32 episodes

Success Leaves Clues. This common phrase highlights the simple fact that we don’t have to find success all on our own. In an industry internally known for individualism, this is a powerful but important shift to the view of finding success. Host Thomas Hays has been in the automotive industry for over 10 years. Through his experience and work, he’s heard and been a part of so many powerful stories. Stories of success, stories of failure. Funny stories, sad stories, and through them all, one thread is common… When we share our stories 2 things happen. 1. We realize we aren’t alone in our own struggles and 2. Stories reveal those clues that help us in our own journey to becoming more successful. When we choose to share like this, we not only empower ourselves, but we empower this great industry to become better together. So in this podcast, each week, you’ll hear incredible stories from those from all parts of our industry. Owners, Service Advisors, technicians, those who work for companies that serve our industry, investors, and more. This isn’t just another interview podcast. In this podcast, our guests will not only share their stories, but they will reveal the clues to their success through practical teaching and training provided on each episode.

Success Leaves Clues: An Automotive Industry Podcast Thomas Hays

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Success Leaves Clues. This common phrase highlights the simple fact that we don’t have to find success all on our own. In an industry internally known for individualism, this is a powerful but important shift to the view of finding success. Host Thomas Hays has been in the automotive industry for over 10 years. Through his experience and work, he’s heard and been a part of so many powerful stories. Stories of success, stories of failure. Funny stories, sad stories, and through them all, one thread is common… When we share our stories 2 things happen. 1. We realize we aren’t alone in our own struggles and 2. Stories reveal those clues that help us in our own journey to becoming more successful. When we choose to share like this, we not only empower ourselves, but we empower this great industry to become better together. So in this podcast, each week, you’ll hear incredible stories from those from all parts of our industry. Owners, Service Advisors, technicians, those who work for companies that serve our industry, investors, and more. This isn’t just another interview podcast. In this podcast, our guests will not only share their stories, but they will reveal the clues to their success through practical teaching and training provided on each episode.

    From Working In the Fields to Millionaire Shop Owner with Juan Acevedo

    From Working In the Fields to Millionaire Shop Owner with Juan Acevedo

    There’s a saying that says, “You can’t change your stars” It implies that the family line, situation, or status you are born into will determine what you can accomplish and how far you can succeed. Challenging this notion is the very essence of the American Dream, which declares: “Anything is possible with God, grit, and determination.” Few people I know embody this better than my guest Juan Acevedo of Trustlane Automotive in Salinas, CA. Juan’s story proves that you can accomplish great things despite your circumstances. In this episode, Juan will share his incredible journey and truths you can apply to your life and business. 
    Thanks to our sponsors, Leads Near Me and Shop Fix Academy. They serve our industry and help make this show possible. Learn more about them below.
    Leads Near Me is a full-service online digital presence provider for automotive repair shops. Let Leads Near Me effortlessly increase your car count by reaching them at 888-953-2379 or by visiting them online at LeadsNearMe.com
    Shop Fix Acadamy’s sole purpose is to stop the average small business from destroying the average family. Call 615-645-3683 to speak to someone on our leadership team about seeing if Shop Fix Acadamy is a good fit for your shop. Learn more at ShopFixAcademy.com  

    • 44 min
    Don't Walk Through Hell Alone with Adam Preusser

    Don't Walk Through Hell Alone with Adam Preusser

    Sometimes things at our shops take some pretty sharp turns, and sometimes those turns are into a ditch, but other times it’s straight into a canyon! What do you do? Perhaps it's ego, but for many of us, the first instinct is to hide the pain and fear and try to figure it out on our own. When we are alone, stuck in our heads, in fear, and experiencing pain, it’s hard to think and move forward. Years ago, our guest Adam Preuesser of Motor Works in Minnesota found himself in that canyon. In this episode, Adam will share what happened, how he got out, and how that foundation helped him build an incredible multi-location operation and a life of impact. 
    Thanks to our sponsors, Leads Near Me and Shop Fix Academy. They serve our industry and help make this show possible. Learn more about them below.
    Leads Near Me is a full-service online digital presence provider for automotive repair shops. Let Leads Near Me effortlessly increase your car count by reaching them at 888-953-2379 or by visiting them online at LeadsNearMe.com
    Shop Fix Acadamy’s sole purpose is to stop the average small business from destroying the average family. Call 615-645-3683 to speak to someone on our leadership team about seeing if Shop Fix Acadamy is a good fit for your shop. Learn more at ShopFixAcademy.com  

