Meet Our Team

"A team is a group of people who go out of their way to make each other look good." Bob Ferrell


Jim Paiva - Owner | Elite Auto Repair

Jim Paiva - Owner

  • 26 years with Elite
  • Oversees operations
  • Marketing
  • Education Administrator
  • Advisory Board at New England Tech and Tollgate High School
  • Member of SMART Group (Business Improvement Group) since 2016
  • One of the founding members of BNI Diamond RI/SE MA
  • Hobbies: Hunting, boating & kayaking

Katie Paiva - Owner | Elite Auto Repair

Kate Paiva - Owner

  • 26 years with Elite
  • Business Administrator
  • Accounts Receivable/Payables
  • Website Administrator
  • Marketing/Advertising
  • Client Promotions
  • Mars Marketing 2019
  • Skill Path Training
  • Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, taking care of grandbaby, riding motorcycle, running and working out, gardening, attending live music venues.

Carly - Owners' Daughter - Office Assistant | Elite Auto Repair

Carly Paiva - Service Advisor - Future Co-Owner in Training

  • 15 years with Elite
  • 2014 Exeter West Greenwich High School Graduate
  • CCRI Graduate – 2016
  • Featured in a video Podcast on Carm Capriotto’s, “Female Succession – Our Future Female Shop Owners“
  • 2019 Graduate of Service Advisor Mastery Program
  • STX Training classes
  • Member of SMART Group (Business Improvement Group) since 2016
  • Hobbies: Spending time with her family and friends, traveling, line dancing, concerts, working out, yoga, and gardening

Sam - Marketing Administrator | Elite Auto Repair

Sam - Service Advisor - Detailing Specialist - Future Co-Owner in Training

  • 5 years with Elite
  • 2018 Graduate of Exeter West Greenwich High School
  • 2022 Graduate of Nichols College earning a bachelor’s degree in general business concentrating in Marketing, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship. 
  • BNI Member of Wakefield
  • Hobbies: Running, playing hockey, video games, reading, and golfing

Anthony - client Service | Elite Auto Repair

Nate - Shop Manager - Master Technician

  • 6 years with Elite
  • 2012 Graduate of New England Tech Automotive
  • ASE Master Certified Technician
  • Master Technician with L1 Certification
  • 2021 - Participating in a year long Shop Foreman Mastermind Group 
  • 6 Years of Technician experience working on European and Japanese Makes
  • BMW Diesel Technology Class
  • 16 hours of Porsche Intensive Training
  • 16 hours of PICO Scope Training
  • WorldPac V6 Audi/Volkswagen Training
  • Mercedes/Chrysler Sprinter Tech Training
  • Audi/Volkswagen Body Electronic Systems
  • Hobbies: Enjoy welding and riding my dirt bike.


Kody - Shop Foreman

  • 4 years with Elite
  • ASE Master Certified Technician
  • BMW Master Certified
  • BMW Diesel Technology Class
  • 16 hours Porsche Intensive Training
  • 16 hours PICO Scope Training
  • WorldPac V6 Audi/Volkswagen Training
  • Completed the BMW Service Technician Education Program
  • STX Training: Mercedes Benz Advanced Diagnostics and Pressure Waveform Analysis
  • Hobbies: Snowmobiling, motorcycle riding and racing


Bill "Gopher" -  Master Porter

  • 3 years with Elite
  • Attended Business College studied Marketing and Management
  • 45 years in the auto industry primarily as finance manager – highline Mercedes Benz, BMW
  • AFIP Certified – knowledge of state and master level. Federal regulations that govern vehicle purchases
  • Extensive training in sales and finance over the past 40 years of career
  • Hobbies: Underwater basketweaving


Derek - Technician

  • 1 year at Elite
  • Graduate of UTI
  • 15 years of automotive experience: Toyota, BMW, VW/Audi, Honda, Hyundai
  • EAA 609 Certification
  • BMW Electrical 1
  • BMW Chassis 1
  • BMW Workshop 1
  • Hobbies: BMX Riding, build cars, Collect Funko pops and trading cards


Travis - Technician

  • 1 year at Elite
  • Graduate of Pilgrim High School automotive program and robotics team
  • Graduate of MTTI
  • ASE A4 and A5 – working towards all accreditations
  • Rhode Island State Inspector Certification
  • Completed SF – BMW TIS, ISTA and AIR training
  • Worldpac – Mercedes diesel Sprinter van course training
  • TST training – 2023
  • Hobbies: Working on my project cars, detailing, hiking, exercising, spending time with my wife and our dog, traveling, collecting tools, fishkeeping


Jacob - Technician

  • 1 year at Elite
  • Grew up working on cars with his dad, built drag racing cars and rebuilt and raced dirt bikes
  • BMW ISTA/AIR training
  • STX Training: Advanced Electrical Diagnostics, Misfire Diagnostics & Air Fuel Diagnostics
  • Hobbies: dirtbike/motorcycle riding, project cars, video games, PC building, woodworking projects, taking car of my 10+ pets, car shows
  • Jacob has a love for pets, with 6 Guinea Pigs: Belle, Cheese, Blossom, Rouge, Noel, and Chive; 2 cats: Dublin and Peanut; 2 dogs: Maizzy and Poncho; his rabbit, Rodger; his rat, Waffle; and his horse, Lacey


Holly - RIP

  • 7 years with Elite
  • Free cuddling
  • Holly will make you smile :)
  • Hobbies: Going to work and cuddling with the clients
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