A FAMILY HISTORY OF AUTO REPAIR

|
06/14/2019
Whitworth Family
Contents

Randy Whitworth is a longtime Mr. Transmission franchisee, owning two stores in Alabama.  It should probably come as no surprise that each of his three children have followed his footsteps into the auto repair business.

Randy’s father was a mechanic and his brother is a builder at his Pelham store, so car repair “is in the family’s blood”.  Randy recalled his children coming into the shop before or after school when they were younger and pretending to fix cars and work behind the desk to talk to the customers.  They were drawn to the business and as an added bonus, they were able to spend extra time with their father and learn from him when visiting the store.

Years later, Randy beams with pride when talking about how his children have each carved out successful careers in the auto repair industry.  “I’ve really been blessed.  They are all wonderful children.  I still have some things to teach them, but I feel really good about how successful they have been.”

His oldest daughter, Kimberly, opened her own Mr. Transmission/Milex store in early June after coordinating the sales, marketing, advertising and administrative responsibilities for both shops for the past 12 years.  His daughter, Amberly, is the Center Manager at the Hoover store while his son, Randell, works in the same role at the Pelham location.

The Whitworth children started their careers by working part-time in the Mr. Transmission stores during summer break while they were in high school.  When they returned to school in the fall, Randy quickly realized just how valuable they had become.

“I found I really missed them when they went back to school because they were so productive in the shop,” said Randy.  “When they went back, I said, ‘My Lord, it felt like I lost a key employee.  What am going to do without them?’”

They each came back when they were finished with school and became full-time employees.  Despite the close relationship they had with their father, their time working in the store has always been professional with no preferential treatment over other staff members.  It has always been “Randy” and not “Dad” while at the shop.

Looking back, Randell laughed at an early lesson his father taught him.  “I’ll never forget when I handed him a dirty screwdriver when I first started working here and he looked at me and said, ‘You don’t ever hand your boss a dirty tool.’  I remembered that and ever since then, I make sure to keep my tools clean.  I thought that was funny and that has always stuck with me.”

Kimberly, Amberly and Randell each speak glowingly about their father and how he runs the business.  Whether it is his knowledge of cars or being able to develop relationships with the customers and put them at ease, they said they learn something new from him every day.

“Any time a builder would have trouble on a unit, he would only need to look at it for a few seconds and be able to diagnose the problem,” said Kimberly.  “He has a natural feel for what he does.  In watching how he operates, it made me strive to be as good as he was on the job.  Even if I didn’t have the natural ability to repair cars, I wanted to be like him.”

Randy has thought about the future and said he plans on training his children all aspects of the business before passing it on to them.  In the meantime, the family plans to get together on Father’s Day for a cookout on Lay Lake, where they will also do some boating and fishing.  They will have fun that day and then return to work the next day, where they all agree the best part is the time they get to spend together.

“Being able to see him every day and spend time with my dad is the most enjoyable part of the job,” said Amberly.  “Especially as I’ve gotten older and life becomes busier, a lot of people don’t get to see their family as much as you would like.  I enjoy that I am able to see him and learn from him every day.  He is a very smart man and I still have a lot to learn from him.”

Contents

Let's Talk

Single Post Form

A contact us form.

Name
Address

related blogs

05/21/2024
Comparing Automatic and Manual transmissions

Automatic vs. Manual: Which One Should You Choose? Trying to decide between a stick shift or an automatic? Mr. Transmission can help you take a closer look at the ins and outs of both automatic and manual transmissions and give you the lowdown to make a choice that's right for you. What’s the Difference? To […]

Read More
04/01/2024
Matt Crouch

Franchising Gives Family of Veterans a New Mission At the Mr. Transmission/Milex Complete Auto Care location in Kansas City, Missouri, auto repair is a family affair. Matthew Crouch and his family exemplify how military veterans can successfully transition to franchise ownership. Military Background: A Foundation for Success Matthew Crouch, his father Russell, and his brother […]

Read More
03/01/2024
Transmission Replacement

Is It Time to Replace My Transmission? Facing the possibility of needing a transmission replacement can be discouraging, given the complexity and cost associated with the repair. But, if your car is reaching the 100,000-mile mark, it’s time to start planning for the possibility of a big-ticket repair to ensure it continues to run smoothly […]

Read More
11/19/2023
I’m a Mechanic: The Best $100 You Can Spend on Your Car’s Maintenance

You take your vitamins, eat well, exercise and wash your hands to prevent getting sick and going to the doctor’s office, and you should take the same preventative steps with your car. Maintaining your car can extend its life and help prevent major repairs that will cost you a fortune in the shop. Here are some […]

Read More
11/15/2023
BEAT THE CHILL: WINTER CAR PREP

Winter in the United States is no joke for many parts of the country. The snow, ice, and biting cold can be a real challenge, especially for our cars. But with a little bit of prep, you can ensure your vehicle is ready to face the frosty months ahead. Here are Milex Mr. Transmission's recommendations […]

Read More
10/05/2023
I’m a Mechanic: Here Are 8 Money-Saving Car Maintenance Tips for This Fall

With fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get your car in tip-top shape for the cooler, stormy months ahead. Taking steps to ensure your car is prepared for the season is crucial to not only ensure your safety but also to save money in both the short and long term. Who better […]

Read More
08/17/2023
BACK TO COLLEGE CAR CARE TIPS

Join our Oklahoma City Mr. Transmission/Milex owner Roman with some car care tips for going back to school as featured on Oklahoma's News 9!

Read More
07/01/2023
Car care tips ahead of expected Fourth of July weekend travel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- AAA projects 50.7 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this Independence Day weekend, setting a new record for the holiday. Mr. Transmission in Clarksville joined WDRB Mornings to talk about car care tips. Here are some areas on the car Mr. Transmission professionals recommend checking to ensure […]

Read More
06/08/2023
FIVE RED FLAGS OF LOW TRANSMISSION FLUID

Recognizing the red flags of low transmission fluid levels is crucial for preserving the performance and longevity of your vehicle's transmission system. Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care have symptoms to keep on your radar. MAINTAINING CAR FLUIDS Fluids play a crucial role in the proper functioning of various systems and components in a car. […]

Read More
04/27/2023
SUMMERTIME RULES OF THE ROAD

As you stock up on sunscreen and prep for fun in the sun, Mr. Transmission Milex Complete Auto Care has a handy list of road trip tips to follow to stay safe this summer. And we’re here to make sure your car is ready for high temperatures. ROAD TRIP TIPS Memorial Day weekend kicks off […]

Read More
1 2 3 20
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram