Melissa and her husband Joe opened HiTech Automotive in 2004. Joe graduated from Seminole High School in 1987 and began working for Sears Automotive in St. Petersburg for 5 years, then continued his career with Goodyear Tire for 12 years managing their retail stores and selling tires wholesale. Melissa graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory in 1988, Florida Southern College in 1992, and Stetson College of Law in 2001. They have 6 mechanics that work in the garage, a shop forman, and two service advisors. HiTech Automotive is a large 8 bay shop with an RV lift outside that is used primarily for repairs for heavy commercial vehicles (i.e. plumbers, electricians, roofers, etc.) HiTech Automotive is excited to celebrate their 15 year anniversary in June 2019
Joe is originally from Medina, Ohio and Melissa is the fifth generation of her family to be from St. Petersburg, Florida. They have two children, Sydney (19) and Rhys (17). Sydney is in her second year at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and is part of the Varsity Women's Rowing Team majoring in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behaviors with a minor in Sustainability. Rhys is a Junior at Tilton Prep School in Tilton, New Hampshire where he plays hockey, lacrosse, and runs cross country. He is also involved in the Debate Club as well as the Engineering Program.