Meet Our Staff


The management staff at Kurt’s is your key point of contact for all your auto repair needs. We are proud to have highly trained, courteous, and professional employees available to serve our customers.

Bob Perno
General Manager, Harrison Service Center
Celebrating over 35 years at Kurt’s Service Centers
Certifications: ASE Master Automobile Technician

As the service manager at Kurt’s Harrison Avenue Service Center, Bob is continuously making sure the mechanics are doing what it takes to keep our customers satisfied. He is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician and has been working on cars since his teenage years. Bob enjoys his job because it gives him the opportunity to solve problems, coordinate daily work loads, and meet many new people. Bob’s work is never done because he is continuously searching for new ways to better serve his customers. In his spare time, Bob enjoys gardening and cooking out with his wife Julie, his son Ryan, and his daughter Melissa.

Susan Morand
Office Manager

Susan has been the office manager for Kurt’s for many years. She spends half of her day greeting customers and helping at the front desk and the rest of her day is spent in the office doing accounting. Susan’s most enjoyable aspect of her job is the diversity and the opportunity to meet so many new people. When Susan is not at the office, she enjoys swimming, crafts, and working out at Bailey’s Health Club. Susan also enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two boys on camping trips.

Ellen Kurt
Vice President and Treasurer, Kurt’s Service Centers
A.S. Rock Valley College, Business Administration
Graduate, Automotive Management Institure (AMI)

With her fascination with cars and her husband’s love for working on them, Ellen became involved in the business back in 1975. Ellen is a graduate of Rock Valley College and the Accredited Automotive Manager Institute. Ellen’s knowledge of the automotive industry and her hard work and dedication has been a major contribution to the success of the business. Being the vice president of this business is hard work, but meeting new people and helping customers with their vehicle problems is what Ellen enjoys. When Ellen finds time in her busy schedule to relax, she enjoys collecting and refinishing antique furniture, painting, and gardening.

RetiredRay Dyreson
General Manager, Cunningham Service Center
30+ years experience
B.S. St. Louis University
Certifications: ASE Master Automobile Technician

Ray’s experience in the automotive industry began many years ago when he worked in an auto shop to pay his way through college. Ray earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from St. Louis University and continued his education by becoming an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician. Ray is happily married to his wife Mary, which together they have raised their two sons. In Ray’s spare time, he enjoys using his automotive expertise by restoring the twenty old cars that he owns.


Our service technicians are trained and ASE certified to perform diagnosis, repair, and service on your domestic or imported automobile, SUV, light or medium truck, or motorhome.

We attribute our success to having a knowledgeable staff, which is why we believe it’s important that our technicians never stop learning. Our staff meets for weekly sessions, during which we review technical reading material, watch videos of the latest industry repair procedures, attend training sessions on customer satisfaction or even take notes from industry trainers. Many of our technicians also attend classes at Rock Valley College, as well as other specialty schools and after-market programs.

Harrison Avenue Lube Express Technicians
Evan Glynn
AOCA Certified Technician

Evan is relatively new to the industry, currently working as a Lube Tech and going to Rock Valley College to earn an automotive degree. In his spare time he likes working on his 3.8L Buick Regals “best engine ever” with his Dad. Between school, his cars, and work Evan’s a busy guy.

Harrison Avenue Service Center Technicians
Bob Congleton
Lead Automotive Technician
Certifications: ASE Master Automobile Technician

Bob claims that he did not choose to work in the automotive industry, it chose him. We are very lucky that it did because he is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician and he is very good at what he does. Bob has the experience to fix all types of vehicles, but if you drive a Ford, he is your man. Bob has taken up a new hobby, so when he is not working on cars, you can find him on the golf course.

Lindsay Meinders
Automotive Technician
Certifications: ASE Master Automobile Technician

Lindsay has many years’ experience in the automotive industry. He was an automotive technician in Arizona for many years before moving to Rockford. Lindsay has a passion for working on all types of motorized equipment. If it has a motor, Lindsay wants to work on it! He finds his job to be exciting because he sees something new everyday. Lindsay’s hobbies include lawn work, football, and buying and selling on Ebay, but his favorite thing to do in his spare time is spend time with his wife and son.

Greg Waling
Automotive Technician

Greg has been in the automotive industry for 15 years. He enjoys Nascar, spending time with his wife, and fishing with their three sons. They also spend a lot of time at the lake, in the pool, and cruising the neighborhood in the golfcart.

Cunningham Street Auto & Truck Center
Nathan Kurt
Automotive Service Advisor & Technician
B.S. (Bachelor of Applied Science) in Automotive Technology from Southern Illinois University

Nathan was raised in the automotive industry. He has been working on and learning about cars since he could walk. Nathan continued his education at Southern Illinois University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Automotive Technology. Nathan chose to work in the automotive industry because he enjoys working with his hands. Nathan will make sure that your car is running great and you leave Kurt’s with a smile on your face.

Cavan Spedding
Automotive Technician
Certifications: ASE Automobile Technician

Cavan has been with Kurt’s for over five years now. He is ASE certified in brakes, steering and suspension, and engine performance. Cavan recently got married and is currently building a house in Byron.

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Anthony Steineke
Service Writer

Anthony has been fascinated with automobiles for as long as he can remember. He is a graduate of the Rock Valley College automotive program. Anthony worked as an automotive technician for 5 years before deciding he wanted to step into a service advisor role. He enjoys working with our customers and insuring that they receive the quality of service they’ve come to expect from Kurt’s. In his spare time, Anthony is an avid four wheeler and enjoys working on his Jeep Cherokee rock crawler.