In 1973, after returning from Vietnam, Joe Tilford started work at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. In 1980, he made the jump to entrepreneurship and opened his own shop. In 2013, he'll unveil his seventh location—an achievement far surpassing his early dreams. "I always thought it would be one or two, maybe," he says. His recipe for success includes trained and ASE-certified technicians, diagnostic equipment, and serving as an authorized dealer for brands such as AC Delco. Today, his team replaces parts, changes oil, and checks engines while its clients take advantage of perks such as shuttle service and a 24-hour key drop.