What is it like being married to a shop owner and having your own career outside of the automotive industry? Recorded Live at the Transformers Summit, we are with Joe Bennecoff, husband of shop owner Nichole Bennecoffe, and Jennifer McHugh, wife of shop owner Patrick McHugh. It’s time to hear from the spouse’s perspective.
Guest hosts and shop tour with Bob and May Patterson, Bob’s Automotive, Panama City Beach, FL. With encouragement from his wife May, Bob opened his own shop 8 years ago. Hiring technicians has been a challenge; find out why they patiently wait for the right fit for their shop culture.
Celebrating the 800th episode with a personal story of adoption. Ann, my wife, and I are the adoptive parents of Matt and Tracy. Their nationality is South Korean, which makes us an interracial family. I’m telling this story to help others understand our journey of infertility to family.Listen and view episode notes
Guest host and shop tour with Lee and Kelli Weatherby, Accurate Automotive, Mesa, AZ. Find out how they are expanding their fleet business.
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.
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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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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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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Guest Host and shop tour with Mark and Summer Guerrero. They also discuss their need to have a business coach and the impact it made on their business. Mark says he should have listened more.
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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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29 Year Old Daughter Takes Ownership – Remodeled and Has Coach [AW 084]
Guest host and shop tour with Ashlan Kaplan, Cannon Auto Repair, Cannon Falls, MN. Find out what Ashlan Kaplan is doing to successfully take over her father’s business.
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Big Business in a Small Town- Candice and Jesse Beuttenmuller [AW 083]
Guest hosts and shop tour with Candice and Jesse Beuttenmuller, TJ’s Alignment and Repair, WaKeeney, KS. How does a business survive in rural America where the population in the county is 2800 within 900 square miles. Find out how they make it work. They even have a business coach.
“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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Social Media Marketing to Technicians [RR 665]
We all know there is a technician shortage of qualified technicians and we agree that the best are already employed. If your marketing strategies are only meant to attract more customers, you might be missing a key opportunity.
Marketing for technicians to join your team is just as important. Kim and Brian Walker from Shop Marketing Pros offer free advice for making your shop stand out and possibly attract a new technician to your business. remarkableresults.biz/e665Listen and view episode notes
Unstoppable with Amy and Kelly Michel [RR 663]
How did two musicians turn into two automotive repair owners? What is their secret to both managing the business and staying ahead of the curve in this industry? What family members did they hire and who is lined up to eventually take over the business? All these questions and more are answered in this episode.
Amy and Kelly Michel’s husband and wife chemistry is hard to miss, we had fun and I guarantee you will ‘learn just one new thing.’ And isn’t that what it’s all about. remarkableresults.biz/e663Listen and view episode notes
Hitting Rock Bottom and Climbing out [RR 650]
The hardest part about moving forward is sometimes going backward. Moving out of your comfort zone and embracing change can be a struggle for all of us to do. In this episode, Jeff and Donna Hazeltine share an emotional story that happened just 8 months ago. They had hit rock bottom with their business after losing long-term employees and felt like things couldn’t get any worse.
They had help from their fellow shop owner Troy Vaninetti. Discover how they climbed out and now have a completely different business culture.Listen and view episode notes
Partnership Agreements with Charlene Parlett [RR 642]
Do you remember when you started your business with your wife or friend as your partner? The upside was blue skies and the horizon was never-ending.
No one plans for partnerships to crumble or marriages ending or an unforeseen death to occur. But what happens when it does? Do you have legal documents in place? No matter what stage you are in owning a business, it is a necessity to plan for the unexpected now, rather than later when emotions and tensions are high. In this episode, Charlene Parlett shares her personal experience with business and marriage so others can avoid the same path.
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In honor of March’s Women History Month, I assembled a panel of lady shop owners to discuss the women’s role in the aftermarket. The ladies brought some wide-ranging perspectives and I loved the trajectory of this discussion. No matter your position or gender in our beloved aftermarket give this episode your due. The ladies were on fire.Listen and view episode notes
Buying and Selling – A Tale of Two Deals [THA 199]
An episode that showcases a sale and an acquisition and the story behind these aftermarket transactions from two couples who each had a great opportunity.
