LWG Corporate Updates Here

Denver-based LWG Capital Automotive Fund makes Grease Monkey International Headquarters buy

Announcement for Release on: October 31, 2016

(Greenwood Village, CO) Leeds West Groups (LWG) is pleased to announce the real estate acquisition of Grease Monkey International Corporate Headquarters building at 7450 E Progress Place in Greenwood Village, Colorado as their future corporate home.

LWG currently owns and operates Big O Tires, Midas, and SpeedeeOil locations in ten states throughout the United States. LWG currently is the second largest operator of Midas locations, and the 18th largest aftermarket auto group as a whole with over five hundred employees in the United States.

The Grease Monkey International Corporate Headquarters office complex was chosen based on the need for a location that was large enough to accommodate the company’s expected growth trajectory over the next thirty-six months, while also having an automotive specific set up and history. With three brands, fifty-five locations nation-wide, and aggressive expansion plans on the horizon, the newly acquired headquarters adds the space needed today and into the future for the company over the next five years.

 “I am extremely enthusiastic with the commitment we are showing to the aftermarket automotive franchise sector with this acquisition of the new LWG automotive group specific headquarters, which fully highlights LWG’s commitment to this growth pattern we are currently on. We are truly a Colorado based company with a National footprint and this sets up LWG very well for our expected growth patterns over the next thirty-six months, while showing our commitment to always being a Colorado based organization.”  – Judd Kyle Shader, CEO

The official building acquisition closed on October 31, 2016. The sale price, acquisition cost, and details are not being disclosed at this time. Grease Monkey International will lease back the location for an undisclosed amount of time before they move, with LWG fully moved into the new space by the summer of 2017.

Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)

LWG’s Kathy Bray, Sr. VP Operations Solutions Added to AMRA’s Board of Directors

Announcement: Oct 26, 2016 Release

Leeds West Groups is proud to announce that our Senior Vice President of Operations Solutions, Kathy Bray has been voted on and added to the Board of Directors with the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association (AMRA).

The Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association is a non-profit trade association formally organized to strengthen the relationship between the motorist and the automotive service and repair industry, through education and creation of industry standards known as “MAP”.

Kathy Bray was voted onto the AMRA’s Board of Directors based upon her wealth of knowledge and experience, and commitment within the automotive industry. Leeds West Groups is honored to have Bray representing their organization on the AMRA Board.



Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)

LWG Adds Store Number 55 – Highlands Ranch, Colorado Big O Tires

Announcement: Sep 26, 2016 Release

We are proud to announce the opening of our newest shop location in Highlands Ranch, CO. LWG has purchased the Goodyear Auto Service location on Town Center Drive, re-branding it into a Big O Tires with a grand opening expected on October 1, 2016.

This new location will be under the District Management of District Manager Brian Sandoval. Transforming this location will be approached using our unique LWG process – revolving around our focus on customer service, ensuring the customer is always a priority. This location will offer the full brand of Big O Tires products, along with full auto repair services.

“It’s great to add a Big O to the Highlands Ranch, CO market. It’s been an underserved and growing market for quality automotive service, tires and repair for years now. We are extremely excited to be here and look forward to serving the great community for years to come.”
– Jeff Genuario, COO

This will be LWG’s 55th location nationally, 27th location in Colorado, and 11th Big O Tires location.



Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)

LWG Announces New District Manager Wil Cancanon – Colorado Big O Tires

Announcement: Sep 8, 2016 Release

LWG is pleased to announce the latest addition, Wil Cancanon to the team of District Managers.

Wil comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the automotive industry. After 10 years as a Finance Sales Manager with Suzuki, Wil began a career with LWG Midas Havana (Aurora, CO) as a Assistant Manager, then transferred over as Assistant Manager to LWG’s original Big O Tires Greenwood Village (Greenwood Village, CO) in 2012. After demonstrating a passion for leadership and dedication to exceptional customer service, Wil was quickly promoted to Store Manager of the Big O Tires Greenwood Village location.

Having gained a deep understanding of our key processes and operations, alongside maintaining a high energy, high performing shop-environment, Wil’s new role as District Manager will help propel our organization further into our rapid growth initiative within the Big O Tires brand with this newly created district.

Wil will assume responsibility for Big O Tires Aurora (Aurora, CO) and Big O Tire Centennial (Centennial, CO) shops within the LWG Colorado Big O Tires division.


Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)

LWG’s Josh Kemmerer named Midas/ASE Tech of The Year

Announcement: Aug 22, 2016 Release

Midas International and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) are honoring Josh Kemmerer, of LWG’s King of Prussia, PA Midas location as Midas/ASE Technician of the Year.

Josh Kemmerer

From the age of 15, Josh has demonstrated passion and natural talent for electrical diagnostics. By the age of 18, he had already graduated with honors from the Automotive Training Center in Warminster, PA. He currently holds over 21 Ford MLR certifications along with 172 TBC University Certifications.

“It has been an honor to work for Midas and Leeds West Groups the past 4 years. Working for an organization that supports and encourages furthering my education has allowed me the challenge of being the best Master Tech I can possibly be.


Customers want the assurance that their mechanic knows what they’re doing. They want to be sure that their vehicle is going to be approached with the proper diagnosis and repair. I take pride in having the proper tools and knowledge to consistently better serve our customers.” – Josh Kemmerer

Josh was selected based on his high level of ASE Certifications and scores, recommendations from customers and his manager, as well as his commitment to his family and community. Josh will be receiving this honor in person by the ASE organization at their annual awards banquet this fall.

LWG Announces Board of Directors Addition – Brady Miller, CFA

Announcement: Jun 14, 2016 Release

Leeds West Groups is excited to announce the latest addition to the LWG Board of Directors, our Chief Financial Officer Brady Miller, CFA.

Brady provides a wealth of knowledge and experience with his diverse background in financing, advising and managing a variety of innovative and high growth enterprises.

“Effective today, June 14th, 2016 – Brady was voted on and added as a Board Member to the LWG Board, and I very much welcome him as a great addition to helping the board shape the vision of the LWG growth pattern.”


– Judd Shader, (CEO/Board of Directors Member)

Brady Miller

Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)

New Midas Location in Colorado Brings LWG to Store Number 53!

Announcement: Feb 28, 2016 Release


LWG announces it’s newest location in the Centennial State. On February 28th, 2016 LWG will take principal ownership and operational control of the Midas & Speedee Oil location at 4466 S. Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113.


“We are beyond excited to make the announcement that we are adding the newest store to the LWG family.


Shop number 53 will join the family today in Englewood, CO, right in the middle of our Colorado footprint.


It is a direct reflection of what is being built, the largest aftermarket franchise auto group in the United States, focused on customer service, process and taking care of the customer the right way every time, using our customer experience process 1-8 to build a beyond special brand.


A very big congratulations to everyone in the LWG family. Like always, this is a direct reflection of the company as a whole, what we are building, and where we are going.


Welcome store number 53 to the team.”


Judd Kyle Shader, (CEO/Board Member)


Midas on Broadway in Englewood, CO will be LWG 25th location in Colorado and 53 location Nationally.






Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)

2015 TireBusiness.com Magazines Rankings Announced: “LWG 23 Largest Group in the U.S. in 2015”

Announcement: Feb 15, 2016 Release

TireBusiness.com magazine has come out with its annual U.S. Tire store chain rankings report. For the second year in a row LWG has been in the top 25 largest groups in the United States.

LWG has placed as the 23rd largest group of tire retail stores in 2015 and 18th largest retail volume sales in 2015, with over a 15% tire mixture.

“We as a organization are very excited to be in the top 25 for the second year in a row. These rankings highlight the fragmentation that truly is present in the after-market auto retail sector in the United States, and also the massive amount of consolidation that we are seeing, and I think we will continue to see.


It is a honor to be the 23rd largest group of tire retail stores in the U.S. and the 18th largest volume producer in the after-market in 2015.


We as a organization take pride in seeing LWG climb into the top 20 in 2016.”


Judd Kyle Shader, (CEO/Board of Directors)




Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)

New Director Level Position Announced

Announcement: Jan 11, 2016 Release

LWG is excited to announce the hiring of a new Director level position in charge of a newly created specialized department of Inventory Management.

LWG announces J McElroy as its new Director of National Inventory Management.

“We are very excited about the addition. J will bring a wealth of knowledge to the team and will be in charge of overseeing all aspect of inventory management across all three of our brands and ten states throughout the US that we currently operate in.”


Kathy Bray (Senior VP of Operation Solutions).

Mr. McElroy will be based out of LWG corp offices in Greenwood Village, CO and will direct report to Ms. Bray.




Hanna Jerde (Marketing Manager)