Maybe You Need a Boss [THA 252]

Maybe You Need a Boss [THA 252]

As an owner of your business, who holds you accountable? Why is it that many, of us, need someone to hold us accountable? Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in your own day-to-day world and not moving forward? Is your business really growing or just trying to do better than last year’s numbers? My panel has a lot of answers, if you’re willing to listen and be open-minded, this episode can be a life-changer.

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Growing Sales For A New Location [THA 251]

Growing Sales For A New Location [THA 251]

Opening an additional location is hard work and can be challenging with twists and turns before the grand opening even happens. Learn from three shop owners who have multiple locations and their strategy to drive business to their new locations. They offer their ups and downs, what worked, and what didn’t. Many of you know that the real work starts way before the doors even open.

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Do We Earn Enough Respect? Charlie Marcotte and Dustin Brown [THA 250]

Do We Earn Enough Respect? Charlie Marcotte and Dustin Brown [THA 250]

It’s easy to be involved in your community as a business owner. You can sign a check, donate to a raffle, or sponsor a local sporting league. While those are great gestures, are you truly connecting your brand and your heart to your community? In this episode, 2 shop owners explain their full commitment to their community and why it’s important to their brand and their longevity in their business. Be prepared to be inspired to start your own acts of service in your community.

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Growing Pains When Scaling Your Business [RR 683]

Growing Pains When Scaling Your Business [RR 683]

We all know growing pains happen when expanding your business to more locations. It’s tough, necessary, and normal. But wouldn’t it be nice to skip some of the known challenges? Consider this episode your “How to Scale” road map if you’ve been considering opening more locations. Listen and learn from a shop owner and one of his Directors, as they share some tactics to controlled chaos.

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Sam Craven and Lee Forman [AW 070]

Sam Craven and Lee Forman [AW 070]

Guest host, Sam Craven, The Garagisti, Houston, TX shares his thoughts on culture, measures and customers. We get a virtual shop tour with Lee Forman of Dynamic Automotive, New Market, MD. And important weekly episode updates.

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Rob Merwin and Charlie Marcotte [AW 069]

Rob Merwin and Charlie Marcotte [AW 069]

Guest host Rob Merwin from Aftermarket Matters will share news on the number of shops that closed as a result of Covid-19 and the advance of mobile repair. Charlie Marcotte from American Pride in Virginia gives you a tour of his four shops.

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Behind the Scenes: New Shop Retrofit/Remodel [CC 097]

Behind the Scenes: New Shop Retrofit/Remodel [CC 097]

With me is Carl Hutchinson from Complete Automotive in Springfield, MO, He showcases his second location that is almost ready for the grand opening. With any remodel, there were some hidden challenges and extra costs but Carl was able to meet those roadblocks and adapt in order to keep the construction going. If you’re considering a second location but don’t have the insights or ideas to retrofit a building from the ground up you’ll love this how-to episode. Imagine how tough it was with delays and spiraling costs of building materials.

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Second in Command – A COO/GM Perspective [THA 236]

Second in Command – A COO Perspective [THA 236]

As an owner, the day-to-day routine seems like second nature to you. You’re the face of the business and enjoy interacting with customers and your team. How much time are you able to spend focusing on the future.

Having a second in command to manage the day-to-day tasks and employees is vital to a growing business. This episode will appeal to any owner out there and also future COO’s that have the desire to step up into that role. Find out what it takes for both sides to make it work seamlessly.
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Creating a Training Culture [THA 235]

Creating a Training Culture [THA 235]

Training in this industry is always a hot topic to discuss. Unfortunately, there are too many shops that don’t realize training employees and business owners must be non-negotiable in order to have a profitable and sustainable business. If you’re listening to this podcast, you’re already taking action to level up. Take a moment to share this episode with just one person, it may change their life personally and professionally.

