Meet Frank Leutz CEO, Husband & Dad
202 Magazine – October 2013
As a parent and small business entrepreneur, one of my biggest fears has always been losing sight of all the little things that make life special,” says Frank Leutz. “These little things are often the very things that are so magical to our children and companions.” Something tells us this grounded entrepreneur and family man will never lose sight and instead is the epitome of an “inspirational dad.” Leutz, owner and CEO of Desert Car Care Centers, was born in Frankfurt, Germany, grew up in Harlem and became a jazz and salsa musician. This accomplished CEO and accomplished musician played Carnegie Hall and performed with the great Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente. Impressed? We are!
He joined the Navy doing mine sweep operations in the Persian Gulf until he was transferred west. In 1990, after getting a job at a Chevy dealership, his wife encouraged him to go independent. By 2004, he took her advice, opening the first of three Desert Car Care Centers in Chandler and Gilbert. “A business model built on the passion for its teams and the community it serves is the driving force of our success,” says Leutz. “Growing a small business has enabled me to funnel time and money back into the community, as I believe it is business to business and neighbor to neighbor that will prevail.” Within the framework of the business, it was important to Leutz to include his wife and daughters. On any given day, you might find them working at the front desk, taking calls and participating in the family business. “It is a true family affair. And, it’s an absolute joy to bond with all of our team outside of work, as this keeps all of our families strong.”
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