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600 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL
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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.



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.



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.



Ryan Gaylor

Ryan is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has been with us since 2013. Ryan has been in the automotive industry since 2005 and has an Associate Of Applied Science from the College of Lake County. Ryan enjoys spending time with friends and family, and riding motorcycles.


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.



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.


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.


Miguel Gonzalez

Miguel joined our team in 2008 as an ASE-Certified Master Technician with L1 Advanced Engine Performance certification. A technician since 1997, Miguel holds a degree in Automotive Theory & Service Repair from Lincoln Technical Institute in Norridge, IL. In his free time, Miguel likes going to the gym and spending time with friends and family.


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.


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.


Israel Abrego

Israel is a Flex Helper here at Star Auto Authority. Israel joined us in March, 2014, and is famous among our staff because he is an excellent cook (a skill we appreciate from time to time). He also coaches soccer, and volunteers regularly at his church and is a regular blood donor.



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.


Custodian:

Alfredo Bautista

Alfredo joined us in 2014 as Custodian. Alfredo does a great job of keeping the shop clean and tidy for all of our employees and clients. In his spare time, Alfredo likes cooking, cleaning, going out to eat with friends and family, and volunteering for his church.


ASE certified Master Technician:

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.


ASE Master Technician:

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 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.



Collision Center Director:

Scott Behm

Scott is our Collision Center Director and he joined Star Auto Authority in February of 2016. Scott attended Harper College in Palatine, and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Scott has 30 plus years in the auto repair industry, and has numerous industry accreditations including I-CAR Platinum Certification, PPG Refinish Technician Certification, CCC Estimating Program Certification, I-CAR Refinishing, Plastic Repairs, and Collision 300, ASE Master Collision Technician, ATEG Training Course, ADP Management Software, Pathways Management Software, Mitchell estimating Software, and Genesis Laser Frame Measurement Certifications. In his free time Scott enjoys restoring classic cares, and evaluating and appraising classic and exotic cars. He also is interested in large breed dogs, and assists with the adoption and Foster care of English and Neopolitan Mastiffs. In his spare time Scott enjoys restoring classic cars.


Assistant Service Manager:

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.

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