Paul Criswell first opened Paul’s Automotive on V Street in 1974. He later moved the shop to the current location on 20th and O Street in 1981. He wanted an automotive shop that was part of the community and that people could trust. Paul retired in 2015. Mike Spellman started as a tech at Paul’s in 1992. He now owns the shop and continues the tradition of Paul’s today. Mike’s philosophy is to do whatever it takes to be the best automotive repair shop in town and to have his customers have a great experience.
About Our Team
Mike Spellman, President and Owner
Mike has been a car enthusiast since an early age, watching his uncles and dad drag race. He has worked in the industry all his life. He loves the feeling of taking a car that isn’t running right and fixing the problem, and to watch the customer drive away happy and safe. First a tech at Paul’s since 1992, and now the owner, he brings this wealth of knowledge and a determination to provide the best customer service experience. In his free time, Mike enjoys drag racing his 1972 Challenger and spending time with his family.
Frank Folger, Service Writer
Frank has more than 20 years of service writing experience. His motto is simple: to help people and fix cars. When you talk to Frank, not only will he inform you about your car and treat you with kindness and respect, you will notice he is always smiling and you will be soothed by his voice; some say he should have been a radio announcer. In his free time, Frank enjoys going to classic car shows. His favorite is the station wagon.
Frank Horne, Technician
Frank has been with Paul’s since 2002. Frank takes a great deal of pride in his work. He is thorough, detail-oriented, and he goes the extra mile for each customer. Frank is a big fan of the Giants and 49ers and enjoys visiting Lake Tahoe on the weekends.
Craig Renke, Technician
Craig has been working on cars for more than 45 years. As a kid, he loved taking things apart, which frustrated his parents, until they realized he started to fix the things he took apart, including their car. He originally went down the path of working on airplanes. He later switched to cars, as it’s easier to park a car in a garage, compared to an airplane! He is active on the drag racing scene, traveling up and down the state to race his 1963 Chevy Nova. You’ll also find him in his garage building and maintaining his friends’ race cars too. In between races, if he isn’t working on another car, he enjoys fly fishing.
Camille Kustin, Office Manager
You’ll find Camille in the office doing all the behind the scenes work to keep the business running. She has a varied background in environmental policy, non-profits, and state government. She’s the one responsible for working to make the shop a little greener.
Jackson Spellman, Customer Service Expert
Since May 2016, Mike and Camille’s baby boy has been providing the shop with regular displays of cuteness.
Lee Gonzales, Technician
With Lee, working on cars started as a hobby and then turned into a profession. Lee says working on cars is one of the few jobs where he can feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction every day. His favorite jobs are R & R (remove and replace) work. On the weekends, he likes to play basketball.
Alex Wilson, Technician
Alex has always loved cars, and the problem-solving aspect of fixing them. As a kid he would identify every car make manufactured that year, and he was only eight years old! He was born and raised in the Bay Area and moved to Sacramento in February 2018, where he quickly joined the Paul’s team. He loves Sacramento and looks forward to the spring and summer months where he can bike around town with his wife and daughter.