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.
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 our partnership with the Automotive Training Institute (ATI). He enjoys learning more about the automotive field, so he attends conferences and seminars to stay current. He has always enjoyed working on motorcycles, cars and hot rods. He loves anything to do with mechanical work.
Rob grew up in Everett, WA. He joined the Army at 18 and ended his military career at Fort Lewis, WA. He now lives locally and shares his home with his fiance, their son, and their cats. 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.
Nathan - Estimator and 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.
Jon - Service Advisor
Jon joined our Team as our newest Service Advisor in March 2022. He will be part of our Yelm Team when our 2nd Location opens in the Spring of 2022! Jon came to us after almost a decade of experience on the Car Parts side of the Automotive Industry. We are excited to see how his knowledge and expertise has already added to our team in a positive way. His favorite part of working in the Automotive Industry is the opportunities he's had to work with and serve different people.
Jon served for 20 years in the United States Navy before retiring in 2013. Jon and his wife Sunday have two dogs, Lulu and Pokey. They enjoy going on hunting and fishing trips together. Jon really looks forward to getting out there every year when Elk Season comes around. In his spare time Jon also enjoys fabricating both metal and wood.
Shannan - 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 - 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
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 - ASE Certified 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 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.
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.
Daniel - Apprentice 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! We are excited to have Daniel join our Yelm Team when our 2nd location opens in the Spring of 2022.
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!
Bart- Apprentice Technician
Bart joined our Apprentice Program in February 2022. He started his career in the Automotive Industry in 2018 after retiring from 20 years in the US Army, that same year. He decided to attend Bates Technical College to complete their Automotive Mechanic and Diesel Technology programs. Bart grew up working on cars with his dad and grandfather. After the military he was looking for something that could challenge him and keep him on his feet! He really enjoys the process of figuring out what is wrong with a vehicle and then being able to fix it.
Bart and his wife Amber have two children, Lilly and McCray. Bart's favorite part of his day is spending time with his family. They have a dog named Rose and two cats, Doodles and Daphne. In his free time Bart enjoys hunting, fishing, and gardening. Bart has a thirst to learn and grow that is evident in his work, every day. We are excited to have Bart join us as part of our Yelm team when our 2nd location opens, in the Spring of 2022.
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.
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