Kevin VanValkenburgh

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President

Kevin is the owner and the heart and soul of The Little Speed Shop. A BMW Master Technician, Kevin worked in BMW dealerships for over 10 years after training at Universal Technical Institute in Arizona and BMW STEP in New Jersey. Kevin not only works on the cars, he is also a driver. Throughout his life, Kevin has owned almost every generation of BMW, from a 1976 2002 to an E90 M3. He has been participating in High Performance Driver’s Education for the last 20 years and has raced go-karts, NASCAR Modifieds, and BMW Club Racing. Although he loves driving, these last few years being so busy working at the track with clients, has opened his eyes to the joy in helping others realize their motorsport goals. Whether it is leading a caravan up to the track for parade laps or crewing for a club race, Kevin is delighted to share his passion and excitement for motorsports. Kevin’s latest endeavor has been expanding and leading our Transport and Track Support Division. More often than not during the summer, you can find Kevin at Watkin’s Glen International Racetrack, supporting clients and hauling cars. When he is not at the track or shop, Kevin enjoys spending time with his children, Chase and Charlotte and his nieces and nephews. Kevin is a big hit with the little ones because he drives racecars and “big trucks”! Kevin has never turned down a chocolate chip cookie and will probably fix your car for free if you bring him a batch. Kevin has the perfect mix of training and passion, which he shares with every customer who walks through the door.

Jillian VanValkenburgh

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VP of Operations

Jillian is the shop manager and a mother. She earned a degree in Psychology from Syracuse University and worked as a Social Worker at Hillside Children’s Center for 8 years, before switching gears to help her husband, Kevin, run The Little Speed Shop. Although the transition from social work to auto repair may not seem like an easy one, Jill is a natural and has become a master service writer and parts expert. The organizational hub behind The Little Speed Shop, Jill is always there to keep the guys on task and keep our clients on the track… hence the shop’s “new” name – “Jill’s Speed Shop.” Jill loves the rare moments when she gets to relax on her boat or hang out on the water with her family. Kevin and Jill are the proud parents of Chase and Charlotte, and you can always find Jill with one of the babies in tow.

Steve Dickinson

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Technician

Steve is Head Technician of our General Service shop, and a long-time friend of The Little Speed Shop. Steve has been wrenching professionally for 21 years and counting! From JDM style to German luxury, Steve has it covered. With plenty of track experience under his belt, he is confident tackling anything thrown his way. When Steve is not at the shop he is at home watching Duck Dynasty and spending time with his family and young son, Quinton. You can also find him on the golf course or racing slot cars with his friends. With his positive and resilient attitude, Steve is a pleasure to work with.

Danny Thiel

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Race Technician

Danny is the director of Motorsports Development for The Little Speed Shop’s Race Shop. Danny comes from an extensive racing background including IMSA and SCCA Pirelli World Challenge teams with multiple podium finishes. Danny specializes in track logistics, race prep, fabrication, race data systems, and the list goes on… With such a well rounded skill set he is just the man you want on your side at the track. Danny is a skilled race car driver and loves to get as much seat time as possible, in between working his hardest at the shop and track. When he’s not over pit wall, Danny enjoys pumping iron at the gym, engine building, and ice/rally racing… Can’t forget about long walks on the beach!

James Miller

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Technician

James is our resident BMW guru in The Little Speed Shop’s Service Facility. James has long been in the automotive industry performing both part sales and technician positions. James has graduated to the BMW Master Tech position with factory training from e30 to i8 generations. When he’s not in the shop tackling the most challenging projects, James enjoys catching up on his go to show Archer and restoring classics at home… From motor work to interiors and electronis, he does it all! James is a true perfectionist and a service mastermind, we are very please to have him on our service team. It’ Miller Time!

Frankie Mazza

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Technician

Frankie is the newest member and service technician of The Little Speed Shop team. Frankie is a transplant from New Jersey where he worked as level 3 technician at BMW. From a young age Frankie had a passion for everything automotive and turned into a BMW fanatic with his first E30. With a auto tech degree from Monroe Community College Frankie is well versed in all makes and models from classic euro cars to modern domestic’s. When he’s not in the shop Frankie enjoys modifying his E30 collection, playing hockey with his other half, and sculpting his manly beard. Frankie prides himself of completing the job correctly the first time… Its safe to say he’s a great fit for our team.