Who We Are
Auto Stop Elite is owned by Benjamin Bradley, Meredith Bradley, and Tom Lapham. It is a sister brand inspired by Tom’s existing business called The Auto Stop. The first Auto Stop in Arlington, VA opened over 20 years ago and now has grown to a second location in Falls Church, VA. Benjamin started working for Tom in 2016 with the intention of eventually starting his own auto repair business. Ben and Tom quickly learned that together they could redefine the automotive repair industry and Auto Stop Elite was born! Tom dreams big, Meredith puts a plan to it, and Ben makes it happen. It’s the perfect partnership.
Tom created Auto Stop in 1995 as a mobile repair shop out of the back of a van. His customer-base grew and in 1996 he put some roots down and opened his first stationary location in Arlington, VA. Tom opened his second Auto Stop location in Falls Church, VA in 2007.
He won the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Automotive Training Institute in 2012 and 2013 in recognition of his charitable efforts around the world! Tom helped develop a trade school in Haiti, he supports an orphanage in Brazil, and has helped build schools and homes in Mexico. A few years ago, he even bought a truckload of pottery from one of the small towns in Mexico when they were in desperate need, and now sells that pottery in his other shops to support even more charities! Tom makes Auto Stop Elite look good!
Ben has been in the industry for 18 years. He had a passion for cars at a young age and started his automotive career as an apprentice of a Master Technician. He then became a General Service Technician changing tires and oil while obtaining his Automotive Technology degree. In 2003 Ben became an ASE Certified Technician while continuing his education at George Mason University for a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Ben loved working on cars, but had the necessary skills to take a management role in 2008. Since then, Ben has been sought out by both large corporations and small independent repair shops to overhaul failing businesses or redefine success in thriving businesses. Throughout his career, Ben has maintained and grown a strong customer-base that has loyally followed him from shop to shop. He makes sure the people who have come to trust him are taken care of.
He married Meredith in 2013 and they started looking for a location to open their own auto repair shop. Four years later and the dream has finally come true!
Before meeting Ben, Meredith was just like you! She got a flat tire and did NOT want to deal with going to a shop to get it replaced. Sound familiar? Well, off she went to her local garage in her sweatpants and a bad attitude, and out walked Ben. His customer service was so great that she decided to marry him! (Well, there may be a few more steps in there…)
Meredith graduated from Penn State University (WE ARE!) with a Marketing degree and has the customer service and business management experience to keep the behind the scenes of the shop running smoothly. Having a non-automotive member of the ownership team helps to keep our perspective in a customer’s point of view.