Steve began working in auto repair as a teenager at his parents’ shop. He started at the bottom, cleaning floors and tools, and climbed the ladder to become a highly trained and certified technician. At the age of 21, he began managing the shop, and did so until he opened his own shop, Eureka Brake & Automotive, in 1988 when he was 23. Steve is no stranger to hard work and perseverance.
Steve and Lacee married in 1990, and not long after, the shop was so busy that Lacee was needed fulltime in the business. Over the years, the couple has built an incredible partnership in the automotive industry while raising a family of their own. Following in their parent’s footsteps, they too have balanced running a successful business and raising a family, and they continue to hone their skills in all aspects of auto repair, management, and creating a great team.
The Cunningham's interest in helping others find their own career paths has lead them to become involved with several local and national organizations. Steve has served as department advisor for the Eureka High School Automotive Department and as a board member for College of the Redwoods Automotive Department. Lacee is a member of WECARE, an advisory council dedicated to educating women and men on career opportunities in the automotive industry.
In 2014, Steve and Lacee once again decided to grow their business by purchasing Steve’s parents’ auto repair shop, Old Town Auto Service. They now run both shops, enabling them to reach more people and create more career opportunities for those who want them. Their daughters are also learning the family business of providing excellence in auto repair and service.