Team Member Monday with Keith Vannatter

keith3Today is Monday and we are talking with Lead Technician, Keith Vannatter!

Keith has been working on vehicles pretty much his entire life and has been with Buckeye Honda for a little over 10 years.  Keith has a passion for working with his hands and that is one of his favorite things about being a Technician at Buckeye Honda.

Keith works alongside his brother Kevin and you can often find them helping each other work through a diagnosis or helping each other with a more difficult job.  “Having someone like Kevin next to me is great because we communicate so well together and we get along so well.”  Keith’s father keith4was also a technician and for as long as he can remember he has been working on mechanical things with his hands.

Before coming to Buckeye Honda Keith worked as a mechanical technician for a large company.  “My job was to keep any and all of the machines running that were needed in the day to day operation of the company.  If they weren’t running the the company wasn’t working and that wasn’t good.”  When that company closed it’s doors Keith found himself back working on cars and we couldn’t be happier that he chose Buckeye Honda to come to work at.  Service Manager, Al Frey has been quoted as saying “Keith is a professional to the highest degree.  He is meticulous in his approach to solving mechanical problems and he is able to remember a large amount of information.   It is great to have Keith in the shop as he is always willing to help and do what it takes to get the job done and done right the first time.”

keithWhen Keith isn’t at Buckeye Honda he is … well…  working.  Keith has a lot of mechanical projects that he is working on at home and he really enjoys staying busy.  When not working and not working some more Keith is spending time with his wife Teresa and Nephew Devin.  To relax Keith spends his time around his most spectacular Saltwater Fish Tank.  The first thing I asked him was “what kind of fish do you have?” and he said a couple of these and one of these but it’s more about the Coral than the fish!   What?   I thought a fish tank was for looking at fish… nope.  Keith went on to explain how Coral live and how important it is to the ecology of a fish tank and to the oceans.  He went on to explain the many things that go into growing and maintaining the coral in a closed system like his 90 gallon tank.  After seeing pictures I have to admit it is awesome but I also came ot understand that you need to have a technical mind and patience for it and that is what Keith is all about.

Next time you are in the dealership getting your vehicle serviced or maybe in looking for an new or used vehicle ask to see Keith.  He is a man of few words but great skill and understanding of your vehicle.

Buckeye Honda


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