We bring a whole lot of combined experience!
President and Owner
George has been working on cars since 1970. He found in high school that he had unsurpassed mechanical skills with electric devices. After graduating from high school, he went through two years of college, financing it by working on cars in his home garage. He then got a job at a Subaru, American Motors dealer and quickly moved up to the head technician position. He excelled at the technical schools and was very well respected at the Subaru School . He took and passed all 8 of the nationally certified ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) tests becoming a master technician in 1973. He has taken advanced training at Bosch and has done extensive factory training. Having owned EuroAsian Automotive since 1975, he bought Autohaus in May 2003 because of his passion for business and auto repair.George enjoys playing with his dogs, Sheba and Cosmo, who goes almost everywhere with him, traveling, RVing, gardening, home improvement, cooking, home automation and playing tennis with his wife, Janice.He is very active in Rotary as Past-President of the Southtowne Rotary Club, Eugene Chamber of Commerce, he is a counselor with S.C.O.R.E He is the president of McKenzie Personnel and Eugene-Springfield Youth Orchestras, both nonprofit organizations. George enjoys delivering for Meals on Wheels. He is a member of the Police Advisory Board and is a Eugene Police Commissioner. He was the president of the Automotive Board at Lane Community College along with being one of 6 Bosch Service Council members in the US. He has been on the board of the American Cancer Society, Woman Space, Nextstep Recycling, Greenlane and the budget committee of LTD.In June , George was the winner of the 2012 Oregon Ethics in Business Award.
Will has been tinkering on cars since 1993. He began helping his father with repairs to their family vehicles and then building engines for the local import performance community. He has worked for himself and a local Quick lube and repair shop before coming to Autohaus in 2006. He is ASE Certified, and has been to specialized training for alignments. His passions are alignments, services and brake work.Will has been a Eugene resident his whole life, graduating from Thurston High school where he took AP classes. He became an Eagle Scout in 1998. When Will isn't working, he enjoys golfing (handicap of 8), working on his house with his wife, Tami, playing softball, tennis, volleyball, hunting and all kinds of fishing. Will enjoys spending time with his son, Reece; born in 2013 and his daughter born in 2015. His other love is his two dogs, Foster and Merle. Will is past - President of McKenzie after Five Rotary Club.
Travis Minyard has lived in Lowell his whole life except for a stay in Arizona where his attained his knowledge and love for cars. He has been with Euro Asian since 2003. Travis has a passion for vehicle service, he is ASE Master Certified. In his spare time Travis likes traveling to the coast to ride his four-wheeler and camp. Travis enjoys spending time with his three daughters and son, playing and watching them grow up. He also tries to fit some seasonal hunting in every year.
Justin Ortiz was born in Orange County, California. At the age of three, he and his family moved to Veneta, Oregon. Justin graduated from Elmira High in 2009. After high school, he attended Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and received a student of course award.He is now working on becoming a ASE Certified Technician and looking forward to a great career in automotive service and repair. He is very eager to learn all he can from the master technicians here at Euro-Asian Automotive and our sister stores.He enjoys off-roading, hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.
Cynthia first came to Euro-Asian at the age of 5 in 1981. Her mother was the bookkeeper at EuroAsian Automotive (European Auto Repair then) while going to school at LCC and then U of O. She moved to California in 1985, graduated from high school there and then worked managing retail shops and was an office manager for an insurance broker. She moved back to Eugene in 2003 to go to work at Autohaus and EuroAsian Automotive and attend school. She went to school full time until the spring of 2007, when she graduated from LCC with an Associates degree in accounting. She loves dealing with customers and making sure the flow of both shops goes well.Cynthia enjoys working on her house with her husband, Nick, playing with her daughter, Alyssa, taking pictures, attending car shows, spending time with her family, helping Papa (that's George) with projects while learning all she can about being a homeowner.Cynthia is very active in Emerald Valley Rotary Club of Eugene where she is the community service chair. She is also on the United Rotary Club board, and a member of the Rotary Raffle steering community. Cynthia has taken on the role of Troop leader for her daughter's girl scout troop.
Assistant Business Manager
Rob started in the automotive industry as a delivery driver for Napa Auto Parts, in a small town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California in 1997. He quickly moved up the ladder to a Counter Sales Position and worked the at Napa Auto Parts until 2002 where he was approached by one of his largest customers and offered a position as the Service Manager of a high demand shop in the Sierra Foothills. Rob held this position until 2006 and then relocated to the Sacramento Valley where he was the Service/Parts Manager of another high demand shop. Rob worked as a Service/Parts Manager for 5 years and then decided to return to the San Francisco Bay Area where he was born and raised. After returning to the Bay Area Rob was hired on with a 5 Star German repair shop in San Francisco and ran that shop as if it was his own for 6 years until deciding to get away from the big city and move to where his partner, Bill was born and raised the wonderful state of Oregon.
After making the BIG MOVE to Oregon, Rob became part of the George Rode Repair Shop’s family and was hired to assist the business manager of Autohaus, Euro-Asian and Stadium. He occasionally fills in for the General Managers running their shops when they need time off; he also assists with general business management.
Rob and Bill are what’s called “Skoolie’s” they own a 1999 Blue Bird school bus that they are living in and converting into their home on a beautiful piece of land in the Marcola, Oregon. Rob and Bill love to spend time hiking, camping, fishing and gardening also spending time with their 3 dogs; “Kiva, Dabo and Jasper” and of course home improvement on their school bus.
Cosmo & Sheba Rode
Pictured Cosmo (Left) and Sheba (Right)
Sheba is my 3rd standard poodle; she was born January 29, 2007. Our newest addition to the family is Cosmo. He is my 4th standard poodle; born in February of 2014.
Sheba has been a great mentor for Cosmo, showing him the ropes of proper etiquette and canine behaviors.
They both love to chase tennis balls (and each other) and traveling in the motorhome. They get along fabulously, but each has its own personality. Sheba might be a little standoffish but warms up quickly, where Cosmo is a love with a big wagging tail. They both love meeting all of the customers that come visit.
Hope you get a chance to meet both of them when you come by.