Meet the Team

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Jeff Reeder

Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
My wife Sherry, three sons; Jacob – 31, Jeremy – 29 and Joshua -21. I also have a daughter; Stephanie – 23.  I also have three granddaughters and one grandson on the way

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?

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Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
My wife Sherry, three sons; Jacob – 31, Jeremy – 29 and Joshua -21. I also have a daughter; Stephanie – 23.  I also have three granddaughters and one grandson on the way

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
Since the beginning

How long have you been working on cars?
I started working for my father, Jim Reeder at Jim’s Amoco of Portage in 1971

What’s your favorite/dream car?
4×4 Jeep Rubicon

Do you have any certifications?
Brakes, Suspension and Wheel Alignment, Heating and Air conditioning, Electronics, Engine Performance Specialist

If you had to live with only three tools in your toolbox, what would they be and why?
Scan tool – it sees what the computer sees and say’s
Lab scope – it shows me real time failures that other tools can’t see

Do you specialize in any type of automobile work?
Electronics and Computerized Engine Performance

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
Whitewater kayaking, downhill and cross country skiing, biking, fishing and camping

What’s your favorite band?
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.  I have a Chocolate Lab, Eagle

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
The History Channel

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
One of the twelve, Peter

How would you explain how a car works in three sentences to an eight year old?
The engine – the right amount of air and fuel is put into the chamber and then ignited to power the car

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Jacob Reeder

Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
No children yet! I have three siblings; Jeremy, Joshua and Stephine.  I also have three nieces; Lilly, AJ Layla and Faith

Do you have any certifications?
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management

Do you specialize in any type of automobile work?

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Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
No children yet! I have three siblings; Jeremy, Joshua and Stephine.  I also have three nieces; Lilly, AJ Layla and Faith

Do you have any certifications?
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management

Do you specialize in any type of automobile work?
I have performed a brake service on my personal vehicle

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
Golf, soccer, snowboarding, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking

What’s your favorite band?
I like many bands, I am a country fan

Cats or dogs?
Definitely dogs over cats.  I have one dog and a recently adopted cat to the family

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
The Walking Dead, Sports Center, Biggest Loser, The Following

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Phil Emery (the Bears G.M.), during NFL draft week

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Jeremy Reeder

Where are you from?
Valparaiso, IN

Family?
My wife Tracy, kids Layla – 6 and Lillian – 4.

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
12 years

How long have you been working on cars?
13 years,…

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Where are you from?
Valparaiso, IN

Family?
My wife Tracy, kids Layla – 6 and Lillian – 4.

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
12 years

How long have you been working on cars?
13 years, I started with my Grandpa

What’s your favorite/dream car?
2013 Ferrari 458 Spider

Do you have any certifications?
Brakes, Suspension and Air Conditioning

If you had to live with only three tools in your toolbox, what would they be and why?
Air hammer, torch and first-aid kit.  If you can’t get it out/off with an air hammer…torch it!

Do you specialize in any type of automobile work?
Brakes, Suspension, Exhaust and Air Conditioning

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
Fishing and extreme sports

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
Swamp people, Ax Men and Moonshiners

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Eagle Reeder

About You and Your Family?
My Master is Jeff Reeder. He has employed me since I was a small puppy. I work for treats and love

How long have you worked at Reeder\'s?
Five year

Why do you enjoy working here?
I have a very comfortable bed in the office and am able to sleep for most of the day.…

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About You and Your Family?
My Master is Jeff Reeder. He has employed me since I was a small puppy. I work for treats and love

How long have you worked at Reeder\’s?
Five year

Why do you enjoy working here?
I have a very comfortable bed in the office and am able to sleep for most of the day. I will wake up every now and then for a treat.

Certifications/Specialties?
Protecting all employees from harm, I am known as the guard dog.

Hobbies:
Car rides, sleeping and…sleeping

Fun Facts:
I once had to share the office with a bunny…it was not fun

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Mike Liesch

Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
My wife Katie, son Aidan and my dogs Brody, Wayne and Noah

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
10 years

What’s your favorite/dream car?
1969 Dodge Charger, 1967 Chevy Camaro and Aidan wants a Maserati

Do you have any hobbies,

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Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
My wife Katie, son Aidan and my dogs Brody, Wayne and Noah

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
10 years

What’s your favorite/dream car?
1969 Dodge Charger, 1967 Chevy Camaro and Aidan wants a Maserati

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
Playing basketball, soccer and running when I have time.  I also coach basketball

What’s your favorite band?
Guster, Ben Folds Five

Cats or dogs?
Dogs

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
New Girl, NCIS, Happy Endings, Duck Dynasty, Tosh.0

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
My Grandpa and Bobby Knight

How would you explain how a car works in three sentences to an eight year old?
I asked Aidan how a car works…he said, “you need gas and oil and you also need tires.  If you don’t have tires, you don’t have a car.”

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Phil Line

Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
Two wonderful sons – Nathan and Jordon

How long have you worked at Reeder\'s?
Since we opened shop, almost 20 years ago

How long have you been working on cars?
30 years

What\'s your favorite/dream car?

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Where are you from?
Portage, IN

Family?
Two wonderful sons – Nathan and Jordon

How long have you worked at Reeder\’s?
Since we opened shop, almost 20 years ago

How long have you been working on cars?
30 years

What\’s your favorite/dream car?
1970-73 Ford Mustang Mach 1

Do you have any certifications?
ACE Certified and Emissions Certified

If you had to live with only three tools in your toolbox, what would they be and why?
Scan tool, screwdriver and vise-grips…they go a long way!

