Hilaire Moussougan immigrated to the United States from West Africa in 1998. As an employee of local auto shops, he honed his skills and worked his way up to lead technician. He always dreamed of owning his own shop, but his first attempt failed when three potential buyers drove the price up to a level that he could not afford. But, he didn’t give up.
In 2010, Moussougan was hired as the lead technician at Riverside Shell in Minneapolis, a gas station with three service bays. In 2013, Moussougan continued to pursue his dream when he bought 50% of the station.
In 2016, Moussougan had an opportunity to buy out his partner, which would allow him and his wife Renee to become sole owners of Riverside Shell. When a local bank was unable to finance the purchase, they referred him to us.