Q: Why did you decide to join 1Collision?
A: I decided to join 1Collision about five years ago. They’ve brought a lot of knowledge my way and the networking has been good as well. Jim and the team do a good job and I hope to see the 1Collision network grow.
Q: What prompted you to expand your business?
A: During the middle of the pandemic, we found that we were really busy and running out of space. We were struggling to get the workload out and there were zero places to park. There was a very nice building coming available next door and the owner asked if I was interested in it. We made a deal and I moved into the new building on January 2.
I’m proud of what I have accomplished. Going from absolutely nothing to what I have now has been quite a feat. I’m also proud of my employees. They love to learn as much as I do.
Q: What is your advice to others in the industry?
A: Fixing cars has always come easy. However, fixing a business was probably one of my toughest challenges. Things didn’t turn around until I forgot everything I thought I knew about running a business and started learning.
If you are going to get into this business, you need to know how to write an estimate. That will make or break your business. You also need to learn how to fix these cars properly no matter what anyone says.
In addition, I’ve recognized the importance of OEM certifications and I’m currently working toward my certifications with Honda and Subaru.
Since you never know what can happen, I recommend preparing properly and remember, “EVERYONE needs a Plan B.”