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Celebrate Holliston 2017 Announces Another New Sponsor

by Press Release
August 27, 2017

This year we are excited to spotlight the businesses who have stepped forward to sponsor Celebrate Holliston.  These sponsors, from Holliston and beyond, have recognized not only the importance of supporting our community but also the value in getting to know you, the residents.  Please take a minute to read about today's business spotlight and why they have chosen to give back in such a great way to our town.

PLATINUM Level Sponsor

AUTHENTIC AUTO BODY, 229 Lowland St, Holliston. 508-429-6927

AuthenticAutobody@gmail.com

Tell us about your business

Authentic Auto Body, formerly known as Holliston Auto Bdoy, is a newly established auto body shop as of January 2017.  The business was first founded in 1971 and since then has evolved into Authentic Auto Body, which is owned and operated by Steven Proia who brings over 15 years of experience in the auto body industry.

Prior to establishing Authentic Auto Body, Steve started his auto body career at Minuteman Career and Technical High School located in Lexington. Since then, Steve has gained an extensive amount of hands on bodywork and office experience in different auto body shops, but was never quite satisfied. While always trying to do what was in the customer's best interest, he found that management was more concerned about what made money rather than what was safe for the customer and failed to see the importance of going that extra mile to ensure quality work. He knew someday he would strive to break the chain of auto body shops using cheap parts, cheap materials, and cutting corners on safety items just to please the insurance companies or make an extra buck.

The day has finally come where Steve's hard work has paid off, turning his dreams into reality allowing him to open his own auto body shop, Authentic Auto Body & Collision LLC. At Authentic Auto Body, the focus is first and foremost on customer satisfaction. Steve hopes to change the face of the auto body trade and create the type of experience where his customers are known by their name, not just another customer.   Authentic Auto Body & Collision is truly a family owned business. Alongside Steve, you can find his fiancée Gabrielle in the office who is an enthusiastic and highly driven member of their new business. Prior to working at Authentic Auto Body, Gabrielle attended Merrimack College where she attained a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development in 2015 as well as a Master's Degree in Business Management in 2016. Gabrielle's key role is to assist customers with handling the claims process and ensuring an overall positive customer experience. She is also an instrumental part in assisting Steve with operating the business side of this family owned shop by handling the finances and marketing. Gabrielle is currently working towards becoming a licensed appraiser to gain further knowledge in the industry. She is excited about this new opportunity for her family and is looking forward to having Steve, herself, and their son Vincent involved in the Holliston community.

How long have you sponsored Celebrate Holliston and why do you do it? 

This will be Authentic Auto Body's first year sponsoring Celebrate Holliston. While we are new to Celebrate Holliston, we are looking forward to meeting the other sponsors that will be participating in this event and other members of the Holliston community that will be attending.

We decided to sponsor Celebrate Holliston because we feel it's a great opportunity for us to become involved in the community and a town that is now such a big part of our day to day life. When we first came to Holliston to view the business, prior to purchasing it, we immediately felt at home in Holliston. We agreed that this wasn't just a town we would do business in, but a town that we would be involved in and have an active presence in so locals would know as personally as Steve and Gabrielle, not just by the name of our business.

With all of that being said, giving back is something that both of us are passionate about so participating in an event like this is important to us, as it aligns with our values of supporting local nonprofits as well as the community to which we belong.

Tell us a story about your business that readers might find entertaining or humorous? 

We have only been in business for a few months so the number of entertaining and humorous stories is limited, so bear with us, but you can usually leave it to Gabrielle to do something that leaves others laughing.

About a month ago, Gabrielle went to use the bathroom next door. The door requires a security code once you unlock the door. She had no problem unlocking the door, but managed to forget the code. The security alarms hadn't been working for a few days, so when she keyed in what she thought was the code to disarm the alarm and it continued to go off she decided to give a few more tries to what she thought was the code. Without any luck, she decided just go to the bathroom and then locked the door and left, completely ignoring the alarm. She didn't think twice about mentioning to Steve that the alarm was going off and went about her merry way and left the shop to run a few errands. Within minutes the Holliston Police showed up at the shop, thinking there was something wrong and that someone was breaking in next door. Steve was embarrassed to inform them that no one was breaking in, it was just Gabrielle using the bathroom and not disarming the code as she was supposed to. Needless to say, Gabrielle never forgets the code anymore.

What do you love about Holliston?  What is your favorite part of town or bit of history or even season?

What we love most about Holliston is that even though neither of us grew up here, we feel at home in this town. Between the friendliness of the residents and other fellow business owners to the beauty of the town, we feel so grateful to be a part of this community. On the weekends we love driving down Washington Street and seeing all the events going on and happy families that fill the sidewalks.

 

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