Your Learning Curve Never Sounded So Good!
The Academy Panel:
Jude Larson is the president, owner and lead consultant for JML Real Solutions. He is a frequent speaker and trainer at industry events. Jude has vast business experience including being a highly successful service advisor, the owner and operator of a hybrid online and print marketing company, a top performer in the financial industry, and a record-setting career in retail management. Jude uses his rich experience and business success as he consults, trains and coaches results-focused solutions with clients. Jude is also a shop owner, Valley Repair in Tenino, WA. Listen to Jude’s Episodes HERE.
Darrin Barney, his wife and his younger brother, Chad, started the business 16 years ago with a background in fixing cars at home. Growing up, the rule in the Barney household was that when the boys earned their Eagle Scout rank, their parents would buy them a Jeep. “They were early Jeep CJs,” Barney says. “And anyone who had an early CJ will tell you that if you drive it, you have to fix it. Darrin’s parents’ home in high school was known as the place where you could learn how to fix it.” “The first couple of years were brutal,” Barney recalls. “We barely made ends meet, and the lessons were hard. But we made it, and it helped us to fine-tune our customer skills and work habits.” “Thankfully,” Barney says, “we have customers who like the experience of dealing with us and like to support a local business. A customer can sense if you like them, or if you see them only as money. That’s why if you make a mistake, own up to it and do what it takes to make it right.”Education and training also play a major role in the Barney Brothers’ business. Barney recently earned an Accredited Master Automotive Management Institute (AMi) and serves as a board member of ASA-Colorado’s education committee, which recently held its first training event in Grand Junction. Listen to Darrin’s Episodes HERE.
Donnie Carter is the Service Manager at Little Wolf Automotive in Waupaca, WI and has been in the automotive service business for 33 years. Donnie has had extensive training in customer service and service management. His extensive training consists of ATI, Automotive Profit Pros, and RLO Training. Donnie has been apart of a strong service team that was recognized by ATI. He is proud of his many years of quality customer service for thousands of Northeast Wisconsin customers. Donnie’s Episodes HERE.
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