Andy and Jennie Daniels, Owners
Andy grew up in the business that his father started in 1960 with a little Mohawk Gas Station. Andy bought out and took over the daily operations of the shop from his father in 1992, and the shop became affiliated with the Napa brand in 2008.
He is 53 years old, a father to son Nicholas Daniels who resides in Utah with his wife Sarah, and a grandfather to four with one more on the way. He is a 3-term President of the Tulare/Visalia chapter of the Automotive Service Councils of California (ASCCA).
In 2016, Andy obtained his Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) designation through the Automotive Management Institute.
Andy’s wife Jennie is in her 17th year as the principal’s secretary at one of three comprehensive high schools in Tulare. She helps Andy with the design and marketing side of the shop and is side-by-side with Andy helping with community events such as the annual scholarship competition, Chamber of Commerce activities, and a community outreach breakfast hosted at the shop each year. Jennie is also the secretary of the Tulare/Visalia ASCCA.
Alex Ruiz, Service Advisor
Alex is a very outgoing, happy and knowledgeable employee; the customers love Alex. He came to Andy seeking a job with Frank’s Automotive knowing that he and Andy would make a great team. And, they are! Originally recruited to work at a parts house as a young man, Alex worked in the automotive repair, service and maintenance industry for 18 years, most recently as a manager for a locally owned multi-shop tire dealer/repair shop. Twice he earned a Top Gun and Top Manager award for his significant work ethic and overall great attitude. He is married to Reyna, his high school sweetheart, and they have 5 children: four girls and one boy. His favorite quote is “Semper Fi” (Always Faithful).
Cesar Zevada, Service Advisor
Cesar came on board as a part-time facility maintenance/shuttle driver nearly a year ago, wanting to have a more advanced knowledge about cars. However, his focused can-do attitude, confidence in speaking on the telephone and in person with customers, and quick learning capability caught Andy’s attention immediately. Having lost a service advisor to a long distance move, Andy was in need of a new service advisor, and Cesar seemed heaven-sent. Cesar believes that the only way to look forward is not to look back, and he certainly has proved that motto in the past few months. In the short time he has been on the service advisor desk at Frank’s Automotive, he has soaked up a wealth of knowledge, and fine-tuned his skills of communicating with the clientele. He has a girlfriend who lives in Southern California, but they maintain a great love for each other over the miles, and see each other as often as possible.
Mario Rodriguez, Technician
Mario officially began working on Monday, March 20, hired after we lost our lead tech two weeks prior. Mario has experience working with Audi, Volkswagen and Maserati, but also has a good background in general automotive repair. He most recently worked in Southern California at a Maserati dealership, but moved to the Visalia area to be closer to family. He has twelve years of relevant professional experience in the industry and an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree from Universal Technical Institute (UTI). He graduated from the Audi Academy in 2004. From Volkswagen, he received an Outstanding Achievement Award 3-years running for “Performance and Fixed Right the First Time”. In 2015, Maserati awarded Mario for the most flagged hours in a year’s time. We look forward to great things with our new employee Mario.
James Pitman, Technician
James is married to Nina who works in respiratory therapy in Visalia, and a father of two, with another baby on the way. James has twelve years of relevant work experience in the industry. He came to Frank’s Automotive a couple of years ago from a tire shop in Visalia, looking for a better work environment. A year ago, he took on the role of mentoring our technician apprentice, who had recently graduated from UTI. He oftentimes has great suggestions for improvements in and around the shop that we have been pleased to implement with success. James is outgoing and devoted to his family. During the summer months, they enjoy taking their boat to the lake on the weekends.
Christian Esparza, Technician Apprentice
Christian can proudly say that as a graduate of UTI, he is the first in his family to graduate from some kind of college. Taking what he learned at UTI in automotive and diesel, he came on board as a trainee/intern at Frank’s within the last year, under the supervision of James Pitman and Andy Daniels. We see a lot of talent in this young man, and are confident that his skills and expertise will continue to grow quickly. Christian says that his personal role model is his dad, a very hard-working individual who gave Christian and his brother a good life, and has always been there to support him and teach him life skills. Christian recently was engaged to his fiancé Wendy, and they have a 3-year old son named Iker.
Tina Denning, Part-Time Secretary/Bookkeeper
Although Tina has worked at Frank’s Automotive for 7-1/2 years, and is our most loyal employee, she states that much of her adult life has included work experience in extensive bookkeeping and record keeping, as well as customer service. She likes the fact that every day at the shop is different with the interactions of the customers, the employees, the vendors, as well as the regular day-to-day and monthly responsibilities that are required of her position. She believes in what Steve Jobs stated, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” Tina is definitely a team player; she is always happy, has missed only a handful of days of work in her tenure, and we truly appreciate her dependability and dedication to Frank’s. Tina and her husband just celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary. They have two grown married daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Jacob Wilson, Facility Maintenance/Shuttle Driver
Jacob came to us two years ago as a high school student recommended by his automotive teacher, after entering the annual ASCCA automotive scholarship competition. Andy hired him to work as a part-time facility maintenance/shuttle driver at Frank’s, immediately after school each day. Jacob is a local boy, born in Visalia, graduated from Tulare Union High School, and currently attending the College of the Sequoias to further his education. Jacob is a great young man, with a solid faith and enjoys working with his church’s youth group and being with family in his spare time. Whatever Jacob is asked to do, he gets it done from various small automotive repair and maintenance tasks, to cleaning up the shop, to transporting the customers, etc. In anything and everything, a task great or small, he always approaches it with a great attitude.