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Michael Nordeoff, owner of Complete Car Care, stands in front of his shop at the bypass and Stambuk Lane. - photo by AL HACKLE/Staff

           This is the time of year that we like to reflect back on our many blessings.
        Local businessman Michael Nordeoff has plenty to be thankful for this year. Nordeoff is the owner of Complete Car Care Service with two locations in Statesboro and a third named Westside Car Care. A German citizen by birth, but his mother met a U.S. soldier when he was a baby, who raised him as his own.
        Nordeoff grew up living on military bases throughout the United States and Germany. He first discovered Southeast Georgia when his dad was stationed at Fort Stewart and fell in love with the area. After his parents divorced when he was 15, he remembers praying for God to open doors for his success. He promised that he would work hard and do whatever it took to succeed.
        Little did he know at that time the plan God had in store for him. After graduating from high school in 1990 he began working at a NAPA parts store and by the time he was 22 he became the youngest manager of a NAPA store. From there he moved to Statesboro and purchased his first business, Castrol Car Care in 1995.
        He has continued to grow his business by working hard, putting a talented team in place and treating his customers with honesty and respect. That formula has helped him become a major player in the car repair business in Statesboro. With three locations, strategically placed in the city, it is difficult to not be within a couple of miles of one of his shops.
        Earlier this year, along with a partner, he purchased his flagship location off the bypass in the former Nesmith Select used car dealership. The location was an instant success and he is now focused on expanding the services offered there. Hertz Rental Car has leased space and he has a couple of other businesses interested in renting space at this prime location.
        The path has not been an easy one for Nordeoff. His journey has been filled with its share of peaks and valleys. Eight years ago, his mother passed away and within the past couple of years he has experienced the death of both of his siblings and saw his marriage fall apart.
        For every challenge, God has seemed to put people in place to help guide him through. One of those friends is Andre Weathers. Weathers was a neighbor of Nordeoff and the two's friendship has flourished through the years.
        "Several years ago Dre invited me to church with him at Grace Community Church," Nordeoff said. "It was there I met Pastor Mike Holt and his worship team. There is no question this was a divine moment in my life. God had his hand all over it. Without my Grace family, there is no way I would still be standing today. I have two beautiful children, a successful business, great employees and friends that are all a blessing to me. I am a blessed man in every way."
        It is only natural that his next expansion will be led by Weathers. Weathers has joined his team as president of GATA Auto Sales, which will be located inside the Complete Car Care Service location off the bypass at 1001 Stambuck Lane.
        Weathers came to Georgia Southern on a football scholarship, met his wife here and has made Statesboro home. He brings with him 13 years of automotive sales and management experience.
        "Our goal is to provide a niche for second car buyers," Weathers said. "People who are looking for a car in the $4,000 - $10,000 range. We will be hand picking these cars and checking every inch of them to make sure they are reliable and a great value. I am excited about bringing the right cars to the right clients at GATA Auto Sales. We hope to open early next year."
        As for Nordeoff, he is still counting his blessings.
        "Every day I am living the American dream," he said. "I work hard to respect our clients by providing them with affordable, reliable car repair options. In return, they have become loyal clients and the key to my success by sending me their family and friends.

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