HiTech Automotive has new owners. They are Gary Olson and his father-in-law, Tom Gauvreau. They recently purchased the business from longtime owners Joe and Melissa Canfield.

Gary Olson has worked at HiTech Automotive for 12 years as the service manager with the previous owners, Joe and Melissa Canfield, and he is now one of the new owners of the popular business.

Gary has been married to his wife, Denise Olson, for more than 20 years.

“We moved back to the Brandon area in 2009,” Gary said. “Our daughters, Olivia and Trinity, attended Bevis and FishHawk Creek Elementary Schools and then Randall and Newsome.”

Gary is part of the Nam Knights of America which is a motorcycle club made up of former and current military and law enforcement members.

“They raise money for local charities throughout the year,” Gary said. “I’m a Navy veteran and a member of AMVETS Post 26. Denise is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at AMVETS Post 26 as well, volunteering her time to the community. Denise left her corporate job with Graybar Electric to join her father and I in running our family business.”

Gary and his father-in-law, Tom Gauvreau, are the new owners of HiTech Automotive. They are excited for their new business venture. “Buying the shop was a perfect opportunity for me to fulfill a lifelong dream of following in my father’s footsteps of becoming self-employed in the auto repair industry,” Gary said. “I want to create stronger ties to the community and build a financial future for my family.”

Gauvreau also has had a dream of owning his own business.

“I have always wanted to own my own business, and the opportunity to own an established business with a reputation as good as HiTech’s was just too good to pass up,” Gauvreau said. “We plan on continuing the great reputation HiTech has for customer service and trying to expand our customer base.”

Gauvreau is also a 20-year Navy veteran who has lived in FishHawk since 2005. He still works for the U.S. Army as well.

“We are a veteran-owned business offering a 10 percent discount to all veterans,” Gauvreau said. “We are still a family, locally owned business and we plan on continuing to strengthen our bonds with the local community.”

If you would like to learn more about HiTech Automotive, you can visit its website at www.hitechautomotiveofbrandon.com or call 684-1556. HiTech Automotive is located at 119 S. Montclair Ave. in Brandon.

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Libby Hopkins has been a part of the Brandon community for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of USF with a degree in journalism. She has been a freelance writer for The Osprey Observer Newspaper since 2008. She also the Executive Director of Center Place Fine Arts and Civic Association. She is a dog mom to her rescue dog, Marshall. She loves being a part of the Brandon Community and she loves sharing positive news about our community.