John is a fourth generation resident of the Libertyville/Mundelein area and his great grandfather was the Mundelein Sheriff from 1942 to 1948. John’s father bought Gustafson in 1975 and as a young boy John helped around the shop and caught the automotive bug. In preparation to follow in his dad’s footsteps, John went to Lake Forest College to earn a B.A. in Business. While growing up, he worked hard to afford sports cars including old Porsche’s and several BMW and Honda motorcycles. He is an avid traveler by land and sea, logging many miles by motorcycle and over 10,000 ocean miles on various sailboats. He’s often in the shop after-hours, catching up on paperwork or fixing a part from his sailboat. He is an active volunteer in several local sailing groups.
Shelly is a career automotive industry professional. Her entire career was spent at one automotive company until we were lucky enough to welcome her to Gustafson. She is the shop manager and estimator and keeps the shop humming along and the office buzzing. Her customer service skills and automotive knowledge make her the perfect phone call to make for any vehicle questions you have, big or small. She will make you feel welcome with her bubbly nature and constant kidding.
Jason, Bodyman and Painter
Jason came to Gustafson in 1999 as a porter. He worked hard and apprenticed with fellow techs, working is way up to being a key member of the team. His training includes I-Car Platinum Non-Structural Technician and I-Car Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification. Jason is from Grayslake, an avid gardener and home improvement expert.
Don is our senior member of the group and has been in body work for 50 years. He came to us from a Libertyville dealership. He is an I-Car Platinum technician and has seen everything in body repair at least once. He gets very creative in his work striving to achieve the best repair for the least cost. Don is the steady temperament in the group and keeps everyone else operating on an even keel.
Scott started at Gustafson in 1979 sweeping the floors. Two years of vocational training at the College of Lake County while still in high school and a lot of hard work has made him one of the most experienced painters in the business today. He is Gustafson’s longest-term employee with 40 years at the shop. His endorsements include I-Car Platinum Refinish Technician and Akzo Nobel Waterborne Product Training. He is ahead of the curve as one of the first to switch to more environmentally friendly water-based paints, a practice that will be an industry requirement within the next five years. Scott enjoys skiing with his kids and has volunteered as a Lacrosse assistant coach.
Javier, Detailer/Paint Prep
Javier, a native of Costa Rica, came to the US as a boy. He joined our team in 2002 and has become the glue that holds it all together. Whether he’s keeping everyone organized, cleaning your car, or giving you a lift home, he has a smile on his face and a story to tell. He enjoys driving and working on cars. He worked as a commercial truck driver before joining Gustafson. In his spare time he enjoys repairing cars for his friends and relatives.
Victor is our newest member of the team. He is a fast learner and was prepping and buffing, but now he’s in the office as an estimator. An avid video game player, Victor taught himself to play video games, type, and build computers. Now we’re keeping him busy with customer questions and managing our computer systems. He started mechanical training in high school but decided he wanted to get into auto body. His talents didn’t come from nowhere, his father is a gifted bodyman.