CKM Auto Service began in 1961 as Arnold Lee Service. Craig Chin purchased Arnold Lee Service from his uncle, Mr. Lee, in 1988. Shortly after Craig and Karla married in 2008 they incorporated and began operating as CKM Auto Service. ‘CKM’ is a nod to their newly formed family: Craig, Karla and their
They have worked diligently to expand their business to better serve their loyal customers. This is
evident in their June 2015 move into their new and larger facility in North Fresno and their utilization of
digital vehicle inspections performed on iPads by their technicians.
Craig has more than 45 years of experience in the automotive service industry. Craig started out in the auto shop at Fresno High School and tinkering at his Uncle Arnold’s shop. After graduation, he attended Fresno City College receiving his Certificate of Achievement in Automotive Sciences. From there he went to work for the local Pontiac dealerships. In 1984, he returned to Uncle Arnold’s shop and in 1988 bought the business.
Karla has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an option in Accountancy. While maintaining her Human Resource and Accounting responsibilities as Vice President at CKM, Karla works full time at ThomCo Insurance as their Agency Manager. Karla has been with ThomCo Insurance since 1998.
Craig and Karla strongly believe in continuing the education of their staff and themselves. The technicians have a required annual minimum number of education hours. Craig and Karla are alumni of the Automotive Training Institute. They continue to attend ownership classes about twice year in
Craig and Karla have been married for nine years, have one daughter (Marilyn), their dog (Bella) and a granddog (Bochy). Craig enjoys golfing, camping and cooking for his family. Karla enjoys reading,
camping and letting Craig cook.
Marilyn Chin graduated from Bullard High School and is currently attending Clovis Community College with plans to transfer to Fresno State with a major in Early Child Development. Marilyn began working at CKM Auto Service in June of 2015. Her responsibilities are many: answering phones, greeting customers, bookkeeping, filing, shuttle driver, parts pick-up, writing up basic estimates, in general our Utility Player.
Marilyn is single. Her dog, Bochy, is almost always by her side. Marilyn enjoys going to concerts, camping at Shaver Lake and driving her Chevy Truck (aka Big Red).
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