Marathon Automotive

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"The staff at Marathon Automotive have the 'attention to detail' that allows my family to travel with the confidence that they will arrive at their destination."Bill White"I have been using Marathon Automotive for all my car (Subaru) servicing needs for the past 25 years. I always find the staff to be very accommodating when scheduling appointments, especially in emergencies..."Pat Buron"...I felt my car was treated with respect long since forgotten by my dealer. BTW the coffee is great while I wait and I like to walk to the surrounding shops and restaurants while I wait on bigger jobs. Keep it up Marathon! A+++++"James D."Done correctly. Done economically. Done on time."Dave Warren"I highly recommend Marathon Automotive for the following reasons: Friendly and courteous service. Scheduled repairs completed on time. Quality results. Fair and competitive pricing. Dependable shuttle..."Ted Fistler"If you are looking for an automotive service center that is locally owned and operated by people that excel at service, accurate estimates, and timely completion dates, stop in at Marathon Automotive. "Ed and Carole Trahan"We are so glad we found Marathon Automotive! From tires to service and repairs, they have always been professional, honest and knowledgeable. We wouldn't take our Honda's anywhere else."Beth M."I can always count on Marathon Automotive to deliver thoughtful, quality service and a good price. I have been going there for decades and they are great to work with."James D. and Christina MacInnes"Absolutely spectacular service! I am impressed every visit with the team's ability to not only recognize you, but remember things that were going on the last time you were in."Whitney Fisher Miller"It is always a pleasure to do business with Marathon Automotive. A customer can rely on top-quality work in a thoroughly professional environment... When service is performed, it will be done by highly trained technicians..."Eb and Mary Frixen"My wife and I both use Marathon. We have always been impressed with the sincerity of the staff, quality of service and feeling part of the Marathon family. Marathon sees the value of us... and we see the value of their service."Chip Petty"We always know at Marathon things will be done right and if something should be done it is so. And if something doesn't need to be done Marathon will say so. "Harry Janis"Marathon Automotive is my favorite place to go for my auto maintenance and repairs. They are honest, friendly, and very accommodating... I like their commitment to use the highest quality and most eco-friendly parts. "Lisa Danto"...I found everyone that I dealt with at Marathon to be honest, educated, and communicated well both over the phone and in person. I'm thankful that they didn't try to take advantage of me being out of state and during a time of need..."Jerel D. "They are excellent at diagnosing the problem and fixing it quickly. They charge fairly and will do the extra things that make it convenient for you. I consider the staff my friends..."Larry Fatt"With equally excellent people skills and automotive skills, the folks at Marathon Automotive provide the best car maintenance ever - anywhere! They're the Click and Clack of the Grand Traverse Region."Amy Tyler"It has been my pleasure to have worked with everyone at Marathon Automotive over the years. I have enjoyed your honesty and integrity and feel that you always show a sincere concern for the care of your customers... "Kathy Jabara"I’ve been using Marathon Automotive services since 1994. If I had to sum up my relationship with them I would say, 'I can trust them.' "Keli MacIntosh"...I have had no complaints and no problems with the work that they have performed on my SUV. They are very courteous and make me feel welcome every time I walk through their door. They will always be my preferred choice."Debbie Greensky"My husband is a do-it-yourselfer who trusts nothing to anyone. This is the ONLY place he will "let me" take my Subaru for the few things he doesn't have time for. (And he checks things over when I get home ... )"Patty Marden"I feel as though Marathon Automotive is the best place to take your vehicle. From the moment you walk in, everyone is friendly, professional, and great to deal with. Did these guys get trained by the Ritz Carlton? Their prices are in line with others, and yet they give you so much more value..."Sebastian Garbsch"Always friendly and courteous, take the time to explain needed service and offer options, and most importantly, they stand behind their work. Not the least expensive in town, but worth every penny for the quality work. Tire pricing is competitive, and the honest tire advice is priceless."Timothy Burke"I have been working with the staff at Marathon for over 15 years. On occasion I have tried other companies for car service, but always return to Marathon because of the courtesy of the staff as well as their knowledge of vehicles... "Donna Valdmanis"Knowing that everyone at Marathon is taking care of both of our vehicles... gives peace of mind that will always make it home safely on the snowiest of nights and the hottest of summer days... We love Marathon..."Leslie and Russ Knopp"I am a long-time customer because of friendliness, trust and good work."Dan Tholen"We've been using Marathon Automotive for 26+ years and have always received superior service for all of our vehicles, both personal and company..."Sue Kitchen"Everyone is always so helpful at Marathon Automotive. Dave has given me many tips when purchasing a travel trailer, or new car, beyond what is expected. I have used Marathon for ten years for all of my auto repair service..."Sara Cockrell

Years of Experience: 51
Years with Marathon: 40

Ross Schofield, President and Owner:

Ross began in the automotive business in 1969 at an Exxon Gas station in Wilmington, Delaware.  Driven by his love of skiing, he moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where he lived from from 1973-1978 and owned his own automotive business.  Ross moved to Michigan in 1978 where he attended classes at Northwestern Michigan College in electrical engineering. When Ross realized that a degree in electrical engineering would lead him to an office job in a big city he switched gears and decided to follow his first loves, cars and working for himself.  In 1980 Ross opened Marathon Automotive at the corner of Four Mile and US 31 N in Traverse City and in 1992, after twelve years of consistent growth, Ross moved Marathon Automotive into its new facility on South Airport Road. The service area was designed with the employee in mind with lots of natural light, exceptional ventilation and is very energy efficient (well ahead of its time in 1994).

