A&A Metro Transportation was profiled in Boston Business Journal and the article is below:
Separating Home And Work A Matter Of Trial And Error
For some family businesses, there’s no distinction between work and home. There may not even be a choice.
Tom Arrighi’s boyhood home in Bridgewater was also the headquarters of Bill’s Taxi Service, founded by his father in 1952.
“We’d be sitting down to eat and a driver would be cashing out,” Arrighi recalled. Sometimes a driver would stay for dinner. All five children ended up as drivers themselves at different times.
Today Bill’s Taxi Service is part of A&A Metro Transportation, with its own offices and garage, and it’s one of the finalists in the midsize category in the Family Business Association Awards for Massachusetts 2010.
Since Arrighi and a brother took over Bill’s Taxi in 1987, he has tried to separate work and home. But he had to learn by trial and error.
On his BlackBerry, he never lists himself as out of the office. On a Sunday after church, he’ll stop by the office “for a minute.”
“It drives my family absolutely nuts,” he said. “ ‘Dad! Please, no! Your two minutes is two hours.’ It’s the nature of the beast sometimes.”
But he’s had some success carving out family time. He coaches kids’ sports teams. He even took the family to Europe — where he used a satellite phone to stay in touch with the office.