108 Carr Avenue Franklin, TN 37064 615-656-1214

Meet the Staff of Cody's Automotive

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Cody Gautsche - Co-owner

- cody@codysautomotive.com

Meet Cody, co-owner, and the one who started it all. Cody grew up on a farm in southern Michigan and spent much of his childhood working on old bikes, farm machinery, and classic cars. He attended the University of Northwestern Ohio where he earned an associates degree in automotive service technology. After he graduated, he worked as a mechanic in Michigan before moving out west to work in the oil fields of Wyoming. He then moved to the Nashville area in 2006 with a dream of someday starting his own business. By 2009 he was working as a mobile mechanic out of the back of his old Chrysler. Since then, God has grown his business exponentially. In 2013, he expanded to a shop near downtown Franklin, and by the end of 2016 he obtained his TN dealer license making business grow even faster. Cody's crew at the shop continued to expand as well, and they quickly outgrew the small one bay shop that they were renting. In July of 2018, Cody was able to purchase a much larger, 17 bay shop on the same street in Franklin and a shop in Columbia as well. Cody is humbled daily by all that God has done in and through the business in such a short time, and he is committed to providing honest, high quality care to his customers and demonstrating the love of Christ in the shop each and every day. On the weekends, you can find him spending time outdoors with his wife Megan and their 5 beautiful daughters.                       

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Fil Ramirez - Co-owner

- fil@codysautomotive.com

Meet Fil, our multi-talented co-owner. He grew up in Florida and moved to the Nashville area in 2002 where he worked as the general parts manager at Honda for 10 years. He also worked for several years as a firefighter for the Nashville Fire Department before coming to work full time at Cody's in 2018. Fil is both a jack of all trades and a master of ALL (cooking, mechanics, business, art)....honestly, this guy can do anything! When God brought Fil and Cody together, it was a providential connection. Cody and his wife, Megan had been searching and praying for several years for a devoted partner who could lead and manage the business side of the shop and ultimately lead them into greater growth and expansion, financially and spiritually. When Fil began working part time with Cody in 2014, it became obvious that he was the answer to the couple's prayer. Fil's experience and knowledge of parts, inventory, management, and customer care have been indispensable. He is both hard-working and humorous, and he brings a level of professionalism to the shop that would not exist without him.  When he is not at work, you will find him spending time at his home in Thompson's Station with his beautiful wife Judy and their four children.

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Judy Ramirez - Director of First Impressions

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Meet Judy! She is married to Fil(one of our co-owners) and is also one of our faithful employees at Cody's Automotive. Judy does it all up front! She comes from a banking background and assists in the accounting/ book keeping side of the business as well as being one of the faces you'll see up front in our office. Judy has been in the automotive industry for years and even worked at Honda with her husband before coming to Cody's. You may not get to see her as much now as she just had a beautiful baby boy and is out of the office taking care of her sweet family.

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Robyn Goodside - Office Manager -- ext.103

615-656-1214 - robyn@codysautomotive.com

Meet Robyn, our very talented office manager. She grew up in South Florida and migrated here to Tennessee where she has worked and raised her family. We consider her to be our gatekeeper here at the shop! She keeps us grounded, giving us stability and peace of mind while operating a growing business. She has been part of the Cody's Automotive family for 3 years now as our office manager, human relations, bookkeeper, gatekeeper, and shop mom! Robyn loves the outdoors and activities such as walking and hiking, but most of all loves spend timing with her husband of 20 plus years, their 3 lovely daughters, and her many other spiritual daughters. 

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Christian Blake(CB) Salmons - Director of First Impressions -- ext.109

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Welcome Christian Blake! He has recently joined us here at Cody's adding a new face to the front office to help greet our amazing customers. He is originally from North Carolina and moved to Tennessee in 2016 on what was supposed to be a temporary move, and we are so happy he stayed. CB is an avid reader and can't seem to get enough books. He loves to make music and is able to sing, play guitar, drums, and piano. We are so excited to shake up the front by adding him to the mix!

