Little did Garry Gilholm realise when he opened a small repair shop with a couple of hand tools and a strong work ethic 40 years ago that he would grow his business to be one of the most highly respected vehicle accident repair specialists in Cairns.
Owner of ASR Collison Specialists, formerly known as Airport Smash Repairs, Garry now employ 35 staff and has two facilities including the addition of a customised aluminium repair facility in its Cairns branch in 2016 to become a Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) Australia Factory Approved Repairers.
“Garry is constantly learning and always expanding his knowledge,” said manager Corey Croft. “He’s dedicated to being the best and most reliable vehicle accident repair business in Cairns.”
ASR, which also has a facility in Edmonton, has expertise in repairing all makes and models as well as prestige vehicles including Mercedes Benz, BMW, AUDI and Volkswagen.
Thanks to Garry’s long-standing and trustworthy reputation, ASR Collision is also an approved repairer for major insurance companies including Suncorp, AAMI, AIPA, Allianz, CGU and NRMA, to name just a few.
Garry, who is also involved in the Motor Trade Association Queensland (MTAQ), is a firm believer in apprenticeships, which is why he always has at least one apprentice on board and currently has three.
Corey said Garry’s success stems from not only his industry know-how but his old-fashioned work ethic.
“Garry works hard and encourages all workers to do the same,” said Corey. “He’s also always trying to be innovative and in 2017 won a MTAQ innovation award for the customised aluminium repair facility.
“He also moves with the times, embraces technology and doesn’t rest on his laurels.”
Decades of dedication
ASR Collision Specialists
Words By Janie Barton
31-33 Moffat Street, North Cairns
Ph: 4053 5335
57 Swallow Road, Edmonton
Ph: 4045 1645