Matt Curry Recognized as Locally Grown Hero by NFTE, Signs Contracts with Three Student Entrepreneurs

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Matt Curry, one of the Washington, DC, area's "Home Town Heroes" signed contracts to support three student entrepreneurs at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Gala, where he was honored.

The Curry Family at NFTE Gala: Matt Jr,.Matt Sr., Jenna and Judy.
When the criteria for the award were announced, it was obvious to me that Matt and Judy Curry were a fit.

Matt Curry, founder and president of Curry's Auto Service, headquartered in Sterling, VA, was honored as a "Locally Grown Hero" at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) gala on April 27 in Washington, DC.

Curry was nominated for the award by one of the NFTE board members, John Hasenberg, senior vice president and financial advisor with the Hasenberg Hartsock Group of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. "When the criteria for the award were announced, it was obvious to me that Matt and Judy Curry were a fit. We were looking for someone who has grown up here and has given back to his community. We were looking for an honorable entrepreneur. Anyone who knows Matt knows that he really does care about the people around him."

Curry was one of eight local entrepreneurs recognized by NFTE in its first awards program. A nonprofit that provides entrepreneurship education for at-risk high school students from low income communities, NFTE is part of President Obama's Startup America Partnership. The gala included a Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase, where 20 student entrepreneurs displayed and sold their products.

Curry's Is Working with Student Entrepreneurs
True to the purpose of the event, Curry visited the student displays and purchased services from three of the young entrepreneurs: Robby B. Lanier, CEO of Cloudride will be designing original t-shirts for Curry's annual Track Day Event on September 25. Juan Bautista, CEO of Thermo Threads, will be preparing 100 custom printed Curry's logo t-shirts for the company's 20Group event in June. Darius G. Davis, president of D & R Landscaping, will be providing landscaping services for Curry's Reston/Great Falls location. Curry also purchased a handbag for his daughter Jenna from Brandi Gladden of Marcel's Hat Designs.

About Curry’s Auto Service
Matt and Judy Curry founded Curry's Auto Service in 1997. Today, Curry’s Auto is one of the largest independent auto service and repair shops in the DC area, with more than 4,000 customer interactions each month at its seven locations in Northern Virginia. In June 2010, Curry's Auto Service was chosen by the readers of Northern Virginia Magazine as "Top Auto Shop" in Northern Virginia. In October 2010 Curry's was chosen by Motor Age Magazine as the Top Shop in America.

Since 1997, Matt and Judy Curry have donated their time and money (totaling over $150,000) to 57 national and regional charitable groups, churches, parent-teacher associations and youth athletic clubs. In 2007, Matt took time off from his business to raise $209,000 to launch Dulles South Youth Sports (DSYS). More than 1,600 area children and teens participate in the DSYS leagues.

Curry’s Auto Service was the first auto service facility in Virginia to receive the AskPatty ‘female friendly facility’ certification. As part of this program, Curry’s customers have access to an online community providing impartial advice to women on auto purchases, repairs and maintenance.

Before its selection by Motor Age Magazine as 2010 Top Shop, Curry's Auto Services was one of three finalists across the country for Tire Review Magazine’s “2009 Top Shop Award.” Judy Curry has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of the "Women Who Mean Business" in 2008 and by Virginia Lawyer's Weekly as one of the " Influential Women of Virginia" in 2010. Curry's Chief Financial Officer Kim Holcomb has been recognized by the Washington Business Journal as 2010 CFO of the Year in the service industry and by Washington SmartCEO as one of its Smart CFOs for 2011.

For more information on Curry's Auto Service, visit their website: http://www.currysauto.com.

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