Jim & Barb Blanchette
While many young men are passionate about their cars, few avidly follow these desires through to a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Jim first embarked on a career path with UTC, a corporate global leader in the aerospace industry. This career path, however, distanced him from his family and affinity for automotive skills.
As opportunity knocked, Jim acknowledged and traded the corporate world for a chance to grow with the independent automotive industry. Jim developed a business model and masterfully matured it over a 20 year period. The result is the highly proficient and unified team we are today, our capabilities ever evolving.
Barb has played an irreplaceable role in both Jim’s life and our company’s growth beginning with the home garage tinkering days and spanning to present day Auto-Bon. Barb brings a character and warmth to our family that is immeasurable. In addition to hospitality, she oversees financial, decor, and amenity departments.
As our team's Director of Operations, Rai has extensive knowledge pertaining to European and Asian vehicles and their systems. More notably, As Jim and Barb’s firstborn son, he carries vital trade knowledge bestowed upon him by his father, along with a passion for automotive technologies. In concert with the many hats he wears, Rai enjoys performing final quality control tests on most vehicles before they are released from our care. His integrity and innate desire to serve ensures that both customer & vehicle needs are met on a daily basis.
Like Jim, Rai has his hand in every aspect of the business, and invests a substantial amount of time into advancing our capabilities.
While being certified [and highly skilled] with Volkswagen & Audi; Brenden feels at home while performing service work on just about any modern European vehicle. Whether its a routine oil service on a BMW or an engine overhaul on an Audi, his technical abilities are always displayed in a precise and efficient fashion. Among other things, Brenden brings excitement and drive to our tight ship.