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2022 Napa Technician Of The Year: Meg Lewis [RR 769]
Episode 7699th August 2022 • Remarkable Results Radio Podcast • Carm Capriotto, AAP
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We are at the NAPA Expo joined by the 2022 Napa Technician of the Year, Meg Lewis. She is the first female winner and is a huge advocate for automotive training and reaching the youth in schools. I’m also joined by Matt Fanslow from the Diagnosing the Aftermarket A to Z Podcast. We discuss goals, passions, work-life balance and advice to women in the industry.

Meg Lewis, BJ’s Automotive Diagnostic Center, Belfast, ME, NAPA Auto Care Technician of the Year 2022

Key Talking Points

  • Advocate for automotive training- starting as young as you can with schools, especially nurturing women
  • Motivation- her Dad, Meg was tinkering with cars “Tinkerbell” and she expressed interest and fascination. Natural curiosity. 
  • Worked previously in hospitality- learned customer service quickly 
  • Goal-oriented person- be a technician and own her own shop as an endgame. The succession plan will be complete in 5 years as owner. 
  • What do you love to do in the bays? Gets thrill from fixing something that is broken and helping customers. 
  • Tool share program with local BDG group 
  • Work-life balance- Meg’s two kids have always been supportive, brings kids to events 
  • Advice- surround yourself with people that support you and your passions
  • Attracting new hires- incentive program with basic knowledge in automotive, providing training/tools/toolbox to get them in the door. Growing your own technician. 
  • ASE exams- tool for showing areas of improvement 
  • Being the ‘winner’ shouldn't matter if you are a man or a woman 
  • Advice to women- don’t be discouraged; you will face challenges. It will make you stronger

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