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October is Spina Bifida Awareness Month
MARTIN‘S AUTO REPAIR is celebrating 50 years on October 28th from 11:30 am-1:30 pm with grilled food, live music, and prizes!!
Here’s the address: 3636 N 16th St. Phoenix, AZ
Dave Martin of Martin‘s Auto Repair Encourages Others Not to Judge a Book by Its Cover
David Martin, the owner of Martin‘s Auto Repair in Central Phoenix, has been selling himself and trying to convince people that he could do anything he set his mind to for decades in the Valley. He prides himself on being a creative
problem-solver and adept at overcoming all kinds of hurdles. These skills have been essential in David becoming a successful entrepreneur – especially since he was born with Spina Bifida.
Spina Bifida is the most common, permanently disabling birth defect in the United States. Literally translated, “split spine,” Spina Bifida happens during fetal development when the spinal column doesn’t close all the way. Approximately eight babies are born every day in the U.S. with Spina Bifida or a similar birth defect of the brain or spine.
“When I was a kid my parents worked hard to make sure I knew I could be successful,” said David. “I grew up in a time where very few places were wheelchair accessible. I had to be perseverant, creative and determined just to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B.’ These tactics are the same ones I use daily while running my business.”
Martin‘s Auto Repair has been a family-owned and operated business in the Valley since 1971. The company’s goal is to always prioritize customer service and ensure the repairs they provide are done right the first time. They want customers to leave the shop feeling positive about their experience and confident that the job was performed correctly and efficiently.
David has been a member of the NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals) organization for 6+ years. He joined because he wanted to be part of a group of like-minded business owners who weren’t competitors but collaborators willing to share best practices for the benefit of customers across Metro Phoenix.
“By pooling resources among all the NARPRO shops we are able to make a bigger impact in the community and help clients find high-quality, reliable, and reputable places to take their vehicles,” said David. “I like being surrounded by allies who are doing the right things, for the right reasons.”
In addition to being a business owner, David also dedicates time to a non-profit organization close to his heart – the Spina Bifida Association of Arizona. For numerous years, he served as the Chairman of the association, which is geared at not only raising awareness about the Birth Defect but also helping enhance the lives of those afflicted with Spina Bifida. They provide networking tools, educational opportunities and advocacy support.
NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals) has supported the Spina Bifida Association of Arizona’s “Walk N Roll” fundraising event for the past three years in November. In the past few years, they’ve also donated a refurbished wheelchair-accessible van to families in need. (I think we’re doing it again this November too.)
NARPRO (Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals): The Neighborhood Auto Repair Professionals (NARPRO) helps car owners find skilled and honest car repair shops. NARPRO only recommends independent, family-owned, full-service auto repair shops that have passed 26 rigorous tests. Visit www.NARPRO.com to find recommended shops near work or home. NARPRO is the easiest way to find an honest mechanic in the Valley.