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 – 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, he enjoys off-roading in his custom built Jeep, hiking, and helping promote high school mountain biking. John volunteers as part of the Arizona High School Cycling League each fall, helping to set up infield and organize venues for the five race events held state-wide. Both Hunter and Brody are now 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 has a genuine love of the science behind cars and is able to extrapolate that to his work. We appreciate his willingness to explain complex diagnoses and repairs to customers in a manner that is easy to understand. We are glad to have Josh on board.
Miles is the newest addition to our crew, joining us in August 2016. He is a recent transplant to Arizona. Miles is our general service technician and responsible for providing efficient and thorough oil changes and general services. Miles is a quick study and will soon be a certified technician.
Andy is our new service writer. He joined us in May 2016 as Mike was getting ready to retire. Andy’s duties including answering phones, scheduling appointments, and checking customers out. He also helps build the estimates for repairs, orders parts and coordinates work flow. We are grateful for his rapport with customers and his enthusiasm for his job.
Andy is a California native and Army veteran. He and his family moved to Arizona in 2015.
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 hiker and spends quite a bit of time on the trail. She also volunteers with the Arizona High School Cycling League as a team director for Hunter and Brody’s team – the North Valley Riders. She loves watching the boys on their bikes but hasn’t started riding yet. With Hunter and Brody being involved in Scouting and cycling, there is not a lot of free 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!