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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Meet the 2024 Mobile A/C Pioneer Award Winners [THA 368]

Recorded Live at the 2024 MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) Training Event & Trade Show, Carm Capriotto discusses the automotive air conditioning industry with Peter Coll and Pioneer Award Winners Larry Hays, and Tom Massey. They explore the evolution of air conditioning systems, the importance of collaboration, and the role of MACS in advancing the industry.
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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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2024 Outlook with the Aftermarket Radio Network [THA 367]

Industry experts discuss the future of the automotive industry, focusing on training, technology, and business strategies. They explore the importance of simplifying communication, utilizing video content for customer education, and the benefits of in-person versus virtual training. The panel also discusses the challenges of management training and the need for a holistic approach to business issues, emphasizing collaboration and a positive company culture. The episode provides insights into adapting to economic changes and fostering industry growth through shared knowledge and experiences.
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“Not Your Grandfather’s Air Conditioning Anymore!” [RR 927]

Live from MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Michael Ingvardsen discusses the evolution of thermal heat management, the importance of training, and the challenges of new refrigerants. Michael emphasizes the need for compatibility between components and refrigerants, and the role of distributors in ensuring product reliability. The episode highlights the complexity of modern air conditioning systems and the value of specialized knowledge in the field.
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Which Scan Tool Should I Buy? Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo 2024 [RR 926]

Insights to the Vision Hi-Tech & Expo 2024 Class “Which Scan Tool Should I Buy?” on Thursday, February, 29, from 1pm-5pm. Our panel discusses the importance of tailoring scan tool recommendations toa technician’s specific needs, including the car lines they work on, their budget, and the features they require. Don’t sit on the value of seeking advice from experienced users and trainers to make informed decisions.
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Automotive Training: A Business Strategy [RR 925]

There is no getting around the importance of training and mentorship in the automotive service repair industry. A strong commitment to training provides many long-term benefits for business growth. A collaborative approach to learning is encouraged, creating in-house experts and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. Brandon advocates for staying technologically updated and customer-focused to ensure business success. The episode underscores training’s vital role in enhancing customer service and business success.

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The Role of The Reservationist in Auto Repair [RR 922]

Discover how “reserving” a service advisor’s time, not just the bay, can transform your client relationships and service quality.

Learn about the rise of virtual service advisors and how they’re reshaping the industry.

Find out how a well-trained reservationist can boost your shop’s efficiency and profitability.
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From Dealership to Mobile Mechanic [RR 920]

Explore the challenges and benefits of mobile mechanics, Jesse’s future ambitions for a physical shop, and the value of mentorship in the automotive industry.

Jesse explains his transition to full-time mobile work, his marketing strategies, and customer service approach. He also touches on the logistics of mobile operations, from tools to working in various locations.
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Coaches Lab: When Will Shops Stop Doing Work That They Don’t Get Paid For? [THA 363]

It’s time to find the hidden costs of ‘busyness’ in auto repair shops. It’s not just about the work you do; it’s about the work you’re actually getting paid for. Measuring technician productivity is crucial – because if you’re not measuring it, you can’t manage it. It’s a wake-up call for shops everywhere to stop leaving money on the table.
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Understanding Intangible Holes in Your Business [RR 918]

Dave Schedin dives into the significance of emotional intelligence (EQ) in personal and professional development. He discusses how recognizing and managing emotions can lead to business success and shares how his own growth in EQ has helped his clients improve their businesses. The conversation covers the impact of fear and limiting beliefs on decision-making, the importance of stepping out of comfort zones, and the value of self-awareness. 
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A Real World Perspective on Safety [RR 916]

Ready to dive into the critical topics of safety and compliance within the automotive service aftermarket? Tom Herrmann shares valuable insights on maintaining a safe work environment, including hazard communication, safety data sheets, labels for chemicals, and the importance of employee training and clear safety policies. Tom emphasizes the role of safety as a form of salesmanship, advocating for selling the importance of safety to employees rather than focusing on potential fines and violations. The episode aims to instill a sense of responsibility in listeners, highlighting the importance of safety to prevent accidents and maintain a productive workforce.
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The Art of Client Appreciation [RR 915]

