Martin Wildgoose, it’s all in the name. Martin began his journey here in the United States back in 1980 after he emigrated from England. He shipped his 1965 Sunbeam Tiger, (which is a tiny British car with the steering wheel in the right hand side), he then drove all the way from New Jersey across the United States to California, where he settled and still lives today. Martin still owns the Tiger to this day. It was in late 1980 when Martin began working for Audiovox as a regional sales manager. He had only been in the United States for a few months, and was suddenly traveling the Western United States- pretty much on somebody else’s dime!. At times Martin didn’t know what state he was in, because he traveled so much.
Following his time at Audiovox, Martin worked for Jerry Farrar at General Warranty in Marina Del Rey, Jerry along with Phil Quinn and Kenny Argent had basically started the service contract industry out of the trunk of Phil’s car, a few years before. Martin, later on, with the help of Phil, put together a window etch program, to rescue Auto Etch out of bankruptcy, and renewed the insurance to protect past retail customers . Martin, while working at General Warranty in 1982 started AIM Inc., selling automobile insurance with Carousel a company started by Dennis Smith, and credit life insurance, with Helen Gaskin. After leaving General Warranty in 1984 he added other service contracts to his portfolio, and then GAP in the very early days when Henry Jeminez was amongst the industry leaders to spearhead the beginnings of GAP as we know it
today. His company now offers every imaginable product to maximize the profit potential in the finance department of franchised and independent dealerships. August 18, 2016 marks the 34th Anniversary of AIM Inc. Martin managed to make it through three decades of the car business and all of its ups and downs.
On Martin’s very rare free time- as he is nick named a work-enthusiast, Martin likes to physically exhaust himself. Triathlons of any distance are his passion, he has been racing in sprints since the early 1990’s and entered his first ironman distance event at the tender age of 59, with a starting point with cycling in 1967 at the National Schoolboy cyclo-cross Championship in London England, he added running as a hobby in the early 1980’s and started a streak of 40+ marathons in the 1990’s, and added triathlons before the end of that decade. We won’t give Martin’s age, but let’s just mention that he ran the Boston marathon at the age of 52, and that was a good few years ago. So, his will, drive, and sheer passion must be what keeps him going. Interestingly enough, Martin did not even like to run as a child or teenager. He didn’t begin running until 1983.
Martin has passed many of his traits to his 3 children- they too are athletes, and work enthusiasts. Tammy his eldest, is a college graduate with a degree in Human Biology, and is now working on her doctorate, she has a great passion for athletics and particularly Cross-Fit. Timmy, also a college graduate, has a degree in Philosophy and is coined the “world” traveler of the family, having spent his last university summer back packing around Europe and North Africa, he now loves to go to exotic places like India, Ecuador Guatemala, and is a Yoga expert. Tommy, the youngest, has recently graduated from college in Northern California and is now working as a paramedic with the goal of getting on the fire department as a paramedic.