Thorold, Ontario – An auto recycling centre in the Niagara region is giving it up for an industry veteran who has been with Thorold Auto Parts & Recycling for 35 years now, according to a Facebook post from Wednesday.
Sales manager, Mike Ventresca, just recently celebrated his 35th year at the shop where he was first hired back in the mid-’80s.
“I was hired back in ‘86,” said Ventresca in a phone interview with Collision Repair.
“I was working at an auto wrecker at the time, then I came to Thorold. I was in the yard for about six months until I was brought up to sales and I’ve been with the company ever since.”
For the past 15 years, Ventresca has led the sales team at Thorold Auto and he has seen it all. The most notable change Ventresca has seen over his decades-long career is the way parts sourcing and distribution has evolved.
“The big change is the way we look up parts. You had to do everything manually; there was a hotline at the time [for looking up parts]. If you had a customer that needed to know if you had a part, you had to physically go to the car and open the hood to see if that part was there. Not like today where everything is on the computer right in front of you and you send the invoice to the back and someone picks it up for you. All those steps are gone now,” said Ventresca.
Despite such a long and successful tenure in the industry, Ventresca has no intention of leaving the shop any time soon.
“I’m not even thinking about retiring any time soon. I’ve probably got another five, six, seven years left in me, as long as I’m healthy. I enjoy it. They’re great people to work for and Frank [Serravalle, owner] has been great to me. Prior to that, they were always good to me.”
Join Collision Repair in congratulating Ventresca on his 35th anniversary with the company!