Industry Thought Leaders Series

RR 247: Derek Kaufman – Partner at Schwartz Advisers – What Does the Future with Autonomous Cars Look Like?

What does the future with Autonomous Cars Look Like?

Derek Kaufman a Managing Partner at Schwartz Advisors is thinking large about the future of the auto care industry and the acceptance of TaaS (Transportation as a Service) with ride sharing and ultimately vehicle ownership.

Vehicle ownership will have a big impact on our industry and it will have a big impact on the miles driven with the remaining vehicles in the car parc.

Derek is challenging a report that says there will be only 44 million vehicles that will handle the 6 trillion Vehicle Miles Traveled in 2030 in the car parc vs 270 million we have today. He is accepting the technical evolution with AV’s, however, he is questioning the numbers from the report and applied some of his own math to figure out what our future may look like. Will these vehicles be able to handle the miles we drive today for work and pleasure? What about convenience. What about our work trucks? Listen to his view on our future.

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RR 246: Scott Brown from iATN

Is iATN A Staple In Your Shop? Listen to Scott Brown Tell the Story of the Humble beginnings and Future Plans Of iATN.

Scott Brown president of iATN and co-owner, with his wife, of Connie & Dick’s Service Center, keeps his finger on the pulse of the industry by staying engaged at the shop. The interview takes you back to the day before the internet when bulletin boards were a way to communicate with your peers.

iATN is keeping pace and is working on exciting plans to continue to bring value to shop owners, technicians and educators of the auto care industry.

Scott gives an insider look at the iATN mobile APP, the new ‘Review’ space and the new iATN 2.0 and much more.

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RR 243: Giuliano Zuccato – Chrysler Crossfire & Horse of Destiny Foundation

The Mustang Man talks about his work on the Chrysler Crossfire Project, his 85th Birthday Celebration, and his new foundation “The Horse of Destiny Foundation” to help people in need.

Sharp as a tack at 85 years young, Giuliano Zuccato shares more behind the scenes look at his passion for automotive design and sculpting.

He explains a new concept of creating a full-size wind tunnel model of the Chrysler Crossfire. There is a video version of the podcast where you can see the slides of the Crossfire project that Giuliano is narrating. Find the video here.

Because he feels he wants to leave an even stronger legacy he started the “Horse Of Destiny Foundation” to help people in need.

After his bout with TB of the bone, when he was 19 years old, he sees his Glioblastoma as just another challenge to overcome. Listen to a ‘car guy’ legend; a truly remarkable man.

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RR 242: Rick White from 180BIZ

Is the Transparency of The Internet Forcing The Service Professional To Change How Business Is Done?

Rick White is President and Lead Coach for 180BIZ, an auto repair shop training and business coaching company. He is an AMi approved trainer, an ASA committee member and an established industry writer for many top magazines.

Rick brings an enlightening view of leadership, communication, the sales process and shares the four responsibilities of a shop owner.

Rick also talks about the transparency of the internet and challenges a new way to do business because of the universal availability of information. He says we must bring insights to our customer because they are in need of our expertise. He also shares his view on where parts gross margins need to go in the age of the transparent internet.

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RR 241: Jorge Menchu – AES Wave and Instructor

Are You Learning Up To Your Maximum Potential?

Industry trainer and entrepreneur Jorge Menchu, President of AES Wave is enthusiastic about teaching our industries technicians. He is more passionate on how technicians learn. He says that the basic problem of learning is to understand the mechanics of learning.

Jorge shares his Four Levels of Learning and says if you are in control of your learning process you will learn more. He says everyone knows how to learn. If you are not struggling to learn; then you are in control of the process of learning.

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RR 240: Marion Miller from Complete Marketing Resources

Have You Ever Wondered If Your Website Is Keeping Pace with The Needs Of Your Customer?

Marion Miller from Complete Marketing Resources is a website expert. Her company has received Top 10 Automotive Website honors in 2015 & 2016. She is keeping pace with changing technologies and especially with what works for consumers.

Among ten top talking points we talk about the power of your home page, the evolution of web-based search (will you be ready for this change), the value of blogging, and the top three ingredients to an award winning website.

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RR 239: John Burkhauser – Director of Educational Programs – Bolt On Technology

What You Can Learn from Your Dentist on Setting Appointments.

John Burkhauser, the Director of Educational Programs at Bolt-On Technology has a storied career as an automotive technician and as a post-secondary automotive educator. He is finding his career path has set him up for this current job.

John says the service process really hasn’t changed in 30 years. For many shops, it is still a day of putting out fires and trying to keep one’s head above water. He has his opinions on finding techs in post-secondary schools, the importance of best practices, and insights on digital vehicles inspections.

