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

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 a subject matter expert for ASE and has instructed at Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo.

Matt has participated on 18 ASE technical committees for the ASE Practice Test, A6, A7, A8, and L1 tests. He’s also done case studies for Standard Motor Products.

Fanslow’s goal is to do everything in his power to improve the overall level of professionalism within the automotive and light truck repair trade and also raise the level of its public image.  Matt Fanslow’s Previous Episodes HERE.

Ever watch a reality TV show that covers a business make-over or purchase? Feel like you empathize with the owner? Do you know deep in your heart that what you are doing isn’t working?  Ever feel you are digging a hole and it is getting deeper? Do you know specificially which challenges you need to overcome first? Where do you start?… People, Processes or Product. Catch the banter between Matt Fanslow and me – For The Record.

Key Talking Points:

  • Ever find yourself yelling at the TV because the owners don’t get it
    • No commonsense
    • Passion to play their hobby but not run a business
  • Sometimes you can see yourself in those episodes and can relate to the problems you have
  • Use these shows to make a pivot in your life. Learn from them.
  • Don’t go into denial if you see yourself
  • Many people (employees of the business) who have given up re-invent themselves because they see a re-newed business and culture
  • Matt sees an aftermarket parallel to the restaurant business
    • The kitchen brigade is like our auto technicians. They are generating repaired vehicles
    • Communication breakdown and quality drops
    • Attention to detail of the entire experience
  • Leadership is a major reason businesses flourish

  • A special thanks to Matt Fanslow for his contribution to the aftermarket.
  • Books mentioned in the content library HERE
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About the author, Carm Capriotto, AAP

Carm is the founder and host of the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and the pioneer of automotive aftermarket podcasts. Carm calls on his years of 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 of over 1,000 episodes, Carm uses his enthusiasm and passion for the aftermarket especially the service sector to take his listeners on a journey showcasing successful service professionals’ paths to Remarkable Results. He also enjoys interviews with aftermarket industry thought leaders who bring their industry perspectives to his listener.

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