Service Professional Series

RR 416: Preparing Your Shop For Tomorrows Technicians – How To Attract and Retain Your Team

Preparing Your Shop For Tomorrow’s Technician: How To Attract And Retain Your Team

We know as a united industry that retaining and attracting talent into our bays is our number one concern. Sure keeping pace with technology advancements is up there, but if you don’t have the talent inside your shop to repair our high tech cars, tech becomes less a challenge.

This power panel from Vision KC 2019 and brought to you by the Midwest Auto Care Alliance, tackles this tough subject that we need to face head-on. With me is Tyler Hubbard from I-70 Auto Service, Aaron Stokes – from Eurofix and Shop Fix Academy, Chris Chesney – Sr. Director Customer Training at CARQUEST Technical Institute, Brian Bates – Eagle Automotive Service and Greg Buckley – Buckley Personalized Auto Care.

You’ll hear discussion on why our industry needs to stop eating our young, setting career paths for your technicians, why orientation and not onboarding is the way to integrate new technicians into your business, buying tools for our technicians, and building the right culture and operating principles and so much more. We even had time at the end for Q & A from the audience.

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THA 111: Building New Customers

Building New Customers

David Roman from Done with Care – Auto Repair from Merium, KS and Greg Bunch from Aspen Auto Clinic from Colorado Springs and also the founder of Transformers Institute bring their A game to this discussion.

We covered a wide spectrum of strategies on customer growth and trust. We enveloped the marketing side of finding new customers and then how to complete the relationship once your service writer brought them from the phone call and into the shop.

David says that a big deception in opening a business; you think you are going to do what you are good at doing, however, you must be good at marketing; to make the phone ring. The CEO must make the phone ring or you’re going to have to spend money to hire a professional to do it.

Greg says that we must educate new clients on who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Greg wants you to Invite your new customer to talk to the tech and walk them through the findings of the inspections. He says that your customer struggles to find a trustworthy mechanic, so if you want to build a long term customer; earn their trust.

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RR 415: Mitch Schneider – Legacy Aftermarket Influencer

Mitch Schneider – Legacy Industry Influencer.

You know Mitch Schneider. He is truly a legacy icon of our industry. He has dedicated his life to run a great shop for decades and at the same time write and speak to help our industry grow. There isn’t an issue that he hasn’t tackled where his reader could take his wisdom and improve themselves and their business.

One thing I wanted to know is how did it all start. If you are a Mitch Schneider fan or follower you may not know this story. You’ll hear how Mitch found his stride and passion for helping the industry by writing and speaking on industry challenges and solutions.

Coming up is a very transparent and personal discussion with Mitch in a way that you may have never heard before. He is also sharing with you his biggest challenge of his life and his extreme confidence in his total recovery. It is in nature to win.

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RR 414: Elevating Our Industry’s Definition of Mechanic/Technician

Elevating our Industries’ Definition of a Mechanic/Technician

The mechanic/technician is more than just the person who repairs and maintains machinery. He is an automotive professional.

As we discuss bringing a new definition to the automotive mechanic, we are not trying to build a pecking order but to define the outcome of the investment in training and knowledge of technology necessary to work on today’s vehicles. Is today’s mechanic an ‘expert’, a ‘diagnostician’, or an Automotive Scientific Investigator? Does it matter?

I am joined with AES President, and Trainer Jorge Menchu, Scott Brown from Diag.net, Shop Manager and Diagnostician Matt Fanslow and LMV Bavarian Support Specialist Support and Tech Ambassador, Justin Morgan.

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THA 110: Charging What We Are Worth

Charging What We Are Worth

We talk professional courtesy, labor rates, training, having the right value proposition for your customer so you can charge accordingly, the labor rate spread in our communities, and why you shouldn’t be afraid to charge what you are worth. You’ve invested a lot in your business and need to be paid for this. Listen to why confidence in your skills and abilities will help you charge accordingly.

With me on this Academy panel is Tom Palermo, Preferred Automotive Specialties, Philadelphia, PA and former NAPA ASE Technician of the year in 2015, David Justice, President Repair Shop Of Tomorrow, Asset Management Technology and Mark Colaw, Seymours’ Garage, San Antonio, TX and founder of Carfest.

