Troy and Kori Vaninetti - Owners | Graham Auto Repair

Troy and Kori Vaninetti - Shop Owners

Troy and Kori Vaninetti are both long time residents of this area and have been offering complete car care to their Graham neighbors since 2006. Troy began serving people of this community back in October of 1988 where he worked as a Texaco gas station service attendant. He worked hard and gained knowledge to become an assistant technician, then full technician, lead technician, and eventually manager. Troy then decided to purchase the business from the current owners to become new owner of Graham Auto Repair in 2006.

As the area grew, the need for car care excellence did, too. Graham Auto was going to meet the need with the purchase of land and eventual construction of a new state of the art facility. With the focus of the company being primarily on customer service, comfort, and convenience, the new facility was designed, built, and filled with cutting edge technology and equipment, highly trained technicians, top notch customer service staff, a thoughtful and comfortable waiting area, and a well lit and covered service entrance for weather friendly delivery no matter the season.

Rick Janoski - Shop Operations Manager | Graham Auto Repair

Rick - Shop Foreman

Rick has been in the Auto Repair Industry since 1975. He originally joined us at Graham Auto Repair in 2010 as an ASE Certified Master Technician with multiple Major Dealership Certifications; before transitioning into Management. He is also a certified member of the Automotive Training Institute (ATI) where he stays current on trainings and leadership certifications. Rick was attracted to the Automotive Industry by muscle cars; after working on them he found that he was very good at it! His favorite thing about being part of our Team at Graham Auto Repair is the Atmosphere and Culture of Teamwork, with the vision to make a positive impact. He loves being able to make a difference in people's lives.

Rick is originally from Birmingham, AL. He is married to his wife, Sandra, and enjoys mentoring his grandson, Isaiah. They share their household with cats, dogs, bunnies, and birds. When Rick is not at work he enjoys fishing, growing his own food, ceramics, and reading self-reflection books.

Rob - Service Advisor | Graham Auto Repair

Rob - Sales Team Leader & Advisor

Rob has been in the Automotive Industry since 2009 and he joined our Team as a Service Advisor in 2016. Rob has completed the Advanced Service Writing courses through the Automotive Training Institute (ATI). He enjoys learning more about the Automotive Industry, and so he attends conferences and seminars to stay current in the field. He has always enjoyed working on motorcycles, cars, hot rods and loves anything to do with Automotive Mechanics.

Rob grew up in Everett, WA. He joined the Army at 18 and ended in Fort Lewis, WA. He now lives locally and shares his home with his two cats, Rosco and Molly. When he is not providing excellent Customer Service here at Graham Auto Repair, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, playing the guitar, and playing video games.

Brian - Service Advisor | Graham Auto Repair

Brian - Service Team Leader & Advisor

Brian joined our Team as a Service Advisor in 2019. Brian has worked in the Automotive Industry in several different capacities since 2003. He served our country in the Marines from 2005-2009. He loves everything to do with cars - from driving them, to building and repairing them, and to talking to other people about them. 

Brian was born in Germany (he was an Army Brat!) but grew-up in Graham, Washington, attending all of the local schools. His daughter, Rilynn, is his world! He enjoys riding horses, and taking his daughter to the beach. He also likes to build and work on project cars with his dad and brothers. He has always had a passion for helping people and he loves how being a Service Advisor at Graham Auto Repair has opened up opportunities for him to serve our community.

Shannan M. - Bookkeeper | Graham Auto RepairShannan - Finance Manager

Shannan came to Graham Auto in 2009 after meeting the Vaninetti family at church. Shannan got her start in Bookkeeping when her children were young, helping with the ASB Budgets at their Elementary School in 1991. After that Shannan worked part time for the church where she met The Vaninetti Family. Shannan enjoys making sure that everything is in balance, and making things better for the people around her. She loves adding her creative touch to things by making gift certificates, stickers, forms, and more!

