Schneider’s Automotive Repair Bios
Ken Fay – Owner
Ken and his wife Paula, purchased Schneider’s Automotive Repair in March of 2017 from Mitch Schneider, who formally retired from the Automotive Repair business. Mitch was determined to find the right people to turn his shop of over 40 years to and we think he did a great job! Ken previously owned another shop in the valley – Star AutoHaus, for over 20 years and in addition to owning the shop is a certified master mechanic. Ken decided to close Star AutoHaus in December of last year so he could focus his attention on continuing to build the legacy that Mitch created at Schneider’s and is thoroughly enjoying a much closer commute. If there is any spare time Ken enjoys camping and dirt bike riding in the winter and water skiing in the summer. His dream car is a 1969 Mach 1 with a 428 cobra jet engine, for which he is currently doing a “frame up” restoration. He loves Mexican food and can be found in his backyard shop tinkering on one of the many vintage cars that he collects, another of Ken’s passions. Ken brings over 35 years of automotive repair experience and truly enjoys meeting and working with our customers.
Paula Fay – Owner
Paula has spent her career in home entertainment working with the studios but when Ken came home with the idea of buying a new shop, Paula was on board to join Ken in the day to day management of the shop plus she feels that she has years of automotive experience being married to Ken who often brings his work home with him! Paula enjoys camping, dirt bike riding and water skiing, and is also a passionate snow skier, her favorite sport. Ken and Paula love to travel and spend time with their 5 daughters. Currently Paula is raising 12 chickens and 1 rooster who occupy the backyard with her 2 horses, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Paula focuses on the marketing and branding of Schneider’s and can often be found chatting with clients and learning more about the inner workings of the shop! Paula’s goal is to get to know each and every customer who walks through the front door!
Shanna Burcar – Bookkeeper
Shanna joined Schneider’s a year ago and has 3 years of previous experience in the automotive industry. She brings her extensive background of finance to Schneider’s and keeps everyone in line, especially on pay day! Shanna has 2 dogs Lucy and Maisy. Her favorite food is Tacos and her dream car is a 1955 Bel Air Station Wagon with wood side-paneling!! Shanna is married with 2 boys and a girl and loves to read, crochet and hike when not working or hanging out with her family. Shanna loves helping customers when she’s not paying bills and balancing books!
Frank Martinez – Service Manager
Frank joined Schneider’s over 16 years ago and as he says, he’s “seen it all” in his 31 years in the service writing end of the automotive repair business. Frank has worked with generations of family members helping kids with their first cars, while serving parents and grand parents. Frank is loved and trusted by his customers and he is equally connected & dedicated to his clients. When Frank isn’t at the shop he loves to refinish furniture and travel with family. However, since his daughter is expecting Frank’s first grandchild, he’ll probably be putting the refinishing hobby away for more awesome Grandparenting responsibilities! Frank is married with 2 children and has 2 dogs, Chico & Sandy. His dream car is a 1964 Mini Cooper S and when asked what his favorite food is, Frank voiced emphatically, Chili Relleno!!
Javier Acosta - Technician
Meet Javier aka “Javi” who has been a long-time member of the Schneider’s family with 28 years of committed service & is also our Alignment guru. Javi’s been working on cars since he was 16 and loves to learn new and different things. He’s passionate about baseball being a major Dodger’s fan and enjoys big family trips with his wife, kids and relatives. He loves Chinese food and his dream car is a 2018 BMW M4 – a car that he NEVER has to work on – just drive! Javi is dedicated to Schneider’s customers and strongly believes that his job is to make sure that each and every customer leaves our shop with a safe and well-maintained vehicle!
Justin Ross - Technician
Meet Justin Ross who previously worked with Ken at Star AutoHaus and is a new member to Schneider’s who brings over 13 years of experience as a mechanic with him and is a diesel specialist among other areas of expertise. In his “free” time Justin loves to work on cars - when he’s not working on cars at work! His backyard is home to many vehicles! However, with a new baby on the way – Justin will be a busy Dad hanging out with his wife and their 2 other children. Justin loves to take the family out for his fav food – pizza. And his dream car is realized. He recently purchased a 1969 Toyota Corona! We are thrilled to have Justin with us!
Danny Mendez - Technician
Meet Danny Mendes – another new member to Schneider’s who previously worked with Ken at Star Auto. Danny has been in the automotive repair industry for more than 20 years & has an extensive background in anything with a motor – both gas and diesel. Danny and his wife have two very active boys and his favorite pastime is spending time with his family, participating in school events with his boys – or going out for a nice seafood dinner. He has a number of “dream cars” and is a vintage Japanese car enthusiast. His current fav car is a 1972 Nissan Skyline. Danny’s mechanical experience combined with his commitment to providing outstanding service to his customers, makes him an ideal shop manager.
Robert Brunick - Technician
Robert aka “Bob” is our most seasoned veteran with 27 years at Schneider’s and 35 years of mechanical experience. Bob is originally a farm boy from Vienna, South Dakota where his family’s homestead farm is located. Bob likes to go back and visit the family farm on vacation, although owning a dairy farm – the word vacation doesn’t really come up very often! Like Justin, one of his favorite pastimes is working on and collecting cars and trucks. Bob is married with 2 children and has had many dream cars over the years. He’s known for his fierce determination to solve diagnostic problems and is often found studying complex diagrams late into the night!
David Martinez – Porter & Technician Assistant
David has been with Schneider’s for more than 3 years and has over 7 years of experience in automotive repair. Many times, David is the face of Schneider’s, driving our customers back and forth to work or home when he’s not servicing cars. David is the consummate family man and his main priority is spending time with his wife and 3 kids. His dream car is a brand-new Toyota Camry that he never has to work on, so he can take his family out for seafood dinners and trips to visit family and friends. David has developed great friendships with his customers and they depend on David for a quick shuttle to and from Schneider’s.
Joe Lumsden – Service Writer
Joe is the former service writer for Star AutoHaus whom Ken brought over to join Schneider’s. Joe has 35 years of automotive experience and is our resident high performance automotive consultant. Joe will be working as a service writer and is looking forward to meeting the Schneider family of customers. He and his son are avid fishermen, hunters and gemologists and both are major Vikings football fans as Joe is originally from Iowa! Joe is a welcome addition and will work closely with Frank, who might now have time to go to lunch occasionally.