Life was good for my parents and the early sixties were no different. Business proved more of a challenge by the end of the decade and I could see my dad was struggling. Married by this time my wife Maureen and I made a big decision. We would leave our secure employment to enter a partnership with Dad. He needed the help and like my Dad I always wanted to be my own boss and this was an opportunity to do just that.
In the spring of 1969, we found ourselves a half owner of an auto body repair shop and small time used car dealer. It was a lot of work, long hours, and responsibility however I loved it. Cars had always been important to me. Owned my first car at 14 and had many on my own before I was 21. Repairs and cars came easy to me and the business end seemed natural. After 5 years as partners, I bought my dad out and was now the sole proprietor. Soon after I purchased the business, I bought a small cement block building that sat on a good size lot at 397 Romeo Street South.
During the seventies and eighties, the business grew and the original building would see four additions added to it and the employee count grew from one to eight. Settling automotive insurance property damage claims became the focus with some private repair and paint work for regular customers.