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Q & A with Scott Nassif: Success through the journey

December 18, 2012

Scott Nassif’s parents fell in love with the desert and in 1959 his father moved the family to Apple Valley to open his optometry practice.

Soon after moving to Apple Valley, Nassif’s two brothers, Brad and Kurt, and sister Tami, joined the family — it must have been the desert air, recalled Nassif, owner of local NAPA stores and a member of the Town Council.

Growing up, Nassif attended local schools, but doesn’t ever remember being bored even with only three TV channels and no iPads.

“In high school I kept busy in sports, working on cars and motor cycles,” Nassif said. “I met my wife Susan soon after high school and we were married in 1978. We both attend Victor Valley Community College.”

The Nassifs have two boys, Chad and Brain. Both attended Apple Valley schools and then received their degrees at UC Santa Barbara. Chad still lives and works in Santa Barbara and Brian is married and lives in San Diego.

“While attending college I had the opportunity to purchase the auto parts store I was working at, so I took the plunge,” Nassif said. “Even my future wife, Susan, sold her pride and joy, a 1958 Triumph TR3, to help with the funding. We currently own and operate four NAPA Auto Parts stores in the Victor Valley and employ 64 people.”

Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: I enjoy spending time with my family doing just about anything. We like attending San Diego Chargers football games together. Susan and I enjoy touring on motorcycles, and I also still enjoy working on cars and playing golf.

Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?
A: My father was a tremendous influence in my life and development of my core values. My father wasn’t much for lectures and led by example. However we did talk about the importance of independence, humility, compassion, acceptance of others and that physical possessions are not what’s valuable in life.

Q: Where do you find deep satisfaction?
A: I find satisfaction in solving problems and working on solutions. I think that is why I enjoy the challenge of owning a business and working on the Town Council. It is also important to me to help young people have an opportunity to succeed in life.

Q: If you could change one thing about Apple Valley today, what would it be?
A: I could do without the wind sometimes and I wish I could convince Trader Joe’s to open a store Apple Valley!

Q: Tell us about a happy memory in your first car.
A: My first car was a 1964 Chevy Nova and I drove that car everywhere. It was a six-cylinder three on the tree and even though it wasn’t the fastest car in school, it was the fastest six-cylinder car on campus. (There were a lot of open roads in Apple Valley back then.) I remember taking apart my car in the driveway and my mom saying I would never get it back together. That was my first big challenge.

Q: Who was your hero as a kid? Do you have a hero today? (or someone you especially admire?)
A: It sounds a little corny, but my father was my hero growing up. He was firm, but fair and taught me the importance of honesty and integrity. My mother taught me to always take the high road and just because you can rationalize your action, that doesn’t always make it right. Today my wife Susan is my hero. There is no way I could be who I am today without her support. She helped me find my self-confidence and believe in my
abilities.

Q: What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
A: Being in business and on the Town Council, every day is an adventure! I enjoy anything that resembles an adventure and just doing anything outdoors. Our motor cycle trips are very loosely planned and we have been known to put on an extra couple of hundred miles just see a sight, or eat at a restaurant someone recommended.

Q: What are five things you can’t live without?
A: My family, friends, our employees, something to do every day and my truck. I need my truck to get my family around, visit my friends and check on our employees and get things done every day.

Q: What makes you tick?
A: Every day I look for new ways to make things better. I look for challenges and the opportunity to improve whatever I am working on, which is anything from our business to our back yard. I love it when someone tells me it can’t be done!

Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.
A: I have always believed success is a journey, not a destination. But when I am gone, I hope someone says that I somehow helped them succeed in life and that I left this world better off than when I arrived.

Q: What are five things you are grateful for?
A: I am grateful for the support of my family and that we are all still healthy. I am blessed to live in Apple Valley, and have so many people support my efforts with the Town and our business.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to say, anything you’d like to get off your chest?
A: I would just like to thank everyone that has supported the Nassif family since we moved here in 1959. Apple Valley will always be our home.

Q: How can readers get a hold of you?
A: I can always be reach at our NAPA Auto Parts Stores, or at snassif@applevalley.org.

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