Meet the Team, The Big 18th Edition – Thomas Riviere

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The meet the team of Tidewater Express Inc. section of our website is a new way for you to get to know our diesel mechanics, shop technicians, road service technicians, office staff and tow truck drivers. This blog post team member spotlight features one of our AutoCraft Auto Body Technician and Painter, Thomas Riviere.

Meet the Team - Thomas Riviere

Thomas Riviere has been part of the team since Tidewater Express acquired AutoCraft Collision Center VA and is our lead Auto Body Technician/Painter. You could say that Thomas, along with Dave and Trish, “came with the building” when TEI purchased ACC in 2011. Thomas started working at AutoCraft in 2009, after spending a decade at another local collision repair shop. In fact, he has been working on autos since he was 15 years old.

Thomas grew up in the Dominican Republic and emigrated to the United States in 1990. He started off staying in the Bronx in New York, but after a visit to sunny and warm Virginia Beach to visit a friend – Thomas knew that the Hampton Roads area was the correct spot for him to land. Thomas brings decades and decades of auto body collision repair and auto body painting to the crew. He is the go-to mentor for the rest of the shop crew on all auto body fiberglass repair, auto body fiberglass and plastic reconstruction, auto body sandblasting and all auto body collision repair in general.

When you think of – or search for – auto body collision repair near me, think of AutoCraft Collision Center VA. ACC is conveniently located on the Norfolk/Virginia Beach boarder with easy access off of 64/264 interchange. We go above and beyond other auto body repair shops because we go above and beyond customers expectations. Our trained technicians bring decades of experience and will provide fast and reliable work that looks outstanding. From minor scratches to major collision repair and touch up to full automotive paint restoration, AutoCraft Collision Center is the only one-stop-shop for all automotive repairs and paint services.

Check out some of Thomas’ quotes to our TEI team member Q&A….


Favorite part of working TEI/ACC?

It has to be the family atmosphere that we have here at AutoCraft. I’ve been working with Dave and Trish since I started here. When Tidewater Express bought us, our family grew. In fact, when I was laid up in the hospital for a week and then off work for a couple months Linda, one of the Tidewater sales staff, brought me pillows and gifts and snacks. So that’s all nice to have in a work family. Plus we have a nice chill atmosphere.

Favorite type of vehicle to work on/type of work?

I don’t mind working on anything, but my favorite vehicle to work on are big trucks…semi trucks. Freightliners to be specific, I like to get into the spray booth and paint.

Favorite music artist/band or song?

Reggae Zoot Spanish music – my hometown Caribbean music is what I listen to.

Favorite pizza topping?

Pepperoni if I’m going to have pizza, but I’d much rather have chicken!

Thomas is just the first of many talented auto body collision repair technicians and painters that we are going to be featuring here. Stay tuned here for more ‘Meet the Team’ across all of our family of companies – Tidewater Express Inc, KT’s Disposal and AutoCraft Collision Center VA! In the meantime, for all of your truck repairs, towing and recovery services, collision repair services, auto body paint, oversize hauling or open air container needs don’t hesitate to reach out to Tidewater Express Inc family of companies. Your Hampton Roads, VA area go-to for all automotive, truck, fleet vehicles services and repairs as well as garbage removal services.