Deal talks on the link between business and community – The Oxford Eagle

Tony Deal never saw himself in the auto repair business. Deal’s father ran an auto repair shop in Oxford for 20 years, but Deal saw his future in other places rather than running his dad’s business.

“I hated it,” said Deal. “That’s why I went to college and got a business degree so I wouldn’t have to do that for a living.”

Deal said he always found himself in the forefront. He was never one to follow the steps of others

Deal can now see the irony as a successful business owner of Deals’ Auto Repair for 16 years, but the change of heart did not happen instantly. Immediately after graduating from the University of Mississippi, Deal began working in corporate for Office Depot for the next five years, however he eventually saw the appeal in running his own business.

“I think coming out of [the corporate business] and watching my dad work, there is some satisfaction in everything that you have, you earned it,” said Deal….

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