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    • By carmcapriotto
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      Maryann Croce's "Life Happens" Download HERE Connect with the show:
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      Dorman gives people greater freedom to fix vehicles by constantly developing new repair solutions that put owners and technicians first. By always innovating, Dorman has led the way in growing the aftermarket. Here you will see a few examples of a Dorman OE Fix. An OE FIX is a Dorman repair solution you can’t get from the original equipment manufacturer. It means they found a situation where they believe the OEM wasn’t giving repair professionals what they wanted, so we fixed it. Everything Dorman does is centered around providing customer value, both in the quality of products, and the creativity of solutions. Our engineers and designers go out of their way to save repair technicians time and save vehicle owners money. Want to really go under the hood? Take the Dorman Virtual Tour at www.DormanProducts.com/Tour

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      Bob Cooper, Founder/President of Elite Worldwide Inc. A native Ohioan, Bob started his career as a technician in a struggling, Cleveland Ohio shop that he later purchased and build into one of the most successful shops in America. As a successful shop owner and experienced drag racer, in Cleveland, he started a second business and began doing performance driveline work for many of the nation’s top fuel racers. It wasn’t long after he and his family sold their Cleveland home and businesses, loaded up their race car, and moved to southern California where he developed shops that gained national recognition.
      Having a passion to help other shop owners, in 1990 he founded Elite; the industry leader in helping shop owners build more profitable, successful businesses, that allow them to reach their personal goals, and elevate the industry at the same time. Bob was one of the first to predict the dealership's plan to target the service business, he predicted the trend toward maintenance, the explosive growth in remanufactured components, and the trend in leasing. He is also the creator of the most commonly used sales procedures used by the top service advisors in America.
      He has been nominated for entry into “Who’s Who in American Business”, he is a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association, he is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on both personal and career success, and he is committed to the principle of never putting money ahead of people. In addition to speaking at many of the major industry events, he has spoken worldwide to many Fortune 500 companies, private banking groups, universities and the United States Army.
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      Key Talking Points
      Why we all need to have clearly defined goals- establish your goals for the next year. Only 3% have defined goals. People that have goals are happier, healthier, and live longer lives. They earn on average twice the income vs the people who don’t have goals. Most people don't know what they don't know- 97% of people talk about their day-to-day lives and don’t talk about goals. People also don’t know how to set goals, fear of failure and fear of rejection.  We are born with 2 genetic fears- falling and fear of loud noises, all other fears are developed fears. Many are faced with a fear of public speaking, which is a developed fear as well.   Was the day successful or not successful with reaching goals Short-term goals are not used for economic gain- the purpose is to change the behavior of people. Make yourself wonder what you could do differently to reach the goal next time. Short-term goals should be daily goals. In order for short-term goals to effectively influence behavior, they only need to be reached 51% of the time. Monthly goals- the problem is you’re only rewarded for hitting that goal once every 30 days. You also risk slowing down if reaching the goal early or giving up if not close to hitting goal.  Increasing sales 15% - set daily sale goals and daily car count goals, always make sure they are tracked in descending not ascending way. If your goal is $5,000 for the day and you sell $1,500, draw a line through $5,000 and rewrite $3,500. It is a new adjusted goal. Goals should always be in front of you instead of what you’ve accomplished.  Write your core beliefs, what are the things that are most important to you? 8-10 core beliefs. Look at it 2-3 days later and constantly work on it for the next month. You cant set effective goals if you don’t first know who you are as a person. Share your goals with a spouse/someone who fully supports you, find the common goals together. “Give up goals” can be shared with everyone.   Hiring employees is like getting married. Getting married is easy, staying married is hard. Don’t let your employee “fall out of love” with what they are doing. Don’t be afraid to set breathtaking goals, realistic goals for short-term and mid-term goals. Long-term goals should be life-changing/inspiring. “Given the difference in creativity and intelligence, I will always opt for creativity. Because anything mankind can imagine, mankind can create.” Albert Einstein Goal Setting Checklist found HERE  
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      The NAPA Smart Sign, previously known as Digital Menu Board, gives your shop a professional, state-of-the-art look and feel. It’s a great way to educate and inform your customers about needed repairs and service, plus increase awareness of your current promotions. NAPA AutoCare Center that have installed a Digital Menu Board found one out of five consumers ask for a repair or service they’ve seen on the board. Targeted promotions resulted in double-digit increases. You choose the content from a library of auto care service and repair topics. The latest NAPA national promotions are downloaded to you automatically. And with the Digital Menu Board it’s easy to change your services, prices, and video content anytime you’d like. Talk to your servicing NAPA store to find out more.

