FAIRBORN — Jamie’s Tire & Service began under the direction of Jamie Hensley’s father some 40 years ago in Fairborn, as worked for Goodyear at the time while Jamie was in the fourth grade.
The Hensley’s have been a part of the Fairborn community since 1975.
The business branched out in 2002 with a Beavercreek store, and again in 2004 with a Xenia store – but the mother office remains in Fairborn.
Hensley’s father is now retired, but still likes to stop in and help out around the shop, while his sister, Jennifer, has worked behind the desk for 13 years. Jamie serves as the owner of the businesses. Both graduated from Fairborn High School.
Hensley bought the house next to the Fairborn shop and feels that “it’s his world headquarters,” where he will work to run all of the stores.
“Fairborn has done a lot for me and my family over the years with great customers and friends,” he said. “This is where it all started so I wanted to stay and repay the community.”
The Hensley’s plan to expand the business by opening Jamie’s Express Care Center on the other side of Fairborn behind Taco Bell and across from Kroger’s. It would include a three bay quick lube operation with express auto service as well.
The shop employs about 30 people altogether and the new expansion will add about five more individuals to work for the business. They have employed several graduates from the Greene County Career Center with automotive training.
Some services provided are A/C and heating repair, battery replacement, brake service, steering and suspension, tune up, tires, oil change and engine tune ups to name a few. He includes specials and coupons on the website with some warranties and prices so customers can call if they need an appointment or need questions answered.
“Trust is an important part of making repairs, doing a fair job at a reasonable price and working with the customer making them safe and happy,” he said. “We encourage people to come back treating them with respect and honesty and we constantly get updates on our training to keep up with the new and modern vehicles as they are more complex than ever.”
Hensley has served on the Business Advisory Board. He was Rotarian of the year in 2013-14, president in 2011, is currently is the rotary liaison to the Interact Club of Fairborn High School for the third year. Interact Club is a service organization where the Rotary tries to establish service above self with younger and newer generation with two words coming together – international and action.
“Teaching kids how to lead and serve the community where they do things that are giving back with food drives, planting trees and a lot of good things to instill in the kids who later may become future business people of Fairborn,” he said. “More important is have them come from a prospective of ‘it’s more than just me, that I am part of this community the more I do for others the more I am going to be rewarded myself by service to others.’”
Hensley and his sister attend church in Fairborn and each of the stores support a mission of giving back and helping others.
“Faith plays a hugh part in my life,” he said. “Sometimes I feel challenged to show and tell in the community and in the business that we hope to be a good example of what we do and how we behave … Every year I spend less in advertising because most of our business is by word of mouth and referrals. This is great and gives me the opportunity to help support some of the charities that are dear to my heart.”
He feels that in order for the Fairborn community to grow, the citizens must stand tall in support of things they believe in.
“We need people to stand up and support something – no matter what it is,” he said. “People need to find a group, church or civic organization and volunteer your time talk to your neighbors. Try to be part of the solution instead of the problem.”
JoAnn Collins is a longtime resident of Fairborn and guest writer for the Fairborn Daily Herald.