When we say we are family owned and operated it means more than just a "hey look at us, we a good people because we have a family." Patrick and I are brothers, and we own the majority of the shop. Our parents also have a little ownership in the shop, and one of our other brothers is about to invest in "our dream" as he calls it. Pat and I have a total of 3 brothers and one sister, and I can say that our parents raised us all to be successful. They taught us life isn't fair, and nothing is guaranteed, but since we live in the greatest nation on Gods green earth you have the freedom to try and succeed! Amen! So here we are giving it our best try. It's funny when I think back to our younger years Pat and I and all my brothers had to keep some pretty sad cars running if we wanted to get from point a to point b. Our father would buy a car that typically would run, but barely. He would then let us drive it, if we could keep it running, put gas in it and pay for the insurance on it... It was a reasonable deal... Sometimes... We worded on several Rabbits, a station wagon, and a few other off brand hatch back type cars. Engines, transmissions, starters, plugs... You name it we replaced it. And now most of us don't work on our cars anymore we would all take our cars to Patrick no matter where he worked (once you find a mechanic you can trust you don't loose him :). I have now bet my life savings on it! I think my parents did a lot of right things, but probably the main thing they did was loved us enough to raise us to love ourselves and each other... Ok enough mushy stuff, is there a football game on right now?
I now have a little family of my own including one wife and 2 smart, funny and beautiful little girls. Patrick has a little bit bigger family with 5 boys and 1 girl. We both totally love our families they way we were loved... Darn it how did I get back to this love thing again... Who's in the superbowl again?
And now we have an extended family with our boys at the shop Colin, Scott and Jorge. Colin should really be my brother...oh but our story is a WHOLE new story.
Family owned and operated... You better believe it, and I promise you, you will see it!
Friday, January 27, 2012
Most people will probably wonder why I am starting this blog. And if you didn't know me that would be a fair question. I think that communication is one of the main keys to a successful and happy life. Funny thing about me is I am an introvert, I like being alone. I am ok with sitting in a room for hours by myself. I don't have to be the life of the party... And usually I am not even invited to the party! But I know that people like people by getting to know them. And you can't get to know me if I just sit in a room all day, BUT wait... Yes you can because I can blog in my room and you can read and answer me! The Internet, what a great thing!
In this blog you will read about my personal journey with our auto shop. It will be business at times, humor at times and personal at times. I know this word gets thrown around a lot but I want to be transparent with our customers. I want you to feel like you can trust us enough to ask tough questions, and feel good about how we treat you. And I want you to realize we are human and make mistakes. For Patrick and I this business is a big deal, we are proud and humbled all at the same time.
Colin, Scott and Jorge have put a lot of trust in us, and in turn we have put a lot of trust in them. We are all trying to build an experience we can all be proud of. I also don't want this to be a sales pitch blog... Boring... And if it ever starts sounding like one then email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post a response telling me to turn it off and hopefully I will listen (my wife tells me I have a problem with that... Yah right, now if I could only remember what she wanted me to pick up at the store...)
I hope you will enjoy reading these posts as much as I enjoy writing them. More to come soon.