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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 23:46

Young Greek American Builds Body Shop Empire in Upper Darby, PA

Written by David Bjorkgren, Special to Hellenic News of America and hellenicnews.com



Iraklis placed in the respectable middle during his time on the team.


“The fans there are incredible. I played in stadiums in the United States where it was 30,000 people, and in Greece it was 3,000. It was louder than it was in the United States. That’s the thing that I miss the most: the fans,” he said.


He was in his third year and about to sign a contract for a fourth season in Athens when his father got sick, so he returned home to take over Modern Auto.


Pete took his mother’s advice to heart when he became Modern Auto’s new owner.


She told him to “be very persistent with making sure the jobs are done correctly and perfectly so the customers keep coming back,” he said. “Our motto is that the customer is the only boss. Without our customers, we’re nothing, so we want to make sure that each car that comes out gets done perfectly. Obviously, we can’t be perfect, but that’s what our standards are---to be as perfect as possible [and] to make sure we’re constantly the best.”


All of Modern Auto’s technicians are certified and trained.


“Everything is top-shelf,” Pete said.


Today, the shop is one of the top body shops on the East Coast in terms of volume of vehicles. The shop works on everything from Porsches to Suzukis.


The latest equipment is used with the best health and safety practices to ensure good work and to protect the workers.


“I want to make sure all of our technicians are safe and do not endanger themselves health-wise. At the end of the day, the goal is to provide for our families, so I do not want anyone getting hurt or sick. We do the best we can,” Pete said.


Modern Auto Crafters won’t take shortcuts, even when some insurance companies want to save money.


“We’re just trying our best for our customers so they can have a better vehicle once it’s completed,” Pete said.


Today, Pete is “married to his beautiful wife and has amazing twin girls [who are] 19 months old.” He remains a member of St. Luke GOC in Broomall and also St. Demetrios in Upper Darby. He is also a member of AHEPA 445 in Upper Darby.

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