Craig Walter became an independent when he took over Don’s Auto Ade Tire & Auto Repair back in 2003, but the time he spent as a regional manager for Goodyear gave him insight into business philosophies and practices years before sharing such info became popular.
Stan Craven builds bodies in a couple of ways. Not only does his CARSTAR Chicago 38th St. shop achieve strongly satisfied customer rankings and reviews from drivers pleased with the body work done on their vehicles, but he frequently wins awards in body building competitions for his muscular physique.
Chantilly Auto Body Group in Chantilly, Va., ABRN's 2015 Top Shops winner, has paved a long, successful path by flourishing in areas where many repairers either are reluctant to tread or may be overlooking.
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.
Cheerfully embracing a united front among three generations, the Barbera family’s Union Collision exudes high energy as they enthusiastically approach each workday with an affable sense of humor accompanied by a can-do attitude.
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.
Colorado shop owners Steve “Tank” Burns and John Stock keep their business growing by focusing on the high-end car niche including nameplates like Tesla, Land Rover/Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Audi and the aluminum-embracing 2015 Ford F-150 pickup.
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