A Word About Our President...Steve Fowler

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Name: Steve Fowler

Title: Owner of Steve's European Automotive

Birthplace: Dexter, Missouri

Certifications:  Bachelors in Teacher Education and Associates degree in Automotive Technology from Ferris State University.

Steve is the proud owner of SEA, the company he started from scratch nearly thirty years ago! The last three decades have been quite a journey.  Through it all, Steve has never lost his initial belief in consumer education, quality service and fair pricing. He ensures that those qualities are passed on to every team member and customer at SEA!

Steve is always accessible to his employees and customers. When he is not at work, he enjoys camping with his wife Teri and two grown sons, Jordan and Justin. He is a huge sports fan and basketball has always been a big part of Steve’s life. His favorite things to eat are the delicious southern dishes his mother makes him. He is also a fan of spicy food  and Teri’s home cooking! His favorite singer is Jackson Browne. Anyone who knows Steve realizes his days off are rare, but he does enjoy listening to his vast music collection and doing projects around the hobby shop at his farm.

Dream car: A 1957 Chevy Bel Air hard top!

Customer Service Representative Manager - Jordan Fowler

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Name:

Jordan Fowler

Job Title:

Service Manager

Hire Date:

 2010  

Birthplace:

Holly, MI

Certifications:

 Service Advisor

If this young man looks familiar, you may have seen him here before in a different capacity. He has been around the shop for years, since the very beginning! A second generation Fowler who is following in his father’s footsteps and learning the automotive repair business.

Jordan is a fantastic addition to our team. He is enthusiastic and a joy to be around. Both customers and co-workers are put at ease by his mild-mannered confidence.

When not busy at work, Jordan enjoys downtime with his loving family, and being with his wonderful girlfriend Jessie. When he isn't studying for class, Jordan drives around and/or works on his car.  

If you want to fix Jordan his favorite dinner, he loves Thai food! One of his favorite movie is the inspiring Forrest Gump.

Dream car: Audi TT RS

Parts Manager - Fidel Colman

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Name:

Fidel Colman

Job Title:

Parts Manager

Hire Date:

1994 

Birth Place:

 Cleveland, OH 

Certifications:

ASE Parts Specialist, MIVE, AROC

Fidel has been an invaluable team member at SEA for over 16 years. If you are seeking a part for your vehicle, new or used, Fidel is your best bet to find it at the best price!  He is our resident “Renaissance Man”, with a wide array of interests. Fidel loves family, sports, and the great outdoors. He’s happiest when he can combine all three of these! On the weekend you may see him hiking, playing soccer and volleyball, or roller skating! Fidel believes in standing up for the environment. He has an associates degree in natural science. He and his lovely wife, Heather, lead a very “green” lifestyle. You’ll even see Fidel pedaling to work. Now that is commitment to a cause! Fidel is interested in social justice, which includes Motor City Car Share and Food Not Bombs. He loves philosophy, mathematics, and everything punk! The best part of his job is the sense of self-worth he gains from giving customers the best possible service, technical advice and quality parts for their vehicles. He has developed strong, valuable relationships with his co-workers and considers them his lifelong friends. If Fidel is having his favorite meal, it would either be Thai food or Middle Eastern fare, served with “good beer”! As for movies, he likes Fight Club, Amelie and Forrest Gump. One of his favorite tunes is “Imagine” by John Lennon. 

Dream car: A bicycle.

Customer Service Representative - Stephen Burke

Name: Stephen Burke

Job Title: Service Advisor

Hire Date: April 2012

Birth City: Birmingham, MI

Awards Earned: Varsity athlete 7 times in soccer, basketball and track&field!  

Stephen, or “Burke”, as he is often referred, is a young Service Advisor with a very bright future! We are lucky to have his kind, easy-going personality as the first thing to greet customers when they enter our lobby! His favorite thing about being at Steve’s European Automotive is working with cool cars and interesting people. When Stephen is at home, he spends his time with friends and family, and works on cars. He is also interested in photography.  Stephen’s favorite place to eat is hometown favorite Slow’s Bar-B-Q, located in good old Detroit! His favorite movie happens to be Where the Wild Things Are, a classic! We can’t forget to mention his sweet little dog, a Yorkie/Maltese named Daisy One thing we know for sure about Stephen, when he sets his mind on something, he makes it happen. Therefore, somewhere down the road (pun intended) you’ll see him in his dream car, a twin-turbo Audi R8 V10!

Automotive Technician - Jim Hanel

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Name:

James Hanel (aka Jim)

Job Title:

Master Automotive Technician 

Hire Date:

 1990

Birth City:

Pontiac, Michigan

Certifications:

State of MI Master Certified Technician, ASE Certified, A/C recovery 

Info: Jim has 800+ hours in electronics training, VW, Audi and Volvo training, scope analysis, A/C Retrofit, and an Interstate batteries course. The part of Jim’s job he likes best is working on many different kinds of cars. He enjoys new projects and duties each day. When not at work, Jim watches TV. He has a lovely wife Dianna and daughter, Heather. Jim’s favorite movies are Joe Dirt, Cannonball Run, and Smokey and the Bandit. What does he eat? He’s a big fan of corned beef. For dessert he likes ice cream.

