Meet The Team
Tom Prine - Service Advisor
Like so many of our clients, Tom's enthusiasm for Porsche started with an early 911. After being inspired by the movie Le Mans, he bought a '73 911 when he was just 24, and he still enjoys sharing his passion for Porsche racing history today. A technical writer, he has contributed articles for Excellence and 000 magazines. He loves music, and is a very talented classical guitarist. We are very fortunate to have had Tom servicing clients with a warm smile since 2005.
David Ryder - Service Advisor
Joining us from New England, David brings with him a background in automotive racing, education and physical fitness. His love of Porsche began when he first encountered articles about the Kremer Porsche's of the 1970s. David is a former crew member for ESS sprint car and USAC dirt midget racing teams, on the East Coast. He is also a certified teacher of History with a Master's of Arts in Teaching, and an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Trainer. He loves historic cars, physical training and a multitude of musical genres.
Steve Fisher - Shop Foreman
As a BMW Master Tech and UTI graduate, Steve knows his stuff. Honing his skills at South Bay BMW, his knowledge now extends into motorsports and hybrids. On the weekends, Steve enjoys motocamping with friends. He also volunteers vehicle maintenance and multimedia services for his church.
Sadie Durning - Office Manager
Joining us from sunny Florida, Sadie was recognized for her outstanding customer service in the boutique hotel industry. She's making her mark on the automotive world as well, with a nod from Ratchet + Wrench's 2015 All Star Awards. In her free time, she enjoys live music.
Melaine Mayfield - Assistant Office Manager
Since joining as a temp, she's helped our department run efficiently with her previous management experience in the automotive world and business degree from the University of California at Riverside. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, customization projects on her Audi, and spending time with her precious pooch, Hershey.
Mike Crommett - Porsche/BMW Technician
A graduate of Universal Technical Institute, Mike is a BMW Master Tech with experience at both South Bay BMW in Torrance and Phaedrus BMW in San Francisco. He has a dedication to excellence and is a die-hard motorhead who loves his M5! He's also a devoted father, self-proclaimed pseudo-intellectual, and -- the shop comedian.
Andy Thonet - Porsche/BMW Technician
A former Field Engineer at Hewlett Packard, Andy has an eye for detail and diagnosis. His personal restoration of his canary yellow 914-6 was featured in Excellence magazine and has won three concours, including the L.A. Concours. He's a Futaba sponsored team pilot, and built his own saltwater aquarium for fun. His dog Rocket loves to tag along with him whenever possible.
John Throssel - Porsche/BMW Technician
A graduate of Universal Technical Institute and the Mercedes Benz Elite Training program, John has over 17 years experience working with Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. He is dedicated to excellence and attention to detail. Creative by nature, he loves pastels, watercolor painting, screen printing and enjoys spending time in nature with his wife and daughter.
Curtis Messer - PORSCHE/BMW TECHNICIAN
Born and raised in Southeastern Washington, Curtis has over 20 years of automotive experience with a strong emphasis in the European makes. With his past experience as an automotive technician and a former independent European shop owner, he brings a unique set of skills to the team. His passion for the automobile is evident in his attention to detail. During his free time, he enjoys going off road exploring in his Land Rover and trying new local food and breweries.
Joe Ochoa - Shop SUPPORT
Joe comes to us after a long stint in Alaska! He’s spent several seasons in Alaska processing salmon and has come back Cali-side to pursue his passions for supercars. He loves detailing cars, doing minor repairs on his own truck, and aspires to become a master technician.
Skinny - Cool Cat
Originally nicknamed The Ungrateful Bastard, Skinny hated pets but loved food. He ate here and graced us with his presence for over 15 years, and our world wouldn't have been the same without his adorable aloofness. Skinny passed on in 2017, but he's always a member of the Callas Rennsport Team, and very much loved.
Cheeto - Cool Cat
The complete opposite of Skinny, Cheeto is a big lovable teddy bear! He's very friendly and loves all people and other animals. You can find him meowing all around the facility or sleeping in odd places. He loves food, and to sunbathe! He's been around since July 2018 and we love him to pieces!