Larry Witherspoon Jr. is a Co-Founder and the Executive Director of the Automotive Training Center. Larry has held multiple leadership positions in the U. S. Navy and with Frito-Lay, a Fortune 100 company. He also has 5+ years of sales experience with Cintas, a Fortune 500 company.
In addition to his business experience, Larry grew up watching his father mentor young men. His father was a high-school teacher, coached multiple sports, and worked part-time at a juvenile detention facility. Larry grew up understanding the difficulties all young men face becoming adults especially those that come from challenging circumstances. ATC is a place where both of his passions can thrive. He has taken those experiences growing up and combined them with his passion for vehicles to start the Automotive Training Center.
Shawn McHargue is ATC’s other Co-Founder and is the Lead Teaching Instructor. He started off working as a technician at a Pep-Boys, but his last position was as a technician at Anthem Automotive, the #1 Yelp rated auto-repair business in Atlanta. Shawn also received his ASE Certificate while he was there. He graduated from the University of Central Florida, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. He also minored in Nonprofit Management and is certified as a Nonprofit Leadership and Management Professional. Shawn’s technical and business expertise, along with his non-profit background create a unique skill set that suits him well in teaching students and managing the business side of ATC.
Shawn has always had a knack for building and repairing things. He enjoyed learning to work on his motorcycle and his own car. Shawn loves to help people in general and enjoys educating people about regular maintenance on their vehicles. To this day he is most passionate about training up the young men for their bright futures.