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Military veteran opens Little Rock, Ark., collision repair facility

CARSTAR Patriot Auto Body Little Rock represents Driven Brands’ 1,000th collision repair facility in North America

Little Rock, Ark.—Driven Brands’ collision group, home to repair networks ABRA Auto Body Repair of America, CARSTAR, and Fix Auto USA, announced its 1,000th collision repair facilities across North America with the opening of CARSTAR Patriot Auto Body Little Rock in Little Rock, Ark.

“I’m honored to be the 1,000th collision repair location in the Driven Brands family,” said Marchese. “As a businessman and entrepreneur, it is an exciting moment to be able to continue growing my business to reach new incredible communities, like Little Rock. As a veteran, I also always want to give back to our current military members and veterans in need. I’m proud to combine efforts with my paint vendor, BASF, and Driven Brands to help support a local Arkansas veterans’ charity as part of today’s celebration where we’re each donating $1,000 to Veterans Villages of America in honor of the 1,000th location.”

In addition to being the owner-operator of both the location in Little Rock, Ark., and two CARSTAR locations in Hot Springs, Ark., Marchese served as a medic in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2011, including deployments to Iraq. Marchese entered the collision business by managing several repair facilities for a friend and in 2014, he became an owner of a collision repair facility. He subsequently joined the CARSTAR franchise family in 2019. Through it all, he always remembered his service in the Army and that passion has led him to select a veteran each quarter and repair their vehicle free of charge. 

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