We Built the Building, But the Building Built Us – Tara and Dan Topel [AW 127]

Guest Host and Shop Tour with Tara and Dan Topel, Topel’s Service Center, Lake Mills, WI. Tara and Dan had a dream 15 years ago to completely rebuild their 2nd generation family shop.

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Tara and Dan Topel, Topel’s Service Center Inc. Tara’s previous episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points 

  • 2nd generation
  • The building was built in 1948- needed new infrastructure. The conception was 15 years ago
  • Did all the planning through Zoom due to COVID, their builder was a first-time builder
  • Soon to be parts store next door that will be rented- 3,200 square ft
  • Took a full year to secure financing during COVID
  • Temporary location for 2 years
  • Created a shop facilitator position to relieve the service advisors
  • 10 bays
  • In floor heat- heated with waste oil boiler with 4,000 oil tank outside

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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.

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