2013- Nice, France- Iron Man Triathlon
How it began:
I started Alfissimo International out of a love for cars, a need for a job and a refusal to pay inflated prices on parts from the dealers or parts suppliers in the US. I also wanted to offer more for these cars. I started the business in a rented garage after graduating college in 1996 with very little money, ok who am I kidding, no money; a free website and a willingness to make this happen. I worked on “nearly” zero stock and just ordered parts when my customers needed them.
Since then, I have a massive stock, have gone through roughly 7 websites and I am making somewhat of a living. I love what I do and with the pace that this business is changing, it keeps me on my toes.
A little of my background:
I was born in San Diego and Grew up between San Diego and Torrance CA. I spent my undergraduate years in Flagstaff AZ and ended up staying for 28 years before moving back to CA.
Where did I get this passion for cars? I caught the car bug from my father. You could always catch him and I in the garage working on his 1955 Austin Healey 100m BRG, 280 zx or whatever. In-fact, tinkering with anything mechanical or talking about car design, to architecture was what we did together. The Austin-Healey was the car that got me hooked. Then the GTV6 came out and we drooled over it, my dad put a deposit on one but never bought it. I ended up the Alfa guy. All this said, I am a car guy but I am not interested in every car out there, this is why I gravitate to anything Alfa.
My father, a pioneer in the aerospace industry (General Dynamics/Convair 55'-97'), designing and building rockets from the, first satellite program to the Atlas Rocket to the Space shuttle, instilled in me an engineering mind and vehicle knowledge/sense (and loads of other random knowledge). He was constantly educating me. He was a genius with the best sense of humor around. The apple does not fall far from the tree. (James L. Minos 1925-2017) Although this may seem more about my dad, he was my teacher, mentor and number one fan.
I have become a bit of a perfectionist from it and a bit of a sloppy organized engineer from it. If you add too much it ruins things. Add useless or subpar parts, you waste money and time. It's a sweet balance. I am very simplistic, practical and original in my approach to cars and that goes along with performance parts.
My goal is to make the Alfa driving experience more enjoyable and more refined, so you can enjoy driving out to a nice restaurant to a day at the track.
PARTS! Of Course!
Parts are what drive me to work every day. There is something exhilarating about supplying parts that I have found in the crevices of the earth or supplying parts that refine your Alfa. Supplying Alfa parts is a challenge and it's what gets me up in the mornings, very early! If I can't find it then I am not doing my job.
I strive to provide only 100% Original Parts at all times or the highest quality after-market, Reproduction parts and accessories available. I do not supply parts that are known to be inferior, even if it’s the only product available. I don’t mess around with cheap parts or useless “upgrades”. Waste of time and money. These parts do not benefit anyone involved –You can visit other vendors for those parts but you won't find them here!
When it comes to performance, I will only offer the very best and only functional upgrades. From Squadra Tuning to GMS performance parts to KW, Intrax, Alfissimo brand and more for New and Old cars.
What do you get when you shop with Alfissimo? I'd say a lot.
Excellent customer service and excellent pricing (if it's not please tell me and I will do my best to meet or beat). What you also get in the client services area is a personalized and thoughtful approach focusing on your needs/wants/desires. If you don’t really need it or it's a worthless upgrade. I will let you know!
The future for myself and Alfissimo is to stay small and specialized as I believe growing too big, offering everything for every car is not going to sustain a quality of service/selection that I want. It's a never ending learning and changing process. I am never perfectly set in the way things are around here.
I am here to help you with your Alfa needs. My goal is to keep your Alfa Romeo on the road and looking great for many years to come! This means I I go far and beyond to try to carry every part possible, rare, new or used for any Alfa Romeo.
If I do not have it, I will work hard to provide it to my clients!
Even if it takes a little time, I enjoy the challenge.
Thanks for visiting,
& Valerie Minos