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About GO
Founders
Media Kit


Commitment to building quality software since 1985
Our Mission

To provide the best management software on the market today by developing solutions for making work easier, more efficient and more cost effective.

To strive to obtain GO's ranking as the best through constant monitoring of our customer's needs and industry advances.

To exceed our customers expectations of service and technical support.

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About Garage Operator

Chip and Linda Keen opened a four-bay auto repair shop in a small community on the Puget Sound in 1975. Known to locals as Hansville Repair, “Hansville’s best (only) repair shop,” the business continues to serve the community to this day.

Garage Operator started life in 1985 when Chip grew tired of keeping track of inventory using paper clips on 3x5 index cards. Five years later, the program had grown to become a full point-of-sale invoicing program. GO’s first sale was made March 29th, 1991, to Ross Denny of Denny’s Auto Service in Shelton, Washington, who uses it to this day.

Today GO has grown - in response to customer requests - to a full enterprise management system for independent auto repair shops. The current 32-bit graphical user interface Windows platform, first shipped in 1999, is used by businesses coast to coast, and has been shipped to five foreign countries.

Chip and Linda sold Hansville Repair to their long-time service advisor, Allen Otto, and his wife, Lynda, in 2001, but continue to keep offices in the same building, and maintain close contacts with the independent auto repair industry.

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About the Founders

Chip Keen
Professional Memberships
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)
Automotive Service Association (ASA)
International Automotive Technicians’ Network (iATN)

Education
B.Sc. University of California, Santa Cruz
AAM, ASA Automotive Management Institute
Bottom Line Impact Group Member
(R. L. O'Connor & Associates, Inc.) 1991–2001

Community Service
AAIA iSHOP Standards Development Subcommittee for Internet Parts Ordering
ASA of Washington,
past Chairman of the Board
ASA of Washington, past Treasurer
ASA of Washington, past Legislative Committee Chair
ASA, Olympic Peninsula Unit, past President, founding member
Independent Technicians Education Coalition, past Secretary
Olympic College, Bremerton, automotive advisory board member

Awards received
NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year, Seattle
Distribution Center, 1990-1995



Linda Keen
Professional Memberships
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)
Automotive Service Association (ASA)

Education
B.A. Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies
B.A. Western Washington University
Bottom Line Impact Group Member
(R. L. O'Connor & Associates, Inc.) 1991–2001

Community Service
Hansville Community Center, past president
ASA of Washington ASCETTES, past vice-president

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Media Kit

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