The Courage to Train: From Hawaii to Kansas City [RR 943]

23-year-old Evan Hansen, a young automotive professional from Hawaii, shares his enthusiasm for attending (by himself) Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo and the invaluable in-person training he received. Find out what classes Evan attended and how he met shop owner Jim Fleischman, who took Evan under his wing for the remainder of the conference. The episode is a testament to the industry’s commitment to fostering professional development, training, mentoring, and camaraderie among its members.
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How to Huddle [THA 374]

Bill Hill, Jamie Carlson, and Doug Callahan discuss the significance of company meetings and the benefits of daily huddles for setting the day’s agenda, fostering team communication, and enhancing company culture. They highlight the importance of clear goals, active listening, and fun elements to keep staff engaged. The episode underscores the positive effects of meetings on team dynamics, customer satisfaction, and overall business success.
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In 8 Years I’ve Been Through 68 Service Advisors [RR 942]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Jeremy O’Neal shares his journey of transforming a struggling business into a thriving enterprise, emphasizing the critical role of service advisor training.  Jeremy also highlighted how understanding the business, the owner’s goals, and team dynamics is essential before implementing any training program. It’s not just about fixing cars; it’s about creating an exceptional customer experience that drives business success.
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Mentorship, Training and the Rise of Specialists [E941]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Rich Falco, and bilingual trainer Oscar Gomez, dive into the critical role of mentorship and training in the automotive industry. They discuss the rise of mechanical and technology specialists and the necessity for continuous education to keep pace with evolving technology. The conversation underscores the importance of experienced mentors guiding newcomers, advocating for a culture shift from traditional challenges to supportive mentorship. 
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Shop Owner Mastermind [THA 373]

In this Mastermind style podcast episode of the Aftermarket Radio Network’s Town Hall Academy, host Carm Capriotto discuss the significance of training, customer loyalty, and the challenges of business expansion. Matt Wagg, AJ Nealy, and John Long share their experiences investing in their teams’ development, creating memorable customer experiences, and the personal growth required for successful leadership. They also delve into the complexities of scaling from a single shop to multiple locations, discussing the importance of readiness, strategic planning, and learning from both successes and failures in the expansion process.

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The Coach’s Toolkit: The Role of Coaches in Shaping Industry Leaders [RR 940]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, discover the Coach’s Toolkit: The role of coaches in shaping personal growth and team development. Joe Marconi and Darrin Barney also tackle the challenges of screen addiction and social media’s impact on mental health and why the culture within your business is the engine that powers your shop’s success.
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Business Growth and Personal Development: Education, Delegation and Elevation [RR 939]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Greg Bunch discusses the critical role of education, delegation, and elevation in the automotive industry. Greg shares insights on the challenges of transitioning from technician to shop owner and the necessity of adopting a mindset conducive to business growth. He emphasizes the importance of professional development and the dangers of becoming addicted to problem-solving and the impact on business growth.
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Are You Addicted to Social Media? [RR 938]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Carm Capriotto, alongside shop owner Kim Auernheimer and industry professional Tracy Capriotto, dive into a myriad of topics relevant to the industry. They reflect on the evolution of the industry and the significance of the Women in Auto Care conference. Kim discusses her journey managing multiple shop locations and the nuances of catering to different communities, while Tracy offers insights on the benefits of personality tests like DISC for workplace harmony. The trio also examines the double-edged sword of social media’s role in both personal and professional realms, advocating for a more intentional and productive use of the platforms. This episode is a trove of wisdom, emphasizing continuous personal growth and adaptation in a digitally-driven world.
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Thermal Management Fluids But Were Afraid to Ask [RR 937]

Recorded Live at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Adam Kimmel discusses the refrigerant and thermal management industry. He highlights the significance of air conditioning technology in vehicles, the essential use of fluorine in refrigerants, and the evolution of refrigerants for environmental safety. 
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Daily Dose of Top Tier Training: Today’s Class [THA 371]

Research has shown that people will generally forget 90% of what they “learn” within 30 days unless it is reinforced.

Recorded Live at Vision 2024, David Boyes, President of Today’s Class, outlines the mobile app’s features, including gamification and personalized training paths. AJ Nealey and Patrick Roberts share how they’ve implemented the platform in their businesses, highlighting its impact on engagement, adaptability to individual needs and its role in fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth.

