The CARSTAR Franchise
is Family First.

At our very core, CARSTAR is a family. Our Franchise Partners have worked hard for decades on their independent auto body businesses, which is why CARSTAR is passionate about maintaining your business and helping you grow.

We truly are a family of operators who want to help make your business even better. For customers, that’s making their car repair hassle-free. For our Franchise Partners, that’s making their business more successful.

At CARSTAR, we see the big picture, we work hard and are proud to be North America’s leader in the collision repair industry.

Meet the CARSTAR Auto Body Business All-Stars.

Our leadership team is at the top of their game and is dedicated to continually improving resources and partnerships to help our Franchise Partners grow.

ted rippey

Ted Rippey
CARSTAR SVP of Franchise Development

Prior to joining Driven, Ted, along with his father and brother, founded the business of 1-800-Radiator – a wholesale auto parts distribution franchise.  When his family bought the business in the early 90’s there were only 2 company owned stores and by June 2015, when they sold the business to Driven Brands, he had grown the business to over 200 franchised locations across the US and Canada generating over $240M of system wide sales.
Ted graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Anthropology from the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.
Brian Newberry

Brian Newberry
CARSTAR VP of Franchise Development

Brian joined the CARSTAR team in April of 2016, and has been an integral factor in growing our network in the Western US.

Before joining CARSTAR, Brian was a member of the 1-800 Radiator Corporate Executive Team, with leadership roles in: Collision MSO partnerships, Supply Chain Management, New Product Development, Sales, and Marketing.

He is a current member of CAA, CIC, and past trustee of CIF (Collision Industry Foundation).

Matt Foxx

Matt Foxx
CARSTAR Senior Director of Franchise Development

Matt oversees the franchising initiatives for CARSTAR on the East Coast.  He has been with CARSTAR since 2016 and works closely with all departments to ensure the best experience possible for franchisees.  Since joining the team, Matt has helped CARSTAR more than double its market share on the East Coast by building strong partnerships with independently owned single store and multi-store operators.

Prior to joining Driven Brands, Matt has been a part of all aspects of business development with a wide range of companies including Hearst Media, Randstad US and Newell Rubbermaid.

Matt has a BS in Business and Recreation Management from Appalachian State University.

Mike Oberholtzer
CARSTAR Franchise Development Director

Mike started his franchise career fifteen years ago in automotive with AAMCO Transmissions, since then he has spent the majority of his career helping independent business owners take their operations to the next level by introducing them to franchising.  Mike was the Senior Acquisitions and Franchise Developer for nine years at H&R Block and comes to CARSTAR most recently from TBC Corporation where he handled new store development for the Big O Tires and Midas brands nationwide.

Mike is strategically embedded in his territory in Philadelphia where he is available to provide northeastern collision repair businesses with support in joining the CARSTAR family.

Collin Welsh

Collin Welsh
CARSTAR Franchise Development Director – Canada

Collin has been tied to the automotive industry for his entire professional life. Working in various positions from mechanic to management in the auto service, OEM and rental industries, Welsh eventually found his way to CARSTAR over 7 years ago. Originally based in Eastern and Northern Ontario, Welsh spent years cultivating relationships with CARSTAR franchise partners, and also working with them strategically to grow and become multi-storeowners.

Today, Collin manages franchise development of any new locations, mergers or acquisitions that take place throughout Canada.

Mitchell Lee
CARSTAR Franchise Development Director

Mitchell joined the CARSTAR team in 2020 and has been in the automotive and franchise industries for the last six years. Mitchell joined CARSTAR to combine those experiences and provide exceptional service and knowledge to shop owners looking to grow their business. Mitchell is located in the Dallas area and available to support independent collision repair business owners in joining the CARSTAR family in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and the Central US Region.

Jeanette Frazier
CARSTAR Franchise Development Director

Jeanette joined the CARSTAR family in 2020 as Director of Franchise Development for Dealer Groups throughout the United States. She has claims management experience with Progressive and Liberty Mutual. Her most recent experience has been managing large dealership collision centers for the Priority Automotive Group and the Hendrick Automotive Group. Jeanette brings to CARSTAR a wealth of knowledge of OEM certification programs, insurance partnerships and developing revenue streams for dealerships through their collision center.

Jeanette obtained her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Indiana State University.

A History of Meaningful Work.

As one of the nation’s largest MSO networks, we take great pride in what we’ve accomplished for our business, our Franchise Partners and communities around the world. Every mile marker we’ve passed put us in a better position to help improve businesses and our communities:

  • CARSTAR opens first store in the United States.
  • CARSTAR expands to Canada.
  • Introduces first national warranty.
  • Signs first insurance partner agreement and chooses Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as national charity of choice.
  • Reaches $2 million raised for cystic fibrosis care and research.
  • Acquired by Driven Brands.
  • Roark Capital acquires Driven Brands.
  • Launches EDGE North American Operational Performance Platform.
  • Opened the 700th location.seven hundredth opening
  • CARSTAR is North America's largest multi-shop owner network with over 700 stores in 35 states and 10 Canadian provinces.

Giving Back While Moving Your Auto Body Business Forward.

CARSTAR is dedicated to improving the lives of customers and their communities. We’ve raised over $3 million in a 20-year partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. And we’re not hitting the brakes. We’re involved in several national foundations and even more programs at the local level that allow us to give back to those in need, including:

Driven Brands Charitable Foundation logo
ICAR logo
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
SkillsUSA logo
It Can Wait logo
NABC recycled rides

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