ASA Podcast

ASA Podcast

The ASA Podcast is the program for automotive professionals that keeps you ahead of What’s Now, What’s New and What’s Next in the business of automotive service and collision repair. By sharing information, insight and inspiration it will not just help you make a living, it will help you make a difference!

Episodes

May 11, 2021 28 min

Episode 95 – Gary Smith on the Need for PWM Training

Keeping up with automotive technology requires ongoing training. That’s particularly true when it comes to learning more about Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). Gary Smith of DiagNation knows that better than most, but these days it’s as much about radio frequencies as it is basic electricity. The type of things we need to know about range from basic electrical components and circuits...

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Episode 94 – ASA Welcomes Mark Mills Back as the Advance Auto Parts Sponsored Benefit Provider Representative

Change is a constant in the automotive service industry, with roles and responsibilities shifting on a regular basis. In this episode, we welcome back Mark Mills as the representative for Advance Auto parts, one of the Sponsored Benefit Providers providing support, training and benefits to help ASA members drive their busine...

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Episode 93 – The ASA X50 Conference Offers Outstanding Value!

The ASA X50 Conference & Expo is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with Ray Fisher, ASA President & Executive Di...

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Episode 92 – The ASA X50 Conference Offers Something for Everyone in the Shop!

The ASA X50 Conference & Expo is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with X50 sponsors Jim Gray from ...

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Episode 91 – The ASA X50 Conference Offers Insights into OEM Technology

The ASA X50 Conference & Expo is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with Maryann Croce about her class on T...

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Episode 90 – The ASA X50 Conference & Expo Offers Top Trainers!

The ASA X50 Conference is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! In this episode, we talk with Kim Walker, Roger Cada and Scott Brown about some...

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Episode 89 – The X50 Conference Offers a New Virtual Experience!

The X50 Conference is a new virtual training and trade show event with a twist. With 50 of the top trainers in the industry, a convention-center feel, and opportunities for networking, one-on-one vendor meetings, and much more, it’s a two-day event that delivers a truckload of value! Listen in as we begin a four-part series spotlighting what you’ll find, what you’ll le...

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Episode 88 – TechForce Foundation – Promoting “New Collar” Automotive Careers

Jennifer Maher is the CEO of the TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization with the mission to champion students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. Their vision is to harness the collective resources of the transportation industry to develop tomorrow’s workforce of qualified technicians. TechForce ...

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Episode 87 – Advanced Vehicles Require Advanced Repair Procedures

Today’s vehicles are marvels of modern technology. From computer-controlled engine management to Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS), even the most average car or light truck is a rolling computer network. Making sure all of these systems are working properly after a collision requires advanced equipment and highly-trained technicians, along with a new list of stand...

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Episode 86 – From Customer to General Manager

Dan Levin discovered his passion in an unusual way-by accident. After traveling in Europe and college, he moved to Boulder, Colorado where he ran a rental car operation and became a customer of Pellman’s Automotive Service. One of those repairs resulted in finding his career path as an ASE Certified technician who worked his way up to become General Manager, thanks to the help, training ...

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Episode 85 – Building a Future and Making a Difference

John Glosek grew up in Pennsylvania loving golf and muscle cars. He built his first engine at 16 and worked in a machine shop, honing his automotive skills in high school. After earning degrees in business management and automotive technology, he followed his passion and now works for Steve Horvath as the Service Manager at Jeno’s Auto Service, Inc. in Littleton, Colorado. John ...

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Episode 84 – Great Ideas for Finding and Developing the Next Generation of Technicians

Dave Hinz is the owner of Mastertek Auto Repair in Algonquin, IL. Like many in the automotive service industry, his interest in fixing what’s broken started early. He founded Mastertek in 2002 and never looked back. The opportunities for growth are there for those who recognize them, and Dave’s philosophy of treating customer like family have serv...

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Episode 83 – Building on Your Passion and Giving Back

Brian Smith is the owner of Gig Harbor Automotive Service in Washington State. He started in the business when he was 16 years old, working in a gas station for what would become his future father and mother-in-law. His journey to own his own repair shop will be familiar to many ASA members who represent the baby boomer segment of our industry. Brian learned on the job and earned...

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Episode 82 – Growing Up in the Business and Preparing for the Future

Jake McLaughlin is another one of our next-generation of business leaders in the automotive service industry. In this episode, Jake talks about how his dad, Randy, started as a mobile technician before founding the family business, National Automotive Repair in North Phoenix in 1997. He joined the National Automotive team ten years ago doing basic maintenance and l...

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Episode 81 – Bringing our industry UP! We’re in this together—let’s learn from one another.

Phil Carpenter is a young man with a lot of responsibility as the Director of Operations for Urban AutoCare and Avalon Automotive. He’s also the President of the ASA Colorado Mechanical Division and has a keen interest in local legislative and community issues. Urban and Avalon Owner Brian Sump  has a lot of faith in Phil’s abilities. As one ...

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Episode 80 – Running a shop while running for Mayor

Mike Charewicz is the owner of Accurate Auto Clinic in Des Plaines, IL, and when it comes to getting involved in politics, he’s literally all-in. ASA members are no strangers to political activism, and in this episode, Mike talks about his candidacy for Mayor of Des Plaines and how running a repair shop has prepared him for the job. Listen in as he discusses:

·         How he starte...

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Episode 79 – Tanks, Trucks & Technicians: Dwayne Myers talks about the keys to our future.

Dwayne Myers is the President & CEO of Dynamic Automotive, a multi-shop automotive repair business in Maryland. He’s an Army veteran, Master Technician and believes strongly in taking care of his team. “Helping employees accomplish their goals is the key to the future,” he says. With weekly leadership ZOOM meetings, benefits like paid ...

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Episode 78: Is Virtual Training Here to Stay?

Ryan Kooiman, Director of Training for Standard Motor Products, delivers a lot of technical training to the aftermarket. In this episode, Ryan talks about how COVID has changed where and how that training will be delivered as we emerge from the pandemic. Hear all about how Ryan got into training and how Standard Motor Products supports the independent repair community pre-COVID with over...

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Episode 77: Mike Anderson talks about the 2021 Collision Repair Market and how the pandemic is giving collision repair shops a glimpse into the future.

Mike Anderson is the President and Founder of Collision Advice. Mike’s experience as a former shop owner, mentor, coach, consultant and one of the most popular trainers in the collision repair industry gives him a unique perspective on where the collision industry is and where it’s g...

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Episode 76 - Fighting for Independent Repair Shops in Washington, D.C.

Bob Redding, ASA Washington Representative, is fighting for the independent service industry. In this podcast, Bob wraps up the year and talks about the important issues and legislation that will impact everyone working in automotive service and collision repair shops across the nation. Hear all about it as he discusses the current COVID relief package and how AS...

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