RR 203: Russell McCloud from Accurate Automotive Attention

Russell McCloud is co-owner of Accurate Automotive Attention, an automotive repair company started by his father Dennis in 1969. Russell is also County Supervisor of Yuma County Arizona.

Russell graduated from Kofa High School and went to work in the family business. Over the years, the company has grown and now has three locations in the Yuma area. He has two sons, both of whom work in the family business (3rd generation).

In 2001 he was accepted to Project CENTRL, a rural leadership program. As a result of Project CENTRL, he started a fund-raising committee for Amberly’s Place (a victim’s advocacy and crisis counseling center) in 2002. The committee’s annual fundraiser brings in about $60,000 for Amberly’s Place each year. In 2003 he was invited to join the board of Amberly’s Place where he served as board President from 2011 until 2015. In 2016 he was invited back onto the board where he still serves.

In 2004, he ran for his first public office and was elected to the Yuma County Board of Supervisors. Russell was re-elected in November 2008, in 2012 and in 2016 where he is currently serving his fourth term. In November of 2014 Russell was elected to the executive committee of the Arizona County Supervisors Association as the third vice president.
In December 2014, he was elected to be the Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for 2015 and is currently the Vice-Chairman.

In October 2014, he received the Heart of Yuma award as Yuma’s “Outstanding Leader” for his work with Amberly’s Place.

In 1997 Russell became involved with the Automotive Service Association at the state level, represented Arizona for four years in the Affiliate Assembly at the National level, and then was elected by his peers to serve on the National Board of Directors for ASA from 2007 through 2010.

Russell has been a member of Fort Yuma Rotary since 1999 and has served three years as a board member. As a member of Fort Yuma Rotary, he has earned four Paul Harris Fellowships.

Russell Mc Cloud along with his sister Michele Payne, his brother in-law and two sons are keeping the legacy of his dad Dennis going strong. This three-location operation is thriving in Yuma, AZ as they welcome the third generation.

Russell also serves Yuma as County Supervisor for the last 13 years. He does double duty working for the people of Yuma county. Russell shares what his motivation was in entering politics and also talks about the challenges of a family business. Other talking points include the tech shortage, insights from his coaching group and how the idea for his new TV commercial was born.

  • The challenges of a family business.
  • The local automotive votech scene.
  • Insights from his coaching group.
  • What the 3rd generation is doing for the business.
  • A great story on the concept of his newest TV commercial.
  • As a politician, he sets up the most logical and righteous way to look at politics.

Accurate Automotive Attention Website

Commercial ‘TRUST’. Russell talks about the commercial in the episode.

Business Information:

Years in industry: 46
Years in business ownership: 20
Number of locations: 3
Number of technicians: 3
Number of lifts: 15
Number of bays: 22
Days Open: Mon – Fri
Annual estimated volume: $900K
Trainer/Coach: Elite – Jim Murphy Pro Service
Certifications: ASE Master
Associations: ASA, AAA, ASE
Community: Rotary
Philanthropy: Amberly’s Place (Victim’s Advocacy Center)
Special Accreditation’s: AAM
Supplier Marketing Program: NAPA Car Care – Bosch

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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

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