OUR TEAM

OUR TEAM

Curtis Price auto mechanic

Cutis Price II

President

(Married to Michelle Price, VP)

Experience: 27 years in transmission business

I started when I was 2 years old. My dad worked for a Transmission factory and I would ride the transmissions down the conveyor belt, so I basically grew up on transmissions! I like to say when I cut my hand that I bleed transmission fluid. People say if you love your job you never work a day in your life… well that’s how I feel.

I worked for my family business my whole life up until 2018 when I decided it was time to move on. So with the encouragement of my wife and many friends, I started Liberty Transmission & Auto Care Inc. My grandfather, Virgil Price really instilled in me before his death, to always be honest. I carry those lessons and beliefs every day in his honor. If you want fair prices, honest work, just give me a call.

Hobbies include:
 Hunting Deer and Turkey, Golf, Fast Cars, Surfing, Being a Dad, Watching My Kid Grow, Time with my Wife and Family, Fishing, NASCAR (Go 78 Team!), Hanging with Good Friends, Helping Those That Need it Whether in Business or Personal.

Michelle Price

Michelle M. Price

Vice President

(Married to Curtis Price II, President)

I arrived in the Hampton Roads area in 1983, thanks to the US Navy. I’m a proud Navy brat… My mom and dad both served! My father was born in Stockholm, Sweden and came to the US in 1951, and my maternal grandmother was from Denmark, so I have a lot a Scandinavian heritage.

I am a graduate of Princess Anne High School right here in Virginia Beach.

My husband Curtis loves the auto transmission industry, so I have decided to stand by his side in this adventure and help run the business with him. I am in awe of his expertise and enthusiasm every day. My previous “work life” was all about books. I worked for Waldenbooks for 9 years. Then I switched gears and managed ODU’s off-campus bookstore for 11 years. I obviously LOVE to read, so I am truly enjoying learning all about my new career path.

My children, who are perfect in my eyes, are my pride and joy. Curtis Less loves to skate. Most sunny, warm days his skateboard gets plenty of use. Martina is a fabulous softball player. She was on the 2016 Ages 7/8 All-Star District 8 – Winning softball team.

Our family LOVES the beach, so we are there any time we can in the Summer.

James Driver auto mechanic

James Driver

Master Builder

I started working on cars at age 13, working for my dad in Elm City, NC at a gas station. I moved up here to Virginia in 1981, working for my uncle for about 3 years before moving to a Chevy Dealership where I build transmissions for 32 years.

I then moved to a local transmission shop where I built for a year, until Curtis decided to open Liberty Transmission, and I just knew I needed to go with him.

Hobbies include: NASACAR, Fishing, Pool, Travel with the Wife and Kids

Dean Lester auto mechanic

Dean B. Lester Jr.

Lead Auto Technician

I grew up in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach. In 9th grade we moved over to Kempsville. My wife and I started dating in 11th grade and we got married in 2005. We had our first son, Zach and then we added a second son, Derek in 2010. My wife and I have been together for over 21 years now.

I started working on cars in 2005. I worked for 8 years over at Aragona Pembroke Car Care and I served on the Board of Directors for 4 years there. I also coach my baseball travel team, the Bayside Ballers!

Hobbies include: 
Coaching Baseball, Dallas Cowboys Football and Fishing.

My goal is to one day take both my sons to Dallas to watch a Cowboys game.

Zack Gillen

Zack Gillen

R&R Technician

I’m Zack. I’m 22 years old. I used to race dirt bikes and live on a farm. My passion has always been fixing things that break. I’ve always taken pride in my work and strive to be the best of the best. I set goals such as furthering my education in the Automotive industry to better inform people in need of car repairs.

Everybody who has a car/truck will eventually need it worked on and they shouldn’t bring it anywhere other than an honest, customer-oriented shop who is straightforward and doesn’t beat around the bush.

I began working on engines around the age of 12 between my dirt bike, project trucks, tractors and boats around my house. I began taking automotive classes in the 11th grade at Votech and proceeded into my 12th grade year in school learning more. I’ve learned early on how to work safely and professionally but most of all I’ve learned how much I enjoy working with my hands.

I was once told “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. The best feeling I get out of what I do is when we all push a car in and I can say I’m the reason we can drive it out. I’m going to open my own shop someday, so now is the time to prove my dedication and motivation for all to see.