John Haas: Owner Service Manager
John has been employed by Mike Vinson Auto since October, 1994. He is the “Haas” in Vinson/Haas Automotive as we are now known. John is an Arizona native, graduated from Horizon High School in 1990 and served in the US Navy. John is married to Amy yotheme our office manager and has two sons, Hunter and Brody. With Mike’s retirement in May 2016, John and Amy have completely taken over the daily operations of the business and are proud to have the title “owner”.
As an owner/manager, John’s main tasks include keeping jobs organized, ordering parts and communicating with customers. He is great with customers and always happy to take the time to explain a repair. John is our expert in interior repairs including window motors regulators, door locks, dashes all the little intricate things that you don’t think much about ’til they don’t work!! His other proficiencies include brakes, alignment, tire work and maintenance/service work. As his management duties increase, he spends less time performing mechanical repair. However, you’ll still find him out there working alongside the technicians to make sure work is delivered as promised.
In his “free” time, heenjoys off-roading in his custom built Jeep, hiking,and helping promote high school mountain biking.John volunteers as part of the Arizona HighSchool Cycling League each fall, helping to set up infield and organize venues for the five race events held state-wide. BothHunterand Brody arenow racing as part of the league.Off-roading adventures and Scouting trips with the boys fill many weekends. The family that plays together stays together!!
Leroy Begay joined our staff in February 2008. Leroy is an ASE Certified Master Technician. He is extremely thorough in his diagnostics and we are grateful to have found him. Leroy is an extremely dedicated employee. He is often found here on his own time working on the tough-to-diagnose vehicles.
Leroy is an Arizona native, attended Arizona State Univeristy and has three children. He has become a die-hard drag racing fan and attends as many events as possible.
Josh joined our team in July 2015. Josh recently completed his testing to become an ASE Certified Master Technician. Josh is highly proficient and efficient.He hasagenuine loveof thescience behind cars andis able to extrapolate thatto his work.We appreciate his willingness to explain complex diagnoses and repairs to customers in a mannerthat is easy to understand. We are glad to have Joshon board.
Stephen Mathews originally began working for us in September 2012. He became a friendly and familiar face to our customers. In April 2016, he moved to New Mexico and we were sad to see him go, but sent him off with best wishes. In April 2017, Stephen decided to return to Phoenix and we had a job opening at the time. We were glad to welcome him back and have had many customers state they were glad to see his face again. Stephen is an ASE Certified Technician and continues to learn and grow professionally.
Amy Decker-Haas : Owner Office Manager
Our office manager, Amy Decker-Haas, has been employed full time with us since October, 2004. She and John were married in 1998 and have two sons Hunter Brody.
Amy graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She worked at ASU until 2000 managing research projects. She then started working as an accounting assistant/office manager for a local plumbing firm where she honed her accounting and management skills. While John oversees the shop and production, she monitors the front office including all the bookkeeping, scheduling, customer relations and advertising.
Amy is from Durango, CO originally, but has been in Arizona since 1984. She enjoys going “home” to Colorado to visit and “play” on the ranch. Amy has become an avid hikerand spends quite a bit of time on the trail. She also volunteers with the Arizona High School CyclingLeague as a team director forHunter and Brody’s team the North ValleyRiders. She loves watching the boys on their bikesbut hasn’t started riding yet.With Hunter and Brody being involved in Scouting and cycling, there is not a lot offree time but she carves out a little each weekend for hike! Her other loves/interests are the ocean and beach, play time with her boys, camping and down time at home.
Addie: Shop Mascot and Greeter
Addie joined the family and the crew in May 2015. She comes to the shop everyday and spends a lot of time sleeping. She will wander out and greet people in the waiting room when the mood strikes her. Be careful if you pet her you might be here for awhile!