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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 started out as an ASE-Certified Master Technician at Star Auto Authority in 2008, and was promoted to Service Advisor in 2009, and in 2010 Bill was promoted to General Manager and is responsible for both the Mechanical and Collision divisions. He has more than 25 years of experience in the vehicle service industry. Bill holds an Automotive Technology degree from Universal Technical Institute (UTI). In his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. His hobbies include boating, spending time outdoors, and completing home renovations.


CFO

Greg Kelley

Greg Kelley

Greg has been in the automotive industry for 5 years, and started with Star Auto in 2019. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and he has a MBA in finance from DePaul University. In his spare time Greg enjoys traveling, running, and volunteering for the United Way. He also is a wine enthusiast.



Service Managers:

Chris Gora

Chris Gora

Chris joined our team in 2011, and has more than 28 years of automotive industry experience. He also holds a degree in Automotive Repair from Lincoln Technical Institute. In his free time, Chris likes to spend time with his wife and family, fishing, and road trips. Chris also enjoys watching his older son play hockey, his younger son compete in archery, and his three year old daughter beat up her brothers.



Kaleb Reents

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 and has been in the automotive industry since 2005. Kaleb enjoys spending time with his wife and hiking with his dog, and attending car shows.


Collision Estimator:

Eddy Jimenez

Eddy Jimenez

Eddy started with Star Auto Authority in late 2018, and has been in the automotive industry for more than 4 years. Eddy holds certificates in Automotive Damage Analysis, and Automotive Refinishing from the College of Lake County. Eddy enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and working on his car.


Parts Manager:

Micah Kreuscher

Micah Kreuscher

Micah has been in the vehicle repair industry since 1997, and started with Star Auto in January of 2019. In his spare time Micah enjoys spending time with his wife, walking his dogs, riding bicycles, reading, and working out. Micah also enjoys cooking (especially BBQ).


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.


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:

Skylar Cain

Skylar has been in the automotive industry since 2014, and he has been with Star Auto since 2018. He holds an Automotive Technology Certificate from Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. In his spare time, Skylar enjoys racing mountain bikes, camping, hunting and fishing. Skylar is also in the Army National Guard.


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.


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 Technician:

Bob Quig

Bob Quig

Bob has been in the automotive repair industry since 1976, and has been with Star Auto Authority since 2018. He has an Associate Degree in Auto Mechanics from College of Lake County. Bob enjoys restoring antique cards, metal detecting, and bike riding in his spare time.


Custodian:

Mario Ocampo

Mario Ocampo

Mario started working with Star Auto in the spring of 2018. In his spare time, Mario enjoys spending time with his family, and watching soccer.


Apprentice:

Mario Ocampo

Braulio Rojas

Braulio joined Star in the Spring of 2019. Braulio has an associate’s degree in Science from Lincoln College of Technology and in his spare time enjoys working on cars!

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Phone: (847) 816-0011
Fax: (847) 816-1295
Address: 600 Lakeview Parkway
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
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