Meet the AAMCO Franchise Management Team
AAMCO franchise owners benefit from a management team that works hard to improve our owners’ lives — because we’ve been in your shoes
Brett Ponton, President and CEO
Brett Ponton, President, CEO, and Director of AAMCO and its parent company, American Driveline Systems Inc., is a veteran in the automotive service industry with more than 20 years of senior management experience. Brett brings extraordinary expertise in sales, marketing, and strategic direction, along with a passion for customers – both in terms of understanding them and providing them with excellent service. Before joining American Driveline, Brett was President and CEO of Heartland Automotive, the largest operator of Jiffy Lube stores in North America, with more than 550 locations and 5,000 employees. Prior to working at Heartland Automotive in 2009, Brett was an 18-year veteran of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. During his tenure with Goodyear and its affiliates, Brett led the 800-store Goodyear retail division and was at one time responsible for all marketing functions for Goodyear’s multi-billion-dollar tire business in North America. Brett also served as the Vice President and General Manager for the Asia Pacific Region of Veyance Technologies, a Carlyle Group portfolio company and a spinoff from Goodyear based in Shanghai, China, and later operating in Melbourne, Australia, where Brett had responsibility for running all Asian operations for this global company. Brett is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in finance.
Brian O’Donnell, Senior Vice President of Franchise Support
Brian has been with us since 1985 and has served as our Senior Vice President of Franchise Sales and Support since February 2014. He was Senior Vice President of Operations from 1997 to February 2014. He also serves as Vice President of Operations for ACI and ADC and ADCC and has held those positions since at least November 2008.
Joshua Gould, Vice President and General Manager of Global Powertrain Systems and Vice President of AAMCO Technical
Joshua has been our Vice President and General Manager of Global Powertrain Systems since January of 2014 and our Vice President of AAMCO Technical Services since October of that same year. From 2002 through 2014, Joshua worked for Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation, in the fueling station equipment and services industry headquartered in Greensboro, North Carolina. He served in a variety of roles, most recently as VP of their M&A team and as General Manager for their emerging markets automation business. Prior to Danaher, Joshua worked for Emerson Electric in several marketing and strategic planning roles.
Rob Rajkowski, COO
Rob has served as our Chief Operating Officer since February 2014. He is also currently, and has been since February 2014, Chief Operating Officer of ACI, ADC, and ADCC. From November 2009 to January 2014, he was Chief Marketing Officer for Heartland Automotive Services Inc. in Irving, Texas. From January 2003 to October 2009, Rob was General Manager for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., in Akron, Ohio.
Jim Gregory, CFO
Jim has been a member of our Board of Directors since April 2009 and our Chief Financial Officer since April 2014. Jim has also been a member of the Boards of Directors of ADS, ADC, ADCC, ACI, Cottman, CTC, RAI and GPS since April 2009. Jim has been employed by AC since 2005, as Principal and Vice President since January 2013, Vice President from December 2009 to December 2012, Senior Associate from December 2007 to December 2009, and Associate from July 2005 to December 2007.
Bruce Chidsey, Vice President of Technical Services
Bruce joined AAMCO in September 2007 as Vice President of Technical Services and New Product Development and has expanded his role to include heading Operations for the company’s Eastern Division. Prior to AAMCO, Bruce spent 27 years with Pep Boys Auto, most recently as the Corporate Vice President of Service Operations and Customer Relations. He brings a rare combination of technical and sales expertise to AAMCO’s franchisees with his current certifications as ASIA/ASE World Class Technician, Master Automotive, Master HD Truck, Master Engine Machinist, and Master Refinishing. Bruce is also a founding member and past Vice Chairman of the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA).
Andrew Garrett, Dean of AAMCO University
Andrew Garrett, Dean of AAMCO University (“AAMCO U”), conducts and supervises all AAMCO training programs and personnel. He previously served AAMCO as Director of Operations for the Southern Division from March 2014 to January 2016. He also served as a Customer Service Manager in 2007 to 2008 when he then served as Regional Operations manager for the Florida Region from January 2008 to March 2014, during which he gained relevant experience with the AAMCO franchise system and network of franchisees before he served as Director of Operations and then Dean of AAMCO U. Mr. Garrett also served as National Corporate Sales Trainer for AAMCO within his time as Regional Operations Manager from April 2012 to April 2013, where he supervised all in-field training programs and worked with both franchisees and in-field employees. Mr. Garrett also had prior relevant training experience gained in the past as Sales Manager and Regional Sales Manager for AT&T wireless from 2003 to 2007.