Since then, he has rose to become a Toyota of Poway All Star of the Month recipient and has actively vlogged for the Hometown Dealer on social medial.
On his pastime, he plays soccer with his friends. He is a foodie at heart, he is also thrilled to travel and going on camping excursions.