We had the good fortune of connecting with Antonio Paden and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antonio, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our business is literally based on making sure people have time to do the things that they actually like doing. That’s why we have created a systematic oil change that allows our customers to get an oil change just about anywhere it’s allowed. Let’s be honest, how many people actually like going to an oil shop to get an oil change. You sit there for an hour and then your hassled about everything else that’s wrong with your car. With us you could be sitting at home with a glass of wine, while getting your oil changed. No shop and no hassling. We save you time and money.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Upick is not your conventional oil change. We understand that life can get busy. We understand that going to a shop to get your oil changed is not a fun thing to do. We understand that feeling of being hassled about other things that are “wrong” with your vehicle. That’s exactly why we created Upick. It makes me really proud when our customers can get their oil changed and go to their Childs recital at the same time. We know the feeling of having more task than time. Starting Upick wasn’t easy. We wanted to make sure we had everything right before we started. After a full year of planning we realized that we could plan until we turned blue in the face, but we needed to actually start. People needed some of their time freed up. Operating Upick isn’t easy, but it’s extremely fun. We love being challenged and believe it or not, we run into them weekly. We take each challenge and we start by acknowledging the issue and the root cause. Once we identify that then we look at the different barriers that this specific issue has caused. After that we waste no time coming up with MULTIPLE solutions. You never want to have a issue in your business unaddressed. Small issues turn into big issues that can cost you. I’ve personally learned on this Upick Journey that things don’t always go as plan and you have to learn to adapt quickly or you’ll be left behind. If there’s one thing I would want the world to know about Upick it would be that we are changing the the way oil changes are happening.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As soon as my best friend landed in the city, we would waste no time going to Pecan Lodge to get some BBQ. I’m really not a patience person, but I can be patience for that. After getting Pecan Lodge and getting settled in, it’s time to head over to Frankies for drinks! You can’t come to Dallas and not go to Frankies. For the rest of the time while my friend is in town, we would definitely have to go visit one of the lakes and grab some jet skis! Another great place to visit is Fun on the Run. Because we both run businesses there would be a lot of chilling and drinking!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There’s an old saying that says “It takes a village to raise a child”. I would like to add to that statement “It takes a village of love and understanding to support an adult” My parents, Roger and Melissa Paden, really allowed me to learn life lessons in a way that I will never forget. One thing my mom taught me is that you can do anything you want. She showed me what genuine love and support really is. My dad made me fight through hard times. He taught me that you can’t just be physically strong, but you have to be mental strong and smart. My brother Roger JR supported me throughout my school years and even still to this day he’s a very huge supporter of me and my business. You always have those aunties that has your back no matter what. My Aunt Celia and Aunt Hazel supported me in whatever I was doing. They would move mountains to make sure they were there at services, basketball games, or anything I had going on! This is a glimpse of the village that it took for me. Currently, Jameshia Paden and my 4 babies have taking the roll of “the village”. Meshia(Jameshia) has shown a rare form of unconditional love and understanding. There’s a lot of things that she’s dealt with that she didn’t have to, but she understood that I was growing and maturing. She watched me go from wanting to start a business to running a business. When I first told her that I wanted to get into entrepreneurship, without hesitate she said “ok I support you 100%”. There are days when I leave home and everyone is sleep and I come home and everyone is a sleep. Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely road sometime. For the entrepreneur and for his/her loved ones. My children keep me on my toes. I could be in the middle of a meeting and my 3 year will FaceTime just to tell me to bring him some candy. Even though they’re young they still understand that I have a business. They call it “The Upick”. I didn’t mention everyone, but these are some of the people that have shown me support, love, understanding and given encouragement.