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Our Team

President and CEO:

Michael Starovich

With over 35 years in the automotive industry, Mike is President and CEO of Star Auto Authority. As the chief executive, Mike spearheads business growth and development, strategic vision and company culture.

He is a member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, golfing, and reading non-fiction.


General Manager:

Bill Wilczysnki

Bill is Star’s General Manager, and he has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive service industry. Bill has been with Star since 2008, when he started as an ASE-Certified Master Technician with an L1 Advanced Engine Diagnostics certification. He holds an Automotive Technology degree from Universal Technical Institute (UTI). In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children. His hobbies include boating, spending time outdoors, and completing home renovations.


Service Manager:

Chris Gora

Chris is our Service Manager. He joined our team in 2011 and has more than 22 years of automotive industry experience, along with a degree in Automotive from Lincoln Technical Institute. In his free time, Chris likes to spend time with his family, fish, go on road trips, and play hockey.


Kaleb Reents

Kaleb is an Assistant Service Manager at Star. He graduated from CLC with honors with an Associate in Applied Science in Automotive Technology. He has been in the automotive industry since 2005, Kaleb has 9 ASE certifications. Kaleb has received awards for volunteering, and assists with PADS homeless shelter in Waukegan. In his spare time, Kaleb also enjoys riding motorcycles, hiking with his dog, and attending car shows.


Collision Division Manager:

Rob Berres

Rob joined Star Auto Authority in 2017, and has been in the Collision repair industry since 1988. Rob has a Platinum certification from the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR). In his free time, Rob enjoys spending time with his family.


Parts Manager:

Dan Duel

Dan has been in the auto parts industry for more than 10 years and joined Star Auto in 2015 as Parts Manager. Dan is ASE Certified in parts management. In his spare time, Dan enjoys spending time with friends and family, Dan is married and has two young children and particularly enjoys teaching his kids to play hockey and watching Blackhawk games.


Collision Shop Assistant Manager:

Bobbi Serafimova

Bobbi has been in the Collision industry since 2013 and joined us in 2017. Bobbi has a degree in tourism and hotel management from the University of Plovdiv (Bulgaria), and a diploma in bookkeeping from Penn Foster College in Pennsylvania. In her spare time she enjoys classes at College of Lake County, photography, and she loves spending time with her family, movies, and walks outside.


Client Convenience Agent:

Robert Harmata

Robert is a Client Convenience Agent and has been with us since 2011. He likes cars, sports, architecture, traveling, and music, and he holds a Master's Degree in Material Science from Akademia Ekoromiczra in Krakow, Poland.


ASE Certified Master Technicians:

Dan McCandless

Dan has been in the industry since 1989 and started working with Star Auto Authority in June of 2016. Dan is an ASE Certified Master Technician, with an additional certification for Advanced Engine Performance. Dan enjoys spending time with his 12 year old son, renovating houses, and playing sports.


Derrick Corter

Derrick has been in the industry since 1998, and started working with Star Auto in July, of 2016. Derrick graduated from Lincoln Tech with a degree in Automotive Repair. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician with an additional certification for Advance Engine Performance. Derrick is a big sports fans (Blackhawks, Cubs, Bears), and loves hanging out with his family in his spare time. Derrick also enjoys bringing lunches monthly to PADS homeless shelter in Waukegan.


Bob Giers

A company veteran, Bob joined our team in October 2001 when we opened the Vernon Hills facility. He has been in the automotive industry since 1984 and is an ASE-Certified Master Technician with additional certifications in L1 Advanced Engine Performance and X1 Exhaust Systems. He is also a certified Parts Specialist and Service Consultant.


Dean Schneider

With more than 20 years in the automotive industry, Dean joined Star in 2011 as an ASE-Certified Master Technician with additional certifications in Advanced Engine Performance, Exhaust Systems and Service Consulting. He earned an Automotive Technology degree from Lincoln Technical Institute, where he also earned awards for High Grades in air conditioning, brakes and wheel alignments. He has also been honored with five Customer Care awards from Kmart Auto Service.

In their free time, Dean and his wife are avid World of Warcraft players, who also enjoy target shooting, a monthly bad movie night, and barbecuing for friends and family. He is a member of the NRA and ASPCA and belongs to St. John's Lutheran Church.


Kyle Winkelman

Kyle joined Star Auto Authority in 2014 and has been in the auto repair industry as a technician for more than 10 years. Kyle has 3 Associates degrees from the College of Lake County, and is an ASE Certified Master Technician. In his spare time, he enjoys track racing, sushi, and hanging out with family. Kyle grew up in Lake County. You will rarely ever see Kyle without a smile.


ASE Certified Technician:

Fred Williams

Fred has been in the industry for more than 30 years and is originally from Michigan. Fred joined us in 2015 and in his spare time enjoys playing base guitar, motorcycles, and reading.


Journeyman Technician:

Ricardo Ortiz

Ricky has been in the mechanical repair industry since 2010, and joined us in July, 2017. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and Automotive Technology from Lincoln College of Technology. Ricky enjoys going to the health club, playing sports, skateboarding, and running marathons.


Detailing Team:

Antonio Alvarez Garcia

With 20 years in the automotive industry, Antonio joined our team in 2002 as our Detailing Technician. He oversees all vehicle detailing services from start to finish and assists with vehicle washes during peak periods.


Salomon Hernandez

Salomon is one of our Detailing Technicians. He has been in the automotive industry since 1988, and has worked at Star Auto Authority since December, 2012. If you’ve ever had a detail from Star Auto Authority, you are likely familiar with Salomon’s excellent work.


Business Operations Administrator:

Elizabeth Siete

Elizabeth is our Administrative Support Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University, and joined Star Auto Authority in March, 2014. She enjoys horseback riding during summer, trips to Lake Geneva, reading books, watching movies, and bowling with friends.


Business Office:

Jim Robbins

Jim has been with us since we opened in Vernon Hills in 2001. As a Client Convenience Agent, Jim has transported many of you to your homes and offices, and has driven all over Chicagoland to retrieve needed replacement parts. He also lends a crucial clerical hand to our accounting and marketing departments.

Jim holds a degree in Traffic Management from the College of Advanced Traffic in Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys swimming, bicycling, and walking. Jim also volunteers for a number of local organizations: Mundelein American Legion #867, Libertyville Veterans of Foreign Wars #8741, Marine Corps League of Lake County #801, and his condo association pool board. He has been the Quartermaster of his VFW post for 23 years and won the All-State VFW Quartermaster award in 1990-91 and 1991-92.

After 25 years of time and effort, Jim was the originator of the Veterans Memorial Monument in Libertyville, which was dedicated May 31, 1999. He also received the Libertyville Township Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Award that year.


Paint Technician:

Onofrio Buttitta

Ono has been in the collision industry since 1990. He joined Star in 2017. Ono attended technical school at Istituto D’Arte Palermo (Italy), and has a degree in Fine Art and an ASE Certification in refinishing. Ono takes great pride in what he does, and enjoys painting vehicles in a professional manner with attention to detail. Ono enjoys cooking and baking in his spare time.


Auto Body Technicians:

Stefan Szwejkowski

Stefan has been in the collision industry since 1983. He joined Star Auto in 2017. Stefan has an Auto Technician degree from Bielsko-Biala (Poland) Automotive School. Stefan enjoys spending time with his family, working in his garden, working on home improvements, and watching the History Channel.


Milosz Banas

Milosz is a body technician educated and trained in Poland. He is an expert at welding, and has been in the industry since 2003 and is experienced not only in complex vehicle body repairs, but in painting vehicles as well. Milosz joined the Star Auto Collision team in early 2018.

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