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 or service from the dealers or parts suppliers in the US. I started the business in a rented garage after graduating college in 1996 with very little money. 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.
I was born in San Diego and Grew up between San Diego and Torrance CA. I spent my undergrad in Flagstaff AZ and ended up staying for 28 years off and on. I have a Degree in Advertising/Photography and a Masters in Sustainability. I worked in Advertising for a brief time while building Alfissimo.
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.
My father, a pioneer in the aerospace industry (General Dynamics/Convair 55'-97'), designing and building rockets from the Atlas to the Space shuttle, passed this love of engineering and car knowledge/sense (and loads of other random knowledge) to me. He was constantly educating me. He was literally 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 but he was my teacher, mentor and number one fan.
Creating a masterpiece from a stock car, both aesthetically and mechanically is what drives me. I am bit of a perfectionist when it comes to styling a car. If you add too much it can ruin it, it's a sweet balance. I am very simplistic and original in my approach 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! SURE I HAVE THOSE!!!
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”. These parts do not benefit anyone involved –You can visit other vendors for those parts but you won't find them here!
From the very best parts to in house tuning with the help of our long time tuner Squadra-tuning we have all that you need. We are serious about what we do and being that true one stop shop.
That said, I am feverishly adding 4C, Giulia and Stelvio parts to our line-up daily.
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. I do want to become better at what I do and offer more of our own products. 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