Annie Kaschube with her husband Kevin and their three children (Benny, 11; Claire, 9; and Hannah, 6) live in Avon Lake. Kevin grew up in Parma and graduated from Normandy High School in 2001. Annie was a country girl growing up in Galion Ohio raising chickens, turkeys, feeder calves, and market lambs for the Morrow County Fair. I guess it must be true that opposites attract. Kevin and Annie met on a blind date and attended Annie’s high school senior prom for their second date. They were engaged only a year later while Annie was a music therapy major at Baldwin-Wallace College and married in 2005.
Kevin, an avid car enthusiast, started his automotive career changing oil in what is now Annie’s Auto Parma Heights. He graduated with his associate’s degree in auto/diesel technology from Ohio Technical College in Cleveland in 2005 and from BMW’s master technician program in 2006. While Kevin worked in a BMW dealership, Annie graduated with her Masters degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY. They then relocated to Columbus Ohio where Kevin continued his education at The Ohio State University earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. While at OSU, Kevin was part of a small team that built an electric car setting world land speed record for the fastest electric vehicle in excess of 300 MPH at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
Annie and Kevin were expecting their first child when Kevin started his job as an engineer for ArcelorMittal Steel in Cleveland. He was gifted the opportunity to earn his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace University shortly thereafter. For Kevin’s final MBA thesis project, he created a business plan for his own independent automotive repair shop. This was the genesis of his desire to be an entrepreneur.