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CARSTAR Honors Military Veterans in its Network Across the U.S.

By November 8, 2021November 30th, 2021Auto Body News, Owner Spotlight

CARSTAR, North America’s premier network of independently-owned collision repair facilities, is saluting the military veterans throughout its’ U.S. network on this Veterans Day.

“Through the CARSTAR family, many of our franchise partners and corporate team members served their country in the military,” said Dean Fisher, collision group president, Driven Brands. “We are proud to recognize them for their service and honor their roles today at CARSTAR. Military service builds skills, commitment, integrity and leadership, and these attributes greatly contribute to their success in the collision repair industry today.”

Here are just a few members of the CARSTAR family who have served their country:

Chase Marchese is the owner of CARSTAR Patriot Auto Body and CARSTAR Auto Body Albert Pike in Hot Springs, AR. He served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2011 as a medic in Iraq. Marchese was decorated for his service.

Chase Marchese, owner, CARSTAR Patriot Auto Body Hot Springs and CARSTAR Patriot Auto Body Albert Pike

Marchese got into the collision repair business after he sold a landscaping company he founded. He was helping a friend with several collision repair shops and eventually bought into the business seven years ago. Today, he supports veterans through a program where he selects a veteran each quarter and repairs their vehicle for free.

Sal Pannazzo is an area manager of operations for CARSTAR. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1988 to 1991. He was a military police officer and K-9 handler.

John Cothran is the owner of CARSTAR Tanners in Springfield, MO, and served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He has military veterans working on his team, including Pam Leutzinger, parts manager, who served in the U.S. Army for three years; Reed Arnold, body tech, who served in the U.S. Navy for two years; and Michael Reece, driver, who served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

Jeff Baker is the owner of CARSTAR Ottawa in Ottawa, KS. He served in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1985 as an E-6 mechanic in the 127th Field Artillery Regiment. He credits his service in the U.S. Army with teaching him the pattern to follow for success and instilling the drive to achieve. Today, he works to hire military veterans for his CARSTAR team.

Allen Wolfe is the owner of CARSTAR Cunningham in Independence, MO. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1987 to 1994.

Ronald G. Valerio is the owner/GM of CARSTAR Superior Auto Body in Pinellas Park, FL. Valerio served 23 years in active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He enlisted in 1972 and retired from the reserve component in 1995.

His CARSTAR operation was established in 1967 by his late father Rudolph Valerio, who was a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

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