The CollisionCast Network from FenderBender offers three tracks each month that explore the industry's biggest trends, most pressing topics and the leadership and business management tips and strategies you need to thrive.
Today on CollisionCast, we speak with Brittney Valentine, customer service representative for All Angles Collision Repair (Wichita, Kan.). Valentine shares her experiences as a customer and how it affected the way she views her customer service role; Valentine not only focuses on making her customers' experiences memorable, but also helps train other customer service representatives at the shop.
In this episode of CollisionCast, we're joined by Dr. Nick Morgan, one of America's top communications theorists and coaches. Dr. Morgan is the founder and CEO of the Public Words consulting company, and shares a few strategies about bettering your everyday body language for yourself, your employees, and your customers.
In this episode of Disrupt, Cynthia Varnell, 2018 FenderBender Awards winner, reveals how her employee initiatives that look outside of the shop, Gustafson Brothers Inc., empowers her coworkers within.
DJ Mitchell has seen it all as first the COO of Car Guys Automotive and now the Regional Director of Joe Hudson's Collision Center. Listen to his insight as he discusses the unique challenges and opportunities of new staffs, new shops, and growing a family business.
Nina Smith, Mitchell's executive vice president and general manager of casualty solutions, explains how integration, technology, and data provide the insights required to give adjusters a full picture of insurance claims.
Travis Fitchie was only 20 years old when he was promoted to the manager position at Apland's Auto Body. Jodie Apland, vice president of the shop, and Mike Apland, president of the shop, witnessed Fitchie raise the shop's sales through a "bite-your-fingernails" stage. Here is why and how the Aplands decided to hire a millennial manager.
In this week's podcast, shop owner Jason Boggs discusses how he figured out his own leadership style (and how it differs from his shop owner father's), how he tweaks his leadership style according to the employee, and the surprising parallels between collision repair and the restaurant world (spoiler alert: Boggs is an avid cook).
ABRA Auto Body & Glass has made moves to becoming not only the repairer of choice but the employer of choice. On this week's episode of CollisionCast, FenderBender sat down with Carmen Thiede, chief people officer for ABRA, and dived further into how the company goes about finding, retaining and developing leaders.
Brian Wasson, manager, program delivery for I-CAR, shares how to correctly choose the right welder for your shop. From spending the right amount to which models offer my job flexibility, here are the ins and outs of choosing a welder.
Robert Molina is this year's FenderBender Award winner in the Executive category. He led his $12 million body shop beloved by his Miami community by investing in people and technology and instituting a customer-first mentality. Here's how he built his massive, technologically advanced operation.
Island Fender used to receive 90 percent of its business from DRPs. Feeling he was losing control of his body shop, owner Van Takemoto decided to tone his DRP business down. While painful at first, now his business is thriving. Here's how he did it.
While, ideally, driver-assist systems reduce the likelihood of crashes, there are still going to be opportunities for work for collision repair shops. To help clear things up, David Aylor, director of active safety testing Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, gives a rundown on the current state of ADAS technology is at and how those vehicles affect body repair procedures.
Controversial auto industry consultant Denny Hecker sat down with FenderBender to discuss what he views as the long-term viability of the collision repair industry. Hecker, one of the original franchisees of ABRA in Minnesota, says that, these days, shop operators need to know their market better than ever.
In July, two bills that sought to expand restrictions on aftermarket parts were passed in Rhode Island. On this episode of CollisionCast, Bill Hanvey, president and CEO of the Auto Care Association, and Tom Tucker, director of state affairs for the association, discuss why they believe those bills set a bad precedent for the collision repair industry.
From hiring the right manager to keeping tabs on their performance, there's a lot that goes into finding your right-hand man. Here's everything to consider. Here are some tips from Steve Morrow, owner of Capitol Collision Center, on how to find the perfect manager.
Conner Brothers Body Shop has become a beloved, embraced body shop in the Chester, Va., community. Owner Kevin Conner details how he grew that operation and how he built himself back up after his father sold three of the family's four body shops.
As the general manager of five Cole's Collision Centers, Josh Jewett has a ton of experience mentoring managers in training. In this episode, he details his keys for grooming managers for success, the difficulties one can often run into when coaching managers, and how to empower managers who feel unsure of themselves.
When J.R. Hubbard moved Selecta Auto Body into a new 10,000-square-foot building a few years ago in downtown San Francisco, he did so after thorough research and planning. Here's how Hubbard readied his processes, his employees and his customer base for his business's big change.