As a CPA, Bill Hunter was helping oversee the dissolution of his father’s trucking company, Hunter Intermodal Transportation (HIT). Started in 1988, the firm was closing its doors after the 2008 recession, but Bill saw an inkling of something worth salvaging. While looking over a maintenance facility they still had under lease, he came up with an idea.
Techway Automotive is only four and half years old, but its growth has been—to put it mildly-- explosive. This Dothan, AL business started in a 5,000 square foot facility, but recently moved into a 33,000 square feet building. Take a moment to picture that in your head.
Started in 1928 by Joe Wilhelm, Garman’s grandparents took over in 1978 what was then a single shop in Peoria. They had five sons, all of whom participated in the business; by 1988 Garman’s father began the process of expansion when he opened a second store.
Back in 1985, $400 was pretty much what Scott Larsen and Mike Kuczynski had between them—actually mostly Larsen-- when they started Cadillac Specialists. Even figuring for inflation, how the heck did they pull that off?
Like any new business owner, Ron Haugen was all verve and vigor when he opened Westside Auto Pros in 1997. A repair shop on the outskirts of Des Moines, Iowa, he soon realized all his experience as a technician just wasn’t cutting it when it came to commerce.
Locally owned Dave’s Car Care, Inc. enters its 35th year of business bringing accolades that only few achieve. With humble beginnings, Dave Denmon opened a tire shop on the corner of 51st Avenue and Peoria in Glendale on April 15, 1980, remembering lessons learned from his father.
Most independent shops start out as a vision of being your own boss, of building success on your own accomplishments. David Estes realized this through an unusual route: He bought a shop on Craigslist.
For at least four generations, members of Matt Purselle’s family have been entrepreneurs in various endeavors, from manufacturing to retail. So it was only natural that Purselle bought a struggling three-bay import repair shop in Decatur, Ga., and turned it into one of the area’s leading Mercedes-Benz facilities.
John Crowder has a tendency to dive into things; he certainly took the bull by the horns upon entering the auto repair industry. One caveat -- he had a background in that in 1970 his father bought out Bradham Automotive, and Crowder was raised around this institution of Alexandria, Va.
Motor Age is again seeking the best of the best to highlight as our 2015 Top Shops! Whether you think your shop is one of the overall best in U.S., or that you excel in one area, here is a chance to get recognized in the Top Shops section of December's Motor Age print issue.
When you have employees with a good work-life balance, things around the shop are easier. Dana TePoel discovered that and has made it his goal to train employees at his shop, Lake Arbor Automotive and Truck, in areas outside of automotive repair to ensure that balance is found.
The staff at George’s Sierra Shell collectively increased sales, upped its marketing budget and reach, tried a new community project, exceeded training goals, learned more than technical knowledge and more, as it climbed into the overall winner’s place in the 2014 Top Shops Contest.
Opening one repair shop can be intimidating. Going from one location to two is even bigger. In some ways, growing the number of locations is kind of like being a parent – you don’t know what to expect. So says Jeff Matt, owner of Victory Auto Service and Glass.
In business since 1975 with a pattern of steady expansion throughout Northeast Ohio, Andy and Elissa Fiffick’s Rad Air Complete Car Care and Tire Centers has netted Motor Age Top Shop honors for five years in a row.
As a Motor Age Top Shop, his award-winning Avalon Motorsports rivals dealership quality for its professionalism, customer service and overall excellence in keeping German-engineered vehicles on the road and running at peak performance.
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