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The Mike Rudert Group® is the marketing umbrella for a cluster of companies with one goal: to improve your life by helping you create the perfect shop-from planning to installation and maintenance.

The group has come a long way since its humble beginning in the back room of Michael and Ramona Rudert's tiny apartment in 1978, selling a single line of frame straightening equipment under the name Autoquip. The company incorporated in 1981 and changed its name to Professional Automotive Equipment, Inc. The small sales staff traveled six western states in search of customers and soon established a core of customers, many of whom remain loyal today. In 1985 the company opened an office and warehouse location on Kensington Avenue in South Salt Lake.

Professional Automotive Equipment gained a reputation as a pioneer of new technology by bringing many "firsts" to the Intermountain area--and in some cases the entire country. Some of these include the Bear Telatronic and Hunter A111 and D111 computerized wheel alignment systems, Mohawk lifts, Hans Hougaard asymmetric above-floor lifts and OMER parallelogram lifts. In the region's collision repair market, the company sold the first Spraybake downdraft baking paint booths, IRT infrared curing systems, Brewco and Car-O-Liner frame racks and Car-O-Tronic computerized measuring systems.

With the proliferation of products and competitors in its niche market, the company understood that it needed a business strategy to set it apart from other equipment sellers. Based on proven elements such as responsive service, the company's plan aimed to penetrate varied market segments and emphasize its turnkey project capabilites.

Beginning in 1995, The Mike Rudert Group® founded several companies to assist customers with "start to finish" services for building or expanding a shop. Predictable Building Systems,Inc. is a commercial general contractor that also offers shop planning, code compliance and energy saving strategies. BoothSource, Inc. was formed in early 2000 to give special attention to the growing paint booth market.

Executive Profiles

Michael Rudert began his career in the automotive repair industry during his post-high school years by working in a Salt Lake City service station. While in college, he was part owner of a dune buggy building and Volkswagen repair shop.

After earning a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1973 and briefly pursuing a career in real estate development, Mike returned to the automotive business as the regional service representative for Bear Manufacturing. In 1976, he was hired by Intermountain Equipment Sales Co., first as a technician and later as an outside salesman. Two years later, he took advantage of an offer to buy out a small distributor of frame and unibody straightening equipment.

Mike is respected not only as an equipment salesman, but also as a creator of customized equipment and shop designs. In addition, he makes presentations to groups of fire marshals and building inspectors to enhance understanding of paint booth products and installations. An avid sports car enthusiast in his spare time, Mike restores and races older Porsches.

Ramona Rudert has been a co-owner for the past 35 years. She is President of Predictable Building Systems and past president of Professional Automotive Equipment. Ramona earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah. She is the former senior vice president of operations at the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and founding Executive Director of the Women's Business Center at the Salt Lake Chamber.

Ramona serves on the board of Assistance League of Salt Lake City and chairs the Consociates Auxiliary. Past volunteer involvement includes the national Audit Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the JDRF International Board, Salt Lake Chamber Board of Governors and Executive Committee, the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Salt Lake Chapter, and the White House Conference on Small Business. Awards include the NAWBO Utah Woman Business Owner of the Year and the Athena Businesswoman of the Year Award.

Professional Automotive Equipment.   Predictable Building Systems.
2442 South 1560 West, Building 1
Woods Cross, Utah 84087
Phone: (800) 660-2029 (801) 292-2224
Fax: (801) 292-2488

BoothSource, Inc.
2442 South 1560 West, Building 1
Woods Cross, Utah 84087
Phone: (888) 660-2029 (801) 292-7909
Fax: (801) 292-2488

Staff Contacts

Michael Rudert, Equipment Sales:
Jason Rudert, Operations Manager:
Bart Hammack, Service Director:
Aaron Mizell, Booth Maintenance Manager:
Ramona Rudert, General Manager:
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