A native of San Antonio, TX, Mark Colaw has a passion for the automotive industry. He started working for the shop’s namesakes, Hastings and Ida Seymour, as one of three people that knew how to run one of the new diagnostic machines. Mark eventually purchased Seymour’s Garage in 1985 and opened the current location in 1988.
Mark is highly involved in his community. He started at the age of thirteen volunteering for various organizations. and since then his vision recently brought a team of automotive industry professionals together to create a community event called CarFest. As recently as 2016, Carfest donated more than $80,000 to local trade schools to assist youth pursuing a career in the automotive world. Mark also serves as a board member at Hidden Springs Youth Ranch, where he also donates the land that the youth ranchers use and the resources to maintain the facilities.
This episode is about Mark Colaw’s passion: Carfest. This is, by far, the most comprehensive philanthropic event I’ve ever had the pleasure to cover as a podcaster. This event goes miles and miles to improve the image of our automotive repair community and presents the industry in our most positive light.
Mark explains the impact CarFest is having on the community, automotive technology schools, suppliers and aftermarket vendors. This two and half day public event repairs 25 vehicles free for a select group of individuals. The vehicles are handpicked by community outreach groups such as Haven for Hope and The Battered Women’s Shelter.
When you change lives with heart and hands and bring unity in the community, it goes a long way to build trust in the automotive industry and professionalism in the trade.
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