BEGINNINGS Born in 1899, our founder, George W. Pasha, Jr., began his career in the automotive industry when he went to work in 1916 handling auto parts for F.E. Murphy, a then well-known auto dealer. World War I intervened, however, and he found employment as a machinist in one of Seattle’s shipyards, building wooden ships for the government. With his maritime experience now tucked safely away, he returned to his automobile career. Taking a job with the Velie Automobile Agency in Seattle, he soon became a factory service representative in 1924 for the Velie factory in the Western U.S. In 1928, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to purchase the Velie Agency in Vancouver, B.C. During this time, Velie produced a Monocoupe airplane, which he also sold through his agency (adding yet another transportation experience to his resume). When Velie discontinued the manufacture of its autos, our founder relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, and teamed up with another Velie employee at the Auburn Cord Duisenberg Agency in San Francisco. Eventually he bought the agency, selling it in 1936 when the production of the Auburn auto ended.
Accepting a job with Associated Oil Company, and promoting a new gasoline called "Aviation Ethyl," he soon found that some successful service station operators were making more money than he was. In the early 1940s, he purchased the "Flying A" at Bay and Van Ness across the street from Fort Mason in San Francisco. In spite of the economy and the country’s involvement in World War II, the service station was a success, and shortly thereafter the roots of today’s company, The Pasha Group, were firmly established. The company George W. Pasha, Jr. founded was (and is) dedicated to customer service at fair, competitive prices. Since then the dynamics of change in our industry have matured The Pasha Group, shaping it into a diversified full-service transportation company, while maintaining the ethics and values so well established by our founder, as demonstrated by the leadership of our Chairman, George W. Pasha, III and our President and CEO, George W. Pasha, IV.