UAMA Announces GoFundMe Campaign To Raise Funds For New Elite Auto Tech Training Center

By Mauricio Rocha

The students of the 2012 Elite Auto Tech Training Center graduating class learning in action

BRONX—NEW YORK–The United Auto Merchants Association, UAMA needs the public’s help to raise funds to build a new automotive and technical school to train the auto mechanics in the NYC area and beyond. We are launching a crowdfunding campaign through GoFundMe. Your donation will help secure the materials needed for our students to gain an education in their respective fields.

The United Auto Merchants Association is a 501 C 3 nonprofit that was founded by Pedro J. Estevez in 2007 with the intention to specialize in strengthening the automotive industry. UAMA has made a difference for years, since the Elite Auto Tech Training Center graduated its first class in 2012. UAMA is in the process of building the new Elite Auto Tech Training Center that will be the first of its kind. This institution will be a state-of-the-art auto training school, specializing in the automotive fields, complete with tools, instructors, and all materials needed to help students gain the knowledge they deserve. UAMA prioritizes helping Latino, minority, and women-owned small businesses. At the Elite Auto Tech Training Center, students will gain knowledge through 62 specialized seminars ranging in topics from Fundamentals of Electronics to Hybrid Vehicles. Once auto technicians are fully trained, they can go on to help create jobs, stimulate the local economy, and preserve the local environment and communities at large.

Students at the Elite Auto Tech Training Center learning in action

This new training center will positively impact the community of the Bronx and beyond. This ambitious feat will not come without hard work, and we are prepared to put in the time, energy, and effort as we always have, supporting minority and woman-owned small businesses in the community. Due to the demand and need from the community, we feel that establishing our own Elite Auto Tech Training Center for auto mechanics and students is the best solution possible: but we cannot do it alone. Please donate, however big or small you wish, by visiting our Go Fund Me page. Click here to donate now. Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you for your contributions.

UAMA & Jerome Avenue Partnership Uniendo Esfuerzos Para Resolver Problemas de la Rezonificación

El presidente y fundador de UAMA, Pedro J Estevez, asiste en representación de la industria automotriz a el día de trabajo celebrado por Jerome Avenue Partnership.

Por Mauricio Rocha

Nueva York–El 22 de octubre de 2019, fue celebrada una de las reuniones de seguimiento de “Jerome Avenue Partnership”, grupo de trabajo formado por varias instituciones de ayuda comunitaria, entre ellas UAMA, quien estuvo representantada por su Presidente y fundador. La actividad tuvo como objetivo crear una tormenta de ideas que ayuden a buscar soluciones a la crisis ocasionada por los cambios que ocurrirán en el corredor de Jerome Avenue debido a la inminente rezonificación

UAMA ha batallado arduamente para lograr una justa solución frente a los cambios surgidos por La planificacióno en el corredor de Jerome Ave donde muchas empresas
latinas, minoritariass y mujeres serán desplazadasde sus negocios y hogares.

Muchas negocios de la industrias automotriz han estado en este corridor por más de diez años y desean continuar allí. La comunidad es diversa y está compuesta por varias culturas,
incluyendo negocios de inmigrantes, latinoamericanos y africanos occidentales.

En su desertación un asociado de JobsFirstNYC dijo: “El Corredor Jerome Avenue ha sido rezonificado y eso significa que muchas de las empresas que están en el vecindario, ya no estarán ahí después de la rezonificación.

Esto afectará a muchas personas en vivienda y negocios. Este corredor es uno de los últimos lugares en la ciudad de New York en el que todavía predominan tiendas familiares, no almacenes, y que desaparecerán con la rezonificación

¿Qué significa eso para esta comunidad? Eso significa que las personas que han vivido o trabajado en esta comunidad durante décadas pueden ser desplazadas.

“Jerome Avenue Partnership se formó para reunir a las partes interesadas locales, las instituciones y los residentes de la comunidad para pensar realmente en lo que podemos hacer juntos para aliviar parte de ese dolor de la rezonificación”.

