The Greenwood Village, CO-based Leeds West Groups (LWG) — a management platform that acquires, owns and manages national auto repair franchises, with more than 85 shops across 16 states — has announced promotions within its automotive division.
Timothy Moran was promoted to lead the LW National Midas Division. Moran was vice president of the LW Midas Division – East Coast and the LWG Big O Tires Division. He came to LWG in 2017 from Autopart International and Advance Auto Parts. Moran now oversees the entire LW Midas Division portfolio of East Coast, Midwest and Colorado operations, reporting directly to LWG CEO Judd Kyle Shader.
James Gould was promoted to vice president of the LWG Big O Tires Division, reporting directly to Shader. Gould was the director of the LWG Big O Tires Division, reporting to Moran. Gould is now in charge of leading the LWG Big O Division and team. He joined LWG in 2013 after a long career with Midas in San Diego and Chicago.
Matt Lee was promoted from district manager of the LW Midas Division CT to director of LW East Coast Midas, reporting directly to Moran. Lee started with Midas in 2004 at a location in Norwalk, CT prior to LWG’s acquisition of the Midas TBC retail shops in 2013. In his new capacity, Lee has direct responsibility for all LW East Coast Division Midas locations, along with direct responsibility of the CT Midas location along with Brendan LaBarre, including direct oversight of the Midas New Jersey locations.
LaBarre was promoted from store manager of the LW Midas Division’s largest-volume location in Norwalk, CT to added duties of CT district manager. He helps Lee oversee the CT Midas locations, along with his current duties. LaBarre joined LWG in 2014.
Ben Oliver was promoted from district manager of LW Division IL (Chicago) Midas to director of the LW Midwest Midas Division, reporting to Moran. Oliver started with Midas in Denver in 2013 before relocating to Chicago with the promotion to district manager in 2017. Now, he has direct responsibility for all LW Midwest Division Midas locations, along with direct responsibility of the Midas Chicago, IL market.