Mike Magers (Owner) has been working in one capacity or another here at Smitty's since he was able to drive. In 1987 when Smitty experienced health issues, Mike answered the call and began a career at Smitty’s. Mike is an ASE certified Master Tech with a degree in business from San Diego State and a degree in Transportation Technology from Cuyamaca College. He is certified with the CTI technical institute for Hybrid repair. He is married with 3 fantastic kids. He enjoys surfing, diving and quad riding with his family.
Enrique (Office Manager) is Mike’s oldest son. Enrique has a background in management and recently received his diploma in Kinesiology at San Diego State University. He’s an avid Charger fan and when not crunching numbers at Smitty’s he can be found working out or skateboarding.
Rick (Technician) has been Mike’s "go to" guy since 1995- His Christian background has been a moral compass when decision making finds a gray area. He has done it all- Manager, Service Advisor, Technician, Fabricator and Facilities manager. Rick has a degree in Aviation flight operation and Aviation technology from Miramar College. This ASE Master Tech is an advanced engine performance specialist. He is certified with the CTI technical institute for Hybrid repair. Rick enjoys bible studies, flying and sailing.
Taha (Technician) While technically, Taha is the newest addition to the Smitty team, he has worked professionally as an automotive technician for over five years. He’s quickly becoming known here at the shop as our “European Specialist”. He is a graduate of Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga with a 3.8 GPA. He has ASE certifications in A6 (Electrical), A8 (Advanced Electrical) and L1 (Engine Performance). You might find Taha in his off hours playing billiards or kayaking with his daughter.
Jose (Technician) began his career with Smitty's in 1996 - If he were a baseball player he would win the prize for most consecutive starts. You can always expect a smile from Jose and he has the most contagious laugh in the building (dare I say the industry?) He consistently produces quality work and has one of the lowest “comeback” rates in the industry. Jose enjoys Tae Kwon Do. He is married and is the "soccer dad" for 3 active kids.
Giuseppe (Technician) came on the scene in 2007. He loves being part of the Smitty team. Giuseppe brings almost 20 years of automotive experience to our family of seasoned veterans. He is fast and accurate. Giuseppe has a tool for every job and is an inspiration to work with. Giuseppe is married with three grown boys. He likes Surfing and just about anything his boys are involved in.
Beto (Technician) has been a natural leader here at Smitty’s since he came on the scene in 2007. This ASE Master Tech / Advanced Engine Performance Specialist owned his own shop for five years. He is certified with the CTI technical institute for Hybrid repair. Beto’s years of experience and excellent work ethic have been valuable asset to the Senior Tech team at Smitty’s. He is married, with three girls and spends his "off hours" working on his new home.
Sam (Service Advisor) has over five years experience in the automotive industry. He is also fluent in Spanish and has a “hands on” approach. His work ethic has rewarded him with a proven track record of success. Most recently, as a general manager of Elite Auto Group, he learned the essentials of customer satisfaction. His early background was in the parts industry which serves to improve the quality and value of parts we provide. Sam enjoys weekends spent with his Family and friends. He's all about basketball; in fact he was the MVP for his league. He also enjoys building his high performance car and racing it at the Barona drag strip. Like any red-blooded San Diegan, Sam is an avid Padre and Charger fan.
Hector (Service Advisor) is one of Mike’s longtime friends. They met at Cuyamaca College where they both earned their degrees in Transportation Technology. Hector turned a wrench for nearly 10 years before landing a job at Trueline Alignment and Brake. Hector became manager and ran the company for the next 19 years. His understanding of automobile repair and maintenance coupled with a genuine concern for people make him an obvious choice for team Smitty. Hector designed and built many race cars which earned him a National crew chief award. He began racing stock cars in 1995 and quickly became a force to reckon with. At Cajon speedway he holds the record as the fastest qualifier the most consecutive times in course history and even won the Track championship. Hector enjoys hunting and since Smitty was an avid hunter the fit appears to be even better. Hector has two boys, on any weekend you might find them bow- hunting.