On April 23, 2001 – 25 years after rotating his first set of tires – Bob Childers realized his lifelong dream and opened his own automotive business. Eagle Pride Automotive, an eight-bay automotive and tire business, was named for the Nixa schools, where his wife Mea is a kindergarten teacher and where his daughters, Kara and Melina, graduated with honors, won state championships and cheered for their home teams.

For Childers, who moved from mechanic to manager, spending most of his career at Goodyear, opening Eagle Pride Automotive was a chance to do business the way he wanted to do business, providing quality, convenient service – with special attention to the customer and the community.

“Nixa residents needed an automotive facility that would look after their best interest,” Childers said. “That’s what Eagle Pride has done.”

For well over a decade, Eagle Pride Automotive has provided top-notch, trustworthy automotive repair and tire services to those from Nixa, Springfield and beyond – while giving back to the community where Childers made his home in 1989.

Childers has participated in the Nixa Chamber of Commerce Adopt a Class program for more than 15 years. Instead of supporting just one classroom, each year Childers adopts an entire school – the alternative high school, otherwise known as SCORE. Childers also serves on the Nixa School District’s A+ Committee and supports a food program for underprivileged students.

For his dedication and support of Nixa schools, Childers received two top honors in 2007 – the Missouri State Teacher’s Association’s Friends of Education award, as well as the school district’s Volunteer of the Year award.

Childers’ support of the community doesn’t end with the schools. He’s also served on the city’s Emergency 911 Board and is an active member of the Nixa Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Chamber, Childers served a two-year term on the Board of Directors and spent seven years on the Economic Development Committee.

Childers believes strongly in helping out those less fortunate in the Nixa community and supports Least of These, a charity which provides hundreds of area families with clothing, food and more, as well as services for Nixa senior citizens.

Childers and his wife are from Kansas City, where both his daughters now live with their families.