Parts Manager & Associate Service Writer
Initially brought on as a parts consultant, it became obvious that Dan was a natural fit for our team. With more than 27 years of experience in the mechanical parts industry, both in Canada and in the United States, we were pleased to have him. Prior to joining our team in 2014, Dan managed the parts department of Brim Tractor’s store in south Mount Vernon for 10 years. During that time, he also managed the opening and operation of a Carquest Parts Store with the tractor dealership. His deep experience in the parts field rounds out and compliments our already strong team. Dan lives in Everson with his wife, Marla. They have two adult children.
Jim Koch, Ed.D.
Manager, Auto Shopping Service
Jim Koch, Ed.D., has been friends with Keith since he opened the shop in 2001. Since then, he’s been a friend, customer, team member, counselor and cheerleader for Keith Cox Autobahn. He spearheads our Auto Shopping Service. Through this program, Dr. Koch has established a network of dealers who are committed to the same values we hold, allowing us to help our clients find cars that truly fit their needs and budget.
This past summer (2017) after hard work at Whatcom Community College and WWU Zain applied to and was accepted into both WSU and UW engineering programs, focusing on air and space. He chose UW and late in September moved to Seattle to start. We have worked together as a Team for 7 years and watch him work steadily through the preparation for this big move. In one of our many conversations, Zain told us, “ I just wanted to be able to say, …as a matter of fact, it is rocket science.” We are hoping he will come back and help during the holidays and summer. “Knock ‘em dead Zain, we are so proud of you!!
It is great to welcome Austin Hummel to the KCA Team! He is a 2013 graduate of Walla Walla University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Automotive Technology, which is a full four year program with a heavy emphasis on diagnostic training and practicum. He worked for Barrier Mercedes Benz in Bellevue after graduation and recently moved to Bellingham where he worked at Roger Jobs Motors, the local VW and Audi Dealer. Austin is married to Kimbre, who is an RN with Associates in Family Medicine, here in Bellingham.
Chris joined the KCA Team in September of 2017. He is a graduate of Universal Technical Institute in Arizona and was accepted into the VW, Audi Factory Training Group after graduationlO 2005. He was shop foreman at TKO Motorworks in Auburn and later became the lead technician at Larson VW in Tacoma. In 2011 he went to work for the renowned Griot's Garage in Tacoma, where he set up and managed the distribution warehouse and assisted in the care maintenance of Griot's extensive collection of classic and contemporary sports cars. He enjoys doing performance setup, tuning and modifications on German cars for both track and street use. He moved to Bellingham in 2016 with his wife, Adrienne, who manages the Mud Bay store next to Whole Foods on Lakeway.
Dave graduated from Bellingham Technical College with a degree in Automotive Technology in 2012. He did his internships locally at Northwest Rally Sports and Harmony Motorworks. While working at Roger Jobs Motors, he gained his Certified Volkswagen Technician designation in 2014 at the VW Academy and was enrolled in ongoing training in the VW Fast Track program. He is the recipient of the Service Excellence Award from Volkswagen of America and holds United Bicycle Institute certifications in wheel building and suspension technology. He teaches martial arts as a part time vocation and a hobby. He lives in Bellingham with Amber, his partner of ten years. She is an Acupuncturist and they have two great Australian Cattle Dogs.
Arthur is a second year student at WWU and works with us part-time as an all-around support specialist. He told us he washed more cars in the first two weeks he was on our team than he had his whole life before. He will be our back-up guy on the front counter and help us keep the building and surrounding neighborhood looking good. He grew up in the Warm Beach community near Stanwood, has a younger brother and they were both known as the “go to” guys when a neighbor needed a helping hand and a willing heart.
Carson Wileman joined our Team in October of 2015. He is a graduate of Walla Walla University with a BS in Automotive Management. He worked for University Automotive for two years which was a general automotive shop with an emphasis on BMW. He is married to Cheyanne who is also a graduate of Walla Walla U.
Keith opened his business in January of 2001 after 13 years as a partner in a retail and construction management company where he was responsible for general operations. He can be found writing a service order at the front desk or washing a car before sending it out. He lives in Lynden with his wife of over 40 years, Carmielle. They have three grown children and 7 absolutely perfect grandchildren.