Straightaway Tire & Auto Strengthens Internal Training Capabilities with Strategic Hires

7 February 2024

O2 Investment Partner is pleased to announce that Straightaway Tire & Auto (, a leading independent, full-service aftermarket automotive repair and service platform, has retained John Wafler and Jason Servidio to drive platform-wide internal training initiatives.

John Wafler will oversee all Area Manager and General Manager training. Previously, John spent more than 2 decades with RLO Training as a BLIG Facilitator. He has helped hundreds of shop owners realize the full potential of their businesses through his hands-on coaching. John commented, “I am honored to be rejoined with some of my former all-star students and to be able to continue to help them scale their operations. This is an amazing team, and I am very excited to be a part of building a truly differentiated platform in the industry.”

Jason Servidio will oversee all Service Advisor training. Previously, Jason spent 7 years at Transformers Institute as a Vice President. He served as the director of their Advanced Service Advisor Training Program and has taught countless service advisors how to perform at the top of their craft. Jason commented, “It is a privilege to be welcomed into Straightaway. I am eager to leverage my skills to make a meaningful impact with an auto service platform that really recognizes the value of outstanding customer experiences.”

Joe Vallee at O2 commented, “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome John and Jason to the Straightaway family. Their additions underscore our commitment to investing in best-in-class resources that will majorly enhance our entire operation. This continues our quest to build a platform with top-notch, in-house training resources that each location will greatly benefit from as they pursue aggressive organic growth.”

About Straightaway Tire & Auto
Straightaway Tire & Auto is a leading independent, full-service aftermarket automotive repair and service platform with over 45 locations across Colorado, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin. Straightaway offers a comprehensive suite of services, including mechanical and electrical repair, preventative and scheduled maintenance, EV and hybrid vehicle service, glass repair, and tire sales. Straightaway is growing its footprint throughout the United States and is actively engaging in partnership discussions with operators looking to accelerate growth. Additional information is available at

About O2 Investment Partners
O2 Investment Partners is a Midwestern based private equity firm that seeks to invest in lower middle market B2B services, technology, and select industrial companies. The firm invests in businesses with earnings growth potential and a clear path to the creation of shareholder value. O2 invests with a view toward partnering with management to build and grow the business and take it to its next stage of development. This requires not only a clear vision and strategic plan to create shareholder value, but a close partnership and alignment of interest with management. Additional information is available at

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