Budget Transmissions & Complete Auto Repairs, a member of the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce, celebrated 35 years in business on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
Kimberly Foglio-Walden, a chamber director, was a bank manager for 13 years when she quit to become one of the owners of her fathers business in 2001.
“We are a family owned corporation,” she said. “We are certified as a Women Owned Business. We are a AAA-approved auto repair company.”
Her dad, Frank Foglio, opened Budget Transmissions in 1983 on E Street.
“My dad’s been doing this for 55 years,” she shared with a crowd of family, friends and customers there to celebrate the anniversary. “E Street used to be the hot ticket with cars cruising up and down, and my dad was part of that, He used to see this shop and wish he had a shop here.”
Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, presented a proclamation as did representatives from the offices of Sen. Connie Leyva, County Board of Supervisors James Ramos and Josie Gonzales, Rep. Pete Aguilar and Mayor R. Carey Davis.
“Having your own business requires hard work, persistence, patience, and a passion for what your do,” Foglio-Walden said. “We want to help fellow business owners, friends, and the Inland Empire to be successful! We need to support each other. We go to networking events, ribbon cutting, chamber functions, fundraisers, etc. Everyone I meet I invite them to attend these events. People like doing business with people that they have known and trust. It does not matter what you sell or what you do. It is about service, integrity, and having a heart for people,”
When discussing the business' success, Frank Foglio said, “We’re only as good as the people we hire.”
She is deeply involved in several charities, and serves on the Women of Dignity Foundation board for Dignity Health, which operates St. Bernardine Medical Center and Community Hospital of San Bernardino.
The company also is involved in Excel Charter School, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Unforgettables and much more