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Maaco Owners in Montgomery County, MD, Challenge Students to Envision Auto Body Shop of the Future

Joey Sauro and Zack Temenak made the winning presentation. Joey Sauro and Zack Temenak made the winning presentation.


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James H. Blake High School’s entrepreneurship and business management class challenged junior and senior students to reimagine the auto body shop of 2031, for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize.

Electronic systems are expected to make up 50% of total car cost by 2030 and as a result, collision repairers must be ready to repair this advanced technology. Students were challenged to consider the necessary changes in operations, marketing and financials, to create the body shop of the future.

Maaco gave these future business leaders the opportunity to take the concepts that they have learned in a classroom and apply them with critical thinking of what an industry would look like in 10 years,” said Fred Katz, business teacher at James H. Blake High School. “It took the students several weeks to learn the industry and company, to envision its future. One major challenge was that they were limited to a five-minute video presentation, so they all had to have a high-quality presentation.”

A total of 12 students from Katz’s entrepreneurship and business management class participated. Students Ben Mabie and Anthony Goglia placed second, while Joey Sauro and Zack Temenak took home the first-place prize.

“As a local body shop owner in Montgomery County, I was a volunteer guest judge, and it was encouraging to see the bright ideas coming from this group of students,” said Ken Lloyd, owner of Maaco Silver Spring. “The whole class came to the table with thoughtful presentations, innovative ideas and unique approaches to marketing the business.”

Along with Lloyd, guest judges included Farzad Shoaee-Tehrani, owner of Maaco Gaithersburg, and Brandon Johnson, regional operations coach for Maaco.


Students created video presentations, delivering to the guest judges virtually. Maaco also awarded...

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