Steve Anderson is the co-founder of Bobby and Steve’s Auto World. Steve starting working at the Bloomington location in 1978. He was paying his way through college by working nights and weekends. After 6 years at the University of Minnesota Steve was interviewing for a career placement with Abbott Lab’s and that’s when Bobby made him a offer he couldn’t refuse. At that time there was a drive-in theater next door and a gravel pit across the street.
The station was a little two bay service center with gas pumps that could not go over a $1 per gallon! As time went on, the area developed. Steve went to the city several times in attempts to acquire a permit to remodel. The city kept saying NO! You are a non-conforming use and we want your land. This went on for years. Then one day, the head city planner (Bob Hawbaker) came to the station and asked Steve “when are you going to rebuild this dump?” Steve replied, “As soon as you give me a building permit.” Then Mr. Hawbaker told Steve to get some plans together and we’ll make this happen.
That was the beginning of Bobby and Steve’s Auto World. There were thousands of hours and millions of dollars put into planning the Auto World Concept. Today we have 8 locations and we’re still growing!
Keith Ostendorf is Bobby and Steve William’s partner at 58th & Nicollet as of January 2011. He grew up in the small town of Freeport, Minnesota, and is the youngest of six. Keith believes that little League softball is where his sportsmanship evolved along with his competitiveness which included winning the Home Run trophy.
Keith graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from Metro State University. He worked in the accounting field from 1986 to 1992, which included working for Steve McMichael & Co., a close personal friend of Bobby Williams. His sales career started at Tires Plus Richfield in 1992, and within six months he was in management. In 1997 he became regional manager and soon after went to manage an affiliated Tires Plus store in West St. Paul. Keith has always worked toward and desired ownership and is so excited to be living his dream at Bobby & Steve’s Auto World. Having his wife Marina and and son Mitchell at the store with him exceeds that dream. The Ostendorfs live in Savage.
Steve Williams is Bobby’s son and is a partner in several of Bobby and Steve’s Auto World locations including Minneapolis, Nicollet, Lino Lakes and the newly purchased Eden Prairie location. He graduated from the University of Minnesota at Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Steve started working for Bobby back when he was 12 years old as a ‘towel boy’. “I’d be out at the drive washing windows and pumping gas with a towel in my pants pocket,” said an enthusiastic Steve. In 1982, Steve took responsibility and became an official partner with Bobby by running the Texaco station on the corner of Interstate 35W and Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. That station had only four gas pumps and two service bays compared to sixteen gas pumps and six service bays now. On April 1, 1998 Bobby and Steve opened Bobby and Steve’s Auto World in Minneapolis, and waited two hours for their first customer. “I can still remember that day. I was anxious, scared, and enthusiastic about us opening and to wait two hours for the first customer… that was hard, “Steve said. He also added that he keeps, in his wallet, the first dollar spent in the new store. “Yeah, every time I look at it, I remember how long it took to get it!”
When asked why he chose the service station business, Steve said, “It’s the ultimate in service to people. We are always open.
Steve was recently diagnosed with multiple myloma, a blood cancer prevalent in the petroleum industry. Pray for continued recovery and long life with this new challenge in his life.
Jeff Bahe is Bobby’s partner at Jeff’s Bobby and Steve’s Auto World Columbia Heights location. He has a schooling background in Business, and started working for Bobby in 1977 when he was just 15 years old.
When Jeff was hired into the company, Bobby was out-of-town at the time. When Bobby returned, there were questions why a 15 year old was hired. “I told him I was a hard worker and at the end of two weeks if you feel I’m unable to do the job, you can let me go,” Jeff remembers. Bobby would have sales contests for his team members, at all of his locations, which created an enthusiastic environment which Jeff remembers very distinctively. “We’d have ‘Full Service’ sales contests on the drive which I won most of the time !”
In 1986, Jeff had the opportunity to partner with Bobby, in Columbia Heights at 37th Ave NE and Central Avenue NE where he operated six gas pumps and three service bays compared to eighteen gas pumps and ten service bays now. In July of 1999, Bobby and Jeff opened Jeff’s Bobby and Steve’s Auto World of Columbia Heights. When asked why he chose the service station business, Jeff said “I’ve always had an interest in cars and service, and what a better way to practice both interests at the same time.”
Randy Neis is the newest owner of Randy’s Bobby & Steve’s Auto World located in Eden Prairie, MN.
Mark Myers is part owner of the West Bloomington Bobby & Steve’s Auto World. Mark has worked for Bobby & Steve’s Auto World since August of 1997 starting his career with Steve Anderson at the France location. Mark’s first position was as Service Leader, and after showing very strong leadership skills, he was promoted to Operations Leader. It wasn’t long after his employment at Bobby & Steve’s Auto World that he knew it was the place for him. “Steve always made it a fun place to work and play every day and we have a strong feeling of family here. I think that has helped me in raising my children with strong family involvement, ” said Mark. Mark became a partner with Steve and Bobby in June of 2007 at the West Bloomington Bobby & Steve’s Auto World. He is a Saint Paul native and grew up in the Rice Street Area. Mark is married and a father of three.
Nathan started at the Bobby & Steve’s Auto World France Ave location mowing lawns and doing cleaning projects when he was very young. It wasn’t long before he would spend his weekends and after school time at the station learning every aspect of the company. Nathan has truly worked from the ground up and is continuing to grow with his promotion to Bobby & Steve’s Auto World’s newest store on South Roberts Street in West St. Paul.
Kip Studaker is the Operations Leader at the Bloomington Bobby & Steve’s Auto World. Kip has worked for Bobby & Steve’s Auto World since August of 2000 starting his career under the wing of Steve Anderson at the France location. Kip’s first position was a tow truck driver, and he worked his way up to Towing Leader. After showing a strong desire to grow, teach, and learn the business, he was promoted to Operations Leader. He enjoys winning with people and forging long lasting relationships. Kip is married and lives in Richfield,MN. If he’s not at work he can be found enjoying the North woods of Minnesota.