LB - Prescott Frontier Days - 0522 Cow Wrestling

Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Subscriber Services | 928 Media Lab | Real Estate Search | Galleries | Obits | Yellow Pages | TV Listings | Contact Us
The Prescott Daily Courier | Prescott, Arizona

home : business : business May 22, 2015

3/9/2013 10:00:00 PM
Moving along: Tempe business with Prescott ties receives state award
Courtesy photoGary Reber, his sister-in-law Vicki and his brother Doug stand in front of the sign for their business, Quality Vans & Specialty Vehicles in Tempe. The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network recently announced Quality Vans will receive a 2013 Success Award at a luncheon March 18.
Courtesy photo
Gary Reber, his sister-in-law Vicki and his brother Doug stand in front of the sign for their business, Quality Vans & Specialty Vehicles in Tempe. The Arizona Small Business Development Center Network recently announced Quality Vans will receive a 2013 Success Award at a luncheon March 18.
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

TEMPE - Doug and Vicki Reber moved to Prescott from Beaverton, Ore., in June 1998 after selling a retail startup that they owned for four years.

"And we helped them to find a small battery business," recalled Fred Kennedy, senior business adviser of the Small Business Development Center in Prescott.

The Rebers bought Interstate Batteries and became the sole distributor of Interstate Batteries in Northern Arizona.

Doug said he tripled the size of the warehouse to 6,800 square feet in 2005, and amassed an inventory of 6,000 to 7,000 batteries.

Impressed, Kennedy successfully nominated the Rebers about four years ago for a statewide Success Award from the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network.

He successfully nominated the Rebers again, for 2013, but this time for a company they bought in 2011: Quality Vans & Specialty Vehicles in Tempe.

"They could not sit on their hands very long," Kennedy said. "They were looking for another business to acquire. For the most part, there was no longer a challenge."

Doug concurred, saying, "The challenge went away."

The Rebers sold Interstate Batteries in November 2011, Doug said.

"We took a year off to figure out what we wanted to do," he said.

Doug, Vicki and his brother, Gary, bought Quality Vans in 2012 from Ed and Kathy Steele, who retired. Vicki is the president, Doug is the vice president and Gary is general manager for a company with 13 employees.

It is the "right challenge," Doug said. "It is a completely different business model, business type."

The website for the company,, states the Rebers "saw an opportunity to apply the skills gained in more than 25+ years of small business, wholesale distribution, engineering and technology."

Quality Vans started in 1974 as a local van uplifter in Mesa, and expanded as van conversions gained popularity through the 1970s and'80s, according to the website. Previous owner Bob Becker began supplying a popular line of van conversions to the dealer networks after obtaining bailment pool status for Dodge and General Motors products.

Becker was ready to retire in April 1999, and sold the business to the Steeles.

The Steeles added several employees, and established their capabilities as a specialty vehicle manufacturer. They moved to a 12,000-square-foot building in Tempe in 2004.

Since then, Quality Vans has designed and built numerous medical, municipal, police and emergency vehicles. They have ranged from health screening, maternity testing and recycling education to public safety vehicles such as prisoner transport, SWAT teams, explosive ordnance device trucks, drunken driving enforcement, mobile command and surveillance vehicles.

Quality Vans serves a niche market of county, state and federal law enforcement agencies and other government services, Doug said.

Doug said the family-owned business plans to expand its partnerships with other companies.

Doug maintains his residency in Prescott, while Vicki telecommunicates from their home. He stays in the Valley during the week.

Doug credits Kennedy with helping him to evaluate businesses for the past 12 to 13 years.

Kennedy said, "I am helping them with exportation issues and also government procurement because they are taking this business to the next level. I helped them finance it. I am helping them develop their line of credit."

He said he nominated Quality Vans for the Success Award because it represents "the real entrepreneur."

Quality Vans is among 13 recipients of the awards for 2103. The Small Business Development Center plans to honor them during a legislative lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 18 on the House Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Complex, 1700 W. Washington St. Ginger Lamb, publisher of the Arizona Capitol Times, will emcee the event.

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Obituary: Carolyn Sims Dicus (1674 views)

•   Wet, cool weather keeps fire bans at bay (1062 views)

•   High school graduate channels adversity, enlists in Army as means to serve others (1037 views)

•   US agencies looking into whether Mueller was kept by IS leader (918 views)

•   Work continues on Capital Canyon Club, opening set for early July (884 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
HSE - dCourier App
HSE- Rants&Raves

Quick Links
 •  Submit site feedback or questions

 •  Submit your milestone notice

 •  Submit your letter to the editor

 •  Submit a news tip or story idea

 •  Place a classified ad online now

 •  Browse the Yellow Pages

Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Submit Other Publications Links
Classifieds | Subscriber Services | Real Estate Search | Galleries | Find Prescott Jobs | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Contact Us
LB - HSE - Kid Scoop 0302

© Copyright 2015 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Daily Courier is the information source for Prescott area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers Inc. By using the Site, ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info, Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2015 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved