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Our Team

Everything we do is built upon our team; it is our foundation. We employ people who are skilled, professional, knowledgeable, and educated – who make a positive customer experience their highest priority on every visit. They enable Advanced Auto Tech to be first rate in the automotive service and repair industry. Our entire staff has access to multiple and limitless continuing education opportunities. They are required, as a condition of their employment, to complete successfully all assigned training annually. As a result, their knowledge and skill increase year by year.

Ben JohnsonPresident / Owner
 

Ben Johnson

President / Owner Automotive Service Industry Since 1986

As an owner, Ben typically wears multiple hats and all at the same time. He manages the day-to-day operations at AAT. He can be found at the service counter, driving the shuttle van, talking with customers, or helping our technicians in the bays. Ben identifies all training opportunities for our staff and procures the necessary equipment, tools, and software needed so that our shop remains up to date in our ever-changing field.

Ben is an ASE Master L1 Advanced Level Engine Performance Technician, Virginia State Safety and Emissions Inspector, and an Emissions Repair Technician. He has completed Service Advisor I, Service Advisor II, and Service Manager trainings at Automotive Training Institute where he is also activity involved in a 20 Group (shop owners’ group). Ben participates in ongoing automotive service and repair continuing education and trainings.

Ben is a member of the Capital Area Woodturners. He also enjoys brewing beer, mountain bike riding, working out, and living an overall healthily and active life.

Sisc (Sissy) JohnsonVice President / Owner
 

Sisc (Sissy) Johnson

Vice President / Owner Business Management Since 1995

As an owner, Sisc works primarily behind closed doors. She is responsible for our corporate accounting, bookkeeping, human resources and managing our marketing/advertising and community outreach programs.

Sisc completed marketing trainings at the Automotive Training Institute and at George Mason University. Sisc holds training certificates from George Mason University in Managing Bias, and Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace, and IIA Internal Auditor. She also completed the following certificate programs, International Women's Health and Human Rights, Stanford Online, The Opioid Crisis in America, HarvardX. Sisc is a junior in the BFA/Photography program at George Mason University. She participates in ongoing continuing education and trainings.

Sisc is a member of Women's Caucus for Art of Greater Washington DC and she is a documentary photographer. Sisc loves animals, sampling craft beer, great food, and most of all, she loves being a grandmother to Amelia Grace.

 
Melissa EllerSenior Service Advisor
 

Melissa Eller

Senior Service Advisor Automotive Service Industry Since 2012

As our senior service advisor, Melissa greets our customers and provides check in and check out services, schedules appointments, and creates estimates and reviews any recommended services with our customers. She also schedules the daily work for our technicians.

Melissa successfully completed the Service Advisor I, Service Advisor II, and Service Manager programs at Automotive Training Institute. She also successfully completed Automotive Shop Practices, Auto 100, at Northern Virginia Community College. Melissa participates in ongoing automotive service and repair continuing education and trainings.

Melissa enjoys staying fit, eating healthily, cooking, and great concerts, but what she most loves is spending time with her family. Her boys keep her on the go, busy with sports, and full of family fun (and she wouldn’t have it any other way).

Megan HooverAdministrative Specialist
 

Megan Hoover

Administrative Specialist Business Management Since 1999

As our administrative specialist, Megan assists with bookkeeping, marketing, and community engagement. She also assists our service team at the front counter with greeting customers and check-in and check-out services.

Megan spent a decade working for the government in administrative positions before joining our team. She is a seasoned professional who brings years of experience to our team.

Megan enjoys working in her yard and caring for her 3 dogs and her cat. She enjoys spending time with her son, Trey, and any animal she comes across.

 
Mike WolfeSenior Technician
 

Mike Wolfe

Senior Technician Automotive Service Industry Since 2000

As a senior technician, Mike is proficient with diagnostics, automotive service, and automotive repair work. When Mike is not working on a vehicle, he mentors our young professionals through hands-on-learning and by sharing his automotive knowledge.

Mike is an ASE Certified Automotive Technician and a Virginia State Safety and Emissions Inspector. Mike participates in ongoing automotive service and repair continuing education and trainings.

Motorcycles and sports are just a few of Mike’s hobbies. Mike likes attending baseball, hockey, and football games (or watching them on TV). When he is not working or at a sporting event, he can be found hanging out with his close friends or spending time with his Mom. Mike has a passion for cooking and he really enjoys experimenting with food.

Jim SaundersSenior Technician
 

Jim Saunders

Senior Technician Automotive Service Industry Since 1981

As a senior technician, Jim is proficient with diagnostics, automotive service, and automotive repair work. He shares his decades of automotive knowledge with our young professionals to help enable their professional growth.

Jim is an ASE Certified Technician, Virginia State Safety & Emissions Inspector, and Emissions Repair Technician. He participates in ongoing automotive service and repair continuing education and trainings.

When he is not at work, Jim can typically be found (with his son) bracket racing fast cars at any local speedway. When he is not racing, Jim enjoys riding his Harley on scenic road trips, watching sporting events, or hanging out with his children and girlfriend, Crissy.

 
Brian BanksTechnician
 

Brian Banks

Technician Automotive Service Industry Since 2014

As a technician, Brian is skilled in automotive service and automotive repair work. In addition to his automotive responsibilities, Brian also serves as our facility manager. He is responsible for ensuring that our facility is properly organized and fully operational.

Brian is a Virginia State Safety & Emissions Inspector. He participates in ongoing automotive service and repair continuing education and trainings.

Bowling is Brian’s sport, and it is one that he takes seriously. Brian is an avid bowler and in his “spare” time, he can be found at a bowling alley near you. In addition to bowling, Brian really enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their daughter, Olivia.

Sovanna CheyTechnician
 

Sovanna Chey

Technician Automotive Service Industry Since 2001

As a technician, Sovanna is skilled in automotive service and automotive repair work.

Sovanna is a Virginia State Emissions Inspector, a Hunter Certified Alignment Technician. He participates in ongoing automotive service and repair continuing education and trainings.

When not at work, Sovanna enjoys spending time with his wife, Shelley, their daughters, and their dogs. He frequently visits animal shelters, and he would love to travel around the world.

Jerry SturgeonGeneral Service Technician
 

Jerry Sturgeon

General Service Technician Automotive Service Industry Since 2017

As a general service technician, Jerry provides general service work for routine vehicle maintenance and light repair work. He also helps maintain our facilities.

Jerry obtained student ASE Certifications in Brakes, Suspension and Steering. He participates in ongoing automotive service and repair continuing education and trainings.

When Jerry is not working, you will likely find him fishing, mountain bike riding, and watching movies.

Our Community

Our community matters to us. We frequently partner with other organizations and businesses to support initiatives that benefit all those who live and work nearby. If your organization is looking for sponsors, please reach out to us. It really takes a village!