Meet the team at Rita Ranch Automotive & Tire

IMG_0197Terry Newman
Owner

Terry Newman has over 20 years’ experience as a mechanic and tire specialist. He started his career at Discount Tires where he worked for 15 years before moving to Ventana Automotive in 2010 to become a lube and tire technician. When the owner, Elton, left Ventana Automotive in 2014, Terry took over the business.

As Ventana Automotive changed hands to become Rita Ranch Automotive & Tire, Terry proudly employs skilled technicians from the local community. Terry eagerly jumped at the opportunity to acquire the auto shop. He sees it as a way to better himself, his family, and the community he loves.

Terry has his roots firmly planted in Tucson and Vail. After growing up in a military family, he and his family settled down in Tucson in 1988. In 2002, he moved to Vail where he now lives with his fiancée, Dee Dee, and their four kids – Ashlie, Tyler, Tanner, and Hayden. Each of their kids attends school in the Vail School District.

Stop by or call Terry any time to ask a question or voice a concern. He and his team are always happy to lend a helping hand to a friend or neighbor.

Favorite Car: 1968 Chevelle
Favorite Road Trip Memory: Going to Disneyland with the family for Christmas.
What songs top your road trip playlist? Anything upbeat to keep me awake.
What’s your favorite snack to bring on a road trip? Sour Patch Kids
What road trip is on your bucket list? Drive the Pacific Coast Highway from California to Oregon.


img_5785Rory OHara
Store Manager

Rory joined the Rita Ranch Automotive family in 2015. Rory has over 10 years’ experience working as a mechanic and tire specialist. He worked at Discount Tire for 7 years prior to joining our team. Rory is born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. He and his girlfriend, Brittany, live in the local community raising their two kids, Aiden and Averi. Each of their children attend a school in the Vail School District.

Favorite Car: Mitsubishi Evo
Favorite Road Trip Memory: Trip to Phoenix to go watch the Patriots vs. Cardinals with my uncle and cousins
What songs top your road trip playlist? A Day to Remember and Yellow Claw
What’s your favorite snack to bring on a road trip? Coke and Salsa Verde Doritos
What road trip is on your bucket list? A cross country tour in ine trip


Ray Franco

Ray has over 45 years of mechanical experience. This includes: automotive, motorcycles, airplanes, ATVs, and golf carts. He is an avid welder and fabricator. He specializes in classic cars. Ray moved to the local area in 1997, after serving 26 years in the U.S. Air Force. Ray lives with his wife Deborah in Vail, AZ. They have a daughter, son and 5 grandchildren.

Favorite Car: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
Favorite Road Trip Memory: Driving cross country from California to Indiana with his parents and siblings
What songs top your road trip playlist? House on the Horizon
What’s your favorite snack to bring on a road trip? Chocolate Donuts
What road trip is on your bucket list? Driving Route 66


George Emory

George Emory comes to Rita Ranch Automotive and Tire with 16 years’ experience, 15 of those at Discount Tire. George is born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. George lives in the local community.

Favorite Car: Toyota Tacoma
Favorite Road Trip Memory: Weekend off road trips to Reddington Pass
What songs top your road trip playlist? Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice
What’s your favorite snack to bring on a road trip? Goldfish
What road trip is on your bucket list? Drive to Alaska


Marcus Garcia

Marcus joined the Rita Ranch Automotive and Tire family in 2017. He has 7 years of automotive experience. He specializes in front end, steering, and suspension work. Marcus moved to Arizona 13 years ago. He lives in the local community with his daughter, Emelia.

Favorite Car: 1964 Chevrolet El Camino
Favorite Road Trip Memory: Driving to the White Mountains with his god parents
What songs top your road trip playlist? Everything
What’s your favorite snack to bring on a road trip? Cheez-Its
What road trip is on your bucket list? Drive from Tucson to Florida


Richard Johnson

Richard made the jump to the Rita Ranch Automotive Family from a dealership. He is an ASC Certified mechanic with 10 years’ experience. His favorite type of vehicle to work on is his Chevrolet. He lives in the local community with his 2 sons Blake and Reed. Both attend schools in the Vail School District.

Favorite Car: 2008 Z06 Corvette
Favorite Road Trip Memory: Driving to the sand dunes in Glamis
What songs top your road trip playlist? Anything, but prefers country
What’s your favorite snack to bring on a road trip? Beef Jerky
What road trip is on your bucket list? Take his boys to Yellowstone National Park


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