“La misión de Jerome Avenue Partnership traerá consigo un crecimiento económico inclusivo y sostenibilidad para los residentes locales, empleadores y trabajadores afectados por la rezonificación de Jerome Avenue. Esperamos preparar a los empleadores y trabajadores actuales para este impacto y aumentar la retención, el empleo y la educación de los residentes actuales. Queremos asegurarnos de que los residentes locales conozcan estas oportunidades. La ciudad tiene muchas oportunidades para desplegarse junto con la rezonificación. Hay un debate en curso entre la gentrificación y la revitalización de una comunidad, y queremos estar seguros de que estamos revitalizando esta comunidad “, dijo el asociado de JobsFirstNYC.

De las aproximadamente 1000 empresas diferentes ubicadas en Jerome Avenue, 200 de ellas son empresas automotrices aproximadamente. La industria automotriz es la industria con la mayor concentración en Jerome Avenue, que representa el 20% del total de las empresas. Estas 200 empresas automotrices abarcan desde talleres de reparación de automóviles, talleres de neumáticos, sonido y seguridad para automóviles, talleres de vidrio para automóviles, concesionarios de automóviles y estacionamientos. El resto de los negocios en el Corredor Jerome Avenue abarcan 23 industrias diferentes, tales como: peluquerías, salones, bodegas, bares, clubes, bancos, tiendas minoristas y más.

UAMA como representante del 20% de la población y negocios de este corredor, aboga para que todos los residentes, empleados y locales comerciales localizados en el área, sean incluidos en esta discusión y tomados en cuenta para todo beneficio que se logre en este proceso.

La reunión sirvió para consolidar las ideas sobre diferentes formas y mecanismos de resolver los problemas que actualmente afectan al corredor de Jerome Avenue, entre ellos: el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral, el desarrollo económico y la estructura socio-económica. Jerome Avenue Partnership está trabajando con los desarrolladores para asegurar una cantidad determinada de empleos para los residentes locales y para asegurar la capacitación y las habilidades adecuadas que les puedan llevar a otros puestos, si eligen cambiar de profesión.

Este diálogo continuo es una forma de involucrar a la comunidad y asegurarse de que se escuche su voz y sus perspectivas.

“Sé que Pedro está trabajando diligentemente con los trabajadores automotrices que se ven desproporcionadamente afectados por la rezonificación de Jerome Avenue. Estamos tratando de pensar cuál es el próximo capítulo para esos trabajadores mecánicos”, dijo un asociado de JobsFirstNYC.

Una idea es crear un centro o un centro donde los miembros de la comunidad de Jerome Avenue puedan ir a buscar ayuda con su desplazamiento, el aumento de los costos de alquiler y otras aspectos relacionadas con la rezonificación. También queremos asegurarnos de que todos tengan acceso a las oportunidades que Jerome Avenue Partnership ofrece a los residentes.

Estén atentos para más actualizaciones sobre este tema que es una preocupación más importante para el condado del Bronx y zonas aledañas.

UAMA Joins Jerome Avenue Partnership to Work to Resolve Rezoning Issues

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J Estevez attends a meeting for the Jerome Avenue Partnership.

By Mauricio Rocha

New York–On October 24, 2019 The United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA) joined the The Jerome Avenue Partnership for a meeting to brainstorm solutions to the gentrification crisis happening to the Jerome Avenue Corridor. President and founder of UAMA, Pedro Estevez, represented his association at the meeting. UAMA is dedicated to achieving a resolution in this ongoing battle, where many Latino, minority, and women owned businesses will be priced out of their shops and homes on Jerome Avenue. Many auto-businesses have been there for over ten years and wish to continue in their industries there. The diverse community is made up of various cultures including immigrant-owned businesses from Latin Americans and West Africans.

An associate from JobsFirstNYC said, “The Jerome Avenue Corridor has been rezoned and that means many of the businesses that are in the neighborhood will no longer be in the neighborhood, post rezoning. Lots of people will be impacted by this whether it is housing, venues, or businesses. This corridor is one of the last few places in the city that is still predominantly mom-and-pop stores, not big box stores, and that is going to change with rezoning. What does that mean for this community? That means people that have lived or worked in this community for decades may be displaced. This partnership was formed to bring together the local stakeholders, institutions, and community residents to really think about we can do together to alleviate some of that pain from rezoning.”

