About / Team

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Kyle

Kyle

Service Advisor

Experience: Apprentice for 1 year at a transmission shop, Service Manager for over 2 years at a popular automotive shop in San Francisco’s Marina District

Certifications:

  • Directors List at Universal Technical Institute
  • Certified in ATI’s Service Adviser course
  • Associates Degree in Fire Science at Butte Community College

What I do for Fun: I love working on cars, traveling, camping, working out, live music, my 2 dogs Stanley and Kona, my San Francisco Giants and going to as many Bay Area sporting events as possible.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Francisco

Francisco

Logistics and Facilities Manager

What I do for Fun: I enjoy coaching soccer, TRAP shooting, and hanging with friends.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Jimmy Neira Mesta

Jimmy

Technician

Experience: 2 year in automotive repair

Certifications:

  • Automotive steering, suspension and brakes certified
  • Automotive electricity and electronics certified
  • Automotive drive train technology certified
  • Automotive engine diagnosis and repair certified
  • Automotive engine Performance and Smog Certified
  • Automotive Technology Program Certified by Skyline College

What I do for Fun: Cycling, hiking, climbing, cooking Peruvian food, camping with my family

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Mackenzie Knoester

Mackenzie

Business Manager

Experience:

  • 15 years in automotive service and shop management
  • 2 year experience wholesale parts
  • 1.5 years service advisor with Advanced Autowerks

Certifications:

  • ASE C1 certification
  • Hybrid Trained
  • Direct Injection Trained
  • VW ZF Chassis

What I do for Fun: Watch TV and movies, cook, camp.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Rand Hoofman

Rand

Owner and Founder of Advanced Autowerks

What I do for Fun: Hobbies include Mountain Biking, Paddle Surfing, Stand Up Paddle boarding, swimming and riding motorcycles of all sorts

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Robert Panova

Robert

Master Technician

Experience: 23 years in automotive repair

Certifications:

  • ASE Certified Master Technician
  • L1 Automobile Advanced Engine Performance
  • Electronic Diesel Engine Diagnosis
  • A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines
  • Hybrid Trained

What I do for Fun: Cycling, trail running, motorcycles, climbing, reading

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Shane Kilmer

Shane

Shop Foreman

Experience: 16 years in automotive repair

Certifications:

  • ASE Certified Master Technician
  • MINI Cooper Certifications
  • Hybrid Trained
  • BMW Certifications
  • Master Certified Clutch installer
  • ZF Transmission Certifications
  • TDI Certifications

What I do for Fun: Rock Crawling, Camping, Shooting, Woodworking, Fabricating, And fixing things others can’t.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Zach Mason

Zachary

Service Manager

Experience:

  • 11 Years with VW
  • 6 Years with Audi
  • 3 Years with Porsche and BMW
  • 4+ Years with the BEST shop in San Francisco

Certifications:

  • Yes, I am certifiable.

What I do for Fun: My favorite ways to spend my free time are being outdoors with my kids and my wife, specifically walking, hiking, or just moving.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Jo

Joe

Master BMW Technician

Experience: 4 years at the BMW dealership where I was a level 1 master tech. 5 years independent bmw shop

Certifications:

  • BMW STEP Graduate (7 months of full time factory BMW training)
  • Associates in Automotive occupational studies From UTI in Phoenix AZ.
  • MACS and EPA 609 refrigerant certified.

What I do for Fun:Autocross my modified ‘08 BMW 135i.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Paulo

Paulo

Parts Expert

Experience: 10 years of experience both in dealer and independent parts consulting.

Certifications:

  • 2013-2016 Audi Certified Parts Consultant
  • 2006-2012 VW Certified Parts Consultant

What I do for Fun:Watching 49er, Golden State Warrior and Giants games. Sneaker Shopping.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | James

James

Journeyman Technician

Experience: 2 Years Honda Certified Technician
4 Years Hyundai Certified Technician
2 Years Audi Certified Technician

Certifications:

  • Automotive Technology Certifications from Skyline College
  • Silver Certified Hyundai Technician
  • Audi Certified Technician
  • Mini Cooper Engine Technology Certification

What I do for Fun:Spending time with family and loved ones.
Playing sports, basketball and baseball.
Fishing, camping, jet skiing

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Dave

Dave

Parts Director

Experience: Began my automotive career in 1980 working for Grand Auto. Eventually expanding my knowledge working at Big A Auto Parts and NAPA. In 2001 I went to work for a VW and Audi dealership in Marin County for 15 years. Recruited by Randy and been with Advanced Autowerks as the Parts Director for the past month.

Certifications:

  • VW and Audi Certified Parts Specialists (15 Years)

What I do for Fun:I am an avid bowler with 4 perfect games. My other hobbies include playing badminton, trout fishing in the mountain and working in the garden.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Zach Paris

Paris

Service Advisor

Experience:

Car Enthusiast at Shift

Sales Manager at Toyota Marin

Artist at Large at Parisall Productions

What I do for Fun: I enjoy modding and tracking my S2000, sipping fancy whiskey, and impressing children with my Rubik’s cube skills.

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Aaron

Aaron

Journeyman Technician

Experience: BMW and Mercedes and MINI

Certifications:

  • BMW STEP
  • BMW Level 1
  • Mercedes Intro
  • Universal Technical Institute

What I do for Fun:Veg out, run, get out of the house, canoodle my kitty, stained glass, continue education

San Francisco Auto Repair | Advanced Autowerks | Peter

Peter

Journeyman Technician

Experience: 4 yr Hyundai dealership
2 yr Audi dealership

Certifications:

  • Automotive Technology Certification from Skyline College
  • Silver Certified Hyundai Technician
  • Audi Certified Technician
  • Mini Cooper Certified Technician

What I do for Fun:Fishing and hiking with family and friends. Family and Landscape Photography. Traveling/exploring new destinations