Stephen H. Smith – Owner, Manager, Mechanic
Stephen started his mechanic career in 1990 working for Dave Cody and Associates doing fleet maintenance and repairs. He moved to Miles Auto Service in Richmond soon after realizing that mechanics is truly where he wanted to be. He moved from an apprentice to a VA State Inspector, ASE Master Technician and MACs A/C 609 certification within his time at Miles’. In 2007 he stepped out on his own to open Stephen’s Automotive, LLC. Stephen has found shop ownership to be very exciting and rewarding with a few challenges sprinkled in. The shop has just celebrated its 10th year of operation and it continues to thrive and grow.
Stephen grew up right around the corner from his current shop location in Montpelier, VA. Ironically his nickname as a kid was Crash…always running into things! He currently resides in Louisa County with his wife of 22 years and three children. When Stephen has a moment to do what he wants to do he is typically outside hunting or hanging with his family at the bay. He also enjoys building fast cars and trucks. He likes a good Civil War Museum too.
So stop on by and visit “The home of your friendly Rockville Repair man.”
Dave Penatzer – Shop Forman
Dave is our veteran. He has been with us the longest, joining Stephen’s Automotive, LLC in May 2010. Dave comes from a family of mechanics. Dave has over 40 years of automotive experience. He began with us as an Automotive Technician but has recently been promoted to Shop Forman. He has is VA State Inspection License and ASE A/C 609 Certification. His experience and knowledge have been invaluable to us here at Stephen’s. He has been a good sounding board for many positive and negative situations that have happened over the years too.
Dave lives in Goochland with his wife and many fur babies. He enjoys spending time with family, hunting, deep sea fishing, photography, and cooking.
Tina Davidson – Customer Service Representative/Service Writer
Tina joined Stephen’s Automotive, LLC in July 2017. Bringing with her 18 years of automotive service writing, warranty and customer service experience. Tina has proven to be a valuable asset to us here at Stephen’s.
Tina lives in Montpelier with her Husband. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren. Yes, Tina is a Mimi (grandmother)! Who would have thought it??!!?? Tina loves spending time with her family and also being on Ocracoke Island.
Give Tina a call at (804) 749-4421 for an appointment or have questions about service.
Teddy Gilpin – Automotive Technician
After being with Goodyear for 14 years Teddy joined Stephen’s Automotive, LLC in April 2014. He brought a vast amount of experience and knowledge. Teddy joined us with his VA State Inspection License and continues to attend multiple training sessions to improve his skill set. Teddy has been a great asset to us here at Stephen’s. His experience has been very helpful in many situations.
If Teddy is not working which he does all the time, he enjoys hunting and fishing. Spending time with his wife and daughter. Teddy has a big heart for animals too. He once raised a baby deer. Just don’t ask what he did with it…just kidding!!!
Josh Thompson – Automotive Technician
Josh started out with Stephen’s Automotive, LLC in July 2014 as a part-time shop cleaner. He swept floors and returned tools to their proper place. Today Josh is taking courses at J. Sargent Reynolds in Automotive Repairs and he is currently in the middle of receiving his VA State Inspection License. We are very proud of where Josh came from to where he is now. He has become a great automotive technician.
Josh is also from Montpelier, VA. When he gets time to himself he too enjoys being outside, hunting, shooting, motorsports and farming.
Eric Welton – Automotive Technician
Eric or Ricky as he is known here has returned to us after a few years of pursuing other career options. He spent some time with Colonial Webb, Ditch Witch, and McGeorge RV. He since has decided that automotive service and repairs are where he wants to be. Eric holds certifications from ASE-NATEF on multiple automotive repairs. We are excited to have Eric back with us!
Eric is from Hanover County and enjoys fishing but he loves hunting. He also really enjoys working and running his dogs. Eric also gives of his time as a volunteer firefighter at the local Fire Company.
Julie Smith – Accounting, Marketing/Advertising, HR
Julie started with Stephen’s from the beginning. She is Stephen’s wife. For the first 7 seven years of Stephen’s Automotive, LLC she was a silent partner. Working for Kinetic Concepts as an Account Executive. Through this experience, she learned sales, marketing, and overall business strategies. She began in the office 3 years ago as a temporary fix. Since then has evolved as a valuable member of the team.
Julie lives with Stephen and their three children in Louisa County. She currently is working at Stephen’s and also upcycles furniture for her booth at a local antiques/consignment shop. She truly enjoys spending time with her family, the bay/beach, and reading. And she seems to be always planning the next event.