TechForce: Powering Our Youth [RR 798]

TechForce Foundation is a national charity committed to powering technical careers so communities thrive. We are LIVE at AAPEX 2022 with members of the TechForce Foundation to discuss their critical role in engaging with the next generation of technicians .
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Technician Tools and Jocko [THA 298]

Do wages today support the tools technicians need? What are they spending? Are owners using tool purchase programs for their employees? Andy Bizub from Midwest Performance Car, Chicago, shares his perspective on tool programs in his shop. Andy also discusses his experience at Jocko Willink’s ‘Echelon Front’ Muster conference that he is sending his people to and why it is ‘next level’ training.
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Onboarding New Team Members [THA 297]

Have you ever experienced the butterflies in your stomach when you start a new job? You arrive on the first day and feel lost as surrounding employees are busy at work.  What is your onboarding process for new employees? How do you make their first day efficient, comfortable and welcoming? Listen to learn just one thing and commit to finetuning your onboarding process
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A Plan To Solve The Technician Shortage [RR 786]

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the technician shortage is the hottest topic and challenge in our industry. My guest Cecil Bullard from The Institute, has a plan to solve the technician shortage. It involves a $20 increase in your labor rate and how that money gets distributed. Sounds too good to be true? Good!
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Climbing Out Of Despair [THA 296]

In today’s episode, my panel discusses hitting rock bottom and being able to climb out. How do you financially recover from being in debt? How do you get through divorce when your business is failing? Why aren’t more owners looking at themselves in the mirror and realizing they are the problem and the solution? Keep listening to find out.
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Practice What You Learn – G Truglia and Pete Meier [RR 784]

The proverb ‘A little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ expresses the idea that a small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking that they are more expert than they are, which can lead to mistakes being made. When it comes to repairing EV/Hybrids, the era of being a parts changer, I’m told, is nonexistent. We recorded live at Dorman with G Truglia and Pete Meier, 2 out of 4 trainers for a weekend of hands-on training.  Listen to their perspectives on EV/Hybrid repair and training and why critical thinking is more important than ever.
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Localized Training Trend [RR 782]

Imagine a group of shop owners that get together to have local training for their area. They aren’t concerned with the competition between each other or the poaching of their technicians. Believe it or not, it is happening in Florida with FASTT (Florida Automotive Service Technician Training). Jason Stretch has a passion for training and created this group for technicians to acquire real-world information that can be applied immediately. Find out how FASTT is elevating our industry’s training and gain insight on how you could apply it to your area.
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Building a Reliable Mentor/Mentee Program – Marc Brune [RR 780]

Did you know that 70% of change initiatives with new programs/systems will fail due to a lack of leadership commitment?  I want to focus on mentor/mentee and apprenticeship programs, which are most critical to our industry’s survival.  You can lose your way without processes, procedures, and accountability to mold your apprentice into your shop. Too much talk and not enough action is the breakdown.  Luckily for you, my guest, Marc Brune, has a program focused on helping businesses develop entry-level technician mentoring programs with the tech shortage in mind. 
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Why Speak to Fifth Graders? [THA 292]

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Raising the image and perception of our industry starts with getting involved with schools. If you’re involved in your local community college or high school, I would like to put out a challenge that you also visit the elementary and middle schools. The students are buzzing with energy, questions, and already have a leg up on technology. If you’re not involved with any schools, what’s stopping you?  You can’t afford to not put your time into students, teachers, and school counselors. The impressions you leave on the youth are critical to creating opportunities for our industry’s future.

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Flat Rate VS Salary Debate [THA 289]

Are you doing flat rate, salary, or a hybrid model? What are the pros and cons of all three? My panel brings light to this hot topic from different perspectives. The consensus from the group is there is no cookie-cutter model on pay plans you must factor in your culture and your team.
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Writing Ads That Attract Rock Stars [THA 288]

What’s the first step to hiring Rock Stars? It starts with the ad. A cookie-cutter ad with buzzwords will only get you so far. Instead of writing the ad from your perspective, step into the shoes of the position you are looking to fill … you may have done that job yourself. Did you ever think that you should be writing the ad for the spouse of the job position? It costs thousands of dollars to hire the wrong person.  Get ready to get a handful of ideas in this episode, to help in your hiring goals.
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What Do Technicians Really Want? – Jimmy Alauria and Jason Stretch [RR 765]

We all know that there’s a shortage of workers for mostly all businesses in all industries because of the great resignation. As a shop owner, how are you attracting the best technicians? Are you promoting your culture and the opportunity to work in your business? Wouldn’t it be nice to know what is important to technicians? What are they looking for in a shop, and do you offer it? Jimmy Alauria and Jason Stretch discuss the results of a recent technician survey that might surprise you. And how the value of the survey shapes the ads that attract superstars.

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How To Build Relationships with Students and Schools [RR 760]

How many schools have you visited recently? What is your relationship like with the teachers, and school counselors? Have you hosted a shadow day at your shop for students? If your answer is no to any of these questions, answer this one: what is stopping you? Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Dont miss this opportunity to get involved with your schools and community and properly represent this industry to our younger generation.

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Prepare for the Future [THA 277]

How do we prepare for the future? In this episode listen to the insights from the perspective of a shop owner, technician, instructor, COO, and trainer. Times have changed, so how do we get the younger generation passionate about our industry and our high-tech vehicles? What does the future of ADAS and electric vehicles mean to the aftermarket? 

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1 Shop, 3 Apprentices [RR 723]

For anyone who doesn’t have a working apprentice in your shop, this is your wake-up call. Roy Foster from Foster’s Automotive currently has three apprentices and you’ll get a chance to hear from all three. Two are his sons and Yes they are going through an apprentice program. What about your son or daughter. Their excitement and motivation for this industry is hard to miss.

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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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The Big Picture Program [RR 715]

I recently had the privilege to connect with Karen Monaco, a teacher for a local school district and advisor for the Big Picture Program during a local independent shop owner meeting. This national program puts students at the center of their own learning through “leave to learn” internships and shadowing at local businesses. If you’re not involved with education, this is your wake-up call to get started. All it takes is a phone call. My goal is that this episode shows you the way to engage our young people in our industry.

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Tom’s Trends – Technicians [CC 103]

Welcome to another CarmCast featuring Tom Ham from the Automotive Management Network. To watch the video version of this episode head to my carm capriotto youtube channel. Tom brings some interesting trends he’s collected from surveying aftermarket professionals. We’re jawing about stats on the technician shortage and that your next tech may be closer than you think. You might be surprised by the survey results and these trends. Let’s dive in.

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Why We Are Better Than The Car Dealerships [THA 257]

Why We Are Better Than The Car Dealerships [THA 257]

It’s time to shift your perspective from “we are the alternative to the dealerships” to “the dealerships are the alternative to us.” Are we making enough buzz about the benefits of independent repair shops? My panel shares their perspective and offers real testimonials from customers on their experience at the dealerships.

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