Operations Manager Ken Laham began his automotive career in 1986 as a tow truck driver but quickly progressed into other areas becoming an ASE Certified Master Technician. He moved to the area in 2006 from Brockton, Massachusetts but the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots are still his teams. Maybe the local Bucs and Rays fans can twist his arm our way! Ken spends his relaxation time completing home remodeling projects and traveling. He and his partner of over 10 years, Linda, have two grown children and two grandchildren.
Manager Joe Barbaro has been in the automotive industry for 15 years but in fact, it’s in his blood. He was born in Lindenhurst on Long Island, the son and grandson of very successful race car drivers. New to Florida, he just recently moved with his wife and daughter from Las Vegas with their pets Cocoa (a Rottweiler/Pit mix) and Starkist (a Tuxedo cat). Joe is a self-described comic book nerd that also enjoys video games, puzzles, cooking and racing of course.
“My visit was fast and pleasant. The man up front gave me loads of advice for my vehicle! It was just awesome!”
“Owner was very nice & honest. Will go back if I need any other work done.”
“Nothing to improve. The owner & his crew are the blessing that every single mom needs. Outstanding service!”
“Give a seminar on how to treat customers on how to make an honest buck and not rip off a customer to make an extra buck. Thanks for taking good care of my F-150 – love my truck”
“The A/C now works very good. Thanks a heap!”
“Very pleased. They did excellent work and fairly priced. “
“Great service and great deals. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”
“You fixed my window motor. I am very happy with it now. It was much cheaper than another quote I got.”
“The owner went out of his way to get us the bottom dollar to repair our used Ford Taurus. We have to fix things (one by one) and he has been so gracious to understand and help us through the process. Our mechanic for life!”
“They did an excellent job of making me feel at home and that I could trust them. I didn’t go for other estimates.”
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The Perks of Becoming an Automotive Technician
Becoming an automotive technician is a rewarding path for anyone looking in the trades or to change careers. Getting to work with your hands all day and knowing that you finished your day with a job well done is a huge positive on its own.
If you’re looking to start a new, exciting career as an automotive technician, we’d like to share some of the perks of the job!
Advancement Opportunities (plus, great pay and a signing bonus!)
These are just a few of the perks that come with becoming an automotive tech! We are constantly looking for new talent and unique individuals to join our team. If a new career is something you’re interested in, let’s look at what’s in it for you in your career as an automotive tech:
There will always be a need for good automotive mechanics. You can choose to live anywhere and there will always be a way to find steady employment. You never have to wonder where your next paycheck is coming from, you will always have security for you and your family.
Every day is a little bit different in the life of an automotive technician. Different cars, different parts, and always a new thing to learn! Trust us, there is a steady stream of change that keeps you active and prevents boredom in the day-to-day work.
#3. Advancement Opportunities
Becoming an automotive technician also opens you up to a world of opportunities. You can advance your career and eventually become a master in the field. This guarantees higher pay (Master Technicians in the US make an average of 123,527 per year) and more opportunities to do the type of work that you want to do.
In fact, the Ice Cold Air® Discount Auto Repair franchise makes a bit of a habit of turning former shop employees into successful entrepreneurs and business owners. Many of our franchise owners include both former managers and former technicians. We pride ourselves in our ability to offer a chance for those who’ve always dreamed of owning their own shop.
After a long day of work, you have the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing good work for your local community. You are keeping people safe in their cars, you are making their transportation more reliable, and you are spending every day doing the best work that you possibly can.
Plus, we care about giving back wherever we can to others in Tampa Bay. As a team, we conduct back-to-school and food drives, Toys for Tots for 15 years now, and so much more.
Join Our Team as an Automotive Technician
We have the BEST job! Every day is as different as the cars we work on. Become an automotive technician, diagnose and solve problems, and make repairs to keep cars on the road longer and keep our customers safe.
If you’re a seasoned automotive mechanic or just getting started, consider joining our team. We would love to hear from you; tell us why you’d be a good fit for our car care team. We are always interested in meeting and hiring new talent in the Tampa area. Send in your resume here!
