Shop Profiles

  • Two simultaneous events once threatened to close Mark’s Auto Service: the financial crisis of 2008 and the passing of Mark Buttita’s father. But he was able to overcome that and prepare to expand to other locations.
    Robert Bravender
  • To say Professional Automotive Technicians' Jim Wakefield was proud of his military service in the Navy during the Vietnam War would be an understatement. 
    Robert Bravender
  • In 2002, the Fujarski family — father Larry, sons Karl and Nate — bought Shores Car Care in St. Clair Shores, Mich. 
    Robert Bravender
  • As President/CEO William Hill — better known as Bill — puts it, he built up his business based on superior consumer relations.
    Robert Bravender
  • You have to appreciate the retro vibe of the place: the period signage, the awnings, the squared off roof. Then there’s the name: Adolf Hoepfl Garage; definitely not slick, but memorable. 
    Robert Bravender
  • Brothers Scott and Sean Webster worked as technicians for Network Alignment and Brakes. In 1995, when the tire company decided to divest itself of this shop, the Websters partnered with their father, Carl Sikes, to help capitalize a buyout.
    Robert Bravender
  • Walk into any repair shop and you’re likely to spot an example of Ramon Elder’s work sitting right there on the counter, mounted on a piece of Plexiglas. 
    Robert Bravender
  • With the loss of his bookkeeper, the owner of Bill’s Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley, Calif., decided to look through the books himself. 
    Robert Bravender
  • Located on the plains of northern Colorado, Greeley also is home to Advanced Auto Pro’s Inc., a repair shop founded by Rick Bilger in 1994.
    Robert Bravender
  • Tarvin Auto Service started off as a three-bay facility in 1988, but by 2004 had moved into a bigger facility.
    Robert Bravender
  • It’s somehow gratifying to go into a shop named British American Auto Care and be greeted by an owner/manager named Brian England, who indeed sports an accent from across the pond.
    Robert Bravender
  • “I had to kill the technician to become the manager,” admits AC Guarina, about starting his shop, AC Auto Service Center.
    Robert Bravender
  • Rich in history, Graham Tire succeeds most at not becoming a part of it. Let’s walk that statement back a bit.
    Robert Bravender
  • How does one go from playing trombone in Harlem to running three repair shops in Arizona? Well, let’s see: Frank Leutz did it.
    Robert Bravender
  • How does one go from playing trombone in Harlem to running three repair shops in Arizona? Well, let’s see: Frank Leutz did it.
    Robert Bravender
  • It often takes more than mere determination to be successful; keen observation and mental flexibility definitely don’t hurt.
    Robert Bravender
  • America is the land of second chances. Brian Sump is living proof of that.
    Robert Bravender
  • Although a fairly recent addition to the Washington, Ill., business community, Martin Automotive actually has deep roots in this town of 13,000 near Peoria, Ill.
    Robert Bravender
  •   The phrase “German engineering” is equated with high-tech, high performance, precision machines. And to maintain these machines takes precise, talented technicians. 
    Robert Bravender
  • Like a lot of people mentioned in the May issue of Motor Age magazine, David Wittmayer laid the foundation for his career via the military, namely as a Navy machinist’s mate in the mid-70s. 
    Robert Bravender