Customer Spotlight: Judy Pittman, Beale Air Force Base From Horses to Horse Power!
By Kathi Kankis
By Kathi Kankis
Judy Pittman manages the Auto Hobby Center at Beale Air Force Base. It’s a busy shop (often scheduled a few weeks out) that maintains the vehicles of Beale airmen and their families. But, Judy helps the families in other surprising ways as well. When I tracked her down, she was brushing horses at the Dry Creek Saddle Club. The Saddle Club stables horses owned by Beale Air Force Base personnel.
“When I’m not at the Auto Hobby Center, you can find me at the Dry Creek Saddle Club helping to take care of the 300 acres that currently stables twenty-two horses,” says Judy. “I have 4 ½ horses myself (one on the way), so you can typically find me on base from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.”
Judy has been managing the Auto Hobby Center— a 13-bay, eight-lift shop— for nearly eight years. With two ASE certified technicians and five additional staff members, the Auto Hobby Center has been offering exceptional auto repair and maintenance services since the early 1950’s. Plus, it’s a place for airmen to work on their own vehicles.
“Base personnel and their families are welcome to come to the shop and perform all their own auto maintenance, using the shop’s tools and equipment,” Judy explains. “They can also ask our technicians for advice and consultation or to check their work using the center’s ALLDATA Repair® product.”
The Auto Hobby Shop started out as a MOTOR ALLDATA customer. They’ve been using ALLDATA for over nine years now. At the beginning of 2014, they upgraded to ALLDATA Repair Online.
Judy is very happy with the online version, saying, “The online version of ALLDATA Repair is ten times better than the CD version. It updates more regularly and effortlessly – saving the shop an amazing amount of time. Plus, ALLDATA provides such excellent customer support. They helped me get set-up and trained. I am extremely happy to have a direct relationship with ALLDATA!”
Beale Auto Hobby Center is a certified Napa® Auto Care Center and is available to active duty, retired military, DoD civilians, contract employees and NAF personnel. As part of the 9th Force Support Squadron (FSS), they are the recipient of the Lemay and Eubank awards, honors given to the best FSS in the command and that are recognized Air Force wide.
“It never fails, when someone is deployed everything seems to break,” says Judy. “We’re so honored to be able to help families in their spouse’s absence.”
ALLDATA applauds the Beale Air Force Base Auto Hobby Center for its support of military families. And, if these families need a place to stable their horse — we recommend they put him or her in the dedicated, capable hands of Judy Pittman.