Meet The Team

CMD AutomotiveJames Gorman- Working Partner

Jim is married with two kids, and has been working in the automotive repair industry for 32 years. He opened CMD Automotive in 1995 and has been a working partner ever since. Jim is an ASE Re-Certified Master Automotive Technician. He is also a certified MIG and TIG welder, is certified in anti-theft systems as well as a locksmith, and holds a certification in Advanced Fuel Systems. He also has a Federal Air frame and Power plant License, and is a factory-certified BMW technician. Jim’s vast experience means your car will be well taken care of at CMD, giving you the confidence you should find in an auto repair shop.

CMD AutomotiveDwight Patterson- Working Partner

Dwight is married and got started in the automotive industry at Motorsports Technology College. He has been in the automotive repair industry for 30 years, and has been at CMD since 1998. Dwight is an ASE Re-Certified Master Automotive Technician, is a licensed vehicle inspector, has systems training in air conditioning service, and is a certified MIG and TIG welder. There is nothing Dwight cannot do with a vehicle.

Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes- Service Manager

A relative newcomer to Charlotte, Mike is originally from Boston. A family man, Mike is married and has three children. A graduate from Massasoit Community College in Boston, Mike previously worked at an independent European auto repair shop for 14 years. Calling CMD his new work home, he doesn’t mind being next door to Triple C Brewery.




Service Manager Kevin Davis

Kevin Davis- Service Manager

Kevin is a native Charlottean from the Northeast side of town. A graduate of CPCC, ASE, Hybrid Maintenance and Michelin Certified, he is the smiling face you’ll see at the front desk. When he’s not at work or dancing the west coast swing, he can be found on his Harley.




BMW technician Joel Herman- Technician

Joel is married with three kids and has been in the automotive industry for 20 years, and joined CMD in 2009. He took part in a co-op at CPCC with General Motors, which got him his start as an automotive technician. He tends to focus on foreign cars that come into the shop, particularly BMW’s, Mercedes, and Audi’s. If it can be taken apart, Joel can put it back together.



BMW Mechanic Ryan Duarte

Ryan Duarte- Technician

Ryan has been a car enthusiast his whole life and has been working on cars professionally for 12 years. His expertise is in Audi and Volkswagen brands. Self taught and quick to catch on, Ryan is married with two dogs and is originally from Massachusetts.





Auto Mechanic Technician Chris Heath

Chris Heath- Technician

Growing up teaching himself about cars, Chris was formally trained by Chrysler. He grew up in Gastonia and still lives there today with his wife and three kids. Chris is a football and baseball coach for his boys’ teams in his free time. His youngest son wants to follow in his dad’s footsteps, so look for a Heath Jr. at CMD soon!





General Service Mechanic Alex Palma

Alex Palma- General Service Technician

Alex is originally from New Jersey but has called Charlotte home for several years. Alex is a trained general service technician and has worked on cars for as long as he can remember. He’s married, with two children.





General Service Mechanic Jesse Meckola

Jesse Meckola- General Service Technician

Jesse Meckola is from Charlotte and a graduate of Central Piedmont Community College in Automative Technology. Here at CMD, he’ll be performing NC licensed inspections.





General Service Mechanic Jesse Tuma

Jesse Tuma- General Service Technician

Specializing in heavy mechanical and engine transmission, Jesse Tuma hails from Prague, Minnesota. He’s a graduate in Automotive Technology from the Dakota County Tech School, Minnesota.