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Philip Christensen started his automotive career in 1997 with the world’s largest independently owned tire company. From there he worked his way through there apprenticeship, and management programs. In 2012 Phil joined BG Automotive which was a 4 person operation at the time. Today he has helped grow it to 3 dentations and 28 team members producing over 6 million in top-line sales. Throughout his time at BG automotive they have continued to be on ATI’s top shop list, along with many other local and national nominations and awards.   

Phil Carpenter has been in the automotive industry since 2002 however his passion for Automotive started much earlier. He bought his first vehicle at 14 years old and still has it, a 1959 Chevy Pickup. He has spent time as an Audi Certified Technician, Service Advisor, Parts Specialist, Service Manager, General Manager and currently, is the Director of Operations at Urban Autocare and Avalon Motorsports in Denver, CO (four locations). His credentials include an ASE Master Certification as well as an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology. Phil was Brian Sump's first employee at Avalon Motorsports and since has led his team to win many industry awards as an independent shop manager including Motor Age Top 10, BBB Torch Award and other community awards. He is the President of the Mechanical Division for ASA Colorado.

Talking points:

  • Role as key leader in company with the owner
  • Hired to manage the team that benefits customers, employees, and company as a whole
  • Allow other employee’s voices to be heard with the freedom to implement processes 
  • Constant communication with each location- morning huddles, online meetings, etc  
  • Will often pitch in when needed and able to access job role- leading from sideline without being i n the field can be challenging, can be a good reminder in order to be a better leader, empathy 
  • Frees owner from day to day duties, allows owners to develop big ideas and vision, be involved in community and recruit
  • Monitor KPI’s and ROI’s- team effort
  • Performance reviews- ongoing conversations, if you don’t address issues right away then you’re validating them, 2-way conversation, value feedback from employees
  • Place key leaders in 20 groups, cross-train employees within the company to different locations
  • ChallengesAlways hiring and recruiting- conducting proper interviews, make sure culture fits with the candidate prior to hiring
  • Dynamics within the company- personality evaluations with staging employees 
  • StaffingSome were outside employees that assimilated to culture- one on one coaching and training programs
  • Grown own within the company- set personal goals and helped employees reach goals 
  • AdviceMake the unpopular decision sooner- sometimes hinder growth because too cautious, made decision anyway in order to move forward
  • Be bolder- don’t hesitate from what you need to do, speak your mind and follow your gut

 

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
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