Resilience in Your Commitment to Succeed [RR 829]
Recorded Live at the 2023 Institute Summit, Michael Smith, Jason Brennan and Mike Simard discuss leadership, growth, culture and the resilience needed to commit to succeed in your business.
Forecasting Your Future [RR 826]
The future is here, consolidation is already happening. The middle-level shops will now be at the bottom end of the bell curve. What are the trends at the OEM level? Is Uber/Lyft the fleet of the future? What is the outlook of the changing service aftermarket? Recorded Live at the 2022 Institute Summit, Michael Smith, Brian Bates, and AJ Nealey discuss the future; it is happening sooner than we think.
Building Better Team Members by Building Better People – Matt Lachowitzer [RR 821]
How has Matt Lachowitzer been able to expand his multi store business while maintaining the culture within it? How did his team support each other through the sudden passing of a key manager? It all starts with building better people. So how do you do that? How do you find those unicorns that want to grow with your company and lead better lives themselves?
Learning How To Grow: Ready for Shop #2 – Nichole Bennecoff [RR 819]
Recorded Live at the Transformers Summit with Nichole Bennecoff, Subie Guys, Traverse City, MI. Find out how growing her business helped reignite her passion for the industry.
Strategies to Communicate Pay: The Good, Bad and Ugly [THA 309]
Join 3 shop owners as they share some great stories and wisdom about what works and what doesn’t when talking about pay. Can you show how to earn the pay they want? How can you bring the team together when there are earning discrepancies?
What Does the Shop of the Future Look Like? [THA 308]
What does the future look like for the automotive industry? Listen to the perspectives of Jennifer Maher, Executive Director of the TechForce Foundation, Derek Kaufman, Managing Partner at Schwartz Advisors, Matt Fanslow, Lead Diagnostician and Shop Manager at Riverside Automotive, and Dustin Brown, Shop Owner of Brown Auto Experts with 3 locations. We have an open discussion about future trends, aftermarket challenges, and electric vehicles.
Learn to Lead: Empower Your People [THA 307]
How do you truly empower your people? What does it take to be a strong leader of your business? How do you motivate and inspire your employees while avoiding burnout? We have an All-Star panel of industry peers willing to share their own experiences and learning curve as business owners.
Second Location: “Lower Slower Delaware” [AW 136]
Guest host and shop tour with Greg Buckley, Buckley’s Auto Care, 2 locations, Delaware. Tour Greg’s second location (including the Penthouse) and find out why he calls it “Lower Slower Delaware.”
The Power of Branding and The Power of Letting Go – Andy Bizub [RR 806]
Recorded live at AAPEX with Andy Bizub, Midwest Performance Cars, Chicago and Northbook, IL. Andy shares a story about how his branding connected two customer’s in Croatia and how he is able to be a remote owner while living in Texas.
Remote Ownership [THA 306]
Hear from 3 shop owners that run their businesses remotely. Yes, it is possible! If you feel like you can’t possibly relinquish control of the business, these owners are here to tell you why, how, and the benefits of being a remote owner. Spoiler alert: the secret sauce is the people, processes, and systems you have in place.
Behind the Scenes: Hudson Family Trifecta Awards [RR 797]
Get a behind the scenes interview with Kristi and Donnie Hudson on their trifecta award winning year in 2022 as the NAPA AutoCare Shop Owner of the Year, Women in Auto Care Female Shop Owner of the Year and AAPEX Shop Owner of the Year. Jason Rainey and Joelle Pollak from NAPA AutoCare also join the conversation.
The Perfect Second Location – Greg Buckley [RR 785]
Sometimes the best opportunities happen when you’re not even looking for it. Greg Buckley wasn’t searching for a second location, but a gold mine fell on his lap for the taking. The business he purchased was run as a hobby without any records. Find out how and why Greg took on this second location, 85 miles away from his 1st location.
Customer Buys Legacy Shop, Grew 400% – Todd Cole [AW 123]
Guest Host and Shop Tour with Todd Cole, TC Auto Service, Corpus Christi, TX. Four years ago Todd left his medical sales job and became the new owner of TC Auto Service.
Satellite Location: Diamond in the Rough – Jorge Gilligan [AW 122]
Guest Host and Shop Tour with Jorge Gilligan, Revolution Motor Works, Finksburg, MD.
Second Location: Opportunity Knocked – Andy Bizub [AW119]
Guest host and shop tour at Andy Bizub’s new second location in Northbook, IL.Listen and view episode notes
Purchased, Renovated and Reopened in 6 Months – Seth Thorson [AW118]
Guest host and shop tour with Seth Thorson, Eurotech Auto Service, 4 locations in Minnesota. Find out how Seth purchased, renovated, and opened his newest location in 6 months.Listen and view episode notes
Work Happy, Drive Happy [RR 768]
Find out how Marc Pons maintains a “Work Happy, Drive Happy” culture inside his 9 shops. Marc is also the president of ASTA in North Carolina, the Automotive Service and Tire Alliance, the folks who bring you ASTE. Marc explains the importance of setting routines to reinforce your values, it only takes 15 minutes at the beginning of each day. Can your shop spare 15 minutes? I think you can.
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How Partnerships Work [RR 766]
What does it take to build and maintain a long-term and successful business partnership? Why do so many fail? I’m with Travis Troy and Josh Mullins from Honest Wrenches, and they are debunking the misconception that partnerships in business don’t work. Spoiler alert, just like a marriage, it takes hard work and clear communication with aligned values.
4 Locations and Growing – Craig Popp [RR 757]
What are the challenges of being a successful multi-shop owner? Is there an ideal scenario to buy more locations? Should you buy an existing business or build from the ground up? I’m with Craig Popp at the 2022 Elite Invitational and each of his 4 locations has a unique story to tell. Keep listening if you are in the market for another shop.
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Two Locations, One Campus [AW 109]
Guest host and shop tour with Reggie Stewart, 2 locations, Reggie’s Motorworks and Noble Auto Service, Noblesville, IN. Find out how and why Reggie branded 2 separate locations in 1 former dealership space.
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The Hardest Lessons to Learn – Kevin Eckler [RR 744]
There’s nothing better than catching up with an industry friend at TST’s Big Event! Dive into the blueprint of Kevin Eckler’s second location, and his transparency of learning a valuable lesson of full commitment to his employees. He explains words are just words until actions are put into place. You’ll also hear from his newest employee that was an intern at his shop.
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Growing? Is Another Shop In Your Future? – Greg Bunch [RR 742]
Ever heard of the ‘entrepreneurial curse?’ Do you see opportunity everywhere you look? Are you ready to go multi-location? Or have you been approached to sell? I’m with Greg Bunch from Transformers Institute at Vision 2022 and we discuss the boom in becoming a multi-shop owner and the future of our industry.
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Growing Through Mergers and Acquisitions – Amanda Drake [AW 102]
Guest host and a shop tour with Amanda Drake, C & C Automotive, Augusta, GA. Amanda is passionate about growth through mergers and acquisitions. Take a tour of their 15,000 ft location which was a strip mall.
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Why Cleanliness Matters [AW 101]
Guest hosts and a shop tour with Henry Rose and Jeff Scruggs, Scruggs Automotive Repair, Buffalo, NY. Find out why cleanliness matters and how to implement it within your business. Plus, get an inside look at their new Annex location across the street.
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Are You Ready to Open a Second Location? – Justin Barrett [RR 735]
The leap from 1 location to 2 is never easy. But what if you also add in going to Vision 2022 days before the second location opens? How has Justin Barrett prepared his existing employees, while hiring new ones, for his second location? How did he know it was the right time?
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