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    • By Joe Marconi
      For the first time in a VERY LONG time, I see a lot of positive news with regard to labor rates.  More and more shop owners and managers are crunching their numbers and increasing their labor rates to better ensure their companies achieves a profit and also to be able to pay their employees what they deserve. 
      Profit is needed in order to build for the future and to be able to attract quality people. 
      I really think that this is perhaps the best time in our recent history to revisit your labor rates and bottom line and adjust your rates accordingly.  
      Have you adjusted your labor rates recently, or plan on it? 
       
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    • By carmcapriotto
      Kevin Syed, Owner of Integrity 1st Automotive, grew up with an entrepreneurial father and was always encouraged to lead. Having successfully earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University at Buffalo, Kevin went on to become a franchisee with Getty Petroleum / British Petroleum service centers for the better part of a decade in New York City. After gaining the knowledge, experience, and funding required to produce his own operation, Kevin went on to operate his own independent shops in New York. Kevin sought to find a new place to call home with his wife and twin girls; he longed for the community values and environment of the South and so his family made the decision to move to Texas. Integrity 1st Automotive was then born in Texas and Kevin has scaled his business to multiple locations across the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex. When he's not working, Kevin enjoys local car rallies (e.g. Lamborghini Club Dallas), traveling, and hunting.
      Ramy Nazim, Director of Integrity 1st Automotive, graduated from the University of Toronto in 2014 with a HBSc. in Biology & Psychology. While he continues to have an affinity for academia and the life sciences; he found his technical prowess to be of vast usage in the working world. Post-graduation, he went on to work with a local software startup specializing in real estate marketing tools. The startup experience allowed Ramy to engage with virtually every facet and department of the business. Insofar as the automotive repair industry, Ramy works to leverage technological solutions to help increase operational efficiency, develop automations, create event-driven communication flows and more! When he's not working, Ramy enjoys traveling with his wife, cooking with the help of Youtube tutorials, and reading about science and history.
      Key Talking Points
      Put it in writing- a discussion on the importance of standard operating procedures, processes, training paradigms in order to scale the business to multi-locations. Put the system into place.  Is it auditable? Having things written is one thing - but how are you tracking compliance? Every process should have a check and balance behind it- quality assurance on whether it is being done. Area Manager (or yourself as an owner) with a preset checklist or leverage technology (software management system). Prioritizing- If you are ambitious on growth, then you've likely got a laundry list of goals and tasks; some are working ON the business and some are working IN the business. Develop a methodology of prioritization- tie your task to a specific KIP, goal or ROI. Eliminates redundancy. Be open to change.   Incentivized Extraordinary Performance- empower and develop your employees. Incentives that promote entrepreneurial thinking work the best. Profit-sharing- share part of profits with managers/lead technicians and share P & L. Being transparent.  Keep your eyes on Customer Churn- We are in the people's business, one of the most important KPI's to focus on whether one shop or multi shops is to know how many customers are churning from your business annually. (SAS- software as a service). Track weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually- how much of car count is return vs net new customers. Touchpoints for every life cycle of a customer’s vehicle. Remarket and reengage with customers. Churn is inevitable but control it as much as possible.  Automation- there are only so many hours in the day; with compartmentalized thinking and technology, you can get more out of each day by offloading redundant tasks to technology without one size fits all solutions.  The Customer Experience- we know that it's all about the little things when it comes to curating a memorable experience. That being said, how do you make sure the little things are being followed when you're not there? Your model should work for ANYONE- If you build scalable models, then you can confidently scale to prospective franchisees and feel confident that your customers will Connect with the show:
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    • By Joe Marconi
      This forum will outline the steps that I took the past three and half years, working toward my exit strategy.  I will outline each step, each week, to give you information that I know you will find informative and useful. Please note, these steps are the ones that I took, and your situation may differ. However, you will find so many similarities, that I am sure you will obtain a ton of great information.   Ok, here we go...
      STEP 1 - Get Your Business Ready to Sell Today
      You are never too young to begin thinking about your retirement or sale of your business. Work hard on your business to get it to run on its own.  For quality of life, and to grow a sucessful business, requires having the right people, the right systems, a knowledge of the numbers, and a plan.  Also, the more you are removed from the day to day operations, the more sucessful you will be and the more your business will be worth to a potential buyer. 
      Here's another important reason to get your business to run on its own: A health crisis may leave you sidelined for months or longer, or may even leave you disabled to a point where you cannot perform the necessary duties as a shop owner.  We all have heard of shop owners that either became seriously ill, were in a bad accident or passed away, leaving the business in a state that it cannot run by itself.  Or, not worth much because the shop owner did not take the necessary steps to build the business correctly and not having clean and accurate financials.  
      Begin today to start thinking about your business and when you want to sell, have family take over the business, or other options. Start getting all your financials in order, set your long-term goals, work on your business plan, review and refine all your systems and procedures, and talk to your family about your long-term plans. 
      With each step, you may need help from either an accoutant, broker, attorney, or a business coach. Please don't make the mistake of thinking you can everything on your own. 
      That's it for today- Next week I will discuss The Importance of Having Clean Financials and Showing a Profit
      Thank you and Stay Tuned! 
       
