HORSHAM, PA - Anthony A. Martino, founder, chairman and CEO of Maaco Collision Repair & Auto Painting, passed away on Sunday. He was 75 years old. He began his career in 1959 with a repair shop specializing in automatic transmission repair. He named his company Aamco Transmissions, an acronym for Anthony A. Martino & Co., to top the Yellow Pages telephone listings, and began franchising in 1962. Martino sold his interest in Aamco in 1967 after guiding it to industry leadership.
In 1972, Martino sensed another opportunity and opened a pilot Maaco Auto Painting & Bodyworks center, positioning the brand between low-cost auto painters of lesser quality and expensive dealership work.
In addition to his son Mark, Martino is survived by his wife Karen; two other sons, Jerry and Christopher; and three daughters, Lisa, Kim, and Stacey.
Originally posted on Automotive Fleet