    • 41 min
    Becoming a Resilient Shop Owner Who Can Overcome Anything with Stan Andrewski

    Becoming a Resilient Shop Owner Who Can Overcome Anything with Stan Andrewski

    Becoming resilient is one of the most critical traits to becoming a successful shop owner, tech, advisor, or anyone else in this challenging industry. In my observation, resilience is the ability to MOVE FORWARD from the traumas, setbacks, and embarrassments from the past. It’s the ability to acknowledge the past but not get stuck in it. It’s looking forward with hope. This trait allows you to overcome excuses, have self-discipline, and have genuine joy in the present moment. Stan Andrewski of Certified Auto Repair in VA embodies resilience. He has overcome a difficult past and found the strategies that allowed him to cultivate resilience and create an incredible life. The clues he leaves apply to anyone trying to move from surviving to thriving. 
    Thanks to our sponsors, Leads Near Me and Shop Fix Academy. They serve our industry and help make this show possible. Learn more about them below.
    Leads Near Me is a full-service online digital presence provider for automotive repair shops. Let Leads Near Me effortlessly increase your car count by reaching them at 888-953-2379 or by visiting them online at LeadsNearMe.com
    Shop Fix Acadamy’s sole purpose is to stop the average small business from destroying the average family. Call 615-645-3683 to speak to someone on our leadership team about seeing if Shop Fix Acadamy is a good fit for your shop. Learn more at ShopFixAcademy.com  

    • 51 min
    What If You Had To Start Over From Scratch? With Glenn Todd

    What If You Had To Start Over From Scratch? With Glenn Todd

    What if you had to start over from scratch? Like one day, you have a shop, and the next day you don’t. Where would you start? What resources would you pull from? -- From buildings, to contracts, to hiring, to marketing — as anyone who’s opened a shop from scratch can tell you… it’s a massive undertaking. This is the situation that Glenn Todd of Glenn’s European Auto Repair in PA found himself in. Glenn pulled on his resources, mentors, friends, and incredible self-discipline to create an almost instantly profitable shop in just months. In this episode, Glenn will share this wild story and, in the process, share some incredible clues you can use in your shop whether you're starting out or are decades in. You don’t want to miss this one!

    • 50 min
    Redeeming A Relationship with Dad with Veille Arthur

    Redeeming A Relationship with Dad with Veille Arthur

    Every son longs to have a good relationship with his dad. Sometimes though, as many, including myself, can attest, that doesn't always happen. Now take that pain, and imagine trying to run a shop together. That's the exact situation that my guest Veille Arthur experienced. For years, Veille and his dad painfully struggled in their relationship and with their shop. Veille was diligent in his pursuit of building the shop into something great while trying to redeem the story of himself and his father.

    • 32 min
    How an Unlikely Friendship Became a Triple-Brand Auto Repair Company with Eric Rutherford

    How an Unlikely Friendship Became a Triple-Brand Auto Repair Company with Eric Rutherford

    This week our guest is Eric Rutherford of Prestige European Auto Service in Florida. This episode explores how an unlikely partnership allowed for the creation of an incredible auto repair brand in Florida. Eric started out as an owner on his own, but then met his business partner, Mike through a very interesting situation (You gotta hear this story!).  Eric was a Master Tech, and Mike was from Corporate America. in this episode, Eric drops some incredible strategies which you can use to create a powerful brand of your own! 

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

DTRMND18 ,

Amazingly Helpful Podcast

This podcast has been so helpful at motivating and helping me to see different points of view. Even on the stressful days it helps bring me back to my WHY and gives me some golden nuggets of info along the way.

J5erra ,

Very motivational

Great podcast. Straight to the point. Wish the episodes were longer.

Mbwzrd ,

Wonderful podcast.

Wish I had known about this sooner. I owned and operated a repair shop for European cars for 29 years. Every episode I have listened to has been relatable and educational. Big attraction for me was listening to relatable industry stories about overcoming stress and addiction, I know now that I wasn’t alone. Great job with this podcast. Thanks

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