My name is Greg Yonan, and along with my brother, Scott Yonan, we manage the day to day operations of Tiger's Body Shop. This year is our 71st year serving the Chicagoland area. We are, and have always remained a family owned, and operated business since 1952, when my father opened the shop at the same location we are at now. This is my 47th year working full time, and my brother's 30th, aside from the occasional times we came to work with dad as young kids, and the times after school, and summer in our teen years. We lost our dad, Slemon "Tiger" Yonan, on April 4th, 2018. He was 96 years old, and up until he was 94 years old, he would pop in the shop from time to time. 


My father was born in Iraq in December of 1921; his family brought him to America for a chance at a better life. After high school, my father fought for our country in the 82nd airborne division during World War II. After his years of services concluded, he acquired an American United taxi cab. He spent tireless hours working, driving his cab to earn enough money to help support his family. When the cab needed repairs from an accident, he would be unable to work until the repairs were completed. So, in display of his strong work ethic, he decided to ask the owner of the repair shop if he could help out so he could quickly get back to driving his taxi. His diligence was clear: the repair shop's owner offered him a job. He worked at the body shop during the day on weekdays, and drove the cab on weekends. While he worked at the shop, his brothers would drive the cab. As soon as he saved up enough money, he opened his own shop, which is the same one we run today. He instilled the same work ethic in me and my brother, Scott. We learned when we were young that whether your business is big or small, if you are not fair, honest, or care about your customers, your business will not be around for long. I believe that quality work, customer service and genuinely caring about our customers is what sets us apart from our competitors.