Our Team

Our Team of Specialists…

150X150John2John Hickey

John started the family owned business in 1993. His passion was to create a trustworthy shop and help people for a fair price. He demanded nothing less than expertise from his mechanics based on what he knew was achievable from his experiences in the navy.

It didn’t take long for John to set high standards, not high prices. Word of mouth became the fastest and most consistent form of advertising. To his amazement, the more customers shared about their experiences on sites like Yelp, the more new customers welcomed the opportunity to have John diagnose their automotive troubles.

A third of John’s customers travel some distance for the honest diagnosis, education of the problem and solution, excellence in work and a fair price. John’s passion for mechanics developed during his childhood. By age 14, he had the fully developed skills of an automotive mechanic and built his first engine. By the time he volunteered to serve our country, John was the youngest to stand Top Watch in the engine room of an aircraft carrier.

150X150CoreyCorey Smith
ASE Certified Mechanic

Corey graduated from the Universal Technical Institute with a focus in Automotive Technician Training. He excelled in diagnostics, troubleshooting and repair of electronic systems. His studies included both automotive and diesel systems.

Since joining Hi-Tech five years ago, Corey received additional certifications from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) including: Brakes, Steering & Suspension, Engine Repair, Engine Performance, and HVAC.

Corey loves a great challenge and enjoys the hands on experience he gets at Hi-Tech. He also enjoys seeing the faces of satisfied customers, knowing that his repairs are accurate and safe.

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Senior Technician

After graduating from the Universal Technical Institute with a focus in Automotive Technician Training, Jim worked as a Nissan Dealer Technician. His experience gave him a passion for the large projects, allowing him to increase his knowledge beyond his original focus.

Jim’s expertise was honed over eight years in the field. While fully capable of working on most projects, he now specializes in motors, transmissions and other big jobs that most mechanics shy away from. His speed and methodical approach makes him effective and less costly, saving customers precious dollars on the bigger jobs.

When celebrating the successes of a large and difficult project, Jim can be found swinging a club on the golf course during the summer and snowboarding on the slopes in the winter. His life slogan has been “work hard, play hard.”

150X150SalSal Dugo
Specialist in training

After placing in the top ten of 400 competitors at Skills USA, the state competition for automotive, Sal was scouted by several top automotive shops. He immediately joined the Hi-Tech Automotive team when given an offer that allows him to train with pros and attend the Universal Technical Institute.

His dreams are unfolding with his desire to learn under pros, while working toward his certifications on brakes, transmissions and engine performance. He is currently ASE certified section 609 Refrigerant, Recovery and Recycling Review, which meets US EPA regulations. Sal plans on graduating in August 2017 with several more certifications. He also hopes to eventually build racecars for Porsche.

When he’s not studying or working, Sal spends time with his parents, three sisters and brother. They enjoy each other’s company especially when it comes to weekend trips, get-togethers that include ice cream and watching movies.

150X150RyanRyan Selvaggio
Specialist in training

Ryan attends a NATEF and ASE certified school. He received his AC certification and is working toward additional certifications like Advanced Engine Performance, Auto Maintenance and Light Repair, and ASE Master Certification.

His goal is to become a high-end automotive specialist and work on cars that cost more than most people’s homes. To that end, he plans to continue his education including a couple years at an automotive tech school when the timing is right.

In his spare time, Ryan loves to hike in the backwoods to uncharted lakes and find the perfect fishing holes. His love for fishing goes back farther than his memory, as it’s always been a part of who he is. One day he hopes to do a helicopter drop into the deep woods in Canada for a week of spectacular fishing with a group of friends that don’t mind roughing it.

150x150masonMason Radoff
Specialist in training

At an early age, Mason’s level of self-awareness helped him understand that he achieves more and learns best when in a hands-on situation. Gravitating toward mechanics was a natural response when he attended a NATEF and ASE certified high school.

Doors opened that continued supporting his new found passion for the process of troubleshooting and repairing cars. He was given the opportunity to work at Hi-Tech in the morning, leaving afternoons open to attend the Universal Technical Institute. He is currently taking classes to earn his ASE Master Certification for automotive and diesel.

In his spare time, Mason enjoys hanging out with friends and beach time on Lake Michigan. When asked what he’d do if he was handed a million dollars he said, “I’d buy my parents a house anywhere they wanted and then I’d head back to the shop and fix cars.”

150X150BrendaBrenda Hickey
Office Manager

Brenda left corporate America when John’s workload hit proportions beyond what one person could manage. Her project management skills were put to use and she soon found herself taking over administrative and financial duties as well.

Brenda added her oversight to the business-to-business dealings with suppliers, payroll and other office operations.

Her toughest job is not facilitating the assertive work environment that measures up to John’s high standards, but letting go of work to enjoy a quiet evening at home.

150X150DogSunnyboy Hickey
Shop Mascot

Sunnyboy joined the staff in 2008 and started signing autographs immediately. His chief duties include welcoming customers and notifying staff every time the fax machine receives an incoming message.

150X150JeanneJeanne Mihlbauer
Marketing Assistant

Jeanne joined the Hi-Tech family with 10 years of experience helping people in the food industry. Not only is she savvy when it comes to customer service, but she’s also been a backup restaurant manager that understands the importance of taking care of details for customers.

If asked, she’ll say that her favorite part of the day is walking the team’s mascot. But her other duties keep her multi-tasking abilities focused on supporting the mechanics, managing the lead generation program with like minded companies, and keeping the refrigerator well stocked.

Jeanne loves the trust-based work environment and the pleasantness of all the specialists. She also thrives on the variety her job offers and is never bored with the various new duties assigned her when the need arises.