For almost 45 years, Steve Schmoe has been a part of TBF as a service technician which allows him to claim the prize for “most senior” employee. 🏆Steve has lots of TBF stories, but whether he will tell them “on the record” is another story. 🤭 Tom was a mentor to Steve, “eloquent in a tough-loving way”. In the above picture, Steve holds a “Tom Boland” envelope filled with keepsakes from the dealership, like the dollar bill from 1995 or an 1968 ad campaign. 🌽 Steve has also kept cherished mementos from Tom in the envelope.
In the early days, Steve recalls being in Tom’s small office where a wall was covered with service warranty claims that Ford would not pay. He didn’t know for sure why Tom did that, but suspects it was because Ford wouldn’t pay the claims and for some reason, Tom felt it should have.😡 Steve was born in Kansas City, but later moved to Fulton where his dad left the banking business to purchase a service station. This began Steve’s interest in cars which led him to graduate from Linn Tech in Jefferson City. He then began his career in Shelbina at Jim Etz Motors for $100 a week. A year later in 1975, he found himself at TBF, hired by Travis Utterbach, shop foreman, with a $45 a week raise. 👍🏽 At one point, Steve’s service manager was Tony Terrill, who just recently retired from Boland Tire. After getting paid on Fridays, he and others would walk down to Scoville’s Tavern for a beer when the dealership was still located at 119 South Fourth Street. Steve also has fond memories of watching Bobby and his brother, Mike’s antics,(“off the record”)😳as they grew up around the dealership.
Steve and his wife of 45 years, Sharon, have raised three children and now have 3 granddaughters, 1 grandson, and 1 great-grandson. Other than spending time with them, Steve enjoys taking care of his yard and garden. 🌶🥬🍅
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