Meet the Helming’s Staff
Gary Faules is a former Oregonian who still holds records as a former Olympic skeet shooter, racecar driver and team owner. He has traveled the world as both a big-game hunter and angler and has been a freelance writer for both racing and automotive as well as sport shooting publications. Gary is a published author and has made The Forbes Book List. Gary is very active as a director for the National Auto Sports Association (NASA) and continues to write a monthly column for SpeedNews racing magazine. Seeking adventure is only second nature as he continues his dream of living life to the max since almost being left blind as a child due to a freak accident. Besides being recognized in Who’s Who, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, several being congressional recognition awards for helping others. A retired CEO of his own corporation, Gary both works and lives near San Francisco, California, where he spends much of his time enjoying his family and waiting for the next adventure so that he can continue the journey. Gary’s stories are based on personal experiences and his cast of characters is based at least partly on fact. His encounters with family, friends and customers are the inspiration for his best writing.
The varieties of subject matter are as diverse as his life. Gary enjoys bike riding and runs regularly to stay in great shape.
A community connector extraordinaire, Leane’s favorite days at the shop are when she is visiting with customers at the front desk or giving them rides home. It’s not all fluff, however, as aside from being an ASE Certified Service Consultant, she also takes care of the advertising, marketing, and accounting for the business.
Leane has served on the board of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, the advisory council for Leadership Mountain View, the board of Mountain View Little League, and recently finished serving two years as the treasurer of the Los Altos-Mountain View PTA Council. She is passionate about giving back to the community. In her free time, Leane enjoys gardening, waterskiing, spending time with good friends, and watching her boys play baseball.
Meet Our Mechanics
Owner and master technician, Mike has been fixing things since he was a kid. One of his first jobs as a mechanic was for Vintage Racing, a specialty auto repair shop where he worked on Ferraris, Lotuses and Lamborghinis. Mike worked at several auto shops in the area before coming to Helming’s Auto Repair in 1990. When Bob Helming announced his retirement in 2001, he offered Mike and his wife, Leane, the opportunity to purchase the business. Their commitment to continue to operate the business with excellence, honesty and integrity is one of the reasons they are so highly rated by many websites, including Consumer Reports and Click and Clack the Car Guys.
Mike is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has his smog check license. Some of Mike’s most recent technical training includes Enhanced OBD II, Hybrid Generic Service, Honda/Acura Engine Performance, Enhanced Scan Data Analysis, and Emissions Theory & Diagnosis. When Mike isn’t at the repair shop, he enjoys home improvement projects, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and serves as President of Mountain View Little League.
Mike and his family live in the Monta Loma neighborhood in Mountain View, CA.
Don, our head mechanic, came to us with an extensive auto repair background. With over 40 years of experience, Don has worked exclusively at local auto repair shops. Some of his most recent technical training includes Hybrid Generic Service, Honda/Acura Engine Performance, Emissions Theory and Diagnosis, and Enhanced Scan Data Analysis. Don lives in Mountain View, is married, and has three grown children.
Sean Hellerich graduated from the highly regarded Skyline College auto tech program. He is an ASE certified technician including smog license certification with over 15 years of experience. Sean and his wife Jen are active members of the Cobra Club, volunteering at local racetracks by leading racing driver’s ed lessons and working the registration table…and they have a couple of race cars themselves that they enjoy taking out whenever they can.