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More than a Mechanic – Converting your skills into more.

I’m guilty of referring to Techs as Mechanics still. It kind of stuck with me growing up and I’ve chronicled this in the past. The common reason that I hear that Techs don’t want to be referred to as Mechanics is because many Techs primary focus is no longer centered around mechanical work. Rather, they […]

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Father’s Day 2019 is Special!

In celebration of this coming Father’s Day, we’re sharing a video that is close to our hearts. We’re pleased to release our first video that celebrates the lifestyle of Mechanics and Technicians. In this video, we follow Jeff Watters and his return to stock car racing. Jeff shares why this Father’s Day is so important […]

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From the Football Field to the Shop Floor – 5 Ways Techs and Managers can learn from sports and apply it to the shop.

Growing up in Wisconsin, we didn’t have much of a choice but to love the Green Bay Packers. I was lucky to be a kid when the Falcons were dumb enough to trade Brett Favre and Reggie White used his new found free agency rights to choose to suit up in the green and gold. […]

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Partnership Announcement – AVI

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered Automotive Video Innovations, otherwise known as AVI. If you’re not familiar with AVI, you need to be. As you know, finding qualified Technicians, Advisors and Managers is tough and only getting tougher. It might be even tougher to find time to train the people in your shop the […]

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Making Mechanics Cool Again

As many of you know, I grew up in a small independent shop in Wisconsin. My Dad started a shop in the tiny town back in 1992. I was raised and spent every waking hour that I could inside “the shop”. I was obsessed with cars, and maybe even more, the shop talk that came […]

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The Selfish Reasons that there is a Disconnect between Technicians and Management.

Everybody is selfish. There, I said it. Yet to so many the concept of this is foreign. What’s even more intriguing is the fact that so many people get bothered when somebody else has an agenda different than that of their own. This shouldn’t be surprising to anybody, ever. One of the greatest examples of […]

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The Passion of our Industry – A Recap of the Vision Hi-Tech Expo

This past weekend, my team and I took a trip down to Kansas City for the Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo that is put on by the Midwest Auto Care Alliance. First off, this show is amazing. It is one of the better run shows that I’ve been to and I seem to attend a […]

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Braving the Elements – Taking time to say Thank You

As I write this, we’re battling the “Polar Vortex” in Wisconsin. It is not only insanely cold, we’re setting records for the coldest temps recorded. To put it bluntly, it sucks. This is magnified by social media and the constant reminders of the cold. People will joke about the cold, complain about the cold and […]

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What my Son taught me through Cartoons – 5 ways to understand what people want

For those of you that are parents, you know about how your children tend to become drawn to  toys, cardboard boxes and certain television shows. My wife and I have a 2 year old, and he is no different than other children. He has two go-to shows. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Puppy Dog Pals. If you’ve […]

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Get Involved – A paradigm shift for younger generations.

One of the common complaints that I hear from shops in our communication is regarding the lack of young Mechanics and/or Technicians entering the workforce. We hear this from every sector we work with…car repair, truck repair, machinery repair, etc. While this has always been somewhat of a concern, the advancements of technology are making […]

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Ethics in the Automotive Industry – A guest blog written by Nicholas Wiltse

 On the flight back from Las Vegas after attending SEMA and AAPEX in October of 2018, I had the great fortune of meeting a young man who is incredibly bright and has a really interesting perspective on our industry. I asked Nicholas Wiltse to write a guest blog for us and am really excited to […]

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Conflict in the Workplace

Those of you that know me well, know that I read…a lot. From time to time, I like to share what books I’m reading and what I’m learning from them. I get approached by lots of Service Managers, Technicians and Mechanics looking for advice about learning more about leadership and I like to give them […]

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