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The Power of Relationships: We Stick Together

January 28th, 2014 by

Third in an occasional series on The Power of Relationships. Previous stories

Brothers Carmine and Richie Matarazzo recall 20 years of working together with Interstate Distributor Mike Whittington (center). The brothers own Sonny's Auto Supply in Melbourne, Fla. (Photo: Keith Carson).

Brothers Carmine and Richie Matarazzo recall 20 years of working together with Interstate Distributor Mike Whittington (center). The brothers own Sonny’s Auto Supply in Melbourne, Fla. (Photo: Keith Carson).

Interstate Batteries Dealer Carmine Matarazzo, Jr., said the automotive business can change quickly, especially with suppliers.

He runs Sonny’s Auto Supply with his brother, Richie Matarazzo, in Melbourne, Fla. Their relationship with Space Coast Distributor Mike Whittington has stood the test of time for more than 20 years.

“I never thought it would last as long as it has,” Carmine said. “We’ve been hammered with other battery companies and their promotions, but we’ll never change.”

And the relationship flows both ways. Mike said he buys a lot of the parts for his route trucks from Carmine.

“We help each other out,” Mike said.

Good, Good People

Before he moved to California, Ron Cummings – a sales manager back in 1980 – set up Rick Zitren, owner of Broadway Auto Electric in San Diego, as an Interstate Dealer.

Broadway Auto Electric in Lemon Grove, Calif. (Photo by Google Maps Street View)

Broadway Auto Electric in Lemon Grove, Calif. (Photo by Google Maps Street View)

It was Ron’s first account. He later became the Distributor for IBS of San Diego and shook hands with Rick again, this time as neighbors.

“Anything they need, any time they call, we’ll get it out to him that day,” Ron said.

Ron helped paint the Broadway Auto Electric building, complete with the Interstate logo.

“We’ve got an excellent relationship,” Rick said. “And we expect it to continue as long as we are here.”

By Youssef Sleiman (70 Posts)

Youssef Sleiman writes and reports the powerful news at Interstate Batteries.


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