How To Build Relationships with Students and Schools [RR 760]

How many schools have you visited recently? What is your relationship like with the teachers, and school counselors? Have you hosted a shadow day at your shop for students? If your answer is no to any of these questions, answer this one: what is stopping you? Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved with your schools and community and properly represent this industry to our younger generation.

Bill Snow, VP of Franchise Development and Operations, Rad Air,

Andy Fiffick, CEO Rad Air, 10-locations, franchise

Key Talking Points

  • Get your energy by talking with students about our industry
  • Is an undergrad degree considered worthless in today’s world?
  • How has this paid off? Andres Hobbs is on track to be a master technician before 25 years old. Matt Harbert started as an apprentice program at Bill’s from a school, started as work-study then was hired to join their apprentice program. Corporation knocked on Matt’s door to hire him, and he left and came back 9 months later. He didn’t enjoy the culture at the corporate level. 
  • Identify the school around you- research the contacts (teachers/principles/school counselor), reach out with what you can offer (perspective in the classroom, mock interviews, host shadow day etc), and reach out to the chambers, consistency is the key
  • “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work” Thomas Edison 
  • Invest the time and receive the reward
  • Talk about what you can do to engage with your students, your staff, and your administrators.
  • Be authentic, be genuine, be supportive, be open-minded, and help that young man or woman understand the benefits of being part of our awesome industry

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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.

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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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