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Is Your Shop Butcher Clean? [RR 866]

Jul 14, 2023

COO’S Andrew Marcotte and Melissa Parker discuss growth and succession in the industry, emphasizing the importance of having a sellable business. They share their experiences with acquiring and managing new shops, highlighting the value of cultural fit over work experience. Andrew and Melissa also encourage others to build relationships within the industry, learn from other operations and have a ‘butcher clean’ shop!
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Counterfeit Parts [THA 336]

Jul 13, 2023

Get ready for an eye-opening episode as we dive deep into the world of counterfeit parts in the automotive industry. Tanner Brand, a mobile diagnostician and trainer; Bob Stewart, the global brand protection manager for General Motors; and Stephen Kontos, a patent attorney counsel specializing in automotive engineering and software, discuss the implications of counterfeit parts for technicians, shop owners, and large companies. What is the difference between aftermarket parts and counterfeit parts? What are the legal and security risks from obtaining software from gray market or black market websites? It’s clear that this is a complex issue that requires ongoing attention and discussion. Stay tuned for a potential part two of this episode where we’ll continue to explore this topic.
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Hiring Process Explained [RR 865]

Jul 11, 2023

Phil Carpenter discusses the challenges of finding good technicians and the constant need for recruitment. Phil maps out the hiring process at Urban Auto Care and Avalon Motor Sports, which includes video interviews and in-person interviews. It’s critical to a good fit for the long term and filtering out candidates who are not willing to go through their hiring process. He also explains the importance of maintaining a sense of urgency in hiring, employee turnover, and recognizing when it’s time to let someone go. 
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Embracing Change: Navigating the Electrification Revolution [AW 165]

Jul 8, 2023

Dave Hobbs discusses the challenges and changes brought about by electrification in the automotive industry. Dave shares his experience with hub bearing failures, the importance of proper charging cables for electric vehicles and the maintenance requirements of EVs. He also discusses the recently launched ASE Safety Certification and the importance of safety in the industry. It’s an exciting time, and by embracing change and staying curious, technicians can ensure their success in this evolving landscape.
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Is Your Company Culture Holding You Back? [RR 864]

Jul 7, 2023

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Culture again?” But trust me, this episode takes a deep dive into how culture can truly make or break a business. Every business has a culture, whether it’s intentional or not, and it’s crucial to evaluate if it’s the right one for retaining employees and attracting customers.

Imagine an auto repair shop that truly understands the frustrations of car owners and aims to provide honest, knowledgeable, and reliable service to give them peace of mind. That’s the kind of culture that draws customers in and keeps them coming back.

Chris Lawson suggests checking out an article in the show notes that discusses the impact of culture on over 40 business metrics. Studies have shown that employees are more motivated and efficient in a happy work environment. So, investing in your company culture can actually boost your bottom line.

If you’re a business owner or someone interested in creating a positive work environment, this episode is a goldmine of information. Carm and Chris provide practical guidance on building company culture and emphasize the need for strong policies, procedures, and teamwork.
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Advantages and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence in the Automotive Industry [THA 335]

Jul 6, 2023

Tara Topel, Greg Buckley, and Andy Bizub discuss the applications of AI in the automotive industry, focusing on the use of ChatGPT. They share examples of using AI to update handbooks, create repair procedures, educate service advisors, and enhance the customer experience. They also discuss the challenges and potential benefits of using AI in customer-facing interactions. While AI has benefits, it should be used as a supplement rather than a replacement for human connection. 
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App-solutely Essential: Why Auto Repair Shops Need to Embrace Apps [RR 863]

Jul 4, 2023

Jeff Mont, owner of JJ’s Auto Service Center and Jeremy Glassco, founder of App Fueled, discuss the benefits of using apps in the automotive industry. Apps can be a valuable tool to engage with customers and increase customer loyalty. By offering valuable benefits and discounts, shops can make it worth their customers’ while to give their time and attention to their business. JJ shares his experience using App Fueled for his shop’s app, which includes a 10% discount on all purchases and a 5% rebate up to $50. He notes that the app has helped increase his shop’s average repair order by 15-16%.
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New Build in 4 Months: A Look Inside [AW 164]

Jul 1, 2023

A new build in 4 months? How did Bill DeBoer do it?! When his father suggested knocking down an office building and building a shop in its place, Bill didn’t hesitate. He took charge of the project, handled the financing, and oversaw the construction. This podcast episode is filled with insights on fleet management, business strategies, and the importance of having a reliable network of professionals.
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Stagnation vs Acceleration: How EOS Can Transform Your Business [862]

Jun 30, 2023

Have you ever wondered how different businesses face similar challenges? Join Barry Barrett, a certified Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) implementer and business consultant, and Jeremy Bates, the president of Bates Security. They discuss the importance of culture, family, and implementing the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) in their businesses. The key takeaway? Building a strong culture and surrounding yourself with quality people can lead to long-term success and employee retention. 
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One Location $2.5M: How We Do It [THA 334]

Jun 29, 2023

Shop owners Jimmy Alauria, Joe Hanson, and John Gustafson share their strategies and tactics for achieving exceptional success. The most valuable lesson? The importance of having a strong team, setting goals, and monitoring key performance indicators to achieve success. They emphasize the need for attention to detail, accountability, and hiring the right people, empowering them to lead and demonstrating commitment to the purpose and core values of the business. Tune in to learn more about how to achieve success in this industry!
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Right To Repair NHTSA Update [RR 861]

Jun 27, 2023

Lisa Foshee, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel for the Auto Care Association, discusses the recent letter from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) instructing auto manufacturers not to comply with the data access law in Massachusetts. This letter has caused concern for those advocating for the right to repair legislation, as it could hinder progress.

But why is the right to repair legislation so important? It allows car owners to have access to the same diagnostic and repair information that dealerships have. This means that car owners can choose where to get their car repaired, and not be forced to go to a dealership for repairs.
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Is Hiring a Business Coach Worth It? Dispelling the 5 Excuses Not to Hire One [AW 163]

Jun 24, 2023

Do you find yourself making excuses not to hire a business coach? Tom Sciortino shares his experience with coaching and how it has helped him make changes in his business, resulting in an increase in average ticket and KPIs. He emphasizes the importance of seeking help and not waiting around for things to change, and encourages young people in the industry to seek guidance and coaching. Listen to this episode to learn how coaching can help you identify blind spots, gain a different perspective on your business, and prepare for the future.
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How Can Data Improve Customer Relationships and Sales? [860]

Jun 23, 2023

Are you looking for ways to improve your customer relationships and drive business success? Bill Nalu and Stan Stokes discuss the importance of using data and information to enhance customer relationships and sales. They share their experiences with auditing phone calls and using personality assessments to identify areas for improvement. Tune in to learn practical advice for using data and information to improve your customer relationships and drive business success.
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Keeping Up with Technology [THA 333]

Jun 22, 2023

As technology continues to advance, it can be difficult for businesses to keep up with the latest tools and updates. This is especially important as it directly affects the quality of service provided to customers. Our panel discusses the challenges of keeping up with technology and shared their tips for staying ahead of the curve. They discuss the need for specialization, individualized training, and networking to solve problems and keep up with new tools and updates.
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Why Is Transmission Diagnostic Training Essential For Automotive Technicians? [RR 859]

