Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

5440 Arapahoe Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO 80303

Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 5:30pm

5440 Arapahoe Ave, Unit A, Boulder, CO 80303

Our Staff

Bill Bender

Bill Bender

Owner

Bill Bender was one of the first 100 certified Nissan Master Technicians in the US. After working in garages from Key West to San Diego he started Independent Motors in 1983. Bill loves to travel and enjoys talking to almost anyone.

Mark Steele

Mark Steele

Parts Manager

Mark Steele is our Parts Manager. He got the car bug from his grandfather who was a stock car racer, wrecker driver, and mechanic. Mark enjoys time with his family and likes to camp, hike, and golf. Mark has been known to go fishing on his lunch break.

James Mings

James Mings

Assistant Parts Manager & Office Manager

James Mings developed an interest in cars during his childhood in Japan. He has been a parts specialist since 1989 and is widely known by many local independent garages. James enjoys music and traveling.

Greg Harrington

Greg Harrington

Service Writer

Greg is a long time resident of Boulder County, having worked and lived in the area for more than two decades. He graduated from Denver Automotive and Diesel College in 2003. Now known as the Lincoln School of Technology, the private technical college operates a high tech facility in Denver. It was there that Greg received a thorough grounding in automotive mechanics and the auto business. Since graduating, he has held a number of positions in the automotive industry. He brings that extensive background to his role as Service Writer at Independent. When he’s not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his daughter in the beautiful Colorado Mountains. He can also often be found wandering upstream with a fly rod in his hand, in search of the perfect spot to fish.

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Chi

Technician

Chi’s road to becoming an auto technician took a circuitous and colorful route that included three brief stints at college, and a couple of years working in a bicycle shop. His first experience working on cars in an auto shop included speaking in hand gestures with his Italian boss, daily screaming, and breaking expensive components, all while learning about European imports along the way. In 2002, he moved to Arizona to attend a technical college, graduating with an associate’s degree, and six month’s experience working on Audis. From Arizona, he moved to Washington, DC, where he worked at an Audi dealership for a year, then in an independent Euro shop for several years. He made the move to Colorado in 2014, and landed at Independent Motors in 2015. Chi has been ASE Master certified, with an L1 Advanced Gasoline Engine Certification since 2005, and is still driven by a passion for getting the job done right.

Drew Mueller

Drew Mueller

Technician

Drew was born in Boulder, Colorado and has lived in the area his whole life. He entered Boulder Import Motors, a family business, and ran it with his father Jerry until 2017. After Jerry passed away unexpectedly, Drew took stock of the business and, in August 2017, made the decision to merge Boulder Import Motors with Independent Motors to better serve his customers. Drew has extensive experience working on all makes and models of cars, with 15 years in the automotive industry, and is happiest working in the shop or catching up with old customers. In his spare time, Drew loves snowboarding in the scenic Colorado Mountains, or fishing in one of the area’s many pristine rivers and lakes, continuing his father’s legacy.

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Fidel Portillo

Tire Consultant

Fidel is one of our Tire Consultant experts and has been in the Auto Industry since 2008. He began working as a Lube Technician at a Honda Dealership in Maryland. Subsequently, Fidel apprenticed with a Master Technician at an independent repair shop. After a few years, he moved to Colorado, working at Big O Tires in Louisville as a Tire Technician and a Lube Tech for two years. He later joined Tires Inc. in Boulder and became a Tire Consultant Expert. Three years later, Tires Inc. closed and sold to Independent Motors, where he remains a valued member of the Independent Motors/Boulder Tire family. Fidel relaxes by spending time with his wife and dog. His hobbies include camping, hiking, canyoneering, rock climbing, music, fishing, food and traveling.

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Matt Irvine

Technician

Matt is a Boulder native and has been in the automotive field for over 20 years. His passion for cars began as a teenager, assisting with classic car restoration and muscle car engine building. Over the years, he has worked on and repaired everything from lawnmowers and motorcycles to heavy equipment and even rollercoasters. He continues his love of classic cars by rebuilding engines and doing home projects with his daughters. Matt has an associate’s degree in science and graduated from Denver Automotive and Diesel College, earning his Automotive Excellence Certification.
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Dan Holliday

Technician

A professional mechanic for 15 years, Dan is a native of Colorado and ASE Certified. After repairing his own vehicles out of necessity, Dan discovered he liked fixing cars. As a result, he went to work at a couple of small tire and lube shops before attending Westwood College in Denver for automotive training and getting his associate’s degree in science. Dan realized Dealerships weren’t for him after working at Honda, Hyundai, Chrysler, Jeep/Dodge and Chevy dealerships. So, he transitioned to small independent, family-owned shops with a much better environment and relationship with the community. As Dan says, “I’m not the fastest technician, but I’m meticulous and thorough and rest easy knowing that the vehicles I work on are fixed to the highest quality standard.”
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Shiela Foley

Technician

Shiela has been in the automotive industry for 25 years. Most of them here in Colorado. She has worked with many car lines over the years as a Service Advisor. In her spare time, Shiela loves the beach and camping and spending time with her family.

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Carlos Castruita

Master Tire Technician

Carlos is one of our very talented Master Tire Technicians. He’s lived in Boulder since 2003 and has been a Tire Tech since then. Carlos says, “He lives and breathes tires.” In his time off, he enjoys spending time with his family. His wife and his 4 daughters are his life.
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Manny Hernandez

Master Tire Technician

Manny has been working on vehicles since 2002 and is another Master Tire Technician. During his time away from work, Manny enjoys Colorado’s great outdoors, from fishing in the mountains to cycling in the city.

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Josue Martinez

Tire Technician

Josue was born and raised in Boulder. When he was younger, his dad and uncle owned an auto repair shop in town, and that’s where his interest grew in repairing vehicles. Josue has been a Tire Technician for eight years now. He likes to spend time in the mountains with his family and enjoys food in his free time.
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Luis Garcia

Tire Manager

Luis was raised and has lived in Colorado since 2000. He developed his interest in repairing cars in 2018. Luis’ experience in Hotel Management and his previous job with Tires Inc helped him transition into our Tire Manager. Luis likes going up to the Mountains with his family to enjoy the great outdoors in his free time.