hancock18

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About hancock18

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Company Information

  • Business Name
    Riverview Tire and Auto Service
  • Type of Auto Shop
    Auto Repair
  • Business Phone Number
    813-677-4318
  • Your Current Position
    Shop Owner
  • Address
    7839 US HWY 301 S
  • City
    RIVERVIEW
  • State
    Florida
  • Zip Code/Country Code
    33578
  • Country
    USA
  • Automotive Franchise
    None
  • Website
    http://www.riverviewtire.com
  • Banner Program
    Napa Car Care
  • Participate in Training
    Yes

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    Female
  1. Firstly, a truly awesome article, Joe, and just the kind of material that we find pertinent to our own situation. Looking forward to many more and thank you so much for sharing your own hard earned knowledge, experience and skills. We admire you for your dedication to not only the growth of the industry, but also, that the next generation taking on this unique, profitable, yet extremely difficult industry, have the tools and mentoring to survive and thrive well into the future. Secondly, I absolutely love R+W. It is my favorite read. We (the entire family, all in this crazy business) read it from cover to cover and keep the back issues for reference. If only there were a publication like it dedicated to shop owners and managers back when my husband and I went from working in, to managing and owning the family business in 1982. Though there had already been 52 years of experience before us, from his grandfather and father,by then the economy and demographics had already started to change. Around 2005, when we finally decided to expanded,once again we found ourselves facing a new economic climate. With the opening of our second store, we finally had access to the information and knowledge from people who truly knew and understood this business. In late 2008 the new shop opened for business and the articles from R+W and ASO have made a real difference toward success and moving on to the next goal for another store. So, thanks again to Joe and to all the people here who make access to knowledge, information and resources possible!
  2. I imagine many of us have gotten an employee who turns out to be real beast sometimes. You can generally tell when you have an employee causing disruption among others or doing bad things directed at you. We had one had the opportunity and the talent to become the perfect Service Manager. Sadly he turned out to be more of a crocodile. He was in training and given some important responsibility just because his potential and talent for one being so young, in his early 20's. His immaturity level was just too much to overcome. We actually gave him too many chances, being convinced we could change him. Some people you just can't mold into what you think they can be, no matter what. It was disappointment to have to let him go, the customers really liked him, and we had invested a lot of time and money into him, but we had no choice. He was causing chaos out in the service bays and plenty of headaches,even division among family members even between shops. This was recent and we are still struggling to fill the void with another person to train for management. The problems he caused are still fresh and we still licking our wounds on this one. We also had to let go of one decent employee and disipline another since they were helping him like a little gang. Most of the time if the employee is pulling things like this and trying to put a wedge between you and your employees, you can usually tell something is going on without anyone alerting you. I would keep an eye open and then take appropriate action when you are certain that this employee is actually doing this and using it for the purpose of causing a rift or disruption to your daily business. It doesn't take much especially, with the current economic situation and the heat of the summer to ruin the morale in the bays or the office. Even so, if you are uncomfortable with any employee then it is best to talk withnothing held back with the offender and if you are still not satisfied then you just need to cut the employee lose and save on the grief. I wish we had done this before letting him get so far into the inner part of our organization. He is one of those who, once found out, you realize he was in a position and very capable sneaking away with your customer base or other private business info. So far we have been lucky on that but I shudder to think, what he could have gotten away with.
  3. That's great! Thanks for putting a name to this, xrac. It seems that we have been having more than the usual bouts of this in the past couple years and we have been here for 31 years. What is really difficult to deal with is when the "good deed" is put into a review as a less than stellar experience for the customer. So not only did we go above and beyond eating things that weren't even ours to eat seems we don't even get to keep the customer and we have to explain why saving a customer money was a bad thing. Oh well, such is the life we have chosen! :-)
  4. Just a few pictures taken during our first Women's hands on car care clinic. We all had fun and look forward to making his a yearly commitment for our community's women. Submitted by Helen Hancock owner or Riverview Tire and Auto Service and Hancock Tire and Auto Service stores in Riverview,Florida
  5. Just a few pictures taken during our first Women's hands on car care clinic. We all had fun and look forward to making his a yearly commitment for our community's women. Submitted by Helen Hancock owner or Riverview Tire and Auto Service and Hancock Tire and Auto Service stores in Riverview,Florida
  6. Just a few pictures taken during our first Women's hands on car care clinic. We all had fun and look forward to making his a yearly commitment for our community's women. Submitted by Helen Hancock owner or Riverview Tire and Auto Service and Hancock Tire and Auto Service stores in Riverview,Florida
  7. Just a few pictures taken during our first Women's hands on car care clinic. We all had fun and look forward to making his a yearly commitment for our community's women. Submitted by Helen Hancock owner or Riverview Tire and Auto Service and Hancock Tire and Auto Service stores in Riverview,Florida
  8. Just a few pictures taken during our first Women's hands on car care clinic. We all had fun and look forward to making his a yearly commitment for our community's women. Submitted by Helen Hancock owner or Riverview Tire and Auto Service and Hancock Tire and Auto Service stores in Riverview,Florida