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Jeff and Susan Barnes - Owners/Operators
Jeff and Susan Barnes - Owners/Operators

Jeff was born and raised in the Angier area where his shop has become a permanent fixture in the local community. He got his start in the automotive industry working at local service stations and independent repair shops while still in high school. He has over 38 years of experience. He graduated from Wake Technical Institute with a degree in Automotive Repair. After 10 years of working in dealerships and independent repair shops he decided to venture out on his own.

He started his business by working at nights and on weekends in a two bay shop he built in his back yard. Soon his business began to grow and he added another bay to his shop. By this time business had grown so rapidly that Jeff quit his day job and opened his shop to the public on a full time basis. In 1988 Jeff Barnes Auto Repair was born. By the early 1990's Jeff saw the need for additional room so two more bays were added to his shop. In 1993 Jeff Barnes Auto Repair was incorporated becoming known as Jeff Barnes Auto Repair, Inc.

In 1995 Jeff married his wife, Susan Barnes, who has become a valuable partner in his business. She handles the customer service and financial portions of the business. She too was born and raised in the Angier area where she worked at a local bank for 13 years with experience in commercial lending. Together they have five children and three grandchildren. They have tried to instill in their children the importance of good work ethics by employing all of them at the shop ona part time basis while in school.

In 1996 they saw the need to expand their services to include 24 hour towing. This was a service they noticed being used by their customers through other businesses and felt that they could provide this same service to their customers at an affordable price. In 1998 they expanded into the tire market. This provided their customers with the convenience of a more full service shop.

In 2002 they saw the need for a larger facility with greater visibility than their current location, so plans for a new 10,000 sq. ft. building at a new location were underway. In July of 2003 Jeff Barnes Auto Repair, Inc. opened up at its current location of 8441 NC Hwy. 210 N. in Angier, NC.


Jamie Barbour - Front End Specialist
Jamie is a native of Harnett County. He started his automotive career in 1987. He ventured into the collision repair industry in the 1990's to pursue a career as a suspension and alignment specialists. He joined the staff of Jeff Barnes Auto in 2006 where he has been a valued employee ever since. He is one of the best front end specialists in the area and he usually stays several days behind due to the demand for his expertise and quality of work. Jamie is ICAR and ASE certified. He has been married for over 21 years and has a son who attends Campbell University. He enjoys going to the beach, riding his motorcycle, shooting handguns and shotguns.

Brian Newton - Technician
Brian is the newest member here at Jeff Barnes Auto. He recently joined our staff in August of 2017. He grew up in the mountains of Virginia. Brian joined the army as a tracked vehicle mechanic and served a tour in Iraq. After the military, Brian attended the NASCAR Technical Institute where he completed the Automotive Technician program.

Having worked at some of the bigger corporate independent shops, he decided there had to be a better way to operate in this industry. This decision led him to join our team here at Jeff Barnes Auto. Brian enjoys major mechanical diagnosis and repair. He and his wife have a young son and they enjoy going to local events together. In his spare time he enjoys target shooting and iRacing.

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John Pero, III - Technician

John Pero, III - Technician
John is a 27 year resident of North Carolina and currently resides in Johnston County. He is originally from New Jersey and in 1986 he came to our state as an operations manager for a security agency in Raleigh. In 1989 he entered the automotive industry full time as a technician for a Chrysler/Jeep dealership and later for after market shops.

He spends his weekends and some evenings performing service and repair on lawn maintenance equipment with his son as well as ATV and scooter repair.

He has been married for 32 years and has five children and five grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and family, ATV riding and target shooting.

Tony Williams - Technician
Tony joined our staff here at Jeff Barnes Auto after his retirement in 2012. He enjoys the variety of work he gets to do here, especially towing customer vehicles and running wrecker calls. He has lived in Angier all of his life. Tony worked as a mechanic for the Harnett County School bus garage for 36 years servicing school buses, driver's education cars and other county vehicles and equipment. Tony is a real team member, always willing to help others, usually greeting you with a smile. He has served as a local volunteer fireman for 34 years.

Tony has been married for over 23 years and enjoys spending time with his wife and their pets. He likes antiques of all kinds, estate auctions, tractors and music. Tony is very creative, always making new inventions. He enjoys the challenge of making something work better. He served on the team that developed the original prototype school bus front safety arm.

Tony Williams - Technician


Robert "Bob" Juda, Jr. - Technician
Bob moved to North Carolina in 2011 from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. He has 28 years of automotive experience and is ASE Master Certified with L1 Advanced Performance. Bob has worked for a few independent repair facilities over the years, including owning his own auto repair facility. He likes to tackle tough diagnostic and electrical problems. He has experience working on a variety of domestic and import vehicles.

Bob has been married for 24 years and has two sons. He enjoys traveling with his wife and has traveled to several countries including Japan. He also likes spending time with his family and friends. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking.
Meaghan Barnes - Office Assistant



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