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Where Customer Service Comes First
405 W Bethalto Drive, Bethalto, IL 
618-377-6821
 Serving Metro East Area of St. Louis 


Our Team

Learn More About the Helmkamp Auto Team

Serving the Bethalto Community for 50 Years

Helmkamp Auto has been providing top-of-the-line auto repair and maintenance services to the local community with honesty and integrity for 50 years! Our team consists of Gene and Janet Helmkamp, their sons Michael and Todd, and our ASE-certified technicians. Wwere also featured in the local Telegraph magazine. Check out the complete article now.

Our Team Members

Gene Helmkamp
Gene graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1957 and then graduated on the Dean’s List from SIUC with an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology.
 
After one more year at SIU in Alton, Gene served in the Army Reserves with an ES rating and trained in fixed-wing aircraft maintenance.
 
He holds his ASE Master Technician and Advanced Technician certifications and is also certified in various truck areas.
 
He has been involved in several organizations within his church. He started the first workshop for Helmkamp Auto Service Inc. in late 1966.
 
On April 1, 1967, Helmkamp Auto was officially opened for business.
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"Great quality workmanship at a
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Janet Helmkamp
Raised in Bethalto, Janet graduated from Civic Memorial High School where she started dating Gene Helmkamp when she was a freshman – they married in 1961. They have three children: Todd, Wendy, and Mike.
 
Both Todd and Mike have continued to assume more responsibility for the management of the business, as Gene and Jan entertain retirement. Janet helped with the business’ bookkeeping, running errands and cleaning the shop. She is an active church and community volunteer.

Michael Helmkamp
Spending time in and around Helmkamp Auto his entire life, Michael started off sweeping and sorting parts as a boy before becoming an integral part of the business as he got older. He is an ASE-certified Master Technician and is also certified in various truck categories and parts.
 
Mike is in charge of parts procurement, helps Todd and Gene with estimating, and assists with making the day-to-day decisions. After graduating from Civic Memorial High School, Mike began working full-time at Helmkamp Auto. Like Gene and Todd, Mike has attended many classes and seminars, including some in management in California.

Todd Helmkamp
Todd attended Parks College, the aviation side of St. Louis University, receiving his associate's degree and graduating with his A&P certification. He continued college for one more year
and then started to work full-time at Helmkamp Auto.
 
He left Helmkamp Auto in 1995 to become a contracted instructor for ACDelco. After a few years, he was hired by ACDelco and transferred to Service-Parts Operation in Grand Blanc, MI.
 
He moved back to the St. Louis Metro area in 2004 as an ACDelco Sales Representative to suppliers. He later decided he would like to re-enter the family business and is now heading up the service side of Helmkamp Auto as well as sharing management duties.

Jeneane DeSherlia
Married with two sons, Jeneane was in the local banking industry and was a real estate broker for 21 years. She has been at Helmkamp Auto since May 2009, working in the office with Jan. Jeneane developed the Helmkamp Auto newsletter sent out monthly, she shares accounting duties and also serves as a receptionist.

Whitney Owens
Whitney is a hometown girl. She joined Helmkamp Auto last fall as a part-time utility person. She fills many shoes around the shop and office - cleaning the shop and office, cleaning customer’s vehicles, filing, stuffing envelopes, and what is needed at the moment. We enjoy having her youthfulness and is a real asset to the shop.

Our ASE-Certified Technicians

Eric Bailey
A solid, dependable employee, and very likable, Eric started working at Helmkamp Auto in May 1999. He attends classes and seminars that have become available for our technicians. He holds his Master Technician certificate. Eric primarily works on larger vehicles, including trucks, motorhomes, and RV systems.

David Jacquin
David joined Helmkamp Auto in September 2011. He attended Ranken Technical College from 2001-2003, receiving his Associates of Technology in Automotive Maintenance.
 
He continued his education through ASE and Chrysler and Ford-based training, acquiring ASE Chrysler and Ford certifications. Dave has gained experience working in dealerships, supervising for an automotive business and being shift foreman for a Ford dealer.

Mike Wright
Mike joined Helmkamp Auto this summer filling a much-needed spot in our shop. Mike has been a mechanic for many years and excels in air-conditioning and similar fields. Mike enjoys talking about his family, especially his grandchildren.

Scott Gonzalez
Scott has worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years. He lives local and has expertise in the auto and light truck field.

Josh Purdy
Josh attended a tech school locally and has experience as a major truck facility mechanic.

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