My name is Melissa “Missy” Melotte and I’d like to introduce myself as the new owner and office manager of Shelby Parts and Restoration. I grew up less than three miles away from SPR, right here in the Village of Howard, WI.
I come from an entrepreneurial background, starting an Adult Family Homes business in 2001 that expanded to over 20 staff and multiple homes serving Northeastern WI. While that was a most enriching experience, after 21 years it was time to follow my passion and apply my administrative and management skills at SPR. I feel right at home at SPR, working alongside Jesse and an amazing crew. I spent my youth watching and learning from my Dad as he “wrenched” on cars and motorcycles, I am as comfortable getting dirty working on cars as I am running a company and it’s offices. I’ve been blessed with the honor of raising two amazing sons. Both now in their 20’s, I am extremely proud of the men they have become. As auto enthusiasts and graduates of NWTC with degrees in Automotive Technology and Diesel Mechanics.
When presented the opportunity to acquire SPR, I was very humbled. Since its founding by Jim Cowles in 1978 SPR has become a world-wide source for parts, services and knowledge to the Shelby and Mustang enthusiasts. Jim’s vision, passion, and appreciation for customers guides us as we continue his legacy.
I want to thank my parents, my sons, Jesse Bourdeau and the SPR crew, Aaron Stauber and his crew at Big 3 Performance, Jim Cruden, area Shelby and Mustang enthusiasts, my family and friends for their love, encouragement and support.
This is a new beginning. I look forward to connecting and working with so many of you in the coming months and years. It is thrilling to be part of SPR, and we are excited about our future prospects together with you, our most-valued customers and friends.
July 15, 1952 – January 4, 2021
Jim was a life long Shelby enthusiast who started Shelby Parts and Restoration in 1978.
I will do my best to continue what he started at Shelby Parts.