Our 15th Year! Free Oil Change for Toys to Support the Marine’s Toys for Tots
Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair is giving away a free oil-change including a tire rotation to any customer who brings in a new, unwrapped toy for the Marines’ “Toys for Tots” program from now until December 12th. This is the Pinellas-based auto repair franchise’s 15th year giving away oil changes to those who donate toys. Customers have the option of trading the new toy for an oil change and tire rotation on the spot or exchanging the toy for a voucher for a free future oil change and tire rotation or $20 off any service. There are 17 Ice Cold Air locations throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. “We are very proud to join the Marines and their exceptional program for our 15th year. It is an honor to help facilitate our customer’s support and making positive impacts in the lives of children in our community,” said Tina M. Denham, President of Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair. “Our customers and community have been very good to us for 50 years, and acting as a drop off location for Toys for Tots is an excellent way for us to give back to the community and our customers for their support.” Over the years, it is estimated that Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair customers have donated 25,000 toys. This year Denham says they aspire to donate over 2000 more, “our loyal customers have a proven history, and I know they are eager to support the program again this year. We are asking for even more community members to take advantage of this offer and help us meet our goal.” The toys should be of similar value, in the original packaging and unwrapped. Donations will be accepted at almost all of the 17 Ice Cold Air locations. Those interested in taking advantage of the promotion should call or stop by their local Ice Cold Air location to ensure participation. Visit www.icecoldair.com for a list of locations. # # #
New Port Richey Location Re-opens After Small but Destructive Fire
Our New Port Richey location at 3508 US Hwy 19 North (at the intersection of Moog Road) sustained significant damage during a fire in June of 2017. A good Samaritan called authorities after seeing light smoke billowing from the building. Thanks to that call and a quick response from Pasco County Fire Department, damage was confined to the office area and did not reach the shop area that contains highly flammable materials like welders and oil. No customer’s cars were damaged. A short in a power strip underneath the service desk is the expected cause of the fire.
According to one firefighter on the scene, the business was very lucky, “when we rolled up, you could barely see any smoke outside. Whoever called was really paying attention.”
The fire wreaked enough havoc that the building required major renovations, including completely overhauling the buildings electrical system and of course replacing the office’s interior.
“We have been eager to reopen to serve our customers but when going through county permitting and inspections, you have to be patient. We are thrilled with how the renovations came out and are open for business and ready to serve our community,” said Operations Manager Ken Laham.
Temporarily Closed but Still Fixing Cars – Today!
We are temporarily closed while we clean up and renovate from the fire damage…. but we can still service your repair and maintenance needs!!!!!!!
Our team is still ready to fix your vehicle TODAY! We have relocated the team to our shop in Port Richey (Bayonet Point) at US19 and SR52 on the southeast corner, next door to CVS. Just a short 9 miles north of our usual location at Moog Road – worth the drive for the HOT DEALS!
As always, call Manager Nick at 727-844-3508. Shuttle service, rides, and drop-offs are available, and don’t forget to ask him for a Hot Fire Sale Deal and make the trip up to see us. We are here for you and WILL SAVE YOU MONEY!
Fire Damages Our Location
Fire Damages Local Auto Repair Shop
The Ice Cold Air Discount Auto Repair location at 3508 US Hwy 19 North (at the intersection of Moog Road) in New Port Richey sustained significant damage during a fire last night. A good Samaritan called authorities after seeing light smoke billowing from the building. Thanks to that call and a quick response from Pasco County Fire Department, damage was confined to the office area of the business and did not reach the shop area that contains highly flammable materials like welders and oil. No customer’s cars were damaged. A short in a power strip underneath the service desk is the expected cause of the fire.
Manager Nick Zammit said, “We are very thankful that the fire wasn’t more devastating and no one was hurt. It could have been so much worse. I wish I knew who called the fire department for us, I owe them a huge hug.” According to one firefighter on the scene, the business was very lucky, “when we rolled up, you could barely see any smoke outside. Whoever called was really paying attention.”
The shop is expected to be closed for at least a week, or at least until the power can be restored to the building. Zammit said, “The shop is fine, so we plan to be open as soon as we can. Even if I have set up a laptop and sit at a folding table inside the shop while the waiting room is rebuilt, we want to get back to work and serve our customers.” In the meantime, Zammit and his crew will work with the team at the Ice Cold Air location that is nine miles north at 11930 US Hwy 19 at SR 52 in Port Richey and offer shuttle service to their customers who need it.
The crew will be onsite today to complete enough work on customer’s cars that were inside the building during the fire to get them towed to the Ice Cold Air location that is nine miles north in Port Richey where the work can be completed for the customers.