Audra is the 4th generation owner to operate Great Bear Auto Repair and Auto Body Shop, founded in 1933 and became one of America’s leading franchise groups, supporting the auto repair industry. She, and her family before her, has provided quality auto repair and body service to thousands of clients over the years. In 2007, Audra took full ownership of Great Bear, the franchise name and the Flushing, New York location and has grown the business to nearly three times its size through her aggressive marketing and service programs.
Audra has formed alliance partnerships with leaders in the industry, government and education that allow her to access the proper channels to move her programs across various platforms and further her advocacy of education and empowerment.
In addition to education on general maintenance, Audra looks to bring more women into the industry itself. Her workshops, intern programs, speaking engagements, website and marketing is attracting women who would otherwise be left from the industry’s consideration.
Happily married to Ed for 14 years they have 3 children, Sammi, Olivia and Andrew, who are all interested in following in their mothers, grandfathers, great grand father and great great GREAT grand fathers footsteps.
Audra holds professional licenses and certifications in a number of areas including ATTP (automotive training program), New York State Department of Motor Vehicle Inspector, NYS DMV Automotive Excellence Program, New York State Motorcycle Inspector has been certified in Air Conditioning Refrigerant, is ASE certified, and serves on many advisory committees and expert panels, as well as the PTA and Girl Scout Troop Leader.