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Wednesday, 01 December 2021 18:39

Young Mini-MSO Owner Discusses the State of the Industry in Missouri

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Adam Tritz at Don’s Auto Body is a third-generation owner who wants to help the industry in Missouri through his involvement in AASP-MO. Adam Tritz at Don’s Auto Body is a third-generation owner who wants to help the industry in Missouri through his involvement in AASP-MO.

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Adam Tritz became the CEO, owner and operater of Don’s Auto Body in Missouri when he took the baton from his father, David, in December 2018.

With an eye on expansion, Tritz added a second location in Cottleville, MO, two years after taking over the family business.

 

As an involved member of AASP-MO, Missouri’s leading collision repair trade organization, Tritz has brought a young energy to the group, according to Executive Director Ron Reiling.

 

“He’s a good operator who is continuing his father’s legacy for being an industry leader here in Missouri,” Reling said. “They’ve been around since 1969 and have a stellar reputation for being a mini-MSO. To succeed as an organization, we need young people to take us to the next level, and Adam is perfect for the role.”

 

As a stereotypical third-generation “boss’s kid," Tritz started out sweeping floors before going off to college at Missouri Western College, where he played baseball.

 

“When I came back, my dad didn’t need anyone in the shop, so I began working in the parts department in 2001," Tritz said. "It was a great learning experience and I just worked my way up the ladder from then on. He wasn’t necessarily harder on me than he was on any of his employees, but he did expect more from his son. His standards were always high and once I understood the fact that he was No. 1 and I was No. 2, things were fine. The pecking order was simple and not complicated.”

 

Tritz, 43, is not afraid to lead, something he learned from his father.

 

“My dad was very active in AASP-MO for many years, and that is why people in the collision repair industry in Missouri know him well, for his leadership and involvement," Tritz said. "Like many organizations, AASP-MO is undergoing some changes and much of its ongoing success will need to include younger owners like me. Some of the organization’s key members reached that age where they wanted to retire, so they sold their shops to MSOs, so there is definitely a void there.

 

"We need to generate some new blood and that’s our goal with new life to get it rolling again," Tritz continued. "Through my father’s involvement in AASP-MO, I know that groups like this are invaluable to the industry through...


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