Mark McGregor is an AAMCO franchisee who owns and operates a service center in his hometown of Marietta, Georgia. Although he is a relatively new franchisee, McGregor has a long history with the brand and once served as both a vendor and center manager prior to taking over his current center nearly a year and a half ago. As a decorated combat veteran, it is no surprise that running an organized and streamlined business is his top priority. Having spent eight years in service honing his skills as a mechanical engineer, he now applies that expertise to his business as a franchise owner.
McGregor discovered his passion for mechanics at an early age. He always had a fascination with building things as far back as he can remember. At the age of 14, he took a part-time job working for a nearby auto repair center where he serviced old transmissions. He also took an auto repair shop class while in high school. It was during this time that McGregor learned the foundation of automotive technology and car repair.
“After my first hands-on experience in the shop, I knew that this would become more than just a part-time job – it was a calling,” said McGregor.
After graduating from high school, McGregor enlisted in the Marine Corps to further explore his career options within mechanical engineering. Following his training at the recruit depot in Parris Island, South Carolina, he served with the second Marine Division at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, where he became certified in motor transport maintenance. Soon after, McGregor was assigned to the third Marine Division in Japan where he spent a year before he was brought back to Camp Lejeune. It was less than month after McGregor’s return to the states that he was again deployed to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield, during which he was promoted to corporal.
Following the Gulf War, McGregor left active duty and returned to Marietta where he voluntarily joined the active reserves at Dobbins Air Reserve Base as a motor transport. In addition, he took a job with the world’s largest line of automotive transmission parts distributor, at the time, traveling to local transmission and general automotive repair facilities in the northern metro area of Atlanta. McGregor also started a clutch business for a few years that he eventually sold.
“What I didn’t know at the time was that one of the AAMCO locations I frequently visited would one day become my very own business. I was friendly with the owner and when he offered me a job as his center manager, I had to accept. It was one of the top-rated AAMCO locations in the country and known for its exceptional growth and customer retention. When it came time for him to retire, he then presented me with the opportunity to purchase the company from him,” said McGregor.
For the past year and a half, McGregor has enjoyed being a business owner and all the facets that come with being part of a brand with a proven concept and an established name. As part of its commitment to expanding veteran ownership, AAMCO offers an $8,000 discount on the franchise fee for all qualified, honorably discharged U.S. veterans.
“There’s no other franchise that gives as much support to its franchisees as AAMCO does. The company offers a training program with a curriculum that is second to none. In fact, AAMCO opened a new state-of-the-art training facility in Georgia this year. The transition was seamless and I couldn’t be more satisfied with my experience thus far,” said McGregor.
McGregor’s AAMCO center is situated right in front of the Dobbins Air Reserve Base where he served, a constant reminder of his passion for serving his country and now his community. As a proud military veteran, McGregor offers discounted services to any military personnel or veterans who visit his location and makes annual donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.