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Meet Our Team Autoworks


George Rushlow, Owner

George is a professional with countless hours of auto repair experience. He graduated with honors from Nashville Auto Diesel College in 1991 and received the Craftsman Award.  He then gained twelve years of manufacturer-based training on Honda and Acura vehicles while employed at a Honda dealership. George lives in Freeville with his wife Karyn, their three kids Garett, Gavin and Gracie, and their two labs Carly and Casey. When he’s not busy running his Ithaca auto repair shop,  he’s the crew chief for all three of his kids who race Go Karts. He enjoys hunting, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family.


Christopher Zavaski – Towing Manager & General Manager of Autoworks

Chris has been a vital part of Autoworks for 10 years. He is exceptional at Ithaca towing and recovery. Not only is he George’s right-hand man – he’s his best friend. He’s a top-notch Ithaca auto repair technician and an all-around great guy! Chris lives in Locke with his family and enjoys hunting, deep sea fishing, and hanging out with his son Connor.

George Morsey has been working on cars and trucks since he could hold on to a wrench! He has an AAS in computer hardware & software, AAA battery Certification, and is trained in Rotary Electronic Diagnosis. When he’s not providing top of the line Ithaca auto repair, George enjoys custom car fabrication & restoration, camping, and spending time with family.
If you’re looking for the best Ithaca auto mechanic in the business, look no further than John “Jack” Parmenter. He’s been ASE Certified since 1998, is a 20-year Chrysler Certified Gold Mechanic (all 4 levels), and has been voted among the Top 10 & Top 15 mechanics in New York State. When he’s not turning wrenches, John enjoys boating, playing horseshoes, and good BBQ.
Justin Hillard has a 2-year welding degree, 10 years of auto mechanic experience, and is passionate about providing expert auto service to our Ithaca customers. He’s trained in Rotary Electronics Diagnosis and has AAA Battery Certification. Justin enjoys racing, hanging out with his friends, and helping others.

Mike Lane – Body Shop Manager

With 15 years’ auto body repair experience, SRS (airbag) training, and ASE certification as a Master Technician and Certified Estimator, Mike is the highly qualified leader of our Ithaca auto body repair team. In addition to being our resident auto body expert, Mike spends his free time playing guitar, building and restoring custom vehicles, riding ATVs, drag racing, and camping with his family.


Greg McMullen – Body Shop Technician

Greg graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute in 1995 and has 18 years of auto body experience. He’s an ASE Certified Master Technician and an EPA 6H Paint Technician. Outside of work he spends his time chicken farming, snowmobiling, customizing cars & trucks, and spending time with his wife and two boys.


Shawn Stanton – Body Shop Technician

Shawn graduated from Wyoming Technical Institute in 1995 and has 18 years of auto body experience. He’s Chief Frame Rack Certified in tie down, pull, and laser measuring. At work he’s a machine; at home he’s a family man.


Andrew Cehonski – Detailer

Andrew graduated from Baran Institute in Hartford, CT and was awarded the David Beck Award for outstanding achievement while attending BOCES in Wyoming County. His hobbies include playing guitar, restoring just about anything, and skateboarding.

Bob Higgins – Shuttle Driver

Bob began as a customer here at Autoworks. After retiring from the US Postal Service he joined the team full time as our all around go-to guy! When he’s not driving the shuttle van he is helping out the techs and just doing whatever is needed to keep our Ithaca auto repair facility tidy and orderly! Bob’s hobbies include gardening, collecting antique clocks and ham radios, and going on cruises with his wife, Betty.


We’re proud of our Ithaca towing team! Their dedication to providing safe, speedy towing and recovery shows in every call they’re dispatched to.


Chris Zavaski – Towing Manager


Rick Quaile


Tim Lawrence


Shane Mettler