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    • By carmcapriotto
      Darrin Barney, Barney Brother's Off Road and Repair, Grand Junction CO. Darrin’s automotive journey began as a child working with his father on repairing and maintaining cars at the family garage. But the big turning point came when he turned 14 and his parents got him his first jeep. It was then that he realized that to keep it running he had to maintain it and take care of it. In 2003, he started his own auto repair and 4X4 business with the core business philosophy of treating every customer like a personal friend and creating the best customer experience possible. Darrin’s shop has grown to one of the biggest independently owned auto repair facilities in the state of Colorado. Darrin also has a passion for continuing education. In 2017 he was one of the first classes to graduate with his AMAM (Accredited Master Automotive Management) from the AMI. He is a current Board Member for ASA Colorado and recently became responsible for bringing the customer service piece of automotive training to his hometown in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is active in the aftermarket accessory industry and is a member of the LTAA (Light Truck Accessory Alliance), APPEX and SEMA. Darrin is a Certified High Performance Coach and enjoys helping others find success and happiness in their lives. 
      Key Talking Points
      Superstars interview YOU- they don’t want a job, they want a career/opportunity. They should ask you: what is your 5-year plan? 10? Succession plan?  Your A tech is probably working somewhere else. They will leave for a better opportunity, it’s not all about money.  People leave people not companies Getting close to your employees- don’t be a sniper manager, be involved and interact.  “50, 25, 25”- 50% the owner interviews employee, 25% the employee will review company, 25% the employee will interview the owner Most shop owners are technicians that think they could do better- but they are still a technician at heart. Growing from a technician to a business owner is crucial and often missed.  Do you know where your company is going? Dream and rewrite your mission statement.  Guiding principals- all the pieces that get the mission statement done. Get your team involved. Compensation plans- competitive wages, opportunistic income (above the base pay), take-home benefits (health insurance, retirement), continuing training Employee retention- live your mission statement, 10-minute team huddles to create unity and teamwork, never start your day on a sour note (no complaining) Connect with the show:
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      NAPA AutoCare’s PROimage program makes it easy for you to make the most of the NAPA brand. A PROimage upgrade lets you maintain your shop’s identity as a reliable, locally-owned business while letting your customers and potential customers know you’re partnering with NAPA, the most recognized and trusted name in the automotive aftermarket. AutoCare Centers that have completed a PROimage exterior upgrade enjoy an average 23 percent sales increase during the first year. You can also choose to go PROimage on the interior and transform your customer waiting area from merely utilitarian to warm and welcoming. You can even get a free look by visiting www.NAPAAutoCare.com and clicking on the NAPA PROimage link under the NAPA PROimage tab. Of course, the AutoCare site is also the place to go to find out about all the advantages being part of the NAPA family has to offer.

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      Sue Dickson, Owner of Closs Tire & Auto Inc, Waukegan, IL. Sue is trying to change the face of the industry to empower woman to be a part of the automotive industry. Sue has 37 years of experience in retail automotive market and has partnered with her community to grow her business. She is directly responsible for overall profitability, sales and service for this independent auto repair facility. She continues to work with the Lake County Tech Campus, College of Lake County, to bridge the gap between school based work and hands-on work experience. Sue has written and implemented a Lake County Tech Campus internship which has been in place since 2019 and served over 50 students.  She also has partnered with Lake County Workforce Development to take her internship program to the next level. This relationship has given students the opportunity to gain work base employment and grant opportunities for education at the local community college.