Jun 20, 2023

Lance Wiggins, Executive Director of ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association), discusses the importance of training in transmission diagnostics and the evolving relationship between automotive and transmission shops. He also discusses ATRA’s chapters, which encourage training and communication among members, and the association’s upcoming national training event. The most significant benefit of training attending events like the ATRA Powertrain Expo is the networking that takes place. The buzz and conversations that happen between attendees are invaluable and cannot be replicated on social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram. So, rev up your knowledge and invest in yourself by attending training seminars. By doing so, you will provide the best possible service to your customers and stay ahead of the competition.
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Why Much? How Much? Exploring Value Proposition in Auto Repair [AW 162]

Jun 17, 2023

Bill Nalu, Interstate Auto Care in Michigan, shares his “Why Much” philosophy, which advocates for a more nuanced approach to pricing that involves training, coaching, and consultation to understand the context of each customer’s needs and provide a personalized value proposition. 
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Don’t Be a Boss, Be a Leader: Tips for Building Strong Relationships with Your Employees [RR 858]

Jun 16, 2023

David Askwith, Managing Director of Auto Stream Car Care, discusses the importance of evolving and changing as a leader in the automotive industry. He shares personal experiences and offers advice to shop owners on how to improve their leadership skills and build better relationships with their employees. David stresses the importance of seeking guidance and advice from peers and mentors, holding employees accountable while also being part of their career development, and building trust within the team and the organization. He also emphasize the need for leaders to constantly evaluate their culture and reputation.David Askwith, Managing Director of Auto Stream Car Care, discusses the importance of evolving and changing as a leader in the automotive industry. He shares personal experiences and offers advice to shop owners on how to improve their leadership skills and build better relationships with their employees. David stresses the importance of seeking guidance and advice from peers and mentors, holding employees accountable while also being part of their career development, and building trust within the team and the organization. He also emphasizes the need for leaders to constantly evaluate their culture and reputation.
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Using Slack as a Communication Tool [THA 332]

Jun 15, 2023

Chris Lum and Tom Ham discuss the benefits of using Slack as a productivity tool and how they use it in their businesses, including the ability to create different channels for different purposes, send attachments and documents, and customize notifications. Overall, Slack is seen as a valuable tool for improving communication and efficiency in the automotive industry.
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Advocacy, Action, and the Future of Right to Repair [RR 857]

Jun 13, 2023

Join Lisa Foshee, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel of the Auto Care Association, and Paul McCarthy, President and CEO of MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers Group, as they discuss the recent update to the law and the challenges that may arise in enforcing it. The recent decision by a federal judge in Massachusetts to allow the law to go into effect is a big step forward for the automotive industry, but there are still some challenges that need to be addressed. They discuss the limitations of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) model for data sharing between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and independent repair shops and urge listeners to sign the petition at repairact.com and support the Federal Repair Act, also known as HR 906. Lisa and Paul describe the bill as a reasonable and critical solution to ensure vehicle repairability, safety, and cybersecurity. They stress the need for unified and passionate support from the industry to push Congress to take affirmative action and pass the bill.
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Brakes For Breasts – 2023 Update & Challenge [CC 110]

Jun 11, 2023

Brakes For Breasts – 2023 Update & Challenge Breast Cancer Vaccine Trials at the Cleveland Clinic and a Challenge for Participation for the 2023 October Initiative which supports breast cancer vaccine research at the Cleveland Clinic. The co-founders of the campaign, Leanne Best and Laura Frank, discuss the importance of finding a cause that aligns with their values and the challenges of funding vaccine research. We discuss the success of the campaign and their goals for the future, encouraging independent repair shops to participate and donate 10% of labor and parts for brake jobs.

How Can Professionalism Improve the Automotive Industry? [AW 161]

Jun 10, 2023

Mac Akram, the owner of Mack’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler, Arizona, discusses the importance of professionalism in the automotive industry, including keeping the shop clean and organized and using digital vehicle inspections to provide better service. Mac believes that raising the standards of the industry is crucial to gaining the trust of customers. Mac also encourages shop owners to invest in training for their technicians.
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How Your Mindset Will Overcome Your Business Struggle [RR 856]

Jun 9, 2023

Dan Taylor discusses the struggles of shops and the importance of self-image, guidance, and mentoring to overcome negative conditioning. Dan also highlights the power of the mind, the reticular activating system, and the law of attraction in achieving success in business and personal life. He emphasizes the need for individuals to be receptive to feedback and to actively seek out blind spots in their own lives. The episode provides valuable insights and practical advice for individuals looking to improve their self-image and overcome obstacles in their business and personal lives.
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Creating Consistent Routines that Drive Success [THA 331]

Jun 8, 2023

Do you find it hard to create consistent routines that drive success? This episode discusses the importance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and how they can help businesses achieve their goals. Our guests, Jaron Kleber, Chris Machado, and Nick Hively, discuss the positive impact of SOPs on creating a positive culture and improving the consistency of the customer experience. They also discuss the importance of engaging team members and getting their input when creating SOPs. 
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Leadership Principles from Coach Rod Olson [RR 855]

Jun 6, 2023

Building Strong Relationships: The Importance of Old School Values in Leadership Coaching

Leadership coaching has come a long way from the old school methods of intimidation and shaming to motivate people. Rod Olson, an author, speaker, and executive coach, discusses the importance of old school values, such as discipline, respect, honor, loyalty, and hard work, in leadership coaching, but combined with new school methods and approaches. Rod and Dan Taylor, a senior business advisor, stress the need for emotional intelligence, empathy, vulnerability, and creating a psychologically safe environment for employees to ask questions and give their opinions without fear of retribution.

Leadership coaching is an ongoing process that requires a mentality of continuous learning and development. It is about balancing discipline with relationship-building, empowering the next generation, and working oneself out of a job as a leader. As Rod and Dan emphasized, leadership coaching is about living life to the fullest and keeping the big picture in mind.
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Personalized Customer Service and Marketing Strategies [AW 160]

Jun 3, 2023

If you’re in the automotive industry, you know it’s not just about fixing cars; it’s about providing exceptional customer service, too. Leigh Anne Best and Bill Hill, owners of Mighty Auto Pro, discuss their marketing strategies that have helped attract and retain customers. They’ve created a customer-friendly environment, providing loaner vehicles, shuttle services, and free towing up to $50.

But it’s not just about the extras. Mighty Auto Pro also emphasizes continuous learning and growth, requiring a minimum of 40 hours of training per year for their technicians. They encourage their employees to pursue their interests and hobbies, even if they are not related to auto repair. This culture of training has grown beyond anything Leigh Anne and Bill could have imagined, with technicians pushing each other to attend classes and improve their skills.

So, what can you learn from Mighty Auto Pro’s marketing strategy? Personalization, exceptional customer service, and a culture of continuous learning and growth can go a long way in retaining and attracting customers. Make everything effortless for the customer, and they’ll keep coming back.
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Leadership 2.0: Transitioning from Technician to Shop Owner [RR 854]

Jun 2, 2023

In this episode, Carm Capriotto sits down with a panel of automotive professionals who share their experiences at the Leadership 2.0 Program from the University of the Aftermarket. They discuss the importance of professional development and improving leadership techniques in the industry and how the program helped them bond with fellow service professionals. Johnny Weber, the owner of Weber’s Automotive in Dayton, Ohio, was the focus of their project. Find out how they helped him transition from a technician to a shop owner and the importance of resources available in the aftermarket industry.
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Making Dispatch Work [THA 330]

Jun 1, 2023

What are the challenges of making dispatch work in the automotive aftermarket industry? Our guests share their experiences with dispatch in their companies, emphasizing communication, flexibility, and teamwork. They also discuss the qualities of a good dispatcher and the need for policies and procedures in unexpected events. They stress the importance of simplifying technical information and building trust with customers. The episode concludes with a discussion of the interaction between dispatchers, customers, and technicians and the immense responsibility that comes with the job. 
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The Kids Table: The Next Generation in the Automotive Industry [RR 853]

