ASE Master automotive professional Pam Oakes has been certified since 1995 and holds a degree in electronic engineering technology. Throughout her tenure, she has repaired tens of thousands of vehicles.
Pam was born in the automobile mecca of the world – Detroit, Michigan and spent her teen years on Florida’s southwest coast. Pam is a fourth generation automotive technician: Her great-grandfather Leonard Smith, grandfather, Ralph Smith and father Jerry Oakes were all automotive technicians. Pam’s dad has more than 45 years as a tech; worked with Pam from 1996 to 2004. This year, 2017, her family is celebrating its automotive centennial -- 100 years in the field of automotive repair.
One of Pam’s first automotive lessons was from her great-grandfather. He taught her how to set a choke on a 1969 Plymouth – the same car she takes to antique shows today. This car was featured in the intro of an auto reality show.
She started Pam’s Motor City Automotive (pamsmotorcity.net) in 1995 through 2015. (She sold the shop, January, 2015.) Pam was the sole employee -- technician, service writer, bookkeeper and "bottle washer" when she opened the shop. She built the repair facility to a 12-bay shop with 10 employees. Even though she sold the shop after 20 years, she still turns wrenches just about every day at her latest venture "DIY: Motor City." This business supports those who want to work on their own vehicles, responsibly.
Pam and her shop had won numerous local, regional and national awards -- throughout the years – and are heavily involved in the community.
She continues on with her Car Care Advocate Daily Edition -- a 60-second, consumer-oriented segment -- heard daily on approximately 300 stations coast-to-coast.
Also, in "retirement," Pam keeps herself occupied as a contract automotive tech trainer for an international automotive company, is an expert witness and volunteers as an automotive trainer for Goodwill Industries of southwest Florida.