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Chelsea has been a “gearhead” as long as he can remember. Chelsea grew up in nearby Bisbee and graduated from Bisbee High School. He then attended UTI (UniversalTechnical Institute) in Phoenix Arizona and earned an associate’s degree in Automotive Technology. He returned to Bisbee and worked for O’Rielly Chrysler, Plymouth Dodge, and Mazda as a technician.

By 1990 Chelsea had earned Master Tech status with ASE, Chrysler Corporation and Mazda Motors of America. In 1993 Chelsea married his high school sweetheart Tracey. Chelsea attended Cochise Community College majoring in Welding and Drafting Technology. Chelsea and Tracey moved to Phoenix in 1994 so he could complete his degree at ASU (Arizona State University). Chelsea graduated from ASU (magna cum lade) in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Industrial Management. Chelsea and Tracey returned the Sierra Vista area and Chelsea began work as a Service Manager/Technician. With encouragement from family, friends, and clients Chelsea rounded up some talent and opened Desert Automotive in January 2010.

Chelsea’s interests include spending time with family, drag racing and working with anything mechanical. Chelsea’s other business interests include PSI (Performance Systems Incorporated) www.psisuperchargers.com. Chelsea enjoys traveling on weekends to drag races all over the country, to race, and represent PSI products.

  Tracey has her share of experience in the business world. Tracey owned and operated a beauty salon in Bisbee and gave that up when she and Chelsea moved to Phoenix in 1994. Tracey then went to work for Southwest Airlines while the couple resided in the Phoenix area. A fter the two moved back to Sierra Vista in 1997 Tracey joined Terry Pohl’s team at Globetrotter Travel, where she worked as a travel agent. Tracey joined the Desert Automotive team right from the beginning and she was kicking and screaming all the way. Tracey handles everything at Desert Automotive that requires details and a woman’s touch like decorating, bookkeeping, payroll administration, cleaning, etc, Tracey is best at keeping the Desert Automotive crew in line.
Tom has been in the Automotive Service and Repair industry since 1966. Tom’s automotive career began at the corner service station during his high school days in Utica Michigan. Tom’s career continued at a Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury dealership in Mt. Clemens, MI where he worked as a technician. By 1980 Tom had decided that he would seek out a home away from the harsh Michigan winters and moved to Bisbee Arizona. In 1982 Tom opened Warren Service Center in the Warren suburb of Bisbee. For over 28 years, Tom served the Bisbee community with honest and professional automotive service and repair. In June 2010 Chelsea and the Team at Desert Automotive proudly welcomed Tom and his many long term clients that travel daily from Bisbee area to have their vehicles serviced and repaired.

Tom spends most of his spare time with his family, wife Sue, and three children. On a few occasions every year Tom finds time to pursue his passion of drag racing. Tom competes mostly in Tucson with his supercharged tube chassis Vega. All in all Tom is just one of those honest low maintenance guys that everyone loves to have around.

Gary Kyte has lived in this area for fifty years and has been in the local automotive scene for the past thirty. Gary graduated from Arizona Automotive Institute in 1981 and went to work as a technician here in town at Star Chevrolet. The first ten years of Gary’s automotive career were spent as a technician and even though it has been over twenty years since he has earned his living spinning wrenches he is still a certified ASE Master Technician. The next ten years were spent in the service drive as a Service Advisor/Asst. Service Manager and the third decade was spent managing the parts departments of a couple different Sierra Vista Automobile dealerships. It was while managing one of these parts departments that Gary and Chelsea first worked together. The most recent assignment prior to joining Desert Automotive was as the Parts and Service Director of one the local dealerships. Over the years Gary has continuously achieved the top certification levels in both service and parts with several different manufacturers.
Gary, his wife Lisa, and both their sons are all graduates of Buena High School. During his time away from work he likes to spend time with his wife and family (when the boys are in town). On the weekend you may find Gary working in the yard, going to the bowling alley, golf course, races, casino or just hanging out with friends.
Gary is excited to be a part of the Desert Automotive Family where he can use his years of experience to take care of our customers.
Daniel began his automotive career washing cars at a new car dealership. Since that time Daniel has grown into a well rounded ASE certified technician. Daniel attended Cochise Community College majoring in Automotive Technology. Daniel is a man of few words and he is the guy “always working.” Daniel gladly helps everyone and he is the guy the Desert Automotive team would like to clone, he knows no fear and successfully tackles every job thrown at him. Daniel is also an original member of the Desert Automotive team. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys working on his cars and racing at local SCCA events.
Aric started in the automotive industry in 1995 at a family owned shop. He is an ASE certified under car specialist (brakes, steering and suspension, and exhaust). Aric has many years of experience with welding, tube bending and chassis fabrication. Aric joined Desert Automotive in December of 2009 and brought a whole slew of customers with him. Aric is the Desert Automotive in house “Diesel Guy” and gladly accepts any and all diesel challenges. Aric is fun to have around the shop, and he is the guy that is always smiling even when the sky is falling. Aric enjoys hanging with his family, coaching football, and desert racing.
Kenny Michael’s road to becoming an automobile technician started when he was about seven years old. His father was the owner of an auto body and mechanical repair shop in Chicago, Illinois. It was a family business with one of his brothers performing body work and another brother specializing in mechanical repairs. Kenny says he owes his father and brothers for the man he is today. Kenny leaned many ways to test and figure out problems from them at a young age that he still uses today. Kenny moved to Arizona in 1981 after deciding it was time to make some changes in his life. His sister was living in Sierra Vista at the time and Kenny thought he would give this area a shot. Kenny has been a resident of Arizona ever since. He has left this area a couple times living in Tucson and Prescott for short periods of time but has gravitated back to the Sierra Vista area. Prior to becoming part of the Desert Automotive team, Kenny worked thirteen years at a local family owned repair shop in town. Kenny now calls Desert Automotive home, he likes the fact that he has a clean, well run shop to work in and says the owners and his coworkers are the best of the best and he is proud to be here. Kenny vows to do his best to repair your vehicle the first time because the old saying is “You’re only as good as your last job” Something his dad told him many years ago. Over the years Kenny has had training for the repair of brakes, drivability concerns, engine repair, heating and air conditioning. Even though he finds the training invaluable, Kenny says there is nothing like hands on experience, that cannot be taught in a classroom. Kenny would like to invite you to come by and see us even if it’s just to say “Hi”. You will like what you see. And also would like to send out a personal “thank you” to our regular customers for their support.
George Renteria Jr. started working on cars as a kid. George’s automobile career began at the age of twelve helping an engine builder in Southern California. George graduated from Bisbee High School in 1993 after which he attended Universal Technical Institute. In 2003 George achieved Mitsubishi Diamond Pro Certification (Mitsubishi’s highest level technician), has several General Motors certifications and became a certified welder after going through the Cochise College welding program. George recently married Sadie Maestas who is a registered nurse and surgery manager at the Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee. In his spare time George enjoys spending time with family, working on hot rods with his sons, welding, hunting, walking the dogs and generally anything outdoors.

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