- Sullivan’s becomes Lake Houston’s first one-stop auto shop -
Like father, like son. A chip off the old block. The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Those cliches may be old, but in the case of father-and-son team Danny and Michael Sullivan, they’re oh, so true.
After earning a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in applied mathematics from Texas A&M University (whoop!), Michael has launched a new auto service business next door to his dad’s advanced paint and body shop.
“The name is Sullivan’s Truck and Auto and, together with Sullivan’s Advanced Paint and Body next door, we’re Lake Houston’s first ‘one-stop shop,’” said Michael.
The two businesses, Michael explained, comprise a full-service truck and auto collision and repair center working on big rigs, heavy equipment, diesel pushers, ATVs, RVs, motorcycles, customs/classics, racing autos, hot rods, glass installation and 24-hour towing.
“What we’re offering is unique in Lake Houston because we’re large enough to serve any repair needs while still offering the personal service of a hometown garage,” said Michael. “We aren’t fast talkers, just good listeners.”
Michael comes naturally to the auto repair business. He was born and raised in Kingwood, a 2013 graduate of Kingwood Park High School, with a family of auto enthusiasts.
“Growing up around cars and airplanes led me to a passion for fixing things that allows me to help people get back on the road looking as good as new,” Michael said.
His role model naturally is his dad, Danny.
“I’ve looked up to him my whole life,” he said, “seeing all the people in our community who admire him not only for his quality work at Sullivan’s but also for his character and selflessness for other people. Dad inspired me to walk a similar path with Sullivan’s Truck and Auto.”
His dad has always had a knack for car repair. Danny’s auto repair roots are deep in Kingwood and Lake Houston. In 1981, Danny and his brother, Pete, hired on at the local Exxon gas station on Chestnut Ridge in Kingwood. By 1985, they’d decided it was time to strike out on their own. They made the big move to purchase the old feed and hardware store on Loop 494.
The auto repair bays went up and Sullivan’s Advanced Paint and Body Shop was born.
The locally owned and operated family business is celebrating its 34th birthday by continuing to evolve.
“As the times have changed, Sullivan’s has changed,” said Danny. “In order to stay ahead in the collision repair industry, we’ve committed to testing and developing the latest tools, training and equipment. I strongly believe in advanced technology with old-fashioned service.”
What hasn’t changed at Sullivan’s is the commitment to the customer.
“I’ve seen how my dad conducts his business and I realized that we’re not just in the truck and auto repair business but the people business,” Michael said. “In the people business, we know the customer is first priority, leaving no doubt that their happiness with our work is the main focus of our operation.”
Following his dad’s example, Michael is building lasting relationships in the community. The reward?
“Seeing the smile on the customer’s face when they see their vehicle in tip-top condition again,” he said.
When he’s not building his business, Michael is out with his dad flying airplanes, their favorite non-work activity.
Right now, though, the focus is on growing Sullivan’s Truck and Auto.
“I define success as delivering more than what the customer expects,” Michael said. “Our goal is to exceed expectations and to be the premier truck and automotive repair facility in Lake Houston.”
It’s the Sullivan family philosophy: “We create lasting repairs and friendships.”
Learn all about Sullivan’s online, sullivanadvancedpaintandbody.com, friend them on Facebook or call 281-359-3598.