The mission of AAMCO Transmissions of Venice is to provide top-quality repairs to customers who are willing to pay a fair price for excellence. We will always treat our customers with the respect they deserve & endeavor to save them money by fixing their vehicles properly the first time. We will never sell them anything they do not need or allow them to talk us into performing a lesser repair than we know will best benefit to them. We will make the business profitable so that we can provide a good life for our employees, our suppliers, our families and ourselves.
Owner, AAMCO Transmissions of Venice
Dallas Council became his own boss by the time he was 26 years old. That’s when he bought AAMCO Transmissions of Venice, a company that specializes in transmissions and general automotive repair. Through dedication and hard work, Dallas and his staff transformed the center into an award-winning AAMCO franchise.
Where did you grow up and why did you choose Venice for your business?
I am originally from Texas, but I grew up in Ocala, Florida. After finishing some college courses at DeVry University, I moved to Sarasota in 2002 and got a management job with AAMCO. I witnessed first-hand how the franchise business worked. Eventually I became interested in running my own. I discovered that Venice had an AAMCO center that wasn’t doing very well. It was delinquent, in fact. So with the help of some investors, I bought it. And I’m glad it was in Venice. For a seasonal town, there’s such a strong sense of community here.
What sparked your drive to start a business at such a young age?
I knew early on that I was good in a management role. And when the opportunity presented itself, I acted on it. I also had a family to feed.
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
My wife, Kati, has been extremely supportive and patient through everything. She inspires me in a number of different ways, but mostly she helps me be the very best I can be. And, I owe much of my success to my father. He was the first to suggest I buy a franchise since he owned some himself. I learned a lot from his franchise experiences.
How do you achieve balance in your life?
It’s tough. I start very early in the day in order to get home before dinner. Once I’m home, that’s when I’m solely focused on my family. I used to take my work home with me; but no more. It’s not fair to my wife and three children.
To what do you attribute your recent achievements?
I give a lot of credit to my upbringing. I come from a very good family with two wonderful parents who love and support me. Local business networks like the Chamber of Commerce and Venice Young Professionals have been extremely vital to the success of my franchise. I’m also motivated to be the best, or as good as I can be, at what ever I do.
What advice would you give to up-and-coming young entrepreneurs?
It’s important to determine your goal as soon as possible. Focus on that goal until you’ve reached it. And don’t be lazy. After that, things just fall into place. When they do, it’s crucial to give back to the community. Our AAMCO center gives back in a number of ways. But it’s quiet giving. Let’s just say if someone can’t afford to fix their car, we offer financial assistance when possible.