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RR 413: Jill Trotta on Pricing Transparency

Understanding Consumer Behaviour through Price Transparency

Jill Trotta Vice President, Industry Advocacy and Sales RepairPal, discusses pricing transparency and reiterates the fact that it is not going away. Every shop owner should understand this and never let this disable them in any way. If you happen to have a friend who is struggling with pricing, let them listen to this episode and it may be worthwhile for them to best understand how it works and what it means to your operation.

Jill says that millions of people visit the RepairPal site each month and the data they collect helps them understand how to make pricing transparency work for you. She also offers some survey results that, are frankly, disturbing as it relates to satisfied customers.

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RR 412: Dave Fischer – OSHA and Labor Law Expert Helps You Minimize Fines and Get Compliant

OSHA and Labor Law Expert Helps You Minimize Fines and Get Compliant

Now let’s get some costly roadblocks out of the way as I talk One On One with Dave Fischer, a labor law expert, with California Employer’s Services. Don’t let the fact that Dave is from California stop you from listening. So many of the issues he talks about will help you review your business. Yes, all states have different laws, but many of Dave’s examples can help you.

There is a lot of misclassifications, questions, and confusion with regards to OSHA and Labor Laws. There are a lot of important points we will be discussing for you. Learn about common sense structure needed to comply with the rules and regulations. Compliance must not be ignored. You have to be proactive if you are a business owner.

Since compliance is a must, we also prepared for you a guideline of what to do when the enforcement officer arrives and also prepare you for OSHA. Lots of important information brewed for the satisfaction of the perpetual student.

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THA 109: How to Handle the Overload of Information, Workload and All That You Have to Learn.

How to Handle the Overload of Information, Workload and All That You Have to Learn

We are in deep talking about how they deal with getting things done, keeping up on their learning curve, dealing with an overstuffed ‘In-Box’, prioritizing, delegating, learning, neural pathways, and exercise, just to name a few.

With me in studio talking ‘Information Overload’ is Donny Seyfer, Executive officer of NASTF and co-owner of Seyfer Automotive, Wheat Ridge, CO, Rob Rowsell, Family Auto Service La Mesa, CA (4 shop group) author of ‘Addicted to Life; How I Went From Homeless to Extraordinary Success and Happiness in a Short Period of Time.” and serial entrepreneur Mark Roberts, managing partner at Schertz Auto Service, Schertz TX

Guaranteed you’ll pick up at least one thing on helping you become a more organized and effective person.

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RR 411: Changing of the Guard at ASCCA with Incoming President John Eppstein

Changing of the Guard at ASCCA with Incoming President John Eppstein

Incoming President; John Eppstein of John’s Automotive Care in San Diego, CA, and Incoming Vice-President; Rory Balmer of Twin Peaks Auto Service in Twin Peaks, CA and outgoing President: Rocky Khamenian from Bimmer & Benz Specialists, Costa Mesa, discusses the past and the future of ASCCA.

John, Rory, and Rocky discuss recurring issues and challenges of shop owners. We also discuss the importance of education and contributing to your industry through association membership.

You’ll also get a chance to hear about another region of the country that is highly regulated. Hey, you never know some of the laws and regs in California may make it to your state some day.

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RR 410: Tom Ham – Running Your Business Remotely

Tom Ham: Running your Business Remotely

Tom answers some big questions like: Does it take the right culture and people to make working remotely work? What kind of self-discipline to you need? And how does technology make it feel like you are there? We cover a full spectrum of how Tom makes it work.

Tom Ham gives us the blueprint on how to run a remote office and what are the expectations that come along with it.

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THA 108: The Value of a Professional HR Support Company

The Value of a Professional HR Support Company

OK Let’s Talk HR and Professional Employer Organizations (PEO). The Academy team includes Kevin & Lisa Eckler, Foreign Car Specialists, Poughkeepsie, and PEO specialists; Jim Belliveau, from Acadia HR and Greg Bauer, from ESC Employer Services

Shop owners Kevin and Lisa Eckler brought me this topic because it has made a huge difference in their business. As Kevin says he wants control and trusts no-one. The sheer fact that he brought on a PEO company to be his HR department is a testament to the fact that he is still in control and has a ton of trust.

As Kevin says, they started on his handbook, it needs to work legally because if there is a problem the policy will be carefully scrutinized. Benefits are another huge option in a PEO. So many in the industry have told me that this is the year they are going to expand their team benefits so they can have a competitive advantage and also to become a retention tool. A PEO can help with your benefits program.

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