The Auto Shop

Meet the Best Mechanics in Phoenix!

Phoenix Auto Repair Shop Team

Dan Dumbauld, A.A.M. – Owner/President

Born: Wabash, Indiana • Corporate (503) 387-5121 •

dan-dumbauld-auto-shopAs the founder of The Auto Shop Inc., he’s been serving downtown businesses and their employees since 1979. A 40-year veteran of the automotive repair industry, Dan’s role has changed from an ASE Master Certified Technician to Automotive Business Professional, earning his AAM degree from the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) in order to grow with and support the automotive community.

The Auto Shop is your downtown approved Auto Repair Phoenix local facility. We’ve been awarded the “ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Facility” status and is recognized as one of the “Best Car Repair Shops in Phoenix” as recommended by Mark Salem, “The Car Guy” on KKNT 960 The Patriot Talk Radio.

Dan has been listed as an honored professional in the Nationwide Registers “Who’s Who in Executives and Businesses” and was an appointed member of the National Car Care Center Advisory Council for Parts Plus in Memphis Tennessee representing the Southwestern region of the independent automotive repair industry. He was also recognized by “Aftermarket Business Magazine” as one of the Top 50 Service Dealers in the nation.

To remain an industry leader, Dan and his team remain active participants with the Automotive Service Association (ASA) and Past President of the ASA Phoenix Metro Chapter, Automotive Management Institute (AMI), NAPA Auto Care Member, AC Delco TSS Member, A+ Rated members of The Better Business Bureau, the Automotive Repair Partners of Arizona (ARPA), Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), Member of the Elite Worldwide PRO Service Group and Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO).

Mickey Hermes – General Manager

Born: Kalispell, Montana •

mickey-hermes-auto-shopMickey is second generation automotive industry breed, following the success of his family’s tradition. Since 1999 he’s been providing his customers with first class service. He’s willing to go the extra mile to make sure our customers have the best experience possible.

His communication skills and attention to detail will allow you to feel at ease, knowing your vehicle is in our qualified technician’s hands. Mickey’s automotive management experience provides the service and leadership necessary to ensure we exceed your expectations every time your vehicle is in need of maintenance or repair. He’s always looking for ways to improve your experience with us through communication, marketing and social media, making The Auto Shop your choice for stress free, easy to use car repair service.

Away from the business, this proud Papa enjoys anything having to do with outdoor recreation that allows him to hang out with his wife and young son. As a personal hobby, he’s an authority and experienced keeper of exotic tortoises.

Matt Dumbauld – Business Office Manager

Born: Phoenix, Arizona •

matt-dumbauld-auto-shopThough Matt has “volunteered” here at the shop through the years, in 2003 he began training in our business office as he worked his way through college earning his business degree. We rely on his fresh knowledge, computer aptitude, software skills and hard work to keep us up to date with our business expectations of the future. Trained in various procedures, policies and office equipment, he’s capable of completing all business office duties in an efficient manner.

Matt is very active in team sports. As a past coach in the Apollo High School and Sunnyslope High School Basketball program, he understands the importance of teamwork, focus and persistence — a necessity for any organization’s success.

Sarah Kidd – Marketing and Publications

Born: Phoenix, Arizona

sarah-kidd-auto-shopSarah has volunteered at The Auto Shop for a number of years. She dual majored in Elementary and Special Education at Northern Arizona University and taught a wide variety of ages.

Now a full-time Mom, Sarah works part time from the corporate office in Portland, Oregon. She brings fresh ideas and a love of writing to our team. She’s helping to manage our VIP program as well as our monthly newsletter. Sarah enjoys photography, spending time with her family, and hiking in beautiful Oregon.

Jeff Florey – Certified Master Auto Technician, L1 Senior Technician

Born: Shawnee Mission, Kansas

jeff-florey-auto-shopJeff was raised in Summit County, Colorado and moved to Phoenix in 1987 to attend an automotive trade school. He enjoyed the weather so much he decided to stay permanently. He brings both experience and knowledge to our team with over 28 years of combined experience as an ASE Certified Master Technician, Service Advisor and Service Manager.

Jeff understands providing excellent service. He treats every car entering our shop as the most important task of the day. This persistent dedication makes him one of the most honorable Master Technicians in our industry today. We’re fortunate he’s made his home here at The Auto Shop.

Jeff is a husband, a father and a new grandfather who enjoys spending as much time as he can with his family. He’s a bit of a movie buff and if he’s not catching a flick with his grandson, he likes to perfect his skills as a woodworker (you should see his custom made tool bench).

Corey Barker – A.S.E. Certified Technician

Born: Orange County, California

corey-barker-auto-shopCorey was raised in Phoenix and calls Arizona his home. He attended Arizona Automotive Institute, where he graduated at the top of his class, receiving his Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology. Corey has been a dedicated automotive technician since 2006. He sets his professional goals at high levels and always provides quality repairs, combining excellent service with a positive attitude. Corey is a great addition to The Auto Shop, being the true definition of a team player and the guy I’d want working on my family’s cars.

When he’s not working he spends all of his time with his wife and two beautiful daughters.

Aaron Davis – A.S.E. Certified Technician

Born: Carson City, Nevada

aaron-auto-shopSince the age of two, Aaron was raised in Arizona and considers himself a native Arizonan. As far back as he can remember, he has always had a knack for taking things apart and putting them back together…”whether they needed it or not”, says his parents. While in High School, Aaron knew what his career path was going to look like and enrolled at UTI (Universal Technical Institute), graduated in 1991 earning his Associates Degree in Automotive Technology.

Aaron is a valued team member as our “bumper to bumper” technician; willing to do the simplest of services to the most technical or intricate repairs and certainly qualified to do everything between.

When he is not at the shop or fixing anything broken around the house, he enjoys golfing and getting together with friends playing all sorts of competitive games, with “bags” being his favorite.

Ryan Kniery – Service Porter

Born: Scottsdale, Arizona

Ryan-Kniery-Phoenix-Auto-ShopYou’re likely to see Ryan everywhere around the shop, but most likely you’ll get to know him when he shuttles you to and from the shop. He’s a very friendly native Arizonian that knows exactly where you need to go. He brings a higher level of understanding and leadership to our team. Since graduating Horizon High School in 2001, he’s returned as the JV football coach for the Horizon Huskies.

When he’s not busy coaching us or his football team he enjoys the outdoors; camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, live music and of course is a HUGE Sun Devil football fan.

Gabriel Vasquez – Maintenance & Detail Appearance Technician

Born: Cuauhtemoc, CHIH. Mexico

gabriel-vasquez-auto-shopAs our vehicle appearance expert, Gabriel has worked for 19 years perfecting his skills. The dedication and hard work put forth is evident in every vehicle he services.

His attention to detail is impressive and ensures your vehicles and their time in our facility will be of premium appearance.