Kevin and Sarah Bickford bought the Fox River Tire & Auto, Richie and Leslie Zimmerman owned and sold 3 Shops to a big box brand. The reasons and method of these two transactions will help you realize how these opportunities take an immense amount of work and maybe some luck.
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Danielle and Brett Bohlmann Finding the Right Balance Between Work and Life
Brett and Danielle Bohlmann are Shop Owners at Hwy 7 Service Center. They agree that they are everything the other is not and they know it and use it to their advantage instead of it being their demise.
OK, Brett and Danielle Bohlman agree that they are everything the other is not and they know it and use it to their advantage instead of it being their demise. Brett and Danielle own Hwy 7 Service Center in Newell, IA. Danielle wasnt in on the business at start because she is a mother of 4 and for her, family is first! Find out how Danielle changed her comittment and how they make family and business work so they have a life.Listen and view episode notes
Making it Work: Husband and Wife Partners
Our married partners are Judi and Dana Haglin of Haglin Automotive Boulder, CO, along with Kim and Rob Auernheimer of CS Automotive in Brentwood, Tennessee. They share their experiences in running a shop, together with their life partners.
They make it sound simple, however as you’ll hear there was and continues to be a learning curve in their path to ‘harmony’. We’ll learn how they brought out the best in each other while improving their business’s and continuously making each other better.
They persisted with the patience, hardships, struggles, fulfillment and the joy of owning and managing a business as a husband and wife tandem.
They are like any couple but have the additional dynamic as business co-owners and partners. Learn from their tribulations as they share how each overcame their challenges to make their partnership amazing and strengthen their relationship over time.Listen and view episode notes
Shop Talk Volume 2- Women Shop Owners
Kim Auernheimer of Cool Springs Automotive Brentwood Tennessee, Mary Ann Croce of Croce’s Transmission Specialists, Norwalk, Connecticut, and Kathleen Jarosik of Xpertech Auto Repair, Englewood, Florida comprised the roundtable of the second edition of Shop Talk the Series.
Kim went to her first WorldPac training expo when she was in a tough financial situation. A light bulb came on. She is naturally competitive so she and her husband Rob decided they were going to be one of the best shops in the United States.
Maryann wanted her business to be sustainable. In the beginning just being able to take a paycheck home was a challenge, but keeping an eye on the goal will help you make important decisions to grow and sustain the business.
Kathleen hired a business coach who gave her the courage to step forward. She did a women’s car care clinic that ultimately led to her first Women In Auto Care meeting. That is when she realized she was not a unicorn and there were other female shop owners that inspired her.Listen and view episode notes
Changing the Image of the Industry; One Customer at a Time.
Bambi Crozier and her husband Neil own Car Clinic in Lowell, AR. They are dedicated to lifelong customer relationships and are working to change their customer’s image of the industry to that of a profession and not just a trade.
With her background in customer service, she and Neil set out on a mission of change. She started by asking her customer’s a lot of questions about their vehicle. She discovered that her customers wanted the down and dirty truth about their vehicle needs.
Listen to her story of startup and transformation. She knows that the rapid change in technology and the way tech is affecting how business is done today will require a smarter, wiser business owner. She believes in the power of the statement: ‘You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know.’Listen and view episode notes
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.Listen and view episode notes
Is Your Customer Retention All About Your Integrity and Building a Trusting Relationship?
Dynamic husband and wife team, Brenda and Brent O’Neal, lead their team to ensure “The customer experience is the best it can be.” All roles must do their job to perfection. The team knows that they are not fixing cars and that their customer is the most important part of the business.
They believe that living in the same community as their business brings great value and recognition.
Brenda and Brent, who do not have a background in the automotive field, share where they get their new ideas, how to grow your own techs, their marketing strategy, and the extreme value they’ve received from hiring a business coach.Listen and view episode notes