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Dynamic Automotive: 6 Years Later [RR 662]

Dynamic Automotive: 6 Years Later [RR 662]

This episode was recorded live at Dynamic Automotive’s 25th year anniversary with owners Jose Bueso, Lee Foreman, and Dwayne Myers. Like so many other businesses, it all started in a garage with some tools. With 5 locations, it has grown in every way possible, including creating a strong leadership team. Listen carefully as Jose, Lee, and Dwanye give valuable insight on how they expanded logistically and internally.

This partner team was on the second episode released in March 2015. This is a long-awaited update. Thanks to Jose, Lee, and Dwayne for believing in the concept of aftermarket podcasts so long ago.

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Shop Owner has a Golf Cart Gold Mine – Mark Reopke [RR 655]

Shop Owner has a Golf Cart Gold Mine – Mark Reopke [RR 655]

Have you ever thought about small engine repairs in your shop? It’s time to think outside the box and learn from this unique business opportunity Mark Roepke stumbled upon. It’s a lesson to all of us that you need to constantly be adapting and grow in different ways. Golf Carts anyone?

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Second in Command: A CEO Perspective [THA 230]

Second in Command: A CEO Perspective [THA 230]

As your business continues to grow and perhaps you add a few more locations, or you want to work on your job as the visionary, it’s a natural progression to start brainstorming who you’re second in command will be.

Why is it important? What qualifications and qualities do they need to possess? How do you set up clear roles and guidelines between your position and theirs? All these questions and more are answered in this episode. Sit back and listen first hand to what works and what doesn’t.

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Facing Our Challenges Head-On with Craig Noel [RR 653]

Facing Challenges Head-On with Craig Noel [RR 653]

We are a vibrant, growing and essential industry. And like many dynamic industries, we have obstacles to overcome that make what we do fun yet challenging. How do we grow and meet said challenges? Well, Craig Noel’s passion for changing the perception of the automotive world is hard to miss in this episode. Keep listening and become the change agent that we need.

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MSO: 18 Team Members Tested Positive for Covid. How We Survived [RR 609]

MSO: 18 Team Members Tested Positive for Covid. How We Survived [RR 609]

What can we learn from this unprecedented year? A lot!

Our story today is of a hard hit multi-store operation (MSO) and how it survived 18 team members who contracted Covid-19. The preparation years before Covid-19 was to become a pandemic is the anchor in this story. It is proof of concept. Build a strong culture, put your people first, love your customers, engage all the latest technology and systems, and have strong processes and procedures. With all that in place, you can navigate just about anything.

Dwayne Myers from Dynamic Automotive from Frederick, MD, and his partners, Jose Buesso and Lee Foreman put their company in the position to fight through their Covid-19 barrage and come out the other side in decent shape. Surviving the ordeal was gut-wrenching and thought reflecting. Yet they did. This is homework for you to Listen to Learn Just One Thing!

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Pre Scheduling Appointments – The Time Has Come [THA 207]

THA 207 Pre Scheduling Appointments – The Time Has Come

Welcome to the 207th episode of the Town Hall Academy. Right up front l want to warn you. This discussion may just change the way you do business. I want you to give it your all and when done implement the tactics you discover. I know your business will blossom.

Scheduling future appointments is not a new concept. You know about it but have never decided it was good for your business or your customer. We have solid statistics that demonstrate that 59% of your customers are willing and ready to accept a future appointment for maintenance service. Ever walk out of the dentist’s office without your next hygiene appointment. How about a hair salon?

I’m with Bill Thompson, Craig Noel, and Greg Skolnik. Bill Thompson brings his critical data to support this strategy, Greg has been doing this for years and has the data to prove the strength of the strategy and Craig is starting to pre-book now.

There was a ton of passion flowing throughout this episode. I believe you’ll be moved to start in your business. So …. Let’s talk about it.

This episode’s key talking points are already done for you. They reside on the show notes page at remarkableresults.biz/a207. Enjoy.

