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Spencer Doucet-Owner/ASE Master Technician

I started H&I Automotive in 2009.   I became a technician in 1998 and my experience includes several manufacturers; Toyota, Infiniti, Mazda, and I reached World Class Technician status during my tenure with General Motors.  I operate H&I in the same manner I conduct my personal life, with honesty and integrity.  I’ve always wanted to help people and when the opportunity arose to create a service experience with my standards, I didn’t hesitate to get started.  I’ve lived in the east valley my entire life.  In my free time, I can be found on the municipal softball fields or spending time away from it all camping and having some fun in the sand dunes.

Danny Grant-Owner

I was born and raised in Mesa, AZ and spent a career serving the community as a Captain/Paramedic for the Town of Gilbert.  When the time came to retire, I partnered with my long-time friend Spencer Doucet, to help open H&I Automotive’s Gilbert location.  This was an easy decision considering I was already a customer and experienced the customer first attitude of this organization.  My wife Sherry and our 4 children love taking advantage of what Arizona has to offer in the way of camping and trail riding and during the winter months, you will find us enjoying the exhilaration of the Imperial sand dunes.

Paul Garcia-Owner

I met Spencer Doucet in 2009 and have been a customer of H&I ever since. His honesty, work ethic and customer service philosophy reminded me of the care I give the community while serving as a full-time firefighter for the past 20 years. In 2016 I was offered the opportunity to join the H&I team and jumped at the chance. I too was born and raised in the east valley. My wife Jenna and our 2 boys enjoy traveling and experiencing new adventures, whether it is a weekend trip to Northern Arizona or a cultural experience in Europe.

Chris Marini-Operations Manager

I have lived in Arizona since 1987 and have spent the last 20 years working in the automotive service industry. I worked with Spencer several times during my career and was excited to work for him starting in 2013. Giving our customers a unique service experience and the best overall value is my top priority. My wife Toni and I enjoy dining out and spending time with the fur babies. I can also be found attending a multitude of automotive enthusiast’s events around the valley and being an integral part of the car community.

Steve Buchmeier-Mesa Store Manager

I grew up in the automotive industry. My father and grandfather retired from the industry and my career started in 1989. I truly enjoy giving honest advice and repairing vehicles with integrity. My amazing wife DeAnn and I reside in Chandler with our 2 beautiful kids. When I am not spending time with the kids, attending sporting and creative activities, you will find me enjoying my passion for motorsports. I am an avid drag racer and have been a member of the NHRA since 1991.

Ryan Tafoya-Gilbert Store Manager

I am originally from Pinetop and was introduced to the automotive industry in 2007. Joining the H&I team last year has been a life changing experience for me as well as my family. Being a part of a company that aligns with my core values and dedication to our customers and our community is extremely gratifying. My wife Meg and I still love to visit the White Mountains with our 2 daughters and enjoy hunting, fishing and just being part of the outdoors.

Jon O’Brien-Service Advisor

I have lived I the valley of the sun since 3rd grade. My 25 year career has been spent in both car dealerships and independent shops. I have always had an appreciation and a passion for automobiles and I strive to build outstanding relationships with all our customers and follow our company values of treating everyone with honesty, fairness and integrity. I have 3 amazing children who are my world. One is part mermaid, one has an addiction to Fortnite, and the other actually has a license to operate a moving vehicle.

Drew Peterson-L1 Advanced ASE Master Technician

I graduated from Dunwoody Institute in Minnesota and have been working as a technician for 30 years. I am factory trained for Ford and achieved Master technician status for Mazda. I specialize in all types of diagnostics and enjoy using my abilities to diagnose and keep those wheels spinning. I’ve enjoyed living in Arizona for the last 10 years and experiencing all this environment has to offer such as hunting, fishing, and camping. Traveling to the beach and new adventures are always on the agenda.

Bryan Hayden-ASE Master Technician

I became a Master technician when I was 18 years old. I’ve been an automotive technician for 20 years, learning most of my skills from my father. I love what I do and finally found a shop and owner who care about doing things the right way. I married my high school sweetheart Deanna and we have a son and daughter. Spending time with my family and doing things together is what makes me happy.

Jeff Daniels-ASE Master Technician

I have spent over 40 years as an automotive technician including the last 12 here is Arizona. I love working with and training inexperienced technicians and imparting my knowledge and expertise that I have accumulated over the years. I love spending time with my wife Linda and my boys. My passions are roller skating and repairing and rebuilding electronics. Maybe one day I’ll build a roller skating robot!

Tom Booth-ASE Advanced Engine Performance Specialist L1

I am originally from the San Francisco Bay area but moved to Arizona in 2004. My automotive career now spans over 20 years. Learning new technologies and staying up on the latest developments is very important to me, as vehicles keep evolving and you have to keep pace. I take pride in doing a good job because it reflects who I am as a person. My wife Alex blesses me each day and I really enjoy playing video games with my son and attempting to keep up with my fearless daughter.

David Dugan-General Service Technician

I am proud to say I was Spencer’s very first employee and have had the pleasure of watching H&I become one of the premier repair facilities in the east valley. Working side by side with a true Master Technician has been invaluable to my success as a service provider. Spencer always taught me the right way and not the easy way. I am a Hawaiian native but have been in Arizona since 1994. I spend most of my free time mountain biking or at one of the local firing ranges.

Andrew “Cato” Newman-General Service Technician

I have been in the automotive service industry for 4 years now. I am eager to learn and am fortunate to join a team that will help me to achieve my own master level certification one day. I believe in giving 100% every day in all aspects of my life. I’ve lived in Arizona all my life but haven’t even started to enjoy what it has to offer.