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Where the Voices, Ideas and Insights that are Shaping the Future of the Automotive Aftermarket Reside. This Page Displays All Three Podcast Formats: Remarkable Results, Town Hall Academy and For The Record

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

March 16, 2020

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 doesn’t like…

Bonus Episode 3 – Town Hall Academy on Insurance Coverage

March 13, 2020

Bambi Crozier, wife and co-owner with Neil Crozier, of Car Clinic in Lowell, AR (Northwest Arkansas), has a passion for the hardworking shop owner. Her vision to Change the Face of Automotive Care motivates and inspires every aspect of her daily operation. She entered the industry in 2012 as an entrepreneur shortly after moving back…

Kelly Moore – Enticing our Youth to have a Career in the Aftermarket [RR 518]

March 13, 2020

Kelly Moore Dr. Kelly Thumm Moore has over 20 years of experience in the career-focused higher education industry. She currently serves at Campus President for Lincoln College of Technology – Denver, a career-focused college offering certificate and degree programs in the automotive and skilled trades fields. Her previous experience includes presidencies for Westwood College and Career Colleges…

Are You Paying for Training? The Right Thing To Do [THA 162]

March 12, 2020

https://youtu.be/IITVoBkJ1-A Keith Williamson is the owner of Williamson’s Repair and Tire in Bondurant, IA for over 20 years. He is a member of MWACA where he leads the Shop Owner Support Group (an amazing group of shops) in Iowa. He and his team focus on the customer experience, as well as Hybrid, Electric and emerging vehicle…

Stop Being Afraid – Bryan Gossel [RR 517]

March 10, 2020

Bryan Gossel, BG Automotive, Fort Collins, CO. Brian’s Previous Episodes HERE. Key Talking Points: Started as technician and service writerNo structure, education, or much training from shop owner Owner didn’t see value in outside training Bryan exemplified natural leadership, intuition and communication  Partnered together to also buy motorcycle parts and accessory business- had to shut down…

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

March 9, 2020

Tom Palermo is General Manager of Preferred Automotive Specialists in Philadelphia, 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 NAPA/ASE…

Our Customers Don’t Know How We Make Our Sausage and it is Time They Learned [RR 516]

March 6, 2020

Carolyn Coquillette of Luscious Garage, San Francisco, CA chairs the ASCCA Connected Cars Committee, serves on the ASCCA Board of Directors and is active in her local San Francisco chapter. She’s also the Founder and CEO of Shop-Ware. Look for Carolyn’s other episodes HERE. Scott Brown is an ASE Master Certified Automobile Technician with over three…

Insurance Coverage Review – Part 1 [THA 161]

March 5, 2020

https://youtu.be/QBQiSKOEIG4 Bambi Crozier, wife and co-owner with Neil Crozier, of Car Clinic in Lowell, AR (Northwest Arkansas), has a passion for the hardworking shop owner. Her vision to Change the Face of Automotive Care motivates and inspires every aspect of her daily operation. She entered the industry in 2012 as an entrepreneur shortly after moving…

Growing Your Business and Striving for Greatness – Kirk Richardson [RR 515]

March 3, 2020

Kirk Richardson is a young and successful entrepreneur. Born into a blue-collar, hard-working family, he was a below-average student in high school and college. At the age of 22, he left school and started his first business. He bought his first three-bay shop at the age of 24. Seven years later he bought his second…

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

March 2, 2020

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 testing There are about 2,000 techs already involved and another 4,000 ready to get on board www.aserenewalapp.com Certify without going to a…

Aftermarket 2030 Consolidation – Opportunities – Challenges – Succession Planning [RR 514]

February 28, 2020

Rick Schwartz is co-founder and CEO of Schwartz Advisors LLC, a mergers and acquisition advisor and management consulting firm to the automotive and heavy-duty transportation industry. Prior to forming Schwartz Advisors, Rick’s career included senior executive leadership positions in sales, marketing, and finance. At Schwartz Advisors, Rick has advised private equity firms, aftermarket management teams and…

Open Forum: Ask the Shop Owner – Part 2 [THA 160]

February 27, 2020

https://youtu.be/fi3oBrNmE9Q 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 locations.…

In Search of Silver Bullets – Scott Shotton [RR 513]

February 25, 2020

Scott Shotton has over 25 years of technical experience in automotive repair shops. As the owner of The Driveability Guys, Scott performs mobile diagnostics and reprogramming for local repair shops in the DeKalb Illinois area as well as industry training around the United States and Canada. He was also one of the four trainers for…

