The Academy Panel:
It’s often said that if you choose a job you love you will never have to work a day in your life. Joe Marconi can say that with sincerity, Joe owns multi-branch operation Osceola Garage in Baldwin Place and Croton Falls, NY. His dream after graduating high school was to someday open up his own automotive repair business and that dream became a reality on October 1, 1980.
Joe was born and raised in the Bronx; he relocated to Putnam County, NY and founded his company on the culture and philosophy that he was taught growing up: Treat people with respect, take care of your customers as family and always go the extra mile. These principles quickly became the secret to Joe’s continued success.
Joe is also a part-time business coach and trainer for Elite Worldwide and co-founder of autoshopowner.com. Listen to Joe’s previous episodes HERE.
In January of 2017, John Long purchased an interest in Total True Automotive dba Schertz Auto Service, Schertz, TX, for which he worked since July of 2005.
Growing up John was not interested in vehicles even though his father had always fixed their cars. John’s passion was sports especially hockey. John played anything and everything growing up. He is still a huge sports fan and sports numbers junkie.
In his late teens, John started to gain more interest in vehicles and just after his 21st birthday he accepted a position working at National Tire & Battery as a service advisor. He knew nothing about tires or vehicle systems and how they worked, but he learned as much as he could.
In 2005, John and his wife decided it was time for a move. He arrived in San Antonio late on a Friday night after driving 24 hours straight and interviewed with Mark Roberts on Saturday morning. Mark hired John, and for the next several years he helped grow the new mechanical repair shop business. Listen to John’s previous episodes HERE.
Gary Keyes is the owner of E & M Motors Auto Service in Stuart, Florida. Gary started as a tech, right out of high school back in the service station days in Miami. He also worked in a Toyota dealership for 10 years and decided he was smart enough to open a shop himself. He says he is still learning.
Through the value of networking, as a member of ASA, he found and purchased E & M motors. Networking with peers, he says, is one of the most powerful benefits of association membership.
Gary is also a trustee of AMi and earned his AMAM (Accredited Master Automotive Manager) certification. Gary is also an ASE Certified Master Technician Since 1978. Listen to Gary’s previous episodes HERE.
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