The Leap From Employment to Ownership [THA 263]

100% of business owners leave their business, either by design or due to unfortunate circumstances. The dialogue between the owner and potential successor needs to happen as soon as possible. But how do you start that conversation as an employee? In this episode, we role-play that discussion with Bob Ward, financial advisor and consultant from Wardden LLC. We also hear from James Maurer, a former service advisor and now an owner in transition, and Craig Tice, a 20-year technician looking to become a business owner. Let this episode be your blueprint to get the ball rolling.

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James Maurer, GM and owner in transition Midas of Kalkaska, MI

Craig Tice, Technician

Bob Ward, President of Wardden LLC, Look for Bob’s Previous Episode HERE. Perpetual Business Co website HERE.

Key Talking Points

  • What is the difference between being an employee vs. being an Owner? Every owner started by taking a leap with little to no money. 
  • “Only as we develop others, that we will permanently succeed”
  • Craig worked at a honda dealership, started his own business. Realized fixing cars is the easiest part of the business. It was open for 7.5 years in total. Went bankrupt, went back to working for someone else. Still has the ‘ownership’ passion/drive. It starts with passion.  
  • Hire for passion, not pedigree.
  • Everyone owner is going to leave their business 
  • ‘Marriage’ between owner and successor
  • James started working at the business in 2015, started the conversation in 2016. Took progressive steps to earn equity
  • 85% of all business are liquidated after the departure of the owner
  • Team dynamics- everyone is unified, “we are all one,” everyone has buy-in for decisions 
  • Start the conversation- brainstorm, don’t focus on the timeline, it isn’t an event it is a process. 
  • “Everything can be solved if you have the talent”
  • Ultimate leadership- develop people so you can leave and they can succeed.

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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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