Most days Ross can be found at the shop managing the business and searching for better pricing on parts and tires to pass along to customers; except in late winter when his workdays are filled with flats fishing, downhill skiing, and roaming the world in search of dangerously named rum. Ross still maintains his ASE Master Technician status, most likely for airfare discounts.


Years of Experience: 25
Years with Marathon: 25

Rob Michels, General Manager and Part Owner:

Rob has been a part of Marathon Automotive for almost all his life.  Rob is Ross and Sherry's son, and has been working at Marathon since he was thirteen when he rode his riding mower to work. He has worked on everything from dirt bikes to Audis and is our in-house four wheel drive and off-road expert.  Although Rob holds multiple ASE certifications, he has been working as one of our service writers for the last nine years.  While working with customers and technicians everyday, Rob is slowly taking over the day-to-day operations of the business.




Years of Experience: 47
Years with Marathon: 20+

David Bajema, IT and Building Maintenance Manager, Shuttle Driver:

David came to Marathon Automotive in 1995 after successfully operating his own Service Center for over ten years in Grand Rapids. He began working with us as an ASE Master Technician specializing in Ford and Chrysler vehicles.  After nearly thirty years of working on cars and trucks, Dave transitioned into service writing and four years later he transitioned into another career-- teaching in Northwestern Michigan College’s Automotive Technology Department.  David now splits his time between teaching at the college and performing as our in-house IT department and troubleshooter.


Years of Experience: 40
Years with Marathon: 20

Mark Gomulinski, ASE Master Technician:

Mark graduated from Denver Automotive and Diesel College with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Service.  He is a Volkswagen Master Technician and an Infiniti Top Ten Technician.  Mark also has extensive Acura, Audi, and Nissan factory training.  Mark has 30 years of service experience and is an ASE Master Technician with Advanced Level Specialist certification.  He is our Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep specialist, as well as one of our Subaru Gurus.  After nearly twenty years of dealership service in metro Detroit, Mark joined our team in 2000.

“Working at our well-equipped shop and having access to high tech tools allows me to do my job better and perform high quality work with a smooth running crew.”



Years of Experience: 45
Years with Marathon: 25

Frank Jodoin, ASE Master Technician:

Way back when, Frank attended the Votech program for automotive service before joining one of Metropolitan Detroit’s premier Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche specialty repair shops.  While specializing in European Vehicles for over ten years, Frank earned Bosch’s Level 5 Certification—Bosch’s highest service recognition.  Frank has 34 years of automotive service experience and is also an ASE Master Technician with Advanced Level Specialist certification.  Frank left Metro Detroit and joined our team in 1994 where he specializes in servicing and repairing European and Asian vehicles.

“We’re treated like family, employees and customers both!”


Years of Experience: 39
Years with Marathon: 34

Ron Martinson, Parts and Service Manager:

Ron is our Service Manager extraordinaire whose extreme dedication to providing excellent service has made him the backbone of our business for over twenty years. Except for those few vacation days he takes, every workday finds Ron here before we open until after we close. Ron holds ASE Certifications as Parts Specialist and Service Consultant and has been managing the flow of work at Marathon since 1986, when we were a two-stall service center.  He’s not only a star within our organization, he is recognized state-wide as the former General Director of the Michigan Automotive Service Association.   

“I work with the best in the automotive field; all of the Marathon employees care about all of our customers and take pride in their vehicles.  All of the employees think of the customer first.”

Years of Experience: 22
Years with Marathon: 22

Erinn Winfrey, Office Manager:

Erinn began her career at Marathon right out of high school, after earning her Job Title Certification in Accounting. She has dedicated the last twelve years to becoming the most proficient office manager in the business.  Erinn runs the office at Marathon, and if you’ve ever called us or stopped in, it’s likely that you’ve spoken with her.  Since 1998, Erinn not only handles the daily office management, she has also mastered the constantly trying job of making our dozen guys tow the mark.

“Marathon Automotive is my home away from home.  The team is my second family.  I love my job and our customers.  Some days are challenging being the only female among eleven males, but overall I love to work with all of them and they all take good care of me.  We all take pride in our work and value all of our customers.



Years of Experience: 30
Years with Marathon: 9

Marty Goetz, ASE Master Technician and Service Consultant:

Marty has dedicated his entire working career to the automotive industry.  At 17 years old, he started as a mechanic’s apprentice at a local shop and realized he had found his niche.  He came to Marathon in 2011 to put his extensive knowledge of “all things auto” to use as a Service Writer.  Marty is certified as an ASE Master Technician and Service Consultant; he is a huge asset to our team.  











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