Meet Our Staff
Gabriel “Gabe” Castaneda – General Manager
Gabe joined D&R Autoworks in July of 2003 as a service consultant and was promoted to General Manager in May 2004. Gabe has been a key part to the growth and development of the Company. Gabe handles all day to day operations for the business, including parts and fluid research. In 2006 Gabe married his wife Chrissy. When Gabe is not running “the shop” He enjoys spending time with family, his nieces and nephews, golfing, playing craps, sports and watching the real Chicago Baseball team, the Chicgo Whitesox
Jeff Swanson – Assistant Manager
Jeff joined D&R Autoworks in 2010. He has been in the automotive industry for forty years. Jeff’s honesty and work ethics are what customers and employees love about him the most. He is always light-hearted with a smile on his face. He provides a level of customer service that is so rare to see, he not only insures to remember customers names, he truly cares about what is going on in their lives. Outside of work Jeff enjoys golfing, watching movies and documentaries, and video games. Jeff loves the baseball season, Go Cubs!!
Bill – Service Consultant
Bill has been in the automotive industry for 11 years. He joined D&R Autoworks in 2017. Born and raised in Chicago he currently lives in Rolling Meadows with wife RaeAnn and daughter Ivy. Cars, music, and film are his main hobbies; his favorite car manufacturers being GM and Toyota. He plays both guitar and bass. His favorite movies range from Quinten Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick’s catalogs to Will Ferrell comedies, The Big Lebowski and Westerns.
Chris – Service Consultant
Chris grew up in automotive field working with his father and has been working in field since 1992. Chris married his wife Patty in November of 2011, they have three beautiful daughters, Alyssa, Ashley, and Zoie. When not at work, Chris enjoys cruising around and attending car shows with his family in their "Family Hot Rod" 1970 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. The whole family loves the Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs, and the “Da” Bears.
Lynne – Front Office, Customer Service
Lynne joined D&R Autoworks in 2016. She lived in Colorado for 20 years and enjoyed working in the Resort Industry where she learned the importance of providing great customer service. Lynne likes to travel, cook, read and spend time with her two dogs, Roxy and Gracie.
Michelle – Book Keeping
Michelle worked for Crate and Barrel for over 20 years as an inventory control manager. She retired in December 2000 to be a stay at home mom for our second daughter Amanda who was born in March 2001. Michelle was then recruited by Dan to handle the bookkeeping for D&R Autoworks after Dan bought out his business partner in 2004.
Michelle and Dan have 2 daughters, Daniela and Amanda.
Luis – A.S.E. Certified Technician
Luis joined D&R Autoworks in April of 2006. Luis is married with three boys, his oldest son Luis Jr., Christopher and Jonathan. He went to WYO Tech Automotive and after graduating in 1999, Luis has been working in the automotive industry since. He currently holds 7 A.S.E Certifications.
Walter – A.S.E Certified Master Technician
Wally joined D&R Autoworks in July of 2007. With more than twenty years experience in the automotive industry, He is an ASE Certified Master Technician. Walter holds a technical degree from Lincoln Technical Institute and graduated from Prosser Vocational Career Academy with a degree in Machine Tool and Machine Technology. Wally has had a wide range of positions- from parts sales, porter, all the way to master technician- this has provided Wally with so much insight and providing D&R with an invaluable employee. He enjoys that D&R Autoworks provides him with the opportunity to work on import and domestic vehicles that range from 1920’s classics to the latest hybrid technology. Wally is a Chicago native, who currently lives in River Grove with his wife, Sarah, and their two dogs, Charlie and Dizzy. When he isn’t working you can find Wally in his own garage working on his classic car, while his smoker cooks away on the patio.
Jesse - A.S.E. Certified Technician
Jesse joined D&R Autoworks in March of 2011. Jesse was born in Mexico and came to the USA when he was nine years old. He and his wife, Maria, have been married for twenty years. They have a son, Jesse Jr. and daughter, Angela. Jesse has over twenty years of experience in the Automotive Industry. After graduating high school in 1991, from Waukegan East High School, Jesse went to UTI and graduated in 1993. He is ASE certified in five areas; Engine Repair, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic System, and Engine Performance. Jesse enjoys going to Automotive Seminars and to the BMW Suspension, Steering, and Engine classes that provide the opportunity for Jesse to get further knowledge.
Patrick – A.S.E Certified Master Technician
Patrick joined D&R Autoworks in May of 2015. Patrick is an L1 ASE Master Technician with twenty-two years of experience. He married his wife Anne in October of 2015, they had their first child Eleanor in 2016!! When Patrick is not working he enjoys fishing, bowling, golf and softball.
Jeff – A.S.E Certified Master Technician
Jeff joined D&R Autoworks in 2015. Jeff has been in the automotive industry for 26 years. Jeff is a Master + L1 technician. He is engaged to Merilee. When not working he enjoys spending time at the shooting range, working on the house, and boating on the weekends during the summer.
Steve – A.S.E Certified Master Technician
Steve joined D&R Autoworks in 2016. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician with 14 years of automotive experience. Steve grew up in Chicago and enjoyed racing his Mustang at Great Lakes Dragway. He recently married his high school sweetheart Daisy. They love to cook, travel and recently enjoyed a long trip to Greece. They have a wonderful energetic dog named Evie who keeps them busy.
Ramon - Porter
Ramon joined D&R Autoworks in 2008. A self proclaimed workaholic, he currently works two full-time jobs. His easy going persona is how he connects with the customers so well. As a porter he provides shuttle service, pick-up and delivery of customers vehicles, checking in vehicles, washes vehicles, parts pick-up, and daily cleaning task. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his small family that lives in the state (mom, brother, and uncle), video games, collecting vinyl, making music, and creating art. His love for cars and motorcycles is just one more reason that Ramon is a perfect fit with D&R.
Demetricess “Dee” - Porter
Dee joined D&R Autoworks in 2014. A lifelong resident of Lake County. Dee is D&R Autoworks Porter Supervisor. In his position as Porter Supervisor, he insures that the daily and weekly tasks are completed, vehicles are clean, and that vehicles are checked in correctly. As an OEF Army Vet who served six years, he is able to provide impeccable supervisory skills and training. Outside of work Dee enjoys running, working out, and his favorite sport is tennis. When time allows Dee enjoys participating in 5k races.
Johny - Porter
Johny joined D&R Autoworks in 2015. As a porter he provides shuttle service, pick-up and delivery of customers vehicles, checking in vehicles, washes vehicles, parts pick-up, and daily cleaning task. He enjoys spending time with his family of five, playing video games, and playing soccer. A self-proclaimed perfectionist and workaholic.
Leonard - Custodian