About Austin’s Automotive Specialists
In 1979, Brake Specialists, a family owned and locally operated auto repair center in Austin, TX, first opened its garage doors. Brake Specialists was founded upon the principle of providing quality, reliable auto repair services and excellent customer service. Because of this principle, by the late 1980’s Brake Specialists had already grown to four locations in the Austin area.
As the automotive repair industry evolved in the early 90’s, so did Brake Specialists. We grew along with Austin and added four more stores between 1990 and 1997. We, just like Austin, were not done growing and added our ninth shop in 1999 followed by several more locations between 2006 and 2007. Then in 2014 we updated our name from Brake Specialists to Austin’s Automotive Specialists in order to encompass everything we do…which is a lot!
Today, we have over 80 employees at 11 Austin area locations, including: Buda, Dripping Springs, Hutto, Round Rock, Cedar Park and Lakeway. No matter our size, however, Austin’s Automotive Specialists will always remain family owned and dedicated to providing quality, reliable auto repairs and excellent customer service. We strive to remain your number one choice for auto repair in Austin!
Meet Our Executive Team
Johnnie moved to Buda, Texas as a young child with his parents Bryson and Betty Whitlock. At the age of 23 he started as young entrepreneur after graduating from Southwest Texas State University. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children, Jamey and Mandy, and two grandchildren, Skyler and Jake. Johnnie’s hobbies include: traveling, skiing, hunting and scuba diving.
VP of Operations
Steve joined our team in 1983. After managing two of the first Austin locations, he eventually moved into the corporate office in the early 90’s. Steve is a valuable asset to the Austin’s Automotive Specialists family, making sure all daily operations are running smoothly by handling personnel and maintaining company policy at all locations. His hobbies include fishing, hunting, and loving pets of all kinds.
Doug managed a Austin’s Automotive Specialists location for nearly 15 years before promoted to City Manager. As City Manager he manages locations on another manager’s day off, perform repairs, delivers supplies, transports equipment or any other duty that is necessary to keep all the locations working and performing as efficiently as possible. Doug’s hobbies are hunting and restoring old cars.
South Lamar Manager
JT is the manager of the 1303 South Lamar location of Austin’s Automotive Specialists, as well as the IT manager for the entire company. He takes care of the IT hardware and software issues for all 11 locations. He’s been with Austin’s Automotive Specialists since July 2008. JT is married to a wonderful woman named Tracie, and they have a beautiful daughter, Alexis. He spends his time with his family, working, eating, and sleeping – which leaves him little to no time for hobbies!
Laurie Mikes & Denise Lee
Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable
Laurie and Denise are very important assets in keeping the company functioning smoothly.
Send Us a Message
With convenient locations for car repair around Austin, we’re sure that there’s a Austin’s Automotive Specialists location near you. For a quick oil change or the best auto repair Austin can offer, we’d like to be your trusted neighborhood car repair shop. Austin, Round Rock, Buda, Hutto, Cedar Park, Lakeway, and Dripping Springs all count on us for great auto repair.
Find the location nearest to you, give us a call, and let us know how we can help. If your experience was less than satisfactory, or better yet, if it far exceeded your expectations, send us an email or give us a call, and let us know. If something in one of our shops isn’t right, we’d like the chance to make it right.