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 / 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.