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.
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
Guest host and a shop tour with Brett Beachler, Beachler’s Vehicle Care & Repair, Peoria, IL. Find out how Brett’s team seamlessly communicates between both buildings and their streamlined processes.
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Guest host and a shop tour with David Friend, Mobile Tech, Wilmington, NC. Get a tour of David’s 50,000 sq ft building, including a training facility. He has been an early adapter of ADAS since 2015 and has a professional to professional auto supply business.
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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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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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Private Training Huge Benefit – Bill Hill and Leigh Anne Best [AW 079] 079]
Guest Host and Shop Tour with Leigh Anne Best and Bill Hill from Mighty Auto Pro in Medina, OH speak to the power and value of private training for their technicians. Pick up some very smart ideas during the shop tour of this 17 bay legacy facility.
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Rob Merwin and Charlie Marcotte [AW 069]
Guest host Rob Merwin from Aftermarket Matters will share news on the number of shops that closed as a result of Covid-19 and the advance of mobile repair. Charlie Marcotte from American Pride in Virginia gives you a tour of his four shops.Listen and view episode notes
Rena Rennebohm and Carl Hutchinson [AW 068]
Guest host, Rena Rennebohm, CEO Empowered Advisor and Virtual shop tour with Carl Hutchinson from Complete Automotive, Springfield, MO. The Automotive Trivia Challenge: What year were the first electric door lock and adjusted side mirror introduced respectively?Listen and view episode notes
Steve Finzel and Sara & Chad Kooiman [AW 067]
Guest host, Steve Finzel, Finzel’s Mastertech, Terre Haute, IN and the virtual shop tour with Sara and Chad Kooiman, Ultimate Auto, Sioux Falls, SD. Trivia Challenge: What year did the first “Soccer Mom” minivan debut?Listen and view episode notes
Brittany Schindler and Bruce Howes [AW 066]
Guest host, Brittany Schindler, Rod’s Japanese Auto Care, Bellingham, WA and the virtual shop tour with Bruce Howes, Atlantic MotorCar Center, Wiscasset, ME. Trivia Challenge: What was the first car fitted with an alternator rather than a direct current dynamo?Listen and view episode notes
Aaron Woods and Shop Tour with Emily Chung[AW 065]
Guest host, Aaron Woods, Extra Mile Auto Care, Stillwater, OK and the virtual shop tour with Emily Chung at AutoNiche in Markham, ON. Trivia Challenge: The Peanuts Characters Were First Animated in 1960 for What Automotive Brand?Listen and view episode notes
Kevin Eckler and Shop Tour with Angelo Giglio [AW 064]
Guest host, Kevin Eckler from Foreign Car Specialists, Poughkeepsie, NY about work environment and the impact on culture and the virtual shop tour with Angelo Giglio from Warren Auto and Tire in Roseville, MI. The Trivia Challenge: Name of Lincoln’s Concept Car that was Modified Into TV’s ‘Batmobile’?Listen and view episode notes
Chris Cotton from Auto Fix – Auto Shop Coaching and Tiffany Scherado from Lifetime Transmissions [AW061]
Guest host business coach Chris Cotton from Auto Fix – Auto Shop Coaching speaks to increasing shop productivity and the Virtual shop tour with Tiffany Scherado from Lifetime Transmissions, Broken Arrow, OK The trivia question: If you own a Ford Pick-Up or a Honda Civic, what statistic are you part of?
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A Blessing in Disguise From My Biggest Mistake [THA 200]
Welcome to the 200th milestone episode of the Town Hall Academy. The industry’s premiere and original single subject forum. Thank you for your support in listening and watching the forum and making it a staple of information and insights for our automotive service industry.
Wisdom comes from many sources. If you think about the many mistakes you’ve made there are hundreds. But the blessing that can come from failure is to think of the challenge you faced and the outcome. Your panel today digs deep in their heart and shares with you the triumphs that came from some tough and low spots in their careers. I thank Emily Chung, Kelli Weatherby, Matthew Lachowitzer and Kevin Eckler for their transparent and emotional rendering on how they overcame a huge mistake and found blessings in their decision to act.
Matt Lachowitzer owns and founded Matt’s Automotive Service Center, Emily Chung owns and operates AutoNiche auto repair shop in Markham, Kelli Weatherby co-owner, with husband Lee, co-owns Accurate Automotive in Mesa, AZ., and Kevin Eckler, along with wife Lisa, owns Foreign Car Specialists.
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What would you do differently if you knew you could never fire anyone?
Hiring the right team member continues the culture and team dynamic in your business. Hiring the wrong person can crash your culture and create friction in your team.
You need to hire slow and fire fast and hire for attitude, not aptitude; because we usually fire for attitude.
This team of aftermarket professionals brings their experience along with great advice on how to hire smart and for the long term.Listen and view episode notes
How to Improve Employee Loyalty and create engaged team members.
Listen to Ryan Clo, Dwayne Myers and Jude Larson talk about the power of gratitude, the importance of sharing your vision, creating a powerful work environment, the value of training for personal improvement, pay and bonus programs, mentoring and why you need to share your numbers.Listen and view episode notes