Meet Our Team
Guy Covington - Co-Owner and Founder
Renn Haus is part-entrepreneur, part-factory trained technicians and 100% car enthusiasts.
Guy Covington has had a passion for cars over the past 37 years and particularly for Porsches and Mercedes. After his first ride in a 1962 Porsche 356, in the hills around San Francisco, he was hooked for life. Shortly after that ride, he took all his savings and bought a red 1963 Porsche 356B. Since that first Porsche, he has owned many wonderful cars including a National Concourse Winning 1988 Porsche Carrera Factory Turbo Body Cabriolet, 1974 Porsche RSR GT3S PCA race car, a 2006 Porsche Cayman S that was very well prepared for the track, a 2005 Porsche GT3, 2004 Porsche GT3, 1974 MB 280C, 2004 MB E55 AMG, 2012 MB C63 AMG along with many other Porsche’s and Mercedes’.
Over those years he has been focused on developing his knowledge and driving skills in the mountains of the West Coast. Guy completed multiple Driving Schools at places like Sears Point Infineon Raceway, Laguna Seca, Sebring and Daytona. He has done numerous Driver Education events, Time Trialing and Solo Racing events.
In 2003 he became a PCA Certified National Driving Instructor and loves teaching people how to safely handle their cars at tracks such as Sebring, Daytona and others.
Guy has a long history of forming and owning successful businesses including RENN HAUS, two IBM Business Partners, an Apple Franchise and a Custom Home building company. His dedication to the highest level of business professionalism is impressive.
His simple philosophy of Honesty and Hard Work is now reflected in RENN HAUS which culminates his dream to pursue a full time life in motor sports.
Stephanie Havens - Co-Owner
Stephanie Havens, Co-Owner, has had a love of German cars since she learned to drive in her Father’s 1970 Porsche 914-6 along the French Riviera. She mostly drove cars with manual transmissions, until she became a mother, as she enjoyed the feeling of controlling the car’s dynamics and performance.
Her goal and the goal of all at RENN HAUS, is to ensure women be treated the way she expects to be treated and the company has accordingly developed a strong following among bright women who appreciate this approach!
After receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, she worked in the Industrial-Organizational consulting field prior to co-founding RENN HAUS. Despite not having the strong background in car repair estimating and repair as everyone else at RENN HAUS, she quickly picked up the knowledge required to provide estimates and helpful options to the customer.
Steven Jones - 30+ Years Experience
- 30+ Years as BMW, Mercedes & Porsche Technician
- Graduated from BMW Training in Berchtesgaden, Germany in 1976 (Bi-lingual in German and English)
- 20 Years as Head of Engine & Drive Train Development and Tuning at Renntech Inc Florida specializing in MB, Porsche, BMW and MINI
- Supercharged and Turbocharged many engines for maximum performance
- Custom Fabrication of Stainless-Steel Exhaust Systems
- Developed 6.5L Conversion for Porsche 928 S4
- Developed Custom Mechanical Valve Train for MB 119 Engine
Steven Jones brings to RENN HAUS his 30+ years of extensive and impressive experience in servicing and maintenance, tuning, engine/transmission rebuilding and modification of Mercedes-Benz, SLR McLaren, Porsche, BMW, Mini and other exotic automobiles.
For the past 20 years Steven was the Director of Tuning and Engine/Transmission Development for Renntech Inc. in South Florida. Over this period he was a significant contributor in building Renntech into one of the largest and most successful tuners in the United States.
He has tuned, rebuilt, turbo-charged and super-charged everything from Mini Cooper's to the one-of-a-kind SLR McLaren racecar.
Steven hails from Germany and graduated from BMW training in Berchtesgaden in 1976 and is bi-lingual in German and English. He has brought to RENN HAUS his relationships with some of the top tuners in Germany such as Evotech and MKB Germany.
Gregory Fura - Mercedes Benz Master Certified Technician With 35+ Years Experience
Gregory’s honesty and integrity is the perfect fit for RENN HAUS as he shares our same philosophy of taking care of the customer’s needs and concerns first.
Gregory Fura is a lifelong Mercedes Benz enthusiast. He graduated from the Technical Institute in Radom Poland in 1977. After graduation he worked in Poland until he moved to Chicago in 1984 and worked at a large Mercedes Benz dealer where he earned his Master Mercedes Benz Certificate in 1997 and worked for 23 years until 2007. After that he moved to Florida and worked in an independent repair shop until joining RENN HAUS in September 2013.
Matthew Howard - Mini Technical Certifications and BMW Certifications
Matt has a passion for German automobiles and a love for his Mini Cooper S. When Matt entered college on a music scholarship and to study computer programming he discovered that his true passion was cars and automotive repair. He loves the challenge to solve a customer’s problem. His great skill is his ability to use the sophisticated factory computers to perform diagnosis to determine the fix either through programming or repairs. He is very talented in explaining to any customer the cause and repair to any of their issues.
is continually looking to bring our customers the top services available in the US. So with Steve's tremendous talent and experience, along with Gregory's integrity and enthusiasm RENN HAUS continues in serving Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice with the best auto repair quality and value in the State.
Stop by, meet OUR TEAM and discuss any questions or ideas you may have for your fine automobile.