The Hazeltine family have deep roots here in Venice, Florida. Jeff Hazeltine, owner, is one of nine children! With each sibling owning businesses within Venice, such as Hazeltine Nurseries, Venice Land Clearing, and American Import Auto, Inc., you can imagine how many there are running around. Jeff’s brother Sam is also a shop owner for S&S Mercedes in Sarasota, so the passion for fixing cars runs in the family.
Let's start from the beginning, Jeff Hazeltine's great grandfather, Walter B. Surls, was the cities first Public Works Director and the Chief of Police and Fire. He acquired Old Betsy, the 1926 La France fire engine for the City of Venice, where it still belongs to this day! She still gets around town too; you usually see her in downtown parades and events at the fire station.
The irony to this story is that we service the city of Venice fleet vehicles for fire, police, waste, etc., since 1999. One can say that we keep the city of Venice running day in and day out.
Jeff and Donna have two sons, Chad and Chance that own an Insurance Agency here in Venice, Fl. Chance and his fiancé Paige will be getting married later this year. Chad and Jenny got married last March and are expecting their first child, a baby girl! Which means, Jeff and Donna are expecting their first grand baby this June!
Jenny Hazeltine is the Marketing Director for American Import Auto, so the business continues on as family owned and operated after 32 years in business! We love being locals of Venice, and we love welcoming all our new residents to the area! A lot of people grew up with the Hazeltine family, and as the generations grow, we want to continue to grow with yours! This is our story, stop by today and share your story with us, let’s build a lasting relationship for generations to come!
Baby Hazeltine arriving June, 2022! Jeff & Donna's first grandchild, and the shop's future Tech or Service Advisor.
Some of our awesome Team here at American Import Auto, Inc. when we hosted a business connections event with the Venice Chamber of Commerce! (pictured behind is Old Betsy who was also in attendance.)