Here are the mechanics behind the voices you hear on the show every week. With over 90 years of combined experience in automotive service, the Miller family has seen and repaired just about every conceivable automotive problem you can imagine.
JOHN MILLER – THE HOST
The host of “Auto MOJO Radio” on Talk Radio 950 KPRC AM, was born in Staten Island, New York, grew up in Arizona, and arrived in Texas at age 15. As a teenager he learned to work on cars out of necessity, he couldn’t afford a car that would keep running without constant repair. Fresh out of Mount Carmel High School at 17 he went to work for his girlfriend’s dad to help out for a few days in his shop. His love affair with cars has long outlasted his romance with the boss’s daughter.
John preferred to work at independent repair shops, shunning the dealerships that isolated the technicians to the rear shop away from customers. He liked to deal directly with his clients and learn about their car problems first hand. His burning desire was to eventually have his own shop.
In 1986 John, and his wife Janice, took the plunge and Freedom Automotive was born. Beginning in a rented 2400 square foot building on South Main in Stafford, their philosophy was, “Work like everything depended on you, and pray like everything depended on God.” With each passing year the business became more successful, attributable to quality work and customer trust. In 1990 they bought out a friends Body Shop, and the next year purchased a 14,000 foot building in Stafford to consolidate the two operations under one roof.
In the 80′s John went back to school and received a degree in Automotive Technology from Lee College Baytown. He has completed courses in business management from the Automotive Management Institute. He also holds certifications for Paint and Body Repair by the I-CAR (Inter-industry Conference for Auto Collision Repair) He has held an ASE Master Technician Certification for more than 25 years, and an ASE Advanced Engine Performance Certification.
He has twice served on NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Review Committees, for San Jacinto College and Westbury High School. He has also served as both a local and state officer for the Automotive Service Association. (ASA)
John’s son, Jim, works in the shop with him as shop manager.
JIM MILLER –
Jim is a native Houstonian who grew up in an auto repair shop. As a kid he played on the lifts, raising his little brother into the air and leaving him there. He could ride a mechanics creeper better than a lot of kids rode skate boards. While in high school he and his father, John, built his first car, a 1968 Camaro convertible. Starting with a rusted out old clunker they rebuilt the body and drive train, re-upholstered, and re-topped it together ending up with teenagers dream car.
He graduated from La Porte High School and has accumulated hundreds of hours of technical training in auto technology.
Jim is currently a ASE Certified Master Technician and manages the daily operations of the family business, Freedom Automotive Service’s in Stafford Texas.
Jim is a member of Texas Auto Writers Association..
He is married to Beckie, another native Texan, and has three children, Bradley, Johnathan and Staci.
LYNN BECKWITH – CO-HOST
Frequently asked what started her passion for automobiles, Lynn pulls stories from her youth of old pickup trucks her family drug from swamps in Virginia and the clunkers she drove while obtaining her degree in marketing during college years. She likewise gives credit for her philanthropy and community spirit to her parents and brags about the staff of her 25 year long business, Beckwith’s Car Care by quoting her father’s mantra of “always surrounding yourself with people better than you are.”
In an industry not always noted for its ethics, Lynn has set the bar high with one of her company’s many awards being the Better Business Bureau’s Excellence Award in Ethics. In addition Beckwith’s Car Care has received The Houston 100 three years in a row, the National Excellence Award Top Shop.Beckwith’s Car Care was recently selected by Motorage magazine as one of the top ten shops in the Nation and also presented the Angie’s List Super Service Award.
Twenty five years and a shop full of mechanics later, she works hard to keep up with new technology and the innovations that keep the automotive repair business exciting.