Dane and Cathy Bailey discuss their transition from a franchise to independent operators, the importance of trust and reputation, and their unique approach to customer relations. The Baileys emphasize the significance of creating a welcoming environment, particularly for female clients, and the role of personalized gestures like thank-you baskets and branded gifts in building lasting relationships. They also explore the parallels between the automotive and real estate industries, highlighting the importance of professionalism and quality service.
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Back to the Basics: Gear Doesn’t Buy Skill [AW 190]

Oscar Gomez shares his transition from technician to educator, emphasizing the importance of foundational knowledge in the automotive field. Oscar discusses his teaching methods and the challenges of getting technicians to attend training sessions, revealing that many technicians are reluctant to seek further education because they don’t see personal financial benefits. Oscar’s commitment to education is evident in his offering of financial support for students and his passion for teaching, which extends to bilingual classes. 
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The New Frontier of Measuring Service Advisor Effort and Output [RR 913]

Stan Stokes and Eric Renninger from Iron Fist Consultants discuss the evolving roles of service advisors in the automotive industry, the impact of COVID-19 on consumer behavior, and the role of technology. Gone are the days of going purely on gut feeling; today, maximizing conversion rates means utilizing every bit of data available. Operationalizing data and effective communication are fundamental aspects of a positive customer journey. 
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Technician Productivity Redefined [AW 189]

Joe Marconi discusses the importance of team collaboration, efficiency, and continuous training in the automotive industry. He highlights the need for effective leadership, a positive company culture, and sound systems and procedures to guide technicians and improve productivity. The conversation also covers the significance of accurate estimating and effective labor rates, the rising costs in various industries, and the importance of a positive and growth mindset in business. 
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Revolutionizing the Automotive Industry: The Rise of Technology Specialists [RR 909]

Carm Capriotto and Matt Fanslow dive into the increasing role of technology in the automotive industry and how it’s revolutionizing the way we approach vehicle repairs and maintenance. They propose the term “Technology Specialist” for automotive technicians, emphasizing the importance of their expertise. This designation not only acknowledges their expertise in handling advanced vehicle technology but also elevates their professional standing. Changing the language and perception of technicians as professionals is crucial for the industry’s growth and success.
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Navigating the Tesla Terrain: Insights from Seth Thorson [RR 908]

Recorded Live at ASTE 2023, Seth Thorson shares insights on owning a Tesla, including the availability of parts, diagnostics, and his experiences with long-distance driving in a Tesla. He addresses misconceptions about EV charging stations and the topic of EV fires. Seth’s expertise and passion for Tesla and EVs are truly inspiring and informative.
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Thriving Through Our Economic Challenges [THA 357]

Recorded Live at AAPEX 2023, Greg Bunch and Matt Fanslow discuss the impact of the current economy on the automotive aftermarket industry. They explore various aspects of business such as margins, advertising, training, hiring, labor rates. The conversation also covers the potential loss of independent repair shops, and the need for better communication with customers.
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Exploring the Depths of Self-Reflection: The Power of Personal SWOT Anaylsis [RR 907]

“Do you have the strength to be honest with yourself?”

Michael Smith discusses the importance of personal and company-wide SWOT analysis. He explores the need for continuous learning, development and the role of collaborative feedback in identifying blind spots. He emphasizes the importance of going beyond the initial analysis to consider future goals and potential obstacles. 
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Give Me 10 Update: Collaboration with Education [AW 186]

“Give Me 10 Mission: To provide a work-based learning model that any industry can utilize to bridge the skills gap. Combining classroom instruction with on the job work based learning opportunities. This program integrates the classroom with employers to create an introduction to a career path of the student’s choice. 

The program simplifies the relationship between an industry lead business and vocational education that can lead into a career path. We ask for no money. Our “ask” is for your time. Time to integrate a student into your business to create a career fit. It starts with 10 hours and can grow into a new employee. Can you “Give Me Ten?”

Sue Dixon, the creator of the “Give Me Ten” program, discusses the importance of collaboration between the automotive industry and education. The “Give Me Ten” program, which exposes students to the automotive industry and helps them explore potential career paths, is highlighted. The discussion also covers the need for updated curriculums, industry involvement, and the success of the “Give Me Ten” program in providing work-based learning experiences.
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Technician’s Three-Year Succession Plan [RR 906]

Andy Bizub and part owner Brandon Ludwikowski discuss the transition from technician to business owner, the importance of a positive attitude, and the tools and knowledge required for technicians. The conversation also covers the division of responsibilities within the company, decision-making processes, and the importance of understanding business fundamentals and financials. 
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