By Nate Owen
Dave Calabrese launched his automotive career as a technician for Goodyear in 1977, but he began buying and selling cars before he was old enough to drive.
“I bought my first car when I was 13,” Calabrese, the owner of Middletown Nissan, says. “It was a 1965 Oldsmobile from two streets away with a ‘For Sale’ sign on it. I wasn’t legal to drive yet so my mother had to help me bring it home.” Calabrese bought the car for $35, fixed it, and sold it for $100.
Calebrese worked his way up the ranks from technician to owner of Middletown Nissan since 1995. That experience has given him an understanding of what his employees go through each day.