People say I can talk to anyone. This is true, so don’t be afraid to ask me anything. Working at Advanced is an honor. I am proud that my father has built a legacy for his family and I am able to serve Advanced and I do it with joy.
We have been building this business together for a couple decades. It’s great to serve San Diego and now all of Southern California with our expertise. We look forward to working with you. If I am not working, you will find me with my stunning wife Jessica and our 3 kids!
I am passionate about my position within our company, and have never thought of it as a “job”. I’m blessed to be working with my family for over 10 years and counting; all working towards the same goal, and witnessing growth and success.
I love working for Advanced. Not only do I get to work with my family, I’m surrounded by people who love this place just as much as I do. You’ll hear the love for Advanced in our voice when you call us…look forward to talking to you!
Learning this industry from the ground up and having a great team has given me all the necessary tools I need to succeed. If I’m not head first in a compressor you can find me on the lake fishing or on the golf course.
Lead Service Writer
Call me Katie Jo! I am disciplined, a problem solver, and I enjoy a good challenge. I never abandon ship when there’s still work to be done. Working alongside my family has been amazing! Before coming to work at Advanced I worked as a hairdresser for five years. I love quality time with my husband, Peter, and our kids:) Soccer is a great love of mine, and I played it for many years. Watching Movie Classics is my jam! I am a proud dog mom of two. Catch me and fam exploring new parks.
Field Service Supervisor
I have a strong knowledge of system design and engineering. I work well in problem-solving, creative solutions and with people who generally don’t work well with others. When not at Advanced, I’m hanging out with my best friend (my daughter), hiking, surfing, painting, etc.
Shop Op. Manager
Patience is my strength. Before joining the Advanced team in, I spent 14 years in electric motor and pump sales/service. When away form the shop, find me playing golf.
I am a man of integrity, quality, great attention to detail. I am a pipe-fitter by trade, have also been involved in home construction and building custom trucks/boats. When not giving it my all at Advanced, I like metalworking, knife making, and building trucks.
Parts / Facilities Manager
Tim Van Buhler
I am friendly, outgoing, and I enjoy my job. Before working at Advanced I was a service install tech and a dispatcher in service department. On days off I like fishing, going to the desert, golfing, and playing sports with my son.
I am easy to get along with, enjoyed learning, honest, hard worker, good with people. Before Advanced I had 18 years in casino table games, 4 years service and sales. I like to spend time with family, kids sports, camping, target shooting, off-roading, fishing.
I specialize in logo, branding & website design. I have been doing all of the graphic design for Advanced since 2016. I take care of all our visuals; like signage, truck wraps, stationery, photo shoots, website, social media, etc. It’s been great watching Advanced grow.
Imperial Valley Office
I am good with people, sales, and I am willing take on any task. I’ve been working in the Automotive Industry for over 8 years. When I’m not at Advanced, I like going for walks, playing with my grandkids, and listening to music
In Loving Memory
Well-versed in business management, computer science, and programming to aid our inventory systems here at Advanced. Outside of Advanced: I am a gun-enthusiast, I go shooting often. I also enjoy serving my community and reaching out to the less fortunate.
Vendor Accounts Admin
I’m Franciska, but call me Frances! I have skill in AR-AP-Customer service, shipping and receiving, and cleaning. I spent 7 years with Accurate Air, 13 years with Air & Vac, and lastly I worked 2 years as an attorney assistant. I greatly enjoy family, travel, walks on the beach, and tequila shots!
My nickname is Tay-Tay! I am great at multitasking, I’m really friendly, a hard worker, and incredibly loyal. Prior to Advanced, I was a student and a substitute teacher. If I’m not watching Netflix or at the beach, you can catch me on an airplane to my favorite places!
If you meet me, you will be able to tell right away that I am enthusiastic, honest, trustworthy, and dedicated. I have background in shipping and mortgage. Before Advanced, worked faithfully at Vons for 15 years, and before that, I worked as a dolphin trainer! In my off time I enjoy spending time with my family (especially grandkids), and going to the river with friends.
I take pride in my work, striving to achieve where others have not. Strong comprehension in mechanical and electrical systems, decades of experience repairing equipment and control systems. Spends free time with family or mountaineering with my friends.
