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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

Founder/Managing Partner

Doug started his career in the auto industry building race cars with his dad in Northwest Arkansas. Once he was old enough, BMW hired him and he quickly went through factory training. After working at a few BMW dealerships, Doug moved to Nashville and made the switch to Volkswagen where he received training as well. With the idea to create an independent European automotive shop, Doug started German Performance Options in 2003, first renting space at another well-known shop, then moving in 2005 to our current location at 1227 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN. Experiencing the all-too-common ups and downs of business ownership, Doug invited Corey and Justis to partner up in 2014. 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 will see his 944 race car at some of the local motorsports events.
Kim Underwood

Kim Underwood

Financial Administrator

Kim’s corporate expertise brings a level of performance and excellence to business operations at GPO, as her skills include supply chain management, vendor relationship, purchasing, accounting, corporate training and human resources. 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 plans to graduate from Volunteer State Community College with a Criminal Justice degree. Her first car was a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia, and she currently drives a 2013 Audi A4 which she loves.
Shawn Thiele

Shawn Thiele

Service Consultant

A native of Chicago, Shawn has been into European cars almost as long as he’s had a driver’s license. Being a longtime friend of GPO and recently returning to Nashville after a decade long absence, Shawn jumped at the chance to help Doug and the crew in the office. Shawn attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and spent the majority of his career in the Outdoor Industry in both the retail and wholesale sides of the business. When he’s not at the shop, Shawn enjoys anything that gets him outside, hiking, backpacking, paddle sports and fishing. You’ll find Shawn up front in the office talking all things Audi/VW or anything with a long-roof between helping keep German Performance Options the premier European vehicle repair and maintenance shop in Nashville.

Corey Harper

Corey Harper

Managing Partner

Corey has had a lifelong fascination with cars and how they work. Growing up in Nashville, loving motorsports, he found himself working on his own vehicles out of necessity. While going to high school and college, he found opportunities to turn his interest in cars into a way to generate revenue. Corey was spending time at German Performance Options (GPO) talking to Doug about how to upgrade his car and it was during those after hours bench racing sessions that he decided to pursue a career in the auto industry. Corey worked at GPO, and then went to a Volkswagen dealer, where he quickly became the go-to Volkswagen technician in the Franklin area. In 2014, when the opportunity to return to GPO as a partner was presented, Corey made the leap into entrepreneurship. 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 built a race car, an Audi Quattro and most importantly building a family. Corey and Kristin welcomed their son Hudson in 2016.
Gene Carr

Gene Carr

Volkswagen & Audi Specialist

Gene has been into cars since he got his driver’s license. A friend in college drove a VW and invited him to a VW show and he’s been hooked ever since. Gene worked at a VW dealership for 8 years before he came to GPO in 2015. While attending college, Gene made the decision to attend Universal Technical Institute in California. Post-graduation, he was accepted into the VW program, which led him to Nashville. Working as a certified VW technician since 2009 specializing in electrical, chassis, engine, and transmission and hybrid technologies, Gene is also quickly gaining expertise in the Porsche brand. Currently, Gene drives a 1996 VR6 GTI, with many mods including a frame notch–his favorite performance tuning modification as he did the welding himself after a friend backed out. He also owns a 2005 GTI, a 2010 TDI sport wagon, a 1983 Cabriolet and a 1982 Caddy (VW pickup) in the process of a TDI swap. Originally from Douglasville GA, Gene’s other hobbies revolve around outdoor activities such as rock climbing, backpack hiking trips, camping and playing with his dog Bodhi. Gene and his wife reside in South Nashville.
Max Walker

Max Walker

European Automotive Specialist

While attending high school in Virginia, Max, with the help of a shop teacher, discovered his passion for cars. Max set his sights on a technical degree and moved to Nashville to attend Nashville Auto Diesel College.  Max graduated at the top of his class. His first full time job in the auto service sector was with a Ford dealership, from there he moved onto Firestone, where he stayed for twelve years. While there he became a master level technician, earning his ASE L1 certification. In late 2019, Max decided to take on a new challenge and moved to GPO where he is quickly sharpening his skills. The move has proved successful as Max enjoys working on the top brands in the automotive industry. Some of Max’s hobbies include working on cars as well as video games. Max’s real claim to fame is his supernatural ability to thoroughly cook minute rice in 57 seconds.

Justis Kivari

Justis Kivari

Managing Partner

Justis joined GPO as a partner in 2014, bringing with him years of business leadership experience. Justis has been a client of GPO since its launch. Doug and Justis have been friends for over 20 years and now work together seamlessly as business partners. You will 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.
Jake Ethridge

Jake Ethridge

Service Dispatcher

Jake comes to GPO as a seasoned Business Development professional with a focus in the automotive sector during the last 6 years. Jake attended Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville as a Business Management major. During the years Jake attended TTU Jake worked in the retail sector, worked up from sales associate with a locally owned electronics store to various management positions eventually Jake was offered a general manager position in Tullahoma. Jake returned to Nashville following the birth of his 1st child to be closer to family. Jake leveraged his management experience into a position with a large automotive chain facility. While there Jake again was promoted through the ranks to eventually managing an entire store. With a desire to build business, Jake joined GPO in January 2019 with an aim to provide exceptional customer service, operational efficiency and continue the ongoing efforts to make German Performance Options the best European automobile repair, maintenance and tuning center possible.

Nik Keller

Nik Keller

VW, Audi, Porsche Specialist

From an early age growing up in a German household with VW’s, Nik was always in the family garage.  It was no surprise Nik’s passion for disassembling and reassembling toys would eventually lead him to a career in the automotive field. Originally from outside of Philadelphia, PA, Nik joined the GPO team in late 2019 with over 10 years of diagnostic and repair experience. After graduating at the top of his class from Universal Technical Institute, Nik pursued a career at an independent shop, honing his diagnostic experience and knowledge on both domestic and import vehicles.  His true passion and specialty has always been focused on Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche models. His uncompromising pursuit of technical knowledge, skill sets, professionalism, and determination have led him to join our team and begin the next chapter of his automotive expertise. Nik is a comprehensive automotive enthusiast and owns a rare 2004 Volkswagen R32 as well as a 1977 Ford F150. He enjoys spending time and traveling with his girlfriend, Casey, who is also an automotive enthusiast and welder by trade. Together, they have been ecstatic by their decision to relocate and make TN their new home, where after only a few months, they rescued their new dog, Maddie, as the newest addition to their small family.

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GERMAN PERFORMANCE OPTIONS
(615) 248-9466
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