Who We Are

Shade Tree Garage is different from most dealer service facilities. Our technicians are all accessible, so if you have questions or concerns you would like to discuss with the man who works on your car, you can speak with him directly. To learn more about each member of the Shade Tree Garage team, just click on their photo or name.

john_oconnorJohn O’Connor is the owner of Shade Tree Garage. John has been married to Wendy since 1973, has four wonderful children named Katie, Kristen, Daniel, & Kelly and three grandchildren. When he was younger, he loved to take cars apart. In 1975, he became an ASE-certified Master Technician. He has been a Bosch-approved service center since 1989, and is also a member of The Repair Excellence Council (2001). He participates in the Elite Group, which is a peer review process that helps automotive repair shops stay on the leading edge of business and industry issues. John is a member of the Morristown Chapter of Business Network International, the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber's Business Development Committee. He is also a member of the Mechanic's Education Association as well as the BMW, Porsche and Volvo Car Clubs of New Jersey.
Laura Maler started with Shade Tree Garage in August of 2015.   She is the mom of 2 teenagers in high school.  Laura is handling all the daily workings of the shop.  She could go from answering the phones and making appointments to being an Uber driver for the customers.   Laura handles our customer rewards program and service follow up.  She is the one who may be calling you to follow up on your service work.  She’ll always greet you with a smile.
margeMarge McEntee has returned to Shade Tree Garage in October 2015, as the company’s Service Advisor.  Marge has been a part of the Shade Tree family on and off since 1988.  She will handle the daily estimating, parts ordering and contacting the customers with their vehicle estimate.  Marge has been married to Phil since 1986.  They have two children who are both in college.  In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and camping with her family.
KeithKeith Vradenburg brings a lot of experience with him to Shade Tree Garage. Keith earned an associates degree at County College of Morris and attended Rutgers for a semester. He’s been in the automotive business since he was nine working with his father's trucking company. Keith came to Shade Tree Garage with a strong background in domestic vehicles after running a repair shop in Sparta, NJ. He is an ASE Master Technician with an Advanced Level certificate. He is also a certified NJ Emission Repair Technician as well as a Motor Vehicle Inspector. Keith is married with one son, and he owns a 600hp, 1969 Camaro which is in his garage while he builds an addition on his home.
JoseJose Matos has been with Shade Tree Garage since September of 2007. On July 2, 2008, Jose got married. He is also a proud father of three sons. Jose came to us from sunny Florida where he attended and graduated from the ATI Technical School. He is an ASE Technician and has also attended the Hunter Engineering Alignment Course in Orangeburg, NY. Jose has a great amount of enthusiasm and has always loved working on cars. We think he's a great addition to the Shade Tree Garage team.
meiraMeira Bukiet joined Shade Tree Garage in 2013 as a technician. She is a graduate of Lincoln Tech.   Meira previously worked at a transmission repair shop.  She has been working in the automotive repair business for the past 7 years.  She is a licensed NJ State Motor Vehicle Inspector.  On her off time, Meira loves everything with the outdoors from camping to fishing to hiking and gardening.  She even makes her own butter.
jimJim Ambrosi returned to Shade Tree Garage after a 15-year break. Jim grew up in a family business specializing in small engine repairs, and began working in the automotive industry in 1978. Jim came to Shade Tree in 1992, during which time he became a Bosch and ASE Master Technician. He worked here until 2000. Then, he and his wife relocated to San Diego, CA, for the weather. While there, Jim worked in an independent European repair shop. In 2015, they moved back to NJ. We are happy to welcome Jim back to the Shade Tree family. He has a wealth of knowledge concentrating heavily on BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Jim has always loved repairing anything mechanical, from lawn mowers to automobiles.
johnJohn McCarthy started with Shade Tree Garage in November, 2015. He brings with him a wealth of Honda and Acura knowledge. He began his automotive career at the age of 21. John started working for Honda in 1996. He became an ASE Master Technician in 2000. John continued to refine his knowledge of Honda for many years. John had factory training and became a Honda Master Technician in 2012. When John is not working on cars he loves to spend time with family or maybe just hit the road on his Harley motorcycle. He is also a member of the American Legion and the Elks Club. We are pleased to welcome him to the Shade Tree Garage family.

We’re always looking for motivated and friendly people to join the Shade Tree Garage team of professionals. If you believe you would be a great addition to our organization, please contact us.