Tommy Mello, owner of A1 Garage Door Service LLC in Tempe, Ariz., was recently named a top entrepreneur in Arizona under the age of 35 by “The Arizona Republic.” Mello launched A1 Garage Door Service in 2007 with his own capital and no outside funding. The company now employs 30 people.
A1 was recently also awarded the Super Service Award from Angie’s List and earned its International Crime Prevention Specialist certification. The company also maintains an unfiltered five-star Yelp status, an A-rating with the Better Business Bureau and a five-star Kudzu rating.
“I think the biggest mistake people make when starting a business is not doing the research and picking the hot spots,” Mello said. “Also, they have no idea how to analyze the books and learn to cut the fat at all times, which makes the business more money. Finally, if you’re going into business, pay your people more than the industry average and always be looking to hire better people.”
Mello was raised in Michigan and moved to Arizona in 1999. He recently received his master’s degree in business from the University of Arizona.
Founded in 2007, A1 Garage Door Service is a provider of garage door openers, garage doors and overhead door parts.