National Oil & Lube News

February 2017

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10 NOLN | AROUND THE INDUSTRY Auto Shop Gives SUV to Man with Spina Bifida A camera crew followed 21-year-old Mitch Bohn around recently. But early on, it was just a cover story. "We told him we were doing a documenta- ry on accessibility in Billings, (Montana)," said Carmen Bohn, Mitch's mother. By the afternoon, Mitch Bohn was at Chris- tian Brothers Automotive on the West End. Shop owner Tony McCoy began showing him around a 2016 Ford Explorer — casually, as if it just happened to be there. e SUV was there for a reason. "e best feature about that, Mitch, is that it's yours," McCoy said. e 2016 Explorer is outfitted with an auto- matic ramp, seat, door and other features suit- ed for someone who uses a wheelchair. Mitch Bohn, who lives with spina bifida, broke down in tears alongside friends and family. e Billings Christian Brothers branch gave the vehicle to Mitch Bohn as part of its annual day of service. e national auto repair chain chooses one recipient each year, and McCoy had requested Mitch Bohn be the 2016 recip- ient. Carmen Bohn said her family knew McCoy's family through baseball. Mitch Bohn's brother, C.J., plays the sport. Mitch Bohn knew that much, but even with the camera crew on hand, he didn't suspect the gift. "e only thing I knew was that my mom put in for it," he said about the possibility of being a day of service recipient. ose around Mitch Bohn, who studies mass communication at Montana State Uni- versity Billings, said the gift reflects Mitch Bohn's own kindness. His mom said when Mitch Bohn was an eight-year-old, he gave all of his Christmas presents to a Shriners organization. He's vol- unteered at St. Vincent Healthcare and worked on political campaigns. "He's just always been that kid," Carmen Bohn said. "He always gives back." Linda Collins, who has been the family's case manager for 10 years, said Mitch Bohn's kind- ness comes from his family. Mitch Bohn was driving the family's older Chevrolet Lumina, which Carmen Bohn said was outfitted by Christian Brothers. is time, the shop outfitted him with something a little newer. "I honestly had no words," Mitch Bohn said. "I choked up." Driven Brands Acquires San Antonio, Texas-Based Express Lube Driven Brands, a portfolio company of Roark and a leading automotive franchisor, recent- ly announced the acquisition of award-win- ning, San Antonio, Texas-based Express Lube. Founded in 1990 by Harold Smith, Ex- press Lube operates more than 30 quick oil change centers throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas in Texas. e purchase re- inforces Driven Brands' growing quick lube division, which most recently acquired Ohio- based Lube Stop in September. "Including the acquisition of Express Lube, we've now expanded the Quick Lube Division at Driven Brands by more than 80 percent this year," said Quick Lube Group president Marc Graham. "is expansion is a direct result of Driven Brands' world-class technology, synergistic approach to building business, purchasing power and operational support. e addition of this market-leading quick oil change business in San Antonio fur- ther solidifies our presence in Texas." After 25 years, Express Lube has become San Antonio's trusted oil change and car maintenance provider, and one of the 50 largest quick lube businesses in the country. e brand has won multiple consumer and readers' choice awards, and is an ingrained member of the community supporting the local Children's Hospital, Toys for Tots and Million Meals for Kids. With the purchase of Express Lube, Driven Brands nearly doubled its number of quick oil change locations in Texas. Driven Brands manages a family of auto- motive companies including Maaco, Meineke Car Care Centers, Carstar and 1-800 Radia- tor & A/C, which collectively generate annual system revenues of more than $2.1 billion. Express Lube represents the seventh ma- jor acquisition for Driven Brands since Roark acquired the business, expanding the collec- tive brands' footprint to more than 2,000 locations in North America. Mitch Bohn, center, who lives with spina bifida, is overcome with emotion as he is surprised by the gift of a wheelchair-accessible SUV and an Oak- land Raiders jersey at Christian Brothers Auto- motive with his mother Carmen (left) brother C.J. (center) father Greg (right) and Christian Brothers franchise owner Tony McCoy. (far right)

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