Meet The Team
Our Promise To You
European vehicles are designed and engineered to specific standards. When deciding on an auto shop to care for your Audi, MINI, or Volvo vehicle and its service needs, why wouldn’t you choose the one that is qualified and specializes in this exact type of care? Our team at M-Spec Performance consists of European auto enthusiasts that possess an appreciation for these carefully crafted vehicles and will treat yours as their very own. It’s our goal to ensure a safe, satisfactory, and most importantly, thrilling European vehicle ownership experience. Part of our commitment to top-grade car care is our continuous investment in the latest tools and technology. We ensure our service offerings remain up to our personal standards and OEM specifications. Our team attends continuous training to stay technically adept as vehicles become more complex and repair technology and processes become more intricate. We promise complete professionalism, precision, and dedication when it comes to your European model.
Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie
When Adam was 12 years old he went to a shop with his mother and didn’t like the way she was being treated by the salesperson and owner. He felt they were being dishonest and taking advantage of her. From that day forward he decided he would eventually have a shop of his own where customers would be treated with respect and provided with the highest quality of workmanship. 9 years later Adam’s dream became reality and he opened his first shop in Glendale, New York!
Today, Adam is the owner of three auto repair shops located in Queens and Long Island. He constantly strives towards providing better service and the betterment of those around him. His efforts have not gone unnoticed as you can read about him in quite a few automotive publications.
He is an overall automotive enthusiast and has been driving BMWs for over a decade. His favorite car is his 2016 M3 where he traveled to Munich, Germany to pick it up. Aside from his love for cars he is also an Avid Knicks fan. His favorite player is Anthony Mason and he even attended his basketball camp as a child.
Eddie is the co-owner and shop foreman at M-Spec Performance. His passion for BMWs started in high school and only progressed from there. He always loved working on his first car, a 92&rsquo; BMW 325i. After high school he enrolled and graduated top of his class from NYADI as an automotive technician. In 2006, Eddie and his best friend Adam decided to open up their first shop in Glendale, New York.
Today, Eddie is the guy everyone is looking for. His knowledge in all European makes and models is unrivaled. Not only does Eddie give valuable advice to technicians and service advisers but he loves to speak with customers that want to learn more about their car. Get ready to learn something new everytime you speak with him!
Outside of being an automotive fanatic, he is also crazy about Star Trek. His favorite captain is Kathryn Janeway, from Star Trek: Voyager. On his free time he enjoys camping, hiking and being outdoors.
Phil joined the team in 2007 and is one of the shops original members. He is now the service manager and extremely knowledgeable in all things Euro. In order to keep up with auto trends he attends annual seminars and classes to improve his skills. You will often see him in our shop wearing his signature snapback Rangers hat. If you’re looking for expert advice about your car, he’s one of the best in the business!
Born and raised in Queens, he’s all about New York sports teams. He is a big time Yankees, Giants, Rangers and Knicks fan. His favorite player of all time is Derek Jeter. You can always guarantee an intense conversation and analytical breakdown of last nights win or loss when you see him in the morning.
A honors graduate from Lincoln Technical Institute, Mr. Catarata got his first start in the automotive field at Volkswagen. After several years at Koppel VW, Michael achieved the status of master technician. In 2015 Michael joined the team at M-Spec Performance as its resident Volkswagen and Audi specialist. In 2018 Michael was promoted to Manager at Essential Auto Care, our sister location that specializes in American and Asian vehicles. Michael still lends a hand at M-Spec and is our go to resource for all things related to Volkswagen and Audi and is ASE certified.
Mr. Catarata is one of the friendliest faces you’ll meet and in his spare time loves to work out and enjoys outdoor activities. He has recently taken up the “gentle art” of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and when not in the shop you can find Mike hitting the mats working on his arm bar.
Renzo is our resident master certified Mercedes Benz technician and AMG specialist. He has 12+ years experience in the automotive industry and is one of the most knowledgeable technicians out there. Repairing and diagnosing some of the most complicated issues on cars for over a decade have truly made him a master of his craft. His list of credentials doesn’t stop there, he also graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in computer science. The knowledge and experience he offers his colleagues helps create a highly motivated and professional environment. It’s a no brainer to say the guy is an avid auto enthusiast as he frequents many automotive festivals and industry functions. He also loves motorcycles and enjoys going for a long ride on his Suzuki GSX-R. Renzo has not only chose a career in the automotive industry, but has a lifetime passion for it as well.
It&rsquo;s a no brainer to say the guy is an avid auto enthusiast as he frequents many automotive festivals and industry functions. He also loves motorcycles and enjoys going for a long ride on his Suzuki GSX-R. Renzo has not only chose a career in the automotive industry, but has a lifetime passion for it as well.
Christian has worked on cars since he was 16 years old. His family members have owned shops and taught him about the trade since he was young. He was always fascinated with engines and transmissions and taught himself how to work on them. Working on his first car, a 96’ Honda Civic is when he decided to take his passion to the next level. After a few years of working on friends and family cars, he enrolled in Lincoln Tech and graduated as an automotive technician.
Christian is not only a certified technician but a Taekwondo second degree black belt and a father of 2. His strict work ethic has allowed him to develop many skills that benefit himself and the team. The guys sometimes show off their “kung-fu” moves to impress him and everyone has a good laugh. He also loves video games and his favorite game is Battlefield 4.
M-Spec’s “Mr. Clean”, Alan Hsu is a 10+ year veteran of the automotive industry. Holding various positions as an automotive technician and sometimes lead technician, Alan has a varying degree of experience as a technician which includes American and Asian import makes. If you look at Alan’s bay, you’ll notice that it is possible the cleanest and most well groomed area in the shop. This will give you peace of mind that if Alan is working on your car, it’ll be as clean as the top of his toolbox – guaranteed! Being a family man is also very important to Alan and on his spare time you can find him spending quality time with his wife and 2 kids.
A second generation automotive repair professional, Steve has literally spent his life in the shop. Starting at young age, Steve would help out and work at his family’s auto repair shop and naturally made a career in the industry. If you have ever met Steve, you’ll come away almost infected by his charm and good humor. An avid sports fan, Steve played hockey and soccer scholastically while growing up on Long Island and if you want to get him going, just tell him how terrible the Pittsburgh Penguins are!
The “Justin TImberlake” to the M-Spec N’Sync boy band, Steve leads our newest location in Lindenhurst, Long Island.
The M-Spec “OG”, Jesse has been with the M-Spec team since 2007. Known as the fastest gun around these parts, Jesse is also one of the finest and most efficient automotive technicians you will find anywhere. Mechanical talent started at an early age where Jesse would repair bikes for kids in the neighborhood. That love for taking things apart and putting them back together translated well in a later career as an automotive technician. Along side Adam and Eddie, Jesse helped to build what M-Spec Performance is today. Outside of the shop, Jesse is an avid movie buff. The next time you’re at the movie theater, you might turn around to find the guy who is kicking your chair and throwing popcorn at you is Jesse!
If you were to put a label on Mr. Nick it would be “gear head”. From an early age Nick loved cars and everything about them. BMW’s especially became a passion of his and one of the reasons that attracted him to M-Spec Performance. After an injury ended his high school wrestling career, Nick was drawn to working on cars. Being a BMW enthusiast on his free time, you might find Nick tinkering with his beloved BMW 335i.
Nick is currently an automotive technician at the Lindenhurst location.