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Owner, Technician, Service Advisor – Working Together – AAPEX 2020 Honors [RR 606]

Owner, Technician, Service Advisor – Working Together – AAPEX 2020 Honors [RR 606]

This 606th episode honors the recipients of the AAPEX 2020 Awards. The first annual honors include Shop Owner of the Year, Technician of the Year, and Service Advisor of the Year.

Sure we bestowed a bunch of high-fives upon these three outstanding aftermarket professionals, but you’ll love the episode as we discussed their roles in a shop environment and why working together through trust and respect make a huge difference for the business and work environment.

Help me welcome Brian Sump of Avalon MotorSports and Urbana Auto Care as the AAPEX 2020 Shop Owner of the Year. Norm Schultz of Interstate Auto Care, Madison Heights, MI as AAPEX 2020 Technician of the Year, and Jason Sexton of Dynamic Automotive, Frederick, MD as the AAPEX 2020 Service Advisor of the Year.

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Requirement for Growing a Branch Store [THA 205]

THA 205 Requirements for Adding a Branch Store

Welcome to the 205th episode of the Town Hall Academy. New Year, New Challenges. Many in the industry are contemplating growth and many are thinking of selling or succession. Keep close to the insights and wisdom from your aftermarket peers, right here, who share their growth story with you.

I’m with Greg Bunch, Austin Miller, and John Manelas. Greg is the owner of Aspen Auto Clinic, Colorado. Austin Miller opened Tire Star in2011, and John owns Auto Care Plus and Euro Care Plus. Together this team has 15 branches and growing.

How many shops are enough? Is there a sweet spot? What qualities must a shop owner possess in order to successfully add a shop? What are the challenges? No doubt this group tells their tale of their initial branch store and the huge learning curve that happened with it and subsequent stores.

The key talking points from this episode are already done for you on the show notes page at remarkableresults.biz/a205.

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Doug Grills – 20 Questions in 30 Minutes [RR 589]

Doug Grills – 20 Questions in 30 Minutes [RR 589]

Welcome to another episode of 20 Questions in 30 Minutes. I’m with Doug Grills of AutoStream Car Care Center. Doug along with his partner Rick Levitan has been around the auto service business for over 25 years and has built their reputation by offering best-in-class service to their customers. Now he joins and answers his hand-picked questions on our format I call 20 Questions in 30 Minutes.

This episode highlights Doug’s early musical career and allowed us to understand how he uses his analytical skills to make decisions. He believes in process and that a strong culture is what people really buy into.

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Electrical Engineers Become Shop Owners Growing to Seven Stores – John and Karen Manelas [RR 569]

Electrical Engineers Become Shop Owners Growing to Seven Stores – John and Karen Manelas [RR 569]

John and Karen Manelas attended the same school, took the same degree and became successful at their careers for 15 years as electrical engineers. They decided to take a huge life change and pay cut to start their own shop. They took on the challenge and the uncertainties. With low capital, they grew their shop from one in 2004 to an amazing 7 shops in 2019.

Growth is an amazing thing when you do it the right way. Prepare yourself mentally to put a lot of work into each location, hiring, training, and preparing the right staff.

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Stop Being Afraid – Bryan Gossel [RR 517]

Bryan Gossel, BG Automotive, Fort Collins, CO. Brian’s Previous Episodes HERE. Key Talking Points: Started as technician and service writerNo structure, education, or much training from shop owner Owner didn’t see value in outside training Bryan exemplified natural leadership, intuition and communication  Partnered together to also buy motorcycle parts and accessory business- had to shut down…

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Partnerships [RR 503]

Mark Roberts is the owner of Roberts Properties, Inc, Managing Partner of Total True Automotive dba Schertz Auto Service, Craftsman Building and Renovation LLC. He is also partnered with a Local Custom Home builder. Mark is also the former owner of Auto Collision Works. He grew up in Schertz and has been a resident since…

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