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.
Key Talking Points:
What do you do for fun?
Any great advice that you still follow today?
How did you decide to become a shop owner?
Do you still have the fire you had when you first started?
Message to yourself 10 years ago
Manage work-life harmony
Biggest learning moment
Community is everything
A major pivot in your business
What drives you?
If I asked a good friend or peer what is the secret to your success what would they say?
Any secrets to ‘time suck’?
What are you doing to put the Customer first in your business?
Top three most important needs to open a shop?
Strong teams always win
A secret to a good job interview?
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