Leeds West Groups (LWG) was founded in 2009 by current CEO and Board of Directors Member, Judd Kyle Shader. Over the years LWG has grown to become one of the largest and most respected leaders in the franchise automotive aftermarket repair space.

LWG has established itself as the only Family Office backed franchise group in the US to manage three unique Automotive Repair Franchised Brands (Midas, Big O Tires, and Speedee Oil).


LWG operates on all three automotive aftermarket repair platforms; general repair, tire repair and services, and quick lube services.

Company History

Leeds West Groups (LWG) was founded in 2009 by Judd Shader in Colorado, testing the appetite for well capitalized groups getting involved in the franchise automotive aftermarket, choosing the first test brand as Midas Auto System Experts.

In 2011, LWG expanded with the addition of the Big O Tires brand into the portfolio. By 2012, LWG 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 all three as they grew their portfolio.

In 2012, LWG launched LWG Realty Group quickly moving the company into its next chapter, with the adding of Real Estate and outside investments divisions. In 2013, the company assembled a specific automotive-focused franchise management team for its growing number of automotive repair locations. Focusing the automotive franchise retail division around the three brands for future growth potential. LWG’s automotive aftermarket franchise brand positioning now includes complete auto care service, quick lube, and tire care, which allows LWG the ability to pursue any aftermarket repair retail group concept in the US, all while using major national retail brands to do so.

In the spring of 2013, inside of the automotive franchise retail division LWG announced the largest acquisition in the history of the aftermarket brand Midas Automotive Experts, with the addition of 30 locations in 9 new states officially retiring TBC Corporation’s Midas International from the company-owned store business. LWG placed these locations under the LW Division under the umbrella of LWG automotive franchise retail. This same year LWG formalized its Board of Directions with the addition of Joshua Weinreich, Mark Shader, and Benjamin Lefkowitz along with Founder and CEO Judd Shader.

In 2017, LWG announced again the largest Midas acquisition in the history of the brand with the purchase of the ASE Midas Group, a 61-year-old ESOP organization. A top 25 Automotive Aftermarket Group, based out of Davenport, IA with 42 Midas locations across 6 Midwest States, creating the ASE Division under the LWG automotive franchise retail umbrella. This same year LWG added Board veteran David H. B. Smith, Jr to its Board of Directors.

In the summer of 2019, LWG continued to grow within automotive franchise retail with partnerships in the State of Texas, with the creation and partnership alongside the Monteverde Group. Shortly after in the Fall of 2019, the Big O division made an entrance into the State of New Mexico expanding on its Big O Tires locations.

LWG is currently headquartered in Greenwood Village, CO with offices in Davenport, IA, with automotive retail operations in 19 States, over 950 team members, with real estate holdings and outside investments in 8 States.

locations

United States with over 100+ locations within major US cities in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Michigan, Delaware, Texas, New Mexico, Ohio & Kentucky.

Board of Directors

  • Joshua A. Weinreich Chairman of the Board
    Board of Directors:
    E*Trade Financial (NASDAQ: ETFC)
    Independent Director of Skybridge Capital Hedge Fund Portfolios
    House Party, Inc.
    New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund
    Food Bank of New Jersey
    Brrr, LLC
    Summit School Board of Education
    Former Global Head of Hedge Funds:
    Deutsche Bank
    Former Board of Directors:
    Alliance Bernstein (NASDAQ: AB)
  • Judd K. Shader Chief Executive Officer/Board of Directors
    Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Leeds West Groups
  • David H. B. Smith, Jr. JD Board of Directors
    Board of Directors:
    Northern Trust Bank (NASDAQ: NTRS)
    Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) (NASDAQ: ITW)
    Former SEC Associate Director:
    Division of Investment Management 
  • Benjamin M. Lefkowitz Board of Directors
    Co-founder of Riverwood Properties
  • Mark A. Shader Board of Directors
    Former President:
    Best Rental Centers
    Former Senior Executive Vice President:
    Service Merchandise
  • Markus Hockenson Board of Directors
    Former Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors Member:
    International Car Wash Group (ICW)
    Former Chief Executive Officer:
    Vision Group Holdings
    Former Senior Vice President:
    TBC Corporation
    Advance Auto Parts
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