My name is… Dana TePoel

Business owner, car enthusiast, grandfather of two

Posted 6/5/17

Working with cars

I started young as a teenager. I enjoyed working on cars. I had some crummy cars, so I had to fix them all the time. I was always handy. I've always enjoyed cars and I naturally graduated into a career in repairing cars at an …

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My name is… Dana TePoel

Business owner, car enthusiast, grandfather of two

Posted

Working with cars

I started young as a teenager. I enjoyed working on cars. I had some crummy cars, so I had to fix them all the time. I was always handy. I've always enjoyed cars and I naturally graduated into a career in repairing cars at an early age. By the time I was in my early 30s, I realized I wanted to do it differently. I didn't like the business models that I saw. Instead of a sales model, I wanted a service model. So, I decided to open my own shop, Lake Arbor Automotive and Truck. So, I started 42 years ago fixing cars and 25 years ago, I started the shop so I can do the right thing for the car and the customer.

'It's about the people'

It's really more about the people. What I really like doing is helping people make the correct decision on what to do about their transportation needs. What the person is trying to solve is getting to soccer practice on time, getting to work on time, having the car start and be reliable. It's all about the person, but the car is whats affecting the person's ability to get stuff done.

Giving back to the community


One of the people we support is Hope House in Arvada. If there is a single mom trying to go to night school and get her kids to daycare, she needs a reliable car. When we work with Hope House, we can identify a good car and donate our services for that. Another thing that we like is Precious Child. They do the fill-a-backpack program. We also do Warm Hearts, Warm Hands, which is something we invented here. The goal is to provide 200 pairs of gloves to kids in need.

'Do the right thing'

We all know right from wrong. Our mothers taught it to us, we learned it on the playground. Most of us got it in early grade school. “Do the right thing” is how we make decisions and how we make business. Most importantly, it is the principle that guides us and I've learned that everything falls into place when you stay in alignment with a principle like that. If you're doing the right thing, it's gonna feel right.

Grandpa Day

My current favorite thing outside of work is I'm a grandpa. I have two grandchildren ages 3 and 5. I have one day a week I hang out with them and I call it Grandpa Day. This week we spent all day at Hudson Gardens looking for tadpoles and catching bugs. We had lunch on one of their park benches. I'm signed back up with the museums and the zoo and the Butterfly Pavilion and the botanical gardens. We're taking both grandkids camping for three days in Estes Park. I've always liked to fish, camp and now with the grandchildren coming along, that has created a whole new dynamic in the camping world.

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