Brett and Danielle Bohlmann, creates Work/Life Harmony, are the owners of HWY 7 Service Center, Newell, IA. Brett began his career in the automotive industry as an automotive technician. Over the years, Brett began to acquire top-notch experience and a love of automobiles but more of a passion for learning in the entire automotive industry.
In 2010, Brett had an urge to start and open Hwy 7 Service Center with the goal of always exceeding the customer’s expectations. Oil definitely pumps in his veins as automotive knowledge, skill, and work ethic radiate from his actions and words. However, the fuel for the fire comes from his family at home and the community that has become a large family too. Find out more about the Bohlmann’s episodes HERE.
Key Talking Points:
Owning a business and having a life outside of business
At first, Danielle was not on board with opening business
“Anything worthwhile is uphill”
Was able to harmonize business and personal life- 9th year in business, harmony isn’t time-based but is intentional
The pivot point of business- hired a consulting company
Brett is visionary, Danielle is the implementer
Marriage and family first, business second
Opening the second location
Being successful in tiny town (850 population)- was it a trend? Is there enough population? Can the business survive?
Trust in your beliefs
People die for what they believe in, beliefs are powerful
Let your thoughts turn into beliefs and goals
Culture of business- family and everyone has a part of the business
No hierarchy, everyone has a stake in the business
Wanted employees to enjoy where they work
Core values implemented in life and business
Identified right people for right positions- hire technicians out of school and train them
Taking time away from the business
Being around like-minded people in industry, networking
Gratitude, practicing gratefulness
Thanks to Brett and Danielle Bohlmann for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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