Do you specialize in any type of automobile work?
Emissions and Driveability

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
Love baseball and being outdoors

What\’s your favorite band?
Have many and enjoy all kinds of music

Cats or dogs?
Actually, neither

What\’s your favorite tv show(s)?
ESPN

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Derek Jeter (pro baseball player) – stud, rich and famous

How would you explain how a car works in three sentences to an eight year old?
Put gas in it, take of it and if it breaks, take if to Reeder’s!

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Noel Knight

Where are you from?
Indiana

Family?
My wife and two kids

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
15 years

How long have you been working on cars?
32 years

What’s your favorite/dream car?

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Where are you from?
Indiana

Family?
My wife and two kids

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
15 years

How long have you been working on cars?
32 years

What’s your favorite/dream car?
Rat Rods

Do you have any certifications?
ASE Certified

If you had to live with only three tools in your toolbox, what would they be and why?
Flashlight, sockets and ratchet

Do you specialize in any type of automobile work?
Major Engine Repair and Transmissions

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
Working on old cars, working with my kids and their 4-H projects, raising pigs, restoring my 1860 home…and long walks on the beach

What’s your favorite band?
Zach Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line

Cats or dogs?
Neither, pigs

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
Duck Dynasty, Counting Cars and Ace of Cakes

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Jake Reeder

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Ocoee Reeder

About You and Your Family?
My Master is Jake Reeder and he is amazing! He is so nice and drives me to work every day.

How long have you worked at Reeder\'s?
Since 2012

Why do you enjoy working here?
I have separation anxiety and enjoy stealing employee lunches and napping all day.…

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About You and Your Family?
My Master is Jake Reeder and he is amazing! He is so nice and drives me to work every day.

How long have you worked at Reeder\’s?
Since 2012

Why do you enjoy working here?
I have separation anxiety and enjoy stealing employee lunches and napping all day.

Certifications/Specialties?
Finished in the top of my class at obedience school and also passed the shock collar exam

Hobbies:
Sleeping, eating, welcoming customers to the shop

Fun Facts:
I am named after a river in Tennessee known for its whitewater. I have been sprayed three different times by a skunk.

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Jeff Rucklos

Where are you from?
Chesterton, IN

Family?
My wife and four children

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
One year

How long have you been working on cars?
20 plus years

What’s your favorite/dream car?

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Where are you from?
Chesterton, IN

Family?
My wife and four children

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
One year

How long have you been working on cars?
20 plus years

What’s your favorite/dream car?
1969 Camero 2/28

Do you have any certifications?
ASE in A1 Engine Repair, A4 Suspension and Steering, A5 Brakes, A6 Electrical/Electronic Systems, A8 Engine Performance

If you had to live with only three tools in your toolbox, what would they be and why?
Screwdriver, adjustable wrench and a hammer

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
Boating and fishing

What’s your favorite band?
Jason Alendeen

Cats or dogs?
Dogs.  I have two dogs

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
Criminal Minds

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
Henry Ford

How would you explain how a car works in three sentences to an eight year old?
The engine and the transmission make power to make the wheels go around on pavement.  A steering wheel directs the wheels in the direction you want to go.  And the brakes help slow down the wheels and stop the car.

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Ross Williams

Where are you from?
South Haven

Family?
Yep, 2 sisters and one brother. I am the youngest.

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
I have been employed here at Reeder's since 2013.

What’s your favorite car/dream car?
A 1969 Chevelle

Do you have any certifications?

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Where are you from?
South Haven

Family?
Yep, 2 sisters and one brother. I am the youngest.

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
I have been employed here at Reeder’s since 2013.

What’s your favorite car/dream car?
A 1969 Chevelle

Do you have any certifications?
I am a certified Lube Tech and a certified Service Writer.

If you were a car, what kind would you be?
I would be a 55 Chevy.

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
I play a lot of basketball and I enjoy playing poker.

What’s your favorite band?
I do not have a favorite band, but my favorite music artist is Drake.

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
I tend to binge watch a bunch of different shows. My favorite so far would have to be Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

If you could be a super hero, which one would you be and why?
Superman, there is no explanation needed.

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Timothy Ford

Where are you from?
Portage

Family?
Mom, Dad, Two Brothers

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
A Year and a half

How long have you been working on cars?
Since I was 14 years old

What’s your favorite car/dream car?

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Where are you from?
Portage

Family?
Mom, Dad, Two Brothers

How long have you worked at Reeder’s?
A Year and a half

How long have you been working on cars?
Since I was 14 years old

What’s your favorite car/dream car?
My dream car is a 67′ Shelby GT 500.

Do you have any certifications?
Not yet, I am in the process of obtaining them.

If you had to live/work with only 3 tools in your toolbox, what would they be and why?
A hammer, a prybar, and a crescent wrench. A hammer because you can never underestimate the use of blunt force, a prybar because sometimes room has to be made, and a crescent wrench because it can fit a wide range of nuts and bolts.

If you were a car, what kind would you be?
A Ford Raptor

Do you have any hobbies, and what are they?
I’m a big fishermam and outdoorsman.

What’s your favorite band?
Justin Moore

Cats or Dogs?
Dogs

What’s your favorite tv show(s)?
I don’t watch much TV.

How many gas stations would you say there are in the United States?
2 Million