About Staff

The success of Auto Centric is attributed to our talented employees and their commitment to your satisfaction.

We work hard to be your professional Auto Service and Auto Repair shop in Grand Rapids, MI.

Tom Ham | Auto Centric

Tom Ham


Tom has been in the automotive industry since 1970.
He has owned and operated Auto Centric since 1978.

Tom Pavek | Auto Centric

Tom Pavek

Service Advisor

Tom Pavek has been with Auto Centric for over a year now. Tom relocated to Michigan from Pennsylvania 3 years ago. He and his wife, Shaun recently got married. When not working Tom enjoys the outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, skateboarding, and swimming while exploring all Michigan has to offer. Tom and his wife also have 2 cats, Pink and Moe!

Jim Waite | Auto Centric

Jim Waite

Shop Foreman - ASE Master Certified Auto Repair Technician

Jim has been with Auto Centric since 1982. He is a graduate of Ferris State University and is an ASE Master Certified Technician and a Bosch Certified Technician.  Jim is married to his wife Colleen and they have 2 sons, Cory and Danny.  He also has a new granddaughter, Charlotte!

Shane | Auto Centric

Shane Sullivan

Master Licensed Auto Repair Technician

Shane has been working on cars since he was 16. He loves working on cars because he will never run out of things to learn as cars keep evolving more and more. He loves playing sports as well as watching them, especially the Red Wings and the Lions. He is married to his wife Chelsea, and they have a son.  They have a dog named Dilly!

James | Auto Centric

James Palmer

Master Licensed Auto Repair Technician

James is a State Certified Master Technician with an additional Pre-1973 vehicles certification. He has worked in the auto service industry since 1997. During his free time, James enjoys going to car shows and car races.

Dan Robinson | Auto Centric

Dan Robinson

General Maintenance

Dan is recently retired and when not watching his grandkids he keeps Auto Centric looking spotless!

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