Meet The Don's Import Team
Don's Import Auto Service in Vero Beach, Fl. takes pride in the employees we hire.
Dustin has been with Don’s Import Auto Service since September 2009. His role with the company has continued to expand and grow, from when he started as a service advisor.
He currently functions as both the Service Manager and Dispatcher to keep things flowing in the shop. Growing up on a farm in North Dakota, he learned a lot about mechanics from a very early age. His career in the automotive industry began in 2003 and he continued his automotive education at Indian River State College. Currently, Dustin serves on the board for the automotive advisory at Vero Beach High School.
Prior to Dustin joining the Don’s Import family, he had been working in the tire industry and has been a huge asset when DIAS added tires and alignments to the list of quality services we provide. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, diving and spending time with wife Ashley and their two sons.
Sam has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as the Operations Manager since December 2011. He brings his wealth of knowledge in IT, computer systems and accounting to enhance the systems and operation Those abilities help to keep our “cutting edge” mindset in all areas.
He is also a constant learner, seeking to fully understand whatever topic is at hand.
In his spare time, Sam enjoys bible study, music, computers, and playing board games with family and friends. Mostly, Sam enjoys spending time with his wife Kristin and their three precious children Zachary, Olivia, and Josiah
Customer Service Team
Emily has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as a Customer Service Representative since July 2015. She wears many hats at the company, overseeing our Loyalty Program and assist with the marketing for the company. Her creativity enhances not only her work but brings more enjoyment to the crafts she does in her spare time. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé Zack, family, and friends. She is so happy to be a part of the Don’s Import Family and looking forward to many years to come.
Toni has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as the Office Manager/Customer Service Representative since August 2013 and was formerly employed by a local tax and accounting firm for 15 plus years. She enjoys gardening, watching the local high school football games, and supporting the local high school band. Most of all, Toni loves spending time with her family. She and her husband, Kevin have two daughters, Emily and Melody. Toni is looking forward to what is in store for her at Don’s Import and says “It is a great/best place to work!”
Chad has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as a Service Advisor since January 2016. He began in the automotive industry in the mid 1990’s chasing his love of automobiles. In his spare time, Chad enjoys working and tinkering on older cars and trucks or automobiles in general. When he is not working on automobiles, Chad loves spending time with his wife Kim, family and friends. He also enjoys the arts, science and history including military history.
Steve has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as a Service Advisor since April 2013. Since 1972, he has dedicated himself to the automobile industry, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the company. He enjoys attending church, running, working out and listening to “vinyl” music in his spare time. Steve has a daughter and two grandchildren, whom he adores.
Jim has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as the Parts Manager since June 1993. He has a wealth of automotive knowledge that precedes his start in the automotive industry in 1974. In his off time, Jim enjoys keeping busy with landscape photography and historical research. He volunteers with the Indian River and St. Lucie County Historical Societies to promote our history, historic places and history related events. He is married to his high school sweetheart Kathy and they have twin sons, Alex and Bradley.
Technicians and Support
Tim has been with Don’s as a Technician since December 2009. He has been involved in mechanical repairs since his early days. This background serves him well as a technician, since there is not much he cannot do or make. His beginning years in the Automotive field were spent working for Volvo. Tim has over 30 years dedicated to the automobile industry. In his spare time, Tim enjoys racing, fishing and boating. He is passing on his wealth of experience to his son, that may one day follow his father’s trade.
Ed has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as a Technician since November 2011. He graduated from automotive tech college in 2000. Prior to coming to work for Don’s, he worked at several local dealerships with an emphasis on Volkswagen and Audi. He has continued his education and has expanded his training and knowledge to include BMW, Mini and Porsche. In his time away from work, he enjoys many outdoor activities including fishing, camping, various sports and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife Maria have three sons that keep them quite busy.
Bobby has been with Don’s Import Auto Service since 1980. He was one of the company’s very first employee’s and has elevated himself from his starting position of support staff to a line Technician with six ASE certifications. Bobby enjoys kayaking and fishing but most of all spending time with his family. Bobby has been married to his lovely wife Loretta since 1991. They have two sons, Bobby and John and one grandchild. Bobby has seen many changes at Don’s Import Auto Service and has embraced both the challenges and improvements that change can bring. He looks forward to staying with the company until retirement.
Jordan joined the team at Don’s Import Auto Service in May of 2013. He graduated from IRSC in 2013 with a degree in Automotive Service Management and Technology. His willingness to do whatever is asked of him has been a great asset. He has experienced many facets of the automotive repair industry by helping in parts and service. Jordan is currently working more as a technician to fulfill his desire of being a full time automotive technician. In his time away from work, he enjoys many outdoor activities and spending time with his wife.
Byron has been with Don´s Import Auto Service as a technician since joining the team in 2016. He started working with his father in Ecuador when he was 12 years old and began learning about automobiles. Since moving to the United States at the age of 19, Byron acquired an Automotive degree which he completed at Indian River State College. He has been formally in the automotive industry for the last six years, coming from a local dealership, where he gained experience working on Chrysler products. Being fluent in Spanish and English is another asset he provides in helping interpret at times with our customers.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and relatives in various activities and participating in soccer, basketball, camping and fishing. He volunteers every Sunday in the Catholic Church of Fellsmere as a catechist, working with children. He is happily married to his beautiful and charming wife Julie. They both love traveling abroad and meeting their relatives and friends in their native countries.
David has been with Don’s Import Auto Service since 2007. With over 34 years of automotive experience, he takes great pride in his meticulous attention to detail and is an ASE Master Technician. Previously, David has over 10 years of experience at a busy Mercedes Benz dealership, quickly achieving Master status and was awarded the Mercedes Benz Master Guild award. David served our country in the U.S. Coast Guard, and is a FAA licensed aircraft mechanic as well as a licensed private pilot.
Detailer & Support
Tyrell joined the Don’s Import Auto Service team in July 2016. He brought with him an extensive background in automotive cleaning and detailing, along with an infectious smile and great sense of humor. In his time away from work he enjoys hunting, fishing and being with his family and friends
David has been with Don’s Import Auto Service as our Alignment Specialist and Line Technician since 2011. He has been in the automotive industry since 2001. He enjoys being outdoors and loves fishing, camping, games and family time. David also served our country in the US Army Reserves. He is happily married and both him and his wife have twin daughters and a son.
Charlie Van Loon
Charlie has been with Don’s since 1988. He excels in Drivability/Electronic problems and has a vast knowledge of multiple car lines. He is continually challenging himself with more training and research. Charlie has dedicated himself to the automobile industry, since graduating from Nashville Auto Diesel College in 1975. He Spent the next thirteen years working in several Toyota dealerships before joining the team at DIAS. Through that training and experience he is recognized in the industry as a Toyota Master Tech, ASE Master Tech, is certified as an Advanced Drivability Specialist, and has earned many awards and certificates. At Don’s he also functions in the role of Senior Technician and Shop Foreman.