Thomas Durrence Owner
Founded Specialty Paint & Body in May 1987
Thomas grew up in Savannah, GA in a close knit family. The only boy and youngest child in a family of 5 children, Thomas’ parent’s instilled strong Christian values and work principles in him. As a young man in the early 1980’s, Thomas moved to the Athens area and began Specialty Paint & Body with a vision, hard work, determination but little else. Family continues to be a driving force behind Thomas. Both of his sons are now involved in the business. Nick, the eldest, is an estimator and Adam, the youngest, is a Body Technician. Thomas is involved in church activities, Business Network International, and ASA (he began the chapter here in Athens and is a former president of that chapter). He is on the advisory board for the Athens Technical College Auto Body Repair Program and a member of Jackson Co. Chamber of Commerce. Thomas continues to attend training classes to stay abreast of the latest trends in the Auto Repair Industry; these include color match training for paint processes, Car-O-Liner frame training, Hunter alignment, Management Success training, as well as other industry courses.
Thomas’ goal in business has always been: To have the latest and best equipment in order to complete the job the way he would want his own car repaired.
Years in Collision Repair Industry: 34
Hobbies and Interests: Spending time with family and friends, motorsports, bicycling, cooking and entertaining, boating, skiing, gardening, camping.