As a member of Otego’s volunteer fire department since 1997, Mannina has had the opportunity to help his neighbors often. He noted that most calls involve someone he or another firefighter knows personally.
“Matt’s Auto” is also a legend found on the jerseys of young T-ball players. Mannina has sponsored youth sports for years, ever since his children played ball. Today, Mannina has one child in college and another who is a senior at Unatego High School.
Jody Ellis has been working for Mannina almost seven years.
“Matt’s the best boss I have ever had,” Ellis said. “I have been turning wrenches for 15 years. We work together well. We just see what needs to be done and we get it done.”
Many businesses have felt the pinch of the economic downturn, but Matt’s Auto has thrived.
“I think the downturn has helped our business,” Mannina said. “Some people, when they would trade in a car every two years are keeping them longer. They have to make repairs and make sure to keep it maintained so it will last.”
Mannina said he enjoys living in Otego and has never wanted to go anywhere else — except on vacation.