“The mission of the Jerome Avenue Partnership will bring about inclusive economic growth and sustainability for local residents, employers, and workers impacted by the Jerome Avenue rezoning. We hope to prepare current employers and workers for this impact and increase the retainment, employment and education of current residents. We want to make sure local residents are aware of these opportunities. The city has lots of opportunities to roll out in conjunction with the rezoning. There is an ongoing debate between gentrification and revitalization of a community, and we want to be sure we are revitalizing this community,” said the associate from JobsFirstNYC.

Of the approximately 1000 different businesses located on Jerome Avenue, 200 of them are automotive businesses, approximately. The automotive industry is the industry with the largest concentration on Jerome Avenue, accounting for 20% of the total businesses. These 200 automotive businesses range from auto repair shops, tire shops, auto sound and security, auto glass shops, auto dealerships and parking lots. The rest of the businesses on the Jerome Avenue Corridor range from 23 different industries, such as: barbershops, salons, bodegas, bars, clubs, banks, retail stores, and more. UAMA is advocating to include the local residents and employees in this discussion, at a time when the face of the community is changing

At the meeting we brainstormed ways to solve the ongoing issues plaguing the Jerome Avenue Corridor, including workforce development, economic development, and structure. This ongoing dialogue is a way to engage the community and make sure their voice and perspectives are being heard. The Jerome Avenue Partnership is working with developers to secure a set amount of jobs for local residents and to secure proper training and skills that can carry on to other positions, if they choose to change professions.

“I know Pedro is working diligently with the auto-workers who are disproportionately impacted by the rezoning of Jerome Avenue. We are trying to think about what the next chapter for those auto-workers is,” said an associate from JobsFirstNYC.

One idea is coming up with a hub, or a center where members of the Jerome Avenue community can go to seek assistance with their displacement, rising rent costs, and other struggles dealing with the rezoning. We also want to make sure that everyone has access to the opportunities the Jerome Avenue Partnership offers to residents. Stay tuned for more updates on this ongoing topic that is a major concern to the borough of the Bronx and beyond.

City Council Allocates Funding for Jerome Avenue’s Auto Mechanics Training

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez meeting NYC District 16 Council Member, Vanessa L. Gibson.


BRONX–OCTOBER 02, 2019 —New York City Council representatives stimulate the local automotive industry. For the 2019/2020 fiscal year, New York City Council members Vanessa L. Gibson, representing the 16th District of New York City, allocated $10,000 while Fernando Cabrera, representing the 14th District of New York City, allocated $18,000, both of which are for the United Auto Merchants Association (UAMA) to train 12 auto mechanics from the Jerome Avenue rezone area known as the Jerome Avenue Corridor, which consists of over 400 mechanics working in this neighborhood. Over 175 of these mechanics have signed an application, confirming their interest in expanding their knowledge and training in automotive technology.
This much needed funding will make a huge impact in the lives of the 12 mechanics, who will be trained in the latest automotive technology, enriching their capabilities of how to repair vehicles in the future. This will simultaneously prepare them for the Auto Service Excellence (ASE) certification exam. Once auto students pass the ASE exam, they will be nationally qualified as automotive technicians. UAMA has been advocating on behalf of these mechanics for years and welcomes this opportunity to create an impact in their community.
At the same time, other city council members like Andrew Cohen, who represents the 11th District of New York City, allocated $2,500 to select 100 business to be part of a borough-wide compliance program. UAMA has been helping with compliance in the Jerome Corridor area of the Bronx for over ten years. We hope this will inspire other elected officials to continue to support the innovative work in the automotive field.

Respectfully from the Desk of:
Pedro J. Estevez
UAMA Founder and President

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, meeting NYC District 14 Council Member, Fernando Cabrera.

UAMA President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, Interviewed for Alexander Shapanka’s Dissertation

Zoning Out Jerome Avenue’s Auto Industry

Click the above link to access the 35 page dissertation.

The United Auto Merchant Association (UAMA) President and Founder, Pedro J. Estevez, spoke with writer and student Alexander Shapanka for his dissertation: “Zoning Out Jerome Avenue’s Auto Industry.” This is an in-depth look at the rezoning and gentrification happening on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, NY, and what detrimental effects can occur in the community. Since UAMA has a close relationship with the automotive industry, particularly in the Bronx, Estevez is a clear expert on the subject.