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 hours 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 soon after moved cross country from the dry, brown mountains of Santa Clarita, CA to the lush, green coast of Virginia Beach. 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 the both the Navy and Marine Corp, and he and Janet moved to California and spent the next 27 years working and raising their three children in the Los Angeles area. During those years, Kirk & Janet were active in their local church with various ministries, and volunteered for the community youth orchestra, youth sports programs and home school groups. Kirk also completed his Masters of Divinity, with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling.
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 being entertained by Boomer, their 11 year old Schnoodle. They are thankful for the gift of raising three wonderful children, Tyler (23), Kelly (21) and Jason (20), and are always excited when they are here to visit during school breaks!
Kirk and Janet are looking forward to settling in Virginia Beach, and especially feel right at home serving the military community (and surrounded by the “sound of freedom”). They are also looking forward to finding ministry opportunities in their new community and church.
Their mission is to glorify God by doing excellent and ethical automotive repair for their customers.
David Bledsoe - Service Manager
As the Service Manager, David oversees customer service, manages workflow
throughout the auto repair shop, and is responsible for inventory and
parts deliveries. Before coming to work at Christian Brothers Automotive,
he worked as a Service Manager for Hall Honda and Chrysler for 10+ years.
David was born in Akron, Ohio and lived in West Virginia, Texas, and Arizona before he and his wife Karol settled in Virginia Beach over 15 years ago. He and Karol are the proud parents of Reef (23) and Kai (16), and also enjoy the companionship of their two full breed Presa Canarios (Maggie & Libby) and Milly, a husky/boxer rescue dog.
In his free time, David enjoys riding his 2017 Vulcan motorcycle and attending festivals, poker, live music, or “anything in the woods or on a river”!
AMANDA GILMORE - SERVICE WRITER
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 experience from Nissan, AAA Car Care Center,
and Auto Nation in positions as a technician, service writer and service manager.
With her 15+ years of experience, Amanda serves as a service advisor in the front office. Her 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.
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.
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 18 years of automotive experience in Mazda, Nissan, and Volvo dealerships as well as experience in private automotive repair chains.
Kris and his wife Carrie are the proud parents of Tiffani, Cody, Chandler, Clayton and Dylan. The most recent addition to the family is Caleb, their first grandchild. On warm summer weekends you will find them either camping in their new RV, or boating on the Elizabeth River in their 2007 Mastercraft X-Star Wakeboard boat (purchased after it was used in the 2007 X Games here in Virginia Beach). Their kids are all actively involved in baseball, football, and soccer … which keeps them busy during the school year and summer leagues, both as spectators and volunteer coaching whenever needed.
RICHARD ROSE - TECHNICIAN
As a child, if there was a screw in any of the toys in the house, Richard was sure to take it apart! His family knew at a young age he was destined to do something mechanical. He got his start working in his father’s auto repair shop, and has worked for the past 30+ years in various locations throughout Hampton Roads, across multiple brands. He is a Honda Master Technician and ASE Senior Master Technician.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he moved to Virginia Beach as a young boy and has lived here ever since. He met his wife, Diane, on a blind date in 1989, and will celebrate his 24th wedding anniversary in April. In his free time he enjoys serving as a Girl Scout leader for his two daughters. Richard also recently started working as an EMT for the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad (we are happy to have his medical expertise around the shop!). If there is any other spare time in his schedule, he enjoys woodworking or camping with this family.
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)!