A customer at Troy Auto Care in suburban Detroit was scheduled for open heart surgery, so one of the repair shop owners, Kristi Hudson, picked up a get-well card for the staff to sign. Hudson also recently checked on a customer after not having seen him for a while.
To Hudson, 42, it's all part of taking care of her customers. She said she makes it a point to hire employees who are empathetic and can build positive relationships with customers.
"We can teach you about the car. But I can't teach someone to care," she said. "We make everyone feel like they are special because they are."
This level of customer service is why the independent repair facility 25 miles north of Detroit — one of three under the Troy Auto Care umbrella — was named NAPA Auto Care Center of the Year for 2022. At about the same time, Hudson, her husband, Donnie, and brother-in-law Frank Hudson were named AAPEX Shop Owner of the Year. And to complete the triple crown, that same year Kristi Hudson was named Female Shop Owner of the Year by Women in Auto Care.