Meet Our Team

Jeff and Karen

Jeff has been the owner of OTA since 1992, starting off with a small two-bay shop in South Toms River and then purchasing the building we are in now in Lanoka Harbor in 2004. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician, Licensed New Jersey State Inspector, Licensed New Jersey State Expert Emission Repair Technician and former automotive instructor at Lincoln Technical Institute in Union, New Jersey. Jeff has worked on everything from model “Ts” to muscle cars and hybrids. In his spare time, Jeff is a firefighter with the Lanoka Harbor Fire Company and attends automotive shows throughout the country. Jeff’s wife is Karen is our Office Manager. Karen has a background in mortgage banking with extensive knowledge in small business administration. Jeff & Karen have been married since 1986. Their son Jason is a professional firefighter and he has served our country in Syria. Jason has a wonderful wife named Jesse and together they have two children, Maddie and Troy.

The OTA Crew

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JOSEPH

JOSEPH

JOSEPH

He is our Shop Manager & Lead Technician. Joseph has been repairing and diagnosing vehicles for the past 23 years from Ford to Rolls Royce since joining Jeff at OTA back in 1996. He is a Master Mechanic, specializes in Hybrid Vehicles, and he has been named one of the “top technicians” in New Jersey. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Stephanie and together they have one son, Kyle who is 9 years old. When asked what his favorite part of the job is, he said “the people that I work with and our customers!” 

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Tiana

JOSEPH

JOSEPH

Tiana is our Assistant Shop Manager and Joe’s right hand “woMan” since joining our team in 2016. Tiana’s extensive automotive background and exceptional customer service has helped make OTA the shop to go to for top notch automotive care and VALUE for your money. She has two children and just had her second son, Jaxson, this past Thanksgiving. She has been dating her boyfriend, Nick, for the past three years and together they love to go on nature walks, collect antiques for their home and spend time relaxing with their newborn son, dog, and two cats. 

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ALAN

ALAN

ALAN

Alan is our Front Office Manager and will be the smiling face you see when you walk into our shop. With over 35 years experience working with customers in the automotive field, you can feel confident that Alan will care good care of you and your vehicle. He has been working here at OTA since 2013. Alan has been married to his wife Michele for 39 years and together they have two daughters and two grandchildren. When he isn’t working, he loves to be outdoors and enjoys spending his time camping. 

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ALEX

ALAN

ALAN

Alex is one of our Senior Technicians here at OTA. Alex has been specializing in European Vehicles for the past 28 years. If your European vehicle is in need of repair, Alex is the man for the job. Since joining OTA in 2006, he has kept up with extensive training in Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Jaguar and Mercedes. His favorite car is a BMW M5. When he’s not at the shop, Alex is spending time with his wife Tracy and their three children. Alex was born in Ecuador and is fluent in Spanish.

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don

ALAN

don

Don is an Electrical and Computer System Analysis Expert. His automotive experience began when he was just 18 years old. He has been Master Technician Certified for over 25 years and each day he brings his extensive expertise to our shop. Don specializes in Check Engine Light Diagnostics especially on domestic vehicles such as Ford, Lincoln, General Motors, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep. When he’s not at work, he is spending time with his five children and his girlfriend Allie.  

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GAVIN

GAVIN

GAVIN

Gavin is one of our Senior Technicians and has been a cornerstone to the OTA team since 2005. He is our Asian Vehicle Specialist servicing Hyundai, Honda, Acura, Toyota, Subaru and Nissan vehicles. He has two daughters and a grandson named Lukas. He loves to spend time helping out his community and he is an active member of the Forked River Baptist Church. His favorite way to spend his time is with his grandson in “The Adventures of Lukas and Pop Pop.” 

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Gary

GAVIN

GAVIN

Gary is our Head Service, Tire, Maintenance and Suspension Technician. He has been a mechanic for over 27 years. Gary diagnoses and repairs our customer’s vehicles with TPM and ABS Dash Warning Lights, Vibration and Braking Issues. When asked what he loves most about working at OTA, he said “This is an honest shop. It’s like one big family.” Gary has two children, Gary and Timmy, and loves to spend his time off BMX racing with his kids.