Justin -Technician, Josh - Technician, Pete - Technician, Jodi - Office Manager, David - Service Consultant, Tyler - Technician, Shawn - Technician, Ben - Service Consultant, Shawn - Owner, Jay - Technician, Albert - Shop Manager, Brendan - Technician, Heidi - Marketing Manager, Adam - Quality Control/Marketing, Ryan - Technical Support
Shawn Gilfillan, Owner
Shawn Gilfillan is the proud owner of Automotive Magic, a reputable automotive repair shop in Kenvil, NJ. He is also one of the principal partners and co-founder of Shop Management Alliance, a private consulting company focusing on improving and supporting other automotive repair shops and their owners. Shawn began his career getting his hands dirty – learning the inner workings of cars and what it takes to fix the vehicles that carry his friends and family.
He opened Automotive Magic in April of 2003 because he wanted to make a difference, not only in providing efficient and cost-friendly automotive repair—but also to be behind an honest and customer-centric shop. Shawn was born, raised, and still resides in Roxbury, a community that he holds dear to his heart. Shawn’s passion goes beyond his businesses, he is committed to helping others, personal and professional development, continuing his education, and his family. He is a proud father of three beautiful girls and a loving husband to his wife, Victoria.
Jason “Jay” Shubert
Meet Jason "Jay" Shubert, a highly qualified automotive technician who graduated from Wyotech Automotive and Light Diesel Training and is licensed by the state of NJ and the Motor Vehicle Commission for vehicle inspection and emission repairs.. With 15 years of experience in the industry, Jay is factory-trained and certified in VW, Audi, and Mercedes, and is a certified electrical specialist by Mitsubishi.
Jay's commitment to his automotive education is evident through his impressive list of certifications, including Master certified technician, Light duty diesel, L1, gasoline-powered engines, and Advanced level specialist from ASE. He recently completed the Advanced Level Electric Vehicle training through AVI.
In addition to his professional achievements, Jay is a dedicated family man with a wife and two beautiful daughters. He also serves his community as a volunteer firefighter. When he's not working on cars or fighting fires, he enjoys spending time with loved ones and listening to music.
Albert Stashluk has joined the Automotive Magic team as Service Consultant. He comes to us with 27 years of experience in the automotive repair industry. Albert started his career in the industry as an automotive technician, his skills under the hood combined with his ability to communicate with his customers in a way that would always make them feel comfortable and have an understanding of the hows and whys of the service recommendations was an incredible talent. The natural progression streamlined him into a Service Writer. For the next 11 years, he managed a team of 8 and oversaw the inner workings of and the growth of the company in the repair and auto body spectrum of the business. He resides in Dingmans Ferry, Pa with his wife Stephany of 18 years. He is the proud father of three children 21, 17, 15 years old. Albert enjoys various outdoor activities including hunting and fishing. Come October you can count on him being in the woods or in a tree stand loving life!
Adam has always paid a lot of attention to detail and is a bit of a perfectionist. That's why he's transitioning into the marketing department here at Automotive Magic. With his creativity and eagerness to learn, we feel that this will be a great move for him. He hopes to own a business of his own in the future.
Adam loves taking photos and traveling and has just returned from a cross-country adventure with his brother and sister-in-law. He enjoys spending time with his friends and family and loves being outside and active. From hiking, snowboarding, and riding his motorcycle, you can bet he's got some sort of camera tucked away so that he can capture those amazing shots.
Jodi Wesley has joined the Automotive Magic team as Service Support Administrator. Jodi comes with ten years of experience in automotive finance and is no stranger to the inner workings of the automotive industry. She’s also handled the logistical as well as customer service and sales roles at an international furniture dealership. Her ability to handle high volume and demanding workloads has proven to be an asset within the Automotive Magic service team. Her enthusiasm and high energy are contagious and our customers are delighted with her ability to address their needs and concerns in a way that is beneficial to all. She’s a native NewJerseyan, from Sussex County but resides in Port Jervis NY with her husband Dave of 34 years. She’s the mother of three grown children 31, 29 and 21. She enjoys beach time and RVing at the Jersey Shore, family time, and walks with her pup Carlo. We’re excited to have Jodi on our team and we are confident that you will have the experience to get to know her in her new position as Service Support Administrator.
Shawn Mutsavage has been an intricate part of Automotive Magic since 2016.At just 15 years old he started working on cars. Ever since then he’s spent years dedicating his time to his education and technical skills. He's a graduate of Lincoln Tech, Mahwah, NJ and is an ASE certified technician. He continues his training, taking every step necessary to make sure his skills are current with the new vehicles and the electrical components they have. We are lucky to have such a knowledgeable and respected technician on our staff. When Shawn’s not working on cars, well, he’s working on cars! He loves playing soccer and basketball with his boys. He’s a Miami Dolphins fan and enjoys Hockey (of course a NJ Devils fan).
Ben Sisto has joined us as Service Consultant. His love for everything automotive goes back to when his hands just got big enough to hold a wrench. He's been twisting one and fixing things his whole life. He's always been intrigued by the inner workings of all things mechanical. His ten years of experience as an auto parts specialist brings him to us with an abundance of knowledge, not only can he diagnose automotive problems, he has the capability to source the best quality parts for just about any vehicle, and he knows his way around under the hood. He's a certified electronic technician which again, speaks to his attention to detail and organization. Originally from Nutley, He now resides in Wantage, NJ with his wife Amy and his three children Olivia(10), Benjamin(6), and Vinny (3). He's been flying airplanes since the age of 15 and loves the great outdoors, particularly snowboarding. He also loves playing with his kids and remote control cars.