“It’s microdosing of training. It’s a set of daily questions on a daily basis. And what I love about it, it’s the question after the question. “How confident are you in your answer?” It’s low, medium, or high. You’re understanding their confidence level.” AJ Nealey
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Measuring Technician Performance with Scorecards and Analytics [RR 936]

Greg Buckley discusses the importance of using analytics and performance metrics in the automotive industry. He draws parallels between managing a sports team and running an auto repair shop, emphasizing the need for owners to understand their team’s strengths and weaknesses. Greg explores the idea of incentivizing performance and accountability, similar to professional athletes. Greg shares his experience with nurturing technicians and the concept of having a “farm team” to develop skills. The conversation also touches on the need for better career pathing, training, and compensation methods to retain talent and improve the industry’s professionalism.
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From Shop Owner to Trainer [RR 934]

Recorded Live at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Pam Oakes discusses life after selling her shop and the transition into training. She also focuses on the role of 609 certification, EPA regulations and the importance of continuous learning and education. As professionals, we must adapt, learn, and embrace changes to ensure we’re not left behind.
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Coaches Lab: Benefits and Succession [THA 370]

Coaches Mastermind: Bill Haas and Kent Bullard discuss performance reviews, benefit packages and succession. Succession planning in family businesses is often met with emotional complexities and practical challenges. However, with open communication, a willingness to learn from the past, and proper financial planning, these obstacles can be overcome.
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Leadership in Times of Transformation [RR 933]

Dr. John Passante and Dr. Thomas Litzinger, titans of the automotive aftermarket industry, steer through the intricacies of professional development and organizational strategies. Some key takeaways: Innovation is non-negotiable, education is critical, and leadership makes the difference. 
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Make Every Detail Count: What Message Are You Sending to Customers? [RR 932]

Recorded Live at the 2024 MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) Training Event & Trade Show, shop owner Bill Snow discusses marketing strategies, the use of social media platforms, and the importance of authenticity in video marketing. Bill shares insights on audience preferences for lighthearted content and emphasizes professionalism and the value of every customer interaction in reflecting the business’s dedication to service.
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Overcoming Struggle: You Must Pivot [THA 369]

Culture, Leadership, and Growth: This episode isn’t just about the nuts and bolts. It’s about the heart and soul of business—people, leadership, and culture. Shari Pheasant and Kenny Wedow don’t just share their successes; they get real about the struggles, too. They’ve both seen firsthand how the right climate can turbocharge a team’s performance and drive success.
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So You Think You Understand Coolants? [RR 931]

Recorded Live at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Joe Long at discusses the evolution and importance of coolants. Joe shares his expertise on the impact of coolants on engine systems, the specifics of coolants for electric vehicles, and the challenges posed by new technologies. He also explores the transition from conventional to organic acid coolants and the importance of proper coolant testing and maintenance. The conversation also covers diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), its testing procedures, and maintenance tips to ensure fluid quality in automotive and heavy-duty applications. Joe emphasizes the need for education and proper maintenance to prevent system failures and maintain vehicle efficiency.
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Al Dente Excellence: The PASTA Method [RR 930]

Jennifer Filzen explores the “PASTA Method,” a business management approach focusing on company culture and employee engagement. Praise your employees, Ask them for input, Share information, Trust them to do the right thing, and Allow them to act upon their instincts.

A personal story from Jennifer’s Rome, Italy visit illustrates the method’s principles in action, emphasizing exceptional customer service and the importance of standard operating procedures. The episode highlights the importance of a positive work environment for business.
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Preventing Water Pump Comebacks [RR 929]

Recorded at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Frank Woodson from Gates discusses the importance of proper vehicle maintenance, focusing on water pump failures and electrolysis in cooling systems. Frank explains that 70-72% of water pump failures are due to weep leaks from seal failure, often caused by neglected coolant. The episode highlights the significance of thorough diagnostics and maintenance to avoid unnecessary repairs and ensure vehicle reliability.
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Engineering School Taught Me How To Think [RR 928]

Recorded Live from MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems Association) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, shop owner and MACS board member Tim Iezzi discusses his family’s legacy in the business and his passion for air conditioning and being a perpetual student. Tim also shares his experiences in working alongside other local shops, particularly when specialized services are required. This spirit of mutual support and knowledge exchange is what propels the industry forward, ensuring that we all benefit from shared wisdom. 
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