Hawthorne Auto Clinic gets a new owner

Hawthorne Auto Clinic gets a new owner


I first started working here in high
school. I went to Benson and was part of the automotive program. I did lots of
glamorous things like sweeping the floors. I’ve done all the jobs that you
can do here. I’ve been a technician, and a service advisor. I’ve been the bookkeeper,
shop helper, and now, I’m the owner. I always loved cars. I really loved the feel of
taking something that was broken, the car doesn’t run, and then you do something,
you put a new part in it, and vroom, it starts up. It’s such a satisfying feeling. I trust their advice. They’re very honest, they’re neighborhood people, they’ve been
here for so long, and have integrity in their business model, and a woman is an owner — love it, love it. That’s Danielle, she works at One with Heart across the street. When I first started working here, the owners were Liz Dally and Jim Houser. Liz showed me the
ropes. Jim and Liz decided to retire. I talked to them about the opportunity of
me taking over for them. The office staff is all female, it’s
Sarah, me and Kelly. So we have one technician,
Natalie, who was changing careers. One of the things Jim and Liz have done is pay
for part of their schooling to go through the automotive program. That
worked out really well, and Natalie got that education and she’s been at the
shop for three years. One of the things we want to keep going is that type of
program, to especially help younger women into the automotive career. And, you know,
by being an owner of a business you can create opportunities like that. That’s a good boy. It’s definitely home away from home. You know, you have your work
family that you see every day so it’s good to create and build an environment
that everyone wants to come and enjoy being there.