Meet Our Staff At Jake's AutoCare Center
Howard Wilde III
Howard has been ASE Certified for over 40 years, since 1978! Howard has owned Jake's Radiator since 1983. Fun fact about Howard, he likes being involved with the community and the Norwalk Area United Fund.
In 2018, Jake's Radiator was recognized as a NAPA Gold Certified AutoCare Center. NAPA Gold Auto Repair Shops place a higher emphasis on Autotech training and ASE Certifications. Better workmanship allows Howard to offer his customers the NAPA Peace Of Mind 36/36 National Warranty. Offering such a Great Warranty gives Howard's customers confidence that they've chosen a shop that has been recognized as the very Best by the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA).
Sharon is our go to person. She answers the phone, does the accounting, schedules appointments and helps order parts supplies. She started with Jakes in May 1995 coming from a local car dealership. Howard has known Sharon since the 70's when they were members of a local van club. Outside of work Sharon enjoys spending time with her kids, grandkids, siblings and 93-year-old mother. She also helps with her husband Bill's business B & B RV Service and Truck Accessories. She has started to volunteer with The Norwalk Area United Fund. Stop by and say "Hi" to Sharon.
Our longest term employee, Jeff has now been here for 30 years. Jeff started out one summer painting the building and ended up with an internship in radiator repair. Jeff was a quick learner and enjoys his trade. He is one of only a few people left who still work at this trade.
Jeff thoroughly enjoys the antique/classic car radiator restoration. He is quite proficient in not only radiator repairs but entire cooling systems. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys Harley Davidson motorcycles and classic cars. On any given weekend you will find him at a car show anywhere in the state of Ohio. His favorite vehicle is his 1968 Chevy Panel Truck. He also enjoys time with his family and friends.
Roy came to us from EHOVE Auto Tech program in 2011 working part-time while he was still a senior in high school. After graduating, he went to full-time and continues his education with ongoing training classes. Roy has earned several ASE Certifications and is working towards becoming a Master ASE Certified Technician.
Recently, Roy and his girlfriend Kailey Summers purchased a house here in Norwalk OH. In his spare time Roy likes to go mudding. He has built several vehicles for mudding and is currently restoring a 1996 Ford F250 pickup.
I grew up in Arlington, Ohio which is a small town south of Findlay Ohio. Over the years I have worked in restaurants, factory, sales, and delivery. My wife Leslie and I have been married for 38 years. We have 3 children..2 daughters and 1 son. We (Nana & Poppy) like spending time with our 9 grandchildren and look forward to meeting number 10 sometime this spring. I enjoy working in our garden, doing yard work, fishing, golfing & going out to Summit Motorsports Park to watch the races.