Service Manager Steve Yakimchuk is a quiet, no-nonsense kind of guy. Or so he’d have you believe. One minute you’re convinced you’re dealing with an old school taskmaster, and then he sits down and you catch a glimpse of his novelty skull socks. An industry veteran if there ever was one, Steve got his Red Seal as a Heavy Duty Mechanic in 1991 and has been in the car business since. Getting Steve to self-describe himself as anything is a battle, but he has described himself in the past as an Alberta farm boy. Of course, he prefers to let his work do the talking.
Deeply personal, Steve is practically a part of the foundation here at Team Ford. Not that he’d tell you as much. But even in spending just a brief bit of time with Steve, you can tell that he truly embodies the spirit of Team Ford; it’s not surprising to hear him say something along the lines of, “Fix every single vehicle like your family is driving it.” Steve isn’t likely to tell a stranger about his children, but he’s more than happy to offer that he’s got about 80 mortgages to pay every month—that is, he considers the service department and all the staff in it to be family. And he’s watched the service department at Team Ford grow, from fixing about 400 vehicles a month in ‘88, to about 2,500 last month alone.
While Steve seems old school, that’s only when it comes to work ethic. Otherwise, he’s as current as they come. Constantly learning, whether it be learning new ways to manage people, or learning about new parts on the ever-evolving Ford vehicles that come through his shop’s bay doors, Steve keeps his finger on the pulse in order to serve Team Ford’s customers better. Just don’t expect him to tell you that.