Meet the Certified Transmission Team

Certified Transmission Corporate Team

Certified Transmission welcomes you to our website's page with information about various team members in our organization. We invite you to browse the staff members profiles as doing will help in understanding why our company is the leading remanufacturer of automotive transmissions in the United States.

  • President Peter Fink of Certified Transmission
    Peter Fink
    President

    Peter started Certified Transmission back in 1979 at the young age of 19. He had his tools, $1000, a two-bay gas station, and strong determination. Peter always had a vision for Certified Transmission to be larger than just your normal repair shop. He set out opening more locations and eventually added a centralized rebuilding facility. Over the last 30+ years Peter has grown his company to be the largest remanufacturer in the Midwest and now employs over 400 team members. Peter and his wife, Carolyn (since 1986) have three children: Amanda, Peter Jr., and Alex. Peter enjoys spending time with his family, snowmobiling, going to concerts, and attending sporting events.

  • Area Manager Amanda Fink of Certified Transmission
    Amanda Fink
    Area Manager

    Amanda started working with Certified Transmission in 2007 as wholesale account representative. After a couple years she became a service adviser and floating manager, and now she is the Area Manager for all the Omaha metro retail transmission shops. She helps maintain the integrity and quality of work that our retail locations provide to our many customers. Working closely with customers is something that she greatly enjoys. Amanda has her Bachelors degree in Business. She is married to her husband, Jim, who also works in the company, and they have a 1 year old son, James Jr.

  • Plant Manager Bill Dunbar of Certified Transmission
    Bill Dunbar
    Plant Manager

    Bill started at Certified Transmission in 1989 as a transmission rebuilder. After rebuilding transmissions for a few years he wanted to do something different so he started working in the retail stores, first as a shop foreman, then as a diagnostician and then a store manager. Bill was the manager of the retail store in Millard before moving to the Omaha remanufacturing plant as the plant manager in 1993. In 1993, the Omaha plant was a lot smaller than it is now and Bill’s main duties revolved around the production of the units. As things have grown, Bill’s daily duties today revolve around the entire plant operation and the processes and protocols of each department. Since production is in his blood, that is where most of his attention is still focused. Bill is involved with APICS (The Association of Operations Management) and has earned their CPIM certification.

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    Jeff Stuck
    Department Manager

    Jeff entered the workforce right out of high school and tested the waters in construction and general auto repair before joining Certified Transmission in 1990. He started at Certified as a machine operator/welder. At this time the torque converter department was in its infancy but with growth comes opportunity. As the converter department grew, Jeff took on additional responsibility, being named manager in 1997. In 2002 Jeff was named Safety Director for Certified Transmission and continues in that role today. Jeff has also served on the Torque Converter Rebuilders Associations Board of Directors since 2007 and was elected President of the Association in 2009.

  • Department Manager Erik Winther of Certified Transmission
    Erik Winther
    Department Manager

    Erik started working in construction right out of high school as a framer. He spent a few years at an engineering company and came to Certified Transmission in March of 2010, after deployment in Iraq. Starting work as our Shipping Coordinator, he later transitioned into the role of Production Coordinator for about a year and a half before joining the wholesale sales team. He enjoys working with clients and has been charged with multiple opportunities to help streamline several of our operational processes, as our business continues to grow and expand into new markets and a new age.

  • Department Manager Duane Parks of Certified Transmission
    Duane Parks
    Department Manager

    Duane started working for Certified Transmission in 2000 as a dyno machine operator. In 2002 Certified purchased its first electronic automated dyno, and Duane volunteered to be the operator. He created nearly all of their dyno tests from that point on. In October of 2004, he became the dyno department manager. The dyno machines test the transmissions before they are shipped from the plant. Every single transmission that is remanufactured goes through the dyno department. His main focus is to ensure the quality of the units Certified produces. Duane and his wife, Gail, have three children – Melissa, Shaun, and Maverick. They also enjoy spending time with their granddaughter, Zoey Mae.

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    Don Lewis
    Department Manager

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  • Department Manager Jim Audet of Certified Transmission
    Jim Audet
    Department Manager

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    Mark Griffin
    Department Manager

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  • Department Manager Rick VanRoy of Certified Transmission
    Rick VanRoy
    Department Manager

    Rick joined the Certified Transmission team in March, 2008. His accomplishments include an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology as a graduate of Southeast Community College in Milford, NE, as well as earning the Ford Senior Master and ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Master Technician certifications, which he keeps current. As our Client Services Manager, Rick now oversees the wholesale sales, inventory and warranty operations, and our shipping department.

