FREEPORT — Practically 25 years in the past, Dave Timm and his spouse, Gina, walked right into a vacant constructing with a mud flooring and no working water and had a imaginative and prescient of proudly owning and working their very own auto restore enterprise.
Dave Timm had been a mechanic since highschool and was able to grow to be his personal boss. Collectively he and Gina opened Auto Repair Specialists in 1997.
That call is incomes them nationwide recognition at the moment.
As a member of AAA automotive, the Freeport store started to get business consideration as a premier auto restore enterprise. It had an opportunity for nationwide recognition after being named one of many high three in Illinois for 2021. It acquired that recognition on Wednesday when Nate Gustafson from AAA got here to the store at 3358 Freeway 26 and introduced the nationwide award for Greatest in Auto Restore for 2021. Together with the plaque, he introduced a trophy and present playing cards for the entire staff.
“What we’re presenting to Dave and Gina is the gold award for excellence,” Gustafson mentioned. “Auto Restore Specialists is an AAA member and what we search for in a enterprise is those that have interaction with members, supply the standard of service, have the proper picture and we have a look at the store. Auto Restore Specialists met all the factors, and we took discover. This isn’t one thing they utilized for. We observed them … They make us pleased with our community of service.”
Dave mentioned he discovered of the excellence a month in the past. He mentioned he was shocked however happy to know a enterprise he began on a mud flooring has grow to be a way of satisfaction. His motto “If we will’t repair it, it’s not damaged” is what has carried him to success previously 24 years, he mentioned.
“It comes all the way down to honesty and belief with our prospects,” Dave mentioned. “It’s by no means a great factor when a automotive breaks down, and our job is to assist repair the issue and depart them happy with a job nicely finished. I nonetheless take pleasure in serving to individuals, and whereas issues have modified a lot over time in auto restore, I nonetheless love what I do. I made the proper determination after I checked out this vacant constructing.”
Gina provides, “Our prospects are like household, and now we’re beginning to see second-generation prospects come by way of our door. We have to be doing one thing proper.”
Gustafson mentioned he was honored to make the journey from Aurora to current the awards to Dave and Gina, saying, “I see quite a lot of outlets however after I see this store, I see a workforce, and this award represents a giant a part of it. Auto Restore Specialists is now nationally identified.”
Jane Lethlean is a contract correspondent