Do you remember when you started in business? What humble beginning did you have?
Kate Jonasee from K-Tech and Pauline’s Auto worked her way across the country after graduating from automotive technology college in upstate New York. She persisted through every opportunity to own two shops in Sebastopol, CA.
Kate says she learned something along the way from every shop she worked at and always had the goal to own her own shop, let alone two and possibly more.
Listen to the smart choices she made along the way, what her personal motivations were and how she is working to improve herself and her business.
Is your service adviser getting forty hours of training per year?
Greg Bunch owner of Aspen Auto Clinic a five-store operation in Colorado Spring, CO tells the story on how his first branch came about. Greg tells of his best practices on how to scale for multiple locations. He shares the traits of a shop owner when preparing for expansion.
We talk consolidation, the value of quality service adviser training, what good technicians want from their shop owner, how to prepare for expansion (you need capitol), customer retention and more.
He also talks about his Transformers Mastermind group for multi-shop operators.Listen and view episode notes
How can a Re-Branding Strategy Create a Total Make-Over for this Family Business and Prepare for Market Growth.
Brian Weeks and his brother Chris from atc AutoCenter in Augusta, GA bought out their Dad in 1999 and worked hard in the family transmission business. Their story is typical until they both realized that their current business model was under stress. They needed to make changes to allow them to grow and meet market demands.
Brian shares the re-branding story, and how he and his brother made the bold moves to work on their business instead of in it.Listen and view episode notes
Three Aftermarket Business Coaches Affirm that Shop Owners Need to Become the CEO of Their Company
Join Bob Greenwood, Bill Haas and Barry Barrett as they bring a thoughtful and lively discussion on the need for business owners to make an important step and find the professionalism and become the CEO of their company.
They say it is not easy and requires training and support from their peers and even a business coach. Most importantly is the need for an accountability partner or mentor. Business is tough today and shop owner need an enormous amount of help to transfer from a trade mentality to a professional environment.
Business consultants are the cheapest employee in the business, they say and touch on family, wife, leadership, competitors, making errors, and getting out of the way of your people and let them do their job.
Unlikely pathway to shop ownership.
Margie van Lierop from Beach Cities Garage purchased a shop from friends after being a successful magazine publisher. She has had an interesting career in corporate radio and in the music business.
Margie has made a strong transition to a shop owner and tells you the things she is doing to make improvements to her business every day. She makes no mistakes that is has been trial by fire for her.
She has a great spirit and her personal drive and commitment shines throughout the interview. She shares her experience in working with a beta program from Bosch called Sweetworxx.Listen and view episode notes
A Big Emphasis on Culture has helped this Entrepreneur Create Duplicity to Scale his Business.
Gary Pontious Jr. is the Vice President and General Manager of Toledo Auto Care that is celebrating their 100th year in business in 2017.
Toledo Auto Care is the oldest independent auto repair shop in Toledo, OH and has been owned and operated by the Pontious family since 1985.
The family has just opened their second branch in December 2016 and the strength of their culture and fundamental business practices has allowed them to scale their business for growth.Listen and view episode notes
Second Generation Shop Owner Still Learning
As a kid growing Tatsu Tsuchida, VP of Operations, Tokyo Automotive, was a natural at pulling things apart and putting them back together.
His father, Akio Tsuchida, started Tokyo Automotive in 1978. For Tatsu it would take the better part of his twenties, from being a ski bum, to living in Japan as an English teacher for him to sow his wild oats, but always knowing that he’d return one day to work in the family shop.
Today Tatsu has learned there’s much more to running an automotive shop than loving cars. He learns through his mentor and coaches, that how the bathroom looks, the decor, and how one talks; matter more to the customer than you would ever think. Tatsu is more than honest about his challenges, and often shares with other friendly garages his mistakes (and his triumphs) so that others can benefit. Tatsu says, “Together we learn and earn more.”Listen and view episode notes
A strong Dealer Alternative Strategy for this BMW/MINI Service Professional
Parker Davis, President of Broad Stroke Associates has been a BMW specialist for the last ten years. He been in the industry for eighteen years and started Broad Stroke to offer his customers a strong dealer alternative.
Parker shares his strategy in customer service, training, and the ARO results of implementing his digital vehicle inspection program. Parker sees more specialization in the industry with more shops working on specific platforms. He explains how shops will evolve to be specialists.Listen and view episode notes
Hiring a millennial service writer had a positive influence on this service professional.
In 1988 Mark Goldsmith opened Mark’s Independent Service in Chatsworth, CA. He aspired to be the best owner/technician he could be and constantly pushed himself to further his knowledge and understanding of the automotive industry.Listen and view episode notes
What happens when you put your people and customers first?
Frank Scandura of Frank’s European in Las Vegas Nevada was fortunate to make the transition from technician to service writer to entrepreneur. Many service professionals never find the degree of success that Frank has achieved, without the transition from working in your business to working on it.Listen and view episode notes
Brothers Jason and Luke Malo shopped their business plan and no bank would help them.
Jason Malo (pictured) and his brother Luke started 10 years ago with a loan from their parents. With their experience in management and fixing cars, they created a business plan and took the plunge. This is a story of how they pulled together and made it work. Never easy but steady.
Learn how a total shop transformation in eighteen months earned the 2016 Auto Care Association ACE award.
Doug Callaghan from Vic’s Service Centre in Wainwright, Alberta Canada is the winner of the 2016 Auto Care Association ACE (Automotive Career and Education) award for businesses with under 50 employees. Doug shares his story of transformation, recognized by Auto Care, that earned him this recognition.Listen and view episode notes
A smart listen with NAPA’s ASE Technician of the year 2013. Why Listen? Harvest great ideas on customer retention, marketing, technician and adviser training, succession planning and the value of a business coach. Humble Beginning Garry Plimmer’s mechanical training began during his enlistment in the U. S. Navy from 1974-1978, having trained and served as a diesel…Listen and view episode notes
Great stories told here from a service professional who spends very little time at his business. This Japanese Repair Specialist operates in Clackamas, Oregon. The Business TJ Reilly has over 40 years of industry experience and 30 years as a shop owner. He started his business from scratch, and has the experience of being both…Listen and view episode notes
Ever lose your job? Here is a success story that starts out with the loss of a job. A life changing incident that sets up a business career. Ever take the biggest leap of your life and didn’t know a thing about business? Ron Haugen gives a refreshing look back as he reflects on the adage that you can do just about anything you want if you put your mind and heart into it.
And Ron adds even if you don’t know what you don’t know; you can be successful. Does the term ‘Short People Up Front’ mean something to you?” This saying was a monumental life changing memory for Ron Haugen and had a huge impact on Ron’s business and can for you. Over the course of the interview you will hear a blueprint for success. Ron will tell you many of his battle worn yet successful strategies that has brought great success to him and his team and can work for you.Listen and view episode notes