Dream car: A 1936 Cadillac. 

Automotive Technician - Greg Singleton

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Name:

Greg Singleton

Job Title:

Master Automotive Technician

Hire Date:

2006          

Birth City:

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Certifications:

ASE Certified Master Technician, Advanced Level  Specialist (L1), Under Car Specialist (Exhaust Systems)

Info: 

Greg has received many awards and attended various trainings in his field (such as AC Delco, Car Quest Service Institute, Euro Diagnostics and BOSCH training). This  makes him an 

excellent technician to work on your vehicle! The best part of Greg’s job is the many day-to-day learning experiences he encounters. He also gets along wonderfully with his co-workers as they enjoy his laid-back demeanor. While Greg appreciates the friendly, fast-paced environment here at SEA. Greg has a  beautiful wife named Grace, and they have a  great son named Brandon. When not at work, Greg enjoys fishing, doing yard work he can’t get to otherwise, and cook-outs with his terrific family! Speaking of cook-outs, Greg’s grilling favorites are BBQ ribs, steak, shrimp on the bar-b, and crab legs. Sounds delicious Greg! During his down time, you’ll probably catch Greg listening to some smooth Jazz. That’s the kind of cool cat he is!

Dream car:

Rolls Royce Phantom

Automotive Technician - Rob West

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Name:

Rob West

Job Title:

Master Automotive Head Technician

Hire Date:

 1997   

Birth City:

Detroit, Michigan

Certifications:

Master ASE Certified Auto Technician in the state of Michigan, Interstate battery systems, and  over

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years  of VW and Audi experience certified in all VW training courses prior to 1991. Highly trained in electronics.

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Rob is a legend here at SEA and is known as the premier VW technician in Southeastern Michigan. So what does this talented tech do when he’s not fixing your vehicle?  Rob puts his skills to use when he tinkers with vintage amateur radios. He also enjoys spending time with his entertaining family. Rob has a fabulous wife, Debby, and four children named Jenny, Jill, Bob and Jimmy! His youngest son is a talented computer guru here at SEA. Apparently, intelligence runs in the family!

When he’s not solving the world’s car problems, Rob likes to unwind and watch a good NASCAR or Formula One race on television. Rob enjoys a simple menu for dinner. He is a meat and potatoes kind of guy who enjoys a nice, sizzlin’ steak!

Dream car:

Not one to discriminate, Rob doesn’t have a dream car. He loves them all!

Automotive Technician - Shaun Faermark

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Name:

Shaun Faermark

Job Title:

ASE Certified Technician

Hire Date:

 2002

Birth City:

Unknown

Certifications:

 Many

Info: Shaun joined SEA years ago, and has been keeping his co-workers entertained ever since with his offbeat humor. He is a talented technician, with lots of experience. He works on all makes and models, but is most passionate about performance vehicles and upgrades. He also owns his own racecar and works on it in his spare time.  The things Shaun loves most about his job are learning new skills everyday, being around cars, and his close friendships with co-workers.He has an eclectic taste in food, but we've heard him mention that he makes his own  hummus! Like everyone here at SEA, he enjoys a steady diet of bagels and donuts.

Dream car: Something fast!

Director of Marketing - Heidi Knierbein

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Name:

Heidi Knierbein

Job Title:

Marketing Director

Hire Date:

2007 

Birth Place:

 Metamora, MI 

Certifications:

BA major in English (technical & creative writing), minor in Psychology, courses in modern art and political science

Info: Heidi experiences the rewards and challenges of small business marketing everyday!   Throughout the past few years she has attended valuable HR law seminars, Dale Carnegie courses and worked with the Waterford Chamber of Commerce to keep her finger on the pulse of 

Waterford’s heartbeat, and the rest of Oakland County! She loves networking and meeting new people at chamber events. On her days off, she enjoys long conversations with friends over wine, watching movies with family, shopping at Target and hanging out with her compact dog, Frasier! She likes watching local  news and Dateline NBC, but her guilty pleasures are game shows and “reality television”! The part of her job she finds most exciting is the creativity involved. Heidi enjoys trying new marketing concepts and feels fulfilled when she can cross projects off of her list. Heidi usually eats the same thing for a while until she tires of it. She loves Sweet n’ Sour Chicken at the moment, which she enjoys with apple juice on the rocks. Heidi loves popsicles and strawberry ice cream year round. If you see her watching a movie, it’s probably either Harry Potter or Toy Story. Her favorite comedies are Napoleon Dynamite and Anchorman.

Dream car: Heidi doesn’t have a favorite car, she is more impressed with sailboats.