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Female Impact: Getting Through [RR 549]

Ashley McCabe – McCabe’s Automotive Specialist, University Place, WA.  In 2015, Ashley took over her father’s decades-old automotive business. She might not have known much about cars when she started, but she sure did know about customers. Ashley started at the front counter, and her father said he could tell that she understood customer service and how to connect with people on a deeper, more emotional level. Fast forward — Ashley is vice president of the company. Ashley has hired her first office team, and they have outperformed some of her father’s best years in business. Her father and the rest of her family couldn’t be prouder. She has a true passion for helping customers and finding her voice as a woman in a male-dominated industry. She hopes to inspire more women to take the leap and join this amazing ever-growing and changing industry.

Michele Winn graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1994. Here is her resume:

  • She worked for an independent Goodyear service center for 6 years where she did brakes, steering and suspension and under hood maintenance.
  • In 2000 she taught an ‘Intro To Drivability’ class at Linder Technical Services.  She also helped recondition fuel injectors, answered hotline calls from member shops and figured out tough drivability problems that were brought into the shop.
  • Michele always enjoyed turning wrenches and went back into a large shop environment in 2009 working for Beck Service Center on the south side of Indianapolis.  She has been the only drivability and electrical technician in the shop for the past 4 years. Beck is a large shop with over 30 bays and 18 lifts.  Listen to Michele’s previous episodes HERE.

Lauren Giver started in the industry in July 2016 when she went to work for the repair shop that had been maintaining her vehicle for two years. She was hired as the Office Manager, but a big part of her job was talking to customers on the phone and at the counter. Lauren quickly found that this was the favorite part of her job, and truly why she wanted to work there in the first place. She had never received that level of customer service or felt valued as a customer at any other repair shop and she was excited to provide that experience from the other side of the counter. After the shop manager challenged her to make a sale, when she had absolutely no technical or sales experience, she sold the job and found that she enjoyed writing service just as much. It allowed Lauren to help people, which is what she wanted to do. After nine months, she was informed that the owners were retiring and selling the building, but through the connections that she made, Lauren found a wonderful home at Los Gatos Auto Service in Campbell, California where she currently writes service, full-time. Listen to Lauren’s previous episodes HERE.

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.

Key Talking Points:

  • Technician shortage- women are an untapped talent
    • 3% of technicians are female 
    • 20% of service advisors are female
    • Under 1% shop owners are female
    • Over 50% of customers bringing a vehicle to shop are women/wives
  • Women in the automotive industry
    • Value and worth isn’t based on gender
    • Skills are questioned more from customers than coworkers
    • When customers respect the shop owner they respect the people that work for the owner
    • Age discrimination with elderly male customers
    • Don’t assume shop owners aren’t women
    • Younger generation typically doesn’t care about who is doing the work as long as it gets done and they had a good experience
  • Culture- support women 
    • Not “My way” it’s the way of your shop as a business 
    • Double standard, women being assertive can be perceived as “bitchy”
    • Having a mentality of not making others change in order for you to fit in
  • Welcoming more women in the automotive industry- lack of knowledge for younger women  
    • Need more women shop owners and women speakers at schools
    • A clean environment is important to attract all employees especially women

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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.

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