RR 454: Danny Durbin – Integrating the Third Generation

Danny Durbin is the second generation owner of Durbin Auto Parts, in Prattville, AL.  He is now integrating the third generation into the business. You’ve heard the stats about the third generation? Only about 12% survive. 

You decide, but I believe Danny has the right strategy to defy the survival statistics.  He knows the procedure and the adaptations it takes for the survival of the generations (having been there done that).  Danny is planning to pass the torch to his son, however, he decided that Andrew first needed to work outside the business. 

You will benefit from this story as many service professionals are family businesses. Find out the core values needed and the mindset of what it takes to keep the family business afloat for many years to come.

Danny is an active member of the Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAS) and holds a seat on the Board of Directors.  Check out  Dan’s other episode HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • Family business
    • Told son Andrew he needed to get a job before he joined the family business in order to join as 3rd generation 
    • Worked for a construction company building hospitals, hotels, office buildings, etc
    • Son and wife having a baby and company was growing in equipment business and needed help- took a pay cut to come back to business
    • Accepted job but stayed with the company to finish the job for an additional 3 months- honored commitment 
    • Son has been with the company 10 months and handles the entire equipment side of the business- established role and responsibilities

 

Resources:

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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast; the only one of its type in the automotive aftermarket. Carm calls on his 35 years’ experience in the aftermarket to bring engaging stories from his guests.

Listen to raw, unfiltered, honest, and sincere stories that include insights, trends, best practices and expertise. Each interview brings an opportunity to learn one new thing through the stories of personal achievement. Many podcast guests tell their story of transformation from working in their business to working on it.

As host, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ path to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.