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Named successor to founder Mark Carr as longtime leader retires
Amid Strong National Performance and Company Growth, Auto Repair & Service Brand Launches Generous Employee Share Ownership Plan
October 01, 2021 // Franchising.com // HOUSTON – Christian Brothers Automotive, the auto repair company ranked # 1 for customer satisfaction by JD Power in 2021, today announced the retirement of its Founder and CEO, Mark Carr; and the appointment of his son and longtime company executive, Donnie Carr, to the role. Mark is leaving the company’s operations after a strategic transition phase, where he worked closely with Donnie to continue the success and growth of the brand.
For nearly 40 years under the leadership of Mark Carr, Christian Brothers Automotive has grown from a single location in Houston to over 240 locations in 30 states, never closing a store. Donnie has held leadership roles with the company for over a decade, most recently as President, which he will continue to serve in addition to that of CEO. In recent years, Donnie and Mark have worked together to co-lead the business, setting sales and profitability records and expanding into new geographic markets across the United States.
âDonnie brings the leadership qualities Christian Brothers Automotive needs as it enters its next phase of business. He’s a visionary who sets compelling goals that are quickly adopted by the head office team and franchisees, and he does so with humility and intense personal responsibility, âsaid Mark, who started the business in 1982. âHaving watched Donnie launch significant profit-focused initiatives as he has assumed new leadership roles over the past 14 years, I have no doubt that his innovative spirit will take the ABC to new heights. .
Today’s announcement comes as the company celebrates two and a half decades of franchising and nears its 40th anniversary in 2022. Recognizing that it has taken immeasurable contributions from employees over the years to reach where the company is today, Christian Brothers Automotive also announced the launch of an employee share ownership plan (ESOP), which collectively gives employees the opportunity to take ownership of a substantial part of the company.
âAs we continue to expand our presence and increase our profitability, I am very grateful for the tireless efforts of our team, many of whom have been with the company for years. Their loyalty and commitment to the values ââof the CBA is a real source of pride for me and for the entire organization, âsaid Donnie. âIt was thanks to their dedication that we launched ESOP. It’s a way of showing them our thanks and our allegiance. In addition, it is an incredible legacy for my father, whose generosity and passion inspire me every day.
SOURCE Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation
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