About Simard Automotive

The best value for automotive repair in town!

Meet the Team


Mike Simard, Owner
Mike has been in the Automotive Industry since he was 13 years old and has always wanted to operate his own repair shop. After a lot of hard-work and dedication, his dream was realized and he is now the proud owner/operator of Simard Automotive! He is an ASE Certified Technician and enjoys all aspects of owning the shop.

Mike and his wife have 3 kids and in his spare time, he enjoys spending time with them and boating.


Robert Simard, Shop Foreman
Robert has spent the last 11 years in the Automotive Industry and is an ASE Certified Technician. He grew up in the North East Kingdom of Vermont, where he worked as a Brew Master’s Assistant for 4 years. He also ran a fine dining restaurant. Robert enjoys working on and expanding his knowledge of foreign vehicles, especially VW, Audi, BMW & Mercedes. In his spare time, he likes to be outdoors and spends most of his time fishing.

Sam Barnard, Service Manager
Sam was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and has lived here for most of his life. He did spend 15 years out of Alaska but could not stay away. He has been in the automotive industry since high school. He has been a service manager, at other companies, since 2000. Sam enjoys hockey, skiing, drag racing, fishing, and shooting.

Jimmy Cavanaugh, Service Advisor
Jimmy has been in the automotive industry for 18 years. He grew up in the automotive industry with his father, who owned a multitude of automotive shops. He has taken automotive training courses for management, directing, and repair. (ASE-ASA) Jimmy enjoys serving others and being involved in the community. For activities Jimmy likes to play pool, drag racing, and partake and listen to comedy.


Bob Piser, Master Technician
Bob is an ASE Master Certified Technician with over 10 years of experience and has lived in Alaska for 27 years. He is married with 4 children that take up most of his time. When he does get some free time, he enjoys playing basketball and watching sports on TV.


Pauly Stroup, Technician
Pauly has been in the automotive industry for 14 years. He owned his own automotive shop for 6 years. He went into the automotive industry for his passion for learning and figuring out problems. He is an electronic specialist. He owns 27 dogs and is training to one day run the Iditarod.

Lloyd Romero, Technician
Lloyd grew up around the automotive industry. He was born and raised in California and just recently moved himself and his family up to Alaska. He has a family of 4 daughters and a loving wife. He enjoys working on old cars and drawing.

Cat Pottschmidt, Office Assistant
Cat has worked at Simard Automotive since 2012. She went to Hutchison High with interest in the automotive industry and started working while still in high school. She has lived in Alaska for 9 years. Her hobbies are reading and hockey.