Richard Roberts founded The Garage in 2005 because he simply wanted a shop that he would feel comfortable sending his wife, sister, or mother too; a true old fashioned garage that could be trusted in the community. Richard grew up right here in Birmingham where he started and ran a successful computer software business in our city for over 20 years until he sold it in 2002. He is an active member at Shades Mountain Independent Church in bluff park. Richard and his wife Sandra have three grown children and 5 grandchildren. They enjoy RV’ing and spending time with their grandkids. Richard retired in 2015 but is still a frequent visitor of the shop.
Bob Carter is a native of Birmingham and started with Richard at The Garage about a week before it opened in 2005. Bob, along with his wife Greta, graduated with a degree in business management from Samford University in 2004. He is an ASE certified master technician as well as ASE certified service consultant. Bob and Greta purchased The Garage from Richard in 2013 and look forward to continuing its legacy of great customer service. They have four children, Sam, Grey, Bo, Charli, and a puppy named Macon. They attend The Church at Brook Hills and enjoy spending quality time together as a family.
Rian has been with The Garage since the first week it opened as well. Rian is ASE certified and is our shop foreman. He oversees all our technicians and repairs, as well as inspects every single vehicle that comes in for repair so as to ensure a consistent process and quality control. He is a native of Birmingham where he and his wife have 3 children. Rian excels at electrical repairs and diagnostics. He is great at thinking outside the box when the repair necessitates. His expansive knowledge of all things mechanical has been a huge asset to The Garage. Rian is an avid hunter and enjoys spending time in nature.
Justin is an ASE Certified Master Technician and is responsible for many of our larger repairs. Engine replacements, Internal Engine Repairs, Air Conditioning Service, etc. Justin is extremely laid back, yet a very hard worker. He is often one of the first to arrive and the last to leave. We regularly have to stop him and remind him to eat lunch! Justin and his wife have 3 children and are members at The Church of Brook Hills.
Jason started with The Garage in January of 2016. His family and Bob’s family have been friends for over 15 years. He and his wife Michelle have 3 daughters. Jason and his family spent several years in ministry, including serving as missionaries to the Dominican Republic for three years. Their oldest daughter, Brittney is married and just recently gave birth to their second granddaughter. Their middle daughter Kaelyn is a student at Covenant College in Chattanooga and Marli is a senior in high school. Jason is grateful to be a part of the team and The Garage, helping to meet the auto repair needs of the Birmingham area.
John is a savant of sorts. If it has strings, he can play it. He once explained to us that he built a harp out of shoe strings and plastic irrigation pipes. There are no pictures to prove it…but we tend to believe him. John is young but has a lot of practical training and experience. He spent approximately 5 years at a Ford dealership before joining our team. He has countless pages of awards and certifications from Ford. Its a real joy to have John on our team. He assists Rian with most of our diagnostics and repairs.
Joe is our brake and suspension expert. He is the most “experienced” technician we have… he’s also the oldest… and we give him quite a hard time about that. Joe is awesome. He gets along with everyone and is such a pleasure to work with. Joe spent several years serving our US NAVY before starting his automotive career. Joe and his wife have 6 kids between the two of them and attend Liberty Baptist Church.
George was added to the team to help handle the increased growth. He is responsible for most of our maintenance services. George previously worked with John at another establishment and the two are great friends, which is an added bonus.
Ken “Mackey” Mackey is a Service Writer and a native to the Birmingham area. He has been in the automotive industry for over 20 years including both service and parts sales. He and his wife Paula have 3 children and soon to be 2 grandchildren. They are active members of Church of the Highlands in Alabaster. Bob and Mackey have known each other for over a decade and we are excited to have him finally be a part of our growing business.