       
       
    • By carmcapriotto
      The future of the aftermarket depends on having an apprentice program at every shop in North America. The more you know and hear apprentice stories, the closer you are to start you own.
      Link HERE to all apprentice episodes.
      The Panel: Garrett Geisler, Shop Foreman, Dynamic Automotive, MD Ricky Shontere, Apprentice Graduate, Technician, Dynamic Automotive, MD Dwayne Myers is a partner in Dynamic Automotive in the greater Maryland area. Dwayne invests time in the industry with the Auto Care Association and serves on the education committee with CCPN (Car Care Professional Network). Dwayne was recently honored as one of only 17 outstanding individuals that qualified for the prestigious 2017 World Class Technician Award presented by The Auto Care Association and ASE. He is very passionate about hiring and sustaining a strong and engaged team. Listen to Dwayne’s previous episodes HERE. Key Talking Points Create the environment you desire- businesses don’t run themselves, people (leaders) run businesses. You don’t always get what you want, but you always get what you choose. Are you choosing to be in the weeds of business every day or do you want your business to run without you? Determine what you value and your culture will follow. Transitions in the business- be an owner, you hired employees to do a job so let them. Train them well so they can leave, but treat them so well that they don’t want to. Don’t micromanage. What I’ve learned- learn from everyone no matter what their status or level is. Everyone learns based on their experience, knowledge, and skill. Allow people to grow, owners are often the biggest obstacle. Think about the vision, cast the vision, and let your employees make the vision. lifted burdens- watch people grow from where they are to where they want to be.  Don’t create more work for you as an owner, grow employees. Employees who lead- should be taught the responsibility they have of leadership no matter their position. They will continue to grow. Your business is only as strong as the weakest employee. They need to reflect your values.  Your responsibility as an owner- coachability, valuing people, mentors, communicating vision Leadershift- based on the 15 laws of growth written by John Maxwell. 15-week course for employees of businesses. Grow employees in their current roles. Owners choose who their leaders will be based on current behavior. Leadership is learned, everyone has the ability. Thanks to Garrett Geisler, Ricky Shontere, and Dwayne Myers for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast. Link to the ‘BOOKS‘ page, highlighting all books discussed in the podcast library HERE. Leaders are readers. Listen for free on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spreaker, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Podchaser, and many more. Mobile Listening APP's HERE Find every podcast episode HERE. Every episode is segmented by Series HERE. Key Word Search HERE. Be socially involved and in touch with the show: Facebook   Twitter  LinkedIn   Instagram  Youtube   Email   Join the Ecosystem - Subscribe to the INSIDER NEWSLETTER HERE. Buy me a coffee NAPA Autotech Training helps your technicians keep their skills sharp and their NAPA Know How up to date. It’s the highest quality technical training that covers almost every vehicle system and every make and model. NAPA Autotech is presented by experienced instructors who are ASE master certified technicians. Even after a class is over, techs can access course information online with ClassPass. So when questions come up later they can get the answers. AutoCare Center owners who have taken advantage of Autotech Training say that well-trained technicians are helping to increase their shop’s repair capability and raise bay productivity. That results in fewer comebacks, more satisfied shop customers, and reduced technician turnover. Learn more about NAPA AutoCare and the benefits of being part of the NAPA family by visiting www.NAPAAutoCare.com.Click to go to the Podcast on Remarkable Results Radio


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