Meet the Team


Dana TePoel has more than 30 years of automotive experienceDana TePoel has more than 30 years of automotive experience. He purchased a failing emissions-testing shop in 1992, expanded it into a full-service auto repair shop, and has served the Denver community’s car-care needs with the highest degree of integrity. Lake Arbor Auto is the only full-service shop in the Denver area that offers on-site, dedicated training space for technicians plus complete diesel emissions testing. His emissions shop survived while dozens around him closed their doors when Colorado adopted the statewide, Envirotest emissions-testing program. He attributes Lake Arbor’s survival to his policy of referring customers to state-sponsored clinics and his obvious willingness to “do the right thing” for customers. Dana’s ethical mindset is now reflected in LAA’s official slogan: “We do the right thing for you every time.”

Dana is an Advanced Level Master Technician in both Gasoline and Diesel disciplines, and is an Accredited Automotive Manager with the Automotive Management Institute. He is secretary/treasurer of the Colorado Automobile Service Association, and he is active in the Regional Air Quality Control Council.

Under TePoel’s guidance, Lake Arbor Auto has enjoyed an active role in the Metro North Chamber of Commerce, and the company recently joined the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He became a leader in Gov. Ritter’s “Maintenance Matters” campaign and completed coursework for certification in child safety seat installation; and he authorized funds for two employees to join him in that coursework.


 Service Advisors

Gary Kingsbury is one of Lake Arbor Automotive’s most senior employees

Gary Kingsbury is Lake Arbor Automotive’s most senior employee, and he has been instrumental in helping to shape the company’s vision of “Doing the Right Thing” for customers – without exception. When Lake Arbor Auto hired Gary as its No. 1 service advisor, the company was actively seeking someone with stellar core values and principles. He understands that issues are often more than just black-and-white; but the commitment to doing the right thing IS ALWAYS black-and-white. Gary goes out of his way to resolve customer-satisfaction issues and puts “doing the right thing” ahead of saving the company money.


SeanKucheraSean Kuchera has been in the car-repair business for 19 years, and he is ready for anything that comes along, with a simple explanation for customers who want to know what’s going on. One of the greatest satisfactions he gets out of his job is the knowledge that he has fully educated the customers, helping them make the most informed choices about repairs to their vehicles. He likes working in a fast-paced environment, and he likes knowing that he is entrusted to “Do the Right Thing” for customers.


Originally from Kansas City, Patrick Shaver joined Lake Arbor Automotive & Truck as a customer service adviser in 2016. He has worked in the automotive repair and maintenance business since 1997. He enjoys playing pool and ice-racing his car. He is an expert in European and Asian autos, and he is a fan of classic cars. He enjoys repairing cars, plus anything else that needs fixing, with a special appreciation for the problem-solving aspect of the job. He gets a great sense of satisfaction out of educating customers to the point that they are able to make wise decisions about their vehicles.


Customer Service Rep

Ema Gutierrez has been with the LAA team since early 2013

Often the first face that customers see as they enter the building, Ema Gutierrez has been with the LAA team since early 2013. Her work station is immediately inside the front door, and she greets everybody with a big smile, often by first name! She was hired in part because of her friendly, outgoing attitude; but she has a good memory for details and she is able to help with administrative functions, too.



Mike Crumpton of Evergreen has 18 years of experience in the auto repair and maintenance industry

Mike Crumpton of Evergreen has 18 years of experience in the auto repair and maintenance industry, and he loves the challenge of a good electrical problem, whether it’s a blown fuse, dead battery terminal, a faulty switch or a problem in the alternator. He’s never far from his voltmeter. He also enjoys working on automatic transmissions, and hopes you will ask for him personally when you come to Lake Arbor Auto.


 The youngest member of the LAA team, Travis Holmes is also probably the most energeticThe youngest member of the LAA team, Travis Holmes is also probably the most energetic. And don’t let his youthfulness fool you – he is already highly capable at his job, and he gets through the emissions process so effectively, customers barely notice they had to spend any time in the waiting room. He is also cheerful, with a good outlook on life that makes customers enjoy their interaction with him.


Raul Manrique has 17 years of experience in the repair and maintenance of vehiclesWhile he is relatively “new” to the Lake Arbor Auto team, Raul Manrique has 17 years of experience in the repair and maintenance of vehicles, and he carries an air of confidence that makes people glad he’s working on their car. He is a well-rounded technician, with an extensive  familiarity with most problems he might encounter; and he works on all makes and models of automobiles.


Myron Novacek is one of the more experienced auto technicians at Lake Arbor Auto and, indeed, in the entire North Denver area. He began repairing cars in 1984, the same year Toyota opened its first U.S. car assembly plant. A resident of Arvada with his two daughters, he is a Colorado native. When he’s not in the garage, he prefers to be outdoors, engaging in a multitude of activities including hiking, biking, camping, fishing, snowmobiling and even kayaking. He started with Lake Arbor Auto in early 2018, and he was named a “Right Thing Award” Winner just three months later.


If you think your car has a complicated problem, count yourself lucky to have Brad Schuricht working on it. Nobody knows “complicated” like Brad, who spent four years in the military working as a jet engine mechanic. That six-cylinder engine knock has no chance against Brad. He is a certified Master ASE Technician, with more than 25 years in the business. He joined Lake Arbor Auto in 2018. A longtime resident of Arvada, he has two children, and he likes to go camping in his spare time.


Joey Smith is a master technician with more than 28 years in the auto repair business, including his stint with Lake Abor Auto since 2016. He is Denver-area born and raised, currently residing in Northglenn with his three dogs, two ducks and one cat. He also has two adult children. Like several of his LAA garage-mates, he enjoys riding his motorcycle (a 2008 Harley Davidson). He can handle virtually any job that comes his way, but he is especially adept under the hood of a Honda, Acura and/or Subaru.