By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Other | Issue: July 2015
Ronda and Thomas Scott, pictured with Mitt Romney and Evander Holeyfield at the Charity Vision fight night in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 15. AAMCO was a sponsor of the event, which raised over $1.2 million for those in need of vision care.
AAMCO, the world’s largest chain of transmission specialists and leader in total car care, recently announced Thomas and Ronda Scott have become the largest franchise owners in the system following the purchase of seven centers in Oklahoma City. In addition to these seven units, the Scotts own two AAMCO locations in Tulsa, which they purchased less than two years ago. After years of uprooting their family for Thomas’s previous jobs, the Scotts were seeking a sustainable business opportunity so they could settle down and focus on family. In November of 2013, after thorough research, the entrepreneurs purchased an existing AAMCO service center in Tulsa, followed by the acquisition of a second location in the market less than six months later. The Scotts quickly transformed the two units into valued businesses and top performers in the region. Last year, they were presented with the opportunity to purchase seven additional units in Oklahoma City, which they eagerly accepted – earning them the title of largest franchisees in the system. “The past two years have been an exciting whirlwind for Ronda and me,” said Thomas Scott, AAMCO franchisee. “We’re thrilled to have such an incredible platform that allows us the opportunity to impact the lives of people in the community. The ongoing support we receive from AAMCO’s executive team is unparalleled, and we’re constantly motivated by their passion and commitment to their franchisees. We look forward to continuing to serve new and existing customers in Tulsa and Oklahoma City for many years to come.” Prior to joining AAMCO, Thomas spent more than three decades in plastic manufacturing, working in the injection molding field, while Ronda worked for 15 years as a dental hygienist. Today, the Scotts are closely involved in the day-to-day operations of their nine units. “Thomas and Ronda have proven to be tremendous franchise owners to AAMCO and continue to impress us with their commitment to providing superior customer service each and every day,” said Brian O’Donnell, senior vice president of sales for AAMCO. “As the largest franchisees in our system, the Scotts are exemplary leaders, and we look forward to their continued success.” For over 50 years, AAMCO’s locally owned and independent service centers employ the latest technology and its expert technicians diagnose a repair, fix it right the first time and back it with a nationwide warranty. Known as the world’s leading transmission expert, AAMCO has evolved into a total car care brand providing a variety of services, including tire and brake repairs, tune-ups, shocks and struts, routine maintenance and more, and was recently named to Entrepreneur’s 2015 Franchise 500®. Ranking at the top of the transmission repair category based on system size, growth rate and financial strength also earned the brand a spot on Entrepreneur’s “Best of the Best” list.
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Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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