Our Team



Danny Crawford

Owner - ASE Certified Master Technician

Danny opened The Auto Shop in 2010 and is an integral part of the day to day operations as manager/owner.  Danny started working at his father’s garage, Larry’s Amoco in California MO when he was 10 years old and worked his way to mechanic. From there he became a mechanic at Capital City Lincoln Mercury Jeep Eagle AMC Renault, Lou Harts Auto Repair and then he began his work with Honda Jefferson City as Service Adviser and promoted to Service Manager for Honda and Hyundai.


Kelley Crawford

Owner - ASE Certified Service Adviser

Kelley and husband, Danny opened The Auto Shop in 2010 and she has been an integral part of building the business and holds an ASE certification for Service Adviser for the past three years. Kelley attended Helias High School and graduated from Lincoln University with Psychology/Mathematics degrees. During her free time she enjoys gardening, painting and taking care of her pets. She grew up in Jefferson City with her parents Tom and Lola Parris and four brothers, and has two children.


Sydney Parris

Sydney currently attends Blair Oaks High School and will be graduating in the class of 2020.  She likes to spend her time in school with yearbook, friends, and archery. Sydney is a member of the Blair Oaks Archery club and competed at State and Nationals. Sydney joined our team in October of 2017.


John Acton

John joined The Auto Shop in January 2018 as a technician.  John grew up in California MO and has four children and enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and motorcycles.


Dani Taggart

ASE Certified Technician

Dani started working at The Auto Shop in June of 2015. She is a graduate from Helias High School and State Technical College, specializing in hybrid technology. Dani is retired from the Missouri Army National Guard, in which she served for six years. She is an ASE certified mechanic in brakes, suspension and steering and refrigeration, and is continuing her certifications in other vehicle repairs. Dani likes to read, listen to music, and enjoys helping out at her brother in laws’ farm. Dani would work all day on cars in the driveway with her Dad as she grew up. She was born and raised here in Jefferson City.

austin loethen

Austin joined the team in March 2018 as an intern. Austin lives in Meta with his parents and graduated from Fatima High School. Austin grew up with his brother and now is proud uncle to his nephew, Elijah. Austin is currently a student at State Technical College and his major is General Automotive and Hybrid Technology and due to graduate in 2019. Austin hobbies include working and riding dirt bikes and street bikes, hunting and fishing.


Brandon Werdehausen


Brandon started at the shop in July of 2018. Brandon is set to marry his fiance, Tara, in September of 2019. Brandon has two kids, Cameron who is 8 and Logan who is 3. Brandon is a graduate of California High School’s class of 2011. He is ASE certified in automotive light maintenance, and hopes to be certified in brakes soon.Brandon also has his MVI license. He enjoys going and participating in derbys, fishing, working on hot rods, and spending time with his family.


Tim Pratt

Tim joined our team in April of 2019. Tim has been married to his wife Krista for 9 years. They have two kids, Abby who is 14 and Aiden who is 9. Tim enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and spending time with his family. Tim has worked in the service departments at Chevrolet, Ford, and Chrysler and he brings this experience to our team.

Ryu Taggart

Ryu started working at The Auto Shop in March of 2018 as an intern with Jefferson City High School, Nichols Career Center. Ryu is a Japanese born race car driver, and first started racing karts in 2006 at the age of 5. Over the next ten years, he amassed several karting track championships in Japan and in 2015, he finished 3rd (out of over 7000 drivers) in the highly competitive Red Bull Kart Fight. Ryu moved to America in 2016 and resumed his racing career in 2017. Competing in America was critical to the pursuit of his ultimate ambition: becoming a NASCAR Cup driver. In 2018, he finished 4th in the championship and was awarded Missouri State Rookie of the Year. In October of 2018 Ryu was selected as one of the twelve drivers to go to NASCAR’s Diversity Combine. Ryu likes to spend his free time going on a long drive. He also likes to spend time with his family and especially his dogs, Lucy and Sora.

Nolan Sturm

Nolan is the son of Kelley and Danny Crawford. Nolan spends his time after school and during the summer working at the shop. He is currently a Junior at California High School. He enjoys riding his dirt bikes, and hanging out with his dog Sprockett.


Emily Henderson

Please help us welcome Emily Henderson to our team! Emily is a senior at Jefferson City High School, in the Nichols Career Center Auto Mechanics program. Emily will be an intern with us this year learning the “ropes” on maintenance of vehicles. Some of Emily’s favorite things include spending time with her dog Duke, hunting and archery in which she participated in the State and National tournaments.


Zach Herndon

Please help us welcome Zach Hernon to our team! Zach graduated from Jefferson City High School last year and came to The Auto Shop with previous experience changing tires, oil, and other maintenance. His favorite things include his dog Bella a Labrador retriever, working on his own car, video games, hunting and fishing.