Is Your Bathroom Like the Ritz Carlton? [THA 281]

Did you know your customer’s bathroom is one of the most important reflections of your business to your customer? It reflects the commitment to a clean environment, it will affect your customer’s perception of your business and it demonstrates how well you’ll care for their personal vehicle. My panel discusses simple bathroom amenities that can have a huge impact and lasting impression on customers. Strive to have a customer rest room that is like the Ritz Carlton.

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Hairdresser Turned Shop Owner – Danielle Villa [RR 754]

Are hairdressers the new untapped resource for our industry? How does a hairdresser in San Francisco become an automotive shop owner in Las Vegas? What can we learn from the intimacy between a hairdresser and the client? I’m with Danielle Vila at the 2022 Elite Invitational, stay tuned, you won’t want to miss this episode. We discuss business, hair care tips, and a few laughs in between.

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“You’re Not A Technician, You’re A Technical Expert” Aaron Becker [RR 745]

I’m with Aaron Becker at the TST Big Event 2022. His stepfather-in-law is the late Myron Stein, inventor, product innovator, and founder of Airsept. Aaron is the President of Airsept and we discuss Myron’s famous donut and coffee selling tactic, and new products, and if you listen until the very end of your podcast player, you might hear a little backstage chatter with my daughter Tracy. By the way, I got to know Myron during my early days as a podcaster and he was an encourager and always told me like it was. I’ll miss him.

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Plan For Slow Times [THA 275]

The aftermarket is blazing busy. We may think that boomtown will continue without an end in sight. But what are your ‘slow day action plans?’ Some who have not been doing things ‘right’ are feeling the ebb and flow of typical cycle times, holidays, back to school, vacations, weather, and travel. Let this episode help you re-think how you prop up your business. Stop stopping.

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“Vision, KC Is My Happy Place” [RR 743]

Candice and Jesse Beuttenmuller come every March from WaKeeney, KS. to the Vision KC Hi Tech Expo. Vision KC, they say, is their Happy Place, therefore shutting down the shop to attend. Their town is so small it doesn’t even have a stoplight! Since we recorded the episode they changed the name of their business to ‘Old 40 Auto Care’. We also discuss the importance of communication with their customers. As a side note, we had a lot of laughs and fun while recording this episode.

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Women In Auto Care 2022 Conference – Tracy Capriotto [RR 739]

Not sure if you know that my daughter Tracy joined our media company and quickly signed on to our purpose to Advance the Aftermarket. She has made a great impact and helped to create the Aftermarket Radio Network. I’ve been encouraging her to find her stride and do her own podcast episode. Well here it is and she shares with you a personal story at the Women In Auto Care Conference in the Spring of 2022. Together we’ve attended ASTE, AAPEX, Vision, the Big Event, and others but this experience, she shares with you, is her first solo event and podcast. Get to know Tracy and see how proud I am to have her join the Aftermarket’s Premier Podcast. Many, I know, will relate to her story.

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Paying Attention to Inflation [THA 269]

We’ve all heard inflation is up 8%, as of this broadcast, but when you walk through the grocery stores and sit at a restaurant, it sure seems like it’s a lot higher …  don’t you agree? As prices continue to jump, what are we doing as an industry to adjust? And why are so many shop owners worried to raise their labor rates? My panel includes 2 shop owners and an auto shop bookkeeper with a wide-open discussion about labor rates, parts pricing, and even employee retention in the age of rampant inflation.

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Know Your Strengths [THA 268]

How well do you truly understand yourself and the people you work with? Are you going beyond the surface-level interactions and diving into personal development? In this Town Hall Academy, my panel not only discusses the different strength finder assessments but also the ‘why’ that drives and motivates different personalities within your business. A very important episode.

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Out with the Old, in with the New [AW 095]

Guest hosts and shop tour with Rich and Linda Brauer, 59 Auto Repair, Plainfield, IL. They’ve been in business 28 years and was the 2021 NAPA Shop of the Year. Rich and Linda discuss the importance of being open to new ideas and change, rather than saying “that is the way we’ve always done it.” 

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Husband and Wife Accountability Partners [RR 724]

Darrin and Ginger Barney are a powerhouse husband and wife team both at home and in their business. It’s not always smooth sailing when you work with your spouse. Many of you know that. Find out how they make it work and their advice to spouses considering working together.

