Judd K. Shader
Founder/Chief Executive Officer/Board of Directors
Mr. Judd Kyle Shader is the founder of Leeds West Groups (LWG) along with LWG’s active and current Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Shader is a Board of Directors Member of LWG and present Managing Member of all LWG entities. Mr. Shader is additionally active across various automotive industry boards.
Mr. Shader founded LWG in 2009 with two automotive locations in Colorado, testing the appetite for well capitalized groups getting involved in the franchise automotive aftermarket. In 2011 Mr. Shader expanded the company with the addition of the Big O Tires brand and locations into the portfolio. By 2012, Mr. Shader had built the company’s portfolio to include three unique automotive national brands and concepts all master-franchised by TBC Corporation, a sub-entity of Sumitomo Corporation – making LWG the only group to hold and operate these three unique automotive brands.
In 2012, Mr. Shader launched LWG Realty Group quickly moving the company into its next chapter. In 2013, Mr. Shader reshaped the company by assembling a specific automotive-focused franchise management team for its growing number of automotive repair locations focusing this division around the three brands with the creation of Wenco Leeds West Management Groups and a automotive focused management partnership with Mr. Jeffrey R. Genuario and Wenco Industries, creating one automotive management group. LWG brand positioning now includes complete auto care service, quick lube, and tire care allowing LWG to be able to go after any aftermarket repair retail group concept in the US, all using major national retail brands to do so.
In the spring of 2013, Mr. Shader alongside Mr. Genuario announced the largest acquisition in the history of aftermarket brand Midas Automotive Experts with the additional of 30 locations in nine new states officially retiring TBC Corporation’s Midas International from the company-owned store business.
In 2017 Mr. Shader announced again now the new largest Midas acquisition in the brands history with the purchase of the ASE Midas Group, a 61-year-old ESOP organization based out of Davenport, IA with 42 Midas locations across six Midwest States and a top 25 aftermarket Automotive Group.
Mr. Shader is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Denver, CO.