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

February 24, 2020

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 a career…

Aftermarket Acumen Part 5 – Succession [RR 512]

February 21, 2020

Donny Seyfer the executive officer of NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force) and Partner in Seyfer Automotive in Wheatridge, CO. Listen to Donny’s previous episodes HERE. Jeremy O’Neal President and lead sales trainer for Advisorfix, began his career as a Service Adviser and moved into Service Management at the dealership level for VW, Audi, and Porsche. He consistently…

Service Advisor Role Play #4 [THA 159]

February 20, 2020

Jeremy O’Neal President and lead sales trainer for Advisorfix, began his career as a Service Advisor and moved into Service Management at the dealership level for VW, Audi, and Porsche. He consistently placed in the top 3% of Service Advisors across the nation. With a passion for helping others, Jeremy started coaching Service Advisers in…

Zero Dollar Customers – Tom Palermo [RR 511]

February 18, 2020

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 NAPA/ASE…

Bob Greenwood on Billed Hours Per RO [FTR 085]

February 17, 2020

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 and the…

Aftermarket Acumen Part 4 – Technician Pay [RR 510]

February 14, 2020

Donny Seyfer the executive officer of NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force) and Partner in Seyfer Automotive in Wheatridge, CO. Listen to Donny’s previous episodes HERE. Jeremy O’Neal President and lead sales trainer for Advisorfix, began his career as a Service Adviser and moved into Service Management at the dealership level for VW, Audi, and Porsche. He consistently…

Shop Owner Open Forum [THA 158]

February 13, 2020

Panel: Rachael Wacha, City Auto Repair, Gainsville, FL Kate Jonasee, K-Tech, Sebastopol, CA  (MSO) Donnie Hudson, Troy Auto Care, Troy, MI  (MSO) Jeremy Winters, Service Manager at Weavers Auto Center, Shawnee, KS Talking Points:   Kate’s big thing was the improvement in her company culture and the psychology of herself as a leader was impactful.…

Teaching Students at Kustom Built Cars [RR 509]

February 11, 2020

Jack Weaver is a custom car builder of 25+ years and the owner of Acme Chop Shop. He started teaching the art of custom auto restoration at Kustom Built Cars (KBC). Kustom Built Cars was started out of Jack’s love and enjoyment of custom cars and hot rods. He wanted to be able to continue…

Ben Johnson – The Power of WHY [FTR 084]

February 10, 2020

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 they are…

Aftermarket Acumen Part 3 [RR 508]

February 7, 2020

Donny Seyfer the executive officer of NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force) and Partner in Seyfer Automotive in Wheatridge, CO. Listen to Donny’s previous episodes HERE. Jeremy O’Neal President and lead sales trainer for Advisorfix, began his career as a Service Advisor and moved into Service Management at the dealership level for VW, Audi, and Porsche. He consistently placed…

Flat Rate vs Hourly-Bonus Hybrid Pay Plans [THA 157]

February 6, 2020

https://youtu.be/yhjxnuX2gOw The Panel: Jeff Matt from Victory Auto Service in Minneapolis and St. Petersburg, FLA, was featured in episode 48. Jeff owns six locations with one being in Florida. He has over 40 team members and has grown through acquisition. Jeff opened Victory in 1997 as a one-bay shop and has slow steady growth over the…

Becoming the CEO – Bob Greenwood [RR 507]

February 4, 2020

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

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

February 3, 2020

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 a…

Aftermarket Acumen Part 2 – HR Concerns [RR 506]

January 31, 2020

Sara Fraser is a millennial who has a love for life, travel, and connecting with other humans! She has over 15 years of retail management experience, the last 6 of them as an office manager for a used car sales and service center. To bring her customer service, marketing, and business knowledge to the automotive industry she has…

Localizing National Training [THA 156]

January 30, 2020

The Panel: Bryan Gossel, BG Automotive, Fort Collins  CO   Brian’s Previous Episodes HERE. Phil Carpenter, Director of Operations, Urban Auto Care and Avalon Motorsports. Phil has been in the automotive industry since 2003. He has spent time as an Audi certified technician, Service Adviser, Service Manager and Parts Specialist and currently is currently the Director…

Don’t Get Over-focused on KPI’s Without Putting the Customer at The Center [RR 505]

January 28, 2020

Ken Criste is the Chief Financial Officer of the Australian Bank division of National Australia Bank. In addition to this fulltime role, Ken is a passionate car owner and collector and has a 50% equity ownership in an Independent BMW & MINI workshop in Melbourne Australia “BM Performance Centre”. This ownership with Mark Higgins blends his…

