Rick and Karen Hughlett founded Rick's Automotive, Inc. in 1980. What has become a multi-operational enterprise initially started with two employees in a rented 2,500 square foot building. Today, Rick’s Automotive sits on a full 28,000 square foot campus, complete with a tire and lube facility.

A fourth generation Springfieldian, Rick and his family are dedicated to serving their local community. Since opening his doors, Rick has cultivated a strong reputation with his friendly, caring staff, comprised of highly trained professionals, most of whom have been with the company for more than ten years, and several for over twenty. Even with the success and resulting growth, Rick’s Automotive remains an independent family business; Rick’s own daughter and son in law are among Rick’s trusted staff.

Rick Hughlett - Owner Rick's Automotive


Staff

Rick Hughlett, serving since November 1, 1980
ASE Master L1 | AAM
Karen Hughlett, serving since November 1, 1980
Tim Cummings, serving since March 19, 1987
ASE Service Consultant | AAM
Roy Lanham, serving since January 2, 1989
ASE Master
Dave Faucett, serving since October 15, 1990
ASE Master
John Merrifield, serving since June 7, 1991
ASE Master L1
Ray Donovan, serving since March 14, 1994
ASE Master
Terry Farrow, serving since May 4, 1994
ASE Master | AAM | ASE Service Consultant
Beth Ritter, serving since May 13, 1996
Bill Murcko, serving since June 8, 1998
ASE Master L1, L2
Micah Blake, serving since March 1, 1999
ASE Service Consultant
Lon Bennett, serving since September 2, 1999
ASE Master
Chris Gieber, serving since October 2, 2000
ASE Certified
Harlan Lupton, serving since July 17, 2001
ASE Master
Tim Fess, serving since September 30, 2002
ASE Master | AAM | ASE Service Consultant
Eric Chronister, serving since April 14, 2003
ASE Service Consultant
Kala Comfort, serving since July 18, 2003
Daniel Williams, serving since May 23, 2005
ASE Master
Chris Erickson, serving since February 5, 2007
ASE Master
Steve White, serving since January 1, 2008
Eddie Todd, serving since January 30, 2008
ASE Master
Keith Daugherty, serving since July 27, 2009
ASE Service Consultant
Travis Comfort, serving since September 14, 2009
ASE Service Consultant
David Pigg, serving since December 7, 2009
ASE Certified
Larry Craig, serving since April 5, 2010
ASE Master
Daniel Wright, serving since Janaury 3, 2012
ASE Certified
Josh Bethurem, serving since August 27, 2012
ASE Certified
Kale Chronister, serving since November 20, 2012
Thomas Perkins, serving since July 8, 2013
ASE Master L1
Benjamin Jones, serving since August 14, 2013
ASE Certified
Austin Hoyt, serving since March 31, 2014
ASE Certified
Ben Galbraith, serving since August 11, 2014
Gary Cornell, serving since September 5, 2014
Tara Stewart, serving since October 24, 2014
Tim Hunter
Jakob Bailey
Mike Evans

Certification, Awards, Honors and Recognitions

Rick's Automotive, Inc. is an ASE Blue Seal of Excellence Automotive Repair Facility, which is the highest honor an automotive repair facility can receive. All Rick’s technicians are likewise ASE Certified; most are Master Certified.

Rick's Automotive has been awarded and recognized with several awards, including:

  • Voted a top 10 automotive shop in the U.S. by Motor Age Magazine
  • The 2012 W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award
  • BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics
  • Community Partnership's Ozarks Clean Air Alliance for Outstanding Leadership in Creating a Corporate Culture of Environmental Stewardship.

Additionally, Rick received the Ozark Technical College Distinguished Alumni 2012. He was chosen as a member of the 2012 and 2013 Business Class, which honored local companies that set the gold standard for financial performance, innovation and community involvement. Rick was likewise named in the April 2012 Ingram's Magazine as one of the 50 Missourians You Should Know. He was also chosen as one of the 2012 Men of the Year in the Springfield Business Journal, which recognizes the professional and civic achievements of 20 men from throughout Southwest Missouri.