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Tuesday, 24 May 2022 09:29

Equalizer Provides Training, Tools and Support to Get New Glass Repair Business Up and Running

Written by Autobody News Staff
Jesse Moreno learned how to repair and replace auto glass through Equalizer, and now he uses the company's tools to run the family's mobile auto glass business, Moreno Auto Glass, in Arizona. Jesse Moreno learned how to repair and replace auto glass through Equalizer, and now he uses the company's tools to run the family's mobile auto glass business, Moreno Auto Glass, in Arizona.

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Jesse and Nadine Moreno opened Moreno Auto Glass, a mobile auto glass repair and replacement service, in 2021, serving the East Valley region of the Phoenix Metro Area.

Moreno Auto Glass
Queen Creek, AZ
(480) 742-8999
morenoautoglass.com

Facebook: @MorenoAutoGlass
Instagram: @morenoautoglass

 

Company at a Glance…
Type: Mobile Glass Replacement
Facility Employees: Four
In Business Since: 2021
Number of Locations: One

 

The husband-and-wife team combined their skillsets---his in auto mechanics and hers in business management---to successfully launch their own company, which they run with the help of their two teenage sons, Giovanni and Vince.

 

Jesse started working on cars when he was a teenager himself, rebuilding a ’75 Chevy Nova on his own. After working as a mechanic for repair shops and dealerships, he started working on cars out of the family’s home in 2018, but that was not an ideal fit.

 

“Running an auto repair shop out of your house is expensive,” Nadine said.

 

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The Morenos---left to right, Vince, Nadine, Giovanni and Jesse---put integrity first in everything they do.

 

Nadine worked as a contract office manager for a couple of companies, but she wanted to work for herself. She opened a home tutoring business for children with special needs in early 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic tanked it.

 

Nadine said the couple prayed about what they should be doing instead.

 

“Auto glass kept coming up,” she said.

 

Nadine looked into training courses for Jesse, whose experience at that point went as far as fixing windshield chips. She found schools in Texas, Florida and California, but nothing closer to home.

 

One day, Nadine was searching online again for courses, when she found out Equalizer---whose Auto Glass Academy is based in Round Rock, TX---would be hosting a class in Tempe, AZ, a month later.

 

“I reached out to [Education Program Director] Shannon Kern to confirm the location and submitted his application and payment that day,” Nadine said.


Jesse said he went into the five-day, 40-hour course with zero knowledge of auto glass replacement. The other students’ experience ranged from also having never replaced glass to more than 25 years in the industry.

 

“[Global Education Director] Gilbert [Gutierrez] asked on the first day how long I had been in [glass replacement], and I said 28 minutes,” Jesse said.

 

Jesse said the weeklong class was a “bit of a crash course,” but the instructors answered every question, and he came out of it confident enough to start a business with Nadine, rather than going to work for another company.

 

“It helped me make up my mind that yes, I can do this myself,” he said. “It was money well spent.”

 

Nadine said the class also allowed the fledgling business owners to...


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