Tomi Oliva is the owner and operator of San Jose Automotive Center in Chicago, IL. He grew up working in the family business. The primary business back then was tire related, but they did venture into some general repair.
This is when he realized what he was going to be when he grew up . The tire side of the business was a chore but once he got a taste for the automotive service business, he knew his professional direction. So much so that he went against his father’s wishes and attended UTI Glendale Heights where he graduated in 2004. After graduating, he worked for a Nissan Dealer for a while before returning to Chicago to take over his Father’s Tire Business.
Tomi converted the tire shop into a full general repair business. San Jose Automotive Center is now an automotive general service business and has been since 2015.
About two years ago, he started attended technical training and meeting others that shared his same passion for diagnostics. The relationships that he developed from these courses and training events have opened doors to some awesome opportunities. To say that Tomi is satisfied with his career choice and industry involvement would be an understatement, but he’s just getting started. Listen to Tomi’s previous episodes HERE.
A special thanks to Tomi Oliva for his contribution to the aftermarket.
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