Lessons on 3rd Generation Family, Networking and the Front Counter- Steve Mancinelli [RR 623]

Steve Mancinelli Owner | AMI Accredited Automotive Manager | ASE Certified Master Technician (Advanced Level Specialist, L1, and Service Consultant)

Steve has over 48 years of experience in the automotive field here in Downtown Denver. After graduating from Creighton University in 1983, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he chose to continue the family business. Among the above certifications he holds, he is also a registered Colorado Emissions Technician, he has earned his Accredited Master Automotive Manager (AMAM) degree through the Automotive Management Institute and served on the Automotive Service Association (ASA) board of directors for 6 years. Steve finds the field of vehicle service and auto repair to be the most challenging ever. Because of this, he ensures his employees are updated regularly through training and have access to the latest high tech tools and equipment in order to solve the toughest car problems. Ongoing training in communication skills is equally important to Steve, in order to maintain that “Old Fashioned Service” his customers have grown accustomed to since his grandfather opened the business back in 1950. With roots that deep, Steve and his staff of service advisors and auto mechanics are continually involved with community events and causes.

Key Talking Points:

  • COVID 196 shops and 23 service bays have closed in Denver- liquidated, retired, moved due to high rent in the downtown area
  • Dynamics of the family business
  • Been in the automotive industry for over 45 years- grew up sweeping floors and pumping gas for his dad’s business
  • Challenges- expectations, leaning on each other, failed partnerships, not knowing each other’s roles, not having processes and systems in place
  • Asking for help and getting training- networking
  • Started with 1-day seminar with NAPA and lead to a series with Dale Carnegie Institute, and involvement with ASA as the board of directors for 7 years
  • Napa training by Bob O’Connor- started 20 groups in the Denver area
  • Credited master automotive manager
  • Advice- listen to others
  • Pressed with space with 3 service bays and 2000 square feet- pump oil service tanks. Went to a meeting and another shop owner shared he had eco boxes in his inventory storage room on racks- hold 9 different boxes. Tripled the number of SKUs
  • Community service
  • Fundraiser for “Max Fund”- a woman in the community (1 mile from the shop) started putting a coffee can on her porch as a “donation fund” because her dog Max needed surgery that she couldn’t afford. Community and neighborhood banded together and Max was able to receive his surgery. The woman continued “Max Fund” and ran it as a no-kill shelter for dogs and cats. Steve will hold fundraisers at certain times during the year and proceeds from every job ticket goes to “Max Fund.” Steve has raised over $11,000
  • Front counter
  • Training is critical- sales techniques and different approaches
  • Must also have natural ability to read customers and enjoys interacting with them
  • Customer’s vehicles are very personal to them- need to hire someone who is empathetic
  • Steve has always had a woman on the front counter- more women customers than before. Women tend to want to know the “why” behind repairs, and having a woman on the front counter is a bonus to help educate them and feel more comfortable.

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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.