Meet Our Staff
Michelle Hood-Litton is the daughter of Founder, Joe Hood, and is the Owner. In 2006, she became involved in the family business while helping her Dad find new property to build a new building. She became his retirement plan and a bridge for his son, Travis, to eventually take over the family business of Hood’s Automotive.
Prior to her involvement at Hood’s Automotive, Michelle had a 30 year career in operations, benefits, and C-level healthcare recruitment. Michelle has her MBA and BSBA from University of Phoenix.
Michelle lives in Imperial with her husband, Chad. When she is not working, she attempts to run circles around her five grandchildren (Annslee, John, Joe, Beckett and Cora).
Travis Phillips is the grandson of Founder, Joe Hood, and is the General Manager. Travis got his start in 2000 working with his PawPaw and helping out around Hood’s. With a love of working on cars, he followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and entered the world of automotive maintenance and repair.
Travis graduated from Ranken Technical College with his certificate of Automotive Technology and his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management. He is an ASE Master Certified Technician, Advanced Level Engine Performance Specialist, and State of Missouri Recognized Safety and Emission Inspector. Travis is also certified in CFC-12, HFC-134a and HFO-1234yf Refrigerant.
Travis lives in Florissant with his puppy, Lily, who can also frequently be seen at Hood’s Automotive. In his spare time, he spends as much time as possible hunting and fishing.
Jeff LaBarge joined Hood’s Automotive in 2016 as a Service Advisor. Prior to Hood’s Automotive, Jeff had a 20+ career with Napa Auto Parts starting as a delivery driver eventually becoming a Store Manager achieving Triple Crown status six times.
Jeff attended Lewis & Clark Technical School for automotive and received his Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology from Ranken Technical College.
Jeff is an ASE Certified Service Consultant and Parts Specialist.
Jeff lives in O’Fallon with his wife, Sharon, three daughters, Megan, Kristen and Jenna and puppy, Nala.
Nick Woerheide started with Hood’s Automotive when he was just 14 years old. He showed up one day with a passion for cars and a strong ability to problem solve and worked side by side with our founder, Joe Hood, who trained Nick to be an Auto Technician.
Nick is a State of Missouri Recognized Safety and Emission Inspector and is also certified in CFC-12, HFC-134a and HFO-1234yf Refrigerant.
Nick lives in Wright City with is two children, Billy and James and their two dogs, Toby and DJ.
John Meierotto joined the Hood’s Automotive team in 2014 as an Auto Technician. John has had a 30+ year career as an Journeyman Auto Technician at several dodge dealerships including Allstar Dodge before starting his own business and eventually finding his way home to Hood’s Automotive.
John is an ASE Master Certified Technician, Advanced Level Engine Performance Specialist, and State of Missouri Recognized Safety and Emission Inspector. He is also certified in CFC-12, HFC-134a and HFO-1234yf Refrigerant.
John lives in Brighton, Illinois with his wife of 30 years, Stasia, and three dogs, Russell, Sophie and Brutis.
Joe Hood founded Hood’s Automotive, Inc. in 1972. As a toddler, Joe would take things apart and put them back together. By the time he was 14 years old, he could disassemble and reassemble a carburetor blind folded. He was highly sought out as an auto mechanic by several colleges where we would be a guest speaker and teach students about auto repair. In 1962 he went into the Army and upon his return, went to work at Godats as the Shop Foreman. On February 1, 1972, Joe decided to start his own business and founded Hood’s Automotive.
Joe came from a family of auto mechanics including his father and all four of his brothers. They were featured in 1979 in the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a leading family company.
Joe started his company in a Zephyr gas station with a two bay shop. In 1974, he expanded to the Lucas Carriage Factory at St. Charles Rock Road and Fee Fee Road (across from Branneky Hardware). He closed the gas station in 1976 and went full-time working on cars. In 1979, the Lucas Carriage Factory burned down. Joe relocated to a Texaco Station at Hwy 70 and St. Charles Rock Road where the business continued to thrive. He eventually built another five bay shop next to the Texaco and exited the gas business again to focus 100% on auto repair. In 1984, he sold the building and moved “down the hill” to 11737 St. Charles Rock Road (previously occupied by Coffelt Paving) where he grew the business over the next 25 years. In 2007, he and his daughter, Michelle, joined together to build the current location at 198 NW Industrial Ct in Bridgeton.
Joe was married to his wife, Nancy, for 53 years and had four children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Joe died November 1, 2017 leaving His legacy of honesty and integrity in business to his children and grandchildren.
Joe joined Hood’s Automotive in March, 2021 as an Auto Technician.
Prior to joining Hood’s, Joe worked as a Mechanic/Frame Technician with TLG Peterbilt and as a Mechanic at Kohr’s Truck & Auto Repair.
With more than 20 years of experience, Joe brings a wide range of knowledge and experience to the Hood’s Team.
Joe lives in O’Fallon with his wife, Neishe, of 20 years and sons, Julian, Owen and Nathanial and his dog, Gus.
Lily joined Hood’s Automotive in 2018. She can be found on most days running between the office and shop area and staying close to her Daddy, Travis Phillips.
She’s shy but friendly and always willing to accept snacks.