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    Holly Sullivan
    Department Manager

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  • Support Technician Jim Stokes of Certified Transmission
    Jim Stokes
    Support Technician

    Jim started his Certified Transmission career in February, 2000. He was a service advisor for one of our retail facilities, and became a diagnostician about a year later. Jim then became a floating employee, filling in for store managers, diagnosticians, and warranty techs. In June, 2003 he became a fixture at our main headquarters and helped to structure our warranty department. Jim has attained ASE Master Certification, along with an optional L1 certification, and currently holds the position of warranty technical consultant.

  • Support Technician Jody Carnahan of Certified Transmission
    Jody Carnahan
    Support Technician

    Jody began his automotive career selling auto parts at a local parts store at the age of fifteen. He rebuilt his first transmission when he was sixteen. Joining Certified Transmission in 1986, and helped develop our first dyno department. He has held various technical positions throughout his career, including diagnostician and builder duties, as well as several retail store management positions. Jody’s current role is working as a technical consultant for our warranty department, holding certifications from both ASE and ATRA. Outside of work, Jody enjoys life with his wife of thirty years, Sarah, and is the father of two boys. His hobbies include rebuilding street rods, riding Harleys, hunting, and bowling.

  • Support Technician Lance Baker of Certified Transmission
    Lance Baker
    Support Technician

    Lance has been with Certified Transmission since early 2013 working as a technical consultant in the warranty department. Lance works closely with shops and distributors around the country to expediently solve technical issues. Lance previously managed a few local automotive repair shops, with responsibilities including customer service and helping with diagnostics, on anything from cars to medium duty trucks. Lance also spent several years in manufacturing plants repairing and improving industrial equipment, working with hydraulics, pneumatics, and electronics. When not at work Lance can be found spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, hunting, fishing, or spending time at the local outdoor range working on his shooting skills.

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    Ben Jansen
    Support Technician

    More about Ben coming soon.

  • Development Manager Jim Slimp of Certified Transmission
    Jim Slimp
    Development Manager

    Jim started his career in the automotive industry in 1982. He worked at a Ford wholesale parts dealer where he was actually selling transmissions to Certified Transmission. After 15 years at Ford, Jim joined the Certified team. Today, Jim is the Distributor Development Manager, seeking distributors in major metro areas, and working with them in early development and beyond. Jim serves on the Board of Directors of APRA and works closely with ATRA. He attends all the main industry conferences including: the Big R Show, Powertrain Expo, Transmission Digest’s Showpower conference and ASA Midwest Vision Show. Jim attended University of Nebraska of Omaha, and holds a Certificate of Management Skills from Creighton University. Jim has 5 children and 6 grandchildren. He enjoys swimming, tinkering with old cars and trucks, and a little golf when possible. Jim’s hobbies include reading about pre-Revolutionary War history, Federalist history, and early United States history up to and right after the Civil War.

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    Al Avila
    Quality Director

    More about Al coming soon.

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    Chris Adams
    Lead Diagnostician

    Chris Adams started with Certified in 1986 as an R&R technician (remove and replace). He has an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology from SCC in Milford, NE. He also holds the ASE master tech with the L1 certification. Throughout his career at Certified, Chris has held numerous positions including: Diagnostician, Rebuilder, Retail Store Manager. Currently he is diagnostic trainer and is responsible for keeping our diagnostic techs at the retail locations at the top of their field, and keeping current with all the latest trends and tools in our industry. Chris also works closely with the technical dept at the remanufacturing plant and helps coordinate our fleet of research and development vehicles for testing. He is married to his wonderful wife, Linda, and they have one daughter, Sabrina.

  • Area Manager Joe Mitchell of Certified Transmission
    Joe Mitchell
    Area Manager

    Joe came to Certified Transmission with an extensive back ground in sales. Joe had also owned his own automotive repair shop. Joe has been with Certified Transmission for over ten years and has been instrumental in all areas from customer service to sales training for the company. Joe and his wife Deb have seven children and fifteen grandchildren. The enjoy spending time with family, riding their Harley, watching movies and reading.

