Master Porsche Technician
Certified PCA Tech Inspector
Zak, owner and founder of Zaks Auto has been repairing cars for 20 years. He began his career at several independent garages then worked his way up through Honda/Nissan and Audi/Porsche. Zak is an ASE Certified Master Technician and a Master Porsche Technician. He has a true passion for European performance cars, but truly has an affinity for motorsports and cars in general. He appreciates the vintage beetle as much as the Porsche 991. Zak envisioned a certain type of repair and performance shop, which has been his driving force since 2008. He has come a long way from the little 2-bay garage he rented far off the beaten path, but his integrity and care for his customers has remained the same. In his free time, Zak enjoys being with his wife and 1 year old triplet daughters! He also loves mountain biking, hiking, snow-boarding, racing cars, kayaking, camping and fishing with his dog, Fischer.
Rob grew up in Torrington, Ct and just recently moved to NH to become a part of Zaks Auto. He has a varied background in the automotive field and a particular set of skills that make him a great fit for our team. Rob has spent time working at Harley Davidson in the parts department, Dodge as a service advisor and 5 years for Volkswagen as a Parts Advisor. From there he dove into the aftermarket performance world and hasn’t looked back. He spent 3 years with Turbokits.com, an aftermarket performance company specializing in custom turbos. As the Sales Logistics Manager Rob oversaw all fabrication and installation of the company’s turbos and managed all European sales. Rob has implemented fully re-worked suspensions with aftermarket parts in his own vehicles and loves to install race parts on his projects. In his spare time Rob enjoys hiking, road trips, camping, craft beer and car modification.
Paul joined our team early this spring to help us kickoff our new detailing department. Prior to that, he spent 5 years at a local detail shop. He truly loves the art of detailing and restoring a vehicle to showroom quality. Paul even loves cleaning the dirtiest of cars… pet hair and baby food doesn’t scare him, it’s his favorite challenge! We offer various types and levels of detailing, which allows Paul to work with top of the line products such as Gyeon Quartz, Menzerna and Sonax. He is also experienced with the cutting-edge technology of coatings and protective films. What we love about Paul is that he takes his time, is thorough and respects his work. Outside of work Paul loves to mountain bike, travel, attend car shows and spend time with his girlfriend, Savannah.
Jake’s career in automotive repair began in 2012 and he’s been going full throttle ever since! He worked at AAMCO for 2 years removing and installing transmissions, as well as general repair. Jake joined the Zaks Auto team in 2014 with a genuine zeal for car repair & European motorsports. As Zak as his mentor, Jake quickly became an adept, knowledgeable and very thorough technician. His positive and friendly attitude is infectious and he easily meets the level of integrity we expect here at Zaks Auto. In December of 2016 Jake decided to move to our service department. His practical knowledge and people skills make him and exceptional Service Advisor. Jake completed 2 years at NHTI and also spend 2 years as a sous chef. He loves to cook, snowboard, travel and spend time with his fiancé, Emily and their cat.
Kristen helped Zak start the business in 2008 and has been overseeing the business growth and development ever since. She stays home part-time with the couple’s 1-year old triplet daughters and comes into the office for some R&R, managing the company’s financials, marketing and customer relations. After college she worked as a tech recruiter, then went onto become a massage therapist and personal trainer. Kristen has a B.A. in Communications from The University of Connecticut and has Certificates in Holistic Nutrition, Personal Training and Massage Therapy. In her spare time (never), Kristen enjoys running, weight lifting, hiking, gardening and spending time with Zak and their 3 girls.
Mike has been in the repair field for 18 years and is a very seasoned, capable and skilled technician. He has been under the hood of something since he was ten years old and especially loves trucks and anything electrical! He spent the beginning of his career as a parts specialist, then moved onto to Dracut Alternator for 6 years before joining our team in 2011. Mike can work on any make or model, but is truly our truck technician. Aside from adeptly performing any repair, he is very skilled with modifications, welding and installs all of our lift kits. In his spare time, he likes to work on his 42 trucks and go off-roading with his friends.
European Repair and Performance Technician
Race and Luxury Car Specialist
Nick’s passion and specialty is European and Race car repair and performance. His experience is well-rounded and his energy and commitment make him a great asset to our team. Nick spent 3 years at Speedlife Motorsports as a general repair and performance technician. His experience includes all aspects of general repair and maintenance, performance engine and transmission rebuilds, performance fabrication, engine blueprinting and chassis modification. Prior to that Nice worked at AAMCO Transmission as a diagnostic and transmission repair technician as well as Unique Foreign Auto, Kia and VW.
• Certificate in Automotive and Diesel Repair, UTI 2011
• ASE Certified
Jayson has been rocking the service writing world for 20 years! He started his career in Vermont, spending 3 years at a Chevy dealership and 2 year at Kinney Motors VW / Audi. After moving to New Hampshire Jayson spent another 6 years with VW/Audi and Honda/Ford. His decision to move to an independent repair shop was a great one and he hasn’t looked back. Jayson has been a successful service advisor for 2 large private shops over the last 8 years and is now happy to call Zaks Auto home! He is very passionate about solving people’s problems and truly enjoys his relationships with our customers. Jayson is extremely professional and has a diligent work ethic. Outside of work Jayson loves to hike, garden and do anything water related! He spends lots of time with his beloved dog, Mo-Joe (our unofficial 2nd mascot).