How It All Began
Chuck and Patty Robfogel first met in college, where Chuck was studying Automotive Technology and Patty was studying Business Management and Accounting. After going separate ways for a few years after college, they reunited once again in 1977, started dating, and were married in 1980.
Patty, working at Hewlett Packard as a Management Information Analyst, and Chuck, a technician at local Chevrolet/Cadillac/GMC dealership, decided they wanted to open their own family owned and operated business, and, in May of 1983, Empire Automotive was created! In the beginning, Chuck worked at Empire Automotive during the day as Patty continued her day job at Hewlett Packard (Agilent) and handled the shop’s bookwork at night. While Empire Automotive continued to grow, Patty and Chuck had 2 sons along the way, Nicholas and Christopher.