If you own or love a car or attended this year’s Ostrich Festival and met a man who looked like he walked right out of a German Oktoberfest celebration, you may have met Frank Leutz, COO of Desert Car Care of Chandler.
As a small business owner in Chandler for 11 years, Frank is very involved in the community and will go to any lengths to support it – even wearing his native German lederhosen promoting votes for Chandler’s eventual win in the “Battle of the ‘Burbs.”
Leutz’s fun-loving personality was channeled by a junior high school music teacher who became his mentor. His classical trombone lessons led to performances at Carnegie Hall and acceptance to New York’s music and art’s original “Fame” high school.
There, he expanded his training and performed with greats Dizzy Gillespie, Branford Marsalis, and Lionel Hampton, as a jazz/salsa trombonist.
After school, Frank headed to the Navy receiving life-skills essential to building a business.
His dedicated team of seven full-timers and two interns, from EVIT’s automotive school, enjoy a family-oriented culture and are proud of the awards from the “East Valley Tribune’s” Best of Chandler to Small Business of the Year by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.
Frank’s wife Josephine shares he is a dedicated father to their daughters Victoria and Natalee, rarely missing a school event and always making time to be together. His eldest, Victoria, graduated from Arizona State University last month and 9-year old Natalee, is a student at St. Francis Xavier.
Natalee was 3 years old when her biological mother, Josephine’s niece, suddenly died. Josephine and Frank are raising Natalee like their own daughter. Natalee thrives in their home, and Frank recently helped her win a business venture competition, buying supplies and sharing sales skills, earning her first place by selling out of her Slime product line.
Courageous, talented, patient and understanding are words his daughters use to describe their father. They say he is a man who devotes time to his family and strangers in need of a compassionate heart and a quiet hero in service to others.
The culture he creates within his small business has impacted many lives and spreading optimism throughout the community is one of many reasons their father will always be their hero.
Frank is happy operating his business in Chandler because of the diverse culture and vibrant community that exudes an old-fashioned neighborhood flavor. It welcomes an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit for a small business to thrive.
He enjoys the fun community events that bring people together and the passion that the administrative arm of the city executes for a balanced blend of neighbor and business.
A 27-year veteran in the automotive service industry, Frank seeks opportunities to give back.
He served five years as president of the Automotive Service Association (ASA) Phoenix Chapter and he was elected to serve on the national ASA Mechanical Division Operations Committee, the voice in Washington, D.C., for automotive service station owners.
Frank hosts a variety of car care clinics at the garage and is a regular local car care expert on television news shows.
Recently, he created, produces and hosts “Wrench Nation Car Talk Radio,” which delivers conversational content about the automotive industry and culture. Airing live from 88.7 The Pulse at the East Valley Institute of Technology.
He edits the weekly live show which is re-purposed as a podcast on iTunes and airs on 1100 KFNX Radio.