A native of Mount Airy, North Carolina (Mayberry), Jerry migrated to Tucson with the US Air Force in 1966. After a period of time in South East Asia and Northern California, he returned to Tucson in 1970. In 1974 Jerry opened Simmons 4X4 Automotive Repair Center and has been in business at the same address ever since. Jerry married native Tucsonan Diana in 1968. The couple have two children. Their daughter Pam is a nurse practitioner, while son Wade runs the Driveshaft Department of Simmons Automotive. Jerry's hobbies include anything to do with automotive, particularly race cars. Jerry is a member and past president of the Automotive Service Association. The entire Simmons family is into horses; Jerry's wife and daughter compete regularly in rodeos around Arizona and other western states. Jerry is a member of the Pima County Sheriff's Posse Search and Rescue Team. Jerry and his Service Manager Mike Gabrielson co-host The Simmons Car Care ShopTalk Show, on 104.1 FM in Tucson every Saturday morning.
Mike "Gabe" Gabrielson is a born and bred Arizonan, raised in a little town you've probably never heard of, Cornville. Mike's first automotive experience came shortly after he turned 16 when he began working for Andy DuBois in Cottonwood. This is where Mike's love affair with Ford (Mustangs in particular) began. A 1970 Mach I with a 351C and a 4-speed was all that was needed to lure Mike into this never-ending obsession with Mustangs that go fast! Mike attended Yavapai Junior College and Arizona State University on his way to an 18 year career in radio broadcasting. His travels eventually led him to Tucson back in 1989. This is where Mike met Jerry Simmons and developed a friendship and business relationship with the owner. When Mike walked away from radio in 1997, he got back into the automotive industry when Jerry called him and asked if he wanted to "turn wrenches for a while." After training in the shop area and driveshaft areas of Simmons 4X4 Automotive, Mike moved to the front service desk and has been the Service Manager since 1999. Mike has attended dozens of service seminars and training courses, and recently received his ASE certification in automotive customer service. When asked what he enjoys most about his job as Service Manager at Simmons, Mike simply says that "the opportunity to meet new people and work with them to solve their transportation problems," is what keeps him coming back day after day.