Passing on the Tradition
In 1979, Joe Wilhelm looked to sell the business. He would only sell to someone who had the same ideals and beliefs that he did because he wanted the business to keep the reputation it had earned over the years. Up stepped Charley and Mary Jane Gyder.
The Gyder family was very similar to the Wilhelms. They were involved and well respected in the local community. So, Joe turned the reigns of the Peoria store over to them because he knew that it would be in capable hands. Other family members that are currently with Wilhelm include Charley’s sons Thom and Doug Gyder, Charley’s grandsons, Chris Garman and Marshall Gyder. For the last 29 years, the Gyders, their family and their employees have continued to carry on the established traditions and work ethic and have seen their staff grow from 10 to 52 employees.
Chris Garman joined the family business in the year 2000. As President Chris is responsible for managing the home office team, managing the business office and company wide support for all of our auto repair facilities. Marketing to our customer needs is his specialty.
Chris graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s and Masters Degree. Chris maintained his family life and working in the business while completing this task. Chris is married with 2 daughters. You can find him on weekends enjoying his family, sports and relaxing.
Wilhelm Automotive gives back to the community. To learn more about Wilhelm’s philanthropic efforts click here.