Few things can tell a community’s story better than its business residents’ insights. This is why we created the “Why Midlothian?” series.
In this series, Midlothian companies share their experiences, observations and impressions about why Midlothian has proven a great fit for their business needs.
We hope their stories will inspire you to consider how you can make something great with us in Midlothian.
A Conversation With … Jeff Buckley, Owner, My Father's Shop
Jeff Buckley, owner of Midlothian-based My Father’s Shop, knows a thing or two about cars. Even more importantly, Buckley is well-versed in customer service – a fact that has played into his more than 20 years of business success. Buckley and his wife, Candace, have built an enduring auto repair and maintenance company founded on principles of honesty, sincerity, and integrity. A certified master technician with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, Jeff has embraced technology and social media platforms to help My Father’s Shop keep pace with changing times.
He is frequently tapped to beta test new equipment, he creates weekly car tip videos for his Facebook page, and he recently appeared with TV host and narrator Mike Rowe in commercials, videos, and print ads for the new Wagner OEX brake pad for Federal-Mogul Motorparts. Buckley has also been featured in Ratchet + Wrench magazine as well as Texas Co-Op magazine and he has been a guest on the “Remarkable Results” radio podcast.
Midlothian Economic Development: Tell us a little background about starting up My Father’s Shop?
Jeff Buckley: My Father’s Shop is named after Jesus Christ our Father because He is the one who gave me the abilities and gifts to work on cars. My family started in Mobil service stations back when they were full service. Mobil changed to self-service. Then we opened a big shop in Cedar Hill and started automotive repair. The owner of the building we were leasing went bankrupt as we were in the process of moving to Midlothian. Since we chose a house in the country, we had the opportunity to put our shop on our land. We have been here since February 1994 and have been truly blessed with the support of our community.
MED: Why did you choose to locate your business in Midlothian?
JB: We chose to come to Midlothian to raise our family. It has great schools and a country atmosphere with plenty of opportunity for growth. Midlothian is full of friendly people who make family values a priority.
MED: How would you characterize your experience thus far in Midlothian?
JB: The people in Midlothian are for small businesses. They shop locally and like to be supportive of one another. Our business continues to grow each year.
MED: Why is Midlothian a good place to do business?
JB: As the town grows and expands, more people are looking for places to do business with. All in all, Midlothian people would rather support the community and the small business owners by doing business locally.
MED: How would you describe the Midlothian community?
JB: When we first moved to Midlothian, the town shut down on Wednesday evenings and Sundays for church activities. You didn’t have school activities or extracurricular activities that interfered with church. The community was very family-oriented. Things are a little busier now, but what hasn’t changed is how the community shows its support. Parents show up and get involved with the different events.
Community support is very inspiring to me – whether it is a church event, sports event, band event, cheerleading, FFA, 4H, debate, or parades, there are rarely empty seats. At Christmastime when we have the Angel Tree or if the Manna House needs its shelves filled or meat in the freezer, everyone pitches in to help. Needs are brought to the community and people step up, which is truly amazing. As a recent example, I entered a nationwide automotive video contest in which I needed the most votes to win. My community and family helped out and I received over 1,700 votes!
MED: What advice would you give to other companies considering locating in Midlothian?
JB: I cannot say enough about my community and the support it offers local companies. This community is hungry for a variety of businesses. Currently, we must travel to surrounding cities such as Waxahachie, Cedar Hill, or Mansfield for items that are not offered locally. As the residential growth continues, there are more opportunities for success all over town. A small business is an investment of your time, money, and dreams. Why not invest in a place that will provide a positive return on your efforts? We are Midlothian Proud!
To learn more about My Father’s Shop, visit: www.facebook.com/My-Fathers-Shop-Certified-Automotive-Repair.