RR 285: Ryan Blair – Blair Automotive

Ryan Blair is the owner of Blair Automotive and a partner in BMP Tuning in Dallas Texas. Blair Automotive is a 20,000 square foot, state of the art, Audi and VW service and performance facility.

BMP Tuning is a leading nationwide European aftermarket parts distribution business and E-commerce platform.

Ryan has 8 years of dealership experience as a Master Guild Audi Technician. He won the Audi Twin Cup National Technician challenge.

Ryan has taken the amenities, employees, and equipment from the dealership and made them available in an independent environment.

Ryan attended the Universal Technical Institute in Houston, Texas where he would graduate as one of the most decorated students the school had ever seen. With perfect attendance, Student of the Course, and the coveted Valedictorian award being among the many recognitions.

Audi took an interest in Ryan and offered him a full scholarship to train at their hot weather testing facilities in Avondale Arizona. Ryan continued to impress as he graduated at the top of his Audi Academy class and began his career as a technician at Boardwalk Audi in Plano in 2007.

Ryan became one of the youngest Master technicians in the industry by 2010 and was a top 20 finalist in the 2011 nationwide Audi Twin Cup technician challenge. Ryan developed efficiency techniques that allowed him to be the first technician to flag over 450 hours a month for an entire year, making him one of the most productive technicians in the Industry. Production is only a part of the equation and quality was what set Ryan apart as he maintained an almost perfect Customer Satisfaction Rating of 99%.

In 2012 Ryan returned to the Twin Cup Challenge Finals and this time became national champion. Ryan was the number one ranked technician in the entire Southern Region and top five in the nation. Also in 2012, Ryan achieved the highest possible rank as he received his Master Guild certification under the new grueling Diagnostic Technician class guidelines.

Combining his production techniques and world-class knowledge of Audi vehicles, Ryan set off in 2014 to provide an uncompromising, singular Audi service for the Dallas area with Blair Automotive. What started as a one bay, one-man operation in 2014 is now a 15 employee, 10 bay operation in their new state of the art facility in Addison Texas.

Talking Points:

  • He likes to work with impossible goals.
  • Building a strong business culture starts with ‘Why’.
  • Current customer growth rate 40% in new facility since July 2017. They’ve created a dream shop.
    • Referral is #1 reason for growth.
    • The location has helped and is more convenient for his customers.
      • There are 50,000 potential customers within a 10 miles radius of this facility.
    • Reputation, quality of work and great reviews.
    • He is putting a lot of energy in online presence and social media.
  • He has stretched his costs beyond the current volume because he is investing in his growth and ability to handle the work.
  • Complimentary car washes, loaner cars are customer perks with a quality showroom with Netflix and expresso. Waiters grew when the facility was improved.
  • BMP Tuning is an in-house parts distribution business specializing in BMW, VW, and Audi performance parts. Brian owns a 50% stake in this business.
  • He’s put everything he owns into the business. He is totally leveraged.
  • He must update his business plan to even consider finding investors.
  • A business coach was a big move for his business.
  • He was running on autopilot and need to build policies and procedures on the business and created ownership among his team.
  • He is learning from his mistakes; a few big ones each year.

All episodes Ryan is featured, HERE.

Blair Automotive Website

BMP Tuning Website

Shop Profile
Number of locations: 1
Years in industry: 12
Years business ownership: 4
Number of technicians: 5
Number of service advisers: 2
Number of bays: 12
Number of lifts: 10
Days open: Mon – Sat
Annual estimated volume: $2M
Labor Rate: $130
Effective Labor Rate: $110
ARO: $850
Average Car Count: 65/week
Gross Profit Margin: 45%
Percent Repair vs Maintenance vs Other: 33% – 33% – 34%
Technician training hours per year: 20
Service adviser training hours per year: 40
Specialty: Performance and aftermarket parts sales – BMP Tuning
Specialization: Audi and VW
Other Certifications: Master Guild Audi Technician
SMS: Shopboss Pro
Paperless: No
DVI: Working on it
Website provider: Kukui
Primary supplier: World Pac
Performing hybrid repairs: Yes
Business Coach: Elite Worldwide
Biggest challenges: Marketing

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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.