About UAMA

UAMA – THE UNITED AUTO MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION – The Bridge to a Healthy Automotive Industry

UAMA, or the United Automotive Merchants Association, is a 501 © 3 non-profit organization that assists in the development and stability of small to mid-sized automotive repair and maintenance businesses. UAMA strives to be environmentally conscious while nurturing a healthy automotive industry.

UAMA believes that businesses must have a solid foundation and an effective management structure in order to achieve success and grow. To accomplish this, UAMA implements the Business Development Cycle, consisting of 3 phases: Compliance, Business Management, and Personnel Training. Each phase of the BDC is geared towards developing the business, the owner, and their team. Each owner is assigned a trained Business Counselor who provides insight and effective business practices within the automotive industry.

UAMA works to ensure all businesses complete training and are in compliance with the City and State of New York, focusing on seven departments: New York City Department of Buildings (DOB), New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), New York City Fire Department (FDNY), New York City Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP),  and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Once businesses are up to compliance they are able to expand their knowledge, grow their companies, and enrich the communities around them.

PHILOSOPHY

UAMA’s believes that in order for a business to be successful they must;

• Establish their Business foundation with full Industry Compliance
• Have a full understanding of Business management and effective operating practices
• Have the highest qualified, trained and industry certified personnel

By creating and sustaining successful businesses, UAMA will contribute to the economic and business development that will provide opportunities for job creation, economic growth and the prosperity of the communities in which they operate.

STANDARDS

UAMA works diligently to provide the highest quality of services and resources to meet the latest automotive service / repair industry requirements and service standards.

Each UAMA Registered Member is held to the highest standard in ensuring that:

  • they meeting city, state and federal operating compliance
  • their technicians are the best trained in the industry
  • they provide quality repair / maintenance services
  • they strive for the highest level of customer satisfaction

FOUNDER

Meet Our President & Founder

Pedro J. Estevez

UAMA HISTORY

The United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA), founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, is the brainchild of Pedro J. Estevez – a visionary and entrepreneur with 35 years of experience in the automotive repair and maintenance industry. Estevez believed that for an automotive business to be successful it must be in full legal city, state and federal operating compliance, have the highest quality of business management and service quality and have the most highly skilled Auto Service Excellence (ASE) certified technicians.

Having experienced the business from all levels, Estevez saw firsthand the huge deficiencies in the Latino and minority owned businesses through 3 industry components. He witnessed the abusive action of city inspectors through the excessive number of violations and fines they handed out to small to mid-sized business owners, the ineffective business management practices of owners and the antiquated equipment and skills of their mechanics being used in conducting repairs.

Through a thorough assessment and evaluation of local businesses, Estevez developed and implemented the Business Development Cycle (BDC) to address the needs identified. These workshops and seminars have and continue to enhance business operations from the inside out, creating a stronger productive industry, improved service, the best trained certified technicians and a cleaner environment / community.

Today, with its BDC, UAMA is striving to create the most efficient, environmentally conscience and economically productive Automotive Service and Training Center in NYC.

2007-2009
Founded as a 501(c)(3) by Pedro J. Estevez at 912 Soundview Ave Bronx NY 10473, UAMA established itself as an advocate for local automotive repair/maintenance businesses.

2009 – 2013
Developed a partnership with Reverend Dr. Raymond Rivera, Founder and President of the Latino Pastoral Action Center (LPAC) and expanded to its new location at 14 W 170th ST Bronx NY 10452.  UAMA directed its services to the automotive repair/maintenance businesses in the Jerome Ave/Cromwell Ave corridor in The Bronx.

2013-2014
Based on increased Membership, the association moved to 2419 Westchester Ave Bronx NY 10461

2014 – Present
With our continued expansion and need for larger training facilities, UAMA is now located at 3148 E. Tremont Ave, 2nd Fl, Bronx, NY 10461.

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