Meet Our Kansas City Team
We have proudly served the Kansas City area for the past twenty years. Our Kansas City shop is our headquarters and also where you can meet our owners, Nick and Carla Sallas.
Barry Degges - Service Advisor
It doesn’t take much to see that Service Advisor Barry Degges loves his job at Sallas Auto Repair. A Christian atmosphere and an honest and trustworthy team has made Barry one of our most dedicated staff members. Barry has worked in the auto industry for 30 years after getting his feet wet as a gas jockey at a Westport station in 1982. Barry worked under the hood as an ASE Certified Master Technician for 20 years before transitioning to a service manager five years ago. He stays late. He comes in early. He’ll even help a customer on the weekends. If there’s a need, we can count on Barry. When Barry’s not at the shop, he loves hanging out with his family, watching his kids play sports and riding jet skis and 4-wheelers at the Lake of Ozarks.
Zach Scheller - Service Advisor
Zach Scheller is our good ‘ol country boy around the Sallas Auto Repair shop. Born in St. Louis, Zach came to Kansas City several years ago and joined the Sallas team in 2009. Trained in auto mechanics in high school and college, Zach has always had an interest in cars. Each customer who has the opportunity to work with Zach can count on his appreciation for thoroughness and attention to detail. He’s a positive guy who brings a good attitude, timely joke and a cowboy hat to work each day.
Robert Morse, or should we say “Supertech”, is one of our ASE Master Certified Technicians at Sallas Auto Repair. Robert is an integral member of the Sallas Auto Repair team. His nickname around the shop is fitting, as he is one of the most knowledgeable, speedy, efficient and experienced technicians in the world. As a 16-year-old, Robert worked at a car lot in Santa Cruz, CA and then for Ford Motor Company and other auto repair shops. In his spare time, Robert trades working on cars for working on computers and hangs out with his family. His guarantee to Sallas customers is that when he works on their vehicle, it leaves the shop in top shape.
Ed Rushing is Sallas Auto’s designated driver … or should we say professional porter. Ed allows us to offer the best customer service of any Kansas City auto repair shop by complementary rides to/from work and courtesy vehicle pickups and drop-offs.
Jill West is Sallas with a smile. It could be because she’s a grandma of a precious four-year-old. Or that she loves working on her lawn. Or, it could be because she has a ton of fun working at Sallas Auto Repair. With over 20 years of experience in the administrative business, Jill keeps all of our “t’s” crossed and “i’s” dotted. She’s a utility player, as she can be found answering the phone, processing paperwork or even giving customers a ride. Jill carries our commitment to really care for each customer. She’s always pleasant, smiling and ready to listen to whatever they have to say.
Nick Sallas had a dream, but instead of building a baseball field in green pastures, he set out to open an auto repair shop that provided excellent work and superior service. Native to Kansas City, he started Sallas Auto in 1993 and has grown the business into a successful two-location repair shop over the past 30 years. Nick’s always been a “car guy.” His training with GM, Goodyear, Honda, Ford, Chrysler, as well as his ASE Master Technician certification makes him one of the smartest guys in the business. Plus, he’s a great boss, too. Nick’s commitment to treat each staff member like family has led him to have one of the most committed teams of mechanics, many who’ve been with the company over 20 years. His family-like atmosphere transfers to his customers with his personal promise to treat each customer like family through respect and honesty. As a family man, Nick also loves spending time with his wife Carla, watching his kids play soccer and vacationing.
No auto repair shop is complete without a leading lady, and for Sallas Auto that gal is Carla Sallas. Carla works alongside her husband, Nick Sallas, who got her interested in the automotive business as a head-over-heels in-love 21-year-old. Carla joined the team in 1999 to bring her corporate experience to the Sallas team and oversee the customer service, human resources and marketing plan. (She's the brains behind our wonderful coupons!) She’s passionate about carrying out the Sallas mission and vision of doing things “right” in the customer’s eyes. She’s thankful for the personal relationship her family has developed with many customers in order to provide them an excellent educational experience (and not a sales pitch.) When she’s not getting to know customers and making sure the team is going above and beyond expectations, Carla’s involved in raising her two girls in a solid Christian foundation and spending time in the mountains and on sunny family vacations at the beach.