Former co-workers & friends unite and reinvigorate TOM’s TRUCK REPAIR in Modesto. John Haas & Armando Tapia are each skilled and certified technicians with over 15 years of experience serving Stanislaus County truck & auto clients. Working together for two years has allowed them to appreciate and respect each other’s skills, work ethic and most importantly, integrity.
Haas Joined Tom’s Truck Repair as a key employee in 2010. The two kept in touch over the years and at times met up at training seminars while working on additional certifications. When Haas learned that the owner of Tom’s Truck Repair wanted to sell the business he saw a very positive opportunity and approached Tapia.
In November of 2014 Haas & Tapia joined forces and became the owners of Tom’s Truck Repair. The purchase process was long and arduous (over eight months) with negotiations becoming very difficult at times. Tapia stated “we could not have completed these negotiations successfully without the assistance of the Alliance Small Business Development Center. Their professional guidance, business insight and caring about our future allowed us to fulfill a dream”.
Haas & Tapia worked with lead consultant Dennis Murphy and Tapia stated that, “for anyone who is interested in starting a business Dennis Murphy is a valuable asset and worth more than any amount we can make; and I mean that”. Business at Tom’s Truck Repair has more than doubled in the first three months of operation. An additional experienced and certified technician has been added.
Haas describes what is happening at their company as “dynamic and getting better. Our RV and auto repair business has grown much quicker than expected”. He also indicated the business location at 1307 7th Street, Modesto has great access to Highway 99 and centrally located for all of Modesto. This early success has made these long-time friends and now co-owners somewhat less stressed about the money they borrowed. Tapia said “going into debt and having a family is always a worry, however, we are going to continue to look to the SBDC for guidance. Specifically I’m going to ask for assistance in developing a five year plan complete with an operating budget”.
Both owners indicated they came from families that helped them develop a strong work ethic. Haas said “there are no short-cuts, it all has to be done right. We strive to accommodate our customer specific needs while providing great service. We believe community involvement is very important. We currently contribute to 4H & FFA and promise you there is more to come”.
Despite the long hours, Saturday work and challenges they never dreamed of, these reunited long-time friends beam with enthusiasm. They are please with their decision and confident business will only get better.