• Meet the Team: Julio Santana

    blog postTuesday 06 June 2017

    Although he was born in Torrance and is working in Torrance, Julio doesn't usually stay put in one spot for long; he’s the kind of guy that is always on the move, whether he’s skateboarding, drifting, or racing cars.   And did you notice his favorite past times all deal with wheels? No wonder his ASE- certification includes suspension, steering and brakes! Julio became interested in servicing cars after his own needed work, and he wanted to figure out how to fix it himself... read more

  • Meet the Team: Eric Riesco

    blog postMonday 08 May 2017

    Maybe we need to thank Eric's first car for his being a Master Technician now.   Growing up in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Missouri, Eric enjoyed fishing and camping. But with his '73 Chevy Nova continually breaking down, Eric had to learn to fix it himself so he can go on his outdoor adventures. He wasn't feeling grateful then! Fast forward to today, he put all that “OTJ” training to work, and then some.  Hillside is proud to have the ASE-certified tech as... read more

  • Meet the Team: Morgen Ritums

    blog postMonday 24 April 2017

    Morgen has an adventurous spirit. You can find her exploring the nooks and crannies of LA, especially trendy places for tea, eating and especially YUMMY desserts (purple sweet potato ice cream anyone?)    You can catch her at First Fridays at the National History Museum, LACMA movie screenings, or in her quieter mood, watching the sun setting over the big blue. The customer service role is a perfect fit for Morgen - she is happy and warm-hearted, and loves getting to know each of Hil... read more

  • Meet the Team: Jose Ruiz

    blog postThursday 28 July 2016

    Senior Auto Technician His childhood Hot Wheels collection might have been a sign. As far back as he can remember, Jose has always liked cars.  He completed the automotive technician training program at UEI College - Gardena and worked for an aftermarket service shop before joining Hillside in 2016.   Jose relishes the variety of cars that come into his service bay. He’s happy to “work on every type of vehicle” and keep them running in top condition.   ... read more

  • Meet the Team: David Smith

    blog postThursday 02 June 2016

    Surfer? Check. Skateboarder? Check. Vinyl collector? Check. Yes, David Smith is all of those things. And he’s a Senior Service Advisor at Hillside Auto Repair.      As a teenager, he preferred mid-century cars. He took auto shop to learn how to do his own repairs. After serving in the U.S. Army, he got a job at an auto parts store. Later, he worked as a technician and was promoted to service advisor. Over the course of his 20+ year career, David managed the service departme... read more