Meet Your Instructors

Ryan originally joined Standard Motor Products as a Technician Training Developer. Prior to that he was the lead tech/drivability specialist at a 20 bay independent shop in Michigan. He was the founder of West Michigan Auto Repair Society, chairman of the MI chapter of SAE, has attended numerous ASE test-writing workshops, and presented training at numerous conferences each year. Ryan also presented many of our PTS On-Demand webinars.
John Forro has achieved A.S.E. Master certified automobile technician with L-1 Advanced Engine Performance certification as well. John has also achieved certifications in heavy truck and body repair throughout his career.  John has authored 20 Automotive manuals to date, produced several automotive training videos appeared in many of the industry trade magazines and won the Motor Top 20 tool award for Silver Bullets.  John has been featured in several of the Automotive Video Inc. training films on such subjects as Silver Bullets, Quick Check Diagnostics and Mode $06.
Read about Bill Haas, one of AVI's Instructors.
Bill Haas is the owner of Haas Performance Consulting LLC, with 40 years of experience in the automotive service and repair industry. Clients now have access to Bill’s solution based focus, expertise, unique perspectives and in-depth knowledge of the industry. Services available include business management seminar development and delivery, keynote presentations, business consulting, performance coaching, and strategic planning facilitation.

  • Owned and operated – Speetjens Transmission Service in The Netherlands for 20 years
  • 16 years as an automatic transmission instructor
  • Worked for ATSG & ATRA as an instructor
  • Worked for Electude - Netherlands as an instructor
  • Worked in Research and Devolvement with Sonnax
  • Worked for Worldpac as a tech instructor
  • Worked with ZF Saarbrucken in R&D on mechatronic wear patterns
  • Worked for Worldpac as a tech instructor
  • ZF Factory trained on all 5, 6, 8 & 9 speed transmissions
  • Lemförder/TRW Chassis, Brake and ADAS expert
  • ZF Certified High Voltage expert
Tom has achieved ASE Master Certified Automotive Technician with L1 Advanced Engine Performance certification, is a master trainer for the Ohio EPA Emissions Program, and holds various OEM and industry supplier certifications. Tom's Clients have included Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Snap-On Tools, Ohio EPA, American Automobile Association, Cuyahoga County, Cargill Salt, and Cuyahoga Community College. He has also served as a field technician servicing both automotive and heavy-duty trucks.
    After learning the ropes as a mechanic, he ventured out starting his first automotive shop in 1996 with $4,000, a used hoist, floor jack and lots of naive determination. Six years later, he profited through the sale of that business, and in 2004 opened Desert Car Care of Chandler in Chandler, Arizona.
    Desert Car Care expanded to a second location in 2009 and a third in 2012. Both were sold in 2013 to focus on the Chandler operation which grew to become a nationally recognized and award-winning seven-bay, top 1% national gross revenue automotive repair shop.
    Frank took his leadership abilities to serve as President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Automotive Service Association from 2013-2017. In 2016 he was elected, and continues to serve, on the National ASA Mechanical Operations Committee representing over 5,000 independent garage owners across the country. In addition, Frank has created the award-winning weekly radio\podcast show Wrench Nation while premiering the unique & fascinating automotive talents & lifestyles of the industry.
    Electrons and gasoline must run in Dave Hobbs’ blood because he has literally grown up in the auto electric business. After 20 years of full-time wrenching in the family garage in Kokomo Indiana, he joined GM’s Delco Electronics Division (now Delphi) as a technical adviser and training instructor. As an instructor for Delphi, Dave has traveled throughout the world training Delphi engineers in automotive systems technology. In a dual role serving also as a technical adviser for Delphi, Dave has served as a hotline advisor assisting thousands of dealer and independent technicians with diagnostic problems for over 20 years.
    Dave has also served as an instructor for Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College teaching drivability and electronics, Sun Electric, MACS, ASA and Linder Technical Services. Dave is a qualified master Hybrid instructor, writes for several automotive magazines including Motor Magazine and Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide, ACtion. He has worked with Automotive Video Innovations in the making of several automotive training videos, including his personal favorite…”F.R.E.D. Takes The Bus”… a technical training program on vehicle serial data bus communications. Dave is ASE Master L1 certified and a member of SAE, TST, NACAT and IATN.
    He and his wife Teresa have three children and live in Kokomo, Indiana. When not involved in automotive-related endeavors, Dave keeps busy working in various Christian ministries, including a radio program broadcast weekly on WZWZ Radio. (92.5 FM) Check out the website and fill up on knowledge.
    Mark DeKoster has been fixing cars, teaching people to fix cars, or teaching people to go into management positions in the industry where having a technical background is desired for over 40years. Starting as a technician at a Chrysler-Plymouth Store, Mark has worked as a Line Tech and Lead Tech, for Hyundai, Toyota, and the Service Director of a multi-line GM store. As an educator, Mark has worked in a high school career center, community college, and recently as the Senior Instructor in the Automotive Management Program at Ferris State University. He spent six years as a Service Training Instructor for Ford Motor Co. Mark has worked as a Trainer in the Aftermarket as the Branch Training Manager for Snap-on Technical Training, contract training for Bosch, AutoValue, and Delphi Technologies. Mark has his own Training Company and has done multiple videos and seminars for AVI.