Kirk and Janet Linahan
Owner & Operator
Kirk has a strong background in business management, sales and marketing. While searching for a new business venture, he spent several weeks researching franchise partnerships that specifically matched his personal values and goals. After learning more about Christian Brothers Automotive, he knew he’d found a match! Kirk and his wife Janet joined the Christian Brothers Automotive team in 2017, and by the end of January 2018, store #178 was up and running.
Kirk grew up in Los Angeles, CA and Janet in Sodus, NY. They met in Pensacola, FL while Kirk was in flight school and Janet was attending the University of West Florida. Within a few months, Kirk was transferred to Cherry Point MCAS and they were married in the base chapel. Kirk separated from the military after 9+ years in both the Navy and Marine Corps, and he and Janet moved to California and spent the next 27 years working and raising their three awesome kids (Tyler, Kelly & Jason) in the Los Angeles area.
When Kirk and Janet aren’t at the shop, you will find them exploring Hampton Roads and all the surrounding area has to offer (history, music, festivals, beaches, etc)! They enjoy biking, kayaking, walks on the beach, and spending time with their new friends and church family in Virginia Beach.
Their mission is to glorify God by doing excellent and ethical automotive repair for their customers, and modeling the Christian Brothers Automotive “Love your neighbor” motto.
AMANDA GILMORE - SERVICE MANAGER
After spending the first 18 years of her life in sunny Thousand Oaks, California, the Navy brought Amanda to Norfolk in 2004. After serving as a boatswain’s mate for four years, she left the Navy to pursue a career in the automotive industry. She comes to us with 15+ years of experience from Nissan, AAA Car Care Center, and Auto Nation in positions as a technician, service writer and service manager.
As the Service Manager, Amanda oversees customer service, manages workflow throughout the auto repair shop, and is responsible for inventory and parts deliveries.
She and her husband, Tom, live in Chesapeake with their 4 children and dog, Winzor. In their free time, Amanda and Tom enjoy coaching their kids baseball teams. If they can get away for a few days, they escape to their favorite camping spot at Lake Gaston and enjoy spending time on the water, relaxing on the pontoon boats or kayaks.
MATTHEW STATEN - SERVICE WRITER
Born and raised in Barborton, Ohio, Matthew joined the Navy straight out of high school, and spent the next four years as a cook aboard the USS Nicholas here in Norfolk. He graduated from ECPI with a degree in medical equipment repair, and spent the next 10 years in that career field. He has worked for various private automotive repair chains locally for the past 5 years.
Matt serves as a service advisor in the front office. His primary role
is to interact with customers over the phone, gather information from
customers about their service needs, make estimates and maintain workflow
Matt and his fiancée, Leeanna, are busy planning a wedding for next year! Between them they have 3 children, 2 cats and a dog. Matt enjoys cooking (especially Italian food), but right now he is focused on perfecting turkey breast, pork and brisket in his new smoker (we can’t wait to be his testers)! He also enjoys camping, fishing and bowling.
LUIS AFABLE - SERVICE WRITER
A native of Maryland, Luis and his family fell in love with Virginia Beach and relocated here early 2020. While in Maryland, Luis was involved with pastoral ministry at his local church, but on the side he and a friend ran a mobile automotive repair business. That car knowledge has helped Luis transition into his position here as a Service Writer, where he enjoys caring for our customers and helping them understand and make informed decisions about their vehicle repairs.
Luis and his wife Becky are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Aria and Winter. Luis enjoys playing guitar and drums for the worship team at church, but also fills his home with music on a daily basis, singing and playing the piano for his family in any spare time they have together. If it’s nice outside, you will find them at First Landing State Park, walking the trails or hanging out at the beautiful Chesapeake Bay beaches.
RANDY FAIRBANKS - SERVICE WRITER
A native of Pennsylvania, Randy moved his family to Virginia Beach over 28 years ago. When he joined our team, he brought with him over 25 years of dealership and after market service knowledge. He is also service certified with Honda, Hyundai, and Mazda.
Randy serves as a service advisor in the front office. His primary role is to interact with customers over the phone, gather information from customers about their service needs, make estimates and maintain workflow and progress.
Randy and his wife Rebecca were recently married here in Virginia Beach. He is the proud father of 3 adult children, and one granddaughter, Madi. He is an avid Raiders fan and known locally as the President of the 7 Cities Raider Nation Fan Club of Hampton Roads. If the Raiders aren’t playing, you will find him out playing golf, enjoying live music at the Oceanfront, or relaxing around the fire pit with his family, friends, and two dogs (Mabel & Sierra)!
KRIS MOORE - TECHNICIAN
Kris was born into a Coast Guard family and lived in 8 different states before settling in the Hampton Roads area for the past 18 years. Kris found his niche for automotive repair at a young age, and purchased/rebuilt his first car (a ‘59 Ford F100) when he was just 14 years old. He comes to us as an ASE Senior Master Technician with 20+ years of automotive experience in Mazda, Nissan, and Volvo dealerships as well as experience in private automotive repair chains.
Kris is the proud father of Tiffani, Cody, Chandler, Clayton, and Dylan. The most recent addition to the family is Caleb, his first grandchild! On warm summer weekends you will find them out navigating the local waterways on their jet skis, or enjoying their timeshare in the Shenandoahs. His kids are all actively involved in baseball, football, and soccer … which keeps them busy year around. Last but not least, Kris is the head coach for our newly formed Christian Brothers Automotive Virginia Beach softball team!
JOSEPH DIAZ (DIAZ ) - TECHNICIAN
Born in the Bronx, Diaz grew up tagging along while his dad repaired cars on the side for their friends and neighbors. He moved to this area in junior high, and studied criminal justice at Lake Taylor High School. But soon after graduation, he realized his true passion was in automotive repair. He attended Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and earned a degree in Automotive Technology, and is also an ASE certified technician.
Diaz and his wife, Valerie, keep busy on the weekends with their 7 year old son and 5 month old goldendoodle, Honey. They enjoy playing basketball at the park, and Diaz also plays for a local softball league. Whenever possible, he tries to get down to the Dominican Republic to visit his many aunts, uncles and cousins!
WILLIAM MEDINA - TECHNICIAN
Raised in Manhattan, Will grew up dreaming of flying fighter jets. When that dream was dashed due to his eyesight, Will decided if he couldn’t fly jets, he would learn how to fix them! He graduated two years later from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University with an Associates degree as an airplane mechanic. Within a few years, he transitioned to work for Uhaul trucks, and for the past 17 years has worked at multiple dealerships throughout Hampton Roads. He came to us as a Toyota Master Technician and ASE Senior Master Technician.
Will and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of 5 children and 6 grandchildren. Their “1 ¾” dogs keep them busy … a large blue heeler (1), medium cocker spaniel (½), and small schnauzer (¼).
On weekends Will enjoys working on his 7 year and running kitchen renovation, camping, or signing autographs (he claims he is commonly mistaken for Latin singer Marc Anthony, but we have our doubts)!
JAMES COOKE - TECHNICIAN
A native Kansan, Jim moved to Virginia Beach in 2019 to be closer to his grandkids and son, currently active duty Navy stationed in Norfolk. Jim comes to us as an ASE certified mechanic with almost 25 years of experience in the automotive industry.
Along with their son, Jim and his wife Maggie also have two daughters who attend high school here in Virginia Beach. On weekends, they enjoy babysitting their two grandchildren. If he can break free from his responsibilities on Saturday morning, he will be out searching for good fishing spots in the area. Of course if there is a Kansas City Chiefs football or Kansas University Jayhawks basketball game on television, he is sure to be watching!