Having achieved the American dream as a small business owner, TJ Reilly is today the President of the Oregon Small Business Association.
In 1976 TJ was pumping gas and flipping hamburgers for $2.50 an hour. Not content to make minimum wage, he began taking car repair classes. Within a few years he made a good living wage working as a technician for a new car dealership. Desiring to do better still, he started taking business management classes and eventually earned his AAM degree in Automotive Management. In 1986 he opened his own repair shop and now employs 10 people.