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    Russ Duff
    Customer Service

    More about Russ coming soon.

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    Jenny Herweg
    Customer Service

    Jenny began working at Certified Transmission in late 2013. Hired as our Warranty Administrator, she works directly with clients and our technicians to set up and manage claims and technical assistance. Jenny came to us with an extensive customer service background from a major retail store, working in the Human Resources department. Outside of Certified Transmission, Jenny is usually with her husband Dave, and 4 girls. Her hobbies also include bowling in the fall/winter, and golfing in the spring/summer, amongst other numerous activities involving family and friends.

  • Customer Service Ed Forenberry of Certified Transmission
    Ed Forenberry
    Customer Service

    Ed joined Certified Transmission in May 2007 as Assistant Manager of the dyno department where he remained until June 2010, when he won an opening on the sales staff as Stock Order/Core Return manager. In the time since, Certified Transmission has experienced explosive growth and Ed’s primary focus has been continuous improvement in moving product to our customer, and managing account credits. Ed holds both an Associate in Applied Science (Aerospace), and a BA in Business. Of the two, he views the experience of complying with rigid quality management standards required by the aerospace industry most valuable when it comes to managing wholesale transmission distribution across numerous stocking locations.

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    PJ Fink
    Customer Service

    More about PJ coming soon.

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    Molly Yeck
    Customer Service

    More about Molly coming soon.

  • Customer Service Rich Baker of Certified Transmission
    Rich Baker
    Customer Service

    Rich began his career at Certified Transmission in 1999 after many years in the automotive industry. He soon joined the wholesale division as a Customer Service Representative and experienced the department's extensive growth. Rich works with some of Certified Transmission's larger distributors. He has developed methods to help clients correctly identify the specific transmission needed for an application, even when vehicle accessibility is not readily available. Rich's hobbies include reading history books and watching hockey and football games.

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    Brian Salisbury
    Customer Service
President Peter Fink of Certified Transmission
Peter Fink

President
Area Manager Amanda Fink of Certified Transmission
Amanda Fink

Area Manager
Plant Manager Bill Dunbar of Certified Transmission
Bill Dunbar

Plant Manager
Department Manager Jeff Stuck of Certified Transmission
Jeff Stuck

Department Manager
Department Manager Erik Winther of Certified Transmission
Erik Winther

Department Manager
Department Manager Duane Parks of Certified Transmission
Duane Parks

Department Manager
Department Manager Don Lewis of Certified Transmission
Don Lewis

Department Manager
Department Manager Jim Audet of Certified Transmission
Jim Audet

Department Manager
Department Manager Mark Griffin of Certified Transmission
Mark Griffin

Department Manager
Department Manager Rick VanRoy of Certified Transmission
Rick VanRoy

Department Manager
Department Manager Holly Sullivan of Certified Transmission
Holly Sullivan

Department Manager
Support Technician Jim Stokes of Certified Transmission
Jim Stokes

Support Technician
Support Technician Jody Carnahan of Certified Transmission
Jody Carnahan

Support Technician
Support Technician Lance Baker of Certified Transmission
Lance Baker

Support Technician
Support Technician Ben Jansen of Certified Transmission
Ben Jansen

Support Technician
Development Manager Jim Slimp of Certified Transmission
Jim Slimp

Development Manager
Quality Director Al Avila of Certified Transmission
Al Avila

Quality Director
Lead Diagnostician Chris Adams of Certified Transmission
Chris Adams

Lead Diagnostician
Area Manager Joe Mitchell of Certified Transmission
Joe Mitchell

Area Manager
Customer Service Russ Duff of Certified Transmission
Russ Duff

Customer Service
Customer Service Jenny Herweg of Certified Transmission
Jenny Herweg

Customer Service
Customer Service Ed Forenberry of Certified Transmission
Ed Forenberry

Customer Service
Customer Service PJ Fink of Certified Transmission
PJ Fink

Customer Service
Customer Service Molly Yeck of Certified Transmission
Molly Yeck

Customer Service
Customer Service Rich Baker of Certified Transmission
Rich Baker

Customer Service
Customer Service Brian Salisbury of Certified Transmission
Brian Salisbury

Customer Service
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