HOW I GOT STARTED IN THE AUTO REPAIR INDUSTRY
In 1989, at the age of 17, I quit a part-time dishwashing job in Albuquerque, New Mexico to start sweeping floors and doing all the grunt work at a local body shop. On that day, a dream was born. I continued to work hard to keep my bosses happy and eventually worked my way up the ladder. Over several years, I worked at many different shops in and around Albuquerque, learning as much as I could and developing my passion for working on cars.
Never really feeling at home in the desert, I moved back to my roots in Wisconsin and entered a technical school program to further hone my skills and increase my chances of finding a job. While in school, I was hired as a body man at an auto repair shop in Chippewa Falls and soaked up as much as I could from their seasoned technicians. I continued to put myself in the best situations possible to learn as much as I could, with the ultimate goal of owning my own body shop.
In 2004, after meeting him at an airbrushing clinic, I left a good job at an established local shop to take a new position as a painter at Aerco Collision with the previous owner. I continued to work hard, taking every opportunity I could to learn about the auto repair business and each position in the shop and eventually, the front office. Over time, I was promoted to Estimator/Production Manager, and finally shop General Manager, assisting the owner with major business decisions. When the opportunity came up to buy Aerco Collision in 2015, my wife and I jumped at it. My dream of owning my own shop was finally fulfilled!