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D&S Automotive Featured in Crain’s Article

D&S Automotive is pleased to have been featured in the Crain’s Cleveland Business article Stories in Succession Planning. We’d like to thank Crain’s for including us in this article about the ever-important topic of succession planning and for putting us amongst other great Cleveland businesses. In this article, Crain’s discusses what C.J. Paterniti, son of founder and owner, Carmen Paterniti, did to start succession planning.


Succession planning is not always easy, but C.J. Paterniti found that the hardest part was the emotion tied to it. Quattro Fratelli, the corporate designation for Ability Van Rentals, Defender Auto Glass, and D&S Automotive, was created by C.J. Paterniti’s father, Carmen Paterniti. The company has grown significantly since its start and involves much of the family which, and C.J. says, can present difficulties. However, the Paterniti family was able to work through the difficulties and come up with a succession plan that was right for them. To find out more about the succession plan and the planning process, read the article from Crain’s Cleveland Business.

D&S Automotive started off as a van conversion shop in the ‘70s. Over 40 years later, D&S Automotive is now a provider of auto body repair, restyling and accessories for a large variety of vehicles and especially Jeeps and trucks.

Since opening our original location on Tyler Boulevard in Mentor, D&S has now expanded to three locations – our original Mentor location, our second shop in East Mentor and our third in Chardon.

Besides our repairs and conversions, we also offer a variety of premier services. These premier services include towing assistance, express drop-off, car rental assistance and more. We know that being in an accident and needing body repair can be scary and stressful, and that’s why we offer these services. We want to make your repairs as easy and convenient as possible.

Next time you need a body shop, come to D&S. We’re pros at what we do because we’ve been doing it for 40 years, and with our succession plan, we plan to continue for many more. Thank you, once again, to Crain’s for the wonderful article.

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