FROM OCEAN SURF TO ASPHALT TURF
Dave (Davio) Witt Has Learned That You Can't Stop the Waves But You Can Learn To Surf.
“It started out as a childhood nickname, Davio.” states Dave Witt of Davio’s Auto in South Bend, Indiana. “One of my friends used to call me Dav and that continued on for a long time. Then, several years ago, I was on a bus trip to Chicago with several of my buddies to watch the Cubs play. After the game when the bus was ready to leave (and I wasn’t on it) a couple of my friends started chanting ‘Hell no, we won’t go. We won’t go without Davio!’ Well I finally got back to the bus but they continued to chant and kind of rib me. Then for several years, whenever I would see them, they continued to kid me about it until eventually the whole Davio thing just stuck. So when I opened my own auto business I decided, what the heck, I’ll just use that name."
HELL NOWE WON'T GOWE WON'T GOWITHOUT DAVIO!
However Dave got into the car business long before that time. He was living in Florida part of the time and migrating back and forth from Florida to up north. "I had moved to Indiana to see my dad and spend time with him. While I was up here I met a girl and decided to stay. That's when my brother and I started up a lawn service. We worked pretty hard throughout the spring and summer but when the season would come to an end I would go back to Florida. I did that for about three years. When I was in Florida I would stay on Marco Island. I was at a gas station one day and this guy walks up to me and said something about my plates (which were Indiana plates). We got into a conversation and he mentioned that he was from South Bend and it was kind of a great lead in conversation. The guy introduced himself and said his name was Van Gates. He told me, if I ever came back to Indiana to come see him, 'I might have a job for you'. Eventually I went back to Indiana and when I did I decided to go chat with this guy, he hired me that day. That was about 25 years ago. That's how I started in the car business and I’ve been in it ever since."