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RR 237: Rhonda Hiltbrand – News Works Marketing Group

Does Direct Mail Newsletter Marketing Work?

Join Rhonda Hiltbrand for a frank discussion on direct mail marketing. She sees a place for direct mail and especially newsletter marketing for service professionals.

Learn why direct mail is not dead and how it blends with social media. Rhonda talks marketing ROI, the tactics behind newsletters and why we are fighting clutter every day.

She says a newsletter is a platform to talk to your customer and help you stand out among the 6,000 advertising messages we are bombarded with every day.

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RR 236: Bob Cooper – Elite Worldwide

Do You Know Why the Success of your Business is Dependent on Setting Huge Long-Term Goals?

Bob Cooper, President of Elite Worldwide share his five principles of success. He explains why having BIG goals is important to personal and business success. Bob has brought his expertise to the automotive industry as a trainer and a coach. He has also spoken worldwide to many Fortune 500 companies, private banking groups, school districts, the United States Army.

Bob gets into the details on his five principles and offers a special bonus; the CEO’s job description.

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RR 234: Vic Tarasik – Major Accounts Director at RLO

What is your next calling? What are your plans after you sell your business?

After nearly 30 years of successfully operating Vic’s Precision Automotive, a fourteen-bay automotive repair facility located in The Woodlands, TX, Vic Tarasik sold his beloved shop, however, he remains active in the industry he loves.

In the interview Vic’s shares the typical challenges a passionate technician goes through in learning how to run a good business. Vic goes over five of his ten Life’s Lessons; things he learned along the way that molded him as an entrepreneur. He tells us what he is doing today that continues to bring value to the industry.

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RR 232: Dennis McCarron – On Sales

Do You Have the Technique to Close More Sales?
 
If you sell service or tires Dennis McCarron says, “The person who controls the sales process is the listener.” Dennis brings his passion for behavior analysis to this episode that can be titled the ‘Psychology of a Sale’. You will learn a formula to improve your selling technique.
 
Our customer doesn’t come in wanting to buy something.  It is not about your ability to sell but how skilled you are to present the solutions. If you present a product to a customer that solves three of their needs the probability is high to close.

All aftermarket organizations are sales organizations. Dennis brings a great perspective to appreciate the sales technique. This is Dennis’s second appearance on the podcast.

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RR 229: Ciara Pegoda – Leadership 2.0 – Part 3

Spotlight Leadership 2.0 the University of the Aftermarket Executive Level Course as told by Ciara Pegoda.

Leadership 2.0 is an intense and intellectually challenging two-week executive development and learning experience deeply rooted in the theoretical and practical application of automotive aftermarket leadership principles.

Listen to the inside story through the experience of Ciara Pegoda as she walks you through the intensive two week course. This is a three part series with part one the covering the first week, part two covers the course project and part three the final week and project presentation.

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RR 228: Ciara Pegoda – Leadership 2.0 – Part 2

Spotlight Leadership 2.0 the University of the Aftermarket Executive Level Course as told by Ciara Pegoda.

Leadership 2.0 is an intense and intellectually challenging two-week executive development and learning experience deeply rooted in the theoretical and practical application of automotive aftermarket leadership principles.

Listen to the inside story through the experience of Ciara Pegoda as she walks you through the intensive two week course. This is a three part series with part one the covering the first week, part two covers the course project and part three the final week and project presentation.

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RR 227: Ciara Pegoda – Leadership 2.0 – Part 1

Spotlight Leadership 2.0 the University of the Aftermarket Executive Level Course as told by Ciara Pegoda.

Leadership 2.0 is an intense and intellectually challenging two-week executive development and learning experience deeply rooted in the theoretical and practical application of automotive aftermarket leadership principles.

Listen to the inside story through the experience of Ciara Pegoda as she walks you through the intensive two week course. This is a three part series with part one the covering the first week, part two covers the course project and part three the final week and project presentation.

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RR 226: Connected CARS Detroit May 2017 – An Overview

The Future is Now. Are You Preparing for the Future of Automotive Repair?

Held in Detroit on May 18th & 19th, 2017 and presented by ASA, Automotive Service Association, Connected CARS (Congress of Automotive Repair & Service) and organized by Donny Seyfer. This training conference brought industry trainers, automotive engineers and service professionals from all parts of North America to learn about rapidly advancing vehicle technology. Participants got an important glimpse into the world of the connected car with in-depth and detailed looks at ADAS, Next Gen Vehicle Networks and the future of diagnostics.

Listen to a compilation of seventeen of your industry peers as they discuss their reaction to this top industry event. There is no time like now to best understand the speed and gravity of technology. This conference helped serve up the enormous opportunities that lie ahead for the ‘connected’ service professional.

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