Jim & Barb Blanchette
While many young men and women are passionate about their cars, few avidly follow their 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. He developed an intelligent business model and has masterfully matured it over a 25 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 emerging from the home garage tinkering days and spanning to present day Auto-Bon. Barb brings a vitality and warmth to our family that is immeasurable. In addition to hospitality and reception, she also manages financial, decor, and client-staff amenity services.
As our Director of Operations, Rai has extensive proficiency in European and Asian vehicles and their systems. As Jim and Barb’s firstborn son, he carries vital trade knowledge entrusted to him by his father, along with a passion for automotive technologies. In concert with the many hats he wears, including serving on BMW CCA's CVC Board of Directors, Rai enjoys performing final quality control tests on most vehicles before they are released from our care, along with investing countless hours of time into advancing our capabilities and professionalism.
His integrity and innate desire to serve ensures that both customer & vehicle needs are met on a daily basis.
As an Advanced level Master Technician with over 25 years’ experience in all aspects of the automotive industry, John serves as a lifeline to our team in day-to-day life. Working interconnected automotive environments as technician, shop foreman, and automotive technology educator / instructor have allocated him a full spectrum of figurative and literal trade tools.
John carries certifications from ASE (Master), the State of CT Emissions division (repair and technician instructor), and University of Toyota (certified expert technician).
With a passion and indisputable talent in air-cooled VW cars (among other classics), Jacob brings a trade-skill to our company that few workshops can boast. His refined mechanical abilities range from profound dismantling and rebuilding, to intricate reworks which require tremendous levels of focus and precision.
With a knack for enhancing everything he touches, the patience, pride and integrity Jacob has in his workmanship make him the perfect fit for our team.
At Auto-Bon Inc., our experienced and highly skilled technicians ensure that the job is performed properly on each and every vehicle we service. Factory training and years of experience allow us to provide the assurance that leaving your vehicle to be serviced with us is the right decision.