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Meet The Team

Big Company Experience Small Company Feel

The Auto Guys is made of real people, living real lives, making a real living. We take our business seriously, but don’t take ourselves too seriously. We become close friends with our clients and forge family bonds among each other. We value the mutual, long lasting respect that comes from doing business together and hope you do too.

Staff Bios

Bob Ward - Owner | The Auto Guys

Bob Ward


Bob graduated from UWO and Fanshawe College. He is a licenced Class A technician with Interprovincial Seal. Bob has been offering complete auto service in St. Thomas for over 20 years. He began as a Midas dealer and opened the Auto Guys in 2011 at the South Edgeware Road location. Bob is a member of the St. Thomas and District Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the St. Thomas Optimist Club. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fishing and classic cars.

Lynda Groom - Owner | The Auto Guys

Lynda Groom


Lynda has more than 25 years of customer service experience in both the public sector and working part-time in the automotive repair business. Lynda is a graduate from Fanshawe College’s Business program in such courses as computers, marketing, bookkeeping and human resources. When Lynda and Bob decided to start their own auto repair business, Lynda’s main focus was to create a comfortable atmosphere for women in a male dominated field. She wanted a place where women will find service professionals they can communicate with and that is exactly what you will find every time you visit the Auto Guys.


Matt Mitchell - Service Technician | The Auto Guys

Matt Mitchell


Matt is a class A licensed technician with 13 years experience in advanced diagnostics. He has been a strong, contributing member of our team for over 8 years. Matt won several top student awards in his field, and most recently won the 2014 best mechanic award of St. Thomas. Matt recently got married in August and lives with his wife in St. Thomas. Matt enjoys his passion for riding motorcycles with his friends and dirt biking with his wife. When it's too cold to ride, the couple spends their time renovating their home.


Steve Stadnik - Service Technician | The Auto Guys

Steve Stadnik

Service Technician

Steve is a Class A licensed technician with Interprovincial seal and is ASE certified with 20 years experience in the automotive trade. He is meticulous in his work and enjoys the challenges of diagnosing tough electrical problems. Steve enjoys reading anything related to the automotive industry and takes training courses on an on going basis. He was a lifelong resident of London before moving to St. Thomas to be a home owner with his fiancé. In his spare time he enjoys doing home renovations and going to the gym to keep in shape both physically and mentally.

Mark Gurney - Service Technician | The Auto Guys

Mark Gurney

Service Technician

Mark is a Class A licensed technician with Interprovincial Seal. He excelled through school and received the Angelo Longo scholarship award for best performance in class and distinguishing himself technically. He moved to St. Thomas from Cambridge and has two daughters whom he enjoys playing with after work. Mark and his daughters are animal lovers with a dog, cat and fish just to name a few. When he isn’t spending time with family and friends, Mark is restoring a 1947 Allis Chalmers tractor.