Introducing Brendan O'Connell as our newest Automotive Technician. He's a graduate of the Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) Automotive Program. He brings to us over seven years of knowledge specializing in exhaust repairs and custom exhaust builds. He is dedicated to continuing his automotive education, always something new to learn and ways to better himself. Originally from Hillsboro, he and his girlfriend Priscilla reside in oak ridge. They enjoy hiking and being in nature. They can always be spotted on hiking trails with their rescue dog charlie, leading the way. He has a passion for high-quality audio and that is apparent in his eclectic collection of vinyl records.
David Rojas-Montoya. David’s from Budd Lake, NJ and he’s a recent college graduate of Rutgers University in Newark where he earned his degree in Legal Studies and Political Science. While working towards his Bachelor's degree David gained valuable automotive experience working at a Honda dealership as a technician. He’s a natural when it comes to working and communicating with people, so in his position as Service Consultant he is able to assist clients with their vehicles and explain so that they have a better understanding of what is needed. The fact that David is bilingual in Spanish and English only increases his ability to help people. During his free time he enjoys training his dog Thor, and traveling.
ML and R wants to introduce you to Justin Bilza. Justin is an aspiring technician and recently started his time at ML and as the head of quality control. He comes from a long line of hard working men in various blue collar fields and is proud to be carrying the torch.
From a young age he worked alongside his father, developing a love for carpentry, and recently found his passion in the automotive industry. During his free time he likes to spend time playing guitar and going on hikes, and in the future he hopes to build a camper van to travel the country. Justin is happy to be a part of Automotive Magic and can't wait to grow with his team.
Heidi joined our team in 2020 as our Marketing Manager and Creative Director. “What doesn’t Heidi do with us?” is a way easier question to answer. She works with the team building rapport between us and our clients, managing the marketing and social media, is the editor of the Magic Hour monthly newsletter, coordinating our special events, video production and all our photography. At the birth of Magic Lube and Rubber, Heidi put to use her passion for design and decor to help the vision of MLR come to life, and we all love her for her creation!
She comes with a background in sales, automotive marketing, advertising, and photography.
With Heidi’s arrival the Magic Hour newsletter began!
A Jersey Girl through and through, Heidi is a native resident of Sussex County, She got her degree in photography from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Previously, she owned and operated Images by Heidi and spent many years as a sales and marketing executive for a local print publication, which is where she really got to know the local business owners and has since focused her attention on growing their businesses. She loves to help people and to be creative. She resides in Hamburg with her husband Randy. When she’s not working, Heidi loves to travel and spend time with family, as well as to decorate and remodel spaces.
Ryan Herbst comes to the Magic Family having decades in creating breakthroughs in business in other industries. He spent 9 years with Starbucks in the early days as a fixer- turning around unprofitable stores in a matter of months. He has also spent 8 years in the biologic industry where compliance to federal and international regulations was centerpiece, giving him unique insight into the balance between public safety and profitability. Most recently, Ryan was a Landmark Staff member for 7 years, leading the company in exceeding targets all while coaching hundred of individuals to cause their own breakthroughs in personal and professional performance goals. He has been with the Magic Team since June of 2021 in the role of "Implementer." He brings a suite of executive coaching, planning, forecasting and execution skills with him that has had us expand and open our second shop! His doggie, Fritz, is almost old enough to vote, and has a deep love of making beautiful things and "arting" in his spare time.
Petro "Pete" Chang is a graduate of Wyotech and specialized in automotive and light-duty diesel. He has over 13 years of experience in the automotive field. He brings with him first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of the auto repair industry and has played a key part in the business aspects. There isn't too much Pete doesn't know about how to get things done around the shop and he is enthusiastic about each challenge that is put in front of him.
Not only is he experienced with vehicles, but he is also very in tune with customer relations and cares for both the client and their vehicles, always setting the bar at the highest level.
We are excited to have Pete and his many talents on our team and we know that our clients will benefit from his passion for everything automotive.
Pete is an avid outdoorsman. On his time off, he will be out in the woods bow hunting, out on the water with his rod and reel, or on a drive with his dog, Dallas, and cat, Moose.
Lauren Praino - Service Consultant
Lauren's dedication to helping people truly sets her apart. A natural "People Person," she thrives on connecting with others and uncovering their unique needs. Her remarkable ability to actively listen and empathize allows her to collaboratively devise solutions that resonate. With a keen affinity for problem-solving, Lauren excels in her role as a Service Consultant, meticulously creating estimates for repairs, effectively liaising between customers and technicians, and ensuring seamless communication throughout the service process.
Prior to her current role, Lauren honed her skills as a service writer at an RV dealership. This experience equipped her with the knowledge required to navigate the complexities of sourcing, quoting, diagnosing, and facilitating transparent communication between technicians and customers. Her proficiency in managing these delicate situations is a testament to her adaptability and professionalism.
Beyond her role at Automotive Magic, Lauren is known to step into the shoes of a Service Consultant at our Magic Lube and Rubber location in Lake Hopatcong, showcasing her versatility and commitment to delivering exceptional service.
JOSHUA (JOSH) OCCHIUZZO
Meet Josh Occhiuzzo, a graduate of the automotive program at Universal Technical Institute with over five previous years of experience in the automotive industry. He honed his skills at dealerships like Honda, Kia, and Hyundai, and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Automotive Magic team. As a technician at Magic Lube & Rubber, Josh enjoys tackling challenges and is always eager to learn and grow every day.