Shannan was born in Bellingham, WA and she has spent most of her life in the Pierce County area. She graduated from our local Bethel High School. Shannan and her husband Danny have been married since 1977 and together they have two beautiful daughters, and three granddaughters. When not keeping everything checked and balanced here at Graham Auto Repair, Shannan enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, camping, and reading historical fiction.

Lacie Ugelstad - Marketing Manager | Graham Auto RepairLacie - Marketing & Hiring Manager

Lacie joined our Team in April 2019. She met Troy and Kori at church as a teenager. Her Mom is Shannan Marshall, who has been working at Graham Auto Repair since 2009. Lacie has always admired the business that Troy and Kori have built here in Graham, and how they value and exhibit integrity in everything they do.

Lacie has lived in Washington all of her life; but loves traveling! She has two adult stepsons, Tristen and Tyler; and two daughters, Shianna and Evangelina. She is on the Steilacoom Tribal Council and has been volunteering with the Steilacoom Tribe since she was a little girl. She enjoys writing, art, photography, filming & editing videos, and learning new technology. Her favorite thing about working at Graham Auto Repair is being able to connect the people in our community with a Team of people who want to make a difference in their lives. She loves being able to use different forms of media to reach as many people as possible!

Justin - Apprentice Technician | Graham Auto Repair

Nathan - Estimator & Service Team Assistant

Nathan joined our team in April 2021, filling in a much-needed role, as our Estimator. He makes it possible for our advisors to spend more of their time focused on communication with our customers and our technicians. Already in his short time with us, Nathan has proven himself as a valuable asset to our team! Nathan started out in the automotive industry in 2018, first as a Lube Tech at a quick lube shop, then worked his way quickly into management. He has always been interested in automotive and working with vehicles. He started out working on his own cars, and his interest has grown from there!

Nathan was born and raised in Washington State, he grew-up in both Eatonville and Sumner. He and his wife Desirae have two cats, Luna and Nova; and one dog, Apollo. Nathan's favorite thing about his career is how much time he still has to spend at home with his family. When he isn't at work, you can find Nathan spending time at home with his wife, taking care of his garden and fixing anything he can in their home.

Justin - Apprentice Automotive Technician | Graham Auto Repair

Justin - Apprentice Technician

Justin joined our Team at Graham Auto Repair, as an Apprentice, in 2019. Justin grew up in Ashford and Conrad, Montana; before calling Washington his home. He took Auto Shop in High School because he wanted to learn how to fix his own vehicles. He was given the opportunity for a position at a Tire Shop for almost four years before moving back to Washington. He loves working on different vehicles, and completing new challenges every day.

Justin is engaged, and he has 3 dogs and 5 cats. In his free time he loves doing anything outdoors; including fishing, hunting, and off-roading. He is also a novice welder.

Bill - Lead Automotive Technician | Graham Auto Repair

Bill - Lead Automotive Technician

Bill joined us in August 2020. He comes to us as a former Mercedes-Benz and BMW Technician and he currently holds his ASE Master and L1 Certification. Bill started out in the Automotive Industry back in 1998. He took every Auto Shop class that was available to him in High School because he wanted to learn how cars work. His favorite thing about working in the Automotive Industry is getting to learn about all of the new technologies that come out on newer cars each year. In High School he really got into watching Motorsports, which led him to start Autocross Racing. He has competed nationally with SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). In 2017 Bill earned the Street Touring Ultra ProSolo Championship and in 2018 he earned the Street Touring Ultra National Championship.

From Spring through Fall all of Bill's free time is spent on Autocross. However, Bill's other hobby is singing - he loves karaoke! He also has a Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Oscar. Oscar is Bill's biggest fan! He gets to attend many of the Autocross events, and he loves listening to Bill sing!

Tyler - Automotive Tech | Graham Auto Repair

Tyler - Automotive Technician

Tyler is a returning member of our Team. He worked with us for five months in 2020 before returning to our Team in May 2021. Tyler started in the Automotive Industry in 2012. His Dad used to take him to car races as a kid. He was always tinkering with cars, and he eventually picked it up as a hobby. Once he discovered that he was a natural at fixing cars he decided to turn it into his career! He has Certifications in Steering & Suspension, Brakes and General Service.