May 30, 2023

Are you curious about what it’s like to work for your family in the automotive industry? In this episode, Tracy Capriotto, Sara Fraser, and Kent Bullard discuss their journey into the automotive industry, the challenges and pressure to fill their father’s shoes, and the need to find their own paths. They squash the misconception that working for family in the industry is easy and handed to them. It requires hard work and dedication to succeed in the automotive industry, regardless of family connections. They also touch on the challenges of preparing the next generation of professionals in the industry.
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The Rise and Fall and the Rise Again of the Electric Vehicle [AW 159]

May 27, 2023

Electric vehicles (EVs) are a hot topic in the automotive industry and for good reason. They offer numerous benefits, such as reducing emissions and improving fuel economy, but they also present some challenges, including a lack of infrastructure and range anxiety. Pete Meier shares his perspective on the impact of EVs on the industry and offers some insights into their history and future. His message is one of encouragement and reassurance, emphasizing that technicians have risen to the challenge of the rapidly changing industry.
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Getting Over the Success Syndrome [RR 852]

May 26, 2023

Dr. David Weiman discusses the concept of success and how it can hold entrepreneurs and business people back. They emphasize the importance of defining success on a personal level and not being held back by societal expectations or comparisons to others. He also touches on the importance of recognizing the value of one’s work and charging appropriately for it rather than treating it as a hobby. Dave encourages listeners to redefine their definition of success and find fulfillment in their work while also recognizing the importance of financial stability.
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What Does It Take to Become an A-Tech in the Automotive Aftermarket Industry? [THA 329]

May 25, 2023

What does it take to become an A-Tech in the automotive aftermarket industry? Scot Manna, Matt Fanslow, and Ryan Kooiman share their perspectives, emphasizing the importance of continuous learning, individual effort, and natural talent. They also discuss the role of shop owners in investing in their employees’ training and development, as well as the challenges faced by the industry in assessing skill levels. The episode provides valuable insights into becoming an A-Tech and how the industry can support and cultivate talent.
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Cheers to Success: Building a Thriving Business and a Craft Brewery [RR 851]

May 23, 2023

Are you a fan of craft beer? Then you won’t want to miss this interview with Kimberly and Andrew Taylor, owners of Titan Auto and the upcoming Hidden Wit Brewing Company in Mosley, Virginia. In this episode, they share their passion for brewing and their exciting plans for their 10,000 square foot facility. With a brewmaster who is an award-winning home brewer, they plan to offer 12 beers on tap and eventually expand to 18, including flagship beers and special releases.

But their success doesn’t stop at brewing. They also discuss their entrepreneurialism and the expansion of their auto shop business, which includes maintaining a consistent culture across all their locations and finding creative solutions to adapt to changes in the industry and world.
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The Importance of Self-Reflection and Self-Improvement in Business [AW 158]

May 20, 2023

John Ferguson, the owner of Domestic Diesel and Auto Service, shares his experience as a former dealer technician for Ford and how he started his own business. He talks about the challenges of finding the right team to support him and how he sought the help of industry experts to become a better leader and marketer. The episode also includes a video tour of John’s shop, where he specializes in Ford and GM diesel vehicles. 
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Giving Back to the Community: The Social Impact Initiatives of Adam and Son Auto Repair [RR 850]

May 19, 2023

Are you tired of the same old auto repair experience with poor customer service and no personal touch? Look no further than Adam and Son Auto Repair in Colorado Springs. Owner Dan Adam and VP of Social Impact and Strategy Stacy Burns, share their insights on creating a unique customer experience and positively impacting their community.

Dan Adam founded Adam and Son Auto Repair with a mission to improve the way auto repair businesses are run and provide exceptional customer service. He achieved this by defining 28 fundamentals that create behaviors for team members and ingrained them in the company culture through weekly messages and daily huddles. But the customer experience at Adam and Son doesn’t stop there. They have implemented social impact initiatives that provide free car repairs to single mothers, domestic violence victims, and disabled veterans through their Stranded Motorist Fund. This program aims to provide safe and reliable transportation to those in need and has gained positive feedback from the community. Adam and Son have gained high-quality customers who support their business by providing excellent customer service and making a positive social impact.
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21 Tips: How to Gain an Edge Part 4 [THA 328]

May 18, 2023

Learn how to improve your business and take it to the next level with these 21 tips and insights related to management, marketing, customer service, and personal growth. Our panel provides practical tips such as refreshing online photos, using referral programs, and creating a virtual tour of the shop. They also encourage humility, vulnerability, and continuous learning as essential tools for success in the automotive industry.
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The Art and Science of Dispatching [RR 849]

May 16, 2023

Dan Taylor and Reggie Stewart to discuss the art of dispatch in the automotive repair industry. They emphasize the importance of efficiently dispatching and scheduling jobs, using the team’s strengths and weaknesses, the need for accountability, daily tracking of labor inventory to ensure goals are met, and the challenge of accommodating walk-in customers while maintaining productivity. They stress that dispatching is crucial to the business’s success and suggest creating a simulator or role-playing exercise to teach dispatching effectively.
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Navigating Family Dynamics in Business Ownership [AW 157]

May 13, 2023

Tatsu Tsuchida discusses his experience transitioning from a Japanese-only shop to an all-makes and all-models shop, his marketing strategy, and his experience taking over an existing business. He also discusses the challenges of owning a family business and the importance of having an exit strategy. The episode also includes a tour of Tsuchida’s second location.
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Turbo Tim’s Garage: From Core Values to Cats, How to Build a Unique Brand [RR 848]

May 12, 2023

Are you looking for inspiration on how to have fun in your business while building a unique brand? In this episode, co-owners Tim Suggs and Rachel Grewell share their approach to core values and how they recently held a leadership retreat to refine those values. They also discuss the role of cats in their branding and marketing efforts, employee management and training, and community involvement. Tim says, “Being true to yourself and your team is the key to success.” So, let’s all take a page out of their book and strive to be different and true to ourselves in our businesses and lives.
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Retention: Keeping Top Employees [THA 327]

May 11, 2023

Are you struggling to retain top employees in the automotive aftermarket industry? Look no further than this episode featuring Dan Taylor, David Askwith, and Bryan Kauffeld, who share their experiences and strategies for hiring and keeping good teammates. They agree that employee retention is crucial for businesses of all sizes and starts with hiring. They discuss the importance of communication, accountability, surveys, referrals, training, and career pathing. They also stress the importance of creating a positive culture to retain top talent.
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Passing the Torch: A Father-Son Journey of Strengths and Learning [RR 847]

May 9, 2023

Recorded Live at the TST Big Event 2023 with Andrew and Peter Knudsen, father and son duo of Coventry Motors in Huntington Station, Long Island. They discuss their background in the car industry, their decision to start their own business, the types of cars they work on, and their succession plan. They also discuss the challenges of running a small business, including labor rates and finding new talent. The conversation provides insights into the rewards and challenges of running a successful auto repair business and the importance of continuous learning and adapting to changes in the industry.
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Revving Up Car Care: Inside Look at Rad Air Complete Car Care [AW 156]

May 6, 2023

5 Secrets to a Successful Automotive Shop. Efficient Layout, Comprehensive Services, Honesty and Openness, Strong Company Culture and Attention to Client Service. Rad Air’s waiting area is a cut above the rest. With a fireplace, high tables for laptops, and free wifi and refreshments for customers, they ensure their client that theyare comfortable while waiting. They understand that client service is just as important as the repair itself, and they do everything they can to make the client experience a positive one. remarkableresults.biz/aw156

