Rick Schwartz is co-founder and CEO of Schwartz Advisors LLC, a mergers and acquisition advisor and management consulting firm to the automotive and heavy-duty transportation industry. Prior to forming Schwartz Advisors, Rick's career included senior executive leadership positions in sales, marketing, and finance.
At Schwartz Advisors, Rick has advised private equity firms, aftermarket management teams and boards of directors on growth strategy, M&A strategy and due diligence projects. Rick oversees operations of Schwartz Advisors buy-side, sell-side and strategic planning consulting practices.
Rick is a former member of the Auto Care Association Board of Directors, and he received the prestigious Northwood University Automotive Aftermarket Management Education Award. Prior to starting Schwartz Advisors, Rick held various senior-level positions at Nestle, Macy’s and The Upper Deck Company. Rick received an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and a BA in International Relations from USC. Listen to Rick's previous episodes HERE.
Jason Rainey is the Vice President of NAPA AutoCare; a program of more than 17,000 independently owned automotive repair facilities that have chosen to partner with NAPA. He currently sits on the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Board as well as the Automotive Maintenance & Repair Association Board where he works to keep the best interest of independent repair facilities in mind.
Before taking the reins of the industry's leading banner program, Jason spent 13 years in the NAPA Product Department. He worked with vendors on managing, sourcing and marketing in the Tool & Equipment, Batteries/Electrical, Brakes and Under Car categories on behalf of NAPA AUTO PARTS. Jason came to NAPA Headquarters after a successful career in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he worked in several NAPA Store and Distribution Center roles as well as working as a Territory Sales Manager and a Tool & Equipment District Manager. Prior to Jason joining NAPA he served in the United States Marine Corps. Listen to Jason's previous episodes HERE.
Greg Bunch is the owner of Aspen Auto Clinic, a five-location automotive and service business in Colorado. Greg started his passion for cars at 15 when he began rebuilding a 1966 Volkswagen Bug. Greg has moved from a Volkswagen mechanic to ASE Master Technician, to Management, to starting his shop 18 years ago in his garage, to an award-winning multi-location business.
Greg is currently a board member for the STEM-based charter school call “Automotive Institute of Science & Technology” and on the Advisory board of Ratchet and Wrench Magazine. Greg is also a board member of the Autocare organization and a certified instructor for the Worldpac Training Institute and Carquest Technical Institute. Greg’s unwavering passion for the industry has also led him to form a company called Transformers Institute, a coaching and training company dedicated to transforming the automotive industry.
Listen to Greg’s previous episodes HERE.
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