Patrick McHugh always tinkered with ‘stuff’. His dad bought an ’85 BMW. They learned all about that car together. A friend, Eric, had a lift and was a BMW person who helped Patrick and his dad learn everything about the CAR.
At 15 years old he started working in an airport, doing odd jobs, to earn credits to learn to be a pilot. He soloed at 16 years old. The day before college he got his pilot’s license
Patrick attended Purdue University where he studied aeronautical technology. He kept flying and earned his instrument license and became an instructor. He loves to teach.
As fate would have it, he became a pilot upon college graduation from Trans State Airlines a regional carrier for United. He was based in Richmond Virginia. With normal pilot downtime, he continued to tinker with BMW’s.
He discovered that being a pilot was not for him, so he went into avionics and shade tree work at home. There were too many cars in the driveway, so he had to decide to stop or go into business.
Bimmer Rescue was created in 2008 in Richmond Virginia and generates a big portion of its business through referrals. They earn their business through their professional service and attention given to each customer.
Patrick’s goal is to develop a relationship with BMW, Mini, Audi, and Volkswagen owners that allows them to get the maximum amount of value from their vehicle rather than buying a new one. Listen to Patrick’s previous episodes HERE.
David Askwith, Managing Director, Auto Stream Car Care, MD. David oversees all of the daily sales, operations, personnel and marketing functions. Responsible for six locations, with 39 bays and annual revenue of 9.4 million dollars. Responsible for 11 direct reports with a company of 53 employees.Jon Kloosterman, Director of Operations WestSide Auto Group, Zeeland, MI, 3 Locations. Jon started in the Automotive Industry in 2008 as a General Service Technician for Westside Auto Group. In 2012 he became a full time Service Advisor as Westside Auto Group expanded their original location from 3 to 7 bays. He has been part of Westside Auto Group's growth process holding Manager positions in multiple locations. In 2020 he became the Director of Operations for what is now a 3 location operation that serves communities in West Michigan. He holds multiple ASE Certifications and has had the opportunity to serve on multiple different panels in West Michigan's Independent world.Key Talking Points
Transformers Institute- Dan Taylor stood on a table about “Transformational Coaching”
Annual emotional intelligence review- what are your accomplishments? What are your misses? What do you want to do better? Obtain their feedback and learn about the goals they want to achieve. All-encompassing. “Sitting on the same side of the table together.” Employees feel a part of the business processes/procedures. Ownership of their own growth. Let people write their own story, this will be the easiest path for them and you. Don’t push a square peg round hole. Leaders encourage feedback.
Practicing active listening: "Unpack" what people say. Get used to saying, "What did you mean when you wrote XYX" or “Can you please expand on this statement.” Listening doesn’t always mean you sit quiet, you also guide them along the way.
As an owner take notes and start the employee on their goal paths.
Goal posters- dreams and visions. Walk alongside your employees.
Believe it will work before you implement it. Listen to what your coaches and coaching groups are saying. Start with the employee you’re most comfortable with first.
“Write your own story” to grow in the shop
A special thanks to Patrick McHugh, David Askwith and Jon Kloosterman for their contribution to the aftermarket.
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