A year ago, on Oct. 15, 2016, we received the keys to Premier Tint Pros first professional shop. After 11 years of tinting, Carlos Avila turned the keys to start his plans for becoming a well-established Professional Tint Shop. Only hours later after the turn of the first key, the paint went on the walls, the film was unloaded from his car and the blades came out. A few hours after that the cars started driving in and they never stopped. They doubled, tripled, quadrupled and continued to come every day, week and month. Along with Carlos and his dad, Carlos Sr. came the rest of the staff that began to grow. First came Gilbert, Ivan, Alex, countless family members, and then the staff grew larger with Antonio, Cristóbal, Matias, Sebastian and more.
There were many great times when the tint went on effortlessly and there were times of tears and many redos. The skills began to grow and the reviews went through the roof! Our name was out there, we were known. Friends were made, smiles were shared, events were celebrated and we gave back to our community.
Driving through my hometown of Oswego I pull up to a light and know the car, see our work, and share the smile and thumbs up I receive from the driver of the car. I walk into our local high school football games and see the Wolfpack throwing powder and streamers celebrating their team wins, knowing that was made possible by us giving back to our schools. The marching band parades down the street at OHS and there is our name on the back of the shirts. This is our town, this is our home, you are our clients that we are so grateful for.
The people who say, “you can’t” or
“you won’t” are probably the ones
who are afraid you will!
A year ago, many people told us that we would not make it. We would fail. We wouldn’t survive in this area and we couldn’t do the unthinkable. We have cried (I have cried) we have celebrated, we have fought with one another, we have stormed the roughest waters at times. Then just when we thought….. no, we never thought that… we knew we would make it, we would move forward, we would make the great times better and the better times amazing.
Today, one year later we as a team have taken on a new set of keys to our second home. The doors will open in a couple of weeks, the plotter will roll off the LLumar trucks with stacks of tint boxes to be put on the shelves. The staff will come in with tons of experience and smiles on their faces. “WE BUILT THIS” together, as a team. A team that pushed through everything to make a dream and future not only for our family but yours too. A dream of having your car look exactly as you want it. A dream of providing great window tint to keep you and your family safe from Skin Cancer and from damaging rays.
Carlos and I want to thank each family member, employee, customer, chamber members, auto dealership and community members for making 2016 and 2017 an amazing year! We look forward to serving the Oswego and Fox Valley area for many years to come.
And to Carlos Avila, our boss, our tint master, our reason for being here ;) we thank you personally for making everything come together for us!
The Premier Tint Pros family.
- Written by Heather M. Horne