      Key Talking Points
      “Give Me 10” Internship Program- 10 hours broken up 2 hours for 5 days. Job shadowing 2 hours the first day, after that they will be working for the remaining 8 hours. Oil changes, brake work, tires, etc. Insurance is covered by the school because it is work-based learning Break the stereotype that young adults can only be successful if they have a 4-year degree What is the biggest competition with independent repair shops? Dealerships. Local shops started coming together for networking meetings, they also visit each other’s shops to critique Sue volunteers at the local car show and she registers classic cars. They wanted the tech campus to be involved and see the older cars. She went to the independent group and asked to donate a car to the tech campus. Tech 1 kids do steering and suspension. Tech 2 kids rebuild the motor. Collision painted it. Will be showcased at the advisory meeting. The car will travel to locations that have an internship program. Raffle tickets to win the car. Donate money to a non-profit Grant opportunities through the workforce development- over 4 years the networking group has received almost 200K  University of the Aftermarket Leadership 2.0 Class- AAP Connect with the show:
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      As a member of the NAPA family, AutoCare Center owners can take advantage of the NAPA National Health Program from the NAPA Insurance Center. This “NAPA only” program gives you and your employees access to national “large group” rates on medical insurance with premiums discounted up to 30 percent. These rates are based on the collective purchasing potential of 22,500 NAPA locations including both NAPA AUTO PARTS stores and NAPA AutoCare Centers. The NAPA Insurance Center can help you with a variety of other insurance benefits too. For more information about The NAPA National Health Benefits program as well as all of the insurance benefits available to your AutoCare Center and your employees, visit the NAPA Benefits Center, at www.napabenefitscenter.com or call the NAPA Benefits Center at 844-627-2123.

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      Andy Bizub, Midwest Performance Cars in Chicago is also a native of Chicago. His first career was 25 years as a commodity trader. He entered the professional auto industry in 2014 by acquiring a failing shop in downtown Chicago that he was a customer of and started a turnaround. Andy now has two locations. He bought his first car at age 19, a 1972 Triumph Spitfire, which was the start of his gas, oil, and automobile obsession.
      Listen to Andy’s previous episodes HERE.
      Joe Jerkins, Owner Westside Auto Pro, Clive, IA. Joe has been in the Automotive Industry since 2007 when he joined a tire and mechanical repair chain store after spending multiple years in grocery store management.  He did not know anything about the industry and had no mechanical background but had a passion for helping people and sales.  After having spent some time there, he joined a dealership as a Service Advisor and quickly rose to the number 1 advisor based on sales at his dealership.  An opportunity as a Service Manager arose at a local repair facility and Joe decided it was time to get back into management as he was getting his legs under him in the automotive world.  After his second child was born, Joe sought an opportunity at his hometown dealership to run the Fixed Operations including Service, Body and helping oversee Parts.  In 2013, after realizing that there was a lot of “wrong” in this industry, generally speaking, he decided it was time for one last try with a shop he knew nothing about called Westside Auto Pros.  Joe was hired as the Service Manager and after a couple of years his title changed to General Manager.  In 2018, Ron Haugen, the owner at the time, and Joe decided to accelerate their 5 year plan of purchase and by October 1st of that year, Joe was the brand new owner of the already successful Westside Auto Pros.  Westside Auto Pros continues to grow its repair shop as well as its towing and roadside assistance department.
      Patrick Ryan, Technician, Eagle Automotive, Columbine Hills, CO, 4 Locations
      Key Talking Points
      What is important to dealership technicians transitioning to independent- make it apparent the technician matters in your business. If they quit at the dealership it wouldn’t be noticed. They were “just a number.” Minimal and sometimes decreasing benefits. Interviewing dealership tech- discuss your team culture and environment. Many techs bounce from dealership to dealership because they are still finding “their place.”Don’t view working at multiple places as negative necessarily. Show them a path for all ages of your technicians. Don’t have a “cookie-cutter” interview process for all your hires. Career change- wanting to grow and be challenged, feel appreciated. Millennials/Gen Z- raised with no gravity “everything is great.” Introduce gravity a little at a time. Be taught instead of blocked. Be guided. The owner needs to be vulnerable- voice it to your team Break down stereotypes of large dealerships Technicians will check your social media prior to applying and read customer and employee reviews- promote your shop is a great place to work  
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