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The Joy of Hiring [RR 716]

How did you develop your hiring process? Did you learn from other colleagues? Did you look online? Do you make decisions based on your intuition? Do you cross your fingers and hope for the best because you are desperate to fill a position? It’s time to take proven methods and guidance with Maylan Newton’s book “The Joy of Hiring”. You’ll also hear from a shop owner that implemented the concepts from this book into her hiring routine. She says it has completely changed her process and improved her hiring skills.

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Women of the Year Awards 2021 [RR 709]

Women of the Year Awards 2021 [RR 709]

I had the honor last year to sit down with the Women in AutoCare Women of the Year recipients at AAPEX 2021. The electric energy between these women is hard to miss. The push for more women in our industry is never over. We need to continue to support women in leadership roles, encourage the younger generation to join and get involved in mentorship.

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ASE ADAS Certification and Other Important News [RR 707]

ASE ADAS Certification and Other Important News [RR 707]

If you’re not actively involved in ASE certifications or the ASE education foundation, you are missing a huge opportunity. There are so many resources at your fingertips to improve your business, get involved in education, become certified, or stay certified with ASE. Stop making excuses in this new year, become proactive and start taking action.

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Training Workshops: Develop Your Culture and Leadership [RR 705]

Training Workshops: Develop Your Culture and Leadership [RR 705]

How do you elevate your business to the next level? It can seem like an uphill battle. Why does improving yourself and your business seem overwhelming to most people? Where do you even start? It all starts with one step at a time. Here is a great interview about UpShift Powered by Ask Patty and provides training on culture, leadership skills, and diversity inclusion (including women) among so much more. Consider it your own personal board of directors for your business. With Jody Devere and Donna Wagner.

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Why We Remodeled [AW 085]

Why We Remodeled [AW 085]

Guest host and shop tour with Gilda Dyckman, Cars Automotive & Muffler, Redondo Beach, Ca. Get an inside look at two remodeled buildings and find out why they rebranded their name.

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Marketing: Never Take Your Foot Off the Gas Pedal [RR 701]

Marketing: Never Take Your Foot Off the Gas Pedal [RR 701]

It’s always a pleasure to sit down with the Shop Marketing Pro’s team. We recorded this at the 2021 ASTE Conference. Marketing is constantly evolving and as a business owner, it’s easy to push it to the back burner. So do you know when is the best time to be marketing? My panel explains the great mystery of life.

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700th Episode Milestone- 7 Trends [RR 700]

700th Episode Milestone- 7 Trends [RR 700]

While past milestone episodes have focused on reflection, this episode focuses on the present and future in a rapid-fire format with 7 guests. Can your shop hold up as the industry and technology change? Do you have any plans to improve or change your business based on recent trends? My panel discusses some key strategies and how they face these opportunities and challenges.

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New Leadership Team at ASCCA [RR 699]

New Leadership Team at ASCCA [RR 699]

At AAPEX 2021 I caught up with the new Leadership team at ASCCA the Automotive Service Councils of California. I’ve known so many industry leaders who make ASCCA a great organization. I have the incoming and the outgoing president to talk about the future and a wide perspective on the power and value of association membership. Remember great things happen when we work together and my panel of ASCCA members is here to encourage you to get involved.

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“I Stopped Micromanaging” Becki McGinnis [AW 082]

“I Stopped Micromanaging” Becki McGinnis [AW 082]

Guest host and shop tour with Becki McGinnis as she discusses why “letting go” is essential if you want your business to grow. Your employees take care of your customers and as an owner, you take care of your employees. It’s time to allow your employees to do the job they were hired to do.

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AAPEX 2021 Service Award Winners [RR 697]

AAPEX 2021 Service Award Winners [RR 697]

I had the privilege to speak with the AAPEX 2021 service award winners while at AAPEX. Be a fly on the wall as they discuss what it was like to receive the call that they were award winners and what it means to them. They were selected based on the guidelines of the nomination process and the final voting and filtering from industry professionals. Congrats again to Matt Fanslow, Eric and Jaime Carlson and Brittany Schindler, your awards are well deserved.

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Life Happens, How Do You Handle It? – Maryann Croce [AW 080]

Life Happens, How Do You Handle It? – Maryann Croce [AW 080]

Guest Host and Shop Tour with Maryann Croce from Croce Transmissions in Norwich, CN also coach and consultant at Small Biz Vantage.com Not only will we have a virtual tour of Croce Transmissions but speak to the challenges when ‘Life Happens’ and doesn’t go as planned. The question: ‘How Do You Handle it?”

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