Mike Almack cracks jokes all day long, but make no mistake, he’s serious about fixing your car.
Almack and his wife of 43 years, Cheryl, own Almack’s All-Care Automotive on Ohio Avenue in Anderson. They launched the automotive repair business in 2005.
“It’s a different challenge every day,” said Almack. “I think it’s satisfying to take a problem and fix it for someone.”
Almack manages the operation, and Cheryl keeps the books. They employ three full-time service technicians, Tom Gaddis, Mike Dennis and Roger Murdock. Almack sees to it that all of his technicians earn Automotive Service Excellence certification, and receive ongoing training.
Although Almack, 62, started out early on working on a farm, most of his adult life has centered on automotive work. He spent almost two decades in the auto parts business. In 1988, he got into the "wrenching" side of the business at Nick’s Auto Service. Eight years ago, he finally set up his own shop.
“I wanted to work for myself,” said Almack, 62. “Everyone said I was nuts, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
“It was stressful at first,” Cheryl admitted. When they first acquired the business, she recalled one day, “It was hot and muggy and dirty… I went home crying.” It didn’t take long, however, for her to give herself a little attitude adjustment.
“Mike was committed to it, and I was committed to him," she said. "It’s brought us closer together. We’re partners in our marriage and in our business.” And they enjoy what they do, helping out their customers and the community.
“I think God put us into business not just to make money, but to be a blessing to people," said Almack. So it’s no accident that when you sit down to wait while you’re getting your brakes fixed, your eyes might land on a piece of paper next to the Bible in the waiting area. It’s a spot for you to write down your prayer requests.