John Senato, Jr. has been a valued member of the City Garage family for 23 years now, and we were eager to get his insight on his time with us. Thanks so much for all your hard work, John! We appreciate your service and are proud to have you as a member of our team.
John Senato Jr.
Position with Company:
Fort Worth District Supervisor
My job responsibilities include but are not limited to: production, technician efficiency, quality control, training.
How long have you worked at City Garage?
Why did you come to work for City Garage?
I came to work for City Garage because I felt there would be better opportunity for advancement.
What’s the part of your job you like the best?
Using my advanced skills in diagnostics to solve complex problems.
What’s the part of your job you like the least?
Working in the heat of summer. I’ve always felt the cost to climate control a shop would reap great dividends in productivity and morale.
Do you have fun working for City Garage? If so, when?
I have fun every day at work, there is always something that makes you laugh.
What do you wish you would’ve known when you first started working for City Garage?
I wish I would have known the commitment to “Ethics Beyond Reproach” as the driving force. I’m sure I would have applied sooner.
If you could give any advice to our newest employees, what would it be?
Take full advantage of the training supplied by the company and ask questions. Also contribute to the 401k early.
What would you say has impacted you the most since you started working for City Garage?
The open door policy all the way to the top and the leadership of Scott Morrison.
I would follow him in any venture. He is a true leader.
What’s one thing you’d like to improve about City Garage?
Climate controlled shops.
What’s one thing you wouldn’t change about City Garage?
The camaraderie and brotherhood I feel with this team.
What’s a personal goal you’ve set for yourself this year?
Finding a way to make the money needed to repair my pool.
What’s the biggest change in the company you’ve experienced?
The growth to 25 locations and the necessity of downsizing due to a lack of quality certified technicians.
What three words best describe your relationship with your coworkers at City Garage?
Loyal, Honest, Driven.
What do you think is unique about City Garage compared to other companies in the industry?
Totally ethical with a genuine concern for our customers.
Tell us about something – new technology, a new product, etc. – that makes you excited about the future of your job.
Having the newest equipment and training that keeps up with changes in the automotive industry, that assures quality of repairs and maintenance, so we will be able to continue to be successful and keep City Garage around for a long, long time.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
When I’m not at work I enjoy a variety of things such as, playing guitar, going to concerts, visiting parks and hiking, going to museums and nature preserves, taking my dogs to different dog parks around the DFW area. I also like cruising the Caribbean and riding my Harley Davidson. I also visit my parents in Florida several times a year.
If not from here, where did you live before?
I am not native to Texas. I was born in Manhattan, New York and grew up in Westchester County, when my parents moved us out to the country when I was about 8 years old. I lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia for 10 years, then spent 6 years in Florida prior to moving to Texas in 1994. I have come to love Texas. I had family living here for all of their lives, so I thought I would give it a try for a couple of years and never left.
What is your favorite vehicle (one you’ve owned or dream car)?
My favorite vehicle is definitely a Harley Davidson and I have been lucky to have had many models throughout the years. I had many different muscle cars over the years but always enjoyed owning a supercharged vehicle (which I have had a couple) Presently, I have a Ford F150 Supercharged Harley Davidson Edition.
What local sports team do you root for most?
I root for the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, I tend to root for the home team and I have been a Yankee, Mets and Jets fan. I hate to admit it, but I have also been a Redskins fan. We all make mistakes.
What is something about you that might surprise your co-workers?
The people I work with might not know that I am a defender of the weak. I may look tough on the outside but I wear my emotions on my sleeve and my heart is as good as gold.