By Tim Priebe
December 13, 2022

Professional Q&A: Sheryl Janis

The Janis' have owned and operated Autoworks Japanese Auto Repair in Edmond for more than 25 years.
Sheryl Janis has co-owned Autoworks Japanese Auto Repair for 25 years. (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

An Edmond native, Sheryl Janis and her husband, Joe, have built their lives in and around the community, including their business. The two own and operate Autoworks Japanese Auto Repair, where they’ve been serving families for generations.

Q: Do you live in Edmond, work in Edmond, or both?

A: I live in Edmond with my husband, Joe, and our youngest daughter. I’m a true Edmondite: I was born here and have lived here all my life. Joe and I both work at Autoworks, where he is the head mechanic, and I run the people side of the business. I’m involved with the Edmond Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Edmond Business Association, and the Small Business Owners Alliance. I’ve also been an ambassador with the Edmond Chamber of Commerce until recently, and Autoworks was a runner-up for Small Business of the Year in 2021!

Q: Where did you grow up and go to school?

A: I grew up in Edmond and went to Edmond Public Schools. I attended Central State University for a year, became a mom, and made that my career for 20 years. 

Q: What did you do prior to starting Autoworks?

A: Before we opened Autoworks in February 1997, I worked for a dealership as a receptionist, and Joe worked in various dealership service departments.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

Sheryl is an Edmond native, born and raised in the community. (Photo: Brent Fuchs)

A: The best and most challenging part for both of us is working with each other every day. I love my customers; they become a part of our family. We now have some families that have three generations trusting us with their vehicles. I do my best to educate our customers — young and old — on how to maintain their vehicles appropriately and when it’s time for a repair.

Q: What’s something you’re passionate about in your personal life?

A: I love spending time with my family and friends at Lake Eufaula, where we gather at all times of the year. Currently, we’re working on a house from the 1800s in Guthrie, completely rebuilding it from the stud walls up. I love the old homes and hope someone appreciates all the TLC we’re putting into this one.

Q: What do you like about Edmond?

A: What I love about Edmond is that I was born here and call it home. I love knowing where things used to be and have so many memories of growing up here. I like that past city council members have tried to keep the small-town feel and a tight-knit community that pulls together when things get tough.

Q: What is your number one tip for other professionals, either for work or life in general?

A: My number one tip for anyone is not to sweat the small stuff and find something good in every situation. Life is too short to worry or be angry or frustrated about things that won’t matter in a week or a year. Sometimes, you have to dig deep to find something good, but there is always something to be thankful for.

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About Tim Priebe

Tim is a public speaker, author, publisher of Edmond Business, and the owner of Backslash Creative. He helps businesses that are worried they don’t have the expertise or time required to invest in doing their own digital marketing. He helps them plan where and how much to invest and often helps execute the plan.

Tim started the Edmond Business online magazine in May 2020 to fill a need in the community when The Edmond Sun shut down and stopped publishing their monthly magazine, The Business Times.