Steve Finzel – Too Many Fluids [FTR 082]

January 27, 2020

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 viscosity and…

Aftermarket Acumen Part 1 [RR 504]

January 24, 2020

Donny Seyfer the executive officer of NASTF (National Automotive Service Task Force) and Partner in Seyfer Automotive in Wheatridge, CO. Listen to Donny’s previous episodes HERE. Jeremy O’Neal President and lead sales trainer for Advisorfix, began his career as a Service Advisor and moved into Service Management at the dealership level for VW, Audi, and Porsche. He consistently placed…

Are You Selling Tires? [THA 155]

January 23, 2020

https://youtu.be/wVGKlTmEsFE Jae Malinowski has been in the automotive trade for 25 years, starting in the auto-body industry at 18, he then transitioned to auto sales for a couple years. When a chance encounter with a headhunter introduced him to the tire industry. He started out in a management training program starting doing commercial tires to…

Partnerships [RR 503]

January 21, 2020

Mark Roberts is the owner of Roberts Properties, Inc, Managing Partner of Total True Automotive dba Schertz Auto Service, Craftsman Building and Renovation LLC. He is also partnered with a Local Custom Home builder. Mark is also the former owner of Auto Collision Works. He grew up in Schertz and has been a resident since…

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

January 19, 2020

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 what works…

Impact Award Winners 2019 [RR 502]

January 17, 2020

Ashlee Arnold, Vice President, Arnold Oil Company of Austin, has quickly become an influential figure in the aftermarket industry at large and within her own company by persistently showing remarkable leadership and cementing its placement on the esteemed “Aftermarket Business Top 25 Auto Chain” listing several years in a row. Arnold serves on the Federated…

Cash is King and Important to Your Business [THA 154]

January 16, 2020

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 and the…

Survey Says! [RR 501]

January 14, 2020

John Burkhauser is currently employed at BOLT ON TECHNOLOGY as the Director of Education, a job that allows him to use a lifetime of learning experience day in and day out. John dreamed of being a meteorologist but found out college wasn’t for him. When his car failed the state inspection, that was the day his…

Matt Fanslow – Helping Local Shops [FTR 080]

January 13, 2020

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 is also…

Bonus Episode 2 – Little Effort – Big Benefit

January 11, 2020

Just a few minutes of your time. Some important one on one time because I believe you’ve missed some excellent shows we’ve produced for you. Please subscribe to the Town Hall Academy and For The Record podcasts on your listening app. These shows have been separated from the Remarkable Results subscription. So you don’t miss these…

What Worked – What Didn’t – Success Has Its Ups and Downs [RR 500]

January 10, 2020

I want to thank the thousands of listeners who make our purpose meaningful. We do it for you. To the sponsors of the podcasts over the years. THANK YOU. Guests for the 500th Episode Amy Mattinat is the owner and manager of Auto Craftsmen in Montpelier, VT. Her shop is an ASE Blue Seal Shop, AAA…

Pricing Parts Purchased from Dealers [THA 153]

January 9, 2020

The Panel: Bill Haas, AAM, is the owner of Haas performance consulting LLC, with 40 years of experience in the automotive service and repair industry. Clients have access to Bill’s solution-based focus, expertise, unique perspectives and in-depth knowledge of the industry. Bill began his career working part-time at a full-service gasoline station in Appleton, Wisconsin.…

Bill Long MEMA CEO – Advancing The Business Interest of Our Industry [RR 499]

January 7, 2020

Bill Long is president and chief executive officer of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) Which represents the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the US through its four divisions, the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), the MERA -the association for sustainable manufacturing and the Original Equipment Suppliers…

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

January 6, 2020

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 locations. He…

Dynamic Leadership – Building Your Leadership Team [RR 498]

January 3, 2020

The Men behind Dynamic: Dwayne Myers, Partner Dynamic Automotive Mark Murphy, Lead Technician Todd Zimmerman, Location leader Bob Allen, VP of Operations, from wrenching to location leader Key Talking Points: Career-pathing. The leaders are there when you need them Shop owners can develop their team and really grow and make a difference in our industry…

How To Increase Your Labor Rate Without Losing Car Count [THA 152]

January 2, 2020

  The Panel: Devin Kelly, All-Star Automotive, Columbia, MODevin Kelley is a passionate entrepreneur with a technician background. As a shop owner, he is responsible for general leadership within his company. This puts him at the front-line of the fight for a more professional auto repair presence in his community and helps maintain his companies…

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