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Grace Gutherie - Director of First Impressions -- ext.108

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Welcome Grace! She is the newest smiling face here at Cody’s Automotive!  You will see her up in the front as one of our director of first impressions. Grace was born and raised in Michigan and now lives in TN. She is a bright and bubbly person and thinks that the color pink matches her personality perfectly. Grace fits right in at Cody’s Automotive with a huge love for her car, more specifically a love for cleaning her car. SHe said she cleans her car 3 times a week!!! She has a big heart for others and loves to bake as it allows her to put effort into something for someone else just to show them she loves them. We are overjoyed to add Grace to our team and we think you will be too!

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Aaron Hicks - Service Writer -- ext.104

615-656-1214 - aaron@codysautomotive.com

Now introducing, Aaron! He has been at Cody's Automotive for almost 3 years now, and has had previous automotive experience working as a lube technician. Aaron's dream is to open a car shop of his own someday overseas as a missionary. He is extremely outdoorsy and some of his bucket list items include trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp and hiking the Appalachian Trail. When Aaron isn't spending his time outside or rock climbing he enjoys watching all things sci-fi, from Star Wars, to Doctor Who, to Marvel he loves them all. 

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Bob Schultz - Service Writer -- ext.110

615-656-1214 - bob@codysautomotive.com

Bob is one our amazing employees and an answer to prayer here at Cody's Automotive. We have been working with Bob for many years as he has been in the parts industry for over a decade. We are so thankful to get to add him to our team as he is a well of knowledge. Bob is also a very talented drummer and has played in a Christian rock/metal band for years. His dream is to someday play a show in front of 100,000 people. He also hopes to someday drive across the country. He is a rock star both in our shop and on the stage.

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Rye Hosford - Service Manager/ Master Tech

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Rye is our back of the house manager and shop big brother. He has been in the automotive industy for 26 years, originally going to school for business in hopes of becoming a service manager. Rye keeps us stocked on sweet tea and lolipops here at the shop. One of his bucketlist items is to someday fly on a plane for the fist time in his life. He is working on two years here at Cody's Automotive and has been a great asset, bringing knowledge and unity to our shop!

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Samuel Morales - Master Tech

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Meet Samuel! He got his start in the automotive industry by washing cars from the time he was 13 years old and working his way up to becoming a master technician. He has been working on cars for 16 years now! Samuel's dream is to be a dad and go skydiving. One of those dreams is coming true this year, as Samuel is a father to be, expecting a baby girl this summer!! Don't let him fool you when he says he doesn't have any hobbies as he sings, plays the drums, guitar, piano, and bass.

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Rick Regentin - Master Tech

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Now introducing... Rick! He is an absolute answer to prayer! In one of our busiest seasons he came our way and was a perfect fit. Rick used to work at Autobody Advantage and upon their closing transitioned to working here at Cody's Automotive. Rick is a father to 4 daughters, one son, and is a grandpa to 2 granddaughters.  He is using his gift of being a Master technician and many years of experience to serve our customers well and help us grow into the best team we can be. We love getting to have him here and we think you will too!

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Hector Hernandez - "B" Tech

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This is Hector, our "B" level technician. He is one of our youngest employees at the shop, but already has a great amount of experience in the automotive industry. He has been working on vehicles for 5 years now, and has been trained up by Samuel (his uncle and one of our wonderful master technicians). Hector lives and breathes cars, buying his own to work on on the weekends in hopes of growing his skill and knowledge. He keeps all of us laughing and is like our little brother here at the shop. His dream is to someday open his own automotive shop!

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Alan Mendez - Service Tech

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Meet Alan! Alan is our newest and youngest employee. He started out detailing at our shop and has showed us his skills moving his way into being our general service technician. Alan is currently in school and working with us for the second half of his day. He is extremely dedicated and pays great attention to detail(...get it...because he details cars). We are so blessed to have him as part of our team!!!

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