Meet the Helming’s Staff
Tim Conn comes to us with over 30 years of experience working in the automotive parts industry, starting in retail and working his way up to a commercial account manager. If we are looking for a part, this guy can find it for us!
Tim has had an interest in cars as long as he can remember, helping his dad work on his 1956 Corvette as a 10-year-old in their garage at home. Tim bought his first Mustang, a 1970 Mach 1, when he was in high school, which started his love of Mustangs. As a member of the NorCal Shelby Club, he takes his passion for Mustangs out on the racetrack as a driver and a spectator. Tim has also been a competitive bowler since his youth and continues to travel to various destinations to compete in tournaments.
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 going to the beach.
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.