About Frank Leutz & Susie Sockets
Host Frank Leutz
Born in Frankfurt, Germany and growing up in Washington Heights, NYC (just N of Harlem), Frank became an accomplished trombonist with multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall performing with greats Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Dave Valentine, Branford Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, as a jazz\salsa musician with the McDonalds Tri-State Jazz band.
After high school he chose to travel the world serving in the Navy until 1990 when he married his beautiful wife and decided to enter the automotive industry. After learning the ropes as a mechanic, he ventured out starting his first automotive shop in 1996 with $4,000, a used hoist, floor jack and lots of naive determination. Six years later, he profited through the sale of that business, and in 2004 opened Desert Car Care of Chandler in Chandler, Arizona.
Desert Car Care expanded to a second location in 2009 and third in 2012. Both were sold in 2013 to focus on the Chandler operation which grew to become a nationally recognized and award-winning seven-bay, top 1% national gross revenue automotive repair shop.
Frank took his leadership abilities to serve as President of the Phoenix Chapter of the Automotive Service Association from 2013-2017. In 2016 he was elected, and continues to serve, on the National ASA Mechanical Operations Committee representing over 5,000 independent garage owners across the country.
Also, in 2016, he launched Wrench Nation, a national platform to educate on all things automotive through the award winning Wrench Nation Car Talk Radio Show that he hosts weekly on Wednesday from 4-5pm MST on 88.7FM The Pulse. The live show is then repurposed as a podcast and distributed through additional radio stations and podcast distribution channels with approximately 10,000 monthly downloads.
Frank continues to be a sought-after car care expert for Phoenix Metro TV networks to educate the public on car care tips and national automotive news, and as an industry expert on various panels and presents at automotive conferences such as Ratchet & Wrench, Automotive Service Association (ASA) National, and Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (APPEX).
Frank states, “My journey will never be complete as there are many discoveries and ventures of helping the human spirit and sharing the great bounties of life’s experiences with many, and always remembering that, “Success Is Not Final, Failure Not Fatal…It Is the Courage That Counts.”
Co Host Susie Sockets
As an Arizona native, Susie has worked with many in the corporate land of goings ons and has a virtual rolodex that many often ask ..”who don’t you know “? Never working in the automotive industry prior to coming to Desert Car Care of Chandler in 2017 , Susie has soaked up the automotive Kool Aide and is hooked ! With her passion for people and life , while keeping it humorous and quick witted, her abilities as a co host on Wrench Nation was a natural fit . Some how , some way , being told all her life that she has a voice for radio… it all came full circle ! As she loves to cook up meals , while singing off key once in a while, Susie spends her time as a Service Manager at the garage creating long lasting relationships with both client and automotive technicians while serving up big smiles with her better half service advisor Mr Marky Mark (DDD Done. Done ..and Done) . As a born leader , Susie never takes any day for granted and keeps it down to earth with a philosophy of gratitude.