My name is
Aaron Fehrle, son to an incredibly intelligent, ambitious and loving father
named Leonard. As a child, I remember my dad coming home exhausted from long
days of hard work at Joe White’s Performance Automotive repair shop. He’d come
home with a smell of oil which became an odd comfort when he’d plop down on the
couch next to me and my twin sister, Andreah, completely spent.
How Auto Tek Began
After 13 years
working with his mentor Joe White, Joe decided to step away from the business
in 1993 and proposed handing the reigns over to my then 30-year-old father.
That is when Auto Tek, Inc. was born. Inexperienced and “wet behind the ears”
with anything pertaining to actually running a business, my dad jumped in head
first deciding to build a foundation not on business experience, but instead on
what he knew: building relationships and trust with his customers. He took the
shop from then a two-man operation struggling to get by, to a successful
The Family Business Begins
It was in late
2002 that I had been laid off from my job and was in need of something to just
tide me over until I was able to find the next chapter in my young work career.
My dad reluctantly hired me on for a “short-term” to sweep floors, simply to
keep me going. His biggest fear was that I would get comfortable and fall into
the same strenuous industry he’d been in his entire life.
He aspired that
I would become a doctor or anything other than a life consuming 60 hours per
week slave to a business. What he didn’t foresee was that I would, in fact,
fall in love with what he had built. What he built was an incredible, community
loved work of art it seemed. How could he expect me not to fall in love with it
as well? That’s where it began for me.
Auto Tek Continues to Grow
Five years later
my sister Andreah came in to join with my dad and myself to complete the family
trifecta. As a family, we have expounded upon my dad’s core principles and have
continued to pursue maintaining a spotless reputation. We care more than
anything about making sure that anyone who blesses us by walking through our
doors is treated with kindness and respect. It is that reason I believe that we
are proudly able to be as successful as we are. With the amount of excellent
service and the incredible service staff we have, we will be here for a long
time to come, still striving for the always high standards we try so hard to
reach every day.
I believe the
coolest part for my sister and I is being able to carry on our father’s legacy.
Now she and I get to go home with that same comforting smell of oil that we
became so accustomed to as children. Hopefully, we can provide that same
comfort for our own families and be able to live up to what our father built.
That is why we are here and why we love what we do so much.
our website to learn about our family business and our staff!