Alex Nunez: A Family Transmission
By James Florence, Senior Writer
SAN JOSE — A third-generation auto repair professional, Alex Nunez says there was never any question of where his career path would lead. “Basically, automotive work is all I’ve ever known and the only vocation I’ve ever considered pursuing,” he affirms. “Starting with my great uncle, all of my family has worked in the automotive field, including my uncles and my brother. I started working at B & J Transmissions for my uncle when I was 18, and more than 20 years later, I’m still here.”
Today, as manager of B & J Transmissions, Alex says he enjoys the perpetual sense of novelty his job brings. “When you work on transmissions, there’s something new every day. Since there are so many different kinds of transmissions, you never really finish learning, and there are always new challenges and problems to solve, which keeps things interesting.”
Originally from Los Angeles, Alex moved to San Jose at age 19, where he continues to live with his wife, Jeanette, and their daughter. “Despite being a large city, San Jose is smaller and more slow-paced than L.A.,” he says. “To me, it feels more like a community. I really like the people here.”
Outside of work, Alex’s favorite activity is spending time at the beach with his family. “We love going to the beach and being in the water,” he affirms. “We’ve actually traveled to different beaches around Mexico and the United States. I enjoy just about any kind of water-related activity, whether swimming, boating or jet skiing.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Alex believes in the importance of customer education. “A lot of shops take advantage of people who don’t know anything about cars, which is why I make it a point to educate my customers,” he says. “I explain what a transmission does, how it works, and what parts and maintenance services are needed to keep it running optimally. I find that explaining things to customers helps develop a sense of trust, which is a very valuable asset for any business.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he were to retire tomorrow, Alex says he’d take a vacation. “I’m too young to retire, so I haven’t given it much thought. I suppose I’d like to do some more traveling. Maybe I’d check out some famous beaches around the world.”
Ask Me Anything!
Q: Coffee or tea?
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: The Los Angeles Lakers.
Q: Where would you rather live: the city or the country?
A: The city. I like the country, too, but I like the convenience of the city—everything is close and there’s a lot to do.
Q: What was your first car?
A: A red Mustang.
Q: What’s your dream car?
A: A ’68 Camaro Super Sport.