Skilled in motor rewinding/testing, and pump rebuilding. I started a family business (Electron Instruments) building motor test equipment, and a motor shop. Away from Advanced find me hiking, biking, paddle boarding with our kids, and ski and snowshoeing in the winter.
I work well under pressure. I work well with others. I am a problem solver, a fast learner, and I’m loyal. Also, I am the best cook I know. I’ve been with Advanced since July 2019.
Automotive Equip. Manager
Willing to take on new challenges, I excel in problem solving and thinking outside of the box. I’m an expert in automotive equipment repairs and service. Before working at Advanced I owned my own business. Away from Advanced I enjoy hanging out with my family.
Roberto Lopez Jr.
I am a fast learner and I don’t give up. I’ve always worked with my uncle (Rene) and dad (Roberto Sr.) servicing and selling Automotive Equipment and now we all work for Advanced! Away from work, I like playing sports and hanging with friends.
I am level-headed, I love a new challenge, I provide great costumer service, and I’m very creative. I started out in the food industry, but I was always mechanically inclined. Eventually, I got the opportunity to work with compressors, and I have been going at it since 2019. My favorite things to do are spending time with my kids, drawing, and gaming.
Among my many strengths are: planning, guiding, pushing for better, I am motivated, and I will never leave a coworker all alone. I have experience in numerous fields including: electrical, programming, plumbing, diagnostics, installations, repairs, and automations. I love taking walks with my family, and playing sports such as baseball or basketball. I like practicing my instruments in my free time too.
My expertise is in all things mechanical-related; engines, motors, pumps, gearboxes, etc. I also have a decent understanding of electricity. I have spent almost 45 years in my chosen field. I started out as a repair mechanic, and remain so today. I enjoy taking trips to the Sierra’s, going camping, desert trips, anything outdoor related, and last but not least – seeing my grandkids!
Imperial Valley Sales
I’ve been with Advanced since January 2019. I am good at sales and have a lot of product knowledge. I’ve been in the Automotive Industry for 50+ years. Away from Advanced, you can find me with my family, at BBQ’s, or railroad train watching.
Michael Vanden Berge
I am disciplined, trustworthy, patient, and dedicated. Before Advanced I did social work and was in the military. Away from Advanced I like rock-climbing, reading, doing volunteer work and back-packing.
I have 9 years in the automotive industry under my belt. I have good communication skills, and I will provide you with great, friendly customer service. I’m not afraid to get out of my comfort zone. I love off-roading, and family time!
I have a great work-ethic! I am an extrovert, trustworthy, humorous, and I am a conservative, independent thinker. Being a fast food restaurant manager, and managing a Steak House, gave me good leadership capabilities. I have also spent 40 years in electric motor/pump repairs and sales management. My hobbies include: restoring classic VW’s, golfing, and home brewing. Husband, and grandfather of 3.
I am able to do almost anything I set my mind to – or at least learn it. I’m faithful and loyal to my job, and family. I will pull over to help you even if I don’t know you. I was a painter for many years both commercial and residential. I worked for Taylor Guitars 1997-2001. I also worked at Lowes for a few years. Finally, for almost 4 years I worked in the glass industry. I’m very fond of offroad adventures, fishing, target shooting, and walking at Dog’s Beach with my furry friends.
My name is DeOmar Contreras. I am very curious and I always like to have an open mind for new challenges! I started working as a mechanics assistant in a small workshop in Coachella, CA. Later I worked as a tire repairman and mechanic becoming a workshop manager. I like to spend time with my family, I also love doing off-road activities in my jeep! I enjoy nature and discovering new landscapes with my friends.
Quick to learn anything new, I love helping as much as possible! My first job was McDonald’s then I worked at a couple factory jobs until I finally found my career at Advanced. I love being around my family and friends, and I don’t mind playing a game or two on my Xbox.
Hello! I’m Keith Hicks. I have a great work ethic, I am very good at organizing, and I pay special attention to details. I also excel at being a grandpa! I’ve worked retail for over 20 years, was an asset protection specialist for 10 years, and worked inventory for 5 years. I am a semi-pro bowler with a 220+ average, I play softball too! In the late 80’s I tried out for the Houston Astros 2 years in a row, and was invited to single “A” Ball but joined the army instead.