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[Podcast] RR 452: Danielle and Brett Bohlmann – Creating Work/Life Harmony

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Brett and Danielle Bohlmann, creates Work/Life Harmony, are the owners of HWY 7 Service Center, Newell, IA. Brett began his career in the automotive industry as an automotive technician. Over the years, Brett began to acquire top-notch experience and a love of automobiles but more of a passion for learning in the entire automotive industry.

In 2010, Brett had an urge to start and open Hwy 7 Service Center with the goal of always exceeding the customer’s expectations. Oil definitely pumps in his veins as automotive knowledge, skill, and work ethic radiate from his actions and words. However, the fuel for the fire comes from his family at home and the community that has become a large family too. Find out more about the Bohlmann’s episodes HERE.


Key Talking Points:

  • Owning a business and having a life outside of business
    • At first, Danielle was not on board with opening business
    • “Anything worthwhile is uphill”
    • Was able to harmonize business and personal life- 9th year in business, harmony isn’t time-based but is intentional 
    • The pivot point of business- hired a consulting company 
    • Brett is visionary, Danielle is the implementer 
    • Marriage and family first, business second
  • Fears
    • Opening the second location
    • Being successful in tiny town (850 population)- was it a trend? Is there enough population? Can the business survive?
  • Trust in your beliefs
    • People die for what they believe in, beliefs are powerful
    • Let your thoughts turn into beliefs and goals
  • Culture of business- family and everyone has a part of the business
    •  No hierarchy, everyone has a stake in the business
    • Wanted employees to enjoy where they work
    • Core values implemented in life and business  
    • Identified right people for right positions- hire technicians out of school and train them
  • Reenergize 
    • Taking time away from the business
    • Being around like-minded  people in industry, networking 
    • Gratitude, practicing gratefulness 



  • Thanks to Brett and Danielle Bohlmann 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.
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