HUBER HEIGHTS — Mark Campbell, owner of Wayside Collision Centers, located at 6000 Executive Blvd. in Huber Heights and 2645 W. Alex-Bell Blvd. in Moraine, has sold his two locations to Gerber Collision and Glass on Oct. 6.
Wayside was founded in 1967 by Henry and Sarah Campbell on Brandt Pike in the old Wayside movie theater and kept the signage, hence the name “Wayside.” Mark Campbell, a 1976 Wayne High School graduate, started working full time for his father after graduation and had previously worked there in the summers.
Mark Campbell recalled that his father worked long hours and that he enjoyed being able to work and spend time with his parents at Wayside. He said it was very interesting to watch his parents grow the business “from the ground up.”
Two of the lessons Mark learned from his parents were to “always put the customer first; don’t focus on the money —the money will come if you’re able to satisfy customers.”
He said the family took pride in not being a “typical” body shop and said it didn’t look like typical when customers walked in, but looked “very professional.”
“We just always wanted to strive and be more professional,” said Campbell.
Sarah Campbell passed away in 1988 and Henry retired in 1995. Mark purchased half of the company in 1990 and became president of the corporation and then purchased the other half of the company in 1995 and retained the title of president. In 1995, Campbell opened the Moraine store. Some years later, he opened the Beavercreek store before selling it to Hidy Honda several years later.
Campbell said that Wayside Collision Centers repaired about 3000 cars each year with a workforce of 25 employees.
“This was an opportunity to transition and garner a larger portion of market share in the collision repair industry,” said Campbell, who is staying on as Business Development and Sales Manager for Gerber in Dayton.
Campbell said Gerber’s goal is to open up several more stores in Dayton and then go into the Cincinnati area market.
“Probably one of the biggest opportunities that Lori (Mark’s wife) and I saw in partnering with Gerber was the opportunity the employees would have,” said Campbell. “It will give them more opportunities to advance in the industry.”
Gerber is a Chicago based company founded in 1937 by Phil Gerber. Gerber has 300 location in 19 states in the United States and 50 locations in Canada and does over $1 billion in sales and has an auto glass division.
“What we’re going to be able to do — is the footprint that Wayside had established as ‘Dayton’s leader in quality collision repair, we’re going to be able to take that footprint in the Dayton market and just increase it and this afforded our employees the opportunity to accomplish that. So, we think that we have a model built and designed to repair customer cars and have a very high success of pleasing the customer and processing the car very effectively. We just hope to increase that ability by branching out in becoming bigger.”
“We’re not just purchasing any other collision center,” said Gerber Market Manager Ryan Trejo. “We’re purchasing a collision center with a good reputation and a quality operation. It aligns perfectly with what we’re looking for.”
Campbell said that when he examined Gerber’s operations in the Columbus and Dublin market during the past year, “they did business very similar to the way we do business and they put the customer first.”
“We felt it aligned perfectly with what our philosophies were and they did too,” added Campbell.
To contact Gerber Collision and Glass in Huber Heights, call 233-3182 or in Moraine, call 294-0012.
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