Tyler was born in Renton but he grew-up in the Auburn and Federal Way area. Along with his wife Dana, Tyler has a daughter named Kylie and a son named Jaxon. Their family has two Australian Shephards named Murphy and Leo! Along with building cars, Tyler enjoys camping with his family and placing PC Games. His favorite thing about working as a Technician is his ability to come to a customer's rescue. He enjoys getting to diagnose the most difficult breakdowns and then be able to fix the customer's concerns correctly.

Brendan - Automotive Tech | Graham Auto Repair

Bret - Automotive Technician

Bret joined our Team at Graham Auto Repair at the end of 2020. He is married to Kellee and has three kids; Jessica, Michael, and Douglas. Their family has a Rottweiler named Scout! Bret was born in Puyallup and grew up in Roy, attending the Yelm High School. He got into repairing vehicles by working on his own Motocross Bikes. As time went by he really got into Hot Rods! He has been working in the Automotive Field since April 1986. His favorite thing about working in this industry is having a good end result.

When Bret finds himself with spare time, he enjoys riding dirt & street bikes, working on his Corvette &1942 Mercury, camping, fishing, and going to the beach.

Brendan - Automotive Tech | Graham Auto Repair

Brendan - Automotive Technician

We welcomed Brendan to our Team in January 2021. Brendan is a Washingtonian who was born and raised in Puyallup. His father was a Technician and is now a Machinist. Growing up Brendan developed a love for working on cars as a kid. He started out in the Automotive Industry in 2011 and he has an ASE Certification in Steering & Suspension.

Brendan's favorite thing about working in this industry is the customer's satisfaction. He enjoys learning and adapting with the ever-changing Automotive field. When he isn't working on cars, Brendan enjoys being in the outdoors, including fishing and dirt biking. He also enjoys spending time with his son Paxton and his dog Revii.

Daniel - Automotive Tech | Graham Auto Repair

Daniel - Automotive Technician

Daniel joined our team in August 2021. Daniel served in the Army from 1991-2014 as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Specialist. In 2014 he decided to complete automotive training at Clover Park. He completed his AAT in Automotive Technician and Collision Repair, and Certificates in Automotive Restoration and Ford MLR. His favorite thing about working in the automotive industry is learning as much as he can!

Daniel’s 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse first got him interested in automotive. He started out with DIY projects, worked in an auto parts store during college, and eventually got out in the shop doing what he really loves: working on cars! Daniel and his wife Ann have three children, Rebecca, Cameron, and their Husky Namida. When he has time, Daniel enjoys gaming, building computers, grilling, and collecting. He is most proud of his Star Wars collection!

Jana - Apprentice Automotive Tech | Graham Auto Repair

Jana - Apprentice Technician

Jana joined our Team straight out of Automotive school! We met her in April 2021 and impatiently waited for her to join our team. She completed her AAT Degree in Automotive Technology at Clover Park in September 2021 and joined us the very next week! Jana was born and raised in Tacoma, WA and started working on Classics in her childhood. In 2018 she purchased Opal, her beautiful 1960 Thunderbird. Soon after, it became very clear that it was time for her to fulfill her dream of attending automotive school!

Jana and her husband, John, have a home filled with love for their children and their animals. They have four kids, Isaiah, Alaya, Johnny and TJ; and three dogs, Claire, Lulu, and Rose. Jana loves to learn how cars work so she can get them operating again! When she isn't studying for her ASEs or working on her project cars, Jana enjoys cooking, hiking, decorating, and spending as much time with her family as possible.

 

Bret - Automotive Tech | Graham Auto Repair

You! - Automotive Technician

Are you an Automotive Technician looking for a career where your Mechanic Skills are appreciated, your personal time is valued, and continued paid training is expected? Graham Auto Repair is growing! We are looking for experienced Technicians to partner with our Team, to take our well-established shop to the next level. If you are interested you can read more details on our Blog.

Click HERE to read our Blog: Automotive Technician Job at Graham Auto Repair