Staff

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Martin Fay

Martin Fay

President

Despite all the varied education my true calling has always been fixing cars and I have been at it since 1970.

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Education:

  • Majored in engineering at Iowa State University in Ames, IA
  • Majored in jazz guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA
  • Studied Automotive Technology at Triton College in River Grove, IL and Kishwaukee College in Malta IL.
  • Taught evening automotive courses including Automotive Fuel Injection and Electrical Diagnosis at Kishwaukee College
  • Taken hundreds of hours of additional automotive and business training

True Calling:
Despite all the varied education my true calling has always been fixing cars and I have been at it since 1970. In 1984 I held my breath, closed both eyes and made a very scary jump.  I opened a one man shop called Motor Works.  Since that time Motor Works has doubled its service bays from 4 to 8, added 1500 square feet of office space, a waiting room, a parts room, 16,000 square feet of parking and our service staff has grown to 6 top industry professionals.

Specialties:
My personal areas of specialization include:

  • Automotive electrical and computer diagnosis
  • Automotive drivability diagnosis
  • Carburetion and fuel injection repair
  • Classic car restoration
  • Information technology (computer setup and repair)
  • Fabrication and repair of obsolete parts

   
Experience and credentials:

  • I started “turning wrenches” professionally in 1970 at Southtown Service (a local shop) and would eventually become Head Technician there.
  • I have been President of Motor Works since March 1984.
  • I personally have won industry honors including becoming Chicago Division Finalist in the NAPA-ASE Technician of the Year Competition.  This occurred three times, making me one of the top 72 Technicians in the Country at the time.
  • I have taught automotive classes, served on the Advisory Board and assisted in other capacities at Kiswaukee College.
  • I have even written a technical article for the Bosch Service Center Community on a novel way to interface their newest automotive scanner (the KTS340) with a computer.

Personal Interests:
Music, reading, history, computers, archery, target shooting, motorcycles, tinkering with anything mechanical

A quick personal note is in order before I sign off.  Second only to my lovely wife Anita (the light in my life), Motor Works is my passion.  After 27 years I still love my job!

 


Anita Fay

Anita Fay

Partner

Anita’s calm eye for detail helps catch many little things that might “fall through the cracks” and prevents them from becoming big things.

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Job description: 
Anita answers the phones, provides customer transportation, performs office management, and is our “idea person”.  Anita’s calm eye for detail helps catch many of the little things that might “fall through the cracks” and prevents them from becoming big things.

Education: 
Master’s Degree in Special Education plus 30 hours.

Awards and special recognition: 
Served on many committees throughout career in education.

Previous experience:
Retired after 35 years of teaching. 

Personal Interests:
Gardening, decorating, time with friends, photography, cooking, caring for our family of kitties, bird watching, supporting wildlife charities and organizations: TAILS, Anti Cruelty Society, Humane Society, ASPCA, Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, National Wildlife Federation, DeKalb County Animal Shelter, Sierra Club, Oaken Acres, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and the Jane Goodall Society.  Most of all, caring for her husband, Marty.


Leslie Piatt

Leslie Piatt

Service Writer

Leslie is the spark plug that makes Motor Works run on a day to day basis.

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Job description: 
Leslie is the spark plug that makes Motor Works run on a day to day basis.  She answers phones, greets customers, writes estimates, phones for parts, schedules work and routes jobs to technicians.  She spends hours providing the details customers require to understand and feel comfortable with the work being performed.  Leslie brings a bright infectious sense of humor and technical expertise to her job that is unmatched in the industry. 

Awards and special recognition: 
ASE Certified Service Writer, serves on Kiswaukee College Advisory Board.

Previous experience: 
Ran truck dealership for 13 years.

Personal Interests: 
Taking care of her family and puppies, camping, fishing and hunting.


Mark Huff

Mark Huff

Master Automotive Technician

Mark is our master diagnostician taking on the hardest of our drivability and electrical work.

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Job description: 
Mark is our master diagnostician taking on the hardest of our drivability and electrical work. He also performs major engine repairs, differential rebuilding, and is our chief Classic Car Restoration Technician. His welding and fabrication skills are a critical part of breathing new life into old cars.  In addition, Mark’s diesel,  4x4, and transmission experience help Motor Works fulfill one of its unique niches.

Education:
Graduated from Kiswaukee College with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology. Mark has hundreds of hours of continuing automotive technology training.

Awards and special recognition:

  • ASE Master Certified Technician
  • NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year Chicago Division Award Winner
  • Hunter Wheel Alignment School
  • Served on KEC Advisory Board

Previous experience:
Head technician at Farm and Fleet in Sycamore, IL  


Personal Interests:
Doting on his wife and newborn son, restoration of antique cars and tractors, radio controlled car racing, and assists his Father with the family farm.


Dan Dorsey

Dan Dorsey

Automotive Service Technician

Dan is our primary heavy engine technician.

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Job description: 
Dan is our primary heavy engine technician.  This includes replacing timing belts, water pumps, seals, cylinder heads and entire motors.  He is equally strong in steering, suspension, brake, electrical and drivability repair.  One of his more interesting recent jobs was the removal and refitting of a beautifully overhauled and balanced original 327 engine in a 1965 Corvette.   

Education:
Graduated from Kiswaukee College with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology. Dan has hundreds of hours of continuing automotive technology training.

Awards and special recognition:
ASE Certified in Brakes and Steering / Suspension

Previous experience:
Tires Plus Sycamore, IL

Personal Interests:
Motorcycles, radio controlled vehicles, fishing, anything outdoors


Dan Kedzie

Dan Kedzie

Automotive Service Technician

Dan is our “go to guy” for all the standard services modern vehicles require.

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Job description:  Dan is our “go to guy” for all the standard services modern vehicles require.  Whether it is an oil change, transmission service, cooling system flush, brake job, tune-ups and more, Dan is our man.

Education:
Dan is currently in his final semester and will graduate this spring with his Associates Degree in Automotive Technology from Kiswaukee College.  He is the newest member of our staff and we consider ourselves fortunate to have such a bright, pleasant, gung ho young technician.

Personal Interests:
Having been facinated with cars from an early age, Dan has been singularly focused on becomming an automotive technician since he can remember.  He has changed the engine in his own car three times and he also helps his father and brother with their automotive chores.  Dan’s father has been both a fine service writer and a technician.  His mechanical aptitude and hardy work ethic has obviously been passed down to his son.

Dan’s other passion is music.  He plays in a local band which is starting to play professionally.


Joe Moberg

Joe Moberg

Automotive Service Technician

Joe is Mr. Versatility. His most interesting recent job was the removal and refitting of an engine from a 1960 Pontiac Catalina.

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Job description:
Joe is Mr. Versatility.  His skills include major engine work, cylinder heads, timing belts, engine removal and replacement, drivability and electrical diagnostics, general steering, suspension and brake work.  Joe’s most interesting recent job was the removal and refitting of an engine from a 1960 Pontiac Catalina. 

Education:
Graduated from Kiswaukee College with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology. Joe has many hours of continuing automotive technology training.

Awards and special recognition:
On the Dean’s List at Kiswaukee College and the National Technical Honor Society Award
Joe is an ASE Master Certified Technician
     
Previous experience:
Winter’s Automatic Transmissions, NAPA Auto Parts

Personal Interests: 
Modify and ride snowmobiles and motorcycles, work on classic cars, racing, anything outdoors


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