Mahnke Auto Body Golden
Years ago, Gary Mahnke was invited by a large dealership to take over the ownership of the existing auto body shop, inside their facility. Mahnke Auto Body Golden was opened on April 1st, 1998. Gary Mahnke recently commented that opening Golden was one the biggest management challenges he had yet faced. With one shop, the manager has close control over the repair process and personnel; but, there is no way a manager can be in two places at the same time. Letting go of personal control and shifting management onto systems was a critical step, creating the foundation for Mahnke to open additional locations.
It may sound like bragging, but it’s true that Gary’s daughter, Torie Mahnke, CFO, has a genius for implementing complex shop management systems and multiple estimating systems crucial to Mahnke’s ability to make the transition from a single shop owner to the owner of multiple locations. This accountability is also indispensable to the large number of insurance providers for which Mahnke is listed as a Preferred Vendor.
When the dealership decided to move its facility, Gary Mahnke tracked down and purchased an excellent location to the west of the Jeffco Fairgrounds. The new, company owned location opened in 2003. In 2010, Joel Mahnke, Gary Mahnke’s nephew, accepted the position of Golden’s General Manager. Joel had been a General Contractor on the Western Slope for many years and he used his expertise to create greater functionality, productivity, comfort, and attractiveness to the shop.
Mahnke Auto Body Golden has made a deep commitment to the growth and vitality of the communities we serve. Mahnke joined the Golden Chamber of Commerce in 2003 and will always be grateful to the Chamber for its outstanding leadership and events. A few years later, Mahnke Golden joined The West Chamber, the Wheat Ridge Business Association, and the Applewood Business Association. The shop supports education and youth through sponsorships to Colorado School of Mines, Jeffco 4H and the Jeffco High School Rodeo.
Joel Mahnke has never known a moment when he wasn’t interested in business. Born in Aspen, Colorado and raised in Telluride; Joel tagged along with his dad to work, even if it meant hiding in the van rather than being left behind.
After high school and serving in the Navy, Joel built a very successful career in construction on the Western Slope. It seems to be a Mahnke tradition to start at the bottom and work up. Gary Mahnke’s nephew Joel is no exception. Over the years, he rose to top management of a large construction firm, and then on to operating his own construction company with over forty employees.
Joel embraces many customs of the old west. One of which is to, “Live Each Day with Courage.” Moving from Grand Junction to Denver in 2010 wasn’t easy, and jumping into a brand new career in the collision repair business required a great deal of courage. Joel brought to Mahnke Auto Body a wealth of talent, experience, and skills which he immediately contributed to the company by redesigning and remodeling the newly acquired Brighton shop, and the front offices of Arvada and Golden, while simultaneously moving up the ranks to General Manager of the Golden shop.