Starting his automotive career at the age of 16, Matt Allen quickly developed a passion for the trade and worked his way slowly up the chain, eventually purchasing his own shop and opening it in 1995. Interestingly enough, Matt was born in Arizona, grew up in Virginia and moved back to Phoenix as a young man. Matt Allen is not one to forget his roots. In fact, he decided the name of his shop based on his long history in the state of Virginia. When asked how it was to become a shop owner at such a young age he replied; "Running an entire shop at 24 years old was certainly not easy. But if your heart is in your work, and you take it seriously, you have no other option but to succeed."
Nine years later, disaster struck and a fire ravaged his building. The only reason that Virginia Auto Service was able to stay open was the fact that 3 service bays were still operating and capable of service. Against all odds, with the support of his customers and sheer force of will, Virginia Auto Service was restored and even received a few upgrades.
Not only out for personal success and fame, Matt Allen considers the success of his business to mean a level of responsibility to his community. By being actively involved in various non-profit organizations and charitable causes, Matt proves that he’s out to pay it forward.
Most Recently Matt Allen received the IMPACT award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. This award recognizes small business owners who have positively impacted their community through innovation, company culture or business achievements despite adversity.