Matt Curry is a serial entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal Best Selling author, professional speaker and business coach.
Matt has worked in the automotive aftermarket business for over 30 years. He worked his way into management, overseeing seven automotive stores for several different companies, doubling and tripling sales and profits at every store he managed.In 1997, Matt and his wife, Judy Curry, started Curry’s Auto Service with one shop in Chantilly, Virginia. Curry’s Auto Service ultimately became one of the largest independent auto repair chains in the Washington, DC metro area, with nine shops across Northern Virginia and one in Maryland. Matt and Judy succeeded in differentiating Curry’s from its competitors by offering strong value propositions that highlighted under-represented demographics within the auto repair industry. By instituting prominent ecofriendly, green-focused programs and community outreach, specializing in European and high-end import vehicles and earning female-friendly accreditation from AskPatty.com, Curry’s actively contributed to the economic, social, and environmental development of the communities in which it operated.
In 2010, Curry’s shop was chosen as Northern Virginia Magazine’s “Best Auto Repair Shop” in Northern Virginia. That same year, Curry’s was named Motor Age magazine’s Top Shop in North America. In 2011, the company was awarded the prestigious Angie’s List Super Service Award and voted Top Shop Finalist by Tire Review magazine. Matt was also recognized as a “Home Grown Hero, Entrepreneur of the Year” by The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. During the recession in 2008 and through 2011, Matt launched a major expansion, growing from four stores in 2008 to nine in 2011. In recognition of this growth, Curry’s was named to the Inc. 5000 list for 2009, 2010 and 2011, moving up about 1000 spots each year. Curry’s opened its tenth store in March 2013. Curry’s employed over 150 people, serviced 5000 per month with annual sales of almost $20 million.
In addition to being an Inc. 5000 company for three consecutive years, Curry’s was ranked the 126th fastest-growing business in Consumer Products and Services Industries by Inc. last year.Curry’s was also recognized as one of the 50 fastest-growing companies in the DC region by both the Washington Business Journal and Washington Smart CEO, two consecutive years.In early 2013, Matt expanded his business model, investing in two vertical companies: a computer development company and a technology company called The Hybrid Shop, which specializes in electric vehicle propulsion systems. After only 12 months, in November of 2014 The Hybrid Shop successfully raised $2.5 million through a PE raise.
Matt and Judy made a successful exit from Curry’s Auto Service by selling to a publicly-traded, $1 billion Corporation in August, 2013. They now concentrate their time on The Hybrid Shop, the world’s leader in training and education in the diagnosis, maintenance, and repair of hybrid vehicle technology and battery conditioning and repair
- Voted Top Shop in North America by MotorAge magazine
- Homegrown Hero Entrepreneur of the Year--Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
- Best of Northern Virginia--NOVA magazine
- Best New Product of the Year--Stevie Awards
- INC 5000 Fastest Growing Businesses--2009, 2010, 2011
- Fastest 50--The 50 fastest growing business in the DC area--Washington Business Journal