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WE HAVE A PASSION FOR CARS.

GPO is driven to be the best. We want nothing more than to perform beyond your expectations. Everyone on the GPO team is not only motivated to provide exceptional performance we are all auto enthusiasts. When we recommend maintenance it’s because we know what your car needs. We know what breaks, what wears out, what to look out for. We are constantly learning those things as newer cars age. We try to stay ahead of that by watching the trends. If we see a certain car has a certain part go bad with some regularity we begin to educate our customers that drive similar cars. Prevention is much more cost effective than damage.

Doug Hoffarth

Doug Hoffarth

Owner with GPO Since 2003

Doug started his career in the auto industry building race cars with his dad. Once he was old enough, BMW hired him and he quickly went through factory training. Working at a few BMW dealerships, Doug moved to Nashville and made the switch to Volkswagen and was trained there as well. With the idea to create an independent European automotive shop, Doug created German Performance Options, first renting space at another well-known shop then moving in 2003 to its current location at 1227 Lebanon Pike. Doug experienced the all too common ups and downs of business ownership. In 2015 Doug invited Corey and Justis to partner up. This team has lead GPO to become the premier independent European shop Doug started out to create. Doug daily drives a TDI, has a few project cars and you’ll see his 944 race car at some of the local motorsports events.

Dennis Kent

Dennis Kent

ASE Certified Technician with GPO Since 2003

Dennis has been in the automotive field for a little over 10 years. He has worked for 2 Volkswagen dealers where he became a specialist in all subjects. Dennis moved to GPO to expand his knowledge into other brands. Dennis started with GPO in early 2015, bringing tremendous amount of experience and knowledge. Dennis has quickly become proficient in BMW and Mini brands as well as expanding his knowledge in the VW/Audi space. Also, Dennis quickly took to the tuning, upgrading and modifying offerings provided by GPO and enjoys performing those projects. Currently Dennis drives a MK5 GTI which he likes to use for autocrossing. He daily drives a MK4 Jetta 1.8T (Soon to be a TDI) last, but not least he has an 81 VW Scirocco which is undergoing a unique transplant, more to come on that project later.

Kim Underwood

Kim Underwood

Office Staff with GPO Since 2015

Kim brings over 30 years experience in corporate America to GPO. Her skills include supply chain management, vendor relationship, purchasing, accounting, corporate training and human resources. Her corporate expertise brings a level of performance and excellence to business operations. Kim has been a part of GPO since its inception in 2003. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, along with traveling. She studied Criminal Justice at Volunteer State Community College. Her first car was a VW Karmann Ghia and she currently drives a 2013 Audi A4 which she loves.

Corey Harper

Corey Harper

Owner with GPO Since 2008

Corey was born and raised in Nashville, has had a lifelong fascination with cars and how they work. Growing up playing video games, loving motorsports and cars he found himself working on his own cars out of necessity. While going to high school and later college he found opportunities to turn his interest in cars into a way to generate revenue. While switching majors from business admin to technology Corey was spending time at German Performance talking to Doug about how to upgrade his car. It was during those afterhours bench racing sessions Corey decided to pursue a career in the auto industry. Corey worked at GPO, then went to the dealer where he quickly became the go-to Volkswagen technician in the Franklin area. Years later when the opportunity to return to GPO as a partner presented itself, Corey made the leap into entrepreneurship. Together with his partners, Corey verifies the quality of the work at GPO and works with his team to efficiently work through the ever-increasing volume of cars that GPO services daily. In addition to building a business Corey has been building a race car, an Audi Quattro and most importantly building a family, Corey and Kristin welcomed their son Hudson home in 2016.

Gene Carr

Gene Carr

ASE Certified Technician with GPO Since 2016

Gene has been into cars since he got his license. A friend in college drove a VW and invited Gene to a VW show, he’s been hooked ever since. Previous to GPO Gene worked at a VW dealership. Originally from Douglas GA, Gene’s other hobbies revolve around outdoor activities such as rock climbing, back pack hiking trips, camping and playing with his dog (name?). While attending college, Gene made the decision to attend Universal Training Institute in California. Post-graduation Gene was accepted into the VW program which led him to Nashville. Working as a certified VW technician since 2009 specializing in electrical, chassis, engine, transmission and hybrid technologies Gene brings much experience to GPO and is quickly gaining expertise in the Porsche brand. Currently Gene drives a 1996 VR6 GTI, with many mods including a frame notch, his favorite modification as he did the welding himself after a friend backed out. Gene and his wife live just outside Nashville.

Tyler Harper

Tyler Harper

Office Staff with GPO Since 2016

Tyler has been with GPO since 2016. Before that he worked in maintenance at Vanderbilt. A long-time auto enthusiast and a Service Advisor at GPO, Tyler enjoys meeting clients, gaining an understanding of their cars symptoms and communicating that to the technicians so that GPO operates as efficiently as possible. Tyler’s work day is filled with client calls, appointments, scheduling and parts ordering. He does all this and remains cheerful and upbeat. Tyler and his wife live just outside Nashville and you’ll catch Tyler ripping downs the road in his Audi TT Quattro, or more sedately in his Passat.

Justis Kivari

Justis Kivari

Owner with GPO Since 2014

Justis joined GPO as a partner in 2015, bringing with him years of business leadership experience. Justis was a client of GPO’s since its launch. Doug and Justis have been friends for over 20 years and now work together seamlessly as business partners. You’ll find Justis wandering around automotive events, camera in hand, working the phones at GPO or discussing the cool bits of client’s cars. As a serial entrepreneur, Justis endeavors to make GPO the best it can be. When not focusing on GPO, Justis works as a photographer and business/technology consultant. He lives south of Nashville and has one too many project cars.

Jay Gould

Jay Gould

ASE Certified Technician & Porsche Specialist with GPO Since 2016

Jay “J-Spec” started his career in the medical field then followed his passion and innate talent into the automotive field. Working at a dyno shop then at Music City P&A for 16 years, Jay quickly became one of the finest and most well-known Porsche technicians in Tennessee. Jay moved to GPO after P&A closed its doors after decades in business. He continues to service P&A clients and new clients, offering top notch service for both air-cooled and water cooled Porsches. Jay also services other brands and models. Jay is not only an excellent technician, he’s also a gifted driver, and you’ll occasionally find him at motorsports events with either his highly modified VW Beetle or his 1973 911S.

Chad Hugen

Chad Hugen

ASE Certified Technician with GPO Since 2017

GPO’s most recent addition is Chad Hugen. Chad comes to GPO with dealer experience, as well as experience from another independent Euro facility. With a diverse background, Chad excels at working on multiple brands, but enjoys working on BMW’s the most. While in college at MTSU, majoring in recording, Chad met Corey Harper and was introduced to GPO and European cars. Corey and Chad were working at a valet lot when Chad decided to buy a VW Jetta Wolfsburg. With the seed planted, Chad went to work for NTB then was hired by VW and worked there for few years. Chad moved to California and was hired by a VW dealership there. Coming back to Tennessee and back in the dealer network, Chad obtained ASE certifications and went to work for another independent shop. As a friend of GPO, Chad expressed interest in joining the team. Currently Chad daily’s an e36 325is and he hopes to get into motorsports. Of note, Chad regrets selling the two Corrado’s he’s had in the past.

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