November 11, 2014 

Veterans Day is an annual reminder to give thanks to the men and women who have protected the American way of life through their service in our Armed Forces.

For Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care, a nationwide auto repair and transmission company for almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic, the holiday has a special meaning. Roughly 25 percent of Cottman shops nationwide are owned and run by veterans.

Honoring Our Veterans

“Service to our nation and its people is part of the DNA of veterans, and it’s what we applaud and thank them for,” said Cottman Vice President of Digital Marketing Derik Beck. “Service is also a core value we emphasize to our franchisees, in service to the customer and to the community at large. It’s a principle on which this company was built and has grown. We’e seen that veterans have a true commitment to service instilled in them, and it is what helps them succeed as small business owners in their communities.”

Typical of that commitment to service is what one Cottman franchisee, Fred Bowen who has four highly successful shops in North Carolina, says has been a major factor in his success. Bowen, 57, credits his success 100 percent to his sixteen years as an officer in the Marine Corps, where he served throughout the U.S., in South and Central America, Asia and the Pacific.

“Running a successful auto care business requires good team-building and leadership skills,” Bowen said. “That’s exactly the training and hands-on experience I received in the Marines. It was all about teamwork and leadership, and that, coupled with a focus on outstanding customer service, is what has made my stores successful.”

Cottman’s veteran-owned locations include shops in Denver, CO; Wheat Ridge, CO; Maple Shade, NJ; Woodbury Heights, NJ; Cornelius, NC; Durham, NC; Greensboro, NC; Winston-Salem, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Lansdale, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Mauldin, SC; Austin, TX; Cedar Park, TX; Round Rock, TX, Richmond, VA and The Woodlands, TX.

Transmission and Auto Repair Company

With locations across the U.S., Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care is a transmission and auto repair company for almost any make or model vehicle, foreign or domestic. Cottman Transmission and Total Auto Care specializes in complete transmission service, brakes, suspension, air conditioning service and much more. Cottman is based in Horsham, Pa. For more information, please visit