From Shop Owner to Trainer [RR 934]

Recorded Live at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Pam Oakes discusses life after selling her shop and the transition into training. She also focuses on the role of 609 certification, EPA regulations and the importance of continuous learning and education. As professionals, we must adapt, learn, and embrace changes to ensure we’re not left behind.

Show Notes

  • Watch Full Video Episode
  • MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems):
  • The MACS event (00:00:01) Introduction to the event, including the number of speakers, hours of training, and expo highlights.
  • Transition from shop ownership to training (00:00:58) Discussion about the transition from owning a shop to training and the challenges involved.
  • Importance of EPA compliance (00:05:03) Discussion about the EPA’s enforcement of regulations and the consequences of non-compliance.
  • ASE subject matter expert team (00:12:31) Discussion about the benefits of being part of the ASE subject matter expert team and the approach to creating fair and effective exam questions.
  • The shop owner’s passion for learning (00:16:08) Discussion on the shop owner’s continuous learning and involvement in an ADAS project.
  • The importance of training and continuous learning (00:17:28) Emphasizing the significance of ongoing training, learning, and the value of a supportive team.
  • Training and certification for industry professionals (00:19:46) Exploring the efforts to provide training and certification for technicians.
  • Changing the language and perception of automotive roles (00:21:51) Addressing the need to redefine and standardize the language used in the automotive industry to better represent roles and improve customer understanding.
  • Automotive technology and industry evolution (00:23:30) Comparing the evolution of automotive technology to the advancements in other industries and discussing the challenges of acceptance and adaptability.
  • The future of automotive technology (00:28:26) Discussing the future of automotive technology, including autonomous vehicles, hydrogen fuel, and battery electric vehicles.
  • The impact of new automotive technology (00:30:16) Discussion on the challenges and potential drawbacks of new automotive technology, including the push for certain technologies and the future of hydrogen fuel.
  • Porsche E-Fuel (00:32:11) Conversation about Porsche’s development of e-fuel.
  • Hydroelectric Power Plants (00:33:57) Exploration of the potential for hydroelectric power plants to produce electricity for e-fuel production.
  • Post-Sale Life and Support (00:35:24) Reflection on life after selling a business and the importance of support systems in the automotive industry.
  • Training and Education (00:36:09) Discussion about the importance of industry involvement in training and educating automotive professionals at all levels.

Thanks to our Partners, AAPEX and NAPA TRACS

Set your sights on Las Vegas in 2024. Mark your calendar now … November 5th-7th, 2024. AAPEX – Now more than ever. And don’t miss the next free AAPEX webinar. Register now at http://AAPEXSHOW.COM/WEBINAR

NAPA TRACS will move your shop into the SMS fast lane with onsite training and six days a week of support and local representation. Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at

Connect with the Podcast:

-Follow on Facebook:

-Join Our Private Facebook Community:

-Subscribe on YouTube:

-Follow on LinkedIn:

-Follow on Instagram:

-Follow on Twitter:

-Visit the Website:

-Join our Insider List:

-All books mentioned on our podcasts:

-Our Classroom page for personal or team learning:

-Buy Me a Coffee:

-The Aftermarket Radio Network:

-Special episode collections:







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.

Follow the podcast on your favorite podcast listening app and always listen to learn just one thing!