Posts Tagged ‘Industry Recognition’

RR 276: SPARK 2017 at AAPEX

Building The Future. Three Intense Days Showcase The Global Automotive Aftermarket.

Tyler McCartney, Nicholas Holton, Christopher Berry and Zach Rizo were four of the ten collegiate level students that were provided an unprecedented immersion into the aftermarket at the start of their careers, all because of SPARK.

As the entire aftermarket faces the need for young talent to join our industry, this interview shows the power of the SPARK Program to showcase career opportunities. These students got to see the global aftermarket on display and understand the economic impact on our economy.

Listen to the gems of wisdom from our future leaders.

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RR 270: Leon Anderson from Integrity Auto Care

Shop Owner Finds The Holy Grail of Shop Success: Training.

Leon Anderson from Integrity Auto in South Beloit, IL credits training and more training for his success. It wasn’t always like that. He now provides hundreds of hours a year in training for his technicians and service writer.

Catering to women and baby boomers this WIX Filters’ Driving Performance Award Winner in 2016 says he hires people for their head, heart and hands. Integrity is not just the shop’s name but it is what they practice every day.

He credits his business coach and management seminars in improving his business success. He says the DVI system helps the sales process and that written goal posters are important to Leon and his whole team.

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RR 262: Skip Potter – Retired Executive Director NASTF

Retiring Executive Director Shares His Legacy and the Importance NASTF is to the Automotive Service Industry

Skip Potter has had a storied career working in parts distribution, motorsports, tools, service, collision, and heavy duty. He also had important roles with leading industry associations and a radio career with a syndicated radio broadcast called ‘Virginia Race Line.’

Skip is one of our unsung legacy leaders in our beloved aftermarket. He just retired as the Executive Director of NASTF (The National Automotive Service Task Force). Skip gives us a firsthand account of the value NASTF brings to the industry. You will be surprised.

Skip is one of those very versatile industry leaders and a great example of a legacy aftermarket leader. It is important we hear his story. So prepare for an important understanding of the role NASTF plays for all of us and the storied career of a legacy aftermarket leader.

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RR 252: Eric Carlson from Ervine’s Auto Repair & Grand Rapids Hybrid

Michigan Shop Owner Makes Hybrids His Specialty Niche

Eric Carlson from Ervine’s Auto Repair and Grand Rapids Hybrids has found that his specialty in Hybrids has been a welcome addition to his business and his market is responding. With hybrids as loaners, his hybrid business is growing at an unexpected rate.

Eric shares his story that includes the purchase, 24 years ago, of a business that was on its last leg. His supplier gave him a heads up on the opportunity. Eric has been recognized multiple times as the NAPA Technician of the Year, in the Grand Rapids region. He also tells about his commitment to ASE and the time he was as a subject matter expert. He helped work on the Hybrid tests.

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RR 235: Tom Piippo from Tri-County Motors

Where does a three time ASE Technician of the Year and shop owner find a new technician?

Tom Piippo a three-time recognized ASE Technician of the Year needed to find a new technician. He decided to grow his own and found a candidate in a most interesting place. Also listen to Tom share his story of remarkable results over the last 39 years operating in a small town of 491 households in northern Michigan.

Tom was recently honored by ASA as their 2017 Alpha award winner for his generous and far-reaching contributions to the automotive service industry.

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RR 222: Dwayne Myers from Dynamic Automotive

Vice Chair of CCPN is Honored as a 2017 ASE/Autocare World Class Technician

Dwayne Myers tells his story that starts in the Army and ends with the 2017 ASE/Auto Care World Class Technician Honor. It seems that everything Dwayne Myers did in his career helped pave the way to this recognition.
 
A partner in the four-shop operation Dynamic Automotive in Frederick County, MD, listen to Dwayne’s message that anyone can have success. He says, “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go after the great.”
 
Dwayne shares some great wisdom on Dynamics commitment to training and building a team. He sees a bright future for all shop owners and provides a great piece of management wisdom: ‘Never Talk Mad’.

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RR 204: Vision 2017 Leadership Round Table Interview

Recorded at Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo 2017 Joining me in my Vision 2017 studio are: Sheri Hamilton the Show Manager and the executive Director of ASA-Midwest Vision co-founder Jerry Holcom form S & S Service in Kansas City Co-Chairman Ron Haugen from Westside Auto Pros in Des Moines, IA Co-Chairman James  Copeland from  Midwest…

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RR 198: Oscar Manzo – 2016 Counter Professional of the Year

Longtime O’Reilly Auto Parts Counter Professional Earns National Recognition.

Oscar Manzo, Installer Service Specialist at O’Reilly Auto Parts for over 27 years is recognized as the 2016 Counter Professional of the Year. The honor is given every year, for the last thirty-one, from Babcox Media.

Oscar has dedicated his entire career to the parts business; he started as a part-time cashier. He loves his everyday interaction with his customers and researching hard to find parts. Oscar shares his view on what is new in the parts business and the fulfillment of his customer’s needs.

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RR 173: Nick Modesti from Modesti’s Car Care Center

A true family culture ingrained with their customers.

Nick Modesti from Modesti’s Car Care Center in Culver City, CA is second generation nurturer. Nick has carried the tradition of his dad and mom to their team members and customers. Everyone feels the family culture which is never compromised.

Interview covers their goal to maintain 100% satisfaction with our clients, implementation of a DVI program, why having a business coach is one of his best decisions, how he bonuses his team for achieving training goals, and their peace of mind warranty program among others.

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RR 160: Ray Fisher from ASA Michigan

Executive Director talks about technician & shop licensing, safety inspections and autonomous cars.

ASA Michigan Executive Director, Ray Fisher, is very passionate about serving his members. Leaders like Ray Fisher are strong advocates for the industry, but as he points out, every member of the industry needs to be involved. It is a team effort to help our legislators understand the impact of the rules/laws they are creating and the effect it has on businesses and the motoring public.

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RR 145: Dennis Montalbano from German Auto Repair

Dennis Montalbano was born in San Francisco and raised in San Jose. He started his career in the service station business and operated the largest Gulf station on the west coast in volume. Dennis then became the youngest Snap On Tools dealer at 22 years old and then the youngest Field Manager for Snap On at…

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RR 135: Garry Plimmer from Garry’s Automotive

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…

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RR 129: Jerry Holcom from S & S Service

This is a very special interview with Jerry Holcom. With nearly 50 years’ experience in the automotive field, Jerry tells of his pathway to success and the typical stumbles or learning curves along the way.

Why should you listen: Jerry tells of great advice he’s received throughout the years about money and property ownership; Learn Jerry’s reasoning behind the decision not to buy his father’s business, and then turned around 10 years later and bought it from someone else.

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RR 122: ASE Test ‘Uncovered’

ASE Test Uncovered. Everything you ever wanted to know about the ASE Test … ASE 3but were afraid to ask!

Joining me for this very open discussion is:

-Dan Baumhardt, ASE Test Administrator
-Matt Fanslow, Professional Technician and an ASE Subject Matter Expert
-Ryan Kooiman, Director of Training at Standard Motor Products

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RR 119: John Eppstein from John’s Automotive Care

John Eppstein from John’s Automotive Care in San Diego, CA was recognized in 2016 as the NAPA ASE Technician of the Year. Started Like So Many Others John Eppstein started in the automotive industry in 1983 because he wanted a job where he could help people. Like so many others in the industry, John pumped…

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