Keith Ales - General Manager
My Dad, Alvin Ales, owned an auto repair shop in front of his house for sixty years. He specialized in six cylinder Chevrolet tune up, brakes, over hauling and rebuilds. I grew up helping him remove transmissions, cylinder heads, and scrape oil pans. The natural thing for me, I thought, was to pursue the automotive industry, so after high school at South Panola, I went to Northwest Junior College and graduated with a degree in Automotive Technology. Some courses in Accounting and Economics showed that I was interested in business.
A Bachleor's degree from the University of Mississippi in Business Administration gave me the idea of combining my interest in automobiles with some type of related business, perhaps a new car dealership. In the meantime I needed a job, and had joined the Mississippi National Guard. I accepted a job with a local Painting Contractor as bookkeeper, payroll clerk, inventory manager, retail salesman, and paint store manager. I sold paint, floor covering, window treatments and wall covering.
After 40 years in this occupation, 25 of which was operating my own similar business, I retired to maintain and improve the four antique and classic automobiles with my wife, Willa, that I had accumulated. Attending car shows and looking at classic cars with Danny Holland generated an interest in helping him launch a Classic Automobile Business.
My avocation has become my vocation as my involvement with cars has come full circle from the degree in Auto Tech, then owning my own paint store and floor covering contracting business. At the same time I also dedicated over 34 years to the National Guard, including a tour in Iraq. Now I am just enjoying my retirement with family and dealing with classic automobiles.