Lori Martinez developed the GreenGarage program as a means for independent auto repair shops to communicate to the consumer that they are conscious of their environmental impact and that they are environmentally responsible.
After working years in the independent auto repair industry, Lori saw the want from the consumer to do business with an environmentally friendly local auto repair shop. National Automotive Repair in Phoenix Arizona has been the catalyst shop for this program. NAR has strived to be a leader in its industry in all areas of business including honesty, integrity, business ethics and is now the epicenter for the national GreenGarage credential. NAR is a Napa Auto Care Center, was nominated as a finalist for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Business Ethics Award in 2012 and Randy McLaughlin owner of NAR, was the NAPA/ASE Tech of the Year for Arizona in 2011.
Lori is a Phoenix, graduating from the University of Phoenix in 2004. 2013 marks her sixth year as the President of the Black Canyon City Chamber of Commerce. Lori continually strives to make a difference in her community, the auto repair industry and lastly, in the environment she loves and respects.
Kari LaPlante is the Web Designer and Marketing Associate for GreenGarage after Lori approached her to help make a difference in the Environment. Kari is an outdoor enthusiast so she jumped at the opportunity to help get auto repair shops to support green services and products.
Kari graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a minor in Business Administration. Kari also was a part of the Women’s Varsity Basketball Team all four years at USC. After she graduated she pursued her dream to play professional basketball in Romania for two teams in 2011-2013 seasons; BCT Alexandria and ICIM Arad. In 2013 she came back to America with two championships: Romanian Championship and Central European Cup.
Kari also has been web designing and managing social media networks for Shelley LaPlante (HomeSmart), a real estate agent, AGI Commerical Insurance, an insurance brokerage company, and KLP Skillz & Training, her own basketball training business, since 2011.