Our People

Ronald Hillman


Ron is Executive Administrator and Service Consultant for the family-run company. He handles the day-to-day running of the business. Ron relocated his family from Florida to start Hillman Automotive & Tire with his brother. He knew that with his experience in the automotive industry and his fiscal leadership, he would be able to run the daily finances of an automotive repair shop and it grow into a successful business.

David  Hillman


David handles all of the automotive management of the facility. An Automotive Expert with over three decades of experience, David is an ASE certified Master Tech as well as Certified.
Before starting the business, David had his own side business repairing automobiles, while he worked daily at Niagara County Fleet Maintenance. He left both behind when he and Ron started the family business. David has a vast knowledge of vehicle repair, working as a teenager with cars and trucks for local garages. For a couple of years, he even worked with
Ron in Florida, until moving his family back to Lockport in 1995. David's experience ranges from imports to domestic automobiles, and with that experience, along with a natural ability to diagnose an automotive problem; he has gained a loyal following.

Sharon Hillman

Office Manager

Ron's wife Sharon is a Florida native who went to nursing school right after high school. She worked as nurse until her second child was born and then went into business
with Ron in 1997 while still in Florida. They moved the family to Lockport in the summer of 2000 to open Hillman Automotive & Tire. Sharon, Ron and their three kids reside in Lockport.

Courtney Hillman, Haley Hillman, Lauren Hillman 

Parts Managers

The three daughters of Hillman brothers David and Ron, these ladies share parts department responsibilities. In addition to managing the parts department, they operate the courtesy shuttle which provides our customers with the convenience of transportation to and from our shop.

Deni Aloisio

Service Consultant

Deni is a Lockport resident who has been in the automotive sales and service industry for over three decades. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Hillman.

Charlie Brandle

New York state Inspector

Charlie is a Lockport resident and West Seneca native. He worked at Valvoline for 12 years before coming to Hillman in 2010.

Charles  Miller

Maintenance/Back Up Tow Truck Operator

Charles came to Hillman fulltime after 21 years at the Niagara County Jail doing maintenance. He had four years in the Marine Corps followed by 10 years in the National Guard.
He's a Pendleton native that lives in Lockport.

Rick  Mussell

RV Specialist – Collision Expert

Rick has been in the automobile repair industry for over 30 years, spending a decade working on RVs. He is the Collision and RV manager, specializing in RV collision. A Kenmore native, Rick is married and lives in Lockport.

Rick Mussell JR

Tow Truck Operator and Collision Technician

Rick resides in Lockport and began working at Hillman Automotive in 2015. Rick drives tow truck as well as working in the collision shop.

Craig  Manning

Collision Technician

Craig has been in the Automotive Industry for 16 years, he also resides in the Lockport area.

Dennis Woodruff

Collision Technician

Dennis has worked in the automotive industry for over 30 years. Dennis has worked as a technician in our collision shop since October of 2014 and he is a Lockport resident.

Bill  Spencer

ASE Certified L1 Master Tech, Expert

Diagnostician, Automotive Electrical Expert, and Performance Expert. Bill has been with Hillman Automotive since July of 2001. Bill is a Lockport native and he still lives here with his family.”

Kevin Lawniczak

Automotive Technician

Kevin is a Lockport resident and Buffalo native. He worked at Monroe Muffler for 17 years before coming to Hillman Automotive & Tire.

Patrick Crandall

Automotive Technician

Patrick resides in Lockport and has over 15 years of experience as an automotive technician.

Randy McKenzie

Automotive Technician

Randy has been in the automotive industry since 2008. Randy began working for Hillman Automotive in July of 2015 and he currently resides in Lockport.

Ray Walker

Automotive Technician

Ray has been in the automotive industry for over 20 years and lives in Newfane with his wife and children.

Al Patko

Automotive Technician and Tow Truck Operator

Al is a Lockport resident and has been in the automotive industry for over 30 years. Al began working at Hillman Automotive in 2013 as a technician and a tow truck operator.

Brian  Wick

Towing Operator

Brian resides in Lockport, he has 8 years of experience and is a certified New York State inspector including heavy duty machinery.

Ronald  Hillman Jr.

Tow Truck Operator and Automotive Technician

Ron grew up and resides in Lockport; he is part of the next Hillman generation providing automotive service for the Lockport community.

Tyler Harrington

Part-Time Tow Truck Operator

Tyler lives in Lockport and began working for Hillman Automotive in July 2015 as a tow truck driver.