Unlikely pathway to shop ownership.
Margie van Lierop from Beach Cities Garage purchased a shop from friends after being a successful magazine publisher. She has had an interesting career in corporate radio and in the music business.
Margie has made a strong transition to a shop owner and tells you the things she is doing to make improvements to her business every day. She makes no mistakes that is has been trial by fire for her.
She has a great spirit and her personal drive and commitment shines throughout the interview. She shares her experience in working with a beta program from Bosch called Sweetworxx.Listen and view episode notes
Carolyn Coquillette discovered wrenching in 2000, shortly after graduating from college. A rare female mechanic, her nickname at the service station and in professional circles became “Luscious Garage.” Carolyn owns Luscious Garage, a hybrid specialty shop in San Francisco and probably the best known hybrid shop in the country. She also owns Shop-Ware, a software…Listen and view episode notes
Meet Bogi Lateiner from 180º Automotive in Phoenix, AZ. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College in just three years with a double major in Womens’ Studies and Pre-Law. Listen to her story on how she got where she is today. Her nine year old shop has an all-female tech team, working eight bays…Listen and view episode notes
Maryann Croce of Croce Transmissions in Norwalk, CT and her husband Tony combined her banking career and his automotive technical skills and bought a transmission business 15 years ago. They have 4 bays, 4 techs and one service adviser As so many in the aftermarket know when husband and wife’s and families, for that matter,…Listen and view episode notes
Besides growing up in the 57 years young family business, Judy Walter the CFO and co-owner of Zimmerman’s Automotive, Mechanicsburg, PA with her uncles works with a family staff of 12 out of 29 team members. This is a true blue family enterprise. At they have a 20,000 sq foot facility, sporting a 12-bay shop with seven…Listen and view episode notes
Amy Mattinat of Auto Craftsmen in Montpelier, VT had the good fortune to combine her love of cars with a career in the automotive industry. Whether going on ride-and-drives, teaching car care clinics, running her independent repair shop or working with the Car Care Council Women’s Board, she is able to combine her two passions:…Listen and view episode notes
Diane Larson owner of Larson’s Service, in Peabody, Massachusetts is an industry veteran of more than 25 years. Since losing her partner and husband in 2008 and taking on the responsibility of the shop full time. With a beautiful setting on the side of a pond, she developed a strong team that has allowed her…Listen and view episode notes