The Power of Partnership: Liz and Keith Perkins on Marriage and Business [RR 846]

May 5, 2023

Recorded Live at the TST Big Event 2023. Keith Perkins discusses his presentation at the TST Big Event on electrical theory and the challenges of balancing foundational knowledge with advanced concepts for a diverse audience. We also delved into Liz and Keith’s relationship as a married couple who work together. They discussed their passion for their industry and how it doesn’t feel like work. Bonus: find out how many animals they own!
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Building Trust and Rapport: The Art of Being a Service Advisor [THA 326]

May 4, 2023

“The service advisor is the face of the brand and the first point of contact for customers.” Join our round table discussion as our panel shares their experiences and strategies of successful service advisors, highlighting the importance of communication skills, creating a positive customer experience, and building customer trust and rapport. It’s also essential to be an educator rather than a salesman and help customers understand how to maintain their vehicles to avoid breakdowns. The discussion also emphasizes the need for investment in service advisor training and development.
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From HVAC to Thermal System Management: Opportunities and Challenges [RR 845]

May 2, 2023

Recorded Live at the TST Big Event 2023, with Aaron Becker, President of AirSept and Peter Coll, President and COO of the Mobile Air Climate Systems Association (MACS). They discuss the government’s involvement in the automotive industry, the importance of having a mentor, the development of new products, the challenges of complying with EPA regulations, and the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. 
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Toxic Cultures, Leaders and Team Members [AW 155]

Apr 29, 2023

As leaders, we all know that culture is important, but how often do we take the time to really analyze and shape it? Culture is the company’s personality, starting with the leadership team. Michael Smith discusses the significance of culture and offers advice on how to become a better leader. However, toxic culture can hold a company back. Michael advises leaders to identify toxic elements and people in their company and take action to eliminate them. He emphasizes that leaders must be held accountable for the core values and purpose of the company, and they must take action to ensure that the company’s culture aligns with these values.
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Are You Setting Your Employees Up To Fail? [FTR 095]

Jul 19, 2024

By setting realistic expectations, providing necessary support and training, fostering a positive work environment, and maintaining transparency and honesty, business owners can create a more productive and harmonious workplace. Implementing these actionable tips from Kevin Eckler can help reduce turnover, improve employee satisfaction, and ultimately lead to a more successful business.
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How Can Technicians Make a Personal Commitment to Training and Improvement? [FTR 094]

Jul 12, 2024

Bill Weaver from NAPA Autotech discusses the vital role of personal commitment to training for automotive technicians. He shares his experiences and emphasizes the importance of continuous education, mentorship, and self-education. Weaver highlights the need for technicians to invest time in training through various platforms and stresses the significance of applying acquired knowledge in the workplace. 
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The Tomorrow You’re Dreaming Of Is Created Today [FTR093]

Jul 5, 2024

Rick White discusses the concept of future tripping, which involves focusing on negative possibilities in the future, and reverse future tripping, which entails dwelling on the past. He emphasizes the importance of staying present, learning from past experiences, and planning for the future while taking actionable steps in the present. Rick offers practical advice on maintaining focus and momentum by asking, “What’s real?” and “What’s the next best thing to do?”
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Here Is What I’m Doing For In House Training [FTR 092]

Jun 28, 2024

Tom Petty discusses the critical importance of technical training in the automotive industry. By addressing the skills gap, developing young talent, investing in continuous training, and embracing technological advancements, the industry can ensure a skilled and competent workforce ready to tackle the challenges of modern automotive technology.
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Stop Quoting Price Over the Phone – Maylan Newton [FTR 091]

Mar 30, 2020

Share this…Maylan Newton from ESI – Educational Seminars Institute is a business coach, trainer and industry speaker. Maylan is no stranger to the podcast having paid it forward many times. He is a much sought our speaker at industry events in the US. Find Maylan’s previous episodes HERE.“He is ‘just a car guy’ with lots…

Financial struggles. Gain Control of your Finances [FTR 090]

Mar 26, 2020

Share this… With me is Maryann Croce from SmallBusinessvantge.com. She and her husband Tony also own Croce Transmission in Norwalk, CT. As a business owner, she can chalk up many a mistake that has turned into wisdom. She has been there and done that and shares 5 key principles to help a startup business person get ahead…

Cecil Bullard – Parts Pricing in the Age of Online Parts Sellers [FTR 089]

Mar 16, 2020

Share this… Cecil Bullard is President of the Institute for Automotive Business Excellence. He is a trainer and business coach in the automotive aftermarket working closely with service professionals. Previous episodes featuring or mentioning Cecil, click HERE. Institute for Automotive Business Excellence website.   Talking Points: Re-thinking parts margins based on pricing transparency from online parts sellers He…

Shops Putting Others Down. WHY? – Tom Palermo [FTR 088]

Mar 9, 2020

Share this… Tom Palermo is General Manager of Preferred Automotive Specialties in Jenkintown, PA. Tom is a world class Master Technician and a Certified ASE Advanced Level Technician, is certified from ASE including Master Auto, MasterTruck, Master Truck Equipment, Master School Bus, Master Collision, Master Transit Bus, L1, L2, C1, X1, P2, F1 Besides the 2015…

Kevin Lekas – ASE Renewal APP – Certification Without Expiration [FTR 087]

Mar 2, 2020

Share this… Kevin Lekas is the Project Manager for Special Testing Programs at ASE. Kevin’s previous episodes HERE. Key Talking Points: myASE renewal app is now branded ASE Renewal APP One year in development and testingThere are about 2,000 techs already involved and another 4,000 ready to get on board www.aserenewalapp.com Certify without going to…

Kim Aurenheimer – Fall In Love With Your Business, Again [FTR 086]

Feb 24, 2020

Share this… Kim Auernheimer, AAM is the Co-Owner & Business Manager of CS Automotive in Brentwood, Tennessee. CS Automotive was opened in October of 2006 in the back of a warehouse and now they call a 6,400 square foot, 10-bay shop home. Prior to joining her husband Rob in the business on a full-time basis, Kim had…

Bob Greenwood on Billed Hours Per RO [FTR 085]

Feb 17, 2020

Share this… Bob Greenwood, AMAM (Accredited Master Automotive Manager) is President and C.E.O. of Automotive Aftermarket E-Learning Centre Ltd. (AAEC). AAEC is a company focused on providing Business Management Resources and Development for the Independent Sector of the aftermarket industry. AAEC content and technology is recognized as part of the curriculum of the Fixed Operations Diploma…

Ben Johnson – The Power of WHY [FTR 084]

Feb 10, 2020

Share this… Ben Johnson, Director, Project Management, Mitchell 1 Key Talking Points: Some companies challenges is its own success Business start with a vision and a why Over time we tend to not focus on your why but our what If you look at your competition and feel you have to duplicate or mimic what…

Jerry Holcom – Banking on Our Future – TTEF Scholarships [FTR 083]

Feb 3, 2020

Share this… With nearly 50 years’ experience in the automotive field, Jerry Holcom is an ASE Certified Master Auto Technician with the Advanced Engine Performance (L1) certification, a former Certified Master Machinist, and is also an Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) through the Automotive Management Institute. Jerry Holcom owns S & S Service Center in Kansas City, MO, is…

Steve Finzel – Too Many Fluids [FTR 082]

Jan 27, 2020

Share this… Steve Finzel, Finzel’s Master Tech, Terre Haute, IN is not a happy camper as it relates to transmission fluid. You may just relate to his rant or maybe even offer some advice. Listen to the frustration Steve has over transmission fluids. Find Steve’s previous episodes HERE. Talking Points So many transmission fluids Low…

Brian Sump – Never Let Your Foot Off The Pedal [FTR 081]

Jan 19, 2020

Share this… FTR 081 Brian Sump – Never Let Your Foot Off The Pedal Multi-shop operator Brian Sump from Avalon Motorsports and Ubran AutoCare brings a whole lot of passion to this episode as he shares some self-reflection on a rocky time he experienced and what he learned. He says that you’ve got to review…

Matt Fanslow – Helping Local Shops [FTR 080]

Jan 13, 2020

Share this… Matt Fanslow is the diagnostic tech/shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, MN. His primary responsibilities are to diagnose driveability and electrical/electronic issues, and perform most all programming, coding, initializing, adoptions, etc. Basically, if it needs to be figured out or has wires, it goes to Matt. He’s been a tech since 1996. Matt…

Andy Bizub – Too Many Are Quick To Trash Each Other Based On Emotions And Not Facts [FTR 079]

Jan 6, 2020

Share this… Andy Bizub from Midwest Performance Cars in Chicago is also a native of Chicago. His first career was 25 years as a commodity trader. He entered the professional auto industry in 2014 by acquiring a failing shop in downtown Chicago that he was a customer of and started a turnaround. Andy now has two…

Carm Capriotto – 2020 – The Year You DO! [FTR 078]

Dec 30, 2019

Share this… Carm Capriotto, AAP, is a career automotive aftermarket professional. He hosts and produces the automotive aftermarket’s premier podcasts. They include Remarkable Results Radio, the Town Hall Academy and For The Record. Carm is an influencer and connector of people and speaks to the industry about what he learns each day from the essential…

Matt Fanslow – Kobayashi Maru – Lessons From Star Trek [FTR 77]

Dec 23, 2019

Share this… Matt Fanslow is the diagnostic tech/shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, MN. His primary responsibilities are to diagnose driveability and electrical/electronic issues, and perform most all programming, coding, initializing, adoptions, etc. Basically, if it needs to be figured out or has wires, it goes to Matt. He’s been a tech since 1996. Matt…

FTR 076: Josh McFarlin – Dream Big – You’ll be surprised Where a Career in the Automotive Will Take You

Dec 16, 2019

FTR 076 Dream Big – You’ll be surprised Where a Career in the Automotive Will Take You

FTR 075: Bill Hill – Yearly Bonus is All About a Commitment to Training

Dec 9, 2019

FTR 075 Bill Hill – Yearly Bonus is All About a Commitment to Training

FTR 074: Deb Van Batenburg – Fix The Things You Tolerate

Dec 2, 2019

FTR 074: Deb Van Batenburg – Fix The Things You Tolerate

FTR 073: Bob Heipp – Stop Enabling the 80% Who Are Not Committed to Training

Nov 25, 2019

FTR 073 Bob Heipp – Stop Enabling the 80% Who Are Not Committed to Training

FTR 072: Bill Haas – Are You Aware What the Dealerships are Doing to Compete with the Independent

Nov 18, 2019

FTR 072 Bill Haas – Are You Aware What the Dealerships are Doing to Compete with the Independent

FTR 071: Mike Davidson – Wage and Hour Laws – Don’t Ignore This

Nov 11, 2019

FTR 071 Mike Davidson – Wage and Hour Laws – Don’t Ignore This

FTR 070 Tim Dwyer – Why You Need to be Involved in Skills USA or Canada

Nov 4, 2019

FTR 070 Tim Dwyer – Why You Need to be Involved in Skills USA or Canada

FTR 069: Matt Fanslow on Diet and Exercise – Not Necessarily a High Priority for Aftermarket Pros

Oct 28, 2019

FTR 069 Matt Fanslow on Diet and Exercise – Not Necessarily a High Priority for Aftermarket Pros

FTR 068: Ron Ipach – Close Your Shop and Go Get a Job

Oct 21, 2019

FTR 068 Ron Ipach – Close Your Shop and Go Get a Job

FTR 067: Rick White – Change Your Life and Your Business

Oct 14, 2019

FTR 067 Rick White – Change Your Life and Your Business – Get To Training

FTR 066: Carm Capriotto – Struggling Shops and The Rule of Holes

Oct 7, 2019

FTR 066 Carm Capriotto – Struggling Shops and The Rule of Holes

FTR 065: Bill Haas – Never Let a Third Party Influence Your Profit Structure

Sep 30, 2019

FTR 065 Bill Haas – Never Let a Third Party Influence Your Profit Structure

FTR 064: Mike Davidson – Where to Find Apprentices for Your Shop

Sep 23, 2019

FTR 064 Mike Davidson – An Idea on Where to Find Apprentices for Your Shop

FTR 063: Matt Fanslow – What The Aftermarket Can Learn From Reality TV Business Shows

Sep 16, 2019

FTR 063 Matt Fanslow – What The Aftermarket Can Learn From Reality Tv Business Shows. Have you ever watched a reality Business TV show and related to the owner who was on the hot

FTR 062: Rena Rennebohm – Stop Hiring Me To Fix Your Business From the Front Counter

Sep 9, 2019

FTR 062 Rena Rennebohm -Stop Hiring Me To Fix Your Business From the Front Counter

FTR 061: Bill Haas – Let’s Not Make The Same Mistake We Made With R12 With Ownership Of Data? Let’s Re-think This.

Sep 2, 2019

FTR 061 Bill Haas – Let’s Not Make The Same Mistake We Made With R12 With Ownership Of Data? Let’s Re-thinkThis.

FTR 060: Jeff Rudnick – Are Cooperatives in Our Future

Aug 26, 2019

FTR 060 Jeff Rudnick are Cooperatives in Our Future.
Consider economies of scale to save money and own your brand and control your marketing.

FTR 059: Greg Buckley on LYFT

Aug 19, 2019

Greg Buckley on Lyft

Greg Buckley posted a video he did when he visited a LYFT Service Center in Philadelphia and shared his observations. No doubt this business model from LYFT is a disruptor and what can we learn from it and what should you know.

FTR 058: Tomi Oliva – Would You Work For You?

Aug 12, 2019

FTR 058 Tomi Oliva- Would You Work For You?

Tomi Oliva from San Jose Automotive Center in Chicago reminds us how important morale and work environment is. He reminds you that it is the little things that matter.

FTR 057: Carm Capriotto – Get Involved In This National Cancer Research Program – Brakes For Breasts

Aug 5, 2019

FTR 057: Carm Capriotto – Get Involved In This National Cancer Research Program

I’ve got a big ask for you. In the next few minutes, I’m going to set up a compelling reason to get involved with the Brakes for Breasts national program. This is a strong program that is nearing the $1M donation milestone. I feel it may happen soon. This year could be the year B4B hits this huge goal.

My respect and admiration for Laura Frank and Leigh Anne Best, who started brakes for breasts with a hand full of shops in the state of Ohio. Two lady service professionals have created a jewel of a program that continues to grow in support and influence in the industry. The program is Brakes For Breasts and it happens every October. Laura and Leigh Anne are independent service professionals and therefore know your business and can relate to the value Brakes For Breasts can bring to your business and for cancer research.

Total donated to Dr. Vincent Touhy at the Cleveland Clinic for his research on a Breast Cancer Vaccine is $747,771, since 2011. The $1M milestone is not too far away and to get there, your help is needed. www.brakesforbreasts.com is where you can sign up.

FTR 056: Justin Barrett – Hard Talk on Areas of Improvement for Independents

Jul 29, 2019

Justin Barrett – Hard Talk on Areas of Improvement for Independents

Justin Barrett, owner and operator of Barrett Automotive, Cornelia, GA sees areas that need improvement for independent service operators.

Justin Barrett will hit a few nerves as he asks you to take a look at your facility through the lens of the customer. And if you are not requiring 80 hours of training for your people, according to Justin, you are not keeping pace. He’ll also tell you why and how he closes and takes his team to train at venues like Vision in Kansas City.

FTR 055: Matt Fanslow – We Should Take The Same Skill Set For Automotive Diagnostics And Apply It To KPI Management

Jul 22, 2019

FTR 055 Matt Fanslow – We Should Take The Same Skill Set For Automotive Diagnostics And Apply It To KPI Management

Matt Fanslow has an interesting view of analyzing KPIs. He says if your a shop owner that started as a tech, you have the foundation to take what you know about diagnostics and apply it to improve your business.

FTR 054: Roy Schnepper – ASA Behind the Scenes

Jul 15, 2019

ASA Behind the Scenes. Roy Schnepper from Butlers Collision, Roseville, MI and outgoing chairman and I caught up at the annual ASA Member meeting in Dallas, TX. Find out who the new chairman is and where the Technology and Telematics Forum will be held this year.

FTR 053: Judi Haglin – Do You Know The Exact Source of Your Marketing Efforts?

Jul 8, 2019

Do You Know The Exact Source of Your Marketing Efforts?

Judi Haglin from Haglin Automotive has a passion for numbers and marketing. She has a chance to set up why you need to track your marketing efforts and determine which give you the greatest return. She has a few great ideas on how to do it and why tracking and the numbers has helped her marketing investment pay dividends for her.

FTR 052: Build Your Bench – Kyle Holt and Jay Goninen

Jul 1, 2019

Build Your Bench – and Be a Proactive Recruiter.

Kyle Holt President of SP/2 and Jay Goninen from ‘Find a Wrench’ speak to their expertise as supporters and recruiters of technician talent. They have the depth of experience and are speaking to you from their heart about your need to recruit talent when you don’t need the help. They will tell you why.

FTR 051: Jerry Holcom – Where is Your Personal Commitment & Professionalism

Jun 24, 2019

FTR 051: Jerry Holcom – Where is Your Personal Commitment & Professionalism

Jerry Holcom from S & S Service Center in Kansas City, MO is a co-founder of Vision and current President of the Midwest Auto Care Alliance wrote in his latest presidents message about his concern for commitment and professionalism

FTR 050: What the Aftermarket Can Learn from Professional Wrestling – Matt Fanslow

Jun 17, 2019

FTR 050: What the Aftermarket Can Learn from Professional Wrestling

Matt Fanslow threads a concept that we can learn from the way professional wrestling promotes themselves. Matt makes a strong point comparing the promotion of professional wrestlers to aftermarket shops. Matt likes to look outside the industry to learn and see new things. A stretch in thinking, I don’t think so. I know one thing, this rant will make you think.

FTR 049: Tom Lambert – Discount Model Marketing

Jun 10, 2019

Tom Lambert shares his passion for his style of marketing, charging what he is worth and his three-legged stool strategy.

FTR 048: Amy Mattinat – Our Technicians Are Car Doctors

Jun 3, 2019

Our Technicians Are Car Doctors

Amy Mattinat delivers her impassioned perspective on the value and benefits of ASE. It may be time for you to understand why you support ASE and if you don’t, to understand why you must. If there was ever a time to embrace ASE it is now. The high tech world of the automotive creates the need for highly trained technicians and through ASE certification allows us to differentiate ourselves and improve our image.

FTR 047: Jim Silverman – Stop Being Ordinary – Here is What it Takes to Become Extraordinary

May 27, 2019

Jim Silverman, Director of National Account at ATI, is outspoken on what it takes to be successful. He says he has the best job in the world and knows what it takes to turn ordinary service professionals into top performers

Technician Productivity Redefined [AW 189]

Dec 23, 2023

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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From Zero to Hero: How did Bret Turn His Struggling Family Business Around? [AW 188]

Dec 16, 2023

“40 plus years in business and we had zero money in the bank.”

Bret shares his journey from struggling to successful business owner, emphasizing the importance of seeking outside help and continuous learning. He discusses the transformation of his business into a profitable venture with the help of a coaching company and the implementation of key profit indicators. Brett also highlights the significance of team training and understanding generational differences in the workplace. 
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From the Classroom to the Shop – The Future of Automotive Education [AW 187]

Dec 9, 2023

Academic chairs Dave Macholz and Vinnie Laverdi, discuss automotive training at the college level. They cover the importance of soft skills in the industry, the role of mentors, and the need for industry professionals to engage with educational institutions. The episode emphasizes the sophistication of the automotive industry, the potential for growth and advancement in automotive careers and the need to incorporate electric vehicle technology into the curriculum.

Give Me 10 Update: Collaboration with Education [AW 186]

Dec 2, 2023

“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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Becoming a Shop Owner with Meg Richards [AW 185]

Nov 25, 2023

Carm and Meg discuss the shop’s transition to a four-day workweek to promote work-life balance, the challenges of finding and retaining skilled technicians. Meg shares her experience as a female technician. They also discuss the need to change the perception of the automotive industry and attract more women. The episode concludes with a discussion on succession planning and the shop’s community involvement. remarkableresults.biz/aw185

Up Close and Personal with Brett Beachler [AW 184]

Nov 18, 2023

Brett Beachler shares the history of his business, the impact of closing on Saturdays, and the importance of creating a positive work environment. He also discusses the significance of customer trust and his future goals for his business. 
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Personal Development in Sales Training: Pushing Boundaries for Growth [AW 183]

Nov 11, 2023

Aldo Gomez discusses the significance of self-understanding and acceptance in improving sales performance. Aldo shares his journey from being a service advisor to a sales trainer, emphasizing the importance of practicing presentation scripts and handling customer responses. He also differentiates between coaching for performance and development, highlighting the value of personal growth. Aldo reassures introverted individuals that they can be successful in sales and stresses the importance of a strong work ethic. 
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Gain Commitment From Your Team: Lead From the Front [AW 182]

Nov 4, 2023

Tom Palermo discusses the importance of continuous training for technicians, the increasing average age of vehicles, and his strategies for fostering a positive company culture and building strong customer relationships. He also discusses the challenges and opportunities presented by electric vehicles and the importance of hands-on training.
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Making a Course Correction with Wesley Adams [AW 181]

Oct 28, 2023

Wesley Adams, a shop manager and radio host from Cincinnati shares his experiences in leadership, the importance of course correction in business, and the value of continuous learning. He discusses his mentorship under his boss, Bryan Kauffeld, and the adjustments they made in their business during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wesley also talks about his recent shift to managing a transmission shop and the importance of intuition and situational awareness in his role.
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Succession in Real Life [AW 180]

Oct 21, 2023

Bob Ward discusses the importance of early and thorough succession planning, using real-life examples of both successful and unsuccessful transitions. Bob emphasizes the need for business owners to develop their successors and to consider their employees’ career goals. It’s never too early to start thinking about the future of your business and who might be capable of carrying it forward.
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Defining Mentoring and Its Role in Implementing Change [AW 179]

Oct 14, 2023

Gary Gunn discusses how mentoring differs from coaching and how it can benefit shop owners in defining their own success and implementing necessary changes in their businesses. Gary shares his experience as a mentor and offers tools and strategies for shop owners to implement new ideas and overcome challenges. He emphasizes the importance of working on the business and oneself, creating a scoreboard for business performance, and understanding the true cost of doing business. Gary also explains the role of a true mentor and the value of assessments in tailoring mentoring approaches. Carm and Gary believe that mentoring can enhance the value of coaching and help shop owners gain confidence and make informed decisions.
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From Idea to Product: Dorman’s Process of Developing Products [AW 178]

Oct 7, 2023

Recorded Live at ASTE 2023, Lester Kovacs, Director of Ideation at Dorman Products, explains Dorman’s unique approach to product development, including working closely with technicians, searching through junkyards for challenges, and conducting extensive testing. He also discusses supply chain issues, reaching out to their network for feedback, and upcoming products at Dorman.
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5 Steps to Max Your Potential and Maintain a Healthy Work Life Balance [AW 177]

Sep 30, 2023

Jaron Kleber, National Sales Manager of Repair Shop of Tomorrow, discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and maximizing one’s potential. Jaron explains the negative effects of hitting the snooze button and shares his personal routine for starting the day off right. The conversation then shifts to investing in personal goals and well-being, and the importance of treating employees like family. It’s crucial to take a step back from the daily grind and ask oneself what should be done right, rather than focusing on what is being done wrong.
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New Age Employees Require A New Way of Thinking [AW 176]

Sep 23, 2023

Pete McNeil discusses the changing needs of employees in the post-COVID workplace, particularly focusing on Gen Z employees. He talks about the importance of providing a positive customer experience and adapting to the preferences and attention span of Gen Z employees. He also discusses the challenges of hiring and retaining Gen Z employees, including the need for benefits, learning opportunities, and potential pay advantages. 
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Catching Up with the ‘Car Coach’ Lauren Fix [AW 175]

Sep 16, 2023

‘Car Coach’ Lauren Fix discusses the topic of synthetic fuel, explaining Porsche’s investment in e-fuel as an alternative to electric conversion. Lauren shares her thoughts on EVs and the government’s role in mandating their use. She believes in the freedom of choice when it comes to the type of vehicle one wants to drive, be it electric, hybrid, diesel, or gas. 
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Lunch and Learn Training: How It’s Done! [AW 174]

Sep 9, 2023

Ryan Baxter, the owner of Modern Auto Service in Fruitland, Idaho, shares his approach to training, including setting aside dedicated time every week and bringing in trainers for technical and personal development. Ryan emphasizes the positive impact training has had on his business and the value of continuous learning.
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Who is Your Customer Experience Officer (CXO)? [AW 173]

Sep 2, 2023

Nichole Bennecoff discusses the importance of customer experience in the automotive industry. Nicole shares her company’s focus on customer experience and introduces Taylor, a client success representative who manages communication between clients and the company. Taylor’s responsibilities include monitoring client communication, arranging loaner vehicles, supporting service advisors and providing excellent customer service. Nicole and Carm also touch on setting client expectations, appearance, and the importance of listening to service advisor calls. 
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Personal Struggles in the Workplace: Lessons from Joe Marconi [AW 172]

Aug 26, 2023

Ever wondered what makes a leader truly great? Joe Marconi discusses the value of being approachable, connecting with your employees on a personal level, asking about their life outside work, and genuinely caring – it all contributes to a positive work environment. Remember, leadership is a constant learning process. Let’s nurture empathy, be open to self-reflection and keep the balance between old school values and new school flexibility.
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Acquiring and Transforming a 72 Year Old Business [AW 171]

Aug 19, 2023

Jon Kloosterman, the Director of Operations at West Side Service in Zeeland, discusses their recent acquisition of a business and their approach to training and retention of technicians. The acquired business had been a pillar in the community for 72 years and was ready for a change in ownership. Jon also highlights the importance of maintaining professionalism and focusing on the right KPIs in your business. 
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Real Estate Strategies [AW 170]

Aug 12, 2023

Rick Levitan shares his experience and insights on real estate in the automotive industry. He discusses the importance of developing a strategy when expanding and finding new locations, as well as various methods for finding potential sites. Rick advises against falling in love with a specific location and highlights the option of leasing with an option to buy. He also discusses the role of real estate investment trusts (REITs) and the importance of demographics when considering a new location. Rick emphasizes the need for careful planning, good advisors, and transparency when acquiring a business or property.
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Rachel Spencer’s ‘Rachelisms’ for Auto Repair [AW 169]

Aug 5, 2023

What are some of Rachel Spencer’s “Rachelisms?” The Power of Consistency: Rachel emphasizes the importance of consistency and communication in her operations. She believes in creating habits, holding each other accountable, and striving for perfection while acknowledging that mistakes can happen. Customer Communication is Key: Rachel’s approach to customer service is all about overcommunication. You must provide customers with as much information as possible upfront, offering financing options, and sending vehicle health and safety reports via text. Rachel also shares her experiences with recruiting technicians including reaching out to institutes with automotive programs.
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Remodel 1 Year Later: See the Transition, See the Difference [AW 168]

Jul 29, 2023

Carm Capriotto visits Scott Felser’s shop to showcase the renovations he made since the last visit. They discuss various changes, including adding a door to the parts room, implementing a four-day workweek, and upgrading facilities like a coffee bar and bathroom. They also highlight the overall design and decorations, with input from Scott’s wife, new security cameras, new phone system, the positive customer feedback, and Scott’s involvement in the “Brakes for Breasts” campaign.
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Preparing for Fall 2023 Conferences [AW 167]

Jul 22, 2023

Carm Capriotto discusses upcoming fall conferences the podcast is attending, speaking engagements, and events, including the Brakes for Breasts Campaign. Our website, remarkableresults.biz, now features a Classroom page. It’s a treasure trove of podcast episodes organized into specific topics, perfect for research and team discussions. Stay curious, keep learning, and let’s continue to Advance the Aftermarket.
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The Noble Mechanic: Before and After Transformation and Rebranding [AW 166]

Jul 15, 2023

In this episode, Reggie Stewart covers a range of topics from dispatching and business operations to shop renovations. Reggie recently undertook renovations at his shop in Kokomo, Indiana, he modernized the colors and feel of the shop to give it an upscale vibe, with the help of an interior designer. He also discusses the importance of building a positive culture and is currently working on creating job descriptions and manifestos for each position to better define expectations and attract the right people. 
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Embracing Change: Navigating the Electrification Revolution [AW 165]

Jul 8, 2023

Dave Hobbs discusses the challenges and changes brought about by electrification in the automotive industry. Dave shares his experience with hub bearing failures, the importance of proper charging cables for electric vehicles and the maintenance requirements of EVs. He also discusses the recently launched ASE Safety Certification and the importance of safety in the industry. It’s an exciting time, and by embracing change and staying curious, technicians can ensure their success in this evolving landscape.
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New Build in 4 Months: A Look Inside [AW 164]

Jul 1, 2023

A new build in 4 months? How did Bill DeBoer do it?! When his father suggested knocking down an office building and building a shop in its place, Bill didn’t hesitate. He took charge of the project, handled the financing, and oversaw the construction. This podcast episode is filled with insights on fleet management, business strategies, and the importance of having a reliable network of professionals.
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Is Hiring a Business Coach Worth It? Dispelling the 5 Excuses Not to Hire One [AW 163]

Jun 24, 2023

Do you find yourself making excuses not to hire a business coach? Tom Sciortino shares his experience with coaching and how it has helped him make changes in his business, resulting in an increase in average ticket and KPIs. He emphasizes the importance of seeking help and not waiting around for things to change, and encourages young people in the industry to seek guidance and coaching. Listen to this episode to learn how coaching can help you identify blind spots, gain a different perspective on your business, and prepare for the future.
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Why Much? How Much? Exploring Value Proposition in Auto Repair [AW 162]

Jun 17, 2023

Bill Nalu, Interstate Auto Care in Michigan, shares his “Why Much” philosophy, which advocates for a more nuanced approach to pricing that involves training, coaching, and consultation to understand the context of each customer’s needs and provide a personalized value proposition. 
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How Can Professionalism Improve the Automotive Industry? [AW 161]

Jun 10, 2023

Mac Akram, the owner of Mack’s Complete Auto Repair in Chandler, Arizona, discusses the importance of professionalism in the automotive industry, including keeping the shop clean and organized and using digital vehicle inspections to provide better service. Mac believes that raising the standards of the industry is crucial to gaining the trust of customers. Mac also encourages shop owners to invest in training for their technicians.
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Personalized Customer Service and Marketing Strategies [AW 160]

Jun 3, 2023

If you’re in the automotive industry, you know it’s not just about fixing cars; it’s about providing exceptional customer service, too. Leigh Anne Best and Bill Hill, owners of Mighty Auto Pro, discuss their marketing strategies that have helped attract and retain customers. They’ve created a customer-friendly environment, providing loaner vehicles, shuttle services, and free towing up to $50.

But it’s not just about the extras. Mighty Auto Pro also emphasizes continuous learning and growth, requiring a minimum of 40 hours of training per year for their technicians. They encourage their employees to pursue their interests and hobbies, even if they are not related to auto repair. This culture of training has grown beyond anything Leigh Anne and Bill could have imagined, with technicians pushing each other to attend classes and improve their skills.

So, what can you learn from Mighty Auto Pro’s marketing strategy? Personalization, exceptional customer service, and a culture of continuous learning and growth can go a long way in retaining and attracting customers. Make everything effortless for the customer, and they’ll keep coming back.
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The Rise and Fall and the Rise Again of the Electric Vehicle [AW 159]

May 27, 2023

Electric vehicles (EVs) are a hot topic in the automotive industry and for good reason. They offer numerous benefits, such as reducing emissions and improving fuel economy, but they also present some challenges, including a lack of infrastructure and range anxiety. Pete Meier shares his perspective on the impact of EVs on the industry and offers some insights into their history and future. His message is one of encouragement and reassurance, emphasizing that technicians have risen to the challenge of the rapidly changing industry.
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The Importance of Self-Reflection and Self-Improvement in Business [AW 158]

May 20, 2023

John Ferguson, the owner of Domestic Diesel and Auto Service, shares his experience as a former dealer technician for Ford and how he started his own business. He talks about the challenges of finding the right team to support him and how he sought the help of industry experts to become a better leader and marketer. The episode also includes a video tour of John’s shop, where he specializes in Ford and GM diesel vehicles. 
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Navigating Family Dynamics in Business Ownership [AW 157]

May 13, 2023

Tatsu Tsuchida discusses his experience transitioning from a Japanese-only shop to an all-makes and all-models shop, his marketing strategy, and his experience taking over an existing business. He also discusses the challenges of owning a family business and the importance of having an exit strategy. The episode also includes a tour of Tsuchida’s second location.
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Revving Up Car Care: Inside Look at Rad Air Complete Car Care [AW 156]

May 6, 2023

5 Secrets to a Successful Automotive Shop. Efficient Layout, Comprehensive Services, Honesty and Openness, Strong Company Culture and Attention to Client Service. Rad Air’s waiting area is a cut above the rest. With a fireplace, high tables for laptops, and free wifi and refreshments for customers, they ensure their client that theyare comfortable while waiting. They understand that client service is just as important as the repair itself, and they do everything they can to make the client experience a positive one. remarkableresults.biz/aw156

Toxic Cultures, Leaders and Team Members [AW 155]

Apr 29, 2023

As leaders, we all know that culture is important, but how often do we take the time to really analyze and shape it? Culture is the company’s personality, starting with the leadership team. Michael Smith discusses the significance of culture and offers advice on how to become a better leader. However, toxic culture can hold a company back. Michael advises leaders to identify toxic elements and people in their company and take action to eliminate them. He emphasizes that leaders must be held accountable for the core values and purpose of the company, and they must take action to ensure that the company’s culture aligns with these values.
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Consistency and Common Sense Trumps Trendiness [AW 154]

Apr 22, 2023

Andy Bizub emphasizes the importance of common sense and listening in the automotive industry. It’s essential to be open to new ideas and ways of doing things while maintaining consistent business practices and providing real value to employees. By listening to employees and encouraging them to share their thoughts and insights, businesses can thrive and succeed in the ever-evolving industry.
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Closed All 10 Locations for Company Summit [AW 153]

Apr 15, 2023

Matt Lachowitzer shares his strategy for keeping his team engaged and communicative, including shutting down his business for three days to hold a company meeting. The meeting focused on differentiation, engagement, and culture and included a keynote speaker and team-building activities. The episode highlights Matt’s commitment to creating a fun, engaging workplace culture that fosters collaboration and growth.
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Unlock the Power of Indeed Resume to Find Technicians Faster [AW 152]

Apr 8, 2023

Chris Lawson provides insights on using Indeed’s applicant tracking system effectively and recommends using social media to showcase your company’s values and culture to attract top talent. Chris also discusses the importance of personal connections and using proven methods to find the right technicians.
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Where is Car Count Heading? Catching Up with Greg Bunch [AW 151]

Apr 1, 2023

Catching up with Greg Bunch, President of Transformers Institute, on his perspective on the pulse of our industry with car count, customer service, coaching, and what a top-tier CEO should be focusing on. 
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Newly Purchased ADAS Calibration Equipment [AW 150]

Mar 25, 2023

Get a behind-the-scenes look at shop owner Tom Sciortino’s new ADAS unit. Find out why he waited until now to purchase it, the learning curve with service information, why it is important to educate both the customers and local shops, and a step-by-step guide to how it works. 
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Delivering Amazing Customer Experience is Taught, Not Assumed [AW 149]

Mar 18, 2023

How do you create an amazing customer experience in your business? Guess what? No one is born with those skills, but your employees are can turn talent into a skill with proper training. 
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Internal Company App Gets the Word Out [AW 148]

Mar 11, 2023

Communication is full of opportunities and challenges. How do you effectively communicate with everyone in your business, especially if you’re a multi-shop owner? Bill Snow discusses their own internal app and why it is critical in their business. 
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Survey Says: Stress Level, Why Reject a Technician Application, Health Insurance and More! [AW 147]

Mar 4, 2023

On Record with Tom Ham from the Automotive Management Network. Tom discusses a recent survey from his website about the stress level at work, reasons why someone would reject a technician application, health insurance and more! These results may surprise you!
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4 Day Work Week and Our Own App [AW 146]

Feb 25, 2023

Erich and Lauralee Schmidt went to a 4 day work week during COVID and haven’t looked back. They also have an app for their shop with benefits to customers. 
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An Update: Mobile Diag and Training [AW 145]

Feb 18, 2023

Insights to the Vision Hi-Tech & Expo Class “Which Scan Tool Should I Buy?” Saturday, March 4th 8:45 am-11:45 am with Scott Shotton, Scot Manna, Tanner Brandt, Keith Perkins, and Sean Tipping.
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