Our Team


When you call Lester’s Garage Doors you can expect to receive excellent customer service from the first phone call to the completion of your job!

Our staff and field technicians will treat you with fairness & respect at every encounter.


Meet the best staff  in the state! 





Ed Hoeft, Owner

Phone: 352 372-6479 Ext. 103

Building Contractor

Commercial Garage Door & New Construction Garage Door Sales, Purchasing

Years of experience: 42 years

Education: Building Contractor's License # CBC1251673, Electrical Apprentice Program - Santa Fe Community College, Dale Carnegie Sales Course.

Interests: Cooking, Classic Rock music, History

Fun Fact: Chairs a monthly food drive collecting 1500-2000 lbs of food to feed the local hungry.



Janet Lester Hoeft, Co-Owner

Phone: 352 372-6479 Ext. 102

Office Manager, Accounts Payable, Advertising, Payroll, Employee Benefits Administrator, Financial Officer

Years of experience: 41 years

Education: Graduate of University of Florida, Business Administration

Interests: Reading, Volunteer work, Birdwatching

Fun Fact: Sixth generation of family living in Gainesville. Family still lives on same property, where business is located.


Mark, Service Manager

Phone: 352-372-6479 Ext. 101

Garage Door and Garage Door Opener Service Manager, Residential Garage Door & Garage Door Opener Sales

Years of Experience: 29 years

Education: Genie GMI Select Certified Technician

Military Service: US Navy 1982-1986, aboard the Pearl Harbor USS Cimmeron A0177

Interests: Golf, Dog "Darla", Racing fan

Fun Fact: Crossed the Equator 3 times while in the Navy



Michele, Accounting & Billing

Phone: 352-372-6479 Ext.100

Administrative Assistant, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable & Maintenance Coordinator

Years of Experience: 19 years

Education: Central Florida Community College, Warner Southern College, Santa Fe Community College

Interests: Singing, Gator Football, Coffee

Fun Fact: Has recorded nine songs from her repertoire.



Susan Hoeft Lynch

Office Administrator: Purchasing & Permitting

Years of Experience:  2 years

Interests: Spending time with my family, reading, organizing

Fun Facts: Granddaughter of the founder, Don Lester

Favorite Quote: "Look for the good in every person and every situation. You'll almost always find it" -Brian Tracy





Garage Door and Garage Door Opener Service Technician

Years of Experience: 7 years

Interests: Playing music, cooking, learning about History

Fun Facts: I once got to drive a Lamborghini in Las Vegas

Favorite Quote: "Mind over matter."



Garage Door and Garage Door Opener Service Technician

Years of Experience: 3 years

Interests: Community Service, Exercise, Reading

Fun Fact: On video and no training, I deadlifted 500 pounds.

Favorite Quote: "A clever person solves a problem, a wise person avoids it."



Garage Door Installer

Years of Experience: 5 years

Interests: Classic cars, Gator Sports, Fishing

Fun Facts: At 10 years old, in 2005, I recall Eddie, Lester's owner, at my childhood home repairing my opener.

Favorite Quote: "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after." ~ Henry David Thoreau



Garage Door Installer

Years of Experience: 1 year

Interests: Spending time with my family, going out to eat, playing video games, watching sports

Fun Fact: Good at bowling, playing pool, ping pong, foosball, basketball

Favorite Quote: 




Years of Experience: 14 years

Interests: Loves being a father, riding motorcycles, going to the beach, gardening, building and woodworking

Fun Fact: Came from Syracuse, NY, where he grew up on a dairy farm.

Favorite Quote: "If it's not broken, don't fix it."


Thank you for your years of service. You're always in our hearts. 1981-2022. RIP





Company Spokesman

Marketing Specialist

Created from garage door parts by Mark Wood

Interests: Likes to pose for photos and make people laugh.

Fun Fact: Star of our commercials

Favorite Quote: "What goes up, must come down!" ~from "Spinning Wheel" by Blood Sweat & Tears

Would you like to join our team? Check out our Employment Opportunities